1994 Sugar Bowl

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1994 USF&G Sugar Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 7 14 14 6 41
West Virginia 7 0 0 0 7
Date January 1, 1994
Season 1993
Stadium Louisiana Superdome
Location New Orleans, Louisiana
MVP Florida RB Errict Rhett
Favorite West Virginia by 9
Referee Jim Kemerling (Big Ten)
Attendance 75,437
United States TV coverage
Network ABC Sports
Announcers Brent Musburger and Dick Vermeil
Sugar Bowl
 < 1993  1995 (Jan)

The 1994 Sugar Bowl took place on January 1, 1994, in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana between the Florida Gators, the champions of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and West Virginia Mountaineers, winners of the Big East Conference. The Mountaineers came into the game undefeated, with a shot at a share of the national title, while Florida came in 10–2 and ranked #8.

Game summary

After a quick touchdown from Jake Kelchner to Jay Kearney to put West Virginia up 7–0 early, the Gators came right back and answered with a touchdown by Errict Rhett to tie the score at 7. Just before halftime, Gator defensive back Lawrence Wright picked off an errant pass from West Virginia quarterback Darren Studstill right on the midfield logo. He first made his way to his right side, but when he ran out of blocking help just inside the West Virginia 40, he turned around and backtracked, circling back to the 45 before finding some running room, and he sprinted into the end zone from there to cap a 51-yard interception return touchdown. That put Florida up 14–7, and crushed the Mountaineers' competitive spirit, as Florida's defense proceeded to force a quick three and out, which gave Terry Dean time to connect with Willie Jackson for a 39-yard touchdown to make it 21–7 at halftime.

From there, the Gators cruised in the second half. Rhett ran in two more touchdowns and Judd Davis added two insurance field goals in the fourth quarter to make the final score a convincing 41–7.

Scoring summary

Qtr Team Scoring Information[1] Score
1 WV Jake Kelchner 32-yard touchdown pass to Jay Kearney, Tom Mazzone kick good 0 7
FLA Errict Rhett 3-yard touchdown run, Judd Davis kick good 7 7
2 FLA Lawrence Wright 51-yard return of an interception for a touchdown, Judd Davis kick good 14 7
FLA Terry Dean 39-yard touchdown pass to Willie Jackson, Judd Davis kick good 21 7
3 FLA Errict Rhett 2-yard touchdown run, Judd Davis kick good 28 7
FLA Errict Rhett 1-yard touchdown run, Judd Davis kick good 35 7
4 FLA 43-yard field goal by Judd Davis 38 7
FLA 26-yard field goal by Judd Davis 41 7
Final score 41 7


  1. ^ "1993 Game Recap / Allstate Sugar Bowl". Retrieved April 7, 2012.
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