The Gators and the Seminoles both entered this game with a 9-1 record. Florida had Wuerffel back under center, and Florida State had Danny Kanell to replace Ward.
Florida State came into the season as defending national champions, and their only loss was to in-state rival Miami early in the season. Florida was ranked No. 1 in the season until a loss to Auburn knocked them down.
The Gators, ranked fourth in the polls, got off to a fast start against the seventh-ranked Seminoles. After a 35-yard field goal from Dan Mowery for Florida State, Florida scored 31 unanswered points.
The Gators' first score came on a 58-yard pass from Wuerffel to Aubrey Hill for the first touchdown of the game and a 7-3 lead. Next Wuerffel found Jack Jackson for a three-yard touchdown pass and a 14-3 lead.
Judd Davis would add a 35-yard field goal to extend the lead to 17-3. Right before the half Wuerffel would find Jackson again on a 28-yard pass to give the Gators a 24-3 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter Wuerffel would run a quarterback sneak into the end zone for the 31-3 lead. The score was the final score of the game for Florida, and the Gators entered the fourth quarter with a 28-point lead.
The fourth quarter would see Spurrier uncharacteristically call running plays to Fred Taylor and playing prevent defense. The Seminoles would take advantage of this by making a comeback.
Florida State’s first touchdown would come on a first and goal from the five-yard line as Zack Crockett plowed into the end zone to cut the lead to 31-10. After a Florida punt the Seminoles marched right down field, and Kanell found Andre Cooper for a six-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 31-17 with a little over 10 minutes to play in the fourth quarter.
Florida State was not done scoring yet. After they nearly blocked a Florida punt, the Seminoles were on the move again. With 5:04 left to play in the game Kanell found the end zone with his own quarterback sneak to cut the lead to 31-24.
The Gators looked to have righted themselves in the final minutes after Wuerffel found Reidel Anthony for a 15-yard gain. Two plays later Wuerffel would throw the ball where only Seminoles could catch it, and they did.
The Florida State fans were going wild as the Seminoles took over on their 40-yard line. FSU drove the ball down the field on a 37-yard catch and run by Warrick Dunn to get the ball to the Florida 23-yard line.
The Seminoles would hit pay dirt, scoring with 1:45 left in the game on a four-yard run by Rock Preston. Down by one, Bowden decided to kick the extra point to tie the game rather than going for two and the win
There was no overtime in college football at this time, so a tie would be the end of the ball game. Bowden did not want to waste the comeback by missing a two-point conversion. Florida State would kick the extra point and tie the game 31-31.
Both teams would try to win the game in their next possession but could not get enough offense to win the game.
The game would end at 31-31, and the Seminoles players celebrated after the game like it was a win and the Gators looked dazed and stunned. Both teams knocked themselves out of the national championship race with the tie.