by Ivan Maisel and Mark Schlabach
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Sweet Tooth

1996: Wuerffel, UF best FSU in Sugar Bowl

Danny Wuerffel's father counted how many times his son was knocked down in Florida's 24-21 loss to rival Florida State in the 1996 regular-season finale -- nearly three dozen times. Wuerffel thought the loss would knock Florida out of the national championship game. But the Gators earned a rematch with the Seminoles in the 1997 Sugar Bowl. After undefeated Arizona State lost to Ohio State 20-17 in the Rose Bowl, the Sugar Bowl winner was all but guaranteed to finish No. 1. The Gators put Wuerffel in the shotgun, and FSU's defenders couldn't touch him. Florida rolled 52-20 and won its first national title. -- Schlabach

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