Sophomore quarterback Wayne Peace threw for 275 yards and four touchdowns and Brian Clark kicked two field goals as Florida crushed Florida State, 35-3, yesterday in Gainesville and won the contest for a Peach Bowl spot.
The Gators, defeating their arch rival for the first time since 1976, will take a 7-4 record to the postseason date with West Virginia Dec. 31 in Atlanta. The Seminoles (6-5) will miss bowl action for the first time in three seasons.
Peace completed 20 of 33 passes.
Clark missed a 36-yard field goal, then was successful from 50 and 41 yards in the second quarter to help the Gators to a 13-3 halftime lead before a Florida Field crowd of 64,437.
Those were Clark's 17th and 18th field goals of the season, breaking the Southeastern Conference single-season mark of 16 shared by Florida's Berj Yepremian and Georgia's Rex Robinson.
Peace fashioned a 15-point third quarter with touchdown passes of 27 yards to Mike Mularkey and 34 yards to Johnell Brown. The Gators made it 35-3 with 5:14 left when Mularkey caught an eight-yard touchdown from Peace.
The Sooners beat the Cowboys out of second place in the Big Eight.
Sims carried 23 times for 66 yards to lead the Sooner ground attack, scoring from two and five yards in the second quarter and one yard in the third quarter. Sun Bowl-bound Oklahoma (6-4-1) closed 4-2-1 in the conference to 4-3 for Independence Bowl selectee State (7-4).