Dec. 11, 1965
ORLANDO, fla. - The Pirates successfully defended their Tangerine Bowl title by defeating the University of Maine, 31-0.
Dave Alexander, a Little All-America and All-Southern Conference pick, ended his collegiate career by scoring two touchdowns, gaining 206 yards in total offense, and winning the trophy for the best offensive player of the game.
The first score of the game was a 24-yard field goal by Pete Kriz and the first touchdown was a 35-yard pass from George Richardson to Jim Abernathy. The Pirates led 10-0 at halftime.
After the second-half kickoff, the Pirates drove 67 yards with Alexander going over from the 1-yard line. Just minutes later, Todd Hicks intercepted a Maine pass to set up another touchdown. This time, it was a five-yard scoring pass from Alexander to Churchill Grimes.
For the final touchdown of the day and of his collegiate career, Alexander broke through the right side of the line and ran 55 yards to score.
It was the third consecutive bowl victory in as many years for the Pirates and the second straight Eastern Regional NCAA championship. It was also the third straight season that Coach Clarence Stasavich's Pirates had finished 9-1.
ECC - FG Kriz 24
ECC - Abernathy 35 pass from Richardson (Kriz kick)
ECC - Alexander 1 run (Kriz kick)
ECC - Grimes 5 pass from Alexander (Kriz kick)
ECC - Alexander 55 run (Kriz kick)