1993 Florida State Seminoles football team

1993 Florida State Seminoles football
Florida State Seminoles old logo.svg
Consensus national champion
ACC champion
Orange Bowl champion
Orange Bowl, W 18–16 vs. Nebraska
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 1
1993 record12–1 (8–0 ACC)
Head coachBobby Bowden (18th season)
Offensive coordinatorBrad Scott (4th season)
Defensive coordinatorMickey Andrews (10th season)
Home stadiumDoak Campbell Stadium
(Capacity: 72,589)
Seasons
← 1992
1994 →
1993 ACC football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 1 Florida State $ 80    121 
No. 19 North Carolina 62    103 
No. 23 Clemson 53    93 
Virginia 53    75 
NC State 44    75 
Georgia Tech 35    56 
Duke 26    38 
Maryland 26    29 
Wake Forest 17    29 
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1993 Florida State Seminoles football team represented Florida State University and were the national champions of the 1993 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Bobby Bowden and played their home games at Doak Campbell Stadium.

The season gave the Seminoles their first national title as well as their first Heisman winner in quarterback Charlie Ward.

Season

FSU beat its first five opponents by an average score of 46–3, during which linebacker Derrick Brooks outscored all five opponents combined. The Seminoles' first real contest didn't come until October 9, when the third ranked Miami Hurricanes came to Tallahassee with a 31-game regular season win streak. That game was sealed when FSU safety Devin Bush picked off a Frank Costa pass and ran it back 40 yards for a Florida State touchdown, making the score 28–10 with 4:59 to play.

On November 13, 1993, Florida State played Notre Dame in a matchup of unbeaten teams. FSU was ranked #1 and Notre Dame was ranked #2. In a matchup hailed as the "Game of the Century", the Seminoles bid for a perfect season fell short as Notre Dame prevailed, 31–24. The Irish had leads of 24–7 and 31–17 before the Seminoles scored late (on a pass tipped in the end zone) to cut the final margin to seven points.[1] After that game, Notre Dame was voted #1 and FSU was voted #2.[2]

However, #1 Notre Dame lost at home the following week to #17 Boston College 41–39 on a 41-yard field goal as time expired. The voters returned the Seminoles to the #1 spot, and they were matched against Nebraska (now #2) in the Orange Bowl. Florida State rallied late to eke out an 18–16 win, as Nebraska missed a potential game-winning 45-yard field goal on the game's final play.[3] After the bowl games, 12–1 Florida State was voted #1 and 11–1 Notre Dame was voted #2 in both polls.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 2812:00 p.m.vs. Kansas*No. 1ABCW 42–051,734
September 47:00 p.m.at DukeNo. 1PPVW 45–726,800
September 1112:00 p.m.No. 17 ClemsonNo. 1JPSW 57–074,991
September 187:30 p.m.at No. 13 North CarolinaNo. 1ESPNW 33–754,100
October 212:00 p.m.Georgia TechNo. 1
  • Doak Campbell Stadium
  • Tallahassee, Florida
ABCW 51–074,611
October 912:00 p.m.No. 3 Miami (FL)*No. 1
  • Doak Campbell Stadium
  • Tallahassee, Florida (Rivalry)
ABCW 28–1077,813
October 164:00 p.m.No. 15 VirginiaNo. 1
  • Doak Campbell Stadium
  • Tallahassee, Florida (Rivalry)
ESPNW 40–1476,607
October 302:00 p.m.Wake ForestNo. 1
  • Doak Campbell Stadium
  • Tallahassee, Florida
W 54–066,666
November 612:00 p.m.at MarylandNo. 1JPSW 49–2036,255
November 131:30 p.m.at No. 2 Notre Dame*No. 1NBCL 24–3159,075
November 207:30 p.m.NC StateNo. 2
  • Doak Campbell Stadium
  • Tallahassee, Florida
ESPNW 62–373,123
November 2712:00 p.m.at No. 7 Florida*No. 1ABCW 33–2185,507
January 18:00 p.m.vs. No. 2 Nebraska*No. 1NBCW 18–1681,536
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

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