1993 Florida State Seminoles football team

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1993 Florida State Seminoles football
FSU Seminoles.svg
Consensus National Champions
Associated Press National Champions
Orange Bowl Champions
ACC Champions
Orange Bowl, W, 18–16 vs. Nebraska
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Coaches #1
AP #1
1993 record 12–1 (8–0 ACC)
Head coach Bobby Bowden (18th year)
Offensive coordinator Brad Scott
Defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews
Home stadium Doak Campbell Stadium (Capacity: 72,589)
« 1992 1994 »
1993 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1 Florida State   8 0         12 1  
#19 North Carolina   6 2         10 3  
#23 Clemson   5 3         9 3  
Virginia   5 3         7 5  
NC State   4 4         7 5  
Georgia Tech   3 5         5 6  
Duke   2 6         3 8  
Maryland   2 6         2 9  
Wake Forest   1 7         2 9  
† – 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.


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. With the Bowl Coalition in place the winner of this game, at Notre Dame Stadium in Notre Dame, Indiana, seemed certain to play #3 Nebraska (which would then move up to #2) in the 1994 Orange Bowl for the National Championship.[1]

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 to cut the final margin to seven points.[2] After that game, Notre Dame was voted #1, but FSU only dropped to the #2 spot.[3]

As luck would have it, #1 Notre Dame lost the following week to #17 Boston College 41–39 on a last second field goal. The voters returned the Seminoles to the #1 spot, and they were matched against Nebraska (now #2) in the Orange Bowl. Although the Cornhuskers largely outplayed the heavily-favored Seminoles, 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.[4] After the bowl games, 12-1 Florida State was voted #1 and 11-1 Notre Dame was voted #2 in both polls, despite ND's convincing head-to-head win over FSU.[5] This caused many to dispute Florida State's claim to the national championship,[6][7] and the controversy continues to this day.


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 28 12:00 PM vs. Kansas* #1 Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ (Kickoff Classic) ABC W 42–0   51,734
September 4 7:00 PM at Duke #1 Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC PPV W 45–7   26,800
September 11 12:00 PM #17 Clemson #1 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL (Rivalry) ABC W 60–0   74,991
September 18 7:30 PM at #13 North Carolina #1 Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC ESPN W 33–7   54,100
October 2 12:00 PM Georgia Tech #1 Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, FL JPS W 51–0   74,611
October 9 12:00 PM #3 Miami (FL)* #1 Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, FL (Rivalry) ABC W 28–10   77,813
October 16 4:00 PM #15 Virginia #1 Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, FL ESPN W 40–14   76,607
October 30 2:00 PM Wake Forest #1 Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, FL W 54–0   66,666
November 6 12:00 PM at Maryland #1 Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD JPS W 49–20   36,255
November 13 1:30 PM at #2 Notre Dame* #1 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN NBC L 24–31   59,075
November 20 7:30 PM NC State #2 Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, FL ESPN W 62–3   73,123
November 27 12:00 PM at #7 Florida* #1 Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, FL (Rivalry) ABC W 33–21   85,507
January 1 8:00 PM vs. #2 Nebraska* #1 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL (Orange Bowl) NBC W 18–16   81,536
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.


Starting Lineup[edit]


Pos Number Name Class
QB 17 Charlie Ward SR
RB 35 Sean Jackson SR
FB 44 William Floyd SR
WR 80 Tamarick Vanover SO
WR 88 Kez McCorvey JR
WR 12 Matt Frier SR
LT 67 Juan Laureano SO
LG 66 Lewis Tyre SO
C 53 Clay Shiver SO
RG 69 Patrick McNeil JR
RT 79 Forrest Conoly SO


Pos Number Name Class
LB 10 Derrick Brooks JR
LB 37 Todd Rebol
LB 36 Ken Alexander SR
DE 94 Toddrick McIntosh SR
DE 90 Derrick Alexander SO
NG 57 John Nance SR
CB 2 Clifton Abraham JR
CB 8 Corey Sawyer JR
FS 16 Richard Coes SR
SS 11 Devin Bush SO

Special Teams[edit]

Pos Number Name Class
K 3 Scott Bentley FR
P 29 Sean Liss

1993 Team Players in the NFL[edit]

The following were selected in the 1994 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Overall NFL Team
William Floyd Running Back 1 28 San Francisco 49ers
Lonnie Johnson Tight End 2 61 Buffalo Bills
Corey Sawyer Defensive Back 4 104 Cincinnati Bengals
Sean Jackson Running Back 4 129 Houston Oilers
Kevin Knox Wide Receiver 6 192 Buffalo Bills
Toddrick McIntosh Defensive Tackle 7 216 Dallas Cowboys


The following would play in the NFL in later years.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Charlie Ward, Heisman Trophy[10]
  • Charlie Ward, Johnny Unitas Award
  • Charlie Ward, James E. Sullivan Award[11]
  • Charlie Ward, Walter Camp Award
  • Charlie Ward, Maxwell Award
  • Charlie Ward, Davey O'Brien Award