1993 Florida State Seminoles football team

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1993 Florida State Seminoles football
FSU Seminoles.svg
Consensus National Champions
Orange Bowl Champions
ACC Champions
Orange Bowl, W 18–16 vs. Nebraska
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
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)
Seasons
« 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 was the national champion of the 1993 college football season. The team finished with a 12–1 record.

Regular season[edit]

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. As luck would have it, #1 Notre Dame lost the following week to #17 Boston College 41–39 on a last second field goal, putting the Seminoles back in the Orange Bowl.

Season schedule[edit]

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 W 45–7   26,800
September 11 12:00 PM #17 Clemson #1 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL (Rivalry) ABC W 57–0   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 (Battle for the Governor's Cup) 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.

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Starting Lineup[edit]

Offense[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

Defense[edit]

Pos Number Name Class
OLB 10 Derrick Brooks JR
OLB 47 James Roberson JR
ILB 36 Ken Alexander SR
ILB 40 Alonzo Horner 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
KR
PR

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

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The following would play in the NFL in later years.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Charlie Ward, Heisman Trophy[4]
  • Charlie Ward, Johnny Unitas Award
  • Charlie Ward, James E. Sullivan Award[5]
  • Charlie Ward, Walter Camp Award
  • Charlie Ward, Maxwell Award
  • Charlie Ward, Davey O'Brien Award

References[edit]