1993 Florida State Seminoles football team
|1993 Florida State Seminoles football|
Consensus national champion
Orange Bowl champion
|Conference||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|1993 record||12–1 (8–0 ACC)|
|Head coach||Bobby Bowden (18th season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Brad Scott (4th season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Mickey Andrews (10th season)|
|Home stadium||Doak Campbell Stadium
|1993 ACC football standings|
|No. 1 Florida State $||8||–||0||12||–||1|
|No. 19 North Carolina||6||–||2||10||–||3|
|No. 23 Clemson||5||–||3||9||–||3|
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.
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. After that game, Notre Dame was voted #1, but FSU only dropped to #2.
However, #1 Notre Dame lost 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. After the bowl games, 12–1 Florida State was voted #1 and 11–1 Notre Dame was voted #2 in both polls.
|August 28||12:00 p.m.||vs. Kansas*||No. 1||Giants Stadium • East Rutherford, New Jersey (Kickoff Classic)||ABC||W 42–0||51,734|
|September 4||7:00 p.m.||at Duke||No. 1||Wallace Wade Stadium • Durham, North Carolina||PPV||W 45–7||26,800|
|September 11||12:00 p.m.||No. 17 Clemson||No. 1||Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, Florida (Rivalry)||JPS||W 57–0||74,991|
|September 18||7:30 p.m.||at No. 13 North Carolina||No. 1||Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, North Carolina||ESPN||W 33–7||54,100|
|October 2||12:00 p.m.||Georgia Tech||No. 1||Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, Florida||ABC||W 51–0||74,611|
|October 9||12:00 p.m.||No. 3 Miami (FL)*||No. 1||Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, Florida (Rivalry)||ABC||W 28–10||77,813|
|October 16||4:00 p.m.||No. 15 Virginia||No. 1||Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, Florida (Rivalry)||ESPN||W 40–14||76,607|
|October 30||2:00 p.m.||Wake Forest||No. 1||Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, Florida||W 54–0||66,666|
|November 6||12:00 p.m.||at Maryland||No. 1||Byrd Stadium • College Park, Maryland||JPS||W 49–20||36,255|
|November 13||1:30 p.m.||at No. 2 Notre Dame‡*||No. 1||Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, Indiana||NBC||L 24–31||59,075|
|November 20||7:30 p.m.||NC State||No. 2||Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, Florida||ESPN||W 62–3||73,123|
|November 27||12:00 p.m.||at No. 7 Florida*||No. 1||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida (Rivalry)||ABC||W 33–21||85,507|
|January 1||8:00 p.m.||vs. No. 2 Nebraska*||No. 1||Orange Bowl • Miami, Florida (Orange Bowl)||NBC||W 18–16||81,536|
|*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.|
1993 team players in the NFL
The following were selected in the 1994 NFL Draft.
|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.
- Derrick Brooks
- Sam Cowart
- Kez McCorvey
- Warrick Dunn
- Derrick Alexander
- Tamarick Vanover
- Troy Spicer
- Clay Shiver
Awards and honors
- Charlie Ward, Heisman Trophy
- Charlie Ward, Johnny Unitas Award
- Charlie Ward, James E. Sullivan Award
- Charlie Ward, Walter Camp Award
- Charlie Ward, Maxwell Award
- Charlie Ward, Davey O'Brien Award
- Fighting Irish Win Game of the Century The Tech (MIT newspaper) Mike Duffy and Andrew Heitner. Volume 113, Issue 59 : Friday, November 19, 1993
- 1993 NCAA Division I-A football season#Final rankings
- "November 16, 1993 Football Polls - College Poll Archive - Historical College Football and Basketball Polls and Rankings".
- "Nebraska vs Florida State 1994 Orange Bowl -- HuskerMax™".
- "1994 NFL Draft Listing - Pro-Football-Reference.com".
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2007-04-16.
- "AAU Sullivan Award".