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Florida State Seminoles football
2018 Florida State Seminoles football team
Florida State Seminoles alternate logo.svg
First season 1902[1]
Athletic director Stan Wilcox
Head coach Willie Taggart
1st season, 0–0 (–)
Other staff Walt Bell (OC)
Harlon Barnett (DC)
Stadium Doak Campbell Stadium
(Capacity: 79,560)
Field Bobby Bowden Field
Year built 1950
Field surface 419 Tiftway Bermuda[2]
Location Pensacola Street & Stadium Drive Tallahassee, Florida
NCAA division Division I FBS
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Division Atlantic Division
Past conferences Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1902–1904)
Independent (1947)
Dixie Conference (1948–1950)
Independent (1951–1991)
Atlantic Coast Conference (1992–present), Atlantic Division since 2005
All-time record 546–255–18 (.678)
Bowl record 28–16–3 (.628)
Playoff appearances 1 (2014)
Playoff record 0−1
Claimed nat'l titles 3 (1993, 1999, 2013)
Unclaimed nat'l titles 5 (1980, 1987, 1992, 1994, 1996)
National finalist 3 (1996, 1998, 2000)
Conference titles 18 (1948, 1949, 1950, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Division titles 6 (2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Rivalries Florida Gators (rivalry)
Miami Hurricanes (rivalry)
Clemson Tigers (rivalry)
Virginia Cavaliers (rivalry)
Heisman winners 3 (Charlie Ward, Chris Weinke, Jameis Winston)
Consensus All-Americans 45
Current uniform
ACC-Uniform-FlaST.png
Colors Garnet and Gold[3]
         
Fight song FSU Fight Song
Mascot Osceola and Renegade[4]
Marching band Marching Chiefs
Outfitter Nike
Website Seminoles.com

The Florida State Seminoles football team represents Florida State University (variously Florida State or FSU) in the sport of American football. The Seminoles compete in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The team is known for its storied history, distinctive helmet, fight song and colors as well as the many traditions associated with the school.

Florida State has won three national championships, eighteen conference titles and six division titles along with a playoff appearance. The Seminoles have achieved three undefeated seasons and finished ranked in the top four of the AP Poll for 14 straight years from 1987 through 2000. The 1999 team received votes from ESPN as one of the top teams in college football history.[5]

The team has produced three Heisman Trophy winners: quarterbacks Charlie Ward in 1993, Chris Weinke in 2000 and Jameis Winston in 2013. The Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to the top receiver in college football, is named for Florida State hall of famer Fred Biletnikoff. Other awards won by Florida State players include the Walter Camp Award, the Maxwell Award, the Davey O'Brien Award, the Lombardi Award, the Dick Butkus Award, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, the Lou Groza Award, the Dave Rimington Trophy and the Bobby Bowden Award. Florida State coaches have been honored with the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award, the Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award, the Home Depot Coach of the Year Award, the Broyles Award, and the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award. Many former Seminoles have gone on to have successful careers in the NFL.

The program has produced 218 All-Americans (45 consensus and 15 unanimous) and 250 professional players. Florida State has had six members inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, two members inducted into the College Football Coaches Hall of Fame and four members inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Seminoles have the tenth-highest winning percentage among all college football programs in Division I FBS history with over 500 victories. Florida State has appeared in forty-eight postseason bowl games and rank ninth nationally for bowl winning percentage and fourth for bowl wins. The Seminoles' archrivals are Florida, whom they meet annually in the last game of the regular season, and Miami; both games are considered among the greatest rivalries in college football.[6] A rivalry with Clemson has developed and grown due to both teams competing yearly for the ACC Atlantic division.

The team is coached by Willie Taggart and plays its home games at Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium, currently the 20th largest stadium in college football, the 2nd largest in the ACC, located on-campus in Tallahassee, Florida.

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History[edit]

Florida State College Eleven[edit]

1899 West Florida Seminary football team at College Hall; College Hall was located at the present site of the Westcott Building on the campus of Florida State University.

As early as the 1890s, Florida State had a football team. Florida State University traces the start of its athletic program to 1902, when Florida State College played the first of its three seasons.[7] From 1902 to 1904, the institution then known as Florida State College fielded a varsity football team called "The Eleven" that played other teams.[8] The Florida State players wore gold uniforms with a large purple F on the front. Their pants were lightly padded, but their upper bodies were largely unprotected. Leather helmets with ear guards covered their heads, and shoehorn-shaped metal nose guards were strapped across their faces.[9] In 1905, the state reorganized its secondary education under the Buckman Act and the football team moved to the University of Florida.[7] In 1947, Florida's university system faced a heavy influx of returning soldiers taking advantage of the G.I. Bill. To accommodate the demand, on May 15, 1947, the Governor signed an act of the Legislature returning Florida State College for Women to coeducational status and naming it The Florida State University. This is recognized as the beginning of Florida State University's current American football program.

Florida State College football in 1902

In 1902 Florida State College students, supported by president Albert A. Murphree, organized the school's first official football club to play against other schools and teams. The team was known as the "Florida State College Eleven" and W. W. Hughes, professor of Latin and the head of men's sports at the school, served as the first coach.[10] They played their first game against the Bainbridge Giants, a city team from Bainbridge, Georgia, defeating them 5–0. The team then played back-to-back matches against Florida Agricultural College (which later merged into what is now the University of Florida) one week apart, winning the first 6–0 and losing the second 0–6. The following season student enthusiasm grew even more, and the Eleven arranged a full schedule of six games. They competed against teams such as the University of Florida in Lake City (as Florida Agricultural College was then called), Georgia Tech, and the East Florida Seminary (another school that merged into the University of Florida), and finished the season by competing against Stetson College in Jacksonville for The Florida Times-Union's Championship Cup.[11] The following year Jack Forsythe, later the first head coach of the Florida Gators, replaced Hughes as coach, and the Eleven won the unofficial "state championship" by defeating Stetson in Tallahassee.[12] Jock Hanvey assisted Forsythe.

Members of the Florida State College football team

This would be The Eleven's last season, however, as the Florida State Legislature passed the Buckman Act, which reorganized Florida's six colleges into three institutions segregated by gender and race: a school for white males, a school for white females, and a school for African Americans. Florida State College became Florida Female College until 1909, when it became Florida State College for Women.[13] Four other institutions (including the University of Florida in Lake City and the East Florida Seminary) were merged into the new white men's-only University of the State of Florida in Gainesville.[14] Males who formerly attended Florida State College were required to transfer to the Gainesville campus,[13] although several former FSC players transferred to Grant University (now the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga), with five joining Grant's football team. In 1909 several veterans of the FSC Eleven founded a city team named the Tallahassee Athletics, but this folded after one season. Except for this, until 1947 Tallahassee's only organized or collegiate football team were the team from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College for Negroes (now Florida A&M University).[14]

Foundation of the modern team (1947–1959)[edit]

The inaugural Florida State University football team

The end of World War II brought enormous pressure on the university system in Florida, which saw an influx of veterans applying for college under the GI Bill. The Florida Legislature responded by renaming the Florida State College for Women to Florida State University and allowing men to attend the university for the first time since 1905. Football then returned to Florida State University, beginning in the 1947 season. From 1948 through 1959, the Seminole football program achieved much success under coaches Don Veller and Tom Nugent.

Ed Williamson, who introduced football to the school, served as the first coach of the Florida State Seminoles. In his first and only season with Florida State, the Seminoles posted an 0–5 record. Williamson has the worst record out of all the head coaches at Florida State and the only coach to have a winless mark.

As the second coach at Florida State, Don Veller coached at Florida State for five years and compiled a record of 31–12–1. Veller was the first coach to find success coaching the Seminoles. In 1950, Veller led the Seminoles to an 8–0 record, the first unbeaten season in school history.

Once Veller left the school, Tom Nugent became the third coach at Florida State. He stayed at Florida State for six years and compiled a record of 34–28–1. In one of his most notable accomplishments, Nugent gave the Seminoles their first win over an SEC opponent with a 10–0 victory against Tennessee in 1958.

The fourth coach at Florida State was Perry Moss who coached the Seminoles for one year after compiling a 4–6 record. He became the second Florida State coach to leave the school with a losing record and the second to coach at the school for only one season after leaving to coach in the CFL.

Bill Peterson era (1960–1970)[edit]

Under Peterson, the Seminoles defeated the Gators for the first time.

With the arrival of head coach Bill Peterson in 1960, the Seminoles began their move to national prominence. Under Peterson's direction, the Seminoles beat the Florida Gators for the first time in 1964 and earned their first major bowl bid. Peterson also led the Seminoles to their first ever top ten ranking. During his tenure as head coach, Peterson also gave a young assistant by the name of Bobby Bowden his first major college coaching opportunity.[15]

Although not widely known, the Seminoles achieved their first ever number one ranking during this period. In October, 1964, the Dunkel College Football Index, a popular power index of that era, placed the Seminoles at the top of their poll after a stunning 48–6 win over highly ranked Kentucky (AP #5, Dunkel #3). Peterson would be named UPI national coach of the week after this program changing victory.[16][17] In an era of very few bowl games, Peterson's innovative offensive system helped earn the Seminoles four bowl bids from 1964 through 1968. During this time, only Alabama and Mississippi appeared in more bowl games than did Peterson's Seminoles. In 1968, Peterson's eighth year at the helm, the Seminoles claimed their third straight bowl bid as Florida State became the first major college in the state of Florida to earn such a distinction. The Seminoles would not repeat this feat again until the ninth season of the Bobby Bowden era.[18]

In the summer of 1967, Peterson also engineered another first for the Seminole program when he decided to begin the recruitment of African American football players. Apparently, he did so without approval from either the school president or its athletic director. On December 16, 1967, the Seminoles signed Ernest Cook, a fullback from Daytona Beach. Several months later, the Seminoles would sign running back Calvin Patterson from Dade County. Ultimately, Cook decided to switch his allegiance to Minnesota where he would become an All-Big Ten running back. In the fall of 1968, Patterson would become the first African American student to play for the Seminoles as a starter for the Florida State freshmen football team. In the fall of 1970, J. T. Thomas would become the first African American to play in a varsity game for the Seminoles.[19][20]

Larry Jones era (1971–1973)[edit]

Following Peterson's successful run, Larry Jones was appointed as the sixth head coach at Florida State. Jones coached for three years and compiled a record of 15–19, becoming the third Florida State coach to have a losing record.

Darrell Mudra era (1974–1975)[edit]

Coach Mudra

After the disappointing tenure of Jones, Darrell Mudra was hired to be the seventh coach of the Seminoles. Mudra lasted just two years and compiled a record of 4–18. He became the fourth head coach to have a losing record at Florida State.

Bobby Bowden era (1976–2009)[edit]

Coach Bowden

Under head coach Bobby Bowden, who came to Florida State from West Virginia, the Seminoles became one of the nation's most competitive programs, greatly expanding the tradition of football at Florida State. The Seminoles played in five national championship games between 1993 and 2000, and claimed the championship twice, in 1993 and 1999. The FSU football team was the most successful team in college football during the 1990s, boasting an 89% winning percentage. FSU also set an NCAA record for most consecutive Top 5 finishes in the AP football poll – receiving placement 14 years in a row, from 1987 to 2000. The Seminoles under Bowden were the first college football team in history to go wire-to-wire (ranked first place from preseason to postseason) since the AP began releasing preseason rankings in 1936. On December 1, 2009 Bowden announced that he would retire from coaching after the Seminoles' game on New Year's Day 2010 against West Virginia, Bowden's former team, in the Gator Bowl. His legacy has led to the creation of two awards in his honor, the Bobby Bowden Award, an award presented to college football players, and the Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year Award, an award presented to college football coaches.

Rise to prominence[edit]

Bowden is credited with Florida State's rise to prominence.

In the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s, the Seminoles had 14 consecutive seasons with 10 or more wins and a top four finish, with a record of 152–19–1 between these years (11 of their 19 losses were decided by seven points or less), and one of the best home records of the era. FSU's accomplishments in these 14 seasons included 11 bowl wins, nine ACC championships in nine years, two Heisman Trophy winners, and two national championships.

The Dynasty (1987–2000)[edit]

The 1987-2000 seasons are documented in the film The Bowden Dynasty: A Story of Faith, Family and Football and the book The Bowden Dynasty: A Story of Faith, Family and Football - An Insider's Account.

Year Record AP or Coaches Poll Rank Championships Bowl
1987 11–1 2nd Won Fiesta
1988 11–1 3rd Won Sugar
1989 10–2 3rd Won Fiesta
1990 10–2 4th Won Blockbuster
1991 11–2 4th Won Cotton
1992 11–1 2nd ACC Champions Won Orange
1993 12–1 1st ACC Champions, National Champions Won Orange
1994 10–1–1 4th ACC Champions Won Sugar
1995 10–2 4th ACC Co-Champions Won Orange
1996 11–1 3rd ACC Champions Lost Sugar
1997 11–1 3rd ACC Champions Won Sugar
1998 11–2 3rd ACC Co-Champions Lost Fiesta
1999 12–0 1st ACC Champions, National Champions Won Sugar
2000 11–2 4th ACC Champions Lost Orange

Academic cheating scandal[edit]

In Spring 2007, several FSU athletes including football players were accused of cheating in an online music history class. The NCAA ruled that Florida State was guilty of major violations, announced that it would reduce scholarship limits in 10 sports and force Florida State to vacate all of the victories in 2006 and 2007 in which the implicated athletes participated and placed the university on probation for four years.[21] FSU vacated 12 football victories from the 2006 and 2007 seasons, Bowden finished his career with 377 career wins.[22]

Jimbo Fisher era (2010–2017)[edit]

Coach Fisher

On January 5, 2010, Jimbo Fisher officially became the ninth head football coach in Florida State history. Fisher had been a member of the Florida State staff for three years, serving as offensive coordinator. He was named head coach-in waiting during the 2008 season. Fisher's ascension helped lead Florida State to a top-10 recruiting class in 2010 and the #1 and #2 recruiting class in the country, according to ESPN and Rivals. In his first season as head coach, Florida State went 10–4 with a 6–2 record in ACC conference play. The Seminoles went to their first ACC Championship Game since 2005, losing to Virginia Tech 44–33, and had their first ten win season since 2003. Fisher's first Florida State team notably beat both of its in-state rivals, the Miami Hurricanes 45–17 and the Florida Gators 31–7, for the first time since 1999. Florida State would go on to the Chick-fil-A Bowl, where they would beat Steve Spurrier's South Carolina team, 26–17. In his second season, Florida State went 9–4 with a 5–3 record in ACC conference play. For the second year in a row, the Seminoles defeated both of their in-state rivals. Fisher's second Florida State team also defeated Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl. Fisher brought in another top-ranked recruiting class in 2012. In his third season, he led the Seminoles to their first conference title in seven years and defeated Northern Illinois to win the Orange Bowl. In the 2013 season, Jimbo Fisher guided his team to a perfect 14–0 record and a national championship with a comeback win against Auburn. In Fisher's fifth season with the Seminoles, he guided Florida State to another undefeated regular season and a playoff berth. Florida State had victories over both in-state rivals, Florida and Miami, in six of Jimbo Fisher's first seven seasons as head coach and won ten or more games in six of his eight seasons.

Fisher resigned as FSU head coach on December 1, 2017, to accept a record ten-year, $75 million contract to become head coach at Texas A&M. Defensive line coach Odell Haggins was named interim head coach, becoming Florida State's first African-American head coach, and coached in his first game the next day against Louisiana Monroe. The Seminoles won, extending their bowl streak to an NCAA record 36 seasons. He went on to coach the Seminoles in the bowl game, leading them to a win and their 41st consecutive winning season.

Willie Taggart era (2018–present)[edit]

Coach Taggart

On December 5, 2017, Willie Taggart left Oregon to become the new head coach at Florida State.[23] His hiring made him the first full-time African American head coach in FSU history.

Conference affiliations[edit]

In the first year of the program, Florida State competed as an independent program without conference affiliation. They were members of the Dixie Conference for three years before returning to independence. They would remain this way until 1992 when, after being courted by several conferences including the Southeastern Conference, they opted to join the Atlantic Coast Conference which is the same conference that they compete in today.

Head coaches[edit]

Florida State has had thirteen head coaches since organized football began in 1902.[24][25] Bobby Bowden, who spent thirty-four years at Florida State, is the winningest coach in school history and has been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. During his tenure, Bobby Bowden won two national championships with the Seminoles, while Jimbo Fisher won one.

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct. Bowl Games
1902–1903 W. W. Hughes 2 5–3–1 .611 0–0–1
1904 Jack Forsythe 1 2–3 .400
1947 Ed Williamson 1 0–5 .000
1948–1952 Don Veller 5 31–12–1 .716 1–0
1953–1958 Tom Nugent 6 34–28–1 .548 0–2
1959 Perry Moss 1 4–6 .400
1960–1970 Bill Peterson 11 62–42–11 .587 1–2–1
1971–1973 Larry Jones 3 15–19 .441 0–1
1974–1975 Darrell Mudra 2 4–18 .182
1976–2009 Bobby Bowden 34 304–97–4^ .756 20–9–1^
2010–2017 Jimbo Fisher 8 83–23 .783 5–2
2017 Odell Haggins Interim 2–0 1.000 1–0
2018– Willie Taggart 1 0–0
Totals 13 coaches 75 seasons 546–255–18 .678 28–16–3

^ Bobby Bowden's record omits 12 vacated victories including 1 bowl victory, that would otherwise make his record 316–97–4.

Championships[edit]

National championships[edit]

Florida State has appeared in six National Championship games winning three titles from the 1993, 1999 and 2013 seasons. Coach Bobby Bowden won his first national title in the 1994 Orange Bowl game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The second national title came in the 2000 Sugar Bowl against the Virginia Tech Hokies. The win capped Bobby Bowden's first and only "perfect season" and the Florida State Seminoles were the first team to go wire-to-wire as the #1 team in the polls that year.

Year Coach Selector Record Bowl Opponent Result
1993 Bobby Bowden AP, Coaches 12–1 Orange Bowl Nebraska W 18–16
1999 Bobby Bowden BCS, AP, Coaches 12–0 Sugar Bowl Virginia Tech W 46–29
2013 Jimbo Fisher BCS, AP, Coaches 14–0 BCS National Championship Game Auburn W 34–31

1993 season[edit]

Florida State's 1993 and 1999 National Championship trophies

The Seminoles entered 1993 with a number one ranking and were led by quarterback and eventual Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward.

Florida State cruised to a 9–0 record with their closest game being an eighteen-point win over Miami. The only loss of the season came at second-ranked and undefeated Notre Dame by a score of 31–24, in one of the greatest games in college football history. Despite the loss, Florida State still went on to play for the national title, beating Nebraska in the Orange Bowl with a field goal in the final seconds to claim the school's first national title.

1999 season[edit]

After falling short in the national title game against Tennessee in 1998, the Seminoles began the 1999 season ranked first in the country.

Florida State would go on to complete just the second undefeated season in school history and became the first team in history to be ranked number one for an entire season. The Noles would clinch their second national title with a victory over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl.

2013 season[edit]

The Florida State Seminoles defeated the Auburn Tigers at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California

After the 2012 season, FSU lost six coaches including defensive coordinator Mark Stoops Despite the numerous coaching changes and off the field incidents, Florida State would go on to become the highest scoring team in FBS history by scoring 723 points in a single season en route to their third national championship. The 2013 Seminoles would hand then third ranked Clemson their worst home loss, set a new attendance record at Doak Campbell Stadium of 84,409 against the seventh ranked Miami Hurricanes, and set a school scoring record of 80 points in a game against the University of Idaho behind freshman quarterback and eventual Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.

Unclaimed national championships[edit]

The Seminoles have been named national champions on 10 additional occasions by various selectors.[26] Five of these selections (1980, 1987, 1992, 1994, 1996) are recognized by the NCAA but not claimed by the university.[27] The other five selections (1988, 1989, 1990, 1997, 1998) are not claimed by the university nor are they recognized by the NCAA.[28]

Year Selectors
1980 Foundation for the Analysis of Competitions and Tournaments, Soren Sorensen
1987 Clyde Berryman, Massy Ratings, The Fleming System
1988 Annual Football Predictions
1989 Bob Kirlin
1990 Bob Kirlin
1992 Bob Kirlin, Football by the Numbers, Sagarin Ratings
1994 Dunkel System
1996 Alderson System, Nutshell Sports Football Ratings
1997 Soren Sorensen, SW!-TECH Computer Ratings, The Fleming System
1998 The Fleming System

Conference championships[edit]

ACC Title trophies

Florida State is second among all ACC programs in terms of conference championships.

Season Conference Coach Overall Conference
1948 Dixie Don Veller 7–1 4–0
1949 Dixie Don Veller 9–1 4–0
1950 Dixie Don Veller 8–0 2–0
1992 ACC Bobby Bowden 11–1 8–0
1993 ACC Bobby Bowden 12–1 8–0
1994 ACC Bobby Bowden 10–1–1 8–0
1995 ACC Bobby Bowden 10–2 7–1
1996 ACC Bobby Bowden 11–1 8–0
1997 ACC Bobby Bowden 11–1 8–0
1998 ACC Bobby Bowden 11–2 7–1
1999 ACC Bobby Bowden 12–0 8–0
2000 ACC Bobby Bowden 11–2 8–0
2002 ACC Bobby Bowden 9–5 7–1
2003 ACC Bobby Bowden 10–3 7–1
2005 ACC Bobby Bowden 8–5 5–3
2012 ACC Jimbo Fisher 12–2 7–1
2013 ACC Jimbo Fisher 14–0 8–0
2014 ACC Jimbo Fisher 13–1 8–0
Total Conference Titles 18
† Denotes co-champions

Division championships[edit]

Divisional play began in the Atlantic Coast Conference at the start of the 2005 football season. Florida State defeated Virginia Tech of the Coastal Division in the inaugural game in 2005, losing to Virginia Tech in 2010, beating Georgia Tech in 2012, Duke in 2013 and Georgia Tech in 2014.

Year Division Coach Opponent ACC CG Result
2005 ACC Atlantic Bobby Bowden Virginia Tech W 27–22
2008 ACC Atlantic Bobby Bowden Boston College won the divisional tiebreaker  
2010 ACC Atlantic Jimbo Fisher Virginia Tech L 33–44
2012 ACC Atlantic Jimbo Fisher Georgia Tech W 21–15
2013 ACC Atlantic Jimbo Fisher Duke W 45–7
2014 ACC Atlantic Jimbo Fisher Georgia Tech W 37–35
Totals 6 4–1
† Denotes co-champions

Doak S. Campbell Stadium[edit]

Doak Campbell Stadium

The Florida State Seminoles originally played their home games at Centennial Field until 1950. The Seminoles had an 8–4 record at Centennial, including two undefeated home records. The team currently play their home games at Doak Cambell Stadium, which has a capacity of 79,560. Florida State is 294–92–4 in 390 games played at Doak Campbell.

The stadium, named after former school president Doak Sheridan Campbell, hosted its first game against the Randolph-Macon College Yellowjackets on October 7, 1950 with the Seminoles winning the game 40–7. At that time the facility had a seating capacity of 15,000. Doak Campbell Stadium, with its original capacity of 15,000 in 1950, was built at a cost of $250,000. In 1954, the stadium grew to a capacity of 19,000. Six thousand more seats were added in 1961. During the Bill Peterson era (1960–70), the stadium was expanded to 40,500 seats, and it remained at that capacity for the next 14 years. Since that time, the stadium has expanded to almost 83,000, largely due to the success of the football team under head coach Bobby Bowden coupled with the ever-growing student body. It now is the second largest football stadium in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

Bobby Bowden Field

Aesthetically, a brick facade surrounding the stadium matches the architectural design of most of the buildings on the university's campus. In addition to the obvious recreational uses, The University Center surrounds the stadium and houses many of the university's offices as well as The College of Motion Picture Arts, The Dedman School of Hospitality, and The College of Social Work. The field was officially named Bobby Bowden field on November 20, 2004 as Florida State hosted intrastate rival Florida. Florida State has been recognized as having one of the best gameday atmospheres in the country, and Doak Campbell Stadium has been named one of the top stadiums in college sports.[29]

Doak Campbell Stadium has been a great home field advantage for the Noles. Florida State is one of only three schools that can boast a decade home field unbeaten streak. The Seminoles never lost a home game from 1992–2001, a total of 54 games, and have completed twenty-three undefeated seasons at their home stadiums, including twenty-one at Doak Campbell.

The record crowd for the stadium is 84,409; set during a game against the Miami Hurricanes on November 2, 2013.

Rivalries[edit]

Rivalry history[edit]

Opponent Won Lost Tied Pct. Streak First Last
Clemson 20 11 0 .645 Lost 3 1970 2017[30]
Florida 26 34 2 .435 Won 5 1958 2017[31]
Miami 30 32 0 .484 Lost 1 1951 2017[32]
Virginia 14 3 0 .824 Won 1 1992 2014[33]
Totals 90 80 2 .529

† One win vacated during the 2006 season

Florida[edit]

Florida State and Florida have played each year since 1958.

The Florida Gators are the main rival of the Florida State Seminoles. Florida State and Florida have played each other 62 times. The game alternates between Florida's home stadium, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field in Gainesville, Florida and Florida State's home stadium, Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida. The Gators hold a 34–26–2 all-time lead against the Seminoles. Since the hiring of Bobby Bowden, Florida State has gone 24–19–1 against the Gators. During the Bobby Bowden era, Florida State went 17–18–1. Jimbo Fisher led the Seminoles to five straight wins against the Gators, their longest winning streak in the series.

Miami[edit]

Florida State and Miami first met in 1951 and have played each year since 1966.

The rivalry dates to 1951, when the Miami Hurricanes defeated the Seminoles 35–13 in their inaugural meeting. The schools have played uninterrupted since 1966, with Miami leading the series 32–30. Florida State holds a 10–4 advantage since the Hurricanes became a conference foe in 2004.

During the 1980s and 90s, the series emerged as one of the premier rivalries in college football. Between 1983 and 2013, the Hurricanes and Seminoles combined to win 8 national championships (5 for Miami, 3 for Florida State) and played in 15 national championship games (1983, 85, 86, 87, 89, 91, 92, 93, 96, 98, 99, 2000, 01, 02, 13). The rivalry has been popular not only because of its profound national championship implications and the competitiveness of the games but also because of the immense NFL-caliber talent typically present on the field when the two teams meet. The famous 1987 matchup featured over 50 future NFL players on both rosters combined.

The games have been characterized by remarkable team speed, big plays, hard hitting, and missed field goals. In 2004, the intensity of the rivalry was dialed up another notch when Miami joined the ACC and the teams became intra-conference rivals.

The rivalry is a television ratings bonanza, accounting for the two highest rated college football telecasts in ESPN history. The 2006 game between Miami and FSU was the second most-viewed college football game, regular season or bowl, in the history of ESPN, averaging 6,330,000 households in viewership (a 6.9 rating). It trailed only the 1994 game between Miami and FSU, which notched a 7.7 rating.[34]

Clemson[edit]

The Noles and Tigers compete for the Atlantic division title.

Florida State has a rivalry with Atlantic Division foe Clemson Tigers. Florida State leads the all-time series 20–11. The Seminoles dominated the contests through most of the 1990s but 1999 marked a milestone as the hire of Bobby Bowden's son Tommy led to the first meeting, in 1999, which was the first time in Division I-A history that a father and a son met as opposing head coaches in a football game. During the time Tommy coached at Clemson, the game was known as the "Bowden Bowl"; Bobby won the series in the 9 years it was played before Tommy's resignation, taking 5 of those games with all four losses within the last five seasons.

One sticking point in the rivalry remains that a proud Clemson Tiger program that was strong in the 1980s had won 6 of the past 11 ACC titles from 1981–91. 1991 would be the last ACC Championship the Tigers would win until 2011 as Florida State entered the ACC in 1992 and proceeded to win the next 9 ACC Championships in a row, and 12 of the next 14 in the series.

Virginia[edit]

The Seminoles also have a rivalry with the Virginia Cavaliers. Florida State and Virginia compete for the Jefferson–Eppes Trophy. The two schools have played for the trophy since its creation in 1995. It has been awarded a total of 18 times, with FSU receiving it 14 times (FSU vacated its 2006 win). The Seminoles hold the all-time advantage 14–3. Because of conference expansion, the teams no longer play annually; the teams last met in 2014, and they will meet once again during the 2019 season.[35]

Trophies[edit]

Florida Cup[edit]

The Florida Cup is the trophy sponsored by the state of Florida given to either the Florida State University Seminoles, the University of Florida Gators, or the University of Miami Hurricanes for winning a round-robin against the other two teams in the same season (including bowl games if necessary).[36]

It was created in 2002 by the Florida Sports Foundation, the official sports promotion and development organization of the state of Florida, and the Florida Championships Awards, Inc. The idea of finally having a trophy for the round robin winner between the three schools was enthusiastically endorsed by then governor Jeb Bush. Along with the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy (given to the winner of the round robin between Army, Navy and Air Force), the Florida Cup is one of the very few three way rivalries that presents a trophy to the winner.

The Florida Cup was awarded to the Florida State Seminoles in 2013, as Florida and Miami played in the regular season. However, unless the Gators and Hurricanes meet in a bowl game, this will be the last year they play for a long time, as Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley is reluctant to add Miami as an annual opponent due to alleged financial and scheduling concerns. Unless Florida and Miami are paired together in a bowl game, it remains to be seen when the next time the cup will be on the line. Thus, 2013 was the last year that the Florida Cup was awarded.

A separate trophy, the Makala Trophy, is also awarded to the winner of the Florida–Florida State game at the winning team's spring scrimmage.[37]

Jefferson–Eppes Trophy[edit]

The Jefferson–Eppes Trophy is awarded to the winner of the Florida State–Virginia game. This game was played annually from 1992 through 2005, but since the conference split into divisions, the teams meet twice every six years. Florida State has been awarded the trophy fourteen times. Florida State is the current trophy holder after their win in Tallahassee in 2014.

Polls[edit]

Florida State has ended their football season ranked 38 times in either the AP or Coaches Poll.[38]
Top-10 finishes are colored ██

AP Poll began selecting the nation's Top 20 teams in 1939. Only the Top 10 teams were recognized from 1962–1967. The AP Poll expanded back to the Top 20 teams in 1968. In 1989, it began recognizing the Top 25 teams.

UPI/Coaches Poll began selecting its Top 20 teams on a weekly basis in 1950 before expanding to the nations's Top 25 teams in 1990.

Notable games[edit]

  • 1950First Game at Doak – Florida State played the first game at Doak Campbell Stadium, a 40–7 win over Randolph-Macon College.
  • 1964FSU's First Win Over UF – Florida State had never beaten Florida, gaining only a 3–3 tie in six tries, all at Gainesville. Since 1947, when Florida State College for Women became Florida State University, its athletes have endured "girl school" taunts. During the week Florida players wore stickers on their helmets in practice reading "Never, FSU, Never." The thrust may have added considerable fuel to FSU's already blazing fire. FSU's aggressive defense helped force five Florida fumbles, and the Seminoles claimed four of them. The Tribe intercepted two passes. FSU lost two fumbles and had one pass intercepted. Steve Tensi connected on 11 of 22 throws for 190 yards. Fred Biletnikoff, a decoy much of the way and well covered by Florida, caught only two, for 78 yards and a touchdown. The 16–7 win ended six years of FSU frustration against the Gators and left Florida with a 5–3 record. FSU ended its regular season with an 8–1–1 chart, a showing exceeded only by an unbeaten 1950 season.
  • 1988Puntrooskie – Florida State had a 4th down and 4 to go at its own 21-yard line with about a minute and a half to go in the 4th quarter at Clemson. They lined up to punt but the ball was snapped to an up back who handed it to Leroy Butler who ran down the left side of the field all the way to the Clemson 4-yard line. Florida State wound up kicking a field goal to win the game, 24–21.
  • 1991Big Win at the Big House – In their first trip ever to Michigan Stadium, Florida State would beat the #3 Michigan Wolverines 51–31 behind quarterback Casey Weldon's 268 yards and 2 touchdowns and Amp Lee's 122 yards rushing. One of the most memorable plays in Florida State history occurred on Michigan's 1st play in the 1st quarter when cornerback Terrell Buckley returned an Elvis Grbac interception for a 40-yard touchdown.
  • 1993Ward to Dunn – The Seminoles came into The Swamp ranked No. 1 and looking to play for the national championship. Florida had clinched the SEC East championship and were themselves ranked in the top five. Early on it looked to be a Florida State rout, as the Seminoles took a 27–7 lead into the fourth quarter. However, Florida scored two quick touchdowns to make the score 27–21. With six minutes remaining, the Seminoles faced third down at their own 21-yard-line. In what many people consider the greatest play in Florida State history, Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Charlie Ward hit freshman Warrick Dunn up the sideline for a 79-yard game-clinching touchdown run and a 33–21 FSU win.
  • 1994FSU Wins First National Championship – This 60th edition of the Orange Bowl featured the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Florida State Seminoles. Florida State came into the game 11–1, and ranked first in the nation. Nebraska came into the game undefeated at 11–0, and with a number 2 ranking. Late in 4th quarter, FSU's Heisman trophy winning quarterback Charlie Ward drove the Seminoles all the way to the Nebraska 3-yard line. The Huskers held and forced Scott Bentley to kick his fourth field goal of the night, which was good, and FSU led 18–16 with just 21 seconds remaining. Florida State players and coaches went wild on the sidelines, and were penalized for excessive celebration, costing them 15 yards on the ensuing kickoff. As a result, the Huskers were able to get a decent return and began their final possession at their own 43-yard line. As time ran down, Tommy Frazier hit tight end Trumane Bell for a 29-yard gain to the FSU 28-yard line. The clock ticked down to 0:00, setting off more chaos on the FSU sideline, complete with the compulsory Gatorade bath given to FSU coach Bobby Bowden. However, referee John Soffey ruled that Bell was down with 1 second left on the clock, and ordered the field cleared, allowing Nebraska placekicker Byron Bennett an opportunity to kick the game-winning field goal. But the 45-yard kick sailed wide left, preserving the 18–16 win for the Seminoles.
  • 1994The Choke at Doak – In the greatest fourth-quarter comeback of the series, the Gators led the Seminoles 31–3 after three quarters. However, the Seminoles scored 28 points in the final fifteen minutes to tie the game at 31–31.
  • 1995The Fifth Quarter in the French Quarter – After the Choke at Doak game ended in a 31–31 tie both teams where selected to the 1995 Sugar Bowl. The game would become known as "The Fifth Quarter in the French Quarter." With 1:32 left in the game All-America linebacker Derrick Brooks intercepted a pass from Danny Wuerffel to seal FSU's victory 23–17.
  • 1996#1 vs #2 – The #1–ranked and undefeated Gators came into Tallahassee favored against the second-ranked Seminoles. The 'Noles got off to a quick start when Peter Boulware blocked the Gator's first punt of the game, resulting in a touchdown. Florida's eventual Heisman Trophy winner quarterback Danny Wuerffel threw three interceptions in the first half, and FSU had a 17–0 lead after one quarter of play. Wuerffel got on track after that, throwing for three touchdowns. The last one (to WR Reidel Anthony) cut the Florida State lead to three points with just over a minute left to play. The ensuing onside kick went out of bounds, however, and the Seminoles held on for the 24–21 upset win..
  • 2000FSU Wins Second National Championship – Florida State scored first and took advantage of a blocked punt for a touchdown, giving the Seminoles a 14–0 lead in the first quarter. Virginia Tech, led by QB Michael Vick, answered with a touchdown drive of its own before the end of the quarter, but Florida State scored two quick touchdowns to begin the second quarter. Virginia Tech scored a touchdown before halftime, but halfway through the game, Florida State held a 28–14 lead. In the third quarter, Virginia Tech's offense gave the Hokies a lead with a field goal and two touchdowns. Tech failed to convert two two-point conversions, but held a 29–28 lead at the end of the third quarter. Florida State answered in the fourth quarter, however, taking a 36–29 lead with a touchdown and successful two-point conversion early in the quarter. From this point, the Seminoles did not relinquish the lead, extending it to 46–29 with a field goal and another touchdown. With the win, Florida State clinched the 1999 BCS national championship, the team's second national championship in its history.
  • 2005The Miami Muff – In 2005, the Florida State Seminoles finally gained some redemption for the past Wide Right heartbreaks. Miami kicker John Peattie missed two field goals in the 1st quarter, while FSU kicker Gary Cismesia was 1/2 for the game. Trailing 10–7 in the 4th, the Hurricanes drove down the field to set up a game-tying field goal with 2:16 left. When the ball was snapped, it was mishandled by holder Brian Monroe and the ball never reached the kicker's foot. Florida State took over on downs and ran out the clock to end Miami's six-game winning streak in the rivalry.
  • 2010The Golden Toe – In the first-ever walk-off, game-winning kick in school history, Dustin Hopkins booted a 55-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Seminoles to a 16–13 victory over Clemson.
  • 2013Top Five Matchup in Death Valley – In the first ACC game between two teams ranked in the top five, Florida State handed Clemson their worst home loss in school history.
  • 2014FSU Wins Third National Championship – After Florida State scored a field goal on their first drive, Auburn responded with a touchdown in the first quarter and two in the second to storm out to a 21–3 lead. After a successful punt fake, the Seminoles managed a late touchdown before halftime to go into the locker room down, 21–10. Both teams dominated on defense in the third quarter with the Seminoles hitting a field goal to cut the lead to 8. In the fourth quarter, Florida State scored a touchdown early to make it a one-point game. After Auburn made a field goal, Levonte Whitfield returned the following kickoff 100 yards to give the Seminoles the lead, 27–24. Auburn answered with a touchdown to go up 31–27 with 1:19 remaining. On their final drive of 7 plays, Florida State scored a touchdown with 13 seconds remaining, benefiting from a pass interference by Auburn's Chris Davis Jr. on a crucial 3rd and 8. The Seminoles emerged victorious 34–31 to end the SEC's streak of 7 consecutive BCS titles.
  • 2016The Block at The Rock - Late in the fourth quarter against rival Miami, Florida State had a touchdown lead. Miami scored on an 11-yard reception by Stacey Coley with 1:38 left in the game to make the score 20–19 with an extra point attempt coming. Defensive end DeMarcus Walker blocked the extra point to give Florida State a one-point win.[39]

Individual accomplishments[edit]

Individual national award winners[edit]

Players

Heisman Trophy
Best Player
Maxwell Award
Best Player
Walter Camp Award
Best Player
Chic Harley Award
Best Player
Archie Griffin Award
Most Valuable Player
AP Player of the Year
1993Charlie Ward, QB
2000Chris Weinke, QB
2013Jameis Winston, QB
1993 – Charlie Ward, QB 1993 – Charlie Ward,QB
2013 – Jameis Winston, QB
1993 – Charlie Ward, QB 2013 – Jameis Winston, QB 2013 – Jameis Winston, QB
Davey O'Brien Award
Best Quarterback
Manning Award
Best Quarterback
Kellan Moore Award
Best Quarterback
Johhny Unitas Award
Best Senior Quarterback
Sammy Baugh Trophy
Best Passer
Jim Brown Award
Best Runningback
Paul Warfield Award
Best Wide Receiver
John Mackey Award
Best Tight End
Dave Remington Trophy
Best Center
1993 – Charlie Ward
2000 – Chris Weinke
2013 – Jameis Winston
2013 – Jameis Winston 1991Casey Weldon
1993 – Charlie Ward
1991 – Casey Weldon
1993 – Charlie Ward
2000 – Chris Weinke
2000 – Chris Weinke 2015Dalvin Cook 1999Peter Warrick 2014Nick O'Leary 2013Bryan Stork
Jim Thorpe Award
Best Defensive Back
Jack Tatum Trophy
Best Defensive Back
Lombardi Award
Best Lineman/Best Linebacker
Bill Willis Trophy
Best Defensive Lineman
Butkus Award
Best Linebacker
Jack Lambert Trophy
Best Linebacker
1988Deion Sanders
1991Terrell Buckley
1991 – Terrell Buckley
2016Tarvarus McFadden
1992Marvin Jones
2000Jamal Reynolds
1997Andre Wadsworth
2000 – Jamal Reynolds
1987Paul McGowan
1992 – Marvin Jones
1992 – Marvin Jones
1994Derrick Brooks
Lou Groza Award
Best Kicker
Vlade Award
Most Accurate Kicker
1998, 1999Sebastian Janikowski
2008Graham Gano
2013Roberto Aguayo
2013, 2014 – Roberto Aguayo
Bobby Bowden Award
Best Student Athlete
2010Christian Ponder

Coaches

Bobby Dodd Award
Coach of the Year
Walter Camp Award
Coach of the Year
Home Depot Award
Coach of the Year
1980Bobby Bowden 1991 – Bobby Bowden 1994 – Bobby Bowden
Broyles Award
Best Assistant Coach
1996Mickey Andrews, DC
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award
Lifetime Achievement
Bobby Bowden Award
Lifetime Achievement
2010 – Bobby Bowden 2011 – Bobby Bowden

Individual conference awards[edit]

Players[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Heisman Trophy[edit]

Three Florida State players have been awarded the Heisman Trophy: Charlie Ward in 1993, Chris Weinke in 2000 and Jameis Winston in 2013; Casey Weldon finished as runner-up in 1991.[41]

FSU's Heisman Trophy winners
Heisman Trophy finalists
Year Name Position Place
1984 Greg Allen RB 7th
1988 Deion Sanders DB 8th
1991 Casey Weldon QB 2nd
1992 Marvin Jones
Charlie Ward
LB
QB
4th
6th
1993 Charlie Ward QB 1st
1995 Warrick Dunn RB 9th
1996 RB 5th
1999 Peter Warrick WR 6th
2000 Chris Weinke QB 1st
2013 Jameis Winston QB 1st
2014 QB 6th
2015 Dalvin Cook RB 7th
2016 RB 10th

Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

College Football Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

Six FSU players and two FSU coaches have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

College Football Hall of Fame inductees
Year Inducted Name Position Career
1988 Ron Sellers WR 1966–68
1991 Fred Biletnikoff WR 1962–64
2000 Darrell Mudra Coach 1974–75
2006 Bobby Bowden Coach 1976–2009
2006 Charlie Ward QB 1989, 1991–93
2009 Ron Simmons DT 1977–80
2011 Deion Sanders CB 1985–88
2016 Derrick Brooks LB 1992–1994

Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

Four former Seminoles have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees
Year Inducted Name Position Career
1988 Fred Biletnikoff WR 1965–1978
2011 Deion Sanders CB 1989–2000, 2004–2005
2014 Derrick Brooks LB 1995–2008
2014 Walter Jones OL 1997–2008

Consensus All-Americans[edit]

218 Florida State players have been honored as All-American players with thirty-eight[42] being awarded as consensus All-Americans. Seven Florida State players have been two-time consensus All-Americans.

Consensus All-Americans
Year(s) Name Number Position
1964 Fred Biletnikoff 25 WR
1967 Ron Sellers 34 WR
1979–1980 Ron Simmons 51 DL
1983 Greg Allen 26 RB
1985 Jamie Dukes 64 OL
1987–1988 Deion Sanders 2 CB
1989 LeRoy Butler 6 CB
1991–1992 Marvin Jones 55 LB
1991 Terrell Buckley 27 CB
1993 Charlie Ward 17 QB
1993–1994 Derrick Brooks 10 LB
1993 Corey Sawyer 8 CB
1994 Clifton Abraham 2 CB
1995 Clay Shiver 53 C
1996 Peter Boulware 58 DE
1996 Reinard Wilson 55 DE
1997 Sam Cowart 1 LB
1997 Andre Wadsworth 85 DE
1998–1999 Sebastian Janikowski 38 K
1998–1999 Peter Warrick 9 WR
1999 Corey Simon 53 DL
1999 Jason Whitaker 68 OL
2000 Tay Cody 27 CB
2000 Snoop Minnis 13 WR
2000 Jamal Reynolds 58 DE
2003–2004 Alex Barron 70 OL
2010 Rodney Hudson 62 OL
2011 Shawn Powell 45 P
2012 Björn Werner 95 DL
2013 Lamarcus Joyner 20 S
2013 Bryan Stork 52 C
2013 Jameis Winston 5 QB
2014 Roberto Aguayo 19 K
2014 Tre' Jackson 54 OL
2014 Nick O'Leary 35 TE
2015 Jalen Ramsey 8 CB
2016 Dalvin Cook 4 RB
2016 DeMarcus Walker 44 DE

Unanimous All-Americans[edit]

15 Florida State players have been selected as unanimous All-Americans. Deion Sanders is the only Seminole to have been honored as a two-time unanimous selection.[43]

Unanimous All-Americans
Year(s) Name Number Position
1987–1988 Deion Sanders 2 CB
1991 Terrell Buckley 27 CB
1992 Marvin Jones 55 LB
1993 Charlie Ward 17 QB
1993 Derrick Brooks 10 LB
1999 Sebastian Janikowski 38 K
1999 Peter Warrick 9 WR
2000 Jamal Reynolds 58 DE
2004 Alex Barron 70 OL
2010 Rodney Hudson 62 OL
2012 Björn Werner 95 DL
2013 Lamarcus Joyner 20 S
2014 Tre' Jackson 54 OL
2016 Dalvin Cook 4 RB

Honored jersey numbers[edit]

Deion Sanders is one of eleven Seminoles whose numbers have been honored.

FSU makes eleven football designations for honored jerseys/numbers as of 2018.

Number Name Position Career Ref.
2 Deion Sanders CB 1985–88 [44]
9 Peter Warrick WR 1995-1999 [45]
10 Derrick Brooks LB 1991–1994 [44]
16 Chris Weinke QB 1997–2000 [44]
17 Charlie Ward QB 1989–1993 [44]
25 Fred Biletnikoff WR 1962–1964 [44]
27 Terrell Buckley CB 1989–1991 [44]
28 Warrick Dunn RB 1993–1996 [44]
34 Ron Sellers WR 1966–1968 [44]
50 Ron Simmons DT 1977–1980 [44]
55 Marvin Jones LB 1990–1992 [44]

Bob Crenshaw and Monk Bonasorte awards[edit]

The Tallahassee Quarterback Club[46] sponsors an award, known as the Bob Crenshaw Award that is given in memory of a special Seminole football player whose courage and fighting spirit was an inspiration to others.

The award is given in the memory of Robert E. (Bob) Crenshaw who played football from 1952 to 1955. The 175 pounds offensive lineman was the captain of the team in 1954 and a student leader. He was killed in a jet crash in 1958.[47] The plaque's inscription reads: "To the football player with the Biggest Heart." The recipient is chosen by his teammates as the man who best exemplifies the qualities that made Bob Crenshaw an outstanding football player and person. Following the 2016 season, the award is given to offensive players.

Beginning in 2017, The Tallahassee Quarterback Club[46] began sponsoring another award, known as the Monk Bonasorte Award. The award is given in the memory of Monk Bonasorte who played football from 1977 to 1980. He would later return to the university to work in the athletic department before dying of cancer. The award is given to defensive players and the recipient is also chosen by his teammates as the man who best exemplifies the qualities that made Monk Bonasorte an outstanding football player as well as person.

Records and results[edit]

Undefeated seasons[edit]

Florida State has completed three "perfect seasons" in its history as well as having gone through the regular season undefeated six times:

Year Coach Regular Season Final Win/Loss
1950 Don Veller 8–0 8–0
1979 Bobby Bowden 11–0 11–1
1996 Bobby Bowden 11–0 11–1
1999 Bobby Bowden 11–0 12–0
2013 Jimbo Fisher 12–0 14–0
2014 Jimbo Fisher 12–0 13–1
Total undefeated seasons 3

The Seminoles have gone through conference play unbeaten twelve times:

Year Coach Conference Record
1948 Don Veller 4–0
1949 Don Veller 4–0
1950 Don Veller 2–0
1992 Bobby Bowden 8–0
1993 Bobby Bowden 8–0
1994 Bobby Bowden 8–0
1996 Bobby Bowden 8–0
1997 Bobby Bowden 8–0
1999 Bobby Bowden 8–0
2000 Bobby Bowden 8–0
2013 Jimbo Fisher 8–0
2014 Jimbo Fisher 8–0
Total undefeated conference seasons 12

All-time bowl record[edit]

This is a partial list of the ten most recent bowl games Florida State has competed in. For the full FSU bowl game history, see List of Florida State Seminoles bowl games

Florida State has played in 48 bowl games in its history and has a 28–16–3 record in those games. The Seminoles are the ninth most successful bowl team in history and have played in a record 36 consecutive bowl games, the longest active streak in the country, although the NCAA doesn't recognize this because their 2006 Emerald Bowl win and appearance were both vacated as a result of the 2007 academic scandal.

Florida State owns the record for the most consecutive bowl game victories with 11, between 1985 and 1996, as well as the longest unbeaten streak with a 13–0–1 record from 1982–1996.

Season Date Bowl Result Opponent Score
2008 December 27, 2008 Champs Sports Bowl W Wisconsin 42–13
2009 January 1, 2010 Gator Bowl W West Virginia 33–21
2010 December 31, 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl W South Carolina 26–17
2011 December 29, 2011 Champs Sports Bowl W Notre Dame 18–14
2012 January 1, 2013 Orange Bowl W Northern Illinois 31–10
2013 January 6, 2014 BCS National Championship Game W Auburn 34–31
2014 January 1, 2015 Rose Bowl (College Football Playoff) L Oregon 20–59
2015 December 31, 2015 Peach Bowl L Houston 24–38
2016 December 30, 2016 Orange Bowl W Michigan 33–32
2017 December 27, 2017 Independence Bowl W Southern Mississippi 42–13

Playoffs[edit]

The Seminoles have made one appearance in the College Football Playoff.

Year Seed Opponent Round Result
2014 3 #2 Oregon Semifinal – Rose Bowl L 20–59
Total appearances 1 0–1

All-time record vs. current ACC teams[edit]

Florida State holds a winning record against every current and former ACC school except for Miami and Pittsburgh, who hold slight advantages.

Florida State became conference opponents with Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia and Wake Forest in 1992; Miami and Virginia Tech became conference opponents in 2004, Boston College in 2005, Pittsburgh and Syracuse in 2013, and Louisville in 2014.

Opponent Won Lost Tied Pct. Streak First Last
Boston College 101 5 0 .667 Lost 1 1957 2017[48]
Clemson 20 11 0 .645 Lost 3 1970 2017[30]
Duke 182 0 0 1.000 Won 18 1992 2017[49]
Georgia Tech 14 11 1 .558 Lost 1 1903 2015[50]
Louisville 14 4 0 .778 Lost 2 1952 2017[51]
Miami 30 32 0 .484 Lost 1 1951 2017[32]
North Carolina 15 3 1 .816 Lost 2 1983 2016[52]
NC State 251 12 0 .676 Lost 1 1952 2017[53]
Notre Dame* 6 2 0 .750 Won 3 1981 2014[54]
Pittsburgh 4 5 0 .444 Won 1 1971 2013[55]
Syracuse 10 1 0 .909 Won 10 1966 2017[56]
Virginia 141 3 0 .824 Won 1 1992 2014[33]
Virginia Tech 23 12 1 .653 Won 1 1955 2012[57]
Wake Forest 29 6 1 .819 Won 6 1956 2017[58]
Totals 232 106 4 .684

*Notre Dame is an associate member of the ACC with a scheduling agreement in football
*1Denotes one win vacated during the 2006 and 2007 seasons
*2Denotes two wins vacated during the 2006 and 2007 seasons

All-time record vs. non-conference opponents[edit]

School Record First Last
Abilene Christian 1–2 1953 1957
Alabama 11–3–1 1965 2017
Alabama-Birmingham 21–0 2001 2007
Arizona State 3–1 1971 1984
Auburn 5–13–1 1954 2014
Baylor 1–2 1965 1974
Bethune-Cookman 1–0 2013 2013
Brigham Young 4–0 1991 2010
Central Florida 1–0 1995 1995
Charleston Southern 2–0 2011 2016
Cincinnati 6–0 1977 1990
Citadel 6–0–1 1955 2014
Colorado 31–0 2003 2008
Colorado State 1–1 1972 1974
Cumberland 1–1 1947 1948
Delaware State 1–0 2017 2017
Delta State 1–0 1951 1951
East Carolina 7–0 1980 1990
Erskine 1–1 1948 1949
Florida 26–34–2 1958 2017
Furman 8–2 1952 1987
George Washington 1–0 1961 1961
Georgia 4–6–1 1954 2003
Georgia Southern 2–0 1988 1990
Houston 2–13–2 1960 2015
Idaho 1–0 2013 2013
Indiana 1–0 1986 1986
Iowa State 1–1 1975 2002
Jacksonville NAS 1–0 1951 1951
Jacksonville State 1–1 1947 2009
Kansas 5–2 1971 1993
Kansas State 3–0 1970 1977
Kentucky 1–4–1 1960 2007
School Record First Last
Louisiana State 7–2 1968 1991
Louisiana-Monroe 2–0 2011 2017
Louisiana Tech 2–2 1952 1999
Maryland 211–2 1966 2013
Memphis 10–7–1 1959 1990
Michigan 2–1 1986 2016
Michigan State 2–0 1987 1988
Middle Tennessee 1–0 1991 1991
Millsaps 2–0 1948 1949
Mississippi 1–1 1961 2016
Mississippi College 3–0 1948 1950
Mississippi State 7–2 1966 1979
Murray State 1–0 2012 2012
Navy 1–0 1978 1978
Nebraska 6–2 1980 1994
Nevada 1–0 2013 2013
New Mexico State 1–0 1964 1964
Newberry 1–0 1950 1950
North Texas 2–0 1976 1977
Northern Illinois 1–0 2013 2013
Ohio 1–0 1956 1956
Ohio State 3–0 1981 1998
Oklahoma 1–6 1965 2011
Oklahoma State 4–1 1958 2014
Oregon 0–1 2015 2015
Penn State 1–1–1 1967 2006
Randolph-Macon 1–0 1950 1950
Rice 01–0 2006 2006
Richmond 3–0 1959 1961
Samford 2–0 1950 2010
San Diego State 0–2 1973 1977
Savannah State 1–0 2012 2012
Sewanee 2–0 1949 1950
School Record First Last
South Carolina 16–3 1966 2010
South Florida 3–1 2009 2016
Southern California 2–0 1997 1998
Southern Illinois 1–0 1982 1982
Southern Mississippi 14–8–1 1952 2017
Stetson 6–1–1 1947 1954
Sul Ross State 1–0 1951 1951
Tampa 9–2 1948 1959
Temple 1–0 1984 1984
Tennessee 1–1 1958 1999
Tennessee-Chattanooga 3–0 1984 2015
Tennessee Tech 1–1 1947 1958
Texas A&M 4–0 1967 1998
Texas Christian 1–2 1963 1965
Texas State 1–0 2015 2015
Texas-El Paso 0–1 1955 1955
Texas Tech 4–1 1966 1987
Toledo 1–0 1986 1986
Troy 5–1 1947 2006
Tulane 103–0 1983 1992
Tulsa 5–0 1969 1985
UCLA 01–0 2006 2006
Utah State 1–0 1975 1975
Villanova 3–1 1954 1957
Virginia Military Institute 2–1 1952 1954
West Alabama 1–1 1948 1949
West Virginia 3–0 1982 2010
Western Michigan 11–0 1991 2006
Whiting Field NAS 1–0 1949 1949
Wichita State 2–0 1969 1986
William & Mary 1–1 1959 1950
Wisconsin 1–0 2008 2008
Wofford 3–0 1950 1952
Wyoming 0–1 1966 1966

*1Denotes win vacated during the 2006 and 2007 seasons
*3Denotes win via forfeit

Future opponents[edit]

Intra-division opponents[edit]

Florida State plays the other six ACC Atlantic opponents once per season.

Even Numbered Years Odd Numbered Years
vs Boston College at Boston College
vs Clemson at Clemson
at Louisville vs Louisville
at NC State vs NC State
at Syracuse vs Syracuse
vs Wake Forest at Wake Forest

Non-division opponents[edit]

Florida State plays Miami as a permanent non-division opponent annually and rotates around the Coastal division among the other six schools.[59]

2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
at Miami vs Miami at Miami vs Miami at Miami vs Miami at Miami
vs Virginia Tech at Virginia vs Pittsburgh at North Carolina vs Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech vs Duke

Non-conference opponents[edit]

By decree of the Florida Board of Regents, Florida State and Florida must play each other every year.[60]

2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
Samford
Sep. 8th
vs Boise State
Aug. 31
(Jacksonville)
vs West Virginia
Sep. 5th
(Atlanta)
Notre Dame
Sep. 6th
at Notre Dame
Northern Illinois
Sep. 22nd
Louisiana-Monroe
Sep. 7th
at Boise State
Sep. 12th
at Notre Dame
Nov. 10th
Florida
Nov. 24th
at Florida
Nov. 30th
Florida
Nov. 28th
at Florida
Nov. 27th
Florida
Nov. 26th
at Florida
Nov. 25th
Florida
Nov. 30th

Traditions[edit]

Many Florida State traditions are associated with athletics events, especially football, such as Osceola and Renegade, the planting of the spear at midfield during pregame, the lighting of the spear on the night before games, the FSU Fight Song, the Marching Chiefs, the FSU Hymns, the War Chant, and the Tomahawk Chop. Fans of the Florida State Seminoles are known as The Tribe, a nod to the nickname that the team carries.

Osceola and Renegade[edit]

Osceola and Renegade were introduced in the 1978 season.

Osceola and Renegade are the official symbols of the Florida State Seminoles. During home football games, Osceola, portraying the Seminole leader Osceola, charges down the field at Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium riding an appaloosa horse named Renegade, and hurls a burning spear at midfield to begin every game. The Seminole Tribe of Florida officially sanctions the use of the Seminole as Florida State University's nickname and of Osceola as FSU's symbol.[61]

Marching Chiefs[edit]

The Marching Chiefs were formed in 1949.

The Marching Chiefs is the official marching band of the Florida State Seminoles. The band plays at every home game as well as at most away games (Clemson, Miami, South Florida, and Florida) as well as any Championship or Bowl game. There are upwards of 470 members in the band, holding the distinction of being the world's largest collegiate marching band.

Fight song[edit]

The Florida State University fight song first appeared as a poem by Doug Alley, a student at the school, in the Florida Flambeau.[62] The Professor of music Thomas Wright then saw the poem in the newspaper and wrote a melody to it. During the 1950 homecoming halftime show, during a dedication ceremony naming the stadium, the band premiered the song.

War Chant[edit]

The Seminole War Chant was first used in a 1984 game against Auburn.[63] The chant was started in FSU's Marching Band – The Marching Chiefs, originally by members of the percussion section. The melody is based on the 1960s cheer, massacre.[64] The chant has also become associated with the tomahawk chop.

The War Chant would be adopted by the Atlanta Braves when FSU football alumnus Deion Sanders joined the team, and has been used ever since. Craig Day began the Chop at now-defunct Fulton County stadium in response to UF Gator fans doing the Gator Chomp every time Deion came up to the plate. It is also used by the NFL team the Kansas City Chiefs, Mexican soccer club Santos Laguna and the Turkish soccer club Galatasaray.

FSU Hymns[edit]

The FSU Hymns include the alma mater (High O'er Towering Pines), hymn (Hymn To the Garnet and Gold), and fight song of The Florida State University. The school hymn is performed following the end of each home game.

Spirit Walk[edit]

A relatively new tradition, started under the Fisher regime, the War Path takes place before all home games. The walk includes the Marching Chiefs and Golden Girls marching and greeting fans from the College Town district on Madison Street to the stadium.[65]

Sod Cemetery[edit]

Florida State Football's Sod Cemetery is the final resting place for over 100 Sod Games.

For Florida State Football, "sod games" and the Sod Cemetery have been a rich part of the Seminoles college football history, commemorating many of the greatest victories. Away from home and against the odds, Florida State sod games represent the most difficult battles on the football field. The Sod Cemetery stands as a tribute to those triumphs. There are currently 102 pieces of sod in the cemetery.

In 1962, as the Seminoles completed their Thursday practice in preparation to face Georgia at Sanford Stadium, Dean Coyle Moore – a long-time professor and member of FSU's athletic board – issued a challenge: "Bring back some sod from between the hedges at Georgia." On Saturday, October 20, the Seminoles scored an 18–0 victory over the favored Bulldogs. Team captain Gene McDowell pulled a small piece of grass from the field, which was presented to Moore at the next football practice. Moore and FSU coach Bill Peterson had the sod buried on the practice field as a symbol of victory. A monument was placed to commemorate the triumph and the tradition of the sod game was born.

Before leaving for all road games in which Florida State is the underdog, all road games at the University of Florida and all ACC championship and bowl games, Seminole captains gather their teammates to explain the significance of the tradition. Victorious captains return with a piece of the opponent's turf to be buried in the Sod Cemetery inside the gates of the practice field.[66] In recent years, as the Florida State program has been successful, games of significance regardless of whether or not the Seminoles are the underdog, can be designated a "sod game." This most recently occurred in 2013 when the Seminoles traveled to Clemson, South Carolina in what was called the biggest game in ACC history. The Seminoles defeated Clemson, 51–14, in what was the biggest margin of victory in Clemson's Memorial Stadium.

Uniform[edit]

The spear design has been used on FSU's helmets since 1976.

Florida State's uniforms are considered among the most iconic in the sport of college football. The uniforms pay respect to the Seminole culture using tribal influences with Native American symbols representing an arrow, a man on a horse, and fire.[67] The team's jersey and helmet have remained relatively unchanged throughout the years.

College Gameday[edit]

The Seminoles have appeared on ESPN's College Game Day 34 times, with 6 bowl appearances. The first ever broadcast of the show took place in South Bend, Indiana when then #1 FSU traveled to play the #2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish in what was called the Game of the Century. Florida State is 17–17 in games played when College GameDay has traveled to Seminole games. Florida State has hosted the program 11 times, the most by any ACC school. The most recent visit came in 2014 when Notre Dame played in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have a 7–4 record when Gameday is on campus.

Current coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Seasons at FSU Alma Mater
Willie Taggart[68] Head Coach
1st Western Kentucky (1998)
Walt Bell[69] Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 1st Middle Tennessee State (2005)
Harlon Barnett[70] Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs 1st Michigan State (1989)
Greg Frey[71] Offensive Line 1st Florida State (1995)
Odell Haggins[72] Defensive Tackles 25th Florida State (1993)
Mark Snyder[73] Defensive Ends 1st Marshall (1988)
Telly Lockette[74] Tight Ends 1st Idaho State (1998)
David Kelly[75] Wide Receivers 1st Furman (1979)
Donte Pimpleton[76] Running Backs 1st Western Kentucky (2001)
Raymond Woodie[77] Linebackers 1st Bethune-Cookman (1995)
Alonzo Hampton[78] Special Teams 1st Louisiana-Monroe (1996)
Irele Oderinde[79] Strength & Conditioning 1st Western Kentucky (2003)

Famous football alumni[edit]

NFL players[edit]

Seminoles in the NFL
NFL Draft selections
Total selected: 275
First round: 46
NFL achievements
Super Bowl Participants: 72
Super Bowl MVPs 2
Pro Bowl Selections: 81
Pro Bowl Coaches: 1

Florida State has sent 275 players to the National Football League since 1951. This includes 46 first-round draft picks. Jameis Winston holds the record as the highest Seminole taken in the NFL Draft as he was selected with the first overall pick by Tampa Bay in the 2015 draft, the highest by a Florida State player since Andre Wadsworth was selected third overall by the Arizona Cardinals in 1998.[86] Eleven players, a school record, were taken in the 2013 NFL Draft, a record tied in 2015.[87] Florida State had 29 players drafted over a three-year period from 2013–2015, the most of any team in the modern draft.[88] Three former Seminoles (Derrick Brooks, Warrick Dunn and Anquan Boldin) have won the Walter Payton Award.

Currently, Florida State has 42 players active in the NFL.[89]

Player Year drafted Round Position Current NFL team
Roberto Aguayo 2016 2nd (59) K Carolina Panthers
Kelvin Benjamin 2014 1st (28) WR Buffalo Bills
Nigel Bradham 2012 4th (105) LB Philadelphia Eagles
Terrence Brooks 2014 3rd (79) S New York Jets
Tank Carradine 2013 2nd (40) DE San Francisco 49ers
Dalvin Cook 2017 2nd (41) RB Minnesota Vikings
Ronald Darby 2015 2nd (50) CB Philadelphia Eagles
Mario Edwards, Jr. 2015 2nd (35) DE Oakland Raiders
Javien Elliott 2016 Undrafted DB Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Cameron Erving 2015 1st (19) OG Kansas City Chiefs
Devonta Freeman 2014 4th (103) RB Atlanta Falcons
Graham Gano 2009 Undrafted K Carolina Panthers
Eddie Goldman 2015 2nd (39) DT Chicago Bears
Rashad Greene 2015 5th (139) WR Jacksonville Jaguars
Bobby Hart 2015 7th (226) OG New York Giants
Dustin Hopkins 2013 6th (177) K Washington Redskins
Rodney Hudson 2011 2nd (55) C Oakland Raiders
Sebastian Janikowski 2000 1st (17) K Oakland Raiders
Timmy Jernigan 2014 2nd (48) DT Philadelphia Eagles
Roderick Johnson 2017 5th (160) OT Cleveland Browns
Christian Jones 2014 Undrafted LB Detroit Lions
Lamarcus Joyner 2014 2nd (41) CB Los Angeles Rams
EJ Manuel 2013 1st (16) QB Oakland Raiders
Nick O'Leary 2015 6th (194) TE Buffalo Bills
Jalen Ramsey 2016 1st (5) CB Jacksonville Jaguars
Xavier Rhodes 2013 1st (25) CB Minnesota Vikings
Patrick Robinson 2010 1st (32) CB Philadelphia Eagles
Travis Rudolph 2017 Undrafted WR New York Giants
Garrison Sanborn 2009 Undrafted LS/C Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Telvin Smith 2014 5th (144) LB Jacksonville Jaguars
Terrance Smith 2016 Undrafted LB Kansas City Chiefs
Chris Thompson 2013 5th (154) RB Washington Redskins
Lawrence Timmons 2007 1st (15) LB Miami Dolphins
DeMarcus Walker 2017 2nd (51) DE Denver Broncos
Dekoda Watson 2010 7th (217) LB San Francisco 49ers
Menelik Watson 2013 2nd (42) OT Denver Broncos
Marquez White 2017 6th (216) CB Dallas Cowboys
Kermit Whitfield 2017 Undrafted WR Cincinnati Bengals
P.J. Williams 2015 3rd (78) CB New Orleans Saints
Vince Williams 2013 6th (206) LB Pittsburgh Steelers
Bobo Wilson 2017 Undrafted WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jameis Winston 2015 1st (1) QB Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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