1993 Florida State Seminoles football team

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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 $   8 0         12 1  
No. 19 North Carolina   6 2         10 3  
No. 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.

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. 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[edit]

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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Roster[edit]

1993 Florida State Seminoles football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
FB 44 William Floyd Sr
QB 13 Danny Kanell So
WR 15 Phillip Riley So
C 53 Clay Shiver So
QB 5 Jon Stark So
WR 80 Tamarick Vanover So
QB 17 Charlie Ward Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 2 Clifton Abraham Jr
DB 11 Devin Bush So
LB 10 Derrick Brooks Jr
CB 4 Corey Fuller Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Starting lineup[edit]

Offense[edit]

Heisman winner Charlie Ward
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
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
KR
PR

Season summary[edit]

Miami (FL)[edit]

1 234Total
Miami (FL) 7 003 10
• Florida St 14 707 28
  • Date: October 9
  • Location: Doak Campbell Stadium

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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[7]
  • Charlie Ward, Johnny Unitas Award
  • Charlie Ward, James E. Sullivan Award[8]
  • Charlie Ward, Walter Camp Award
  • Charlie Ward, Maxwell Award
  • Charlie Ward, Davey O'Brien Award

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1993 NCAA Division I-A football season#Final rankings
  2. ^ "November 16, 1993 Football Polls - College Poll Archive - Historical College Football and Basketball Polls and Rankings".
  3. ^ "Nebraska vs Florida State 1994 Orange Bowl -- HuskerMax™".
  4. ^ http://506sports.com/forum/index.php?topic=2669.0
  5. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1993 Oct 10. Retrieved 2018-Oct-28.
  6. ^ "1994 NFL Draft Listing - Pro-Football-Reference.com".
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2007-04-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "AAU Sullivan Award".