Monday, May 21, 2018
Colleges

Florida State Seminoles national championship football teams

National champs

A look at FSU's two title seasons under coach Bobby Bowden:

1993

Record: 12-1

Regular season: FSU started ranked No. 1 and reached 9-0, including an 18-point victory over Miami, which had been riding a 31-game regular-season winning streak. On Nov. 13, No. 2 and unbeaten Notre Dame beat FSU 31-24, but the Irish then lost to Boston College. FSU moved back to No. 1 and beat the Gators 33-21.

Stars: QB Charlie Ward won the Heisman Trophy among his slew of honors. LB Derrick Brooks outscored FSU's first five opponents by himself. St. Petersburg FB William Floyd became a first-round draft choice.

Title game: No. 2 Nebraska entered the Orange Bowl unbeaten. In the fourth quarter, Ward rallied FSU to an 18-16 lead on Scott Bentley's field goal with 21 seconds left. The Cornhuskers, led by QB Tommy Frazier, a former Bradenton Manatee High star, missed a 45-yard field goal attempt wide left as time expired.

1999

Record: 12-0

Regular season: FSU went wire to wire as No. 1, the first team to do so. Along the way FSU beat Miami without suspended star WR Peter Warrick, and Clemson in the Bowden Bowl, a showdown against Bowden's son Tommy, and the Gators.

Stars: Warrick seemed a Heisman Trophy contender until he was suspended for getting an unrealistic discount on clothing. QB Chris Weinke threw for 3,103 yards and 25 TDs. Sebastian Janikowski won the Lou Groza Award given to the nation's top kicker.

Title game: Virginia Tech also entered the Sugar Bowl 11-0. The Hokies, led by QB Michael Vick, took a 29-28 lead in the third quarter. But Weinke threw two TD passes in an 18-point fourth quarter as FSU won 46-29.

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