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1979 Florida State Seminoles football
Orange Bowl, L 7-24 vs. Oklahoma
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
APNo. 6
1979 record11-1
Head coachBobby Bowden (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorGeorge Henshaw
Defensive coordinatorJack Stanton
Home stadiumDoak Campbell Stadium
(Capacity: 47,413)
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →

The 1979 Florida State Seminoles football team finished #6 in the AP and #8 UPI in the poll with an 11-1 record. The Seminoles offense scored 326 points while the defense allowed 160 points. Led by head coach Bobby Bowden, the Seminoles finished the regular season unbeaten for only the second time in program history and played in the Orange Bowl.

Season scheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 8 Southern Miss #19 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL W 17–14   45,467
September 15 vs. Arizona State #18 Tampa StadiumTampa, FL W 31–3   33,484
September 22 Miami #14 Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, FL (Miami–Florida State rivalry) W 40–23   47,679
September 29 at Virginia Tech #12 Lane StadiumBlacksburg, VA ABC W 17–10   39,200
October 6 at Louisville #9 Cardinal StadiumLouisville, KY W 27–0   27,306
October 13 Mississippi State #9 Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, FL W 17–6   48,701
October 27 at LSU #8 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA ABC W 24–19   67,197
November 3 at Cincinnati #6 Nippert StadiumCincinnati, OH W 26–21   14,539
November 10 #19 South Carolina #7 Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, FL W 27–7   49,490
November 17 Memphis State #5 Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN W 66–17   48,021
November 23 at Florida #5 Florida FieldGainesville, FL (Battle for the Governor's Cup) ABC W 27–16   58,262
January 1 vs. #5 Oklahoma #4 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL (Orange Bowl) NBC L 7–24   66,714
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.
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Season summaryEdit

FloridaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Florida St 3 7 0 17 27
Florida 0 0 10 6 16

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Awards and honorsEdit

Monk Bonasorte

  • Associated Press - 3rd Team All-American

Bobby Butler

  • Associated Press - All-American - Honorable Mention

Jackie Flowers

  • Football News - 2nd Team All-American
  • United Press International - 2nd Team All-American
  • Associated Press - All-American - Honorable Mention
  • The Sporting News - All-American - Honorable Mention

Mike Good

  • Associated Press - All-American - Honorable Mention

Ken Lanier

  • Associated Press - All-American - Honorable Mention

Ron Simmons

  • American Football Coaches Association - 1st Team All-American
  • Associated Press - 1st Team All-American
  • Walter Camp - 1st Team All-American
  • Football News - 1st Team All-American
  • Kodak - 1st Team All-American
  • United Press International - 1st Team All-American
  • NCAA - Consensus All-American
  • The Sporting News - All-American - Honorable Mention

Scott Warren

  • Churchman's - 1st Team All-American
  • Associated Press - All-American - Honorable Mention

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ReferencesEdit

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