Florida State Football - 1979 Year In Review

Florida State Football - 1979 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Bobby Bowden, Head Coach
Jim Gladden, Defensive Ends
Jake Gonos, Graduate Assistant
Bob Harbison, Administrative Assistant
George Henshaw, Offensive Coordinator, Offensive Line
Nick Kish, Running Backs, Recruiting Coordinator
Gene McDowell, Linebackers
Kent Schoolfield, Receivers
Billy Sexton, Quarterbacks
Bill Shaw, Defensive Line
Jack Stanton, Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Backs

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1979 FSU Football Press Guide

Wally Woodham and Jimmy Jordan

1979 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

From the 1979 FSU Football Press Guide, page 48.

Roger Brownlee, 6-3, 195, LB, Doctors Inlet - Totaled nine letters while attending Orange Park Senior High School...football and track were his specialties...was a second team choice on the football 4-A All-Florida team as a senior...comes to the Seminoles with not only good athletic but also excellent academic credentials.

Ken Burnett, 6-0, 192, QB-DB, Brandon - Was an honorable mention 4-A football selection as a senior...Seminole coaches report he "has a strong arm and very quick feet"...if he does not make it at quarterback position there are several other positions he could play...brother Mike played defensive back for Tampa in Early 1970s.

Greg Cary, 6-1, 176, DB, Tampa - Seminole mentor Bobby Bowden says about Greg "he's a very smart defender with good knowledge of the secondary, who's also a hard hitter"...one of the few players to graduate from Tampa Jesuit and come to FSU...Florida prep sportswriters placed him on their 3-A team after 1978 season.

Harvey Clayton, 5-9, 164, DB, Florida City - Graduated last December from high school (South Dade) and enrolled in January at Florida State...went through spring practice and worked his way into a second unit position...4.66 speed in 40...has advantage of playing behind Bobby Butler and learning position from one of the best...was described after spring as being "green with a lot of ability"...born April 4, 1961...parent: Mrs. Emma Lee Clayton.

Brad Fojtik, 6-4, 197, DE, Auburndale - Attended Santa Fe High School where he earned a total of five varsity letters - two football, two track and one basketball...born on the same day as another freshman, Roger Brownlee...they will celebrate their 18th birthday on September 17, two days after Seminoles meet Arizona State in Tampa...was high school's most valuable performer in football (1978) and track (1978 and 1979).

Herbert Harp, 6-2, 275, DL, Winter Garden - Despite his size, Herbert has "super quickness and reactions for a big man" according to Jim Gladden, the Seminole assistant coach responsible for Harp's signing...made the first team of Florida 4-A all-star squad last fall.

Robert Harris, 6-2, 245, DL, Miami - Played at Norland High School in Miami...signed with the Seminoles on the first day allowed by the southern letter of intent...joined another FSU freshman, Herbert Harp, as a first teamer on the Florida High School 4-A all-star team defensive line.

Clif Holiday, 5-8, 161, DB-RB, Newnan, GA - Don't let size fool you on this freshman...he is an outstanding runningback candidate...probably will receive a long look at start og fall practice as a kick return specialist - an area where the Seminoles lacked last year.

Hardis Johnson, 6-0, 172, WR, Tampa - Hails from the same high school that produced Seminole basketball standout Murray Brown, the nation's leading field goal shooter in 1978-79...another 4-A all-state performer who elected to continue his career with the Seminoles...coaches describe him as having "darting quickness and graceful agility who can contribute quickly."

Tony Johnson, 6-2, 160, WR, Dothan, AL - Has ability to play either offensive or defensive back...was an honorable mention choice for Alabama on the All-Southern team picked by the Orlando Sentinel-Star...was also selected for Alabama's 1-A all-star squad...played on Wicksburg High School team with another freshman, Ricky Render, a defensive line candidate.

Kelly Lowrey, 6-1, 210, QB, Lake City - Joins former high school teammate Tommy Young on the Seminole roster...has the arm to be a quarterback in the Seminole offensive system, but size to play other positions...a multi-sport athlete for Columbia High Scool coaches.

Dennis McKinnon, 6-2, 175, WR, Miami - One of the blue-chip listings last fall described him as "being a versatile talent who would help any team"...was on the "Florida Sweet 16" compiled by Orlando sportswriter Bill Buchalter who wrote "runs smooth patterns, great hands, concentration and makes plays look easy"...a two-time All-Dade County.

Tony Messina, 5-9, 180, C, Tallahassee - The "old man" of the Seminole football roster...Tony is 44 years old (born September 28, 1934) but came out for the team in January and made it though off-season program and the 20 days of spring drills...is retired from the U.S. Coast Guard and a grandfather...was featured in nationwide wire service story last spring and also subject of an NBC-TV Sunday Night News segment.

Zeke Mowatt, 6-3, 220, TE, Wauchula - Seminole coaching staff needed to out-recruit many schools to land this youngster...Michigan was among those who were most interested...attended Hardee County High School where he picked up varsity letters in football (three), basketball (four) and track (two)...in addition to tight end he could also play defensive end or linebacker.

Chris Nickrenz, 6-6, 252, OT, Buffalo, NY - The only player from outside the deep south who will be a member of the freshman class...was considered one of the north's outstanding "big men" in the recruiting wars...has run a 23.4 220-yard dash...attended Saint Joseph's Collegiate Institute where he holds school records in shot put and discus...was named to the Coach's All-American football team.

Ricky Render, 6-4, 220, DL, Ozark, AL - Comes from the same high school that sends wide receiver Tony Johnson to the Seminoles...will probably br tried at several positions before coaching staff decides what spot will suit him best in Garnet and Gold uniform.

Ellis Singletary, 5-9, 210, LB, Jasper - Most valuable player at Hamilton County High School three consecutive years and most improved one season...has great strength to combine with good quickness...won a high school art award for being "best artist" and also received academic honors in world history and physical education.

Greg Thompson, 6-1, 180, WR, Apopka - Late addition to the recruiting list...has good speed and flexibility...might have been overlooked by many colleges because he played for a smaller high school...he is described as being a "deceptive runner with good speed."

Weegie Thompson, 6-5, 210, QB, Midlothian, VA - Weegie is the nickname, his full name is Willis Hope...comes from the same high school as Seminole offensive coordinator George Henshaw...a first team all-stater, he was also a Virginia representative on the All-Southern team...lived in Pensacola, Fl until he was a high school freshman...last year he completed 35 of 98 passes for a 5-5 high school team, but 10 of the completions were for touchdowns...he also rushed for 603 yards and eight scores.

Mark Trimble, 6-3, 176, QB, Tampa - One of three players from the city of Tampa who will be joining the Seminole ranks...is a "Christmas Baby" after being born on December 25, 1960...Tampa Tribune Sports Editor Tom McEwen wrote last December that Trimble "may be the most versatile football player in the state"...is regarded as a good kicking prospect and could play any of five positions in college.

Mike Walker, 5-11, 180, RB, Orlando - Seminole coaches say Mike reminds them of Larry Key, who graduated in 1977 and is now playing in the Canadian League...has ability to cut without losing speed and is a punishing runner...ran a 21.7 220 split while participating in track...made both the All-Southern and Florida 4-A all-star teams.

Tom Wheeler, 6-3, 200, DB-QB, South Daytona - Played for Spruce Creek High School of Port Orange, Fl...threw for better than 1,400 yards as a high school senior which helped make him Daytona Quarterback Club Player of the Year and recipient of the Benny Kahn Memorial Award...a member of the Florida 4-A all-star team that was picked by state sportswriters.

Terry Widner, 6-5, 250, OG, Donalsonville, GA - Will play either offensive guard or tackle...attended Seminole County High School where he was elected team's 1978 football captain...was also winner of the school's Mike Bowen Leadership Award...invited to be a participant in the Georgi High School all-star game...will major in hotel and resaurant management at FSU.

Blair Williams, 6-0, 165, QB, Tallahassee - Continues the Tallahassee Leon High School quarterback tradition for Florida State...this season's starters - Jimmy Jordan and Wally Woodham - both hail from the same high school and quarterback coach Billy Sexton is also an ex-Leon Lion...like Jordan and Woodham, he'll never be recognized for his running, only his ability to drop back and throw the ball...a member of the All-Southern team and Buchalter's "Florida Sweet 16."

Ricky Williams, 5-11, 170, RB, Griffin, GA - Graduated six months early from high school and attended FSU last winter...that allowed him to participate in spring drills and gain valuable experience that should aid him this fall...the Atlanta Journal-Constitution named Ricky its 4-A Back of the Year in '78...played on Griffin High School team that tied Valdosta, 7-7, for state championship...will be quickest back on the squad with 4.5 speed in the 40...had 2,238 yards of offense as a senior with 14 touchdowns...born March 28, 1961...parent: Mrs. Georgia B. Williams.


1979 Roster - By Name

From the 1979 FSU Football Press Guide, page 52.
L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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  63 Lee Adams             OG      6-4   245  Jr   *    Ruskin (East Bay/Georgia Tech)
  52 Willie Andrusko       C       6-5   227  So        Atlanta, GA (North Springs)
  57 Keith Baker           LB      6-0   195  So        Delray Beach (Atlantic)
  65 Trent Barnes          OG      6-4   230  Jr        Lakeland (Lakeland)
* 42 Monk Bonasorte        DB      6-1   177  Jr   **   Pittsburgh, PA (Bishop Boyle)
  88 Jeff Bowden           WR      5-7   165  So        Tallahassee (Lincoln)
* 75 Tom Brannon           OT      6-3   240  Jr        Albany, GA (Riverview Academy)
  61 Brent Brock           OG      6-4   235  Jr-R      Albany, GA (Albany)
  45 Roger Brownlee        LB      6-3   195  Fr        Doctors Inlet (Orange Park)
  49 Ken Burnett           QB-DB   6-0   192  Fr        Brandon (Brandon)
  38 Kelly Burney          RB      5-9   180  So        Miami (Jackson)
* 21 Bobby Butler          DB      5-11  185  Jr   **   Delray Beach (Atlantic)
* 17 Bill Capece           PK      5-11  190  Jr   **   Miami (Chaminade)
*  1 Dave Cappelen         PK      5-9   140  Sr   ***  Vero Beach (Vero Beach)
* 76 Walter Carter         DT      6-4   240  Sr   ***  Richmond, VA (Walker)
  37 Greg Cary             DB      6-1   176  Fr        Tampa (Jesuit)
* 31 Gator Cherry          FB      6-0   205  Sr-R **   Lake Wales (Lake Wales)
* 84 Sam Childers          TE      6-2   195  So   *    Tallahassee (Leon)
  24 Harvey Clayton        DB      5-9   164  Fr        Florida City (South Dade)
     Ron Clewis            C       6-2   220  Jr        Pensacola (Escambia)
  92 David Cloud           DT      6-3   235  Fr        Marianna (Marianna)
  47 Bryan Cobb            LB      6-3   200  Jr        Glennville, GA (Glennville)
  66 Redus Coggin          OG      6-3   230  So        Chipley (Chipley)
  78 Mike Coleman          OT      6-4   235  Jr        Savannah, GA (Savannah Country Day)
* 74 Danny Collier         OT      6-4   250  So        Eau Gallie (Eau Gallie)
* 64 Jarvis Coursey        DE      6-5   195  So   *    Gray, GA (Jonesco Academy)
     Tim Davis             QB      6-1   190  Jr        Dover (Plant City)
  91 John Diamantas        DT      6-3   230  So        Merritt Island (Merritt Island)
  20 Jeff Ector            DB      5-11  175  Fr        Griffin, GA (Griffin)
  93 David Ellis           OT      6-3   235  So        Paisley (Umatilla)
  62 Charles Ferguson      LB      6-1   212  So   *    Delray Beach (Boca Raton)
  68 Jeff Field            OG      6-1   225  Jr        Albany, GA (Westover)
* 23 Jackie Flowers        WR      6-2   195  Sr   ***  Jacksonville (Raines)
  98 Brad Fojtik           DE      6-4   197  Fr        Auburndale (Santa Fe Catholic)
* 79 Garry Futch           DE      6-3   220  So        Ocala (Forest)
* 70 Greg Futch            OT      6-3   245  Jr-R **   Ocala (Forest)
* 51 James Gilbert         NG      6-2   235  So   *    Miami (Carol City)
* 69 Mike Good             OG      6-2   230  Sr   ***  Sanford (Seminole)
* 43 Hector Gray           DB      6-1   190  Sr-R *    Miami (Miami Springs)
  97 Herbert Harp          DL      6-2   275  Fr        Winter Garden (West Orange)
* 33 James Harris          DB      6-0   170  So        Gainesville (Buchholz)
  59 Robert Harris         DL      6-2   245  Fr        Miami (Norland)
* 40 Gary Henry            DB      6-1   185  So   *    Orlando (Oak Ridge)
* 39 Reggie Herring        LB      6-2   195  Jr   *    Titusville (Astronaut)
  83 Ron Hester            TE      6-2   205  Jr        Umatilla (Umatilla)
  36 Clif Holiday          DB-RB   5-8   161  Fr        Newnan, GA (Newnan)
   4 Rick Houston          QB      6-1   190  Sr        Orlando (Edgewater)
* 46 Ivory Joe Hunter      DB      5-11  180  Sr-R **   Tallahassee (Leon)
* 22 Hardis Johnson        WR      6-0   172  Fr        Tampa (Robinson)
     Homer Johnson         DB      6-3   192  Sr        Pompano Beach (Pompano Beach)
  22 Homes Johnson         RB      5-10  180  Jr   *    Lake Hamilton (Haines City)
  82 Tony Johnson          WR      6-2   160  Fr        Dothan, AL (Wicksburg)
  96 Carlton Jones         DT      6-1   230  Jr-R *    Fitzgerald, GA (Irwin County)
* 28 Keith Jones           DB      5-11  185  Jr   *    Wildwood (Wildwood)
     Wayne Jones           DB      5-11  171  So        Jacksonville (Jackson)
* 15 Jimmy Jordan          QB      6-1   185  Sr   ***  Tallahassee (Leon)
  86 Bill Keck             TE      6-4   220  Jr   *    Newark, OH (Newark)
* 30 Keith Kennedy         RB      5-10  180  Sr-R *    Red Bay, AL (Red Bay)
* 85 Grady King            TE      6-4   205  Sr   **   Satellite Beach (Satellite)
* 72 Ken Lanier            OT      6-4   260  Jr   **   Columbus, OH (Marion Franklin)
  13 Kelly Lowrey          QB      6-1   210  Fr        Lake City (Columbia)
* 48 Mark Lyles            FB      6-4   232  Sr   ***  Buffalo, NY (Cleveland)
* 67 Mark Macek            DT      6-2   235  Jr   **   Wyandotte, MI (Roosevelt)
* 58 John Madden           C       6-2   218  Jr   *    Fort Walton Beach (Choctawhatchee)
     Tim McGuffin          WR      6-1   170  So        Middleburg (Orange Park)
   6 Dennis McKinnon       WR      6-2   175  Fr        Miami (South Miami)
* 60 Scott McLean          DT      6-4   218  So   *    Clermont (Clermont)
  71 Bob Merson            OG      6-3   238  So        Seminole (Seminole)
     Tony Messina          C       5-9   180  So        Tallahassee (Watertown)
     Jeremy Millinoff      DB      6-0   187  So        Gainesville (Buchholz)
* 77 Jeremy Mindlin        DT      6-3   230  Sr-R *    Miami (South Miami)
  18 Joe Moss              WR      6-1   176  So        Jacksonville (Stanton)
  81 Zeke Mowatt           TE      6-3   220  Fr        Wauchula (Hardee)
* 73 Chris Nickrenz        OT      6-6   252  Fr        Buffalo, NY (Saint Joseph)
* 53 Paul Piurowski        LB      6-3   205  Jr   **   Sarasota (Sarasota)
* 29 Sam Platt             WR      5-11  176  Jr   *    Jacksonville (Wolfson)
     Brian Poag            LB      6-2   240  So        Jacksonville (Terry Parker)
* 32 Greg Ramsey           RB      5-10  170  Sr-R **   Fort Lauderdale (Dothan)
     Scott Redditt         LB      5-11  195  So        Altamonte Springs (Lake Brantley)
  99 Ricky Render          DL      6-4   220  Fr        Ozark, AL (Wicksburg)
* 90 Edenbur Richardson    DE      6-3   206  Sr   **   Crystal River (Crystal River)
  56 Dmitri Rigas          NG      6-2   210  So-R      Augusta, GA (Glenn Hills)
     Mark Rodrigue         DE      6-3   215  So        Tallahassee (Choctawhatchee)
  62 Eric Ryan             OG      6-4   225  Fr-R      Sarasota (Sarasota)
     Ernie Saltmarsh       QB      5-11  193  Jr        Jacksonville (Wolfson)
* 54 Arthur Scott          DE      6-2   222  Jr-R *    Tampa (Brandon)
* 50 Ron Simmons           NG      6-1   220  Jr   **   Warner Robins, GA (Warner Robins)
  94 Mark Sims             LB      6-4   215  So        Bonifay (Holmes County)
  35 Ellis Singletary      LB      5-9   210  Fr        Jasper (Hamilton County)
   7 Mike Smith            DB      5-11  185  Jr   *    Panama City (Bay)
*  3 Rohn Stark            P       6-3   195  So   *    Fifty Lakes, MN (Pine River)
* 11 Rick Stockstill       QB      6-1   182  So-R      Fernandina Beach (Fernandina Beach)
  82 Lawrence Strainge     WR      6-3   175  So        Delray Beach (Boca Raton)
   9 Greg Thompson         WR      6-1   180  Fr        Apopka (Apopka)
  18 Weegie Thompson       QB      6-5   210  Fr        Midlothian, VA (Midlothian)
     Mark Trimble          QB      6-3   176  Fr        Tampa (Leto)
  19 Kurt Unglaub          WR      5-11  175  Sr   ***  Tallahassee (Leon)
  71 Barry Voltapetti      OT      6-5   225  So-R      Miami (Chaminade)
  10 Mike Walker           RB      5-11  180  Fr        Orlando (Oak Ridge)
* 26 Wade Wallace          FB      5-10  190  Sr   *    Birmingham, AL (Tarrant)
* 80 Scott Warren          DE      6-3   228  Sr   ***  Titusville (Astronaut)
* 55 Gil Wesley            C       6-1   220  Sr   **   Birmingham, AL (Woodlawn)
  89 Tom Wheeler           DB-QB   6-3   200  Fr        South Daytona (Spruce Creek)
* 27 Michael Whiting       RB      6-2   195  So   *    Largo (Largo)
  95 Terry Widner          OG      6-5   250  Fr        Donalsonville, GA (Seminole County)
  14 Blair Williams        QB      6-0   165  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
     Mike Williams         TB      6-3   185  Fr        Bartow (Bartow)
* 87 Phil Williams         WR      5-10  168  Jr   *    Warner Robins, GA (Warner Robins)
* 44 Ricky Williams        RB      5-11  170  Fr        Griffin, GA (Griffin)
     Dale Winslette        DE      6-4   203  So        Fort Walton Beach (Fort Walton Beach)
* 12 Wally Woodham         QB      5-11  182  Sr-R **   Tallahassee (Leon)
  41 Tommy Young           RB      6-0   195  So        Lake City (Columbia)

1979 Roster - By Number

From the 1979 FSU Football Press Guide, page 52.
L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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     Ron Clewis            C       6-2   220  Jr        Pensacola (Escambia)
     Tim Davis             QB      6-1   190  Jr        Dover (Plant City)
     Homer Johnson         DB      6-3   192  Sr        Pompano Beach (Pompano Beach)
     Wayne Jones           DB      5-11  171  So        Jacksonville (Jackson)
     Tim McGuffin          WR      6-1   170  So        Middleburg (Orange Park)
     Tony Messina          C       5-9   180  So        Tallahassee (Watertown)
     Jeremy Millinoff      DB      6-0   187  So        Gainesville (Buchholz)
     Brian Poag            LB      6-2   240  So        Jacksonville (Terry Parker)
     Scott Redditt         LB      5-11  195  So        Altamonte Springs (Lake Brantley)
     Mark Rodrigue         DE      6-3   215  So        Tallahassee (Choctawhatchee)
     Ernie Saltmarsh       QB      5-11  193  Jr        Jacksonville (Wolfson)
     Mark Trimble          QB      6-3   176  Fr        Tampa (Leto)
     Mike Williams         TB      6-3   185  Fr        Bartow (Bartow)
     Dale Winslette        DE      6-4   203  So        Fort Walton Beach (Fort Walton Beach)
*  1 Dave Cappelen         PK      5-9   140  Sr   ***  Vero Beach (Vero Beach)
*  3 Rohn Stark            P       6-3   195  So   *    Fifty Lakes, MN (Pine River)
   4 Rick Houston          QB      6-1   190  Sr        Orlando (Edgewater)
   6 Dennis McKinnon       WR      6-2   175  Fr        Miami (South Miami)
   7 Mike Smith            DB      5-11  185  Jr   *    Panama City (Bay)
   9 Greg Thompson         WR      6-1   180  Fr        Apopka (Apopka)
  10 Mike Walker           RB      5-11  180  Fr        Orlando (Oak Ridge)
* 11 Rick Stockstill       QB      6-1   182  So-R      Fernandina Beach (Fernandina Beach)
* 12 Wally Woodham         QB      5-11  182  Sr-R **   Tallahassee (Leon)
  13 Kelly Lowrey          QB      6-1   210  Fr        Lake City (Columbia)
  14 Blair Williams        QB      6-0   165  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 15 Jimmy Jordan          QB      6-1   185  Sr   ***  Tallahassee (Leon)
* 17 Bill Capece           PK      5-11  190  Jr   **   Miami (Chaminade)
  18 Joe Moss              WR      6-1   176  So        Jacksonville (Stanton)
  18 Weegie Thompson       QB      6-5   210  Fr        Midlothian, VA (Midlothian)
  19 Kurt Unglaub          WR      5-11  175  Sr   ***  Tallahassee (Leon)
  20 Jeff Ector            DB      5-11  175  Fr        Griffin, GA (Griffin)
* 21 Bobby Butler          DB      5-11  185  Jr   **   Delray Beach (Atlantic)
* 22 Hardis Johnson        WR      6-0   172  Fr        Tampa (Robinson)
  22 Homes Johnson         RB      5-10  180  Jr   *    Lake Hamilton (Haines City)
* 23 Jackie Flowers        WR      6-2   195  Sr   ***  Jacksonville (Raines)
  24 Harvey Clayton        DB      5-9   164  Fr        Florida City (South Dade)
* 26 Wade Wallace          FB      5-10  190  Sr   *    Birmingham, AL (Tarrant)
* 27 Michael Whiting       RB      6-2   195  So   *    Largo (Largo)
* 28 Keith Jones           DB      5-11  185  Jr   *    Wildwood (Wildwood)
* 29 Sam Platt             WR      5-11  176  Jr   *    Jacksonville (Wolfson)
* 30 Keith Kennedy         RB      5-10  180  Sr-R *    Red Bay, AL (Red Bay)
* 31 Gator Cherry          FB      6-0   205  Sr-R **   Lake Wales (Lake Wales)
* 32 Greg Ramsey           RB      5-10  170  Sr-R **   Fort Lauderdale (Dothan)
* 33 James Harris          DB      6-0   170  So        Gainesville (Buchholz)
  35 Ellis Singletary      LB      5-9   210  Fr        Jasper (Hamilton County)
  36 Clif Holiday          DB-RB   5-8   161  Fr        Newnan, GA (Newnan)
  37 Greg Cary             DB      6-1   176  Fr        Tampa (Jesuit)
  38 Kelly Burney          RB      5-9   180  So        Miami (Jackson)
* 39 Reggie Herring        LB      6-2   195  Jr   *    Titusville (Astronaut)
* 40 Gary Henry            DB      6-1   185  So   *    Orlando (Oak Ridge)
  41 Tommy Young           RB      6-0   195  So        Lake City (Columbia)
* 42 Monk Bonasorte        DB      6-1   177  Jr   **   Pittsburgh, PA (Bishop Boyle)
* 43 Hector Gray           DB      6-1   190  Sr-R *    Miami (Miami Springs)
* 44 Ricky Williams        RB      5-11  170  Fr        Griffin, GA (Griffin)
  45 Roger Brownlee        LB      6-3   195  Fr        Doctors Inlet (Orange Park)
* 46 Ivory Joe Hunter      DB      5-11  180  Sr-R **   Tallahassee (Leon)
  47 Bryan Cobb            LB      6-3   200  Jr        Glennville, GA (Glennville)
* 48 Mark Lyles            FB      6-4   232  Sr   ***  Buffalo, NY (Cleveland)
  49 Ken Burnett           QB-DB   6-0   192  Fr        Brandon (Brandon)
* 50 Ron Simmons           NG      6-1   220  Jr   **   Warner Robins, GA (Warner Robins)
* 51 James Gilbert         NG      6-2   235  So   *    Miami (Carol City)
  52 Willie Andrusko       C       6-5   227  So        Atlanta, GA (North Springs)
* 53 Paul Piurowski        LB      6-3   205  Jr   **   Sarasota (Sarasota)
* 54 Arthur Scott          DE      6-2   222  Jr-R *    Tampa (Brandon)
* 55 Gil Wesley            C       6-1   220  Sr   **   Birmingham, AL (Woodlawn)
  56 Dmitri Rigas          NG      6-2   210  So-R      Augusta, GA (Glenn Hills)
  57 Keith Baker           LB      6-0   195  So        Delray Beach (Atlantic)
* 58 John Madden           C       6-2   218  Jr   *    Fort Walton Beach (Choctawhatchee)
  59 Robert Harris         DL      6-2   245  Fr        Miami (Norland)
* 60 Scott McLean          DT      6-4   218  So   *    Clermont (Clermont)
  61 Brent Brock           OG      6-4   235  Jr-R      Albany, GA (Albany)
  62 Charles Ferguson      LB      6-1   212  So   *    Delray Beach (Boca Raton)
  62 Eric Ryan             OG      6-4   225  Fr-R      Sarasota (Sarasota)
  63 Lee Adams             OG      6-4   245  Jr   *    Ruskin (East Bay/Georgia Tech)
* 64 Jarvis Coursey        DE      6-5   195  So   *    Gray, GA (Jonesco Academy)
  65 Trent Barnes          OG      6-4   230  Jr        Lakeland (Lakeland)
  66 Redus Coggin          OG      6-3   230  So        Chipley (Chipley)
* 67 Mark Macek            DT      6-2   235  Jr   **   Wyandotte, MI (Roosevelt)
  68 Jeff Field            OG      6-1   225  Jr        Albany, GA (Westover)
* 69 Mike Good             OG      6-2   230  Sr   ***  Sanford (Seminole)
* 70 Greg Futch            OT      6-3   245  Jr-R **   Ocala (Forest)
  71 Bob Merson            OG      6-3   238  So        Seminole (Seminole)
  71 Barry Voltapetti      OT      6-5   225  So-R      Miami (Chaminade)
* 72 Ken Lanier            OT      6-4   260  Jr   **   Columbus, OH (Marion Franklin)
* 73 Chris Nickrenz        OT      6-6   252  Fr        Buffalo, NY (Saint Joseph)
* 74 Danny Collier         OT      6-4   250  So        Eau Gallie (Eau Gallie)
* 75 Tom Brannon           OT      6-3   240  Jr        Albany, GA (Riverview Academy)
* 76 Walter Carter         DT      6-4   240  Sr   ***  Richmond, VA (Walker)
* 77 Jeremy Mindlin        DT      6-3   230  Sr-R *    Miami (South Miami)
  78 Mike Coleman          OT      6-4   235  Jr        Savannah, GA (Savannah Country Day)
* 79 Garry Futch           DE      6-3   220  So        Ocala (Forest)
* 80 Scott Warren          DE      6-3   228  Sr   ***  Titusville (Astronaut)
  81 Zeke Mowatt           TE      6-3   220  Fr        Wauchula (Hardee)
  82 Tony Johnson          WR      6-2   160  Fr        Dothan, AL (Wicksburg)
  82 Lawrence Strainge     WR      6-3   175  So        Delray Beach (Boca Raton)
  83 Ron Hester            TE      6-2   205  Jr        Umatilla (Umatilla)
* 84 Sam Childers          TE      6-2   195  So   *    Tallahassee (Leon)
* 85 Grady King            TE      6-4   205  Sr   **   Satellite Beach (Satellite)
  86 Bill Keck             TE      6-4   220  Jr   *    Newark, OH (Newark)
* 87 Phil Williams         WR      5-10  168  Jr   *    Warner Robins, GA (Warner Robins)
  88 Jeff Bowden           WR      5-7   165  So        Tallahassee (Lincoln)
  89 Tom Wheeler           DB-QB   6-3   200  Fr        South Daytona (Spruce Creek)
* 90 Edenbur Richardson    DE      6-3   206  Sr   **   Crystal River (Crystal River)
  91 John Diamantas        DT      6-3   230  So        Merritt Island (Merritt Island)
  92 David Cloud           DT      6-3   235  Fr        Marianna (Marianna)
  93 David Ellis           OT      6-3   235  So        Paisley (Umatilla)
  94 Mark Sims             LB      6-4   215  So        Bonifay (Holmes County)
  95 Terry Widner          OG      6-5   250  Fr        Donalsonville, GA (Seminole County)
  96 Carlton Jones         DT      6-1   230  Jr-R *    Fitzgerald, GA (Irwin County)
  97 Herbert Harp          DL      6-2   275  Fr        Winter Garden (West Orange)
  98 Brad Fojtik           DE      6-4   197  Fr        Auburndale (Santa Fe Catholic)
  99 Ricky Render          DL      6-4   220  Fr        Ozark, AL (Wicksburg)
Lettermen on page 9 1980 FSU Football Media Guide.

1979 All-Americans

Name                     Organization
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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

Jimmy Jordan             The Sporting News - 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

Gil Wesley               Churchman's - 1st Team All-American

All-Americans -  9

1979 Noles in the Pros

Name                     No      Pos                Team
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Ed Beckman               85      TE                 Kansas City Chiefs
Randy Coffield           59      LB                 New York Giants
Bobby Jackson            40      CB                 New York Jets
Willie Jones             90      DE                 Oakland  Raiders
Lee Nelson               38      CB                 St. Louis  Cardinals
Gary Parris              89      TE                 St. Louis  Cardinals
Mike Shumann             84      WR                 San Francisco 49ers
J.T. Thomas              24      DB                 Pittsburgh Steelers

Noles in the Pros -  8

1979 Schedule and Results

         
GAME DAY
 
         
FSU
OPP
OPP EOY
DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
AP
UPI
AP
UPI
AP
UPI
REC
09/08
Ref
H
SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
W 17-14
19
 
 
 
 
 
6-4-1
09/15
Ref
N
ARIZONA STATE
Tampa, Fl
W 31- 3
18
 
 
 
 
 
6-6
09/22
Ref
H
MIAMI
W 40-23
14
 
 
 
 
 
5-6
09/29
Ref
A
VIRGINIA TECH
W 17-10
12
 
 
 
 
 
5-6
10/06
Ref
A
LOUISVILLE
W 27- 0
9
 
 
 
 
 
4-6-1
10/13
Ref
H
MISSISSIPPI STATE
W 17- 6
9
10
 
20
 
 
3-8
10/27
Ref
A
LOUISIANA STATE
W 24-19
8
7
 
 
 
 
7-5
11/03
Ref
A
CINCINNATI
W 26-21
6
 
 
 
 
 
2-9
11/10
Ref
H
SOUTH CAROLINA
W 27- 7
7
 
19
 
 
 
8-4
11/17
Ref
H
MEMPHIS STATE
W 66-17
5
 
 
 
 
 
5-6
11/23
Ref
A
FLORIDA
W 27-16
5
 
 
 
 
 
0-10-1
01/01
Ref
N
OKLAHOMA
Orange Bowl, Miami, Fl
L 7-24
4
4
5
5
3
3
11-1
                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
------------------------------------------------
FSU RECORD IS   11- 1     5-0     5-0     1-1
AGAINST TOP 25   2- 1     2-0     0-0     0-1

FINAL  AP -  6
FINAL UPI -  8


1979 - 100 Yard Rushing Club

Name Date Opponent Att Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Mark Lyles 11/23/1979 FLORIDA 20 151 7.55 2 Mark Lyles 11/03/1979 CINCINNATI 29 142 4.90 1 Mark Lyles 11/10/1979 SOUTH CAROLINA 25 132 5.28 1 Michael Whiting 11/23/1979 FLORIDA 19 123 6.47 0 Mark Lyles 10/06/1979 LOUISVILLE 22 118 5.36 0

1979 - 100 Yard Receiving Club

Name Date Opponent Rec Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Jackie Flowers 10/27/1979 LOUISIANA STATE 6 174 29.00 1 Jackie Flowers 11/17/1979 MEMPHIS STATE 9 117 13.00 1 Jackie Flowers 09/29/1979 VIRGINIA TECH 5 100 20.00 1

1979 - 300 Yard Passing Club

Name Date Opponent Att Cmp Yds Int Avg TDs --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jimmy Jordan 10/27/1979 LOUISIANA STATE 31 14 312 2 10.06 3

1979 EOY Stats

From the 1980 FSU Football Press Guide, page 55.
Overall Team Statistics TEAM STATISTICS FSU OPP -------------------------------------------------------- SCORING....................... 319 136 Points Per Game............. 29.0 12.4 TOUCHDOWNS.................... 39 18 TDs Rushing................. 16 13 TDs Passing................. 18 5 TDs Fumble Return........... 0 0 TDs Punt Return............. 4 0 TDs Interception............ 1 0 TDs Kickoff Return.......... 0 0 TDs Lateral................. 0 0 TDs Free Kick............... 0 0 PAT-ATTEMPTS.................. 33-39 14-18 Kick........................ 30-31 12-13 Pass........................ 3- 6 0- 3 Run......................... 0- 2 2- 2 FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS.......... 15-24 4-10 SAFETY........................ 2 0 FIRST DOWNS................... 221 135 Rushing..................... 105 69 Passing..................... 104 56 Penalty..................... 12 10 RUSHING YARDAGE............... 1861 1304 Yards gained rushing........ 2137 1786 Yards lost rushing.......... 276 482 Rushing Attempts............ 515 448 Average Per Rush............ 3.6 2.9 Average Per Game............ 169.2 118.5 PASSING YARDAGE............... 2214 1365 Att-Comp-Int................ 340-174-17 267- 91-23 Efficiency.................. 113.35 65.98 Average Per Pass............ 6.5 5.1 Average Per Catch........... 12.7 15.0 Average Per Game............ 201.3 124.1 TOTAL OFFENSE................. 4075 2669 Total Plays................. 855 715 Average Per Play............ 4.8 3.7 Average Per Game............ 370.5 242.6 KICK RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 21- 218 33- 595 Average Per Return.......... 10.4 18.0 PUNT RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 37-362 18-129 Average Per Return.......... 9.8 7.2 INT RETURNS: #-YARDS.......... 23-300 17-259 Average Per Return.......... 13.0 15.2 FUMBLES-LOST.................. 17- 8 45-18 PENALTIES-YARDS............... 63- 593 48- 434 Average Per Game............ 53.9 39.5 PUNTS-YARDS................... 66-2622 88-3320 Average Per Punt............ 39.7 37.7 Net punt average............ 37.8 33.6 3RD DOWN CONVERSIONS-3RD DOWN. 65-167 41-162 3rd-Down Pct................ .389 .253 SACKS BY-YARDS................ 36- - ATTENDANCE.................... 239,358 206,505 Games-Avg Per Game.......... 5-47,872 5-41,301 ATTENDANCE-NEUTRAL FIELD...... 33,484 Games-Avg Per Game.......... 1-33,484
 1st2nd3rd4th Total
Florida State
50
110
57
102
319
Opponents
17
48
23
48
136
Overall Individual Statistics

RUSHING              G  Att Gain  Loss  Net   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Mark Lyles              225 1019    8  1011   4.5   8  28 
Michael Whiting         109  537   15   522   4.8   2  25 
Greg Ramsey              37  181   15   166   4.5   3  50 
Gator Cherry             31  131   10   121   3.9   0  18 
Keith Kennedy            16   51    4    47   2.9   1  11 
Kelly Burney              6   41    3    38   6.3   1  17 
Ricky Williams           34   80   49    31   0.9   1  11 
Dennis McKinnon           1   10    0    10  10.0   0  10 
Ken Burnett               4    9    2     7   1.8   0   3 
Wade Wallace              1    2    0     2   2.0   0   2 
Wally Woodham       10   26   49   52    -3  -0.1   0   8    -0.3
Sam Platt                 3    6   31   -25  -8.3   0   6 
Jimmy Jordan        11   22   21   87   -66  -3.0   0   2    -6.0

Total.........      11  515 2137  276  1861   3.6  16  50   169.2
Opponents.....      11  448 1786  482  1304   2.9  13       118.5


PASSING              G   Effic Att-Cmp-Int   Pct  Yds  TD Long  Avg/G
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Jimmy Jordan        11  111.35 180- 87-14   .483 1173  13  53t  106.6
Wally Woodham       10  111.49 152- 80- 3   .526  940   5  31    94.0
Rick Stockstill      4  193.55   8-  7- 0   .875  101   0  36    25.3

Total.........      11  113.35 340-174-17   .512 2214  18  53t  201.3
Opponents.....      11   65.98 267- 91-23   .341 1365   5       124.1


RECEIVING            G  No   Yds   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
------------------------------------------------------
Jackie Flowers          37   622  16.8   7  44 
Hardis Johnson          14   253  18.1   3  53t
Grady King              23   246  10.7   2  31 
Mark Lyles              35   211   6.0   1  31 
Phil Williams           14   211  15.1   0  36 
Sam Platt               11   181  16.5   2  48 
Michael Whiting         20   161   8.1   0  25 
Ricky Williams           7    64   9.1   1  15t
Dennis McKinnon          3    53  17.7   0  36 
Gator Cherry             3    46  15.3   0  17 
Greg Ramsey              2    40  20.0   0  26 
Sam Childers             6    34   5.7   2  10 
Kurt Unglaub             2    24  12.0   0  13 
Bill Keck                1    23  23.0   0  23 
Keith Kennedy            4    21   5.3   0  11 
Tony Johnson             1    14  14.0   0  14 
Zeke Mowatt              1    10  10.0   0  10 

Total.........      11 174  2214  12.7  18  53t  201.3
Opponents.....      11  91  1365  15.0   5       124.1


PUNT RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Gary Henry           31  296   9.5  2     
Bobby Butler          1   17  17.0  1     
Keith Jones           0   15        1     
Edenbur Richardson    1   14  14.0  0     
Scott Warren          1   11  11.0  0     
Monk Bonasorte        1    9   9.0  0   9 
Dennis McKinnon       1    0   0.0  0     

Total.........       37  362   9.8  4     
Opponent......       18  129   7.2  0     


INTERCEPTIONS        No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Monk Bonasorte        8  100  12.5  0     
Bobby Butler          6   69  11.5  0     
Keith Jones           3   38  12.7  0     
Paul Piurowski        2   51  25.5  1     
Gary Henry            1   36  36.0  0     
James Gilbert         1    3   3.0  0     
Walter Carter         1    3   3.0  0     
Ivory Joe Hunter      1    0   0.0  0     

Total.........       23  300  13.0  1     
Opponent......       17  259  15.2  0     


KICK RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Michael Whiting      10   164 16.4  0     
Hardis Johnson        7    86 12.3  0     
Dennis McKinnon       1    27 27.0  0     
Gary Henry            1    21 21.0  0     
Kelly Burney          1    19 19.0  0     

Total.........       21   218 10.4  0     
Opponent......       33   595 18.0  0     


                                            Fum
FUMBLE RETURNS       No  Yds   Avg TD Long  For
-----------------------------------------------
Monk Bonasorte        3    0   0.0  0   .    1
Keith Jones           2    0   0.0  0   .    3
Ron Simmons           2    0   0.0  0   .    2
Reggie Herring        2    0   0.0  0   .    1
Edenbur Richardson    2    0   0.0  0   .    0
Scott Warren          1    0   0.0  0   .    3
Scott McLean          1    0   0.0  0   .    3
Ivory Joe Hunter      1    0   0.0  0   .    2
Garry Futch           1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Walter Carter         1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Mark Macek            1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Mike Smith            1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Paul Piurowski        0    0    .   0   .    2
Keith Baker           0    0    .   0   .    2
James Gilbert         0    0    .   0   .    1
Harvey Clayton        0    0    .   0   .    1
Arthur Scott          0    0    .   0   .    1

Total.........       18        0.0  0       22
Opponent......        8        0.0  0     


                               |-------- PATs --------|
Name                 TD   FGs    Kick   Rush  Rcv Pass  DXP Saf Points
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Dave Cappelen         0  14-22   28-29   0-0   0   0-0   0   0    70
Mark Lyles            9   0-0     0-0    0-0   1   0-0   0   0    56
Jackie Flowers        7   0-0     0-0    0-0   1   0-0   0   0    44
Hardis Johnson        3   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    18
Greg Ramsey           3   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    18
Sam Childers          2   0-0     0-0    0-0   1   0-0   0   0    14
Gary Henry            2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    12
Grady King            2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    12
Sam Platt             2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    12
Michael Whiting       2   0-0     0-0    0-1   0   0-0   0   0    12
Ricky Williams        2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    12
Bobby Butler          1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Keith Jones           1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Paul Piurowski        1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Kelly Burney          1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Keith Kennedy         1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Bill Capece           0   1-2     2-2    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     5
James Gilbert         0   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   1     2
Scott Warren          0   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   1     2
Jimmy Jordan          0   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   3-5   0   0     0
Rick Stockstill       0   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-1   0   0     0
Wally Woodham         0   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-1   0   0     0
====================================================================
FSU                  39  15-24   30-31   0-1   3   3-7   0   2   319
Opponent             18   4-10   12-13   2-2   0   0-3   0   0   136
Touchdowns
R
C
P
I
FR
PR
KR
L
FK
Mark Lyles
8
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Jackie Flowers
.
7
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Hardis Johnson
.
3
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Greg Ramsey
3
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Sam Childers
.
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Gary Henry
.
.
.
.
.
2
.
.
.
Grady King
.
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Sam Platt
.
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Michael Whiting
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Ricky Williams
1
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Bobby Butler
.
.
.
.
.
1
.
.
.
Keith Jones
.
.
.
.
.
1
.
.
.
Paul Piurowski
.
.
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
Kelly Burney
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Keith Kennedy
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Jimmy Jordan
.
.
13
.
.
.
.
.
.
Wally Woodham
.
.
5
.
.
.
.
.
.
Total
16
18
18
1
.
4
.
.
.
Opponents
14
4
4
.
.
.
.
.
.
R = Rushing
C = Catch
P = Pass
I = Interception
FR = Fumble Recovery/Return
PR = Punt Return/Blocked Punt
KR = Kickoff Return
L = Lateral
FK = Free Kick Return


TOTAL OFFENSE        G Plays Rush Pass Total Avg/G
--------------------------------------------------
Jimmy Jordan        11  202   -66 1173  1107 100.6
Mark Lyles              225  1011    0  1011
Wally Woodham       10  178    -3  940   937  93.7
Michael Whiting         109   522    0   522
Greg Ramsey              37   166    0   166
Gator Cherry             31   121    0   121
Rick Stockstill      4    8     0  101   101  25.3
Keith Kennedy            16    47    0    47
Kelly Burney              6    38    0    38
Ricky Williams           34    31    0    31
Dennis McKinnon           1    10    0    10
Ken Burnett               4     7    0     7
Wade Wallace              1     2    0     2
Sam Platt                 3   -25    0   -25

Total.........      11  855  1861 2214  4075 370.5
Opponent......      11  715  1304 1365  2669 242.6


FIELD GOALS         FGM-FGA  Pct 01-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 Lg
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Dave Cappelen        14-22  .636  2- 2  6- 9  2- 4  3- 6  1- 1 50
Bill Capece           1- 2  .500  1- 1  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0- 1 18
FG SEQUENCE Dave Cappelen Bill Capece
SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
(26), 30
None
ARIZONA STATE
(42)
None
MIAMI
(26), (28)
None
VIRGINIA TECH
(20)
None
LOUISVILLE
29, (36)
None
MISSISSIPPI STATE
39, (46)
None
LOUISIANA STATE
27, (31)
51
CINCINNATI
40
None
SOUTH CAROLINA
(19), (29), (50), (27)
None
MEMPHIS STATE
(19)
None
FLORIDA
41, (42), 46, 29
(18)
OKLAHOMA
None
None
() For made field goals


PUNTING             No  Yds   Avg Long  TB  FC I20 Blkd
-------------------------------------------------------
Rohn Stark          66 2622  39.7  60                 

Total.........      66 2622  39.7  60                 
Opponent......      88 3320  37.7                    4


ALL PURPOSE          G Rush   Rec   PR   KR   IR   FR  Tot Avg/G
----------------------------------------------------------------
Mark Lyles             1011   211    0    0    0    0 1222
Michael Whiting         522   161    0  164    0    0  847
Jackie Flowers            0   622    0    0    0    0  622
Gary Henry                0     0  296   21   36    0  353
Hardis Johnson            0   253    0   86    0    0  339
Grady King                0   246    0    0    0    0  246
Phil Williams             0   211    0    0    0    0  211
Greg Ramsey             166    40    0    0    0    0  206
Gator Cherry            121    46    0    0    0    0  167
Sam Platt               -25   181    0    0    0    0  156
Monk Bonasorte      11    0     0    9    0  100    0  109   9.9
Ricky Williams           31    64    0    0    0    0   95
Dennis McKinnon          10    53    0   27    0    0   90
Bobby Butler              0     0   17    0   69    0   86
Keith Kennedy            47    21    0    0    0    0   68
Kelly Burney             38     0    0   19    0    0   57
Keith Jones               0     0   15    0   38    0   53
Paul Piurowski            0     0    0    0   51    0   51
Sam Childers              0    34    0    0    0    0   34
Kurt Unglaub              0    24    0    0    0    0   24
Bill Keck                 0    23    0    0    0    0   23
Edenbur Richardson        0     0   14    0    0    0   14
Tony Johnson              0    14    0    0    0    0   14
Scott Warren              0     0   11    0    0    0   11
Zeke Mowatt               0    10    0    0    0    0   10
Ken Burnett               7     0    0    0    0    0    7
James Gilbert             0     0    0    0    3    0    3
Walter Carter             0     0    0    0    3    0    3
Wade Wallace              2     0    0    0    0    0    2
Wally Woodham       10   -3     0    0    0    0    0   -3  -0.3
Jimmy Jordan        11  -66     0    0    0    0    0  -66  -6.0

Total.........      11 1861  2214  362  218  300    0 4955 450.5
Opponent......      11 1304  1365  129  595  259    0 3652 332.0


                        |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd
DEFENSIVE LEADERS   GP   UT   AT  Total   ForLoss     No - Yards  Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds  FF Kick Saf
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Reggie Herring           70   74   144   8.0-         1.0-           .      .    .   2-  0   1   .   .
Paul Piurowski           64   59   123   2.0-         6.0-          2- 51   .    .    .      2   .   .
Ron Simmons              65   16    81  17.0-         6.0-           .      .    .   2-  0   2   2   .
Scott Warren             35   35    70   6.0-         3.0-           .      .    .   1-  0   3   1   1
Arthur Scott             30   38    68  10.0-         5.0-           .      .    .    .      1   .   .
Monk Bonasorte      11   37   27    64   1.0-            .          8-100   .    .   3-  0   1   1   .
Mark Macek               32   30    62   2.0-         3.0-           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Ivory Joe Hunter         27   15    42   1.0-            .          1-  0   .    .   1-  0   2   .   .
Jeremy Mindlin           19   18    37   3.0-         2.0-           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
James Gilbert            23   14    37   3.0-         3.0-          1-  3   .    .    .      1   .   1
Keith Jones              24    9    33   1.0-         2.0-          3- 38   .    .   2-  0   3   .   .
Walter Carter            16   14    30   1.0-         1.0-          1-  3   .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Edenbur Richardson       11   19    30   3.0-            .           .      .    .   2-  0   .   1   .
Bobby Butler             23    6    29      .            .          6- 69   .    .    .      .   1   .
Keith Baker              12   11    23      .            .           .      .    .    .      2   .   .
Garry Futch              13    8    21   1.0-         2.0-           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Scott McLean              8    8    16      .         1.0-           .      .    .   1-  0   3   .   .
Jarvis Coursey           11    4    15      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Gary Henry                2    5     7      .         1.0-          1- 36   .    .    .      .   .   .
Ellis Singletary          3    2     5      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Dmitri Rigas              2    2     4      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
James Harris              3    .     3   1.0-            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Mike Smith                2    .     2      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Hector Gray               1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Rick Stockstill      4    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Herbert Harp              1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Harvey Clayton            1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      1   .   .
Wade Wallace              1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .

FLORIDA STATE 17, SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI 14

09/08/1979, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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TALLAHASSEE, FL, September 8, 1979 - The specialty teams made the difference for the Seminoles as they rallied for 14 points in the final 10 minutes to dump Southern Mississippi, 17-14, in the season opener before 45,467 at Doak Campbell.

The Tribe offense couldn't become untracked against a stiff Southern Mississippi defense and after three quarters the visitors had a 14-3 advantage. The only FSU score came midway through the first quarter on a 26 yard Davey Cappelen field goal. Southern Mississippi scored touchdowns in the second and third quarters.

FSU got its first break with slightly more than 11 minutes remaining in the game when defensive back Monk Bonasorte blocked a punt and the Tribe took possession at the visitors 15. Three plays later Jimmy Jordan tossed an eight yard scoring pass to Jackie Flowers narrowing the score to 14-9. A two point conversion pass failed.

Southern Mississippi picked up a first down on its next series but the drive stalled and that defensive effort proved the difference. The USM punt was fielded by sophomore defensive back Gary Henry, who with several key blockers returned the ball to the endzone for the touchdown. Jordan and Flowers hooked up on a two point conversion pass to give FSU its final victory margin.

Both teams were hampered by turnovers. Each had three - an interception and two fumbles. In the yardage department, FSU limited the Golden Eagles to just 200, 97 rushing and 103 passing. The Tribe meanwhile was picking up 258 total net yards with a meager 72 rushing and 186 more through the air.

FSU employed its now famous two quarterback system with Wally Woodham handling the first and third quarters and Jimmy Jordan the second and fourth. Woodham completed nine of 20 passes for 95 yards and Jordan completed six of 13 for 91 more yards. Their favorite target was Flowers, who caught four for 64 yards including the TD.

Fullback Mark Lyles was the only bright spot in the running game. He carried 20 times for 66 yards, but no other back gained in double figures.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
0
7
7
0
14
FLORIDA STATE
3
0
0
14
17

1st   3- 0  Dave Cappelen, 26, field goal, 6:14 
2nd   3- 7  Opp, 2, run (kick), 0:34 
3rd   3-14  Opp, 7, run (kick), 12:03
4th   3-14  Dave Cappelen, 30, field goal blocked, 13:08
      9-14  Jackie Flowers, 8, pass from Jimmy Jordan (Jimmy Jordan, pass failed), 9:43 
     17-14  Gary Henry, 65, punt return/blocked punt (Jackie Flowers, pass from Jimmy Jordan), 6:28 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 13 11 Rushes-yards 34- 72 47- 97 Passing 186 103 Att-Comp-Int 33-14-1 15-6-1 Total Yards 67-258 62-200 Punt Returns 3-73 2-8 Kickoff Returns 3-33 0-0 Interception Ret. 1-10 1-0 Fumble Returns 1-0 2-0 Punts 8-46.0 11-35.8 Fumbles-Lost 3-2 5-1 Penalties-Yds 6-62 3-30 Attendance 45,467 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Mark Lyles 20- 66 Michael Whiting 1- 8 Greg Ramsey 4- 5 Keith Kennedy 5- 3 Ricky Williams 3- 1 Wally Woodham 1- -11 Receiving Jackie Flowers 4- 64 Sam Platt 2- 63 Kurt Unglaub 2- 24 Grady King 1- 15 Keith Kennedy 2- 12 Phil Williams 1- 5 Mark Lyles 1- 4 Michael Whiting 1- -1 Passing Wally Woodham 20- 9-1- 95 Jimmy Jordan 13- 5-0- 91 Punt Return Gary Henry 1- 65 Monk Bonasorte 1- 9 Keith Jones 1- -1 Kickoff Return Michael Whiting 2- 24 Hardis Johnson 1- 9 Punting Rohn Stark 8- 368 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Arthur Scott 2 8 10 1.0- . . . . . . . . Scott Warren 2 7 9 . . . . . . . . . Reggie Herring 2 6 8 1.0- . . . . . . . . Keith Baker . 7 7 . . . . . . . . . Keith Jones 2 5 7 1.0- . . . . . . . . Paul Piurowski . 7 7 . . . . . . . . . Monk Bonasorte 3 3 6 . . . 1 . . . 1 . Walter Carter . 6 6 . . . . . . . . . James Gilbert . 6 6 . . . . . . . . . Ron Simmons 3 2 5 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Bobby Butler 2 3 5 . . 1- 10 1 . . . . . Mark Macek . 4 4 . . . . . . . . . Edenbur Richardson 2 1 3 2.0- . . . . . . . . Jeremy Mindlin . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Ivory Joe Hunter 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Jarvis Coursey . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Michael Whiting . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Gary Henry . . . . . . 1 . . . . .

FLORIDA STATE 31, ARIZONA STATE 3

09/15/1979, Tampa, Fl

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From the 1980 FSU Press Guide, Page 48

TAMPA, FL, September 15, 1979 - A 17-point second quarter explosion carried independent Florida State (2-0) to a 31-3 victory over Arizona State, a member of the Pac 10.

This battle of pre-season nationally ranked teams started slowly despite the fact that both are known throughout the country as offensive powers. The first FSU score didn't come until less than a minute was left in the opening quarter.

That first Tribe touchdown was set up by the defense, specifically a Monk Bonasorte interception. Two plays after the interception QB Wally Woodham hurled an 18-yard scoring toss to Jackie Flowers. The Davey Cappelen PAT made it 7-0.

Ten of the FSU points in the second quarter were defensive related. The opening touchdown of the quarter came on a 58 yard drive that consumed just four plays and was highlighted by Greg Ramsey's 50 yard run on the opening play. Mark Lyles picked up the score on a one yard plunge.

FSU hiked its lead to 17-0 following Bonasorte's second interception. Davey Cappelen's field goal came after the theft when the Tribe drive stalled at Arizona State's 25. The visiting Sun Devils turned the ball over on their next possession with noseguard Ron Simmons recovering the fumble. Immediately after the turnover Jimmy Jordan threw a scoring pass of eight yards to tight end Grady King.

After the Sun Devils picked up their sole three points in the third quarter, FSU closed the scoring late in the fourth. This time the Tribe put together an 86 yard drive that took 10 plays. The final 15 yards were covered on a Jordan to Ricky Williams pass.

Woodham and Jordan passed for 225 yards against the Sun Devil defense. Jordan did most of the damage with a 12 of 23 performance for 155 yards and two touchdowns. Woodham completed six of 11 for a single score and 70 more yards.

The visit to Tampa Stadium drew 33,484 even though the contest was played in a misting rain that lasted throughout most of the game. The visit was the first for FSU to the Dale Mabry Highway facility since it lost to Houston during a nationally televised game in the 1970 season.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
ARIZONA STATE
0
0
3
0
3
FLORIDA STATE
7
17
0
7
31

1st   7- 0  Jackie Flowers, 18, pass from Wally Woodham (Dave Cappelen, kick), 0:42 
2nd  14- 0  Mark Lyles, 1, run (Dave Cappelen, kick), 13:11
     17- 0  Dave Cappelen, 42, field goal, 2:17 
     24- 0  Grady King, 8, pass from Jimmy Jordan (Dave Cappelen, kick), 1:37 
3rd  24- 3  Opp, 39, field goal, 9:56 
4th  31- 3  Ricky Williams, 15, pass from Jimmy Jordan (Dave Cappelen, kick), 1:56 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 15 12 Rushes-yards 39-108 43- 31 Passing 225 92 Att-Comp-Int 34-18-1 28-9-2 Total Yards 73-333 71-123 Punt Returns 0-0 4-22 Kickoff Returns 2-35 5-69 Interception Ret. 2-55 1-0 Fumble Returns 2-0 0-0 Punts 7-38.4 9-36.8 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 10-2 Penalties-Yds 7-104 7-70 Attendance 33,484 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Greg Ramsey 10- 59 Mark Lyles 16- 56 Michael Whiting 5- 10 Gator Cherry 2- 5 Keith Kennedy 1- 0 Wally Woodham 1- -5 Ricky Williams 3- -7 Sam Platt 1- -10 Receiving Jackie Flowers 4- 75 Phil Williams 3- 51 Grady King 2- 39 Ricky Williams 3- 32 Hardis Johnson 1- 19 Mark Lyles 2- 7 Sam Childers 1- 5 Michael Whiting 2- -3 Passing Jimmy Jordan 23-12-0-155 Wally Woodham 11- 6-1- 70 Kickoff Return Michael Whiting 2- 35 Punting Rohn Stark 7- 269 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Monk Bonasorte . . . . . 2- 55 . . . . . . Ron Simmons . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Paul Piurowski . . . . . . . . . 1 . . Reggie Herring . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . .

FLORIDA STATE 40, MIAMI 23

09/22/1979, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the 1980 FSU Press Guide, Page 49

TALLAHASSEE, FL, September 22, 1979 - A punishing Florida State defense caused five Miami tumovers as the Seminoles rolled to their third victory of the season, 40-23, over state rival Miami.

Believe it or not, FSU trailed after a quarter, 7-3. But the Tribe put 16 points on the scoreboard in the second quarter and another 14 in the third. Miami closed the gap with a 16-7 fourth quarter advantage.

The Tribe got the lead for good four plays into the second quarter when fullback Mark Lyles rushed to pay dirt from four yards away and Davey Cappelen kicked the PAT.

An interception by Bobby Butler on the next Miami series set up the next Seminole score - a 28 yard Cappelen field goal. Miami's punter let his knee touch the ground at the Hurricane 15 late in the half and FSU took advantage of that mistake. Six plays after the miscue, the Tribe got another six points on a one yard plunge by Lyles.

The score in the third quarter came on scoring runs of four and two yards by senior tailback Greg Ramsey. Each time the PAT was booted by Cappelen. For the second time in three games, Gary Henry returned a punt for a Seminole score. This time it came with five minutes gone in the fourth quarter and covered 57 yards.

FSU, praised throughout most of the pre-season for its pass offense, showed in this game that it also had a running attack. The Tribe picked up 205 yards on the ground with Lyles' 85 leading the way. A total of 12 pass completions between quarterbacks Wally Woodham and Jimmy Jordan gained 117 more yards.

The victory for FSU was its second straight over the Hurricanes. But it marks the first time the Garnet and Gold beat its down state foe in Doak Campbell Stadium.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
MIAMI
7
0
0
16
23
FLORIDA STATE
3
16
14
7
40

1st   3- 0  Dave Cappelen, 26, field goal, 9:12 
      3- 7  Opp, 10, run (kick), 4:29 
2nd  10- 7  Mark Lyles, 4, run (Dave Cappelen, kick), 12:30
     13- 7  Dave Cappelen, 28, field goal, 6:21 
     19- 7  Mark Lyles, 1, run (Jimmy Jordan, pass failed), 0:22 
3rd  26- 7  Greg Ramsey, 3, run (Dave Cappelen, kick), 10:58
     33- 7  Greg Ramsey, 2, run (Dave Cappelen, kick), 1:52 
4th  33-15  Opp, 2, run (run), 11:29
     40-15  Gary Henry, 57, punt return/blocked punt (Dave Cappelen, kick), 10:00
     40-23  Opp, 9, run (run), 7:58 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 17 15 Rushes-yards 54-205 40-101 Passing 117 133 Att-Comp-Int 26-12-2 32-11-4 Total Yards 80-322 72-234 Punt Returns 3-61 1-24 Kickoff Returns 1-14 5-81 Interception Ret. 4-42 2-37 Fumble Returns 1-0 0-0 Punts 4-42.0 6-33.7 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1 Penalties-Yds 7-64 6-50 Attendance 47,679 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Mark Lyles 25- 85 Greg Ramsey 18- 76 Michael Whiting 3- 24 Keith Kennedy 3- 19 Wally Woodham 3- 9 Jimmy Jordan 2- -8 Receiving Sam Platt 3- 46 Jackie Flowers 2- 25 Greg Ramsey 1- 14 Mark Lyles 3- 12 Grady King 1- 7 Hardis Johnson 1- 7 Phil Williams 1- 6 Passing Wally Woodham 14- 9-0- 93 Jimmy Jordan 12- 3-2- 24 Punt Return Gary Henry 3- 61 Kickoff Return Michael Whiting 1- 14 Punting Rohn Stark 4- 168 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Paul Piurowski 2 9 11 . . . 1 . . . . . Reggie Herring 2 7 9 . . . 1 . 1- 0 . . . Ron Simmons 2 6 8 1.0- . . . . . . . . Mark Macek 5 2 7 2.0- . . . . . . . . Scott Warren 3 3 6 2.0- . . . . . . . . Ivory Joe Hunter 4 2 6 . . . . . . . . . Arthur Scott 1 4 5 1.0- . . . . . . . . Monk Bonasorte 1 3 4 . . 2- 10 . . . . . . Edenbur Richardson 1 3 4 . . . . . . . . . Keith Jones 1 2 3 . . 1- 13 . . . . . . Bobby Butler . 3 3 . . 1- 19 1 . . . . . Jeremy Mindlin 1 2 3 1.0- . . . . . . . . Walter Carter 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Jarvis Coursey 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . James Harris . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . James Gilbert . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Michael Whiting . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Jimmy Jordan 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Scott McLean . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Gary Henry . 1 1 . . . 1 . . . . . Garry Futch 1 . 1 1.0- . . . . . . . . Hector Gray . 1 1 . . . 3 . . . . . Mike Smith . 1 1 . . . . . . . . .

FLORIDA STATE 17, VIRGINIA TECH 10

09/29/1979, BLACKSBURG, VA

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From the 1980 FSU Press Guide, Page 49

BLACKSBURG, VA, September 29, 1979 - In a battle of unbeaten independents, Florida State nicked long time rival Virginia Tech, 17-10, in a game that was televised regionally by ABC-TV.

The win was quite impressive for the Seminoles since it was the first road game of the season for FSU. The previous three games had all been played in Florida and two of the three were contested on the FSU campus. And, the victory came against a school that has through the years been a Florida State nemesis. The win gives the Seminoles a 13-10-1 lead in the series, but it has taken wins in four consecutive years to get the Tribe to that advantage.

Virginia Tech went ahead 7-0 with 1:30 remaining in the first quarter but the Hokies advantage didn't last for long. A minute and 36 seconds later FSU knotted the count on a 16 yard run by tailback Greg Ramsey and a Davey Cappelen PAT.

Later in the quarter the Seminoles put together an 80 yard scoring march that took 14 plays. Four times in the drive FSU converted on third down plays and the last time it produced six points - an 18 yard pass from QB Jimmy Jordan to receiver Jackie Flowers.

It was the Jordan - Flowers combo that produced the key play of the drive. FSU was faced with a third and 22 situation at Tech's 37 and they hooked up for a pass completion that covered 24 yards.

The second half produced nothing but a pair of field goals. Florida State's three points came on a 20 yard field goal by Cappelen with 1:07 remaining in the third quarter.

Seminole noseguard Ron Simmons, who always seems to play better before the TV cameras, won his third ABC-TV/Chevrolet Award. The television announce crew picked him as Florida State's most valuable player after the junior from Warner Robins, Ga., was credited with eight tackles that included three for losses.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
14
3
0
17
VIRGINIA TECH
7
0
3
0
10

1st   0- 7  Opp, 40, run (kick), 1:30 
2nd   7- 7  Greg Ramsey, 16, run (Dave Cappelen, kick), 14:54
     14- 7  Jackie Flowers, 18, pass from Jimmy Jordan (Dave Cappelen, kick), 5:33 
     14- 7  Opp, 32, field goal failed, 0:06 
3rd  14-10  Opp, 44, field goal, 11:36
     17-10  Dave Cappelen, 20, field goal, 1:07 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 23 13 Rushes-yards 37-114 47-164 Passing 322 118 Att-Comp-Int 41-20-4 17-8-2 Total Yards 78-436 64-282 Punt Returns 6-39 1-2 Kickoff Returns 2-46 3-32 Interception Ret. 2-24 4-57 Fumble Returns 0-0 1-0 Punts 5-39.2 8-46.5 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-0 Penalties-Yds 6-44 7-38 3rd Down Conversions 8-16 2-14 4th Down Conversions 0-0 1-2 Time of Posession 28:58 31:02 Attendance 39,200 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Mark Lyles 11- 34 Michael Whiting 6- 33 Gator Cherry 7- 27 Greg Ramsey 5- 26 Wally Woodham 4- 11 Jimmy Jordan 4- -17 Receiving Jackie Flowers 5- 100 Phil Williams 3- 56 Sam Platt 3- 51 Grady King 4- 41 Gator Cherry 2- 31 Greg Ramsey 1- 26 Mark Lyles 1- 11 Michael Whiting 1- 6 Passing Wally Woodham 22-12-1-183 Jimmy Jordan 19- 8-3-139 Punt Return Gary Henry 6- 39 Kickoff Return Michael Whiting 2- 46 Punting Rohn Stark 5- 196 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Paul Piurowski 11 5 16 1.0- . . . . . . . . Reggie Herring 8 3 11 2.0- . . 1 . . . . . Ron Simmons 7 1 8 3.0- . . 1 . . . . . Arthur Scott 5 1 6 2.0- . . . . . . . . Ivory Joe Hunter 5 . 5 . . . . . . . . . Bobby Butler 3 1 4 . . 1- 24 . . . . . . Walter Carter 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Mark Macek 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . Jeremy Mindlin 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Scott Warren 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Keith Jones 2 . 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Monk Bonasorte 1 . 1 . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Garry Futch 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Gil Wesley 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Gator Cherry 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Jackie Flowers 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . James Gilbert 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Scott McLean 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . .

FLORIDA STATE 27, LOUISVILLE 0

10/06/1979, LOUISVILLE, KY

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From the 1980 FSU Press Guide, Page 50

LOUISVILLE, KY, October 6, 1979 - A near flawless effort by the defense highlighted Florida State's 27-0 victory over Louisville. The win was the fifth of the season for FSU and ninth overall in a two year period.

The defenders were directly responsible for 11 of the Seminole points. Four came via the safety route and Bobby Butler recovered a blocked punt in the endzone that combined with Davey Cappelen's PAT added seven more markers.

A Butler interception led to the first Seminole score. Butler got the theft midway through the opening quarter. FSU then drove 30 yards in seven plays with Wally Woodham tossing a five yard pass to Sam Platt for the six points.

FSU scored in each of the quarters. The Tribe picked up eight more points in the second quarter, nine in the third and three more in the fourth.

Louisville's offensive statistics tell the story of the domination by the Tribe defense. The Cardinals netted just seven yards in 34 rushing attempts and picked up another 86 yards passing to finish the game with 92 yards total offense. The figure becomes even more attractive to advocates of defense when one realizes that 47 passing yards came on a single pass play with less than eight minutes remaining in the game.

The Seminoles showed upcoming opponents that they would not be able to just defend the pass when playing FSU. Final statistics showed the Tribe gaining 275 yards along the ground and a mere 60 in the passing department. Three Seminole quarterbacks threw just 15 times, the lowest number of passes thrown by FSU since the 1976 season. Fullback Mark Lyles did much of the ground work, gaining a career high 118 yards in 22 carries. He also caught two of the eight pass completions for an additional 30 yards.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
7
8
9
3
27
LOUISVILLE
0
0
0
0
0

1st   7- 0  Sam Platt, 5, pass from Wally Woodham (Dave Cappelen, kick), 4:08 
2nd   9- 0  James Gilbert, safety, 14:38
            Note: Punter mishandles snap, Gilbert chases him out of the 
                  end zone.                                             
      9- 0  Dave Cappelen, 29, field goal failed, 10:22
     15- 0  Bobby Butler, 0, punt return/blocked punt (Wally Woodham, pass failed), 0:38 
            Note: James Gilbert blocked a punt which Butler recovered in
                  the end zone.                                         
3rd  17- 0  Scott Warren, safety, 7:14 
            Note: Warren blocked the punt out of the end zone.          
     24- 0  Sam Childers, 1, pass from Wally Woodham (Dave Cappelen, kick), 0:01 
4th  27- 0  Dave Cappelen, 36, field goal, 8:15 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 23 5 Rushes-yards 65-275 34- 7 Passing 60 86 Att-Comp-Int 15-8-1 19-4-2 Total Yards 80-335 53-93 Punt Returns 2-25 2-0 Kickoff Returns 3-45 4-56 Interception Ret. 2-24 1-26 Fumble Returns 1-0 2-0 Punts 5-38.8 7-29.3 Fumbles-Lost 5-2 3-1 Penalties-Yds 3-15 2-10 Attendance 27,306 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Mark Lyles 22- 118 Gator Cherry 15- 80 Michael Whiting 9- 52 Ricky Williams 7- 17 Wally Woodham 6- 13 Keith Kennedy 2- 13 Wade Wallace 1- 2 Ken Burnett 2- 1 Sam Platt 1- -21 Receiving Mark Lyles 2- 30 Gator Cherry 1- 15 Ricky Williams 1- 9 Sam Platt 1- 5 Michael Whiting 1- 2 Sam Childers 1- 1 Keith Kennedy 1- -2 Passing Wally Woodham 11- 7-0- 62 Jimmy Jordan 3- 0-1- 0 Rick Stockstill 1- 1-0- -2 Punt Return Edenbur Richardson 1- 14 Scott Warren 1- 11 Bobby Butler 0- 0 Kickoff Return Michael Whiting 2- 24 Gary Henry 1- 21 Punting Rohn Stark 5- 194 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Walter Carter 5 2 7 . . . . . . . . . Arthur Scott 5 1 6 . . . . . . . . . Reggie Herring 3 2 5 . . . . . . . . . Paul Piurowski 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . Bobby Butler . . . . . 1- 16 . . . . . . Edenbur Richardson . . . . . . . . . . 1 . Scott Warren . . . . . . . . . . 1 1 James Gilbert . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Garry Futch . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Keith Jones . . . . . 1- 8 . . . . . .

FLORIDA STATE 17, MISSISSIPPI STATE 6

10/13/1979, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the 1980 FSU Press Guide, Page 50

TALLAHASSEE, FL, October 13, 1979 - Florida State avenged one of its three 1978 defeats by beating Mississippi State, 17-6, before 48,701 at Doak Campbell Stadium.

The victory was the sixth of the season for the Tribe and increased the two year winning streak to 10 games. It also snapped a three game losing string to Mississippi State.

Once again it was the defense that drew many of the plaudits after the game was concluded. The Bulldogs had 302 yards total offense, but managed just 50 in the opening half when FSU was building a 14-0 lead.

FSU's first TD went to sophomore runningback Mike Whiting, who rushed one yard for the six points. Davey Cappelen booted the PAT to make it 7-0. On its next series the Seminoles went 62 yards in eight plays with quarterback Jimmy Jordan tossing a 17 yard scoring pass to wide receiver Jackie Flowers for the six points.

The host Seminoles completely dominated the first half. FSU ran off 42 plays compared to just 24 for the visitors. The Tribe had 62 yards rushing and 114 more passing as Wally Woodham and Jordan completed 10 of 16 attempts. Mississippi State, meanwhile, rushed 50 yards and didn't complete a pass in three attempts.

Cappelen hiked the lead to 17-0 with a 46 yard field goal in the third quarter.

The Seminoles lost their opportunity for a shutout with just 1:10 remaining in the game. It prevented FSU from scoring its first back to back shutouts since the 1964 season.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
MISSISSIPPI STATE
0
0
0
6
6
FLORIDA STATE
0
14
3
0
17

2nd   0- 0  Dave Cappelen, 39, field goal failed, 10:24
      7- 0  Michael Whiting, 1, run (Dave Cappelen, kick), 5:40 
     14- 0  Jackie Flowers, 17, pass from Jimmy Jordan (Dave Cappelen, kick), 0:14 
3rd  17- 0  Dave Cappelen, 46, field goal, 6:17 
4th  17- 6  Opp, 2, run (pass failed), 1:10 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 15 18 Rushes-yards 41-125 53-216 Passing 120 116 Att-Comp-Int 28-11-1 19-5-2 Total Yards 69-245 72-332 Punt Returns 1-5 3-9 Kickoff Returns 2-22 0-0 Interception Ret. 2-0 1-25 Fumble Returns 3-0 0-0 Punts 9-37.1 7-39.6 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 7-3 Penalties-Yds 5-45 6-46 Attendance 48,701 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Mark Lyles 14- 62 Michael Whiting 5- 34 Ricky Williams 11- 19 Jimmy Jordan 4- 14 Keith Kennedy 3- 4 Wally Woodham 3- -4 Gator Cherry 2- -4 Receiving Jackie Flowers 3- 42 Grady King 2- 22 Ricky Williams 2- 17 Phil Williams 1- 14 Sam Platt 1- 13 Michael Whiting 2- 12 Passing Jimmy Jordan 12- 7-1- 76 Wally Woodham 16- 4-0- 44 Punt Return Gary Henry 1- 5 Kickoff Return Michael Whiting 1- 21 Grady King 1- 1 Punting Rohn Stark 9- 334 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Monk Bonasorte 9 6 15 1.0- . . 1 . 1- 0 . . . Arthur Scott 7 4 11 3.0- . . . . . . . . Reggie Herring . 9 9 . . . . . . . . . Paul Piurowski . 9 9 . . . 1 . . . . . Ron Simmons 2 7 9 2.0- . . . . . . . . Ivory Joe Hunter . 6 6 . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Jarvis Coursey . 5 5 . . . . . . . . . Scott Warren . 4 4 . . . . . . . . . Walter Carter . 4 4 . . . . . . . . . Mark Macek . 4 4 . . . . . . . . . Keith Jones 4 . 4 1.0- . . . . . . . . Edenbur Richardson 1 2 3 1.0- . . . . 2- 0 . . . Jeremy Mindlin . 3 3 . . . . . . . . . Scott McLean 1 2 3 1.0- . . . . . . . . Bobby Butler 2 . 2 . . 1- 0 3 . . . . . James Gilbert . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Michael Whiting 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Wade Wallace . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Gary Henry . 1 1 . . . . . . . . .

FLORIDA STATE 24, LOUISIANA STATE 19

10/27/1979, BATON ROUGE, LA

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From the 1980 FSU Press Guide, Page 51

BATON ROUGE, LA, October 27, 1979 - Florida State ruined the LSU Homecoming with a 24-19 victory in a game that head coach Bobby Bowden had early in the week billed as "the biggest football game in FSU history."

The game certainly drew plenty of national attention. The ABC-TV network sent the contest to an area that covered 84 percent of the country. Also watching the game in person were representatives of nine different post season bowls.

Florida State struck quickly to gain a 7-0 advantage. LSU received the opening kickoff but fumbled on the second play with the Seminoles' Monk Bonasorte on the recovery. The Tribe then went 32 yards in six plays with Jimmy Jordan passing three yards to Sam Platt for the six points. Davey Cappelen kicked the PAT.

LSU rebounded, however, and it looked like the Tigers would have a 13-7 halftime lead. But the Bengal Tigers fumbled the ball away at the FSU 47 with 1:30 remaining in the half. On the very next play Jordan and freshman wide receiver Hardis Johnson hooked up on a 53 yard scoring play and the Cappelen PAT put FSU in the lead.

Neither team was able to change the scoreboard in the third quarter, but FSU got seven more points very early in the fourth. This time it was again a long scoring pass initiated by Jordan. Senior Jackie Flowers was on the receiving end of a 40-yard pass that was tipped by a Bengal defensive back.

Later in the quarter FSU hiked its lead to 24-13 with Cappelen kicking a 31-yard field goal. The Tigers were able to score later in the quarter, but after the score the Seminoles used all but 17 seconds on the game clock to seal the victory.

Bowden surprised many by electing to start Jordan at quarterback over Wally Woodham. Woodham had been the starter in each of the previous 10 games in the two year winning streak that was extended to 11 games with the win.

Jordan more than justified the Bowden decision. He completed 14 of 31 passes for 312 yards and three scores. Those stats earned him honors at the ABC-TV/Chevrolet Florida State Most Valuable Player. Jordan took full advantage of Flowers, who had six of those 14 completions for 174 yards.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
7
7
0
10
24
LOUISIANA STATE
0
13
0
6
19

1st   7- 0  Sam Platt, 3, pass from Jimmy Jordan (Dave Cappelen, kick), 11:49
      7- 0  Opp, 45, field goal failed, 7:12 
      7- 0  Dave Cappelen, 27, field goal failed, 3:57 
2nd   7- 7  Opp, 1, run (kick), 13:55
      7-13  Opp, 2, run (kick failed), 7:22 
     14-13  Hardis Johnson, 53, pass from Jimmy Jordan (Dave Cappelen, kick), 1:22 
     14-13  Bill Capece, 51, field goal failed, 0:00 
4th  21-13  Jackie Flowers, 40, pass from Jimmy Jordan (Dave Cappelen, kick), 13:51
     24-13  Dave Cappelen, 31, field goal, 4:53 
     24-19  Opp, 12, pass (pass failed), 3:22 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 16 14 Rushes-yards 43-124 43-159 Passing 312 175 Att-Comp-Int 31-14-2 26-10-2 Total Yards 74-436 69-334 Punt Returns 4-18 3-49 Kickoff Returns 3-29 2-48 Interception Ret. 2-27 2-47 Fumble Returns 3-0 0-0 Punts 8-39.0 8-41.5 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 4-3 Penalties-Yds 6-52 3-45 3rd Down Conversions 4-16 4-12 4th Down Conversions 0-1 0-0 Time of Posession 32:32 27:28 Attendance 67,197 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Mark Lyles 16- 82 Michael Whiting 19- 64 Ricky Williams 3- -7 Jimmy Jordan 5- -15 Receiving Jackie Flowers 6- 174 Hardis Johnson 3- 91 Michael Whiting 2- 36 Ricky Williams 1- 6 Sam Platt 1- 3 Mark Lyles 1- 2 Passing Jimmy Jordan 31-14-2-312 Punt Return Gary Henry 4- 18 Kickoff Return Hardis Johnson 3- 29 Punting Rohn Stark 8- 312 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Reggie Herring 8 5 13 1.0- 1.0 . . 1 . . . . . Paul Piurowski 9 2 11 . . . . . . . . . Walter Carter 4 4 8 . . . . . . . . . Bobby Butler 4 1 5 1.0- 2.0 . . 1 . . . . . Mark Macek 3 2 5 . . . . . . 1 . . Scott Warren 2 2 4 . . . 1 . . . . . Monk Bonasorte 3 . 3 . . 2- 27 . . 1- 0 . . . Arthur Scott 2 1 3 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Gary Henry 1 2 3 1.0- 2.0 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . Ron Simmons 2 . 2 2.0- 6.0 1.0- 5.0 . . . . . . . Ivory Joe Hunter 1 1 2 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Jeremy Mindlin 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Garry Futch 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Edenbur Richardson 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Michael Whiting 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Scott McLean 1 . 1 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Mark Lyles 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Ken Lanier 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Jarvis Coursey 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Wade Wallace . 1 1 . . . 2 . . . . .

FLORIDA STATE 26, CINCINNATI 21

11/03/1979, CINCINNATI, OH

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From the 1980 FSU Press Guide, Page 51

CINCINNATI, OH, November 3, 1979 - Florida State, for the second consecutive season, took Cincinnati by the identical 26-21 score.

And, for the second straight year the Seminoles notched their victory in come-from-behind fashion. This comeback was just as spectacular as the one in 1978 that found FSU scoring the winning points with 1:29 left in the game. That win came in friendly Tallahassee.

This win, the eighth of the season for the Tribe, was done in nearly identical fashion. The winning points came this time with 1:38 left.

FSU, which was favored in most quarters by 21 points or more, got started quickly. Monk Bonasorte intercepted a Bearcat pass on the game's first series and eight plays after the turnover fullback Mark Lyles plunged one yard for the touchdown and Davey Cappelen's PAT made it 7-0.

That would be the last time the Tribe would move the scoreboard until the fourth quarter, however. Cincinnati, meanwhile, was able to put 21 markers on the scoreboard in the second quarter.

FSU didn't become untracked until late in the third quarter. Quarterback Wally Woodham, who had come off the bench midway in the quarter, directed a scoring drive of 56 yards that consumed 17 plays and 7:35 on the clock. An eight yard Woodham to Lyles pass picked up the six points. FSU elected to go for two on the conversion but that didn't work.

Cincinnati went to the Tribe 28 on its next series before the drive stalled. But, FSU was 65 yards from the endzone when the Bearcats gave up the ball. It took 10 plays before Woodham tossed a five yard scoring pass to Jackie Flowers. That march included a fourth down and third down conversion.

Still, when the two point conversion run by Mike Whiting failed the Bearcats held a 21-19 advantage.

The host Bearcats moved the sticks once on their next series before the Tribe defense forced a punt. That boot was returned 38 yards by sophomore Gary Henry to the Bearcat 40. Still, there was just 2:40 remaining in the game.

But, Woodham elected on the first play to throw a flare pass to Lyles. Once the big fullback got the ball he erased 31 of the 40 yards, moving the ball to the nine. Freshman Ricky Williams gained one on the next play as the Tribe maneuvered for a field goal. But, Whiting went up the middle on the next play for the winning score.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
7
0
0
19
26
CINCINNATI
0
21
0
0
21

1st   7- 0  Mark Lyles, 1, run (Dave Cappelen, kick), 10:55
      7- 0  Dave Cappelen, 40, field goal failed, 0:48 
2nd   7- 7  Opp, 15, run (kick), 9:30 
      7-14  Opp, 9, run (kick), 7:36 
      7-21  Opp, 1, run (kick), 0:39 
4th  13-21  Mark Lyles, 7, pass from Wally Woodham (Rick Stockstill, pass failed), 10:57
     19-21  Jackie Flowers, 5, pass from Wally Woodham (Michael Whiting, run failed), 4:50 
     26-21  Michael Whiting, 8, run (Dave Cappelen, kick), 1:38 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 24 13 Rushes-yards 60-242 40-152 Passing 168 106 Att-Comp-Int 25-15-1 21-6-2 Total Yards 85-410 61-258 Punt Returns 4-49 0-0 Kickoff Returns 1-19 3-63 Interception Ret. 2-25 1-3 Fumble Returns 0-0 2-0 Punts 4-29.8 7-39.6 Fumbles-Lost 2-2 1-0 Penalties-Yds 4-38 3-33 Time of Posession 35:23 24:37 Attendance 14,539 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Mark Lyles 29- 142 Michael Whiting 18- 82 Kelly Burney 2- 30 Ricky Williams 3- 7 Michael Whiting 0- 0 Wally Woodham 5- -2 Jimmy Jordan 3- -17 Receiving Mark Lyles 7- 92 Phil Williams 2- 26 Grady King 2- 20 Hardis Johnson 1- 14 Dennis McKinnon 1- 8 Jackie Flowers 1- 5 Michael Whiting 1- 3 Passing Wally Woodham 13- 8-0-111 Jimmy Jordan 12- 7-1- 57 Punt Return Gary Henry 4- 49 Kickoff Return Kelly Burney 1- 19 Punting Rohn Stark 4- 119 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Paul Piurowski 1 7 8 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . . Reggie Herring 3 4 7 . . . . . . . . . Monk Bonasorte 4 2 6 . . 1- 8 . . . . . . Mark Macek 3 3 6 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . . Arthur Scott 5 . 5 3.0- 9.0 . . . . . . . . Garry Futch 3 2 5 . . . . . . . . . Scott Warren 3 1 4 1.0- 7.0 . . . . . . . . Keith Baker . 3 3 . . . . . . . . . Ivory Joe Hunter 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Ron Simmons 1 1 2 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . James Gilbert . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Mike Smith 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Bobby Butler 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . James Harris 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Gary Henry . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Walter Carter 1 . 1 1.0- 8.0 . . . . . . . . Jeremy Mindlin . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Keith Jones . . . . . 1- 17 . . . . . .

FLORIDA STATE 27, SOUTH CAROLINA 7

11/10/1979, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the 1980 FSU Press Guide, Page 52

TALLAHASSEE, FL, November 10, 1979 - Florida State, which had not played a home game in nearly a month, celebrated its return to Doak Campbell Stadium with a 27-7 Homecoming victory before 49,490, the largest crowd in stadium history.

This was a battle of nationally ranked teams. The Seminoles were out to protect their sixth place berth while South Carolina was trying to remain in the top 20.

FSU showed everyone early that it wasn't about to let its ninth victory get away. The Tribe had a 7-0 lead with 9:23 remaining in the first quarter on a one yard plunge by Mark Lyles and Davey Cappelen's PAT. Cappelen, the leading scorer in FSU history, hiked that margin to 13-0 with field goals of 19 and 29 yards.

South Carolina narrowed its deficit to 13-7 after George Rogers rumbled 80 yards for a score with more than 13 minutes left in the half. That was to be the last of the scoring for the Gamecocks.

The score remained at 16-7 through three quarters before FSU managed to ring up 11 more points in the final quarter. QB Jimmy Jordan threw a seven yard scoring pass to Sam Childers and the same duo hooked up for a two point conversion following the TD.

Immediately after that score South Carolina fumbled and safety Keith Jones was on the recovery for FSU. The Tribe couldn't get another TD but Cappelen did kick a 27-yard field goal for the final three points of the evening.

After the win, Seminole head coach Bobby Bowden called the win "a true team victory." Indeed, it was. The defense gave the Gamecocks just 265 yards and nine first downs. FSU, meanwhile, was gaining 381 yards and 23 first downs.

Lyles went over 100 yards rushing for the second straight game. He dented the South Carolina defense for 132 yards in 25 carries and also caught three passes for 18 yards.

Starting quarterback Wally Woodham and backup Jimmy Jordan did a good job of picking on the Gamecock pass defense. Woodham, the starter, completed 15 of 29 for 145 yards while Jordan completed six of nine for an additional 59 yards. Tight ends Sam Childers and Grady King plus tailback Mike Whiting were the chief targets of the passers with four receptions apiece.

FSU couldn't completely stop Rogers, who gained 186 yards rushing in 21 carries. But the rest of the Gamecocks had just 28 net yards rushing and the visitors netted just 51 yards in the air.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
SOUTH CAROLINA
0
7
0
0
7
FLORIDA STATE
10
6
0
11
27

1st   7- 0  Mark Lyles, 1, run (Dave Cappelen, kick), 9:23 
     10- 0  Dave Cappelen, 19, field goal, 5:31 
2nd  13- 0  Dave Cappelen, 29, field goal, 13:45
     13- 7  Opp, 80, run (kick), 13:33
     16- 7  Dave Cappelen, 50, field goal, 5:51 
4th  24- 7  Sam Childers, 7, pass from Jimmy Jordan (Sam Childers, pass from Jimmy Jordan), 9:55 
     27- 7  Dave Cappelen, 27, field goal, 7:01 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 23 9 Rushes-yards 45-177 40-214 Passing 204 51 Att-Comp-Int 38-21-1 12-3-0 Total Yards 83-381 52-265 Punt Returns 2-5 1-15 Kickoff Returns 2-45 4-77 Interception Ret. 0-0 1-0 Fumble Returns 3-0 1-0 Punts 5-41.6 9-37.3 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 4-3 Penalties-Yds 5-55 2-18 Attendance 49,490 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Mark Lyles 25- 132 Michael Whiting 13- 41 Keith Kennedy 1- 7 Gator Cherry 2- 5 Wally Woodham 2- 2 Ricky Williams 2- -10 Receiving Michael Whiting 4- 42 Grady King 4- 38 Phil Williams 2- 29 Sam Childers 4- 28 Jackie Flowers 2- 25 Hardis Johnson 2- 24 Mark Lyles 3- 18 Passing Wally Woodham 29-15-0-145 Jimmy Jordan 9- 6-1- 59 Punt Return Gary Henry 2- 5 Kickoff Return Hardis Johnson 2- 45 Punting Rohn Stark 5- 208 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Paul Piurowski 5 8 13 1.0- . . . . . . . . Scott Warren 2 7 9 . . . 1 . 1- 0 . . . Ron Simmons 4 4 8 3.0- . . . . . . . . Monk Bonasorte 3 4 7 . . . 1 . . . . . Reggie Herring 1 5 6 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Arthur Scott . 4 4 . . . . . . . . . Mark Macek 1 3 4 1.0- . . . . . . . . Jeremy Mindlin 1 3 4 . . . . . . . . . Bobby Butler 1 3 4 . . . . . . . . . Ivory Joe Hunter 1 3 4 1.0- . . . . . . . . Keith Jones 2 2 4 . . . 2 . 1- 0 . . . James Gilbert 2 1 3 1.0- . . . . . . . . Rick Stockstill . 3 3 . . . . . . . . . Garry Futch . 3 3 . . . . . . . . . Scott McLean 1 2 3 1.0- . . . . . . . . Jarvis Coursey . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Wade Wallace 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . James Harris . 1 1 . . . . . . . . .

FLORIDA STATE 66, MEMPHIS STATE 17

11/17/1979, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the 1980 FSU Press Guide, Page 52

TALLAHASSEE, FL, November 17, 1979 - Florida State celebrated its acceptance of an Orange Bowl invitation by mauling Memphis State, 66-17, before 48,021 Doak Campbell Stadium fans.

One hour before the kickoff the Orange Bowl announced it was inviting the Seminoles to play in the New Year's Night classic opposite the Big Eight Conference champion. FSU showed its appreciation to the selection committee by completely dominating the Tigers for the final three quarters.

The game began like it was going to be a real struggle for the Seminoles to push their record to 10-0. The score was deadlocked at 3-3 after the first quarter and FSU didn't manage a TD until 8:34 remained in the opening half. The six points came on a 24-yard pass from Jimmy Jordan to Jackie Flowers.

It looked like the score would stay that way until halftime. FSU, however, had other ideas and managed to put 14 points on the scoreboard in a 27-second span late in the half. First Jordan pitched a four yard scoring pass to freshman Hardis Johnson. Memphis State mishandled the ensuing kickoff and Mike Smith recovered for the Tribe. Three plays later Jordan threw a five yard scoring strike to Grady King to make it 24-3.

FSU put the game out of reach in the third quarter with a 28-point explosion. Two of those touchdowns belonged to the defense. Defensive back Keith Jones returned a blocked punt 16 yards for a score and linebacker Paul Piurowski picked off a pass and raced to the endzone for another six points.

Each team traded a pair of touchdowns during the fourth quarter that saw both coaches using substitutes. No player was dominating in this contest for the Seminoles. In fact, each of the nine touchdowns was scored by a different player.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
MEMPHIS STATE
3
0
0
14
17
FLORIDA STATE
3
21
28
14
66

1st   3- 0  Dave Cappelen, 19, field goal, 8:38 
      3- 3  Opp, 23, field goal, 1:07 
2nd  10- 3  Jackie Flowers, 24, pass from Jimmy Jordan (Dave Cappelen, kick), 8:34 
     16- 3  Hardis Johnson, 4, pass from Jimmy Jordan (Dave Cappelen, kick failed), 0:45 
     24- 3  Grady King, 5, pass from Jimmy Jordan (Mark Lyles, pass from Jimmy Jordan), 0:18 
3rd  31- 3  Paul Piurowski, 29, interception return (Dave Cappelen, kick), 13:18
     38- 3  Mark Lyles, 1, run (Dave Cappelen, kick), 9:22 
     45- 3  Keith Jones, 16, punt return/blocked punt (Dave Cappelen, kick), 7:14 
            Note: Bobby Butler blocked the punt, Jones picked up the    
                  ball at the 16 and scored.                            
     52- 3  Ricky Williams, 8, run (Dave Cappelen, kick), 1:48 
4th  52-10  Opp, 51, pass (kick), 14:49
     59-10  Keith Kennedy, 1, run (Dave Cappelen, kick), 11:46
     66-10  Kelly Burney, 1, run (Dave Cappelen, kick), 5:58 
     66-17  Opp, 11, pass (kick), 0:11 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 31 12 Rushes-yards 44-178 38-124 Passing 347 115 Att-Comp-Int 42-27-1 24-7-1 Total Yards 86-525 62-239 Punt Returns 9-75 0-0 Kickoff Returns 1-27 7-169 Interception Ret. 1-29 1-31 Fumble Returns 1-0 0-0 Punts 4-42.8 10-32.6 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 3-1 Penalties-Yds 7-72 3-35 Attendance 48,021 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Mark Lyles 20- 83 Michael Whiting 11- 51 Ricky Williams 2- 11 Dennis McKinnon 1- 10 Kelly Burney 4- 8 Gator Cherry 3- 8 Ken Burnett 2- 6 Keith Kennedy 1- 1 Receiving Jackie Flowers 9- 117 Dennis McKinnon 2- 45 Phil Williams 2- 37 Hardis Johnson 3- 34 Mark Lyles 4- 26 Michael Whiting 2- 25 Bill Keck 1- 23 Tony Johnson 1- 14 Keith Kennedy 1- 11 Zeke Mowatt 1- 10 Grady King 1- 5 Passing Jimmy Jordan 29-18-1-189 Rick Stockstill 7- 6-0-103 Wally Woodham 6- 3-0- 55 Punt Return Gary Henry 7- 42 Bobby Butler 1- 17 Keith Jones 0- 16 Dennis McKinnon 1- 0 Kickoff Return Dennis McKinnon 1- 27 Punting Rohn Stark 4- 171 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Paul Piurowski 2 7 9 . . 1- 27 . . . . . . Reggie Herring 3 6 9 2.0- . . . . . . . . Mark Macek . 6 6 . . . . . . . . . Ron Simmons 2 3 5 . . . . . . . . . James Harris 2 3 5 1.0- . . 1 . . . . . Keith Baker 2 3 5 . . . . . . . . . James Gilbert 1 3 4 . . . . . . . . . Garry Futch 1 3 4 1.0- . . . . . . . . Dmitri Rigas 1 3 4 . . . . . . . . . Bobby Butler 1 2 3 . . . 1 . . . 1 . Ivory Joe Hunter 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Hector Gray 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Wade Wallace . 3 3 . . . . . . . . . Ellis Singletary 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Arthur Scott . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Jeremy Mindlin . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Monk Bonasorte 1 1 2 . . . 2 . . . . . Keith Jones 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Edenbur Richardson 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Walter Carter . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Scott McLean 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Scott Warren . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Bill Capece . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Rick Stockstill 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Gary Henry 1 . 1 . . . 1 . . . . . Jarvis Coursey 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Mike Smith . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . .

FLORIDA STATE 27, FLORIDA 16

11/23/1979, GAINESVILLE, FL

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From the 1980 FSU Press Guide, Page 53

GAINESVILLE, FL, November 23, 1979 - Florida State polished off its first undefeated season as a major college by dumping arch-rival Florida, 27-16.

The Seminole win was viewed by 58,263 in Florida Field and a national TV audience. ABC-TV sent the game across the country as the first portion of a national doubleheader.

FSU went ahead 10-0 in the first half on a first quarter field goal by Davey Cappelen and a 21-yard scoring pass from quarterback Jimmy Jordan to freshman wide receiver Hardis Johnson. Cappelen booted the PAT with just 11 seconds left in the half.

Florida, however, battled back with its own 10 point explosion. After three quarters the count was deadlocked.

The Seminole lead went back to 10, 20-10, with just 4:14 gone in the fourth quarter. First fullback Mark Lyles capped an 80-yard march with a 20 yard scoring burst through the middle of the Florida defense. Bill Capece, who added the PAT, kicked an 18-yard field goal two minutes later to make it 20-10.

The Capece field goal came following an interception by tackle Walter Carter. Each team traded touchdowns in the closing minutes with Lyles picking up the final Seminole touchdown on a three yard run with 1:10 remaining.

With 43 points being scored, the teams gave quite an offensive show. FSU netted 394 yards total offense with 241 along the ground and another 153 in the air. Florida meanwhile was unable to mount any sort of a ground game and had just 39 yards in 23 attempts. But the Gators did throw the ball 54 times for 22 completions and 270 yards.

Florida State's two quarterbacks were tested throughout. Wally Woodham was the starter and Jimmy Jordan came on in relief in the second quarter. When Jordan got in trouble in the third quarter Woodham returned for the fourth to direct the 80-yard scoring drive.

The two-headed quarterback combined to complete 14 of 27 passes. The Woodham stats showed seven completions in 10 attempts while Jordan completed seven of 17.

One of the offensive highlights was the performance of fullback Mark Lyles. Playing in his final regular season game the Buffalo, NY, native ran for a career high 151 yards in 27 carries. Two of those rushes finished with touchdowns.

Tailback Mike Whiting also contributed to the ground game. His final stats showed 123 net yards in 19 carries. It was the first time during the season the Tribe had two backs gain more than 100 yards in the same game.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
3
7
0
17
27
FLORIDA
0
0
10
6
16

1st   0- 0  Dave Cappelen, 41, field goal failed, 7:54 
      3- 0  Dave Cappelen, 42, field goal, 6:23 
      3- 0  Dave Cappelen, 46, field goal failed, 1:14 
2nd   3- 0  Opp, 39, field goal failed, 11:04
      3- 0  Opp, 45, field goal failed, 2:03 
     10- 0  Hardis Johnson, 21, pass from Jimmy Jordan (Dave Cappelen, kick), 0:11 
3rd  10- 3  Opp, 39, field goal, 11:39
     10- 3  Opp, 23, field goal failed, 9:57 
     10- 3  Dave Cappelen, 29, field goal failed, 7:15 
     10-10  Opp, 2, run (kick), 1:28 
4th  17-10  Mark Lyles, 20, run (Bill Capece, kick), 12:31
     20-10  Bill Capece, 18, field goal, 10:46
     20-10  Opp, 27, field goal failed, 7:56 
     20-16  Opp, 35, pass (pass failed), 2:21 
     27-16  Mark Lyles, 2, run (Bill Capece, kick), 1:10 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 21 13 Rushes-yards 53-241 23- 39 Passing 153 270 Att-Comp-Int 27-14-2 54-22-5 Total Yards 80-394 77-309 Punt Returns 3-12 1-0 Kickoff Returns 1-3 0-0 Interception Ret. 5-64 2-33 Fumble Returns 1-0 0-0 Punts 7-40.4 6-44.7 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 3-1 Penalties-Yds 7-42 6-59 Attendance 58,263 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Mark Lyles 20- 151 Michael Whiting 19- 123 Sam Platt 1- 6 Wally Woodham 2- -16 Jimmy Jordan 4- -23 Receiving Grady King 6- 59 Hardis Johnson 2- 51 Michael Whiting 4- 39 Mark Lyles 1- 2 Jackie Flowers 1- 2 Passing Wally Woodham 10- 7-0- 82 Jimmy Jordan 17- 7-2- 71 Punt Return Gary Henry 3- 12 Kickoff Return Hardis Johnson 1- 3 Punting Rohn Stark 7- 283 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Reggie Herring 6 5 11 1.0- 2.0 . . 1 . . 1 . . Ivory Joe Hunter 5 2 7 . . . . . . . . . Ron Simmons 7 . 7 4.0- 19.0 . . . . . . . . Scott Warren 5 1 6 1.0- 13.0 . . 1 . . . . . Paul Piurowski 5 . 5 1.0- 2.0 . 1- 22 . . . . . . Bobby Butler 4 1 5 . . 1- 0 5 . . . . . Keith Jones 3 1 4 1.0- 7.0 . . 2 . . . . . Arthur Scott 1 3 4 . . . 1 . . . . . Gary Henry 2 1 3 . . 1- 36 . . . . . . Monk Bonasorte 2 1 3 . . . 3 . . . . . James Gilbert . . . . . 1- 3 . . . . . . Walter Carter . . . . . 1- 3 . . . . . .

OKLAHOMA 24, FLORIDA STATE 7

01/01/1980, Orange Bowl, Miami, Fl

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From the 1982 FSU Media Guide, page 86

MIAMI, FL, January 1, 1980 - Julius Caesar Watts and Heisman Trophy winner Billy Sims each rushed for more than 100 yards, and the Sooner defense held Florida State to 182 total yards as Oklahoma defeated Florida State 24-7 in the 46th Annual Orange Bowl Classic.

For 17 minutes, it appeared Florida State would see its dream of a 12-0 season and possible national championship come true as it took a 7-0 lead on Mike Whiting's one yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

FSU had a chance to double its lead moments later. OU punter Fred Keeling's kick was blocked by Seminole cornerback Bobby Butler and recovered on the Oklahoma 17 by Keith Jones.

After a first down, FSU failed to gain more than two yards on three tries. Rick Stockstill fumbled a snap from center on an attempted field goal try as Oklahoma stopped the FSU drive and gained possession at its 19.

Following a 25-yard pickup by Sims and a sack by James Gilbert, Watts kept the ball on a sweep to the right and ran 61 yards for a score.

Watts' run was a sample of things to come for the Seminoles. Following the kickoff, Jimmy Jordan's first pass was picked off by Bud Herbert, who would intercept three passes on the night, and returned to the Seminole 10. Two plays later, Stanley Wilson got the call from the five and rambled in for the score and a 14-7 Sooner lead.

Fred Keeling made it 17-7 at the half with a 24-yard field goal, and the Sooners were on their way to victory.

The remainder of the game was a defensive standoff until Sims took a lateral from Watts and raced 22 yards into the Seminole end zone at 7:13 of the fourth quarter.

For the game, Sims gained 164 yards on 24 carries and Watts tallied 127 yards on 15 attempts. FSU was outgained in the game by a 447-182 margin.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
OKLAHOMA
0
17
0
7
24
FLORIDA STATE
7
0
0
0
7

1st   7- 0  Michael Whiting, 1, run (Dave Cappelen, kick), 3:24 
2nd   7- 7  Opp, 61, run (kick), 11:35
      7-14  Opp, 5, run (kick), 10:59
      7-17  Opp, 24, field goal, 3:08 
4th   7-24  Opp, 22, run (kick), 1:58 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 12 23 Rushes-yards 35- 82 59-411 Passing 100 36 Att-Comp-Int 27-8-3 4-2-0 Total Yards 62-182 63-447 Punt Returns 2-19 2-60 Kickoff Returns 4-92 1-15 Interception Ret. 0-0 3-25 Fumble Returns 4-0 0-0 Punts 9-42.2 4-25.0 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 5-4 Penalties-Yds 4-20 3-28 Attendance 66,714 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Michael Whiting 13- 40 Mark Lyles 13- 40 Sam Platt 3- 8 Wally Woodham 2- 7 Jimmy Jordan 3- -6 Rick Stockstill 1- -7 Receiving Grady King 2- 24 Sam Childers 2- 24 Sam Platt 1- 22 Hardis Johnson 1- 17 Mark Lyles 1- 9 Michael Whiting 1- 4 Passing Jimmy Jordan 16- 6-1- 76 Wally Woodham 11- 2-2- 24 Punt Return Bobby Butler 1- 11 Gary Henry 1- 4 Keith Jones 0- 4 Kickoff Return Kelly Burney 4- 92 Punting Rohn Stark 9- 380 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Reggie Herring 12 4 16 . . . . . . 1 . . Monk Bonasorte 9 3 12 . . . . . . 1 . . Ron Simmons 5 6 11 . . . . . . . . . Paul Piurowski 7 4 11 . . . . . . . . . Scott Warren 6 1 7 . . . . . . 1 . . Bobby Butler 5 1 6 . . . . . . . 1 . Keith Jones 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . Ivory Joe Hunter 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Walter Carter 4 . 4 . . . . . . . . . Arthur Scott 1 2 3 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . James Gilbert 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Rick Stockstill 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Jeremy Mindlin 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Ken Lanier 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Keith Baker 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Edenbur Richardson 1 . 1 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Dmitri Rigas 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Mark Macek . 1 1 . . . . . 2- 0 . . .