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Florida State Party Supplies are a great way to help celebrate the Seminoles strong football tradition. And, what is that tradition you ask? Well, let’s talk about that.

Florida State Football History

Florida State’s football started way back before 1901 (when Florida State was West Florida Seminary) and then from 1901-1905 (when FSU was known as Florida State College). However, the Florida legislature passed the Buckman Act which reorganized the Florida schools. Due to the Buckman Act, Florida State College became the Florida Female College, and the football team was dropped. In 1947, after over 40 years as a women’s only college, Florida State became coeducational, and, as a result the football team was brought back.

Bobby Bowden Years

While Florida State achieved success under Bill Peterson from 1960-1970 (including their first win over Florida in 1964), Bobby Bowden has long been the face of FSU. As the head coach from 1976-2009, Bowden oversaw FSU’s rise to national prominence. His Seminole teams of the 1990’s were especially something to behold.

Under Bowden, Florida State played in five National Championship games and won two of them, in 1993 and 1999. From 1987 to 2000, Florida State finished in the Top 5 for fourteen consecutive years, a college football record. In those fourteen years, Florida State won an incredible 11 bowl wins.

Bowden retired after the 2010 Gator Bowl on January 1, 2010 just a short time after his 80th birthday. Bowden finished his coaching career with an overall record of 377-129-4 (not all at FSU), good enough for second all-time in college coaching history. He achieved an astonishing 40 winning seasons in his 40 years of coaching.

Florida State Football Notable Achievements

Throughout FSU football history, there are moments that any Seminole fan will know about or remember:

  • 1950: Florida State plays their first football game at Doak Campbell Stadium
  • 1964: First win over Florida, 16-7
  • 1988: Puntrooskie. While tied, Florida State successfully fakes a punt on 4th down deep in their own territory against Clemson. This leads to the game-winning field goal
  • 1993: Charlie Ward to Warrick Dunn. Late in a game at Florida, Charlie Ward threw to Warrick Dunn for a 79-yard touchdown, clinching a 33-21 win.
  • 1994: The Choke at Doak. Down 31-3 to Florida, FSU scores an unbelievable 28 points in the fourth quarter to finish in a tie. Later that year, FSU would defeat Nebraska 18-16 for their first National Title.
  • 1996: #1 versus #2. Florida State (ranked #2) holds on to beat the #1 ranked Florida Gators 24-21.
  • 2000: FSU wins their 2nd National Championship defeating the Michael Vick led West Virginia Mountaineers 46-29.
  • 2010: The Golden Toe. Dustin Hopkins kicks a long-distance 55-yard field goal as time expires to beat Clemson 16-13. This was the first ever “walk-off” game winner for FSU and redeemed Hopkins for a missed kick in the final seconds that happened the week before. Well, another Florida State season is around the corner. What better way to help your fellow FSU fans celebrate than with our awesome Florida State Seminoles Party Supplies!