Orange Bowl

January 01, 1996

No. 8 Florida State (9-2) vs. No. 6 Notre Dame (9-2)

Site: Miami

Time: 8 tonight

TV: 13, 9

Line: Florida State by 10 1/2

Players to watch:

Warrick Dunn, Florida State: The speedy and elusive tailback was in the running for the Heisman Trophy most of the season, finishing with 1,242 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Marc Edwards, Notre Dame: With Randy Kinder ineligible, more of the burden will fall on Edwards (717 yards, nine touchdowns).

Best win:

Florida State 41, Miami 17: The Seminoles failed in tests at Virginia and at Florida, so a thumping of intrastate rival Miami -- even a subpar Hurricanes team -- ranks as their best moment.

Notre Dame 38, USC 10: The Trojans came into South Bend with a 6-0 record, allowing 9.5 points per game and talking about ending the Irish hex. Notre Dame showed it's still the boss of Southern Cal, improving to 12-0-1 in the past 13 games of that rivalry.

Outlook:

The Seminoles need a victory to extend their NCAA records for consecutive 10-win seasons to nine and consecutive Top 5 finishes to nine. Despite playing all three service academies, the Irish faced the toughest schedule in Division I-A; its opponents had a record of 67-37-5.

Results:

................ Florida State ................

70 ............. Duke ........................ 26

45 ............. at Clemson .................. 26

77 ............. N.C. State .................. 17

46 ............. Central Florida ............. 14

41 ............. Miami (Fla.) ................ 17

72 ............. Wake Forest ................. 13

42 ............. Georgia Tech ................ 10

28 ............. at Virginia ................. 33

28 ............. at North Carolina ........... 12

59 ............. Maryland .................... 17

24 ............. at Florida .................. 35

................ Notre Dame ..................

15 ............. Northwestern ................ 17

35 ............. at Purdue ................... 28

41 ............. Vanderbilt .................. 0

55 ............. Texas ....................... 27

26 ............. at Ohio State ............... 45

29 ............. at Washington ............... 21

28 ............. at Army ..................... 27

38 ............. Southern Cal ................ 10

20 ............. Boston College .............. 10

35 ............. Navy ........................ 17

44 ............. at Air Force ................ 14

Statistical comparison:

...................... ND ................... FSU

Record own ........... 9-2 .................. 9-2

...... opp. .......... 74-46 ................ 65-55

Rushing own .......... 236 .................. 221

....... opp. ......... 194 .................. 130

Passing own .......... 186 .................. 329

....... opp. ......... 171 .................. 213

Turnovers own ........ 1.8 .................. 1.8

......... opp. ....... 2.7 .................. 3.2

Margin ............... 13.6 ................. 28.4

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