Photo courtesy of Garnet and Great/Florida State football archivist
A national champion in college softball could be crowned as soon as Wednesday night.
Florida State and Oklahoma are duking it out for softball supremacy at the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. As most are aware, the two schools have pretty prestigious football programs as well.
On the field, the schools have met seven times. Here are five fun facts about the schools’ head-to-head history on the gridiron:
1. FSU’s Lone Win Came in the First Meeting
Oklahoma has had the upper hand in the series. The Sooners have won six of the seven meetings. The lone victory for Florida State came in the first meeting. FSU finished ranked in the UPI Poll for the first time ever after topping Oklahoma in the Gator Bowl to conclude the 1964 season by a 36-19 score. Quarterback Steve Tensi passed for 303 yards and five touchdowns in the win. Four of those went to standout wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff.
2. Bobby Bowden and Barry Switzer’s Closest Bowl Came vs. One Another
Oklahoma’s Barry Switzer and Florida State’s Bobby Bowden were absolute coaching legends. Not surprisingly, both did very well in bowl games. As a head coach, Switzer was 8-5 in bowl games while Bowden was 22-10-1. The only bowl that either coached in decided by one point came against one another. In the Orange Bowl to cap the 1980 season, Oklahoma won an 18-17 thriller. It was the second year in a row that the Sooners topped FSU in the Orange Bowl.
FSU took a 17-10 lead in the fourth quarter when Bobby Butler fell on a blocked punt in the end zone. With 87 seconds left however, Oklahoma pulled it out with a touchdown and 2-point conversion. J.C. Watts found Steve Rhodes for the 11-yard touchdown before hitting Forrest Valora for the winning conversion.
3. The Seminoles and Sooners Played in the Lowest Scoring BCS Bowl
From 1998 to 2013, the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) was a formula used to determine a national champion. The BCS featured four bowls: Sugar, Orange, Rose and Fiesta. Eventually, a fifth game was added, which was known as the BCS National Championship. The lowest scoring BCS bowl ever was played for the national championship and between FSU and Oklahoma. To cap the 2000 season, the teams met in the Orange Bowl with the Sooners emerging victorious, 13-2.
Through three quarters, two Oklahoma field goals accounted for all the scoring. The Sooners finally found the end zone midway through the fourth quarter when Quentin Griffin scored from 10 yards out. FSU broke up the shutout on an errant punt snap that went out the back of the end zone with less than a minute to play. Oklahoma forced three turnovers in the win and held FSU quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke to less than a 50% completion rate while intercepting him twice. The win gave Oklahoma its lone national title under head coach Bob Stoops.
4. FSU and Oklahoma are Tied for Each Other’s Most Common Bowl Opponent
Of the seven meetings between the schools, four have come in bowl games. FSU won the aforementioned Gator Bowl to close the 1964 season while Oklahoma beat the Seminoles in the Orange Bowl to close the 1979, 1980 and 2000 campaigns. Oklahoma’s 24-7 win to cap the 1979 season kept Bowden from his first perfect season at FSU.
The four bowl meetings tie each school for the other’s most common bowl opponent. FSU has also faced Nebraska four times in bowl games. The Sooners have faced Alabama in four bowl games. Oklahoma is the only team with three bowl wins over FSU and along with Arizona State, is one of just two schools with multiple bowl victories over the Seminoles.
5. Oklahoma Handed Jimbo Fisher His First Head Coaching Loss
Bowden spent 34 years as head coach at Florida State, but his former offensive coordinator and successor also had success. In eight years at FSU, Jimbo Fisher led the Seminoles to three ACC titles and a national championship. His first road game however, was a blowout loss at Oklahoma. After winning the 2010 season opener at home over Samford, FSU was blasted in Norman by a 47-17 score.
The teams traded touchdowns early, but the Sooners soon seized control behind 380 yards passing and four touchdowns from quarterback Landry Jones. After scoring on its opening drive, FSU didn’t find the end zone again until the game’s final play.
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