1977 Tangerine Bowl
1234 Total
Texas Tech 0368 17
Florida State 3131113 40
DateDecember 23, 1977
StadiumOrlando Stadium
LocationOrlando, Florida
MVPJimmy Jordan, Florida State (offensive & overall)[1][2]
Willie Jones, Florida State (defensive)[1]
PayoutUS$190,000 per school[2]
United States TV coverage
Tangerine Bowl
 < 1976  1978

The 1977 Tangerine Bowl was an American college football bowl game played on December 23, 1977 at Orlando Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The game pitted the Florida State Seminoles and the Texas Tech Red Raiders.


Texas Tech started the season ranked #8 in the nation, winning their first two games of the season before a face-off with #6 Texas A&M, which they lost 33–17. Three straight wins got them to #14, but a 26–0 loss to #1 Texas dropped them out permanently. Wins over TCU and SMU followed, but they lost to Houston and #6 Arkansas to finish the season. They finished tied for fourth in the Southwest Conference. This was their sixth bowl game of the decade. Florida State had just two losses, compounded with a six-game winning streak. They reached #13 at one point (before a loss to San Diego State), but they finished the season strong with a 37–9 thrashing of Florida. This was their first bowl game since 1971.

Game summary

Jimmy Jordan threw 18-of-25 for 311 yards and three touchdowns en route to an MVP effort. Florida State had 22 first downs to Texas Tech's 21 first downs. Tech had 99 rushing yards (on 44 carries) while the Seminoles had 85 (on 37 carries). Florida State threw for 455 passing yards while the Red Raiders threw for 379. The Seminoles had two turnovers, but the Red Raiders turned it over four times. While Florida State had 10 penalties for 130 yards, they managed to convert their opportunities into points, where as Tech did not do as such, at least until the second half where it was too late.[3][4]


Statistics Texas Tech Florida State
First Downs 21 22
Rushing Yards 99 85
Passing Yards 279 455
Total Offense 378 540
Passing 18-28-2 35-35-0
Punts-Average 7-29.6 3-35.6
Return Yards 11 5
Fumbles-Lost 3-3 2-2
Penalties-Yards 3-50 10-130


The Red Raiders did not qualify for another bowl game until the 1986 Independence Bowl. Florida State's next bowl appearance was the 1980 Orange Bowl.


  1. ^ a b Skutt, Bill (December 24, 1977). "Love aids FSU rush -- Bowden". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved March 18, 2017 – via newspapers.com.
  2. ^ a b c Buchalter, Bill (December 24, 1977). "Seminole air power bombs Tech". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved March 18, 2017 – via newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on January 5, 2017. Retrieved January 5, 2017.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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