1987 Florida State Seminoles football
Florida State Seminoles old logo.svg
National champion (Berryman)
Fiesta Bowl champion
Fiesta Bowl, W 31–28 vs. Nebraska
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 2
APNo. 2
Record11–1
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorWayne McDuffie (5th season)
Defensive coordinatorMickey Andrews (4th season)
Home stadiumDoak Campbell Stadium
(Capacity: 60,519)
Seasons
← 1986
1988 →
1987 NCAA Division I-A independents football records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 1 Miami (FL)       12 0 0
No. 4 Syracuse       11 0 1
No. 2 Florida State       11 1 0
No. 15 South Carolina       8 4 0
Pittsburgh       8 4 0
Penn State       8 4 0
No. 17 Notre Dame       8 4 0
Southern Miss       6 5 0
Rutgers       6 5 0
Southwestern Louisiana       6 5 0
Memphis State       5 5 1
Northern Illinois       5 5 1
West Virginia       6 6 0
Tulane       6 6 0
Army       5 6 0
Boston College       5 6 0
East Carolina       5 6 0
Akron       4 7 0
Cincinnati       4 7 0
Louisville       3 7 1
Temple       3 8 0
Tulsa       3 8 0
Virginia Tech       2 9 0
Navy       2 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1987 Florida State Seminoles football team represented Florida State University in the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Bobby Bowden and played their home games at Doak Campbell Stadium. The team was selected national champion by Berryman.[1]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendanceSource
September 57:00 p.m.Texas TechNo. 8W 40–1652,893
September 127:00 p.m.at East CarolinaNo. 8W 44–333,937[2]
September 197:00 p.m.Memphis StateNo. 7
  • Doak Campbell Stadium
  • Tallahassee, Florida
W 41–2450,191
September 261:00 p.m.at Michigan StateNo. 6W 31–376,887
October 32:30 p.m.No. 3 Miami (FL)No. 4
  • Doak Campbell Stadium
  • Tallahassee, Florida (rivalry)
CBSL 25–2662,561
October 102:00 p.m.at Southern MissNo. 6W 61–1025,853[3]
October 177:00 p.m.LouisvilleNo. 4
  • Doak Campbell Stadium
  • Tallahassee, Florida
W 32–953,114
October 313:00 p.m.TulanedaggerNo. 4
  • Doak Campbell Stadium
  • Tallahassee, Florida
W 73–1453,210[4]
November 72:30 p.m.at No. 6 AuburnNo. 4CBSW 34–685,170
November 142:00 p.m.FurmanNo. 4
  • Doak Campbell Stadium
  • Tallahassee, Florida
W 41–1050,087
November 2812:00 p.m.at FloridaNo. 3CBSW 28–1474,613
January 11:30 p.m.vs. No. 5 NebraskaNo. 3NBCW 31–2872,112
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

[5]

Roster

1987 Florida State Seminoles football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 8 Terry Anthony So
G 61 Jim Bekas Fr
FB 22 Edgar Bennett Fr
OT 50 John Brown
Redshirt.svg
 So
TB 13 Dexter Carter So
TE 85 Pat Carter Sr
WR 29 Lawrence Dawsey
Redshirt.svg
 Fr
WR 1 Scott DiMare
Redshirt.svg
 So
OT 69 Joey Ionata
Redshirt.svg
 Jr
OT 73 Anthony Johnson Jr
QB 14 Brad Johnson Fr
TE 45 Reggie Johnson
Redshirt.svg
 Fr
TB 10 Brady Jones So
RB 33 Sammie Smith So
QB 11 Casey Weldon Fr
TE 87 Gaylon White
Redshirt.svg
 Sr
WR 23 Pat White
Redshirt.svg
 So
WR 82 Randy White
Redshirt.svg
 Sr
QB 4 Peter Tom Willis So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 6 LeRoy Butler So
LB 47 Kevin Grant
Redshirt.svg
 So
FS 21 John Hadley
Redshirt.svg
 Jr
LB 53 Odell Haggins
Redshirt.svg
 So
DB 22 Kenny Kitchens Jr
CB 32 Martin Mayhew
Redshirt.svg
 Sr
LB 38 Paul McGowan Sr
FS 40 Greg Newell
Redshirt.svg
 Sr
DT 74 Henry Ostaszewski Fr
DT 75 Joe Ostaszewski Fr
LB 48 David Palmer Sr
CB 2 Deion Sanders Jr
LB 93 Shelton Thompson
Redshirt.svg
 So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 18 Derek Schmidt Sr
P 12 Rick Tuten Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Wayne McDuffie (Offensive coordinator)
  • Mickey Andrews (Defensive coordinator)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
    Injured
  • Redshirt
    Redshirt

Rankings

Further information: 1987 NCAA Division I-A football rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
Week
PollPre1234567891011121314Final
AP8876464444443332
Coaches141178487554443332

Game summaries

Texas Tech

See also: 1987 Texas Tech Red Raiders football team

1 234Total
Red Raiders 13 300 16
Seminoles 13 1773 40

[6]

at East Carolina

See also: 1987 East Carolina Pirates football team

1 234Total
Seminoles 3 131414 44
Pirates 0 300 3

[7]

Memphis State

See also: 1987 Memphis State Tigers football team

1 234Total
Tigers 0 1077 24
Seminoles 21 3710 41
  • Date: September 19
  • Location: Doak Campbell Stadium
  • Game attendance: 50,191

[8]

at Michigan State

See also: 1987 Michigan State Spartans football team

1 234Total
Seminoles 0 71014 31
Spartans 0 300 3

[9]

Miami (FL)

See also: 1987 Miami Hurricanes football team and Florida State–Miami football rivalry

1 234Total
No. 3 Hurricanes 3 0815 26
No. 4 Seminoles 0 1096 25


[10]

at Southern Miss

1 234Total
Seminoles 21 101416 61
Golden Eagles 7 300 10

[11]

Louisville

See also: 1987 Louisville Cardinals football team

1 234Total
Cardinals 3 006 9
Seminoles 6 1277 32
  • Date: October 17
  • Location: Doak Campbell Stadium
  • Game attendance: 53,114

[12]

Tulane

See also: 1987 Tulane Green Wave football team

1 234Total
Green Wave 7 007 14
Seminoles 7 31287 73
  • Date: October 31
  • Location: Doak Campbell Stadium
  • Game attendance: 53,210

[13]

at Auburn

See also: 1987 Auburn Tigers football team

1 234Total
Seminoles 14 1307 34
Tigers 0 330 6

[14]

Furman

1 234Total
Paladins 7 003 10
Seminoles 10 10714 41
  • Date: November 14
  • Location: Doak Campbell Stadium
  • Game attendance: 50,087

[15]

at Florida

See also: 1987 Florida Gators football team and Florida–Florida State football rivalry

1 234Total
Seminoles 3 6118 28
Gators 7 700 14

[16]

vs. Nebraska (Fiesta Bowl)

See also: 1987 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team and 1988 Fiesta Bowl

1 234Total
No. 5 Cornhuskers 14 0140 28
No. 3 Seminoles 0 2137 31

[17]

References

  1. ^ 2018 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records (PDF). The National Collegiate Athletic Association. pp. 114–115. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  2. ^ "Rockabye-bye, Sammie". Tallahassee Democrat. September 13, 1987. Retrieved March 27, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "S. Miss. falls into FSU's trap, 61–10". The Miami Herald. October 11, 1987. Retrieved March 27, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "FSU rips Tulane by 73–14". The Palm Beach Post. November 1, 1987. Retrieved February 7, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
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