1990 Blockbuster Bowl
1234 Total
Penn State 7037 17
Florida State 10770 24
DateDecember 28, 1990
StadiumJoe Robbie Stadium
LocationMiami Gardens, Florida
MVPRB Amp Lee (Florida State)
RefereeRichard Burleson (SEC)
United States TV coverage
NetworkRaycom Sports
AnnouncersTim Brant and Dave Rowe
Blockbuster Bowl

The 1990 Blockbuster Bowl was an American college football bowl game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Florida State Seminoles.


The Nittany Lions lost their first two games of the season before going on a nine-game winning streak. Florida State won their first four games, lost two straight, and then won five straight.

Game summary

On their first drive, the Seminoles scored on a Richie Andrews 41 yard field goal. Penn State could not respond, Florida State benefited off a 39-yard punt return that culminated with an Amp Lee touchdown. Tony Sacca threw a touchdown to David Daniels to put the Nittany Lions on the board with 1:13 remaining in the first quarter. Amp Lee ran for his second touchdown of the game early into the second quarter, giving the Seminoles a ten-point lead, which they retained up until the third quarter. In that quarter, Craig Fayak narrowed the lead on a 32-yard field goal. In response, Casey Weldon scored on a touchdown run to make the score 24–10. Penn State narrowed the lead to seven on a Terry Smith touchdown catch from Tom Bill. The Nittany Lions had one final chance to tie the game after getting into the Seminoles' red zone. With three minutes remaining, Seminole John Davis intercepted a pass near the end zone, as the Seminoles soon ran the clock out, winning the first annual Blockbuster Bowl. Amp Lee was named MVP of the game after rushing for 86 yards on 21 attempts for two touchdowns, while also catching 5 passes for 32 yards. Florida State dominated the possession of the game, having it for 33:47, opposed to Penn State's 26:13.[1][2]


The Seminoles would return to the bowl in 2008 and 2011. Penn State would return in 1993.


Statistics FSU Penn State
First Downs 19 17
Yards Rushing 152 122
Yards Passing 248 278
Total Yards 400 400
Punts-Average 7–37.6 6–36.3
Fumbles-Lost 0–0 2–0
Interceptions 2 3
Penalties-Yards 4–35 6–46


  1. ^ "Russell Athletic Bowl Tickets | 2021 Russell Athletic Bowl Schedule & Tickets | TicketCity".
  2. ^ "National Champions ⭐⭐". 3 December 2018.