1996 FedEx Orange Bowl
62nd Orange Bowl
1234 Total
Florida State 77017 31
Notre Dame 10079 26
DateJanuary 1, 1996
StadiumMiami Orange Bowl
LocationMiami, Florida
MVPFSU WR Andre Cooper and Notre Dame WR Derrick Mayes
FavoriteFSU by 10.5 [1][2]
RefereeJimmy Harper (SEC)
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersSean McDonough and Pat Haden
Nielsen ratings12.5
Orange Bowl
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The 62nd Orange Bowl was a post-season college football bowl game between the Florida State Seminoles and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on January 1, 1996, at The Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. Florida State defeated Notre Dame, 31-26. The game was part of the 1995-1996 Bowl Alliance of the 1995 NCAA Division I-A football season and represented the concluding game of the season for both teams. The Orange Bowl was first played in 1935, and the 1996 game represented the 62nd edition of the Orange Bowl. The contest was televised in the United States on CBS.

This would be the last Orange Bowl played in the Orange Bowl Stadium until 1999, as the next three were played in Pro Player Stadium, before moving the game there permanently after the 1999 season.

Florida State capped off this Orange Bowl with their 14th straight bowl game without a loss (December 1982 through January 1996).[3]

Referee Jimmy Harper of the Southeastern Conference retired after calling his fourth Orange Bowl in 13 seasons, including the legendary 1984 game which saw the Miami Hurricanes win the first of their five national championship by upending then-No. 1 Nebraska 31-30.


  1. ^ "Orange Bowl Odds". Orange Bowl Odds.
  2. ^ "Betting line". Orange Bowl Odds. p. D7.
  3. ^ "Florida St. figures out Irish puzzle". Chicago Tribune. January 2, 1996. Retrieved February 9, 2024 – via Newspapers.com.