2006 FedEx Orange Bowl
72nd Orange Bowl
BCS Bowl Game
1234OT2OT3OT Total
Penn State 7702073 26
Florida State 01303070 23
DateJanuary 3, 2006
StadiumDolphins Stadium
LocationMiami, Florida
MVPFSU WR Willie Reid
FavoritePenn State by 9 (46.5) [1]
RefereeJerry McGinn (Big East)
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersMike Tirico (Play by Play)
Kirk Herbstreit (Analyst)
Erin Andrews (Sideline)
Nielsen ratings12.2[2]
Orange Bowl
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The 2006 Orange Bowl, a 2005–06 BCS game, was played on January 3, 2006. This 72nd edition to the Orange Bowl featured the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Florida State Seminoles.

This game was known for being the eighth, and ultimately final meeting, between the two coaches, Joe Paterno of Penn State and Bobby Bowden of Florida State, the two winningest D1 FBS coaches in history.

Overtime summary

The three-overtime game took over four hours. It is regarded as one of the more entertaining Orange Bowls due to the high excitement level and some key missed kicks.

Florida State started on offense to begin the first overtime. Kicker Gary Cismesia's 44-yard attempt went wide right. Penn State conservatively rushed three times and attempted a 38-yard field goal on their first overtime drive. However, kicker Kevin Kelly's try pushed wide left.

In the second overtime, both team scored on 1-yard touchdown runs tying the game at 23–23.

In the third overtime, Florida State's kicking woes continued. Cismesia's 38-yard attempt hit the right upright. On 2nd and 9 on the 12-yard line, Kelly hit a 29-yard field goal to give Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions the win over Bobby Bowden and the Seminoles.

Scoring summary

Scoring Play Score Time
1st quarter
PSU – Scott 2 yard run PSU 7–0 4:59
2nd quarter
FSU – Reid 87 yard punt return Tie 7–7 4:09
FSU – Booker 57 yard pass from Weatherford (missed PAT) FSU 13–7 2:49
PSU – Kilmer 24 yard pass from Robinson PSU 14–13 0:06
3rd quarter
No scoring
4th quarter
PSU – Safety PSU 16–13 13:36
FSU – Cismesia 48 yard FG Tie 16–16 4:08
PSU – Scott 1 yard run PSU 23–16 2OT
FSU – Dean 1 yard run Tie 23–23 2OT
PSU – Kelly 29 yard FG PSU 26–23 3OT


Florida State had a rough season for their standards having lost four games going into their ACC Championship game against Virginia Tech. They were solid underdogs (2 TD) and still found a way to upset the Hokies in the first ever ACC title game.

Penn State was one play away from an undefeated season albeit both USC and Texas likely would have still played for the BCS title that season. The Nittany Lions finished third in the final AP Poll, a ranking they have not reached since (entering 2020).


  1. ^ "Orange Bowl Odds: College football". Vegasinsider. January 1, 2003. p. C10. Archived from the original on October 26, 2020. Retrieved October 24, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "BCS Game Results". orangebowl.org. September 26, 2007. Archived from the original on June 2, 2009. Retrieved January 13, 2008.