Miami, Fla. (Jan. 1, 1980) — Julius Caesar Watts and Heisman Trophy winner Billy Sims each
rushed for more than 100 yards, and the Sooner defense held Florida State to 182 total yards
as Oklahoma defeated Florida State 24-7 in the 46th Annual Orange Bowl Classic.
For 17 minutes, it appeared Florida State would see its dream of a 12-0 season and possible
national championship come true as it took a 7-0 lead on Mike Whiting’s one-yard touchdown
run in the first quarter.
FSU had a chance to double its lead moments later. OU punter Fred Keeling’s kick was blocked
by Seminole corner-back Bobby Butler and recovered on the Oklahoma 17 by Keith Jones.
After a first down, FSU failed to gain more than two yards on three tries. Rick Stockstill
fumbled a snap from center on an attempted field goal try as Oklahoma stopped the FSU drive
and gained possession at its 19.
Following a 25-yard pickup by Sims and a sack by James Gilbert, Watts kept the ball on a sweep
to the right and ran 61 yards for a score.
Watts’ run was a sample of things to come for the Seminoles. Following the kickoff, Jimmy
Jordan’s first pass was picked off by Bud Herbert, who would intercept three passes on the
night, and returned to the Seminole 10. Two plays later, Stanley Wilson got the call from the
five and rambled in for the score and a 14-7 Sooner lead.
Fred Keeling made it 17-7 at the half with a 24-yard field goal, and the Sooners were on their
way to victory.
The remainder of the game was a defensive standoff until Sims took a lateral from Watts and
raced 22 yards into the Seminole end zone at 7:13 of the fourth quarter.
For the game, Sims gained 164 yards on 24 carries and Watts tallied 127 yards on 15 attempts.
FSU was outgained in the game by a 447-182 margin.
Score By Quarters 1 2 3 4 F FSU 7 0 0 0 7 Oklahoma 0 17 0 7 24 Scoring Summary FSU - Whiting one yd. run (Cappelan kick), 3:24 OK - Watts 61 yd. run (Keeling kick), 11:35 OK - Wilson 5 yd. run (Keeling kick), 10:59 OK - Keeling 24 yd. field goal, 3:08 OK - Sims 22 yd. run on a lateral from Watts (Keeling kick), 1:58 Team Statistics FSU OK First Downs 12 23 Rushes - Yards 35-82 59-411 Passing Yards 100 36 Comp.-Att.-Int. 8-27-3 2-4-0 Plays-Total Offense 62-182 63-447 Punt Return Yards 19 75 Punts - Average 9-42.2 4-25 Fumbles - Lost 1-0 5-4 Interceptions - Yards 0-0 3-25 Penalties - Yards 4-20 3-27.5 Time of Possession 27:22 32:38 Third Down Cov. 6-17 9-14 Individual Statistics Rushing: FSU - Woodham 2-7, Jordan 3-(-6), Platt 3-8, Lyles 13-40, Whiting 13-40, Stockstill 1-(-7); OK- Watts 15-127, Phelps 2-3, Sims 24-164, Winters 1-25, Overstreet 9-29, Wilson 9-48, Ledbetter 1-10, McKim 1-5. Passing: FSU - Jordan 6-16-1, Woodham 2-11-2; OK - Watts 2-4-0. Receiving: FSU - Platt 1-22, Lyles 1-9, Whiting 1-4, Johnson 1-17, King 2-24, Childers 2-24; OK - Nixon 2-36.