Miami, Fla. (Dec. 28, 1990) — In a game that pitted college football’s winningest active
coaches, FSU quarterback Casey Weldon completed 22-of-36 passes for 248 yards to lead the
Seminoles to a 24-17 victory over Penn State in the inaugural Blockbuster Bowl. The victory
pushed Florida State to a number four final ranking.
After scoring on a 41-yard Richie Andrews field goal on the game’s first drive, Terrell
Buckley’s thrilling 39-yard punt return put the Seminoles on the Penn State 17-yard line minutes
later. Four plays later, Florida State scored the first touchdown of the game on a one-yard
run by Amp Lee. Lee was named the game’s Most Valuable Player with 86 yards on 21 carries and a
pair of scores.
Following unsuccessful drives by both Penn State and FSU, PSU quarterback Tony Sacca launched a
56-yard touchdown pass to David Daniels for the Nittany Lions’ first score.
Florida State’s lead increased 1:32 into the second quarter when Lee ran for his second touchdown
of the game, this one from seven yards out. The score remained 17-7 until the third quarter.
Florida State started the third period with a drive that ended in a Nittany Lion interception at
the Penn State 18-yard line. Twelve plays later, PSU kicker Craig Fayak gave the Nittany Lions
their sole score of the third quarter with a 32-yard field goal. The Seminoles came back quickly.
Weldon ran five yards for FSU’s final score after a 58-yard drive.
The Nittany Lions and Seminoles exchanged punts before Penn State came back. Following a 62-yard
drive, Terry Smith scored on a 37-yard pass from reserve QB Tom Bill as PSU closed to within seven
with six minutes left in the game.
The final six minutes would provide some anxious moments for Seminole fans as the Nittany Lions
gained momentum with Bill at the helm.
But both defenses held in the final minutes. After an exchange of punts, FSU’s John Davis
cemented the victory with a leaping interception at the Florida State one. The Seminoles were able
to run out the clock after that to hand the Nittany Lions their first loss in nine games.
Score By Quarters 1 2 3 4 F FSU 10 7 7 0 24 PSU 7 0 3 7 17 Scoring Summary FSU - Andrews 41 yd. field goal, 10:47 FSU - Lee 1 yd. run (Andrews kick), 8:20 PSU - Daniels 56 yd. pass from Sacca (Fayak kick),1:13 PSU - Fayak 32 yd. field goal, 7:32 FSU - Weldon 5 yd. run (Andrews kick), 3:51 PSU - T. Smith 37 yd. pass from Bill (Fayak kick), 6:27 Team Statistics FSU PSU First Downs 19 17 Rushes - Yards 39-152 31-122 Passing Yards 248 278 Comp.-Att.-Int. 22-36-2 15-32-3 Plays-Total Offense 75-400 62-403 Punt Return Yards 43 72 Punts - Average 7-37.6 6-36.3 Fumbles - Lost 0-0 2-0 Interceptions - Yards 3-2 2-19 Penalties - Yards 4-35 6-46 Time of Possession 33:47 26:13 Third Down Cov. 6-16 2-11 Individual Statistics Rushing: FSU - Lee 21-86, Weldon 6-22, Dawsey 1-0, Bennett 7-30, Moore 1-12, Jackson 1-2; PSU - Brown 14-46, Thompson 8-33, Smith 1-13, Sacca 6-28, Fayak 1-0, Bill 1-2. Passing: FSU - Weldon 22-36-2; PSU - Sacca 12-25-2, Bill 3-7-1. Receiving: FSU - R. Johnson 2-34, Lee 5-32, Dawsey 8-107, Bennett 4-49, Moore 1-3, Roberts 1-6, Baker 1-17; PSU - Daniels 7-154, Smith 5-100, Thompson 2-10, T. Thomas 1-14.