Dallas, Texas (Jan. 1, 1992) — The Seminoles won the Cotton Bowl with a mix of feisty defense
and ball control offense which highlighted the rushing of sophomore Sean Jackson. After
consecutive losses to Miami and Florida to end the regular season, the Seminoles rebounded to
defeat ninth-ranked Texas A&M, 10-2.
Jackson ably took over the starting tailback job, running for 119 yards on 27 carries and was
named the game’s offensive MVP.
Rainy and cold weather conditions caused a turnover-filled game that turned into a defensive
struggle. There were a Cotton Bowl record 13 turnovers in all, eight by the Aggies and five
by Florida State. Texas A&M was especially plagued by ball-handling woes, fumbling six times
and throwing two interceptions.
Ironically, Texas A&M’s first fumble resulted in its only points of the game. When Aggie running
back Greg Hill fumbled out of bounds deep in Seminole territory, the FSU offense was forced to
take over on its own two-yard line. One play later, Quentin Coryatt caught FSU quarterback Casey
Weldon in the end zone for a safety.
The Aggies’ two-point lead held for most of the half until Dallas native Clifton Abraham
recovered an Aggie fumble at midfield. Seven plays later, Weldon faked a handoff and rolled
around the right end for a five-yard touchdown run.
The second half was a carbon copy of the first with both teams trying to hang onto the ball in
the wet conditions. The FSU defense continued to harass the Aggie offense, caused five fumbles
in the second half. Florida State held A&M to 180 yards of total offense for the game.
The Aggie defense was also dominating, allowing the Seminoles just one more score in the game,
a 27-yard field goal by Gerry Thomas with 2:40 left in the fourth quarter. Florida State won
its 11th game of the year and finished the season ranked fourth in the nation.
Score By Quarters 1 2 3 4 F FSU 7 0 0 3 10 TAM 2 0 0 0 2 Scoring Summary TAM - Weldon tackled in endzone for Safety, 10:09 FSU - Weldon 4 yd. run (Thomas kick), 2:08 FSU - Thomas 27 yd. field goal, 2:40 Team Statistics FSU TAM First Downs 17 12 Rushes - Yards 48-188 42-123 Passing Yards 92 57 Comp.-Att.-Int. 14-32-4 6-24-2 Plays-Total Offense 80-280 66-180 Punt Return Yards 16 8 Punts - Average 8-43.3 9-39.7 Fumbles - Lost 3-1 7-6 Interceptions - Yards 2-0 4-47 Penalties - Yards 11-77 6-50 Time of Possession 33:59 26:01 Third Down Cov. 3-17 0-12 Individual Statistics Rushing: FSU - Jackson 27-119, Bennett 11-47, McMillan 2-16, Baker 1-14, Weldon 7-8; TAM - Hill 14-71, Richardson 9-5, Carter 7-22, McAfee 5-19, Simmons 4-19, Thomas 2-4, Biggens 1-9. Passing: FSU - Weldon 14-32-4; TAM - Richardson 6-24-2. Receiving: FSU - Baker 4-44, Jackson 3-20, McCorvey 2-20, Johnson 2-19, Frier 1-5, Bennett 2-16; TAM - Hill 2-17, Harrison 2-27, Mathews 1-10, Mitchell 1-3.