Miami, Fla. (Jan. 1, 1996) — Danny Kanell threw two fourth quarter touchdown passes to lead
Florida State to a 31-26 come-from-behind win over Notre Dame in the final Orange Bowl game
played in the historic stadium.
Kanell hit E.G. Green with an 11-yard scoring strike, then flipped a 3-yard touchdown pass to
Andre Cooper with 6:09 left in the game to give the Seminoles an NCAA record 11th straight bowl
win and a top four finish in the AP poll for a record ninth straight season.
Florida State’s offense tested the Fighting Irish through the air and on the ground. Kanell
completed 20 of 32 passes for 290 yards and four touchdowns, while Warrick Dunn rushed for 151
yards on 22 carries. However, it would take a dramatic fourth quarter comeback to give the
Seminoles the win.
Notre Dame opened the scoring in the first quarter with a perfect 39-yard scoring strike from
Tom Krug to Derrick Mayes. FSU tied the score when Cooper collected a 15-yard scoring pass
from Kanell with 6:08 left in the quarter.
Trailing 10-7 after a Notre Dame field goal, Kanell found Cooper in the endzone from 10 yards
out to give the Seminoles a 14-10 lead at halftime.
Mayes regained the lead for the Irish in the third quarter on an acrobatic tip and catch in the
endzone over FSU defender Samari Rolle with 8:04 left.
Notre Dame grabbed the momentum over the third quarter and threatened to run away with the game
when Kanell stepped on the back line of the endzone while trying to throw for a safety. Notre
Dame scored again just two minutes later on a five yard pass to give them a 10 point lead with just
under 11 minutes left in the third quarter. FSU did not score in the third quarter and would not
score until under 10 minutes left in the game, but they came on strong with 17 points over the
final few minutes of the game.
Kanell used just five plays to cover 73 yards and his touchdown pass to Green with 9:47 left revived
the FSU offense. The Tribe defense held Notre Dame without a first down on their next possession
and a 30-yard punt return by Dee Feaster set the Seminoles up at the Notre Dame 30. Six plays
later Kanell hit Cooper with a TD and then found him for a two-point conversion to give the
Seminoles the lead.
FSU’s defense forced the Irish into a fumble and a safety on their last two possessions to
preserve the win and push Florida State’s all-time record against Notre Dame to 3-1.
FSU’s Cooper was named MVP after setting an Orange Bowl record with three touchdown catches. Wayne
Messam led all FSU receivers with 103 yards on six catches, while Green had 99 yards on five
The Seminole defense held Notre Dame to just 169 yards passing, but the Irish ground attach
churned out 256 yards.
Score By Quarters 1 2 3 4 F FSU 7 7 0 17 31 ND 10 0 7 9 2 Scoring Summary ND - Mayes 39 yd. pass from Krug (Cengia kick), 8:27 FSU - Cooper 15 yd. pass from Kanell (Bentley kick), 6:08 ND - Cengia 20 yd. field goal, :02 FSU - Cooper 10 yd. pass from Kanell (Bentley kick), 2:30 ND - Mayes 33 yd. pass from Krug (Cengia kick), 8:04 ND - Kanell steps out of bounds in endzone for safety, 13:44 ND - Chryplewicz 5 yd. pass from Krug (Cengia kick), 11:43 FSU - E. Green 11 yd. pass from Kanell (Bentley kick), 9:47 FSU - Cooper 3 yd. pass from Kanell (Cooper pass from Kanell), 6:09 FSU - Krug intentionally grounds in endzone for safety, 2:02 Team Statistics FSU ND First Downs 26 17 Rushes - Yards 37-188 45-256 Passing Yards 290 169 Comp.-Att.-Int. 20-33-2 15-26-1 Plays-Total Offense 70-478 71-425 Punt Return Yards 52 21 Punts - Average 3-44 5-42.4 Fumbles - Lost 1-0 2-1 Interceptions - Yards 1-8 2-14 Penalties - Yards 7-59 7-55 Time of Possession 28:13 31:47 Third Down Cov. 6-13 7-16 Individual Statistics Rushing: FSU - Dunn 22-151, Williams 2-7, Preston 6-55, Abdullah 2-2, Kanell 5-(-27); ND- Denson 11-67, Edwards 14-55, Thorne 1-4, Farmer 7-93, Krug 11-45, Sollman 1-(-8). Passing: FSU - Kanell 20-32-2, Dunn 0-1-0; ND - Krug 14-24-1, Smith 1-1-0, Edwards 0-1-0. Receiving: FSU - Messam 6-103, Williams 2-17, E. Green 5-99, Cooper 4-38, Abdullah 1-14, Dunn 2-19; ND - Mayes 6-96, Stafford 2-14, Mosley 1-13, Chryplewicz 3-18, Farmer 1-3, Edwards 2-25.