Oklahoma 24
Florida State 7

January 1, 1980 – Orange Bowl Stadium
Sooners Spoil Seminole Uprising
J.C. Watts and Billy Sims each rushed for more than 100 yards and a stingy Oklahoma defense shut down undefeated and fourth-ranked Florida State for a 24-7 victory.
For 17 minutes, it appeared Florida State would realize its dream of a 12-0 season. Making its first appearance in the Orange Bowl, Florida State took a 7-0 lead on a 1-yard Mike Whiting run.
The Seminoles had a chance to double the lead when Bobby Butler blocked a Sooner punt and Florida State had the ball on the Oklahoma 17. But a series of miscues, including a fumbled field goal snap, left the Seminoles without a score.
Watts quickly quieted the biased Garnet & Gold crowd with a 61-yard touchdown run, the first of 24 unanswered points by Oklahoma. Moments later, Bud Hebert intercepted a Jimmy Jordan pass at the Seminole 10 and Stanley Wilson cashed it in two plays later. A Mike Keeling 24-yard field goal before the half made it 17-7.
Watts finished the day with 127 yards rushing and Sims had 164.

First Downs 23 12
Rushing Attempts 59 35
Rushing Yards 411 82
Passes Attempted 4 27
Passes Completed 2 8
Had Intercepted 0 3
Passing Yards 36 100
Total Offense 447 182
Punts/Avg. 4/25.0 9/42.2
Fumbles/Lost  5/4 1/0
Penalties/Yards 3/27 4/20


Oklahoma 0 17 0 7 - 24
Florida State 7 0 0 0 - 7

FSU: Whiting 1-yard run (Cappelen kick); OKLA: Watts 61-yard run (Keeling kick); OKLA: Wilson 5-yard run (Keeling kick); OKLA: Keeling 24-yard FG; OKLA: Sims 22-yard run; OKLA: Watts 12-yard run (Keeling kick) MOP: J.C. Watts (Oklahoma), Bob Herbert (Oklahoma)
Oklahoma Head Coach: Barry Switzer
Florida State Head Coach: Bobby Bowden



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