Florida State 31
Notre Dame  26

January 1, 1996 – Orange Bowl Stadium
FSU Wins 11th Straight Bowl Game
Florida State rallied to score 17 late fourth quarter points in Orange Bowl Stadium, beating Notre Dame 31-26.
With quarterback Danny Kanell tossing four touchdown passes—three to Florida State MOP Andre Cooper—Florida State won its NCAA-record 11th consecutive bowl and finished an unprecedented ninth consecutive season with 10 or more victories.
Kanell, who threw for 290 yards on the night, closed the gap to 26-21 on an 11-yard touchdown pass to wide out E.G. Green. The drive covered 73 yards and included a pair of runs by Warrick Dunn that netted 17 yards.
Notre Dame punted on its next series, and the Seminoles Dee Feaster returned it 41 yards to the Fighting Irish 30 yard line. It took Kanell just 1:39 to get into the end zone on a three-yard touchdown to Cooper. Kanell and Cooper hooked up again on the two-point conversion and the Seminoles were suddenly out in front 29-26 with 6:09 left.
A Notre Dame fumble and a quarterback Tom Krug safety made the final score 31-26.



First Downs 26 17
Rushing Attempts 37 45
Rushing Yards 188 256
Passes Attempted 33 26
Passes Completed 20 15
Had Intercepted 2 1
Passing Yards 290 169
Total Offense 478 425
Punts/Avg. 3/44.0 5/42.4
Fumbles/Lost  1/0 2/1
Penalties/Yards 7/59 7/55


Florida State 7 7 0 17 - 31
Notre Dame 10 0 7 9 - 26

ND: Mayes 39-yard pass from Krug (Cengia kick); FSU: Cooper 15-yard pass from Kanell (Bentley kick); ND: Cengia 20-yard FG; FSU: Cooper 10-yard pass from Kanell (Bentley kick); ND: Mayes 33-yard pass from Krug (Cengia kick); ND: Safety, Kanell steps out of endzone; ND: Chruplewicz 5-yard pass from Krug (Cengia kick); FSU: Green 11-yard pass from Kanell (Bentley kick); FSU: Cooper 3-yard pass from Kanell (Cooper pass from Kanell); FSU: Safety, Krug intentional grounding in the endzone MOP: Andre Cooper (Florida State), Derrick Mayes (Notre Dame)
Florida State Head Coach: Bobby Bowden
Notre Dame Head Coach: Lou Holtz




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