2006

Penn State* 26
Florida State 23
(3OT)  

January 3, 2006 – Dolphins Stadium
 
Penn State Wins in Triple OT
It’s not very often when a game lives up to all the hype, but the 2006 Orange Bowl was one for the ages.
 
In a game that lasted nearly five hours, it was Penn State that outlasted Florida State. The triple overtime thriller, the first in Bowl Championship Series history, marked the Nittany Lions’ first Orange Bowl win in over thirty years and was Bobby Bowden’s third straight loss in South Florida.
 
After both teams missed field goals in the first period of overtime and traded 1-yard touchdowns runs in the second, a missed Florida State field goal attempted opened the door for the Lions. Kevin Kelly, who had missed his previous two game-winning tries, connected on a 29-yard field goal attempted at four hours and 45 minutes after the opening kickoff.
 
Penn State running back Austin Scott led the Lions’ ground game with 110 yards and two touchdowns, but it was Florida State’s Willie Reid who earned MOP honors in the losing effort, highlighted by an Orange Bowl record 87-yard punt return.
 

  PSU FSU
First Downs 23 12
Rushing Attempts 48 26
Rushing Yards 138 26
Passes Attempted 39 43
Passes Completed 21 24
Had Intercepted 1 1
Passing Yards 253 258
Total Offense 391 284
Punts/Avg. 11/44.3 9/39.2
Fumbles/Lost  1/1 1/0
Penalties/Yards 8/43 13/129

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS            
Penn State 7 7 0 2 10 26
Florida State 0 13 0 3 7 23

                                            
SCORING SUMMARY
PSU: Scott 2-yard run (Kelly kick); FSU: Reid 87-yard punt return (Cismesia kick); FSU: Booker 57-yard pass from Weatherford (Conversion failed); PSU: Kilmer 24-yard pass from Robinson (Kelly kick); PSU: Team Safety; FSU: Cismesia 48-yard FG; PSU: Scott 1-yard run (Kelly kick); FSU: Dean 1-yard run (Cismesia kick); PSU: Kelly 29-yard FG MOP: Willie Reid (Florida State)
 
Penn State Head Coach: Joe Paterno
Florida State Head Coach: Bobby Bowden
* - Participation later vacated by NCAA