11 October 2011
The Florida State Seminoles began a four game series, starting in 1980, with the Pittsburgh Panthers. Pittsburgh and Florida State both were Independents in College Football, in 1980, and had previously played four games - splitting two games a piece.
Lead by running back Sam Platt, FSU exploded in the second quarter with 20 points giving the Seminoles a 23-7 lead entering the second half. Though Pittsburgh answered first in the third quarter with a touchdown, two Bill Capece field goals came between the next Panther score and the Seminoles held on. FSU added one last touchdown in the fourth quarter making the final score 36-22.
Rick Stockstill was the starting quarterback and was 10-20 for 127 yards.
FSU was lead offensively by Sam Platt who rushed 26 times for 123 yards.
Kicker Bill Capece was 5-for-6 on field goal tries connecting from 24,43,50,30,and 44 yards.
This year was the last time FSU defeated the future ACC foe Pitt, losing the next three games in 1981,1982,1983.