The National Football Foundation (NFF) today presented the NFF MacArthur Bowl Championship Trophy to Florida State (14-0), following its 34-31 victory against Auburn (12-2) yesterday in the VIZIO BCS National Championship Game before a sold-out crowd of 94,208 fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell, handed the national championship trophy to Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, who accepted the prize on behalf of the Seminoles at today’s 10 a.m. PT press conference at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa.
“On behalf of the National Football Foundation, our 12,000 members and our board of directors, and Chairman Archie Manning, we are extremely proud to present this trophy to Coach Fisher and the Seminoles, for the school’s third time,” said Hatchell. “This trophy was started in 1959 by General Douglas MacArthur, Grantland Rice, the great sports writer and legendary coach Red Blaik, and etched on the side of this stadium replica in all silver are all of the subsequent national champions. It is an honor to present this award to Coach Fisher, whose Seminoles absolutely dominated college football this season. As the keepers of the history and the legacy of the sport of football, we are exceptionally pleased to etch another Florida State team on its walls.”
Fisher’s perfect Seminoles, led by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston, dominated the 2013 college football season, averaging a 40-point margin of victory per game during the regular season. Winston, the game’s offensive MVP, orchestrated a final touchdown drive with 1:19 left that concluded with a 2-yard strike to Kelvin Benjamin. The score gave the Seminoles a dramatic victory, and it marked an impressive response to an 18-point deficit faced by Florida State in the first half, the largest margin ever overcome by a championship team in the history of the BCS title game.
With the win, Florida State claims the MacArthur Bowl for the third time in the school’s history, having previously won in 1993 and 1999 under Hall of Fame Coach Bobby Bowden. A team in the current ACC has now claimed the trophy 10 times, and the victory ends a historic seven-year run of national titles by the Southeastern Conference.
Presented to every national champion since 1959, the MacArthur Bowl represents the pinnacle of team achievement in college sports, and each year during its 55-year history a new name has been etched alongside the greatest teams of all time. The trophy, a replica of a football stadium, features archways with space to engrave the names of 100 teams and miniature goal posts. The trophy was the gift of an anonymous donor, who commissioned Tiffany & Co. to craft it from 400 ounces of silver, in honor of NFF founder General Douglas A. MacArthur. It took eight months to make, and the trophy features MacArthur’s famous quote: “There is no substitute for victory.”
Twenty-four different schools have claimed the trophy at least once during its 55-year history. Alabama has hoisted it the most, claiming it an unprecedented seven times. Notre Dame is second with five wins while Miami (Fla.), Southern California and Texas have each etched their names four times on the trophy. Florida, Florida State, Nebraska, Ohio State and Oklahoma each boast being three-time recipients. LSU, Michigan State and Penn State have each won the trophy twice.
During college football’s Poll Era, the NFF MacArthur Bowl Committee selected the recipient of the trophy. With the advent of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) in 1998, the national championship game has determined which team claimed the MacArthur Bowl. Three other organizations, the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), The Associated Press (AP) and the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), currently join the NFF in annually presenting trophies to the national championship team.
First presented in 1959, previous NFF National Champions and MacArthur Bowl recipients include: Syracuse 1959, Minnesota 1960, Alabama 1961, Southern California 1962, Texas 1963, Notre Dame 1964, Michigan State 1965, Michigan State/Notre Dame 1966, Southern California 1967, Ohio State 1968, Texas 1969, Ohio State/Texas 1970, Nebraska 1971, Southern California 1972, Notre Dame 1973, Southern California 1974, Oklahoma 1975, Pittsburgh 1976, Notre Dame 1977, Alabama 1978, Alabama 1979, Georgia 1980, Clemson 1981, Penn State 1982, Miami (FL) 1983, Brigham Young 1984, Oklahoma 1985, Penn State 1986, Miami (FL) 1987, Notre Dame 1988, Miami (FL) 1989, Colorado 1990, Washington 1991, Alabama 1992, Florida State 1993, Nebraska 1994, Nebraska 1995, Florida 1996, Michigan 1997, Tennessee 1998, Florida State 1999, Oklahoma 2000, Miami (FL) 2001, Ohio State 2002, Louisiana State 2003, Vacated 2004, Texas 2005, Florida 2006, LSU 2007, Florida 2008, Alabama 2009, Auburn 2010, Alabama 2011 and Alabama in 2012.