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Published on May 1, 2009
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 MVP 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 wideout 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. 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 Krug safety made the final score 31-26.