Bowden's coaching farewell slated for Gator Bowl

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Bobby Bowden will coach his final game
at Florida State in Jacksonville's Gator Bowl on New Year's Day.

Bowl officials announced Sunday that Bowden's Seminoles will
play 18th-ranked West Virginia, the school Bowden left in 1976 to
come to Florida State. The Seminoles began their 28-year streak of
bowl games in 1982 when they defeated the Mountaineers 32-12 at the
Gator Bowl.

Under normal circumstances, Florida State would have fallen to a
lower bowl with its 6-6 record, but the possibility of keeping
Bowden in Florida for his final game matched against his former
school was too much for the Gator Bowl to ignore.

West Virginia is 9-3.

Bowden, 80, announced Tuesday that he would retire after the
bowl game.