The Florida State Seminoles (6-6) will match up against the West Virginia Mountaneers (9-3) in the Gator Bowl on January 1, 2010 in Jacksonville. This will be the final game of legendary coach Bobby Bowden’s career and represents a record-breaking 28th-consecutive year that Florida State has appeared in a Bowl game. Ironically, the first game of that streak was played against West Virginia in the 1982 Gator Bowl, which FSU won 31-12. The Seminoles have played in the Gator Bowl six times and are 5-0-1 in the New Year’s Day event. Bobby Bowden became head coach at FSU in 1976 and is credited with taking a mediocre football program and turning it into a national powerhouse. During his 34 years as head coach of the Noles, he compiled a 315-97-4 record, winning 12 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, and two national championships, defeating Nebraska in the 1993 Orange Bowl Virginia Tech in the 1999 Sugar Bowl. During 44-years as a head coach, 80-year old Bowden, who’s originally from Birmingham, Alabama, coached at Samford, West Virginia, and Florida State, and has an overall head coaching record of 388-129-4, which makes him the second-winningest coach in college football history. For his swan song, the Noles will attempt to add one final victory to the coaching legend’s record, sending him off into the sunset on a winning note against his former team.