Middle Tennessee head coach Rick Stockstill was 0-2 against the Miami football team as the starting quarterback for Florida State in 1980 and 1981. Florida State lost 10-9 during a 10-2 season in 1980. The Seminoles’ two losses both occurred in the Orange Bowl in 1980. Oklahoma beat FSU 18-17 in the 1981 Orange Bowl Game.
Miami was the better team in 1981. Number 13 Miami defeated 14th ranked Florida State 27-19 in 1981. Miami finished the 1981 season 9-2 and eighth in the final poll. Florida State ended the 1981 season 6-5 with three straight losses to end the season that began with the loss to Miami at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Stockstill was 19-30 for 182 yards with one touchdown pass and no interceptions versus the Miami football team in 1980. In 1981 Stockstill was 17-36 for 173 yards one interception and two touchdowns. Stockstill had Miami QB and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly as the opposing signal caller.
In 1980 Kelly was 13-22 for 172 yards with one interception and added a rushing touchdown. Kelly was 22-41-273 with one TD pass and one interception in the 1981 victory. In 1981 Stockstill completed 51.3 percent of his passes for 1,356 yards, 11 TDs and 14 interceptions to earn honorable mention All-American.
Stockstill had a better season in 1980. Stockstill completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 1,377 yards, 15 TDs and eight interceptions. In three seasons with FSU, Stockstill completed 55.9 percent of his passes for 2,834 yards, 26 TDs and 22 ints. Stockstill is 19th in Florida State history in TD passes.
Stockstill began his coaching career as the offensive coordinator and QB coach at Bethune-Cookman in 1983 at 25. After four seasons at Central Florida, Stockstill held multiple positions as an assistant at Clemson from 1989-92 that included working under national championship head coach Danny Ford and Tommy Bowden.
Stockstill next spent a year at East Carolina and two at South Carolina before being hired in 2006 as the head coach at Middle Tennessee State where he has been ever since then. Stockstill had a 103-99 record as the Middle Tennessee State head coach. The 103 wins are the eighth most among active FBS head coaches.