June 7, 2005
ORLANDO, Fla. — This Summer, Sun Sports is bringing together some of the biggest names in Florida State gridiron history as the network premieres GRIDIRON GREATS June 11, at 6:30pm (ET).
GRIDIRON GREATS runs from June through August and includes 11 memorable games involving Florida State. After the success of the network’s Summer Classics series last year, GRIDIRON GREATS takes the same concept of pairing classic football games with a legendary player a step further by bringing multiple teammates together in one venue to discuss, not only the game itself, but their favorite playing memories, behind-the-scenes stories, and other gridiron related anecdotes that never made the headlines when they suited up. Included in the 1993 Florida State vs. Nebraska game are former Seminole standouts William Floyd, and Derrick & Ken Alexander discussing how the 1993 championship squad handled any internal arguments: “We had what we called the ‘Green’, which was a patch of grass next to Burt Reynolds Hall. When the coaches couldn’t settle the problem, or if the two players couldn’t settle it, then we’d let the two players go at each other. But when they left the ‘Green,’ everything was always OK.”
Hosting each FSU GRIDIRON GREAT game is Sun Sports’ FSU color analyst and former player Keith Jones. Jones gathered with players in numerous places for the series, including Doak Campbell Stadium, as well as players houses, golf courses and even a lake while they fished.
Former Seminoles that are featured include: William Floyd, Derrick Alexander, Ken Alexander, Brad Johnson, Lawrence Dawsey, Kirk Carruthers, Peter Tom Willis, Chris Rix, Dedrick Dodge and head coach Bobby Bowden.
SUN SPORTS' GRIDIRON GREATS SCHEDULE
(June - July only. August schedule to be released at a later date.)
6/11/05 Florida State vs. Nebraska (1/1/94)
9pm True freshman kicker Scott Bentley nails a 22-yarder with 21 seconds to go, vaulting the 'Noles to the 18-16 victory to claim the school's first national championship.
Quotes from this game:
"This was pre-BCS, so we relied on Matt Frier begging and pleading in that Southern accent of his to give us another chance after we lost to Notre Dame and it worked." - former LB Ken Alexander
"Our defensive philosophy was to kill a flea with an axe. We wanted to hammer them until they told their coach it's really not worth going back out there." - Ken Alexander
6/18/05 NC State @ Florida State (11/15/03)
6:30pm The Seminoles held off the upstart Wolfpack thanks to Leon Washington's 121 yards and game-winning TD in the second OT. Rivers throws for 422 yards and five TDs.
6/25/05 Syracuse @ Florida State (10/7/89)
9pm The celebrated "Fab Four" receivers, Bruce Lasane, Terry Anthony, Ronald Lewis & Lawrence Dawsey, shine for the 'Noles while Terrell Buckley's TD off a fake punt fair catch seals the impressive 41-10 win.
7/2/05 Florida @ Florida State (11/30/96)
6:30pm Warrick Dunn rushed for 185 yards on 24 carries and Pooh Bear Williams scored two touchdowns to lead 2nd-ranked Florida State to a 24-21 victory over top-ranked Florida.
7/9/05 East Carolina @ Florida State (9/8/90)
9pm Brad Johnson threw for two TDs and rushed for another while Terrell Buckley returned a punt 63 yards for a score in the Seminoles 45-24 win over ECU.
7/16/05 Florida State @ Notre Dame (11/1/03)
6:30pm QB Chris Rix throws for 327 yards and three TD's, and WR Cro Thorpe has seven catches for 217 yards and two TD's, to lead the Seminoles to a 37-0 victory, which was the second worst home loss in Irish history.
7/23/05 Georgia Tech @ Florida State (9/11/99)
9pm QBs Chris Weinke and Joe Hamilton led an offensive explosion as both teams combined for almost 1,000 total yards, but FSU held off a late Tech rally for the win.
7/30/05 LSU @ Florida State (10/27/90)
6:30pm Bobby Bowden notches career victory #200 thanks to 229 yards passing by QB Casey Weldon and three rushing TD's by RB Amp Lee in the 'Noles 42-3 victory.
August GRIDIRON GREATS schedule to be released at a later date.