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No. 17 Florida State Football Takes On NC State Tonight on ESPN

Oct. 5, 2006

The NC State game will be Florida State’s eighth appearance in a Thursday night game. FSU’s last Thursday night game was also against the Wolfpack in Carter-Finley on November 11, 2004 when 11th-ranked FSU won 17-10. Prior to the 2004 appearance, the Seminoles played back-to-back Thursday night games in 2002. FSU was ranked No. 4 in the country and played at Louisville on September 26th in a driving rainstorm. The Seminoles lost 26-20 in their first ever overtime experience. Florida State bounced back a week later playing Clemson at home on Thursday night and winning 48-31. ACC fans remember FSU’s Thursday night game at Virginia in 1995 when the Seminoles lost their first-ever ACC game. FSU’s first Thursday night game was played back in 1983 when ESPN offered the Seminoles a chance to play Louisville on national television. Florida State would have hosted Auburn on a Thursday night to open the 1999 season on ESPN, but the Tigers bought out the contract just months before the game. FSU is 5-2 overall on Thursday night.

FSU’s Thursday Night Games:
1983 Louisville W 51-7
1995 at Virginia L 33-28
1996 at NC State W 51-17
2000 at Maryland W 59-7
2002 at Louisville L 26-20 OT
2002 Clemson W 48-31
2004 at NC State W 17-10

The Seminole secondary will have a different look Thursday night. Michael Ray Garvin, a member of the 2006 FSU Men’s Track and Field National Championship team, is slated to make his first career start at the left cornerback position in place of the injured Tony Carter. True freshman Patrick Robinson is listed as Garvin’s backup. On the right, redshirt freshman Jamie Robinson is scheduled to be the starter with J.R. Bryant listed right behind.

The NC State game will be Florida State’s 63rd appearance on an ESPN network (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, etc.) and the third appearance on the network(s) this season so far. Overall, FSU is 52-10 on an ESPN network.

Since 1976, Bobby Bowden’s first season at Florida State, the Seminoles are 21-8-1 in game five of the season, including a 10-4 mark since joining the ACC in 1992. Three of those four losses in game five since 1992 were to Miami while the fourth was in a rain storm at Louisville in a Thursday night contest.

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