Seminoles.com remembering the 5 greatest moments in the FSU vs. Florida Football Series
Congratulations to Dana Chaaban of Apopka Florida as she wins TWO tickets to the FSU vs. Florida game on November 20, at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Moment #1: 1964 – First ever FSU vs. Florida game in Tallahassee – 8% of the votes
Florida took the field wearing jerseys that actually had printed across the front “Go For Seven”, an allusion to the six straight games in Gainesville without a loss. A record 43,000 turned out and FSU fumbled early deep in their own territory. Florida drove to the one and had third-and-goal there. Seminole middle guard Jack Shinholser drove the Florida center back into quarterback Tom Shannon (who started in front of sophomore Steve Spurrier) and he fumbled. FSU recovered and went on to win the game 16-7. Florida coach Ray Graves would call it “the key play in the game,” and Tallahassee Democrat Sports Editor Bill McGrotha would call it perhaps the biggest defensive play in school history.
Moment #2: 1977 – Larry Key’s run- 5% of the votes
Bill McGrotha covered FSU football for 38 years for the Tallahassee Democrat and in his book “Seminoles The First 40 Years” he states that the greatest play he ever saw for FSU occurred against Florida. The Seminoles had lost nine straight to Florida and the 1977 game was in Gainesville. Florida had stolen momentum and was coming back down 17-9 early in the third quarter. They had FSU pinned back at their own 12 facing a third-and-30. Bobby Bowden the trickster called a draw play to Larry Key who dashed 38 yards to the 50 on a draw. FSU would never look back, winning the game by four touchdowns. Bowden would say after the game. “It was one of those games, one of those situations where everybody in the stands knew you had to throw. Only you didn’t.”
Moment #3: 1990 – Casey Weldon to Lawrence Dawsey – 4% of the votes
Florida State and Florida met in Tallahassee on December 1, 1990 in front of a record Doak Campbell crowd of 63,190. Florida came in ranked sixth in the nation and boasting a defensive unit considered one of the nation’s best. On just the second play from scrimmage, eventual Heisman Trophy runner-up Casey Weldon sent the FSU crowd into a frenzy that would not subside for hours. Weldon lofted a majestic bomb down the right sideline to a sprinting Lawrence Dawsey who collected the ball and raced 76 yards to the endzone. It would be the first of many scores in FSU’s 45-30 route, which gave the Seminoles their fourth consecutive win over Florida and put Bobby Bowden up 1-0 against new Gator coach Steve Spurrier.
Moment #4: 1993 – Charlie Ward to Warrick Dunn – 43% of the votes
With a chance to play in the national championship game on the line, Florida State traveled to Gainesville to take on the Gators and their 23-game winning streak in “the Swamp” in the final regular season game of the 1993 season. After Florida had cut FSU’s lead to 27-21 in the fourth quarter, Charlie Ward and the Seminoles faced a third and 10 at their own 21 along with a deafening crowd of 85,507. On the play action fake, Ward eluded a pair of defenders and rolled to his left, then lofted a soft pass toward freshman tailback Warrick Dunn on the left sideline. Dunn, who was Ward’s roommate, caught the ball in stride, and with the help of a block, raced down the sidelines for a 79-yard score which gave Florida State a 33-21 lead. The Seminoles went on to defeat Nebraska in the Orange Bowl and win their first national championship.
Moment #5: 2003 – Chris Rix to P.K. Sam – 40% of the votes
With 2:55 remaining in the fourth quarter, Ben Troupe hauled in a 26-yard TD from Chris Leak to give Florida a 34-31 lead in the 2003 meeting in Gainesville. After an improbable fourth down conversion on a pass to Dominic Robinson, the Seminoles had the ball at their own 48 with 55 seconds left on the clock. FSU quarterback Chris Rix dropped back and released the ball toward P.K. Sam in the endzone. Sam was able to somehow elude Gator defensive back Guss Scott and come down with the reception as he fell to the ground for the touchdown. The last touchdown was a thrilling climax to a game that had a little bit of everything – great plays and back and forth scoring. The 38-34 victory gave Florida State its first 10-win season since the 2000 campaign.