July 6, 2011
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|Florida State 16, Clemson 13|
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Looking Back: Clemson
By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com
When a game is remembered mainly for the actions of a kicker it normally isn’t a good one; especially in Florida State’s long and storied history that features a few not-so-memorable special teams moments.
Last year’s Clemson game, though? A different story.
FSU’s thrilling 16-13 win over the visiting Tigers on Nov. 14, 2010 will always be remembered as the game where kicker Dustin Hopkins absolutely blasted the ball through the uprights from a staggering 55 yards out.
Go back and watch the replay and listen to the sound when his foot made contact. Incredible stuff.
The jubilation following the improbable walk-off win for the Seminoles was felt across the entire roster and coaching staff and up in to the stands surrounding Bobby Bowden Field. It was truly a feel-good moment and one of the top highlights from a 2010 season that saw FSU return to the national picture.
Looking back, Hopkins game-winning kick was made even more special by the fact that just one week earlier he had missed a crucial attempt in the ‘Noles’ heartbreaking loss to North Carolina.
Following in the kicker-cleated footsteps of Graham Gano — who know does his special-teams thing for the Washington Redskins — Hopkins’ kick officially put him in the discussion of the nation’s top kickers.
It was a performance that he will carry with him into his junior season in 2011. And it was a kick that gives him — and everyone else who loves FSU football — confidence he will be able to do it once more should that situation ever arise again.