TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s 2018 football schedule features yet another high-profile, Monday-night game, as well as non-conference clashes against some familiar opponents. While FSU’s history with the schools on its 2018 slate ranges from storied rivalries to brief encounters, all are against teams that have provided the Seminoles with some memories over the years. Here’s a look at what happened the last time FSU faced Virginia Tech, Samford, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame and Florida.
Nov. 8, 2012: Florida State 28, Virginia Tech 22
EJ Manuel threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Rashad Greene with 40 seconds to play as the Seminoles slipped past Virginia Tech on a Thursday night at Lane Stadium. That play was made possible by sophomore running back James Wilder Jr., who picked up seven yards on a fourth-and-1 to extend FSU’s go-ahead drive just moments earlier. On the ensuing Virginia Tech drive, sophomore safety Tyler Hunter picked off Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas at the FSU 33-yard line to seal the victory. FSU is 23-12-1 all-time against the Hokies and owns a 13-5 mark against Virginia Tech at Doak Campbell Stadium. The Seminoles and Hokies will meet in Tallahassee on Sept. 3, 2018.
Sept. 4, 2010: Florida State 59, Samford 6
A new era of Florida State football began as the Jimbo Fisher-led Seminoles drubbed Samford, 59-6, at Doak Campbell Stadium. In a fitting twist, FSU played its first game under its new coach against Samford – the same school where Fisher played quarterback in 1987, and also where FSU’s previous coach, the legendary Bobby Bowden played and coached. (Samford was known as Howard College during Bowden’s time there.) The Seminoles and Bulldogs will meet in Tallahassee on Sept. 8, 2018.
Jan 1, 2013: Florida State 31, Northern Illinois 10
Playing in their first BCS bowl game in seven seasons, the Seminoles rode an MVP performance from beloved senior fullback Lonnie Pryor to a lopsided victory over Mid-American Conference champion Northern Illinois at the Discover Orange Bowl. Pryor ran for 134 yards on just five carries, an output that included touchdown runs of 60 and 37 yards. NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch said before the game that the Huskies planned to have the Seminoles “on their knees” and exhausted in the fourth quarter, but it was FSU that had the last laugh: NIU totaled only 259 yards of offense while Lynch completed just 15 of his 41 pass attempts. The Seminoles and Huskies will meet in Tallahassee on Sept. 22, 2018.
Oct. 18, 2014: Florida State 31, Notre Dame 27
In one of the most memorable finishes in recent FSU football history, the No. 1 Seminoles beat fifth-ranked Notre Dame when the Fighting Irish were flagged for offensive pass interference after completing what would have been a go-ahead touchdown. Freshman linebacker Jacob Pugh then picked off Notre Dame quarterback (and future Seminole) Everett Golson on fourth down to preserve FSU’s 23rd consecutive victory. FSU is 6-2 all-time against the Fighting Irish and 2-1 at Notre Dame Stadium. The Seminoles and Irish will meet in Notre Dame, Ind., on Nov. 10, 2018.
Nov. 26, 2016: Florida State 31, Florida 13
Behind 153 yards and a touchdown from junior running back Dalvin Cook, the Seminoles clinched their fourth consecutive victory over their rivals from Gainesville and sixth in their last seven tries. FSU held Florida’s offense out of the end zone for the second consecutive season and, for the first time since 2004, didn’t allow so much as a single third-down conversion. The Seminoles and Gators will meet in Tallahassee on Nov. 24, 2018.