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FSU History

October 11: Today in FSU History, Seminoles defeat future ACC foe Pittsburgh

Author // Reginald Eller


The Florida State Seminoles began a four game series, starting in 1980, with the Pittsburgh Panthers.  Pittsburgh and Florida State both were Independents in College Football, in 1980, and had previously played four games - splitting two games a piece.

Lead by running back Sam Platt, FSU exploded in the second quarter with 20 points giving the Seminoles a 23-7 lead entering the second half.  Though Pittsburgh answered first in the third quarter with a touchdown, two Bill Capece field goals came between the next Panther score and the Seminoles held on.  FSU added one last touchdown in the fourth quarter making the final score 36-22.

Rick Stockstill was the starting quarterback and was 10-20 for 127 yards.

FSU was lead offensively by Sam Platt who rushed 26 times for 123 yards.

Kicker Bill Capece was 5-for-6 on field goal tries connecting from 24,43,50,30,and 44 yards.

This year was the last time FSU defeated the future ACC foe Pitt, losing the next three games in 1981,1982,1983.


October 10: Today in FSU History, Seminoles and Irish Clash for First Time

Author // Reginald Eller


Florida State traveled to South Bend, Indiana to face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for the first time in the two school’s history.  It was a 3-3 tie at half time before the two offenses began finding some movement.  Florida State was led by the duo of Ricky Williams (15-135) and Michael Whiting (15-71) in the win over Notre Dame 19-13. Current Middle Tennessee State University Head Coach, Rick Stockstill, was the quarterback for Florida State this day and was 11-of-27 for 100 yards. 



FSU traveled to Blacksburg, Virginia - defeating the Hokies in front of 15,000 fans in a defensive battle - or offensive struggle - have your pick, 7-6. Both teams went scoreless through the first three quarters – and it was FSU, on a Roy Bickford pass to Don Hinson. Virginia Tech would score with just over two minutes to go and elected to go for two.  It failed, and FSU won the game.


10/06: Today in FSU History, A Louisville Destruction

Author // Reginald Eller

Mark_LylesThe October 6th, 1979 game versus Louisville was one of the most dominating performances in the early years of Bobby Bowden – at Florida State.  In Bobby Bowden’s fourth season, FSU traveled to Louisville, Kentucky for the first time since 1954 and was only the 5th meeting all-time.

In a game controlled by the Seminole defense, 11 of FSU’s 27 points came from the defensive side of the ball.  On the game – Louisville rushed for 7 yards on 34 attempts, passed for 86 yards on 19 attempts, finishing with 93 total yards on 53 yards. (1.75 avg/play)

Outside of the defense – FSU was lead offensively by running back Mark Lyles who had 22 rushes for 118 yards. 

Interestingly enough – in this game, current Middle Tennessee State University Head Coach, Rick Stockstill would get in to throw a single pass as well as one of the most unique names in FSU history Gator Cherry would have a reception for 15 yards. 


September 29: Today in FSU History

Author // Reginald Eller



Florida State traveled to Blacksburg, Virginia for a battle of unbeaten independents – in a game nationally televised by ABC.  It was the road game of the season for FSU – as the Seminoles brought down the Hokies 17-10. Florida State was lead by the QB tandem of Jimmy Jordan and Wally Woodham who connected with receiver Jackie Flowers 5 times for an 100 yard game.  Seminole legend – Ron Simmons – who seemed to like playing on national television came up huge with eight tackles – including three for a loss – from the nose guard position.


FSU faced the Virginia Tech Hokies again - this time in Tallahassee.  FSU trailed the Hokies at halftime 21-18 – but the Seminoles would prevail in the second half lead by a tenacious defense and QB Brad Johnson (22-38 254 yards) who hit his favorite target of the game, Lawrence Dawsey 7 times for 137 yards.  The play of the game came late in the third quarter when FSU legend Terrell Buckley intercepted a Virginia Tech pack – which was returned for 53 yards and a touchdown giving the ‘Noles the lead. Florida State would ice the game in the fourth quater with another defensive turnover – when Errol McCorvey recovered a Virginia Tech fumble for 77 yards and a touchdown. FSU defeated the Hokies by a score of 39-28.


September 26: Today in FSU History

Author // Rob McCannell


September 23: Today in FSU History

Author // Reginald Eller


1967: FSU rolls up 407 yards against the nation’s top defense and comes from behind four times to tie Alabama 37-37 in Birmingham. The game set records for being the largest crowd in front of which FSU had yet played (71,299) and, to that point, the most points ever given up by a Bear Bryant defense.

FSU was led in this game by legendary WR Ron Sellers who caught 13 passes for 165 in the game.  FSU QB Kim Hammond went 23-40 for 280 yards.

1978: FSU records their first victory over Miami in the Bobby Bowden era, beating the ‘Canes 31-21 at the Orange Bowl.  FSU was held to 263 yards in this game but with the rushing attack led by Homes Johnson and Mark Lyles, the Seminoles were able to bleed the clock.  FSU held the ball for 37 minutes in this game.


In the game Homes Johnson rushed 23 times for 90 yards, Mary Lyles rushed 16 times for 60 yards and also caught 5 passes for 58 yards in the win over Miami.

FSU saw two QBs in this game-- Jimmy Jordan and Wally Woodham.

1995: In their only meeting to date, FSU beats Daunte Culpepper and his Central Florida Knights 46-17.






September 20: Today in FSU History

Author // Rob McCannell


September 17: Today in FSU History

Author // Rob McCannell

  • September 17, 1955: The Seminoles open the season with a 7-0 home win over NC State.
  • September 17, 1977: In Manhattan, Kansas, FSU beats Kansas State 18-10, holding the Wildcats to 7 first downs and rolling up a 5-game winning streak for the first time in six years.
  • September 17, 2005: A.J. Nicholson returns an interception 19 yards for a score on the opening play as Boston College is initiated into the ACC with a 28-17 home loss to FSU.

September 16: Today in FSU History

Author // Rob McCannell

  • September 16, 1973: FSU beats Miami 37-14 in the Orange Bowl to notch their seventh-straight win in the series, which remains the longest streak in the history of that series by either team.
  • September 16, 1978: A 38-20 win over Oklahoma State marks the first time that Chief Osceola rides Renegade onto the field at Doak Campbell Stadium.
  • September 16, 1989: After losses to Clemson and Southern Miss, unranked FSU is 0-2 for the first time since Bobby Bowden’s inaugural season. The Seminoles not only redeem themselves with a 31-21 upset win over LSU in Baton Rouge, but went on from that game to reel off 14 straight wins – the second-longest winning streak in school history.

Chief Osceola and Renegade


The Seminoles on College Gameday: Part III

Author // Reginald Eller

It is almost here Seminoles.  #1 Oklahoma versus the #5 ranked beloved Florida State Seminoles, and tomorrow the Noles will be making their 26th appearance on ESPN College Gameday. 

We complete the three part series of some of the best FSU games on College Gameday #26 draws near.

Part II

Part I