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Written by Reginald Eller | 14 September 2011

Yesterday I introduced you to Part I of the Seminoles on ESPN’s College Gameday, where we went through the first ten appearances the ‘Noles had on the show.  Today we continue on, as a lead up to FSU’s 24th appearance in 19 seasons.


Florida State and Florida would meet yet again for the 5th time on College Gameday—in Gainesville—but unlike what would come after the meeting, Florida State would have a much better finish.

Florida State (10-0) came into the November 20th, 1999 meeting as the #1 ranked team in the country, while the Gators (9-1) were ranked #3.   This matchup between the two bitter-rivals was again an instant-classic, as the two traded points evenly in the second, third, and fourth quarters.  In the end the difference would be quarter number one. 

Peter Warrick who had a 90 yard receiving game, caught the game’s first score from Chris Weinke with a little over five minutes to go in the quarter.  The Gators would not answer until the 10:48 mark in the second quarter with a field goal, and by that time it was already a 10-0 Florida State lead.

Florida State lived dangerously in this game allowing Florida to hang around by not being able to complete two possession that saw the Seminoles hold the ball deep in Florida territory.  Twice, the Seminoles had to settle for short range field goals by Sebastian Janikowski of 22 and 27 yards.  With a 13-6 halftime lead, that could have and probably should have been a 21-6 lead, the Gators climbed back in the game with a third quarter field goal and then a mistake that could have cost FSU a shot at a National Championship. 

With just over 7 minutes to go in the third quarter, Chris Weinke had his eyes set on Snoop Minnis.  Florida cornerback Bennie Alexander—however—was not fooled, picking off Weinke and taking it all the way back to give Florida their first lead of the game 16-13. 

The veteran that Weinke was he did not let this costly interception phase him, and lead the Seminoles into range for the big legged Sebastian Janikowski who nailed a 54-yard field goal to tie the game up at 16 a piece.

With the game tied up FSU forced a Gator punt, but the ‘Noles special teams would rise to the occasion as Tommy Polley burst through to get the block giving FSU perfect field position.  Running back Jeff Chaney would score from the two yard line on this drive putting the Seminoles up for the final time.

Florida did put together one last drive, getting as far as the FSU 8-yard line but a Doug Johnson pass was intercepted by safety Chris Hope and the Seminoles punched their ticket to the National Championship game.

The Seminoles were lead in this game by Chris Weinke who was 24-36 for 263 yards passing, rushing was split between Jeff Chaney (10-41 yards) and Travis Minor (12-31 yards), and receiving Peter Warrick (9-90), Snoop Minnis (4-58 yards), and in the kicking department by Sebastian Janikowski who nailed 3 FGs from 22, 27, and 54 yards.


12) 1/4/2000- (1) Florida State- 46 (2) Virginia Tech- 29 *National Championship* (New Orleans, La)Chris Weinke Forbes

13) 10/7/2000- (7) Miami- 27 (1) Florida State- 24 (Miami, FL)   

14) 11/18/2000- (3) Florida State- 30 (4) Florida- 7 (Tallahassee, FL) 

15) 1/3/2001- (1) Oklahoma- 13 (3) Florida State- 2 (Miami, FL)

We will conclude this three part series tomorrow. See you then!


Written by Adam Tolliver | 14 September 2011

In the world of College Football, it can be downright impossible to get the general population of a fanbase to temper their excitement for a big time recruiting class. That task becomes even more difficult when your school brings in what is widely considered as the #1 recruiting class in the country, as Florida State did in 2011. Often times, people will associate their expectations for the coming year with the team's most recent crop of talented young players. Typically there is a bit more of an acclimation period necessary for young freshman, regardless of talent, than people realize. 

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Written by Reginald Eller | 13 September 2011

In the history of ESPN’s wildly successful show College Gameday there are only three other schools who have appeared on the show more than the ‘Noles  23 times.  FSU’s opponent Saturday, Oklahoma, have appeared on Gameday 25 times, Ohio State 29 times, and the in-state rival Florida Gators 32 times.

In part one of this three part series, we will travel through some of the biggest and best games the Seminoles have played on College Gameday.



Written by joshua | 13 September 2011

Dante Fowler Photo Courtesy of UnderArmour.com

Dante Fowler is as soft spoken as they come. There have been multiple times where I have had to ask the young man to speak up, in order to clearly understand him. Put him in between the white lines though, and watch him transform into an entirely different beast. The 6'3" 235lbs defensive end is a terror coming off the edge for his Lakewood H.S. squad and he is poised to have a memorable senior campaign. 

All of that was in jeopardy on September 5th, when Fowler got into a confrontation with his head coach during a film session. The altercation prompted Lakewood head coach Cory Moore to indefinitely suspend the future Seminole. Fowler knew he was in the wrong:

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Written by Reginald Eller | 12 September 2011

The lost position over the years at Florida State has been at tight end.  Jimbo Fisher and the FSU staff seem poised and dedicated to correcting this to fully see the fortunes of what this offense could mature to be.  Evidenced by landing the consensus #1 TE in the country in the last recruiting cycle, in Nick O’Leary, and  having one of the most sought after TE’s in this, the 2012, recruiting cycle committed in Orange, California tight end Christo Kourtzidis,  while continuing to recruit Land O’Lakes tight end Kent Taylor.  It does not stop there however, as the FSU coaching staff are already setting their sights on the 2013 class with what may be target number one at tight end target, Cedar Cliff’s high Adam Breneman from Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

I spent some time about a week ago with Adam discussing his recruitment, where his interest lies, and his thoughts on some of the schools in Florida.


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Written by Reginald Eller | 12 September 2011

Saturday when the Seminoles lace up their cleats, tie on their shoulder pads, don the Garnet and Gold and walk through the tunnel onto Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium in front of 83,000 screaming fans what will greet them is opportunity.

An opportunity to return to a place many of the Seminole faithful have grown to expect. To be in high-profile games, in high-profile situations, and to be high atop the polls.

When thinking what a win could actually do to the future of this program, I think back to a game twenty-three years ago Saturday and wonder-- can FSU catapult again?

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Written by joshua | 12 September 2011

Welcome Seminole Nation, to the first installment of our weekly recruit journal. Here at Unconquered, we pride ourselves in reporting the facts and keeping you as up to date with the future Seminoles as possible. Now what better way to stay updated with a future Nole, than to hear directly from the source himself.

Each week, elite linebacker recruit and Noles commit, Ukeme Eligwe (Stone Mountain H.S.) will give you, our reader an inside look at his life. Eligwe will touch on an array of topics each week, including how he is performing in the classroom, how his Stone Mountain Pirates look on the gridiron, what he thought of the Seminoles performance that past Saturday, updates on his recruitment, and much more.

Markus (Ukeme) Eligwe is listed as a four star recruit by all four major recruiting services, being ranked as high as #1 no lower than 15th at his position nationally.

In the first installment, Eligwe talks about the great start his Senior season has got off too, what he thought of FSU's dismantle of Charleston Southern, and what college campus he was on this past Saturday. Enjoy folks!

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Written by Adam Tolliver | 11 September 2011

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