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Did That Really Happen? (FSU/Clemson – 2014 Edition)

Photo Credit: USA Today Sports
Photo Credit: USA Today Sports

I still can’t believe it. My favorite sports team, the Florida State Seminoles somehow found a way to win against conference rival the Clemson Tigers last night – in a game where they had every opportunity to lose and end their run as the nation’s #1 team. What a game.

Highlights:
Without Winston, FSU Survives Clemson In OT

The crazy, back and forth battle was hard to watch for die-hard Seminoles fans (myself included) at times, as the offense struggled mightily throughout the night. Backup quarterback Sean Maguire did his best to lead the offense in Jameis Winston’s absence, but it really didn’t look good at times and the result was in doubt all the way until the end.

Fortunately, a Clemson fumble near the end of regulation gave FSU the opportunity to finally pull this one out in overtime. That’s when Florida State’s defense shut down the Tigers on fourth and short, a play call that was undoubtedly made due to Clemson’s kicker missing two field goals earlier in the game.

From there, FSU discovered its running game for the first time all night, and I can only imagine the decibel level at Doak Campbell Stadium as Karlos Williams took it around the corner for a touchdown on the Seminoles’ ensuing overtime possession to win it.

Safe to say, I got a workout in just from jumping up and down at the good and not so good plays throughout the game. Never a dull moment, guys. Way to get the job done last night. Still #1. Go ‘Noles!

The agony of defeat

A phrase every Florida State football fan is familiar with.

Yes I’m a die-hard FSU fan. I know, it makes no sense – I’m from Illinois, never lived in Florida, didn’t go to school there, etc. But my grandparents sent me a Seminoles hat when I was like, 10 years old and I’ve been a fan ever since.

And so…the ‘Noles managed to add to the legacy of losing in grand fashion tonight. Fumbling inside the opponent’s five yard line with the wide receiver open in the end zone, ready to catch the go-ahead score with the game on the line in the last minute of the game…yeah. Brutal. Any FSU fan who’s followed the team long enough knows all too well the ‘Wide Right’ heartbreaks against Miami and various other close calls that ended up with the Seminoles having fewer points on the scoreboard at the end of the game than the opponent. But, when you’re a fan you just keep on rooting. Of course it’s hard for me not to root for them, considering that former head coach Bobby Bowden personally wrote me a letter in response to a letter I sent him, complaining about the Seminoles’ lack of closing ability after one of those Miami losses in the early 90s. I thought it was so cool that he wrote back to some random teenage kid who was criticizing his team’s effort, and he wrote back right in the middle of the season no less. It’s still really cool when I think about it.

Anyway, FSU has won two titles since I became a fan about a quarter of a century ago…hopefully they’ll win a few more before it’s all said and done. One can hope 🙂 Go get ’em next week, guys..