The smoke had barely settled after midnight Monday night in Orlando, when the inevitable question arose from the press box, the internet and blogosphere: Where does Florida State’s 22 point comeback to defeat top 15 Ole Miss rank in it’s storied history?
If you went to bed (and even though it was a holiday, the game did not end until almost 12:15 a.m. Eastern Tuesday), FSU stormed back from a 28-6 deficit late in the 2nd quarter to score 33 unanswered points and eventually win 45-34.
Here’s the link to legendary “Voice of the Noles” Gene Deckerhoff calling all the big plays and TD’s in the 2nd half Monday night:
DANCE TO THE WAR CHANT!
— Gene Deckerhoff (@gened01) September 6, 2016
Now, let’s consider that the Noles rose to prominence under Bobby Bowden’s guidance in the 1980’s and had a massively successful run of 14 consecutive years where they finished in the AP top 5 in the 80’s and 90’s, collecting national titles in ’93 and ’99. So, they’ve won a lot of HUGE games, including post-season, in their history. Winning important games is now habit, if not a given.
But “Epic Comebacks?” Let’s examine:
First, we here at F.F.I., are always going to be partial to what you do with a championship on the line. So, the 2014 “BCS National Championship Game” win at the Rose Bowl over Auburn has to be at the top of a list.
Remember that the Noles trailed the SEC Champs 21-3 in the 2nd quarter and were clearly at a loss to stop Gus Malzahn’s unorthodox read-option offense. The Noles did find solutions on defense and not unlike Monday night in Orlando, they used a 2nd half combination of offensive drives, turnovers caused, a 100 yard kickoff return TD, and then, Heisman Winner Jameis Winston engineered the game winning 80 yard TD drive in the final minute. He capped it with the winning score on a two yard pass to Kelvin Benjamin for a third Seminole National Title.
Incredible comeback under the circumstances.
So if, that’s #1, then the second most memorable comeback has to be the legendary “Choke at Doak,” as Florida State rallied from 31-3 down in the fourth quarter to tie arch rival Florida in November of 1994. For those too young or simply don’t remember the particulars, here you go:
It’s a game and rally that even 22 years later, almost any Seminole football fan can recite what happened, where they were, and how they are still rubbing it in on Gator fans 3 decades later. When you do this to your rival, it’s just different. And for a couple of years, FSU sold copies of just the 4th quarter of the radio broadcast of “Mean Gene” and late Vic Prinzi calling all the TD’s and big plays.
Those, by the way, were on cassette tapes. If you are under the age of 20, ask someone what those are!
And then finally, last night.
After being torched by Chad Kelly and the Rebels pass game for 30 minutes, the Seminoles red shirt-freshman QB Deondre Francois, the fast, talented FSU D and a crafty Head Coach Jimbo Fisher and staff making adjustments on both sides of the ball, erased a 28-6 problem in just one quarter.
Amazing performance and Nole fans will talk about it for a long time to come.
You might have thoughts on where this ranks compared to other great FSU comebacks.
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