My Personal Florida vs. Florida State Memories
Posted by William Kristoph
I thought it might be fun to take a trip down memory lane today with my readers. So after you read this, I ask you to share a memory or two in the comments section. Let me first remind everyone, that if my memory is short, it’s because when I was younger I was a Miami Hurricanes fan all the way, until I visited campus. Florida State felt like home, Miami didn’t and the rest is history. So my UF / FSU memories basically start in 1997 (and I’m highlighting the big memories), although there is one prior to that that I’ll include.
November 26, 1994 – The Choke At Doak
College was still a bit off for me back in 1994, so I was still a Canes fan mostly. I watch the game with my aunt and uncles since the match up was supposed to be great between two highly ranked teams. Then the Gators jumped out 31-3 through 3 quarters. As you all know, the Noles came back, scoring 28 4th quarter points to finish the game tied at 31-31. Stever Spurrier would never live that game down.
One thing though… I never saw it until I saw a replay of the game years later. After 3 quarters, my aunt, one of my uncles and I went to go eat and watch some other games. The shock of the final score later on that evening is something I’ll never forget. Remember, this was mostly pre-internet days, so finding a YouTube of the final quarter 10 minutes after the game was over wasn’t an option.
November 22, 1997
My big memory of this one? Watching the game in Kellum Hall on a 13″ screen. Going crazy when Janikowski hit the late field goal and then feeling utterly sick when the Gators came back to win 32-29.
November 21, 1998
My first up close and in person viewing of the Florida / FSU rivalry. It was a cool, misty day in Tallahassee. There was a pregame fight at mid-field. Doug Johnson attempted to hit Bobby Bowden with a football during it, but as usual missed his target. I sat about 4 rows back in the end zone and remember having a fantastic view of Peter Warrick’s ricocheted TD catch. A 23-12 victory with a guy named Rooster at quarterback and a trip to the National Championship Game? Talk about elation.
November 20, 1999
My first and only trip to The Swamp. For all of the talk about the place, I wasn’t impressed. Sure it’s big and noisy, but I didn’t feel like it was a great place to catch a game. I honestly don’t remember a ton about the actual game, other than the score, 30-23, and searching out one of the post game vendors with the printed score before we got on a bus to head back to the car which was parked at the mall. Oh, and the “It Sucks To Be A Florida Gator” chants on the way down the exit ramps along with “It’s Great To BEAT The Florida Gators” outside.
November 18, 2000
The FSU defense game up big in a 30-7 defeat of the Gators. My big memory was wondering IF the Noles would be able to defend their National Championship. It turned out the computers loved the Noles and FSU headed off to play Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. Too bad Mark Richt didn’t bother to game plan for FSU.
November 30, 2002
Chris Rix the Gator Killer. A 31-14 blowout that made a mediocre season by FSU standard end on a good note.
November 29, 2003
Chris Rix the Gator Killer Part 2. I was at home in Tallahassee, with my parents visiting me for the Thanksgiving weekend. Gators will blame ACC Officiating, which in reality wasn’t that bad. Chris Rix to P.K. Sam will go down in Seminole history forever as a game winning 52 yard bomb for a TD. I jumped off of my couch and almost hugged my old 32″ Sony TV (my “big” screen at the time).
November 20, 2004
I disagree with naming fields for active coaches. I really disagree with having that ceremony before a rivalry game. I had a sick feeling the unranked Gators would pull out a victory at Doak and they did 20-13. This started a wonderful run of forgettable (for Noles) games.
November 24, 2007
One highlight amongst years of losses to the Gators was Gary Cismesia’s 60 yard bomb before the half ended down in Gainesville. It was cool to watch a kick leave the F on the field and go through the uprights on TV. Sadly, that was the only thing worth watching that night.
Will November 27, 2010 be added to this list? It’s tough to tell. The Gators are down this year, but very talented. FSU is looking brighter than in recent memory and it’s the first non-Bowden Florida game in years. For the first time in a long time, I’m looking forward to the game this weekend. Hopefully, I can add this to my memory list with a big FSU win and Jimbo Fisher being the first, first year FSU coach to be Florida.