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Akron holds off Utah State’s last-second try at a miracle

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Utah State was hoping for a miracle. Instead, it got Zip. Utah State’s last-second multi-lateral play lost four yards as time ran out, and Akron held onto a first half-lead to beat the Aggies 23-21 in the Potato Bowl Tuesday night. Utah State outgained Akron 363-282, but three turnovers did in the Aggies. The Zips built a 13-7 lead at the half and then, after falling behind, built a 23-14 lead. Robert Stein hit three field goals for Akron. Devante…

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Football flashback: Remembering the Choke at the Doak

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It was a tie. A deadlock. Thirty-one for this team, 31 for that one. Why, then, do FSU and Florida have completely different memories of it? It was Nov. 26, 1994, when Florida spent three quarters of the game bashing the dickens out of FSU, only to have the Seminoles return the favor with a 28-point fourth quarter. It was a stunning comeback, a tie that left FSU feeling as if it had won and Florida as if it had…

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Football flashback: Tech gave FSU its toughest test in title season

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A funny thing almost happened on the way to the national championship for FSU in 1999. Georgia Tech almost happened. It was early in what was going to be a memorable season for the Seminoles. Still, this is the one that almost derailed the dream before it got started. This was FSU 41, Georgia Tech 35 in the wildest game of the season. Not the closest (FSU beat Clemson by only three points) but the wildest. FSU would end up…

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Football flashback: Louisville upsets Florida State in rain

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Does the situation remind anyone of days gone by? FSU was undefeated back then, too. It was highly ranked. Its defense was shutting people down. And it lost to Louisville in overtime. Oops. It was Sept. 28, 2002, and the Seminoles waded into Louisville for a Thursday night game as the rain from Hurricane Isidore fell. FSU was ranked No. 4 in the nation. Louisville was off to a pedestrian start, losing to both Kentucky and Colorado State. Sports Illustrated…

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Did Steve Spurrier fear going through a finish like Bobby Bowden?

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In the end, you wonder if Steve Spurrier remembered an old foe. In the final moments, you wonder if he wanted to avoid a finish like the one that Bobby Bowden had suffered. They were antagonists, of course. For a 12-year period, over 14 games, they sent fine football teams against each other. You were for Florida, or you were for FSU. You were with Bowden in this corner, or you were with Spurrier in that one. No one won…

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Did the loss to USF cost Bobby Bowden his job?

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As a football coach, he towered over most. He won championships, and his players won Heismans, and he ran through opposing coaches with great frequency. If there is a Mount Rushmore of great college coaches, then Bobby Bowden should be on it. Six years after the fact, however, one question remains. Was it the South Florida Bulls that fired Bowden? Oh, they didn’t start the trouble that Bowden encountered in his final days of legend. Already, there was unrest at…

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After all this time, Steve Spurrier still belongs to the Florida Gators

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He won the Heisman Trophy there. He won a national championship. As a player, and as a coach, he helped to change things. Even after this time away, Steve Spurrier is the ultimate Gator. Even now, he still looks odd in burgundy. In college football, things change. And so, it is easy to wonder if Spurrier will ever be thought of as South Carolina’s coach, or just as a Florida alumnus working somewhere else. Already, Spurrier is entering his 11th…

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