The Storm that totaled the Seminoles football game!
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The day that the FSU Seminoles football team met its match and "died" big time!
Here in Tallahassee, Florida, usa, Football is King, like of everywheres in the South.
On the road with Red Man, cigars and Bobby
The game started about 8 PM, here I was standing near my tallahassee residence, I was, here, looking to the west, about 6 PM. Been a very pretty day, but I could see the thunderhead at the horizen, a fast moving front comes.
They tell me that just before the game this squall hit, the 60,000+
fans got hit with 30 mph winds and a half-inch-plus of rain then the wind blew for hours all during the game at 20 to 30 mph, turning colder by the minute till about half game time the temperatute must have been all of 45 degrees, and drizzle and light rain for hours after the 8 PM start!!
No one brought their raincoats or umbrellas, of course; the day being *so* nice and sunny and 80 degrees!
"stand up and cheer", surely, the cheerleaders cried, as the rain poured in buckets.
Someone told me that half the people had left by the middle of the game, cold and wet!
Deacons Shut Out Seminoles, 30-0, In Tallahassee
Wake Forest beats FSU for first time in 33 years, improves to 9-1 for first time in school history.
Nov. 11, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Wake Forest made history and picked up a few more believers in the process.
Kevin Patterson scored on a 48-yard interception return and the 18th-ranked Demon Deacons beat Florida State 30-0 Saturday night to become the first team to shut out the Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium in Bobby Bowden’s 31 seasons as coach.
"Week in and week out, no matter what our record is, nobody believes we’re going to win," Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner said. "We have to prove ourselves."
The resurgent Demon Deacons (5-1, Atlantic Coast Conference) improved to 9-1 for the first time in school history with their first win over Florida State in 33 years. Wake Forest last won in Tallahassee in 1959.
The struggling Seminoles (5-5, 3-5), meanwhile, hit a new low. Florida State hadn’t been shut out in 232 games, dating back to the 1988 opener at Miami. It was also Florida State’s worst loss at home since a 58-14 loss to Southern Mississippi in 1981, the last year they didn’t go to a bowl.
"It was a complete team breakdown," the 77-year-old Bowden said afterward. "Just inept."
Things started poorly for the Seminoles and then got worse.
"It’s the worst football game I’ve ever been a part of," Weatherford said. "I don’t think anyone thought we could play this bad."
—excerpted from the
FSU Seminoles sports program pages.
American culture seems obsessed at times with crowning the best and greatest. One could certainly make that observation of sports fans. Countdown shows have whittled away at great people and events to arrive at THE greatest ever. Boxers and tight ends have even declared themselves the greatest. And by just about any measure available, Bobby Bowden, who will lead the Seminoles for the 30th time in 2005, has put up the numbers suggesting he should be called the greatest college football coach in history.
The statistics are startling. Bowden became the all-time winningest coach in major college history in 2003 and currently has 351 career wins. He is the winningest bowl coach by percentage and is just one shy of tying for the most bowl wins ever by a college coach. He is the only coach to lead his team to 14 straight seasons that ended with a ranking among the Associated Press Top five. He’s coached two national championship teams including the 1999 squad that was the first ever to go through a season from start to finish as the AP No. 1. So overwhelming has Bowden’s influence been on college football and, in particular, at Florida State, that the field at Doak Campbell Stadium was named for him last season and a national award given by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes now bears his name.
Bowden’s interest in the sport of football began while watching his neighborhood high school team practice just on the other side of his backyard fence in Birmingham, Alabama. His love and talent for the game grew from playing with friends on the same fields everyday and later practicing with high school teammates. His knowledge of the game grew as a quarterback at Samford and from watching and listening to the legendary Bear Bryant. His skill and creativity were honed on the coaching staffs at South Georgia College, FSU and West Virginia. But it has been his combination of leadership, vision, talent and magnetic personality that have flourished over 30 years at Florida State, raising the program from perhaps its lowest point to the national powerhouse it is today.
Bowden’s latest addition to his long list of accomplishments came in last year’s Gator Bowl. The win over West Virginia, ironically, gave Bowden a 19-8-1 record in bowl games allowing him to retake his position as college football’s most successful bowl coach in terms of winning percentage. He trails the overall record of 20 career bowl wins held by Penn State’s Joe Paterno by just one. FSU’s Gator Bowl trip marked the 23rd straight season that the Seminoles reached a bowl game, and was the 14th consecutive "New Year’s Day" bowl. Bowden is the only coach in NCAA history to win 11 consecutive bowl games (1985-95) and the only coach ever with 14 consecutive bowl appearances (1982-95) without a loss (FSU tied Georgia 17-17 in the 1984 Citrus Bowl).
Bowden’s remarkable career numbers are even more impressive considering the fact that he took over an FSU program in 1976 that had won just four games over the previous three seasons. He has remained at FSU despite offers from NFL teams and several other prestigious college football programs. Bowden’s loyalty has meant the world to Florida State University and its athletics program. Part of that was recognized by the school this past season with the dedication of a statue of his likeness that sits in front of the Moore Athletic Center and with the official proclamation of Bobby Bowden Field at Doak S. Campbell Stadium.
Bowden’s record at Florida State is 278-70-4. The totals include a 144-22-2 record in Tallahassee, 31-8-1 record at neutral sites and 103-40-1 on an opponent’s field. He has built those numbers against some of the nation’s toughest schedules, earning respect for his team, attracting top players to his program and establishing his reputation as a competitor in the process.
Bowden achieved impressive numbers in his previous coaching stops, including a 31-6 record at his alma mater Samford University between 1959 and 1962, and a 42-26 mark at West Virginia from 1970-75. But what he has done at FSU is simply phenomenal. Eighteen times in 29 years, his Seminoles have won 10 or more games in a season. Florida State had been to just eight bowls in the 29 years before him. The 2005 Gator Bowl marked the Seminole’s 26th since his arrival and was the 19th "New Year’s Day" trip. He is, by far, the winningest coach ever at Florida State as his win total is greater than the previous seven Seminole head coaches combined.
Florida State is the only school to finish among the (Associated Press) Top Five for 14 consecutive seasons. The Seminoles finished first twice (1993, 1999), second twice (1987, 92), third, four times (1988, 89, 97, 99), fourth, five times (1990, 91, 94, 95, 96) and fifth in 2000. No team in college football history can match the run.
Over the past 13 years, Florida State has played in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Since joining the league, FSU is 102-10 and has claimed 11 ACC championships and set the league record for consecutive victories. Bowden picked up ACC Coach of the Year titles in 1993 and 1997.
Part of the reason for Bowden’s success in his long run at FSU is that the elements of the job that seem to turn into chores over the years for most coaches: recruiting, speaking engagements, public functions, and press responsibilities, come easily for Bowden.
"I feel great physically," said Bowden who will turn 76 in November. "I’ve always been a people person. I enjoy getting to know people, so the recruiting is still a lot of fun for me. I like going into a player’s home and meeting his parents and family. I don’t have any desire to slow down on all the elements outside of the actual game that some people find hard. I understand why it grinds away at some people, but it just doesn’t on me. I guess I’ve always been able to put football in its place."
He has developed the most consistently successful program in the history of college football. FSU won more games in the decade of the 1990s than any other program. The win over Wake Forest on October 25, 2003 allowed him to become the all-time winningest major college coach.
"To be honest, it doesn’t really feel like I should be there," said Bowden at the time of the feat. "It’s not something that I sat down 40 years ago and said `you know if I coached long enough and was successful maybe I could get there.’ That type of thought never entered my mind. I don’t really think about it. Maybe when I’m done I’ll look back on everything."
While Bowden has not spent much time looking back, most of the nation has spent time looking in at his program’s extraordinary success. Just imagine a college basketball program advancing to the Final Four for 14 years in a row. Even more startling is the thought of playing in the national title game five times in eight seasons. FSU set an NCAA record with 14 straight Top Five finishes and the 2001 Orange Bowl was the Tribe’s third straight national title game and fifth in eight years.
Like few other coaches before him, Bowden has created unreal expectations for his program. He has coached his Florida State teams so very close to perfection that for some, anything short of another national championship is a down year. The last time FSU did not finish the season ranked was following a 7-4-1 record in 1986. Over the 18 seasons since, Florida State has won 196 games and lost just 37 with one tie.
In the fickle world of "big-time" college sports some forget what it is all about. Sure, Bobby Bowden is proud of his two national championships, his place among the all-time greats, and a football program that is the model for the entire country. But he has always pointed to the fact that there are more important things in life. He makes time for charity and to give to his church. He has never passed an admiring child without a wink and a smile. He greets total strangers. He listens and he cares.
What Bobby Bowden means to Florida State University off the playing field cannot be measured. Respect, sincerity, class, honesty, charisma, charm and humor are just some of the words that describe and define this man better than wins, losses or coaching records.
It has been well chronicled how the Birmingham, Alabama native left snowy West Virginia to come to Florida State and save the program. Three seasons after he first walked across the campus, he had taken FSU to within one game of a national championship.
Rising above Bowden’s coaching accomplishments, though, are his credentials as a man. Friendly and outgoing, he is a deeply religious man who believes strongly in the strength of the family. He loves people. His personality and charm are bigger than life and he has become somewhat of a folk hero. An engaging speaker, Bowden is constantly in demand and most free evenings will find him on the speaking circuit. His off-season travel schedule would exhaust anyone. Sunday morning will usually find him in the pulpit of a church somewhere in the south. Outside of football, Bowden has an intense interest in World War II history and he is a voracious reader on the subject. He traced his ancestry to parts of Germany and has visited the country several times.
Bowden’s faith and family have always been most important to him. The nation can follow son Tommy’s career as head coach at Clemson as well as Terry, who is a college football analyst for ABC. The Bowden’s oldest son, Steve, co-wrote a book entitled "The Bowden Way" with his dad . Youngest son, Jeff, is in his 13th season on the FSU staff and his fifth as offensive coordinator. His oldest daughter Robyn is married to Clemson assistant coach Jack Hine Hines and his youngest daughter Ginger is an attorney.
–a living legend, but time rots every apple eventually!