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Post your reflections on the game here. Especially if you were in Doak that night.

My uncle has an old copy of the game, and I mentioned LuLu in the subject line because he is right in the middle of the shot when ESPN is replaying the pregame fight.


Any thoughts, reflections, memories from anyone? (Especially #77)





Posted on 5/18 3:11 PM | IP: Logged

Rumor made its way up here that one of their players was going to steal the spear when Chief Osceola threw it into the ground. That's why things went as they did before the game. While I don't recall who the UM player was who had been telling people he was going to do it, I remember it was a defensive player and that John Brown shadowed him the whole time ready to go after him if he made a move for the spear.

As a player I don't think I ever saw our coaching staff more confident going into a game. When we met with Coach McDuffie before the game he told us the first play would be 47 (toss sweep to the weak side of our formation) and that it would be a touchdown.

When Coach Bowden talked to the entire team before games he would go through the first 5 or 6 plays on offense and tell us what they would be. He would typically say something to the effect of, "On offense we'll start off with a 44 then come back with a 46 then we'll go with 344 Cadillac, followed by..." as he worked his way through those first 5 or 6 plays. We (the OL) already knew the first play was going to be 47 and Coach McDuffie's opinion of how the play would end up. Coach Bowden told us the first play would be 47 and then didn't mention another play. It was the only time in 4 years he only gave us the first play of the game as opposed to the first 5 or 6 or 7. The OL looked at one another and we knew it was going to be a great night.

We won the toss, deferred to the 2nd half and Miami had the ball. Tipped pass, INT by Leroy and it was our ball. The first play was R47 and Dexter took it to the house!!!!

Posted on 5/18 3:27 PM | IP: Logged

That's an awesome story.



Posted on 5/18 3:46 PM | IP: Logged

that puts a smile on my face, thanks!



Posted on 5/18 4:47 PM | IP: Logged

Laughing at the John Brown comments. When we scored the 3rd quarter TD to go ahead 21-10, he was one fired up dude.





Posted on 5/18 4:50 PM | IP: Logged

That's an awesome story. Thanks for sharing LuLu!

Posted on 5/18 5:19 PM | IP: Logged

I think he gave you one play because he knew that was all you could comprehend.



3dGrin

Posted on 5/18 6:01 PM | IP: Logged

I swear I just got chills reading that!



Posted on 5/18 6:21 PM | IP: Logged

That is a great story.



Posted on 5/18 8:23 PM | IP: Logged

We were living in south florida at the time and were at a Halloween party at some friends house in Miami. There was a gator couple there and the rest were...cane fans. The UF folks just couldn't quite get why we had more of an affinity with the canes than with them, and the canes, well they were more consumed by point spread ramifications than what was actually happening on the field. My wife ad I were both dressed as Seminole Indians, when Dexter put that flag on the canes head, we went nuts

Posted on 5/18 10:04 PM | IP: Logged

Great story, Eric. That was my first year in school at FSU, my first year as an FSU fan, and my first um game. Needless to say I was stoked about the outcome.



Posted on 5/18 11:51 PM | IP: Logged


Originally posted by EastsideNole:
I think he gave you one play because he knew that was all you could comprehend.



3dGrin



roll

Posted on 5/19 9:08 AM | IP: Logged

John Brown was in my economics class, great guy, but that dude was a few sandwiches short of a picnic.



Posted on 5/20 9:22 AM | IP: Logged

Lulu, do you know where JB is these days?

Posted on 5/20 9:53 AM | IP: Logged

At the end of the season, I think that was the best teanm we ever had.

Posted on 5/20 10:24 AM | IP: Logged

JB was a steriodic maniacal a-hole. I personally saw him and Eric Reinhardt smash a guys head into the concrete wall of an apartment wall at Casa Cortez in October 1987.

Posted on 5/20 10:37 AM | IP: Logged

Still my favorite FSU game and quite possibly the loudest Doak has ever been. When Leroy made the pick, and Dexter went 37 for the TD, the place nearly went to the ground.

A friend fell and broke her leg during the celebration and refused to leave the stadium until the game was over. Hard core. The EMTs took her away after the final gun.

One of the best evenings of football in my live. That was one helluva football team.



Posted on 5/20 11:34 AM | IP: Logged

My fourth year at FSU and my first win against my Miami. I was in the Marching Chiefs. I know its cliche by now, but the play I always remember was Dexter Carter putting the flag on Bernie Clark's head and then just walking away. That happened right in front of where we were sitting.

Posted on 5/20 1:44 PM | IP: Logged

I think that party was at my house and I seem to remember it a little differently. JB was a pretty good guy. Like I said he was one of those guys you would want to walk down a dark street on the wrong side of town with. Him and a guy nobody seems to remember were in my eco class, John Wyche.





Posted on 5/20 7:29 PM | IP: Logged

Great story, Lulu.

I was a junior in HS and watched the game in my bedroom. Growing up in the Northeast the Canes were the team along with ND, but I despised the trash talking Canes and their fans more than anything. And even though I ended up at Arizona State three years later, that ass whooping made me a Nole for life.

Posted on 5/20 8:21 PM | IP: Logged

Other than Dexter's 47 and the flag on Clark's head, I remember with most delight Kirk Carruthers's spirited play (as an undersized LB--16 tackles, 2 picks, 1 fumble recovery) and P.T.'s 50-yarder to Ronnie Lewis off the goal line. We've seen that play much more often in recent years--but in 89 is seemed far more gutsy to come off the goal line like that.

Posted on 5/21 7:09 AM | IP: Logged


Originally posted by MJSNOLE:
I think that party was at my house and I seem to remember it a little differently. JB was a pretty good guy. Like I said he was one of those guys you would want to walk down a dark street on the wrong side of town with. Him and a guy nobody seems to remember were in my eco class, John Wyche.





I do remember Wyche. From the broken leg in Hogtown in 1987, to him havng a monster game vs. UF in his final game in Doak as a senior in 1990.

Great player for us.



Posted on 5/21 11:56 AM | IP: Logged

I was there. One of the very best games ever at Doak. In those days the toss sweep was a thing of beauty.

Posted on 5/21 12:10 PM | IP: Logged

I was living in Southern California at the time and flew back east just to go to that game, so in hindsight I guess I was pretty confident as well!

My best friend Jay had come down from Atlanta and picked me up at the airport. We somehow had great seats, 30-40 yard line, students' side, but I don't remember actually sitting in mine the entire game.

The only slight damper was when an FSU fan behind me started whining and grousing that Dexter Carter should be kicked off the team for putting the penalty flag on Bernard Clark's head.

I think I turned around and explained to him that this wasn't a football game, it was war... those were the days I think I really felt that way!

The main thing about the weekend was that I believe it was the turning point to where I began to think "been there, done that" with the whole So. Cal scene and began making plans to move back to Fla, which I did the following summer. Too bad I had to wait until '93 to see us beat Miami again.

Posted on 5/21 1:03 PM | IP: Logged


Originally posted by JMGNole:
Still my favorite FSU game and quite possibly the loudest Doak has ever been. When Leroy made the pick, and Dexter went 37 for the TD, the place nearly went to the ground.

A friend fell and broke her leg during the celebration and refused to leave the stadium until the game was over. Hard core. The EMTs took her away after the final gun.

One of the best evenings of football in my live. That was one helluva football team.



I am with ya. After the game the fans didn't want to leave the stadium. We were still yelling an hour AFTER the game in the stadium. I remember walking thru Bert Reynolds dorm and the middle LB at the time (I forgot his name) just walked out of his dorm as we were walkng by and I recognized him and said "good job man" and we shook hands and he gave me a hug and started jumping up and down and screeming. It was awesome! Then later at a party we were just going crazy and a motorcycle cop came up to me and said yall need to calm this stuff down and for some idiotic reason I put my arm around his kneck and said yeah but how 'bout them noles and he just shook his head and rode off. Tallahassee was off the hook that day for sure.



Posted on 5/21 2:13 PM | IP: Logged

Watched it on TV and the camera was shaking from the crowd noise, the best ever game on TV.

Posted on 5/22 10:27 AM | IP: Logged


Originally posted by PalmHarborNole:
Watched it on TV and the camera was shaking from the crowd noise, the best ever game on TV.

Agreed. I was only a FR in high school. That game, on tv at least, was my all time favorite. I wish I had a copy on tape. The crowd seemed awesome the entire game.

Posted on 5/22 11:20 AM | IP: Logged

I was in the stands for the game, and I do believe it was the most electric Doak has ever been, with the possible exceptions of Pittsburgh in 1980 and UF in 1996. I couldn't talk for a week, broke my thumb on a drunken high-five gone bad after Leroy intercepted the ball, and just lost it When Dexter scooted around the corner.

amazing game.



Posted on 5/22 1:50 PM | IP: Logged


Originally posted by nole14:

Originally posted by MJSNOLE:
I think that party was at my house and I seem to remember it a little differently. JB was a pretty good guy. Like I said he was one of those guys you would want to walk down a dark street on the wrong side of town with. Him and a guy nobody seems to remember were in my eco class, John Wyche.





I do remember Wyche. From the broken leg in Hogtown in 1987, to him havng a monster game vs. UF in his final game in Doak as a senior in 1990.

Great player for us.

I remember that... and I remember Odell's quote to him, that pretty much tells you what Odell is all about:

"Get up! Don't let 'em see you hurt!"



Posted on 5/22 1:51 PM | IP: Logged

UF 96 was the loudest Doak has been during the day.



Posted on 5/22 11:29 PM | IP: Logged


Originally posted by jvnole:
Other than Dexter's 47 and the flag on Clark's head, I remember with most delight Kirk Carruthers's spirited play (as an undersized LB--16 tackles, 2 picks, 1 fumble recovery) and P.T.'s 50-yarder to Ronnie Lewis off the goal line. We've seen that play much more often in recent years--but in 89 is seemed far more gutsy to come off the goal line like that.


That fumble on the goal line happened right in front of our seats...it seem to be loose forever before Kirk jomped on it. If that play was in a movie there would have been 15 cuts from the time the ball was fumbled till it was recovered.

About John Brown, its a long story involving a broken arm, mutual doctor and an FSU trainer, but the jist is I was introduced to JB while he was the doorman/bouncer at CJ's during Nickle beer night. From that night on, he always let me and my guests avoid the ridiculous line that happened every Friday night.
The guy never forgot me even a year later. So of course, I thought the guy was pretty cool. But I tell you what, he ruled that door and place without question. He wouldn't hesitate to kick anybody out for any infraction. And any pretty-face girl who thought they could use their looks and a bad ID and talk their way in were roundly rejected. I knew a Tri-delt who said her sisters hated CJ's cause they couldn't get the younger ones in. Sometimes just watching JB work the door was entertaining as hell.

Gripper



Posted on 5/23 9:44 AM | IP: Logged

I've got to add to this story. I'm actually on the 1989 team highlight video waving a huge FSU flag on the sideline for that game. I had great seats as I started the game on the sideline about 1-2 rows off the field where several members of the basketball and other teams were standing. At the start of the game, the Leon County Sheriff's department saw Ibis carrying a fire extinguisher. The thought was he was going to put the spear out with it. Two deputies pinned his butt right up on the endzone fence so high his feet were off the ground.

The other thing I remember was the crowd chanting "gino gino gino" all night as Gino Torreta went on to have a horrible night. The fumble on the endzone and then the 50 yard pass play from P.T. out of the end zone was awesome.

I had an opportunity to hear Dexter speak a few months back at a booster function. While the others were asking various questions about recruiting, I ended the Q&A with the Bernard Clark flag episode as well as the first play. Dexter had the biggest grin I've ever seen when he was telling the others in the room about those plays. If memory serves correct, that play was the last Dexter had that night as I think we got penalized 30 yards on that play.

Posted on 5/23 8:21 PM | IP: Logged

Great thread. This is why I wish ESPN or ABC would release these classic games on DVD for those of us who were too young to remember them.I was nine at the time and remember watching the game with my parents. However, I don't remember the specifics. I do remember though being mad at my parents for not going to Tallahassee for the game.

Posted on 5/23 11:41 PM | IP: Logged

One of my favorite games Ive been to ever.Snuck out at half time and got some more Jack.One for me and one for my twin brother,,it was our birthday that night.What a great gift that game was.

Posted on 5/24 12:32 AM | IP: Logged

It was an awesome game -- we've had several of those in Florida State's history with more to come!

This post was edited on 5/24 5:33 AM by Doc1936

Posted on 5/24 5:30 AM | IP: Logged

I must add in another JB story of my own. In summer of 1987 I roomed with JB at cash hall apartments (while Reynolds hall was under construction). We had driven to the fieldhouse in my car one afternoon to work out. JB was known for his short temper. Well, on our way back we were cutting around to Woodward and turned to go in front of the old Pike house. There was a block party going on so I cut up the first side street over to Woodward and I had gone maybe 50-yards when 5 guys stepped off the walk and into the road right in front of my car where I had to jam my brakes pretty hard to stop. All 5 guys were just sort of strutting and staring into my car and it was dusk with my headlights on so they probably could not see us well. Well JB reaches over and lays on my horn while he starts cursing and a couple of the guys flick us off while they all start walking really slow on purpose. Next thing I know, JB shoves me and yells get out and before I can even step all the way out of the car he has leaped out and run to the front of my car. I could tell they had finally gotten a good look at him by the looks on their faces as he went from one to the next challenging their manhood and calling them every name in the book. It was pretty hilarious to listen to them grovel and apologize. Fortunately that was all that came of it and we went on home. Lets just say, rooming with JB was a trip!

Lulu, any idea where JB is these days?

Posted on 5/24 2:09 PM | IP: Logged

Dexter toss sweep around the corner and away he goes TD Noles!!!!
Penman launched 4 rows down with several other Lambdas by his drunk ass crazy cousin on top of a scared to death family....great night.

My all time favorite game in Doak. Electric is the only word to describe it......the stadium was literally shaking ...



Posted on 5/24 6:30 PM | IP: Logged


I hate to say it, but not starting until 92, I don't know this game as well as others. Any thoughts on finding a DVD of the game?



Posted on 5/25 7:06 AM | IP: Logged

Hey Penman, my dad is a Lamda also. Good times.



Posted on 5/25 11:15 AM | IP: Logged


Originally posted by buccanole:

I hate to say it, but not starting until 92, I don't know this game as well as others. Any thoughts on finding a DVD of the game?



I would like to know this as well. I only started watching in middle school 1990. I have never seen the '89 game other than the "Dexter Flag" incident. I was living in Tx at the time so it wouldn't have been on TV anyway.

This post was edited on 5/25 11:17 AM by Dal4fsu



Posted on 5/25 11:16 AM | IP: Logged

These JB stories crack me up. I saw JB go off on some dude at the Phyrst. Chased him across the street into the parking lot and who knows what happened. A few minutes later JB returned to the Phyrst and I didn't see the guy he was chasing again.

Posted on 5/25 11:23 AM | IP: Logged

I remember walking through the tunnel under Pensacola well after the game and the entire crowd was STILL chanting F-L-O-R-I-D-A..........

Posted on 5/25 2:27 PM | IP: Logged

Still the best game I ever been to. These stories are great. Every now and then I pop in an old VHS tape I have of the game--grainy as hell. My favorite part is listening to the Ron Franklin gush like a school girl as he introduces the "very fast" Miami defense, and then hearing his astonishment when Dex run right by them.

Posted on 5/27 3:49 PM | IP: Logged

That was the loudest and most exciting game I ever saw. Period.

Couple of memories....My brother in law, who was a huge Miami fan came with us to the game. I bought him this flouresent green Miami shirt, so he would stick out like a sore thumb. He loved it too because liked to talk trash with the fans around us. He was REAL cocky from the time we left our tailgate in the old intramural fields behind Dick Howser, till we got to our seats. Oddly I too felt REAL good about the game. I mean we beat Auburn AT Auburn the week before and the hype was not as big in the press as before since we had lost the first two in a row. And Miami was coming in #1 with all sorts of attitude. And when I got to my seats, it was so packed, that you could not sit down, so we just stood and when we jumped on them during those first 2 plays, you knew you were in for "one for the ages" as a 'Nole fan, and I immediately looked over at my bro in law and he looked like someone had just kicked him in the nuts.

Besides those two plays the other two back to back decibal bangers were when Kirk Carruthers recovered that Miami fumble at our own 1 yard line in the third quarter, than on the ensuing first play from scrimage, P.T. launched that bomb to Ronald Lewis at like the 50 yard line from our own end zone. The place went nuts. We march it the rest of the way down the field on the ground and put the game away.

What a night.




Posted on 5/27 5:32 PM | IP: Logged


Originally posted by Cheesebiz:
That was the loudest and most exciting game I ever saw. Period.

Couple of memories....My brother in law, who was a huge Miami fan came with us to the game. I bought him this flouresent green Miami shirt, so he would stick out like a sore thumb. He loved it too because liked to talk trash with the fans around us. He was REAL cocky from the time we left our tailgate in the old intramural fields behind Dick Howser, till we got to our seats. Oddly I too felt REAL good about the game. I mean we beat Auburn AT Auburn the week before and the hype was not as big in the press as before since we had lost the first two in a row. And Miami was coming in #1 with all sorts of attitude. And when I got to my seats, it was so packed, that you could not sit down, so we just stood and when we jumped on them during those first 2 plays, you knew you were in for "one for the ages" as a 'Nole fan, and I immediately looked over at my bro in law and he looked like someone had just kicked him in the nuts.

Besides those two plays the other two back to back decibal bangers were when Kirk Carruthers recovered that Miami fumble at our own 1 yard line in the third quarter, than on the ensuing first play from scrimage, P.T. launched that bomb to Ronald Lewis at like the 50 yard line from our own end zone. The place went nuts. We march it the rest of the way down the field on the ground and put the game away.

What a night.



1. We beat Auburn in Tally.

2. I am pretty sure it was Shannon Baker that caught the PT pass but I may be wrong on that one. Ronnie Lewis caught touchdown to win the Fiesta Bowl against Nebraska.



Posted on 5/27 7:26 PM | IP: Logged

MJS, you are correct that the Auburn game the week before was in Tally. But Ronald Lewis was the one who caught the pass from PT, not Shannon.

Ron, I believe JB is in Orlando. I haven't talked to him in years but Alan Stewart still talks to him frequently.

Posted on 5/28 11:20 AM | IP: Logged

I am still amazed that we had some many consistent runs on counters, sweeps, and draws into the middle of that vaunted UM D-line that night.

Carter, Bennett, Lee, all three popped of 5-8 yard runs repeatedly into the teeth of the Cane defense.

Great job by the line that night...............



Posted on 5/28 12:05 PM | IP: Logged


Originally posted by MJSNOLE:




Originally posted by Cheesebiz:
That was the loudest and most exciting game I ever saw. Period.

Couple of memories....My brother in law, who was a huge Miami fan came with us to the game. I bought him this flouresent green Miami shirt, so he would stick out like a sore thumb. He loved it too because liked to talk trash with the fans around us. He was REAL cocky from the time we left our tailgate in the old intramural fields behind Dick Howser, till we got to our seats. Oddly I too felt REAL good about the game. I mean we beat Auburn AT Auburn the week before and the hype was not as big in the press as before since we had lost the first two in a row. And Miami was coming in #1 with all sorts of attitude. And when I got to my seats, it was so packed, that you could not sit down, so we just stood and when we jumped on them during those first 2 plays, you knew you were in for "one for the ages" as a 'Nole fan, and I immediately looked over at my bro in law and he looked like someone had just kicked him in the nuts.

Besides those two plays the other two back to back decibal bangers were when Kirk Carruthers recovered that Miami fumble at our own 1 yard line in the third quarter, than on the ensuing first play from scrimage, P.T. launched that bomb to Ronald Lewis at like the 50 yard line from our own end zone. The place went nuts. We march it the rest of the way down the field on the ground and put the game away.

What a night.





1. We beat Auburn in Tally.

2. I am pretty sure it was Shannon Baker that caught the PT pass but I may be wrong on that one. Ronnie Lewis caught touchdown to win the Fiesta Bowl against Nebraska.



Well...one for two just like me.Wink



Posted on 5/28 12:05 PM | IP: Logged

Maybe it was the liquor that night or just my need to remember Shannon Baker actually making a big catch.



Posted on 5/28 2:26 PM | IP: Logged


Originally posted by nole14:
I am still amazed that we had some many consistent runs on counters, sweeps, and draws into the middle of that vaunted UM D-line that night.

Carter, Bennett, Lee, all three popped of 5-8 yard runs repeatedly into the teeth of the Cane defense.

Great job by the line that night...............



The tape I have of the game shows a graphic that says we were averaging 8.3 yards per first down play midway through the third, most of those plays being draws and sweeps like you said. The line blocked its ass off that night.

Posted on 5/28 7:06 PM | IP: Logged

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