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Talk about a blast from the past....
Condensed second half action from the 1985 Gator Bowl, where Bobby Bowden's Florida State Seminoles defeated the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 34-23. This game featured many of the top talents of the 1980's for both schools, including Thurman Thomas and Hart Lee Dykes for Oklahoma State going up against a Florida State defense that featured a freshman named Deion Sanders.
No. 18 Florida State sprinted out to an early 13-point margin before the No. 19 Oklahoma State Cowboys knew what hit them, and despite a third-quarter surge, the Seminole aerial attack was too much as the Cowboys dropped a 34-23 decision in front of a bi-partisan crowd.
In what was touted as an explosive FSU offense versus a stingy OSU defense, FSU head coach Bobby Bowden had decided to go with a freshman quarterback and a third-string senior tailback just two weeks prior to the game. The decision proved effective as the Seminoles exploded for 569 total yards.
Florida State hit OSU with a 45-yard pass on the first play of the game and threw for 214 yards in the opening half. The Seminoles took a 27-3 lead into the middle of the third quarter but OSU put a pair of quick touchdowns, including a halfback pass from Thurman Thomas to Ronnie Williams, on the board to cut the deficit to 27-17.
Following a blocked punt by OSU freshman Milton Cockrell a comeback seemed possible. However, the Cowboys could not mount a drive and were forced to punt.
A late Oklahoma State rally came up short, in spite of a last-minute touchdown pass from Williams to Hart Lee Dykes. The ensuing onside kick attempt was recovered by the Seminoles, securing the FSU win.
This is a great find, thanks for posting it.
What was that at the 26.42 mark? Was that a chicken mascot???? Who's was it???
not sure but i think it was tommy the tomahawk
This was one of the coldest games I have ever attended..and the old Gator Bowl later was the site of one of the hottest games I have ever attended-the FSU-Southern Miss game in 89 (I believe) when Farve led his team to an upset.
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