Though Florida State has been a winning program for the last three decades, there have been some big and devastating losses over the years. On top of losing three national championship games in five years, there have been other tough losses.
A recap of some are included in my list of top 25 most devastating losses:
1. Oklahoma 13-Florida State 2, 2001
The last time the Seminoles played for the national championship was in the 2001 Orange Bowl. The offense sputtered and did not score, even though it was led by Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke.
2. Florida 52-Florida State 20, 1997
After winning the 1996 regular-season finale matchup between the two teams in Tallahassee, the 1997 Sugar Bowl was not that close. Florida State lost out on its chance to win its second national championship.
3. Tennessee 23-Florida State 16, 1999
The 1999 Fiesta Bowl ended poorly as Tennessee stormed out to a 14-point lead, led by two big plays from WR Peerless Price. The Seminoles lost in their second national championship game in three years.
4. Florida 32-Florida State 29, 1997
Florida won its second consecutive matchup in the series and prevented Florida State from having its first undefeated season. Fred Taylor led the charge with 162 yards and four touchdowns.
5. Notre Dame 31-Florida State 24, 1993
A game that pitted #1 and #2, described as the Game of the Century, ended with a batted ball in the end zone. The second-ranked Fighting Irish won the game, but Florida State would go on to win its first national championship that season.
6. Miami 17-Florida State 16, 1991
Known as Wide Right I, Gerry Thomas missed a 34-yard field goal as time expired. Miami went onto win its fourth national championship since 1983.
7. Miami 19-Florida State 16, 1992
Wide Right II occurred the next season, as Dan Mowrey missed a game-tying field goal attempt from 39 yards. It ended up being the only loss of the 1992 season for Florida State.
8. Miami 27-Florida State 24, 2000
Another field goal missed in the final seconds cost Florida State another game in this heated rivalry. Matt Munyon missed a 49-yard field goal attempt as time ran out.
9. Miami 28-Florida State 27, 2002
Miami extended its winning streak to a school-record 28 games as Xavier Beitia missed a 43-yard field goal with one second left.
10. Wake Forest 30-Florida State 0, 2006
Wake Forest won its first ACC title in 36 seasons in 2006. Its signature win came at the expense of the Seminoles, who were shut out for the first time since 1988.
11. Kentucky 35-Florida State 28, 2007
The 2007 Music City Bowl featured a 7-5 Seminole team featuring many suspensions due to an academic fraud scandal that landed the program probation. Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson broke the SEC single-season passing touchdown record.
12. Virginia 33-Florida State 28, 1995
Florida State had won its first 29 conference games as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. A goal-line stand lifted Virginia over 7-0 Florida State.
13. Miami 26-Florida State 25, 1987
The University of Miami went on to win its second national championship. Its signature win came after having a huge comeback in the second half. Florida State went for the win at the end with a 2-point conversion, but came up short.
14. Miami 16-Florida State 14, 2004
In Miami's final game as a member of the Big East before joining the Atlantic Coast Conference, Xavier Beitia missed a crucial fourth-quarter field goal in the 2004 Orange Bowl.
15. Miami 16-Florida State 10, OT, 2004
Miami's first game as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference ended up being a nightmare for Florida State. Losing a double-digit fourth quarter lead led to the first OT game between the rivals. The game was delayed by the threat of Hurricane Frances.
16. Florida 20-Florida State 13, 2004
Lame duck Florida coach Ron Zook did something in his three years Steve Spurrier was never able to do -- win a road game in Tallahassee.
17. Florida 21-Florida State 14, 2006
Florida grabbed a 14-point halftime lead and scored a fourth-quarter touchdown to break a 14-14 tie to win at Tallahassee for the second consecutive time. Florida went on to win its second national championship later that season.
18. Florida 45-Florida State 15, 2008
On its way to a second national championship in three seasons, Florida poured it on early and often in miserable weather conditions to beat the Seminoles for the third consecutive time in Tallahassee.
19. Florida 45-Florida State 12, 2007
In his final game before winning the Heisman Trophy, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more, ending a tough Seminoles regular season.
20. Florida 37-Florida State 10, 2009
21. Georgia Tech 31-Florida State 28, 2008
A last-minute fumble by Marcus Sims at the goal-line cost Florida State a change to complete a comeback. Florida State had beaten Georgia Tech 12 consecutive times, dating back to 1975.
22. Georgia Tech 49-Florida State 44, 2009
After losing this game in 2009, it was becoming clear that Bobby Bowden was going to be nearing the end of his tenure in Tallahassee. This game features the Seminole players came onto the field arm-in-arm.
23. North Carolina 41-Florida State 9, 2001
Florida State lost for only the third time in 74 ACC contests, the Seminoles committed five turnovers, and the defense gave up 34 second-half points.
24. Oklahoma 23-Florida State 13, 2011
With a record crowd at Doak Campbell Stadium, the #1 Oklahoma Sooners scored 10 fourth-quarter points to hold off #5 Florida State in a rematch of the 2010 Oklahoma blowout in Norman.
25. Oklahoma 47-Florida State 17, 2010
In the first game the two schools played against each other since the 2001 Orange Bowl, Oklahoma scored touchdowns on its first four possessions to an easy win in coach Jimbo Fisher's first road game.
Edwin Alexander is a Florida State University alumnus and Seminole fan. He earned a Master of Business Administration in Marketing and Supply Chain Management from Florida State University in 2009.
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