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Top trick plays in the Bobby Bowden era

Through the years with Florida State, coach Bobby Bowden, who retired Tuesday, made trick plays a staple with several going down in the annals among the best college football plays ever.

1. Puntrooskie Sept. 17, 1988, at Clemson

Score tied at 21 with 1:33 left in the game. The Seminoles were on their 20 and faced fourth and 4. FSU lined up to punt. Instead, the ball was snapped to upback Dayne Williams. Williams ran up behind LeRoy Butler, slipped the ball between his legs, and Butler ran left 77 yards to the Clemson 2. FSU kicked a field goal to win 24-21.

2. Peter Warrick touchdown pass Nov. 21, 1998, vs. Florida

FSU led 13-12 early in the fourth quarter and just had a long Travis Minor run called back for holding. Marcus Outzen was the quarterback, replacing the injured Chris Weinke. Outzen pitched the ball to Jeff Chaney, who handed it to Peter Warrick, above, on an end-around. Warrick then threw to Ron Dugans for a touchdown. The Seminoles won 23-12.

3. Two tricks in one drive Sept. 28, 1991, vs. Michigan

In a game eventually won 51-31, the Seminoles were driving in the first quarter with the score tied at 7. Quarterback Casey Weldon, right, threw a lateral to Charlie Ward, who threw it back to Weldon. Weldon ran 29 yards to the Wolverines 11. Then on fourth and goal from the 4, FSU lined up for a field goal. Holder Brad Johnson took the snap but threw a shovel pass to William Floyd for a touchdown.

4. Trick kick return Nov. 1, 1986, at Miami

Trailing 14-7 to No. 1 Miami on national television, FSU's Keith Ross took a kickoff 6 yards deep in the end zone. He ran to the 15, where he was surrounded by Hurricanes. Ross stopped and threw a lateral across the field to Dexter Carter. Carter caught it at the 10 and ran 90 yards for the score. FSU, however, eventually lost 41-23.

5. Weinke to Minnis Nov. 4, 2000, vs. Clemson

The game turned into a 54-7 blowout. But the Seminoles led by only a field goal in the first quarter when they were pinned back on their 2. Chris Weinke, left, faked a handoff to Jeff Chaney in the end zone and stood flat-footed with his back to the line of scrimmage. He then turned around and threw downfield to a wide open Marvin Minnis for a 98-yard touchdown. "We call that a 'gym' play,' '' Bowden said. "That means we don't work on it outside where someone might see it.''

6. Fake punt Sept. 25, 1982, vs. Southern Miss

The game was tied at 17 late in the fourth quarter, and the Seminoles were in easy field goal range. Bowden, however, figured his defense wasn't good enough to keep the Eagles out of field goal range on their next possession, so he called the fake. The ball was snapped to holder Kelly Lowery, who walked in untouched for a touchdown. FSU won 24-17. In his book Tales from the Seminole Sideline, Bowden called that play one of his gutsiest.

7. They knew it was coming Oct. 12, 1985, vs. Auburn

FSU lost this game 59-27, but what made the trick play in this game interesting is Auburn knew about it. Facing fourth and 2 and already losing 31-17, Bowden called a deep pass. Quarterback Eric Thomas faked a handoff, tucked the ball into his stomach then launched a 40-yard pass to Hassan Jones. Years later, Bowden found out Auburn had access to his headset and knew just about every play he called.

Top trick plays in the Bobby Bowden era 11/30/09 [Last modified: Saturday, December 5, 2009 11:29pm]
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