1. FSU vs. LSU (2022)
This might be a debatable No. 1 selection as the Seminoles’ 2022 matchup against the LSU Tigers remains as one to remember from the Mike Norvell era thus far. While this contest did not result in Florida State winning a national championship or anything to that significance, it did allow the football program to be put on the national spotlight. As a reminder, the Seminoles were coming off a 5-7 season in 2021. Most individuals were discounted Florida State’s ability to hang with the SEC-affiliated LSU Tigers.
The Seminoles certainly took offense to the doubters. Quarterback Jordan Travis and company wanted to make a statement to the college football world that this football team had made strides of improvement during the offseason. Travis had command of the offense where he completed 20 of his 33 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Pokey “Mr. Consistent” Wilson had seven receptions for 102 yards and two touchdowns.
FSU was certainly aided by two special teams blunders in the first half, which was a missed 30-yard field goal (blocked by defensive end Jared Verse) and a muffed punt by LSU wide receiver Malik Nabers (did not result in points for the Seminoles). However, those mistakes foreshadowed what was to come in the second half for the Tigers as wide receiver Malik Nabers muffed yet another punt to give Florida State the football on the LSU 8-yard line with a 24-17 lead with 2:15 left to go in the fourth quarter.
Unfortunately, running back Treshaun Ward fumbled the halfback toss on 3rd & goal at the LSU 1-yard line and the Tigers’ defense recovered the fumble. Seminole fans were now in panic mode as they had a chance to close out the game, but now the LSU offense had an opportunity to drive 99 yards to tie or win the game outright. The Tigers certainly made it interesting as they went 11 plays, 99 yards to trail the Seminoles by a score of 24-23. They were a PAT away from tying the contest and going to overtime. However, reserve defensive back Shyheim Brown had other plans as he blocked LSU kicker Damian Ramos’s extra-point attempt to give Florida State the 24-23 victory.
What a time to be alive! The “Block at the Bayou” matchup certainly had anxiety levels through the roof.