The most painful memories to older Seminole fans deal with were two words, “wide right.” 1991 and 1992 had potential to be national championship teams, just their seasons sailed some to the right. Since you are on a Florida State blog I shouldn’t have to elaborate anything on why the 1991 and 1992 games against Miami cut right down to the core. Also let us not forget how close the 1990 game was as well. I refuse to write about any of that today though, instead we are going to focus on the number one revenge game in Florida State history. This game is the 1993 national champions defeating the Miami Hurricanes. Defeat isn’t even a strong enough adjective to use in the 1993 game, the Seminoles crushed the souls of the Hurricanes

Fast Juggernaut Offense

Everyone knew 1993 was a special season, and when I say everyone I mean nationally! Florida State came into the season ranked number one, and deservingly so. With the birth of the fast break offense late in the 1992 season, people knew FSU was a force to be reckoned with in 1993.

Led by that seasons Heisman trophy winner Charlie Ward, the Noles would run defenses out of the stadium. Before the Miami game the offense already was averaging 45.6 points per game. They also destroyed nationally ranked Clemson 57-0 and North Carolina 33-7. When the Miami Hurricanes came to town there was only one thing on the Seminoles mind and that was revenge. Especially for a senior class that was 0-3 against the Canes thus far in their career.


Score! Score! Score!


Sean Jackson swept around right end and raced 69 yards to the end zone to give FSU the lead just 3:43 into the game.

On third and 10 from the FSU 28, Charlie Ward broke out of the pocket and scrambled to his right. On the run, he lofted a ball over two UM defenders to a streaking Matt Frier in stride for a 72-yard score.

Ward gave the Seminoles a 14 point halftime advantage when he scrambled into the end zone from two yards away early in quarter number two.

 Florida State strong safety Devin Bush, a Miami native, snatched a Frank Costa pass and went 40 yards for a score to provide the final margin. The interception was the first of Bush’s career. 


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Florida State 28 Miami 10


Many were worried about the #3 Hurricanes entering Tallahassee with the recent history. Everyone knew both teams were great, and it would probably be a close game. After the first quarter, you could tell there was a hefty bit of separation between the teams. Miami had no answer for the fast break offense as FSU racked up 450 yards of total offense and averaged 7.4 yards a play. The defense was also stiff, holding an elite Miami passing attack under 200 yards, and all without All-American and NFL Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks in the second half. The ten points would be the lowest Miami would be held to that regular season.


  • 1993 was the first win against Miami since 1989
  • Largest Margin of Victory against Miami since 1984
  • Since 1993 FSU is 16-10 against Miami
  • Since 1993 FSU has three national championships to Miami’s one



Previous Post in the Revenge Game Series

#5. FSU vs. NCSU 1999

#4. FSU vs. UVA 1996

#2t. FSU vs. Miami 2005

#2t. FSU vs. Florida 2010

#1. FSU vs. Miami 1993






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