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Florida State hopes to play its first football game in four weeks on Saturday.
Set to come to Tallahassee is a team that has never defeated the Seminoles — Duke. It will be the first meeting between the teams since 2017 and the first at Doak Campbell Stadium in eight years.
Although the series has been severely one-sided, it’s one worth revisiting. Here’s a look at the top five moments for FSU vs. Duke:
5. Akers’ Long TD Run Lifts FSU
FSU 17, Duke 10
Oct. 14, 2017
In the 20 meetings between Duke and Florida State, only one contest was decided by fewer than 19 points. That was the last meeting and required heroics from running back Cam Akers. With the score knotted 10-10 midway through the fourth quarter, Akers slipped a tackle past the line of scrimmage and hit the sideline. Akers went 42 yards for the go-ahead touchdown, finishing with 115 yards on the afternoon.
4. Warrick Puts On a Show in Jacksonville
(1) FSU 51, Duke 23
Oct. 2, 1999 (Jacksonville)
Instead of Durham, the 1999 contest between FSU and Duke was played in Jacksonville. FSU wide receiver Peter Warrick wasted little time making his mark. Less than 12 minutes in, Warrick was on the receiving end of three Chris Weinke touchdown passes. Warrick would add a touchdown pass of his own on a 35-yard scoring strike to Laveranues Coles. FSU built a 44-0 halftime lead before cruising to victory.
3. FSU Records First ACC Win
Duke 21, (4) FSU 48
Sept. 5, 1992
Duke was present for a historic day for Florida State. The Seminoles’ 1992 opener was the program’s first game as a member of the ACC. FSU wasted little time taking control of the contest. Leon Fowler set the tone with a 94-yard interception return for a touchdown less than five minutes in. In his first career start, quarterback Charlie Ward overcame four interceptions with 353 total yards and five total touchdowns. Kez McCorvey was on the receiving end of three Ward touchdown passes. Fowler added a second interception while John Davis tallied two of the six FSU sacks.
2. Weinke Passes for FSU Record 536 Yards
Duke 14, (7) FSU 63
Oct. 14, 2000
FSU was fresh off its first loss in 20 games when quarterback Chris Weinke took out his frustrations on Duke. Weinke passed for an FSU record 536 yards and five touchdowns in a rout of the Blue Devils. Atrews Bell was on the receiving end of two of those touchdown tosses. Marvin Minnis, Anquan Boldin and Robert Morgan all caught touchdowns in the victory. Cornerback Rufus Brown put the exclamation point on the win with a 28-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
1. FSU Rolls to ACC Repeat
(20) Duke 7, (1) FSU 45
Dec. 7, 2013 (ACC Championship)
Duke surprised the ACC with its first Coastal division title in 2013. Its reward? A date with one of college football’s best teams ever. After a slow offensive start, the Seminoles erupted for the game’s first 45 points. Quarterback and eventual Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston passed for 330 yards and accounted for four total touchdowns in the win. Two of his three touchdown tosses went to Kelvin Benjamin. The Seminoles finished with 569 yards of offense while Telvin Smith and Lamarcus Joyner each came away with interceptions. It was the second of three straight ACC titles for FSU, which would go on to win the national championship.