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FSU’s Top 5 Moments Against Boston College

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Florida State will wrap up ACC play and attempt to avoid allowing the nation’s longest bowl streak to end on Saturday as Boston College invades Doak Campbell Stadium.

Relatively speaking, the Seminoles and Eagles have a brief history against one another, although that has been changing since Boston College joined the ACC. FSU and Boston College will meet for just the 17th time.

As usual, we will count down the five greatest moments for Florida State against Boston College. Narrowly missing the list were the 1976 road upset for FSU in what would be Bobby Bowden’s first road win as head coach and the 2015 Friday night shutout in which Jalen Ramsey scored a defensive touchdown and Everett Golson laid a punishing block.

5. Aguayo Preserves Winning Streak
Boston College 17, (3) Florida State 20
Nov. 22, 2014

Defending national champion Florida State’s 26-game winning streak looked to be in jeopardy during the 2014 ACC finale against Boston College at Doak Campbell Stadium. With the score tied 17-17 in the fourth quarter, the Eagles had reached the FSU 25-yard-line before eventually stalling with less than five minutes to play. After Alex Howell’s field goal attempt went wide, FSU was able to get the ball back and march 66 yards to the Boston College 8-yard-line. With seconds to play, kicker Roberto Aguayo trotted onto the field to try a 26-yard field goal attempt. Aguayo’s kick split the uprights as FSU completed a perfect ACC slate and extended the school-record winning streak to 27 games.

4. Reed Goes 42 Yards
Boston College 19, (16) Florida State 24
Oct. 16, 2010

Thanks largely to four FSU turnovers including a Christian Ponder interception that was returned 41 yards for a score by Jim Noel, the Seminoles found themselves on the short end of a 19-17 score early in the fourth quarter against Boston College in 2010. That’s when head coach Jimbo Fisher decided to utilize his speed. After a big kickoff return from Greg Reid and a first down, FSU faced 2nd-and-11 from the BC 42. Florida State elected to call a reverse for receiver Bert Reed, who outraced defenders for a 42-yard touchdown. That would serve as the game-winner as FSU was able to melt away the final 8:04 after getting a stop. Reed finished the day with a team-high 77 yards from scrimmage.

3. Welcome to the ACC
(8) Florida State 28, (17) Boston College 17
Sept. 17, 2005

With College Gameday on the scene for the top-20 match-up and first ACC game for Boston College as a member of the conference, the Eagles were in for a rude awakening to ACC play. On the game’s very first play, FSU linebacker A.J. Nicholson intercepted Boston College’s Quinn Porter and returned it 19 yards for a touchdown. Nicholson’s second interception later in the quarter would set up FSU’s second touchdown on a 30-yard pass from Drew Weatherford to Greg Carr to go up 14-0. Boston College would answer with 17 straight points to go ahead, but Weatherford’s second touchdown pass to Carr with under 11 minutes to go put FSU ahead for good before Lorenzo Booker put the exclamation point on the win with a 4-yard touchdown run with 3:53 remaining. The win would serve as the ACC Atlantic tiebreaker as both teams finished 5-3 in conference. The Seminoles would go on to beat Virginia Tech for a 12th ACC title in 14 years.

2. Winston Plays Houdini Before Halftime
(8) Florida State 48, Boston College 34
Sept. 28, 2013

Behind a pair of Jameis Winston touchdown passes, Florida State had erased an early 17-3 deficit at Boston College in the final game of September 2013. With the score tied at 17, the Seminoles were looking for more points before halftime but time was running out as FSU scrambled to get another snap off from its own 45-yard-line. Just beating the first half clock, Winston took the shotgun snapped and somehow shook off multiple would-be sacks before heaving the ball downfield for Kenny Shaw, who found himself in man coverage. Shaw was able to pinpoint the football and haul it in for an improbable 55-yard touchdown that gave FSU its first lead and put the Seminoles ahead for good. Winston finished with 330 yards passing and four touchdowns in a 48-34 victory — a win that would be the closest of the regular season for the eventual national champion Seminoles.

1. Hayes’ Pick-6 Seals the Upset
Florida State 27, (2) Boston College 17
Nov. 3, 2007

Florida State never trailed second-ranked Boston College to open the month of November 2007, but with less than four minutes to play, the Eagles and star quarterback Matt Ryan got the ball back inside their own 10, down just 20-17. Boston College had marched past its own 30-yard-line, but with just over a minute to play, FSU linebacker Geno Hayes stepped in front of Ryan’s throw and returned it 38 yards for the game-sealing touchdown. It was the third FSU interception of Ryan on the night as FSU notched its first top-5 road victory since 1999. Drew Weatherford passed for 354 yards in the FSU victory. De’Cody Fagg finished with 111 yards receiving and a touchdown.

Mike Ferguson is the editor of The Daily Nole. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson

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