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70-Year Nole Anniversary: FSU Records Its Largest Margin of Victory Ever

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For a team that has three national championships to its name and finished in the AP top 5 in 14 straight seasons from 1987 to 2000, blowout victories for Florida State haven’t been exactly rare over the years. The largest margin of victory for the Seminoles ever, however, came in their third season and on this day seven decades ago.

FSU opened its 1949 campaign against Whiting Field on Oct. 1. When all was said and done that afternoon, the Seminoles rolled to an easy 74-0 victory.

In front of a crowd of less than 7,000, FSU tallied 504 yards to just 77 for Whiting Field. The Seminoles led 48-0 at halftime and 68-0 entering the final quarter. FSU scored in all three facets of the game.

Ernie Reddick scored three touchdowns for FSU with one coming on a rush, one on a reception and one on a 20-yard interception return. Buddy Strauss rushed for a pair of touchdowns. Ralph Chaudron added a rushing touchdown to go with a 75-yard punt return for a score.

Also finding the end zone for FSU were Ken MacLean, Charlie Johnson, Red Parish and capping the scoring was Irwin Hanson early in the fourth quarter. The Seminoles nearly hit 80 as the contest ended with them just one yard from the end zone.

The school record of 74 points would last 36 years before FSU topped Tulsa 76-14 on Oct. 19, 1985. That record was topped 10 years later as Danny Kanell threw five touchdowns in a 77-17 win over NC State in 1995. The current record is 80 points, set in a win over Idaho on Senior Day during FSU’s national championship season of 2013.

Although it was challenged a couple years ago in a 77-6 win over Delaware State, the 74-point win remains the largest margin of victory in Florida State program history. It happened on this day 70 years ago.

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