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Sunday Centerpiece: Looking Back on Past Match-Ups Between FSU and LSU

Garnet and Great, FSU archivist

What had previously been reported became official this week. Florida State and reigning national champion LSU announced a 2-game series to take place in 2022 and 2023.

The first contest will take place in New Orleans on Sept. 4, 2022. On Sept. 3, 2023, the teams will meet at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

The Seminoles and Tigers have played some pretty meaningful games in other sports in recent years, including college baseball’s Super Regional last year. On the gridiron however, the teams haven’t met since 1991. Both teams have won three national championships since then.

Although it will be more than three decades since the teams squared off when they meet in the Superdome, they’re not completely unfamiliar with each other. There are nine prior meetings. The Seminoles have won seven of those.

Here’s a look back on the previous match-ups:

LSU 31, (19) FSU 27
Dec. 30, 1968 (Peach Bowl)

The first meeting between the schools, only bowl meeting and only contest on a neutral field came in the Peach Bowl to cap the 1968 season. FSU trailed 24-13 after three quarters, but used a pair of touchdown passes from Bill Cappleman to Ron Sellers to take the lead with just over six minutes to go. Unfortunately for FSU, it would not hold up. Maurice LeBlanc scored from three yards out with less than three minutes to play as LSU overcame five turnovers to top FSU.

(8) FSU 24, LSU 19
Oct. 27, 1979

More than a decade after the first meeting, FSU got its first win over LSU and did so in Baton Rouge. The Tigers led 13-7, but Florida State responded with 17 straight points. Jimmy Jordan passed for 312 yards and three touchdowns for the Seminoles in the win. Jackie Flowers caught six passes for 174 yards and a score in the win. With 3:22 to go, Steve Ensminger’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Carlos Carson pulled LSU to within five, but Monk Bonasorte’s second interception of the day sealed the win for the Seminoles.

(13) FSU 16, LSU 0
Sept. 6, 1980

In the season opener for both teams, Florida State and LSU each finished with fewer than 250 yards. The difference was four LSU turnovers. Paul Piurowski totaled 13 tackles for the Seminoles while Monk Bonasorte tallied an interception. After three Bill Capece field goals, Sam Platt scored the game’s only touchdown late in the third quarter.

(20) FSU 38, LSU 14
Oct. 24, 1981

The LSU defense had no answer for Florida State running back Greg Allen. Allen rushed for a then FSU record 202 yards and a touchdown as the Seminoles never trailed. Rick Stockstill added a pair of touchdown passes in the win. Billy Allen also returned a kickoff 97 yards for a score. Garry Futch and James Harris each had three sacks for an FSU defense that tallied eight. LSU’s Alan Risher passed for 287 yards and rushed for a touchdown in the loss.

(7) FSU 21, (12) LSU 55
Nov. 20, 1982

The most points scored in the series came from LSU late in the 1982 season as the Tigers blasted the Seminoles. LSU finished with 620 yards of offense, including 385 yards on the ground. A touchdown pass and rush from FSU quarterback Kelly Lowrey evened the game at 14 in the second quarter, but the Tigers responded with 35 straight points. LSU running back Dalton Hilliard accounted for 233 yards of total offense and four total touchdowns. Alan Risher passed for three touchdowns in the LSU win.

(12) FSU 40, (13) LSU 35
Sept. 10, 1983

LSU and FSU met in five straight seasons from 1979 to 1983 and the final of those was a shootout. For the second time in three years, Greg Allen eclipsed the 200-yard rushing mark for the Seminoles against LSU. Allen rushed for 201 yards and a touchdown. The Seminoles fell behind 14-0 early, but responded with 33 straight points. FSU’s Kelly Lowrey passed for 233 yards and accounted for four total touchdowns with three coming on the ground. Brian McCrary had two interceptions for an FSU defense that forced four turnovers. LSU’s Dalton Hilliard finished with 128 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Garry James scored two touchdowns in the final minute for LSU to make the final score look closer than the game actually was.

FSU 31, (21) LSU 21
Sept. 16, 1989

After an 0-2 start to the season, Florida State rallied in the fourth quarter to top LSU and begin a 10-game winning streak to end the season. FSU led 17-6 in the third quarter, but a pair of touchdowns from Eddie Fuller — one rushing and one receiving — gave the Tigers a 21-17 lead early in the fourth. FSU responded with back-to-back 7-yard touchdown runs from quarterback Peter Tom Willis and fullback Edgar Bennett. Willis passed for 301 yards in the win and also threw a touchdown pass to Terry Anthony, who caught seven balls for 101 yards. As a team, FSU racked up 522 yards of offense.

LSU 3, (12) FSU 42
Oct. 27, 1990

Legendary FSU head coach Bobby Bowden’s 200th career victory was marred by a late-game fight that started after a late hit was called on Florida State linebacker Kirk Carruthers. In the only meeting between the teams in Tallahassee, FSU put up 468 yards of offense. Amp Lee rushed for three touchdowns in the win. Casey Weldon passed for 229 yards and a touchdown to Shannon Baker, who made an incredible catch on the last play of the first half. Carruthers finished with 13 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Safeties Leon Fowler and John Davis each recorded interceptions in the win.

(1) FSU 27, LSU 16
Oct. 26, 1991

The last meeting between the teams saw LSU race to a 13-0 lead and take a 16-14 advantage into the final quarter against top-ranked Florida State. William Floyd’s short touchdown run less than a minute into the fourth quarter put the Seminoles ahead for good. Amp Lee’s third touchdown of the day and second rushing four minutes later capped the scoring. Lee finished with 112 yards rushing in the win. Errol McCorvey and Leon Fowler each recorded interceptions for an FSU defense that held the Tigers scoreless in the second half.

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