Clemson-FSU: This has the makings of a classic

Clemson-FSU: This has the makings of a classic


Clemson-FSU: This has the makings of a classic


There are a lot of similarities between this game and the 1992 Clemson-FSU clash, but the Tigers have one thing they did not have in 1992. What is it? 

By Will Vandervort

A lot of people will go back to 1988 for the “Puntrooskie” game as the more memorable moment in the Clemson-Florida State series. And perhaps there is good reason for that.

It was a great game. The Seminoles had Deon Sanders—perhaps the greatest cornerback to ever play the game—the Tigers had a defense that had six of its 11 starters go on to start in the NFL. It was two of the best programs of the 1980s going head-to-head in the first and only matchup between top 10 teams in Death Valley history until this year’s Georgia game.

Then there was Leroy Butler’s 78-yard run with game tied in the final minutes on a play the late Beano Cook called the greatest play since “My Fair Lady.” It was a classic, but it’s not the one to compare Saturday night’s game to.

I don’t know if there is a game that can compare to what we all will see in Death Valley this Saturday night when No. 3 Clemson host No. 5 Florida State in the first ever top 5 matchup in the 71-year history of Clemson Memorial Stadium.

However, with that said, there is one game with some similarities that takes me back.

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