26. Auburn 27 vs. Florida State 24 – Oct. 1, 1983
How I Remember It: I was born in 1982, so obviously I don’t remember anything first-hand about this game. I have been told by a few old fogies that this was a great one in terms of Auburn’s run for the should-have-been National Championship. I’ve seen a few clips and I know there was a late comeback, but that’s about it.
What Really Happened: Auburn was ranked 10th in the nation, while the Seminoles were 17th coming into this rivalry game. Al Del Greco kicked two field goals in the first half as Auburn took a 20-10 lead into halftime.
Florida State would score a touchdown in each quarter of the second half to take a 24-20 lead. Randy Campbell then led a 74-yard drive, ending it with a 15 yard touchdown pass to Lionel James with 1:59 minutes left in the game.
Florida State would threaten at the very end, but linebacker Gregg Carr would solidify the win with an interception.
Fun Fact: Auburn and Florida State have played 18 times, with Auburn leading the series 13-4-1.
Why did I pick this game? Auburn’s 1983 team was one of the best, and as mentioned above, should have won the National Championship. There was no way I could leave a game from that season off the list, especially with the great comeback at the end.
Play of the Game: Randy Campbell’s touchdown pass to Lionel James in the closing minutes of the game.
Player of the Game: Randy Campbell threw three touchdown passes, including the game winner.
Quote of the Game: “We won, leave me alone.” – Pat Dye (Sorry, couldn’t find one.)
National stories: AP
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