Bowden Memories Headed to Colorado

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Colorado has been good to Florida State coach Bobby Bowden.

Although Bowden will be coaching his first game in the Rocky Mountain state Saturday against Colorado, it's where he engineered a recruiting coup nearly 15 years ago when he landed Scott Bentley. His game-winning kick gave the Seminoles their first national championship in the 1993 season.

Bowden was frustrated by missed kicks that cost Florida State possible national titles. So he went to the Denver suburb of Aurora to persuade Bentley that he'd be better off in Tallahassee and not at Notre Dame, where coach Lou Holtz was hoping to land the strong-legged placekicker.

And since Bentley's father, Bob, was a Notre Dame alum, it took some persuasion. Bowden says a former Seminoles assistant coach really did all the work out there and did a good job of selling him.

Bentley is trying to round up enough tickets for friends and family to help him cheer for the Seminoles this weekend when they match 1-1 records with the Buffaloes.

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