Flashback Friday: 'Noles go west, Nebraska goes home

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By: Ryan Kelly | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
August 17, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- On New Year’s Day in 1994, the Florida State Seminoles took the field against Nebraska seeking a National Championship. On the same day four years earlier, the ‘Noles were playing Nebraska for national respect.

A 41-17 final score will do that.

The 1990 Fiesta Bowl saw FSU take on the Cornhuskers for the sixth time in a decade, with the previous five meetings tilted in a 3-2 Seminole advantage. Florida State was riding high on a nine-game winning streak after dropping its first two games of the season to Southern Miss and Clemson.

The two game skid to start the season had virtually eliminated the ‘Noles from title contention despite victories at LSU and Florida and home wins over Auburn and Miami (the Hurricanes' lone loss of the year).

Many of the garnet and gold faithful felt like the Seminoles were the best team in football by the end of the 1989 season and a date with the 'Huskers was the perfect chance to prove it.

Seminole quarterback Peter Tom Willis led an air assault for the ages, going 25-for-40 for a staggering 422 yards, hooking up with Ronald Lewis five times for 108 yards.

Defensively, Kirk Carruthers amassed 12 tackles (11 unassisted) and Odell Haggins recovered a fumble that would help seal the fate of the Huskers as well as recording five tackles of his own.

The preceding video is the raw, unedited footage WCTV’s cameras captured on the field on a red letter day in the history of Seminole football including highlights, crowd shots, sideline reaction and interviews with some of the greatest names in Florida State football.

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