Bobby Bowden stood on the sidelines, unaware that this would be his last season at Florida State.
History was about to be written.
Despite the annual hiccup to Miami and a concerning performance against Jacksonville State, the Seminoles had destroyed a top-10 Brigham Young team in Provo.
The state of the Tribe was cautiously optimistic.
Despite having E.J. Manuel, then just a heralded recruit from Virginia Beach, taking his first start at quarterback, FSU was expected to compete—and beat—the upstart South Florida Bulls football program.
Hopes of national relevance were dashed as the Seminoles lost 17-7 at home.
Not only did Manuel lose his debut, but the loss proved a turning point in Seminoles' history. The team barely made a bowl game, and Bowden was let go.
Needless to say, Florida State has plenty to motivate them going in to Tampa.
But how will they handle success? Will their first road trip all season derail their national championship aspirations?