30-Year Nole Anniversary: FSU Football Tops Virginia to Clinch First ACC Title, 13-3
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30-Year Nole Anniversary: FSU Football Tops Virginia to Clinch First ACC Title, 13-3

Upon entering the ACC, Florida State football won the conference its each of its first nine seasons. But as the old adage goes, you never forget your first.

It wasn’t a thing of beauty, but Halloween night in Charlottesville was a happy one for the garnet and gold. On this day 30 years ago, the Seminoles topped Virginia in a top-25 matchup to win the ACC outright, 13-3.

The story of the night on Oct. 31, 1992 was the FSU defense. The sixth-ranked Seminoles held No. 23 Virginia to just 195 yards and forced three turnovers. Derrick Brooks led the way with nine tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks. Clifton Abraham and Corey Sawyer each came down with interceptions.

Offensively, FSU finished with 413 yards, including 285 yards rushing. The contest was close well into the second half, however.

For almost three quarters, a 27-yard pass from Charlie Ward to Tamarick Vanover had accounted for the game’s only touchdown. With less than a minute to play in the third, Ward rushed for another — this one from 16 yards out. The defense did the rest.

Tiger McMillon powered the FSU offense with 138 yards rushing. He also caught five passes for 45 yards.


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Recap and box score:
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Photos:
Garnet and Great


FSU would complete a perfect ACC slate a week later with a 69-21 thrashing of Maryland. The Seminoles would not only win an ACC title in each of their first nine seasons in the conference, but they also won their first 29 ACC games.

Since FSU entered the conference, no team has won more ACC titles than the Seminoles. All-time, only Clemson has more. FSU wrapped up its first outright ACC crown on this day three decades ago.

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