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Nostalgic Friday: Auburn vs. Florida State 1984

By on August 10th, 2018 in Football, Memories 11 Comments »

Indomitable Freddy Weygand scored a touchdwn in Auburn's 1984 win over Florida State

The 1984 Florida State game in Tallahassee is without question the best game that was never seen by most Auburn fans. It’s my all time favorite. Despite pairing two top twenty teams, no networks picked up the game—what a shame.

No, it didn’t have the importance of an Alabama or Georgia match-up, but for sheer excitement, it’s one of the best I’ve ever witnessed.

It was a seesaw battle that went back and fourth for four quarters. Auburn came into the game ranked 16th after starting the season number one in both polls. FSU was ranked ninth. The Tigers were a sizable underdog. Brent Fullwood scored the winning touchdown with seconds to go.



  1. easyedwin easyedwin says:

    My wife and I attended this game. We had tickets from White Nursery that were in the heart of Nole section and were asked by Nole fans how we got our tickets [Nole fans were not happy to have us screaming War Eagle in their section]. We stood the entire game. FSU fans stand as a tradition. Our baby sitter was an FSU alumn and she was heartbroken at the loss. We paid her well out of sympathy. That game rivaled the 17-16 game for excitement.

  2. ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

    We were at this game also — I honestly didn’t know it wasn’t televised until I read Jay’s column. And, yes, this was one of those games where no one lost interest and wasn’t over until the very end. Thanks, Jay, for the memories!

  3. sullivan013 sullivan013 says:

    I always seemed to miss many of the classic games from that period despite being little more than an hour or two away.

    I didn’t see Bo go ‘over the top’ in 1982 – I was in Basic Training in Fort Knox at the time and it was too early in our cycle to earn any weekends off, or TV privileges for that matter.

    And for this game I was at Officer Candidate School pushing away Fort Benning until my TAC officer got tired.

    But I do remember getting a glimpse of the Columbus Enquirer’s write up after church that Sunday. Not that I was that religious, mind you, but we were allowed to attend – and they happened to have stacks of newspapers for the Airborne students and OCS candidates who showed up in the annex and if you were lucky you could scan the sports section for about 10-15 minutes to read what the Tigers did the day prior.

    As we were expected to always tell the truth, the only dread was if the TAC Officer might ask what I remembered from the Homily and I’d be stuck giving him stats from the game.

    Luckily, he never did.

  4. AUwaterboy AUwaterboy says:

    Like most fans, I was unable to attend. But I listen to Jim Fyffe call the game on the radio. It was one of my favorite games that "Mr Touchdown Auburn!" ever called. Sat on the edge of my seat except for jumping and hollering every time the Tigers scored.


    • AUwaterboy AUwaterboy says:

      And it was good to hear his voice again this morning. Thanks Jay.

      • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

        Yep. I listen to it on the radio too. Always remember Fyffe’s, “It’s a wild and woolly game here at Doak Campbell Stadium!”

        While there’s no one that could have followed Jim Fyffe any better than Rod Bramblett, I get goose bumps just listening to old tapes of Fyffe. His voice was synonymous with Auburn football and he was taken from us way too early.

  5. Older Whiskey says:

    A fabulous game, possibly the most entertaining for a non-partisan in Auburn history. Way too bad it wasn’t televised, so glad I was there. This game had a little bit of everything, including a play on which Auburn drew three 15-yard penalties. If I tried to describe it all, my comment would be twice as long as Jay’s original article, so I’ll settle for this: FSU may have lost the game on the coin toss. I got this from the Bobby Bowden show. CBB had instructed his captains to defer if they won the toss, so the Noles could have the ball first in the second half; but after winning the toss, they got confused and told the refs they wanted to kick off. So, Auburn got the ball to start both halves. As you saw above, we ran that 2d half KO back for a TD. And after all the drama of our game-winning drive, FSU got the ball back across midfield before time ran out.

  6. AUglenn says:

    I wasn't alive in 1984, but I've heard about this game. Thanks for posting the video.
    One question for someone: I noticed the scoreboard said there was 83 points and close to 1,000 total yards put up in this game, Was that out of the ordinary for 1984? I thought teams especially SEC teams were all about defense back then?

  7. Older Whiskey says:

    Auburn averaged 27.6 ppg in 1984. Held to a FG by Florida, shut out Cincinnati 60-0. We also averaged giving up about 20 ppg. The defense had slipped considerably from the 1983 team. I believe it was after this season that Dye rededicated himself to the defense, resulting in the great defensive teams of 1986-1988.

    This was about Bowden’s 6th or 7th season at FSU, and he had brought FSU to national prominence by playing very tough schedules. He had assembled a team with a lot of offensive weapons. Eric Thomas was the QB, very good ballhandler and passer. At tailback was All-American Greg Allen, and they also had Roosevelt Sykes, who gave us a lot of trouble. Two great receivers, Jesse Hester and another one whose name escapes me at the moment.

    We had Fullwood, Kyle Collins, and Collis Campbell at RB, with Pat Washington at QB and Freddy Weygand as his main receiver. So we had two teams with a lot of offense and less than stellar defenses. We were still running the ‘bone at this time,and Washington ran the ball a lot; but Fullwood was the horsepower, with Bo out with the separated shoulder. The funny thing is, we won every game when Bo was out. We lost every game he was in, except the Liberty Bowl.