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FTRS Retrospective: 2009 @ FSU

When Paul Johnson faced the Florida State Seminoles, it was electric. From 2008 to 2015, his Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket teams faced the ‘Noles five times, and each one was an instant classic. I’ve written paeans to the 2008 and 2015 games in Atlanta, and the 2012 and 2014 ACC championships will get their due one day. Today I’m here to talk about the game where things got truly electric.

The lightning game of 2009.

2009 had not been a kind year to Florida State. The dynasty years of the 1990s and late 80s grew ever distant in the rearview mirror; after winning at least ten games every year from 1987 to 2000, the Seminoles had only done so once since, in 2003.