Florida State–Georgia Tech football rivalry

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Florida State–Georgia Tech football rivalry
First meeting November 22, 1952 (modern day)
Georgia Tech 30, Florida State 0
Latest meeting December 6, 2014
Florida State 37, Georgia Tech 35
Next meeting October 24, 2015
Meetings total 24
All-time series Florida State leads, 14–9–1
Largest victory Florida State, 51–0 (1993)
Longest win streak Florida State, 12 (1992–2003)
Current win streak Florida State, 2 (2012–present)

The Florida State–Georgia Tech football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Florida State Seminoles football team of Florida State University and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team of Georgia Tech. The schools first played each other in 1902 and then played each other annually from 1992 until 2003 when the ACC created a division structure, splitting the two. Since the ACC initiated divisional play in 2005, the two teams have competed in separate divisions, limiting the teams meetings. The two teams last met in the 2014 ACC Championship Game with Florida State winning 37–35.

About the rivalry[edit]

The school that is now Florida State University was known prior to 1900 as the "West Florida Seminary", and from 1901-1905 as "Florida State College" or FSC. In the years 1902-1905, FSC fielded a football team that played intercollegiately, including two games at Georgia Tech. The first game between FSC and Tech was in Atlanta on Nov, 7, 1903, won by Tech 17-0. The second game between FSC and Tech was also in Atlanta, won convincingly by Tech 35-0 on October 8, 1904. In 1905, the state legislature of Florida segregated the state schools of higher learning by race and gender effectively ending men's intercollegiate competition at FSC (which became Florida State College for Women, the men were shipped to a new University of Florida in Gainesville) until coeducation returned in 1947. Neither FSU nor Georgia Tech counts the two early games at present.

The series resumed in modern times in 1952. In the modern years prior to the two teams facing off as conference opponents, Georgia Tech was 7–0–1 against Florida State. Since joining the ACC, Florida State has dominated the series winning 12 straight before losing at Georgia Tech in 2008.

For Florida State, it is considered a regional rivalry. Georgia Tech is located in Atlanta, Georgia which is the closest ACC team to travel to at 229 miles (369 km).[1] For Georgia Tech, the majority of recent games against the Seminoles have ended when they have been in a position to come away with a win with heartbreaking losses and nail-biting victories. While not regarded as a true rivalry in the strictest of terms, the contests between the two schools have provided multiple late game heroics to take the victory. In the last 9 meetings, 8 games have been decided by less than one score.[2]

Notable games[edit]

2002: Florida State, 21-Georgia Tech, 13 – Stanford Samuels game-saving pick in the end zone with 20 seconds left ensured the victory for the Seminoles.

2003: Florida State, 14-Georgia Tech, 13 – Chris Rix orchestrates two touchdown drives with 7:09 left in the final quarter for the come from behind victory.

2008: Georgia Tech, 31-Florida State, 28 – A last-minute fumble by Marcus Sims at the goal-line cost Florida State a chance to complete a comeback. Florida State had beaten Georgia Tech 12 consecutive times, dating back to 1975.

2009: Georgia Tech, 49-Florida State, 44 – A shoot-out win gives the Yellow Jackets their first win in Tallahassee.

2012: Florida State, 21-Georgia Tech, 15 – Karlos Williams intercepts Tevin Washington with just a minute left to lead the Seminoles to the ACC Championship.

2014: Florida State, 37-Georgia Tech, 35Jameis Winston leads the Seminoles to their record 29th straight victory and to their third straight ACC Championship.

Game results[edit]

Florida State victories Georgia Tech victories Tie games
# Date Location Winning team Losing team
1 November 22, 1952 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 30 Florida State 0
2 October 22, 1955 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 34 Florida State 0
3 September 26, 1956 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 17 Florida State 3
4 November 10, 1962 Atlanta, GA Tie 14 Tie 14
5 November 9, 1963 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 15 Florida State 7
6 September 19, 1970 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 23 Florida State 13
7 November 13, 1971 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 12 Florida State 6
8 October 4, 1975 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 30 Florida State 0
9 October 17, 1992 Atlanta, GA Florida State 29 Georgia Tech 24
10 October 2, 1993 Tallahassee, FL Florida State 51 Georgia Tech 0
11 November 5, 1994 Atlanta, GA Florida State 41 Georgia Tech 10
12 October 21, 1995 Tallahassee, FL Florida State 42 Georgia Tech 10
13 November 2, 1996 Atlanta, GA Florida State 49 Georgia Tech 3
# Date Location Winning team Losing team
14 October 18, 1997 Tallahassee, FL Florida State 38 Georgia Tech 0
15 October 24, 1998 Atlanta, GA Florida State 34 Georgia Tech 7
16 September 11, 1999 Tallahassee, FL Florida State 41 Georgia Tech 35
17 September 9, 2000 Atlanta, GA Florida State 26 Georgia Tech 21
18 December 1, 2001 Tallahassee, FL Florida State 28 Georgia Tech 17
19 November 9, 2002 Atlanta, GA Florida State 21 Georgia Tech 13
20 September 13, 2003 Tallahassee, FL Florida State 14 Georgia Tech 13
21 November 1, 2008 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 31 Florida State 28
22 October 10, 2009 Tallahassee, FL Georgia Tech 49 Florida State 44
23 December 1, 2012 Charlotte, NC Florida State 21 Georgia Tech 15
24 December 6, 2014 Charlotte, NC Florida State 37 Georgia Tech 35
Series: Florida State leads 14–9–1


  1. ^ "ACC Rivalries of the Future". Bleacher Report. 2010-08-13. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  2. ^ "Review The Rivalry: The Florida State Seminoles". From The Rumble Seat. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  3. ^ Jones, James (1973). FSU One Time! A History of Seminole Football. Tallahassee, FL: Sentry Press. p. v-vi.