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Memorable Game: September 23, 1967: Legion Field, Birmingham AL -
Bear Was Fit to be Tied
Alabama had allowed only 37 points in the entire 1966 season. Little did they know that, when the Tide hosted Florida State in their 1967 opener, the Seminoles would score that many in one game – and still not win!
  • Coach Bill Peterson's Seminoles were decided underdogs after their 33-13 loss at Houston the week before.
  • 1966 had produced a 6-5 record ending with a 28-20 loss to Wyoming in the Sun Bowl.
  • The Tide, on the other hand, had run the table in 1966, 11-0. However, they finished #3 after the infamous Notre Dame-Mich­igan State "Game of the Century" tie.
The Seminoles weren't intimidated by the largest crowd in their history, 71,299 in Legion Field, Birmingham.
  • FSU jumped to a 14-0 lead on QB Kim Hammond's TD pass to WR Ron Sellers and DB Walt Sumner's 75y punt return.
  • Stung, Alabama fought back behind QB Ken Stabler's TD run and 51-yard TD pass to WR Dennis Homan to take a 15-14 lead. Joe Kelley had started in place of Kenny because of the latter's off- season rules violations.
  • However, the 'Noles kept moving the ball against Bear's vaunted defense, taking leads of 17-15 and then 24-22 at halftime.

Whatever Bryant said to his boys at halftime didn't work because they couldn't put away the Noles.

  • FSU extended its lead to 27-22 in Q3, during which they held Bama scoreless.
  • A Tide TD and 2-point conversion and another FSU FG produced a 30-30 tie in Q4.
  • HB Ed Morgan ran 3y for a TD set up by Stabler's 55y pass to Homan.
  • But Hammond passed FSU 65y on a drive that culminated in an 8y TD to HB Bill Moreman.
  • Peterson decided to kick the tying point that ended Alabama's 17-game winning streak. He said afterwards: I wasn't going to mess up 60 minutes of great effort by failing on a two-point try.

Hammond's 280 yards in aerials left Coach Bryant moaning about his pass defense (or lack thereof). The 37 points remain the most ever scored by the Crimson Tide in a tie game.

This is the weakest defensive team I ever put on the field. They gave less effort than any team I ever put out there. But I'm being critical of myself. I didn't do my job well or they wouldn't have been that bad.
We didn't lose the game tonight. We lost the game last spring and last week. I couldn't convince the defense they were pitiful. I couldn't convince you gentlemen of the press, either. Everything about the defense was poor. They've forgotten what it takes to play defense.
But if I had contributed anything from the bench, we would have won the ballgame.

Both teams had good seasons.

  • Bama finished the season 8-2-1 with a loss to Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl, Bear's first defeat at the hands of a former player (Gene Stallings). The Tide didn't give up more than 24 points in any game the rest of the way. They shut out two opponents and held four others to seven or fewer points.
  • FSU won its last seven games (including its first ever victory in Gainesville) to finish 7-2-1 and earn a trip to the Gator Bowl, where they tied Penn State 17-17.

FSU Coach Bill Peterson
Bill Peterson

Alabama Coach Bear Bryant
Bear Bryant

FSU-Alabama 1967
FSU-Alabama action 1967


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Seminole Sidelines Archives – I

Birth of the Seminoles
Dedication of Doak Campbell Stadium
Bear Was Fit to be Tied
Rock Bottom in Tallahassee
First Season
"Our team cheated ... and we still couldn't beat him."
First Bowl Game
Bobby Wouldn't Quit

Seminole Sidelines Archives – II

#1 Fan
1988 Fiesta Bowl
Are You Stupid?
Birth of the Sod Cemetery
Fred Biletnikoff
Birth of the Fast Break Offense
Memorable Game: LSU 1991
First Air Trip
First SEC Win
First Peach Bowl

Seminole Sidelines Archives – III

Puntrooskie
He Coulda Been a Star
When Johnny U Came to Tallahassee
Bobby's First Gator Win
"Most Memorable Month"
A Stand for the Ages
The "Dirty Jerseys" Game
27 Fumbles in One Game

Seminole Sidelines Archives – IV

Offside? OK, Do It Again.
Florida 1960
Two Backups Beat ASU
Profile: Ron Sellers
Colossal Upset - Almost
Losing Streak Finally Ends
First - Renegade Appears
"The Most Bizarre of His Victories"
Notre Dame Comeback #1
Notre Dame Comeback #2

Seminole Sidelines Archives – V

First Victory over Miami
Birth of "Huff the Magic Dragon"
Can Anybody Here Snap the Ball?
Same Foe, Same Score
A Big Win
First Win at Auburn
Bobby's Ties (I-IV)

Seminole Sidelines Archives – VI

#1 vs #2 Miami 1991
#1 vs #2 Notre Dame 1993
#1 vs #2 Nebraska 1994 Orange Bowl
#1 vs #2 Florida 1996
#1 vs #2 Tennessee 1998
#1 vs #2 Virginia Tech 1999
#1 vs #2 Oklahoma 2000

Seminole Sidelines Archives – VII

First Game against Florida
First Game at Michigan
Maybe the Video Wasn't Such a Good Idea
Live by the Rooskie, Die by the Rooskie
Profile: Jameis Winston

First Undefeated Season (I-IV)
"The Zaniest Game in Miami's History"
When Bowden Faced Saban

Seminole Sidelines Archives – VIII

Auburn Fires the Last Shot
Profile: Warrick Dunn - I, II, III, IV

Seminole Sidelines Archives – 1979 Bobby's First Undefeated Season

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