Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

PRIDE ON LINE . . . but Little Else for FSU

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

PRIDE ON LINE . . . but Little Else for FSU

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TALLAHASSEE -- Pride used to be the one intangible that made

the Miami-Florida State football series something special.

The players took pride in knowing that the nation was watching

to see which team would emerge from the game as the team to beat

for the national title. They took pride in trying to back up a

week's worth of trash talk on a Saturday afternoon. And they

took pride in the fact that no matter how heated the game

became, there would always be a post-game embrace between the

winners and losers.

"There was no hate there," said former FSU defensive tackle

Eric Hayes, who endured losses in 1987 and '88 that denied the

'Noles a pair of national titles. "They just wanted to win the

game, and we wanted to win the game. There was always a lot of

love there."

Today's 41st meeting between the fourth-ranked Seminoles and

Hurricanes at Doak Campbell Stadium is still about a different

kind of pride.

The difference?

Pride is about the only thing at stake for the downtrodden

Hurricanes (1-3), who are off to their worst start in 21

seasons.

Miami enters the game a 22-point underdog, the largest spread in

FSU coach Bobby Bowden's 22-year tenure. Reeling from NCAA

sanctions that sapped the program of 31 scholarships over the

past three seasons, the 'Canes have lost three consecutive games

for the first time since 1975.

"There's a lot of pride at stake in this game," Miami coach

Butch Davis said. "Certainly this would give us a great

opportunity to turn the whole season around."

The Seminoles (3-0) remain wary, having been burned enough

times by the four-time national champion Hurricanes in the past.

"We've got to prepare for a different Miami team coming in here

than what we've seen at times on film," said FSU middle

linebacker Daryl Bush. "They will be very emotional, they will

be playing for pride. They don't want to go 1-4."

"What everybody doesn't realize is they're going to be as

pumped as they can be," FSU quarterback Thad Busby added. "This

could save their season."

Bowden has spent the past two weeks spreading that message to

his team, which is gunning for a third consecutive win against

the 'Canes. …

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