There were a few things as I sat in the upper deck that I found ironic.
1. When Harris took off for the longest Cane run of the night on their first drive, I had to shake my head as I remembered saying that I thought that Harris "could run" and extend drives but that he didn't "like to run." Later, he would use his feet to score their first TD. His feet concerned me, that for one night, he might find the "gumption" that the Canes so often have found against us over the years that they don't seem to show against other teams.
2. When Moody scored the TD, I jumped up and down and then remembered, "hey, the losing team has scored a defensive TD the last four games." When they reversed the call and put it at the one, I think I was the only Nole around that was actually happy with that. As I told people around me, "look, if we can't score a TD from their one on first and goal, we're not going to win anyway...."
3. Middle of the the third quarter, I got uneasy, as it felt like I was watching that damn horror movie that I've seen so many times in my life. Then I remembered, this staff doesn't care about that stuff. And it made me feel better....
4. The Canes had a great pregame video display with Michael Irvin talking about the 1987 comeback against us. That game, for them, is "the choke at Doak." It still hurts me tremendously. No matter what happens to me for literally the rest of my life in FSU football, that one will chap my ass until the day that I die. We win that one, and history is changed, like in one of those time machine movies. It was that significant.
That said, Irvin tells the story that win it's 19-3 us late in the 3rd quarter, Deion Sanders tells him to quit blocking so hard, the game is over. Irvin tells him, "We're the Canes and the Canes never quit."
When Chris Thompson broke the 90 yarder, right after the 60 yard run, I just about fell out of the stands. Because it appeared to me, that there was some "quit" in the Canes.
Sweet irony, for sure. And a tremendous weekend in South Florida.