Throwback Thursday: 1976 Florida State at North Texas

We found a beauty for our Throwback Thursday tilt, from November 1976 when Florida State and North Texas played in a whiteout in Denton. 

Here come the snow bullets!

- The Tallahassee Democrat called this game the most "difficult conditions of Florida State's history."

- Only 3,800 fans braved conditions to watch Bobby Bowden's Seminoles take on Hayden Fry's Mean Green. 

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- The snow started to fall that weekend, and by game time the field was covered. The forecast called for six inches of snow, but the actual snowfall was much heavier. Seminole players built a snowman outside their hotel, complete with an FSU hat. 

- The Denton storm was the same as the storm that blanketed the SMU/Texas Tech game earlier that day. 

- When North Texas approached the end zone for their first score, officials scraped off the goal line by hand. 

- The game was North Texas' homecoming, and for a brief time the Mean Green thought about canceling festivities, but with FSU traveling so far, the game went off as scheduled. 

- In a rarity, North Texas benefited from six FSU turnovers. The Mean Green turned it back over just once.

- The Mean Green led for most of the game until Florida State scored with two minutes to play. The Seminoles went for two and converted for the win. 

- Bobby Bowden's Seminoles finished 5-6 in 1976. 

- The Mean Green finished 6-5.

There are eight clips total, go here to view them all. Thanks to the North Texas Digital Library for keeping these artifacts alive. 

[Coaches' Film: North Texas State University vs. Florida State, 1976], video, November 13, 1976;( accessed January 31, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library,; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.

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