No. 5: 2012 No. 10 Clemson 37 No. 4 Florida State 49
Clemson jumped out to a 21-14 halftime lead and extended it to a 28-14 lead on a Sammy Watkins 52-yard touchdown pass to Andre Ellington. From that point on it was all Seminoles as they outscored the Tigers 35-6 the rest of the way. E.J. Manuel threw for 380 yards and 2 touchdowns while running for 102 as well. James Wilder Jr. added two touchdowns and this big run to lead Florida State to a 12-point victory. It propelled the Seminoles to their first ACC Championship in seven years.
No. 4: 2000 No. 10 Clemson 7 No. 4 Florida State 54
Florida State built a 23-7 lead at halftime and then continued to dominate the Tigers blanking them in the second half 31-0. Chris Weinke threw for 521 yards and two touchdowns in the second “Bowden Bowl”. Florida State put up a total of 771 yards compared to Clemson’s 262. Florida State had three receivers over 100 yards including Marvin “Snoop” Minnis and Javon Walker. This game also yielded one of the best play fakes in college football history when Snoop Minnis caught a 98 yard touchdown reception from Chris Weinke.
No. 3 1997 No. 5 Florida State 35 No. 15 Clemson 28
In what is considered one of the greatest games in Death Valley history, Florida State came out with a 7-point victory thanks to the efforts of wide receiver Peter Warrick. Warrick had 249 receiving yards and had a 48-yard and an 80-yard touchdown. He also added a 90-yard punt return to close the game with 339 total yards. The Florida State defense held Clemson to 41 rushing yards and had seven sacks on the day with Andre Wadsworth and Daryl Bush each recording two. Bush also had one of the three interceptions the Seminoles forced.
No. 2 1988 No. 10 Florida State 24 No. 3 Clemson 21
Clemson jumped out to a 14-7 lead at halftime thanks to a trick play with receiver Chip Davis throwing a 61-yard touchdown pass. Florida State responded in the second half with a 76-yard punt return by Deion Sanders and a 1-yard run by fullback Dayne Williams to take a 21-14 lead. Clemson fired back with touchdown run to tie the game 21-21 with 2:32 left. What happened next turned into college football lore. The Seminole offense was not able to move the football and was in punt formation on their own 21 with 1:33 left in the game. It first appeared that the ball had been snapped over the Florida State punters head, but upback Leroy Butler had the ball and was racing down the sideline. He was pushed out at the one and with 35 seconds left in the game Florida State kicked the game winning field goal.
No.1 2013 No. 5 Florida State 51 No. 3 Clemson 14
From start to finish this was one of the most dominating wins in Florida State history. The Seminoles jumped out to a 27-7 halftime lead and continued to dominate the game, scoring 34 unanswered. Clemson scored with 13 seconds left to make it 51-14. Jameis Winston threw for 444 yards and three touchdowns. Rashad Greene had 146 and two touchdowns of that. The Seminoles also added a fumble recovery touchdown from Mario Edwards Jr. The win announced to the country that Florida State was back and ready to compete, and later win, their third National Championship.