Final Chance

Four years ago you could've never convinced Florida State wide receiver <b>Dominic Robinson </b> he would be in this position. In his rearview, a five-game losing streak. On the horizon, one final chance to walk away from a Miami Hurricane showdown with a win. Click here for the lowdown.

Dominic Robinson remembers arriving at Florida State as a freshman and thinking of all the good times to be had.

Especially over rival Miami.

Funny, how things work out sometimes.

"The freshmen and sophomore, that doesn't sit in with them. I remember being in that position and thinking that's not going to happen to my class," said Robinson.

But now it's on his mind, and it's been there all summer. He doesn't want to find himself walking away from his college career without a win against Miami. It happened to the seniors last season, they left with Miami still on their minds.

"It affects classes. It affected that senior class that just left. It's affecting us. We haven't got a win against Miami and this is our last chance," said Robinson.

In the past they've come close, inches in fact. In 2002, Beitia's kick hooked at the last second, and missed to the left. In the Orange Bowl, at the end of the 2003 season, another missed Beitia field goal in the fourth quarter left FSU three points short of a win. As Robinson says ‘A play here and a play there,' that could've made the difference.

There's also been years, however, where Miami showed dominance. In 2001, en route to a national championship, the 'Canes left the 'Noles in waste when they visited Tallahassee.

"Freshmen year was the only time when we really got blown out and last year in the rain wasn't too pretty," Robinson said.

Robinson feels, this year, things will be different. What's changed the most, he says, is their approach, and the attitude they bring to the game.

"I think that comes with this being Chris' last year and there's no point in holding him back now," Robinson said. "What are you going to hold him back so he looks good for his next college year. He doesn't have anymore, he has no more shots against Miami. So I think it's kind of ‘ you know what, unleash him' if he screws it up then he does, but we got to play football, we can't do this vanilla thing anymore."

The ‘vanilla' style of football, as it‘s been described by Coach Bobby Bowden, frustrated Robinson in the past. And Robinson says he's not alone. With any good receiver comes the desire to make big plays, something that can't happen when the ball isn't throw in their direction.

"In the heat of the batter, especially us being the competitors we are and as a receiver I'm extremely competitive, we get pretty pissed off because we feel like we should get the ball every play," Robinson said.

Should that play come, Robison won't hesitate. He understands the position he's in now, even if it took four years.

"You're sick of it," Robinson said. "Every time you hear Miami, it does hinder you. I would be a liar if I was able to say that we could put that behind us, because every time you hear Miami you think ‘those guys aren't that good.'"


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