Wide Right

Whenever the Miami Hurricanes and the Florida State Seminoles go head-to-head, two words come to mind: wide and right. The other two words that come to mind are dad gummit. The two phrases have been married to each other since November 1991, when the Canes beat the Noles 17-16 after kicker Gerry Thomas’s potential game-winning field goal sailed wide right, much to the chagrin of legendary Noles head coach Bobby Bowden. Bowden had a knack for exclaiming dad gummit to express his frustration over the years, much to Canes fans’ delight. A year later, it happened again when Dan Mowrey’s kick also went wide right, handing the Canes their second straight last-second victory over their interstate rival. In all, the Canes beat Bowden’s Noles five times via the missed last-second field goal. But now coach Bowden is retired, so a new chapter begins this Saturday at Sun Life Stadium. The rivalry between the Hurricanes and Seminoles has certainly been a wild and fun ride over the years, but it just won’t be the same without Coach Bowden. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $21.50. Visit hurricanesports.cstv.com
Sat., Oct. 9, 8 p.m., 2010
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Chris Joseph