Doak Campbell Stadium is no stranger to loud moments. The Florida State Seminoles were so good for so long under Bobby Bowden and head coach Jimbo Fisher, making that place rock was rather common. Perhaps nobody did it better than wide receiver Rashad Greene, though.
On September 17, 2011, FSU hosted the Oklahoma Sooners in a top-five college football clash for the ages. Although head coach Bob Stoops and his top-ranked team escaped with a win, nobody at the game in Tallahassee will ever forget the play that made the entire record-setting crowd and stadium erupt.
Facing an improbable 3rd-and-28 in the fourth quarter, backup quarterback Clint Trickett found Greene for a 56-yard touchdown to tie the game. It’s a play that certainly belongs in Seminole lore.
Rashad Greene’s TD Catch vs. Oklahoma
For Florida State, this was a rematch they had circled on the calendar all offseason. Oklahoma had whooped up on the Seminoles the year before in Norman and they were out for revenge. ESPN’s College GameDay was on hand, and the crowd was juiced for the big game. However, a possible upset didn’t come without its challenges.
FSU lost starting quarterback EJ Manuel to a left shoulder injury midway through the third quarter and had to play the last 20 minutes of the game with freshman backup Clint Trickett under center. He wasn’t scared, though, and had fellow freshman wide receiver Rashad Greene to help move the ball down the field.
Although the offense struggled up to that point, Trickett found Greene for a long touchdown to tie the game at 13-13.
Unfortunately for FSU, quarterback Landry Jones found wide receiver Kenny Stills to give the OU lead for good. The Sooners escaped, 23-13, on ABC.
The NCAA game between the ACC and Big 12 powers had so much on the line, including a potential national championship bid down the road. There was a lot of NFL talent on the field, too.
OU’s Javon Harris and Tom Wort recorded interceptions. So did FSU’s Nigel Bradham and Lamarcus Joyner. Players such as running back Dominique Whaley and wide receivers Ryan Broyles, Jarred Haggins and Kenny Shaw made plays. Even kickers Dustin Hopkins and Jimmy Stevens made an impact.
The biggest play of the night, however, belonged to Rashad Greene, who played four seasons for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and it made Doak Campbell Stadium as loud as it has ever been.
Neither team played for the national title later that season — FSU beat Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, while Oklahoma took down Iowa in the Insight Bowl — but OU’s first time playing in Tallahassee was a treat.