Florida State's Puntrooskie play still resonates

By: Matt Harris Email
By: Matt Harris Email

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- LeRoy Butler won a Super Bowl with Green Bay, got picked for four Pro Bowls and began a modern "Cheese Head" tradition 20 years ago with his leap into the Lambeau Field stands after a touchdown.

But the former Florida State defensive back says what he gets asked about most often is the "Puntrooskie. No doubt about it."

Butler's 78-yard scamper off a fake punt against Clemson in 1988 remains among college football's most famous and gutsy calls a quarter of a century later.

The Seminoles won that top-10 matchup and the stakes are just as high this weekend when No. 5 Florida State (5-0) plays at third-ranked Clemson (6-0) on Saturday. The winner will be in Atlantic Coast Conference driver's seat with their national title hopes intact.


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