QB EJ Manuel etches name in Seminoles' lore

By: Matt Harris
By: Matt Harris
QB EJ Manuel etches name in Seminoles

Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel (3) scrambles as he is pressured by Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o (5) during the first half of the Champs Sports Bowl NCAA college football game, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida State's top quarterbacks are often remembered for engineering memorable wins.

EJ Manuel is now in the conversation.

He led a 68-yard drive that resulted in a 28-22 last-minute win Thursday at Virginia Tech to keep the Seminoles' Atlantic Coast Conference championship hopes alive.

Other memorable drives include:

-- Heisman Trophy quarterback Charlie Ward's last-minute, game-winning drive lifted Florida State its first national title in 1993 with an 18-16 Orange Bowl win over Nebraska. He also engineered memorable late comebacks at Clemson and Georgia Tech in 1992.

-- Chris Weinke's big fourth quarter keyed a 46-29 win over Virginia Tech for the 1999 national title.

-- Danny Kanell threw for 232 yards in the fourth quarter as the Seminoles scored 28 unanswered points in a 31-31 tie against archrival Florida.


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