John L. Smith reflects on '02 upset of Florida State

John L. Smith looks back at 2002 win vs. FSU

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It's been 14 years since Louisville beat Florida State in football, but one former UofL coach says he believes victory is in the cards.
He’s a Kentucky State Thoroughbred now, but head coach John L. Smith is no stranger to big time Division I football. 
Smith has 150 wins under his belt in his career, but he says a big win in 2002 over Florida State sticks out above the rest.
“I really think that the magnitude of what that win did for our program at that time--I don’t know that I’ve been involved in anything any bigger at any time in my career,” said John L. Smith.
However Smith says the game wasn’t decided by the high octane offenses.
“I think the thing that leveled the field more, because they were an awful good football team, was the weather,” said Smith. “You know weather is the great equalizer so it made the game more equal, and leveled that playing field a little bit.”
Bogged down in the rain, the Cardinals clipped the Seminoles in an overtime thriller.
“They almost drowned poor Henry in the swale at the end of the end zone,” said Smith. “It was a magical night.  There was a lot of electricity in the air.”
With rain once again in the forecast, Coach Smith says he believes that electricity will once again resonate through Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
“I’m looking forward to Louisville getting a win over Florida State,” said Smith. “I’ve been telling everybody take Louisville, because they’re going to win it.”
If you’re like Coach Smith and can’t make it to the game, you can always catch it on WHAS11 starting Saturday at noon.


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