Sept. 9, 2006. FSU faithful were expecting an enjoyable breather between a hard fought win against Miami and a visit from Clemson.
Wrong. Troy proved to be more than a handful. Buster Davis' INT set up a 4-yard TD by Joe Surratt with 1:56 left to break a 17 - 17 tie.
How did they do it? Much the same way that Bowden's early teams shocked major opponents: with a creative, unpredictable offense that kept defenses off balance.
Tony Franklin was Troy's OC in 2006 and '07. Now the architect of Auburn's offense, Franklin revealed his secrets to Tony Barnhart in the writer's AJC blog (scroll down to the July 30 and 31posts). Reading them makes clear what Franklin and Troy were up to that night. And they're a good reminder of how a determined underdog can level the playing field.
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