It’s “Florida State week” at Lost Lettermen and today we remember one of the most-famous trick plays in college football history, the “Puntrooskie,” which Florida State used to shock Clemson in 1988.
While in punt formation, the ball was snapped to upback Dayne Johnson deep in FSU territory, who slipped the ball through his legs to spark LeRoy Butler’s 78-yard run and set up the Seminoles’ game-winning field goal.
It is a variant of “The Fumblerooski,” which was used countless times since the 1930s, perhaps most memorably by Nebraska in the 1984 Orange Bowl.
The play is one of the defining moments for former FSU coach Bobby Bowden, which is saying a lot because Bowden finished a storied career with 377 wins and two national titles. As for Butler, after a lengthy career with the Green Bay Packers, he is now a motivational speaker and runs the LeRoy Butler Foundation. LeRoy Butler profile