Aug. 30, 2004
IRVING, Texas - Conference USA will celebrate its 10th anniversary during the 2004-05 season. Over the past three weeks, 10 of the top moments in Conference USA history have been featured on its official website, ConferenceUSA.com. Over the past week, the fans have voted on which moment was the greatest in C-USA annals. The fans have selected Louisville's football victory over No. 4 Florida State in a rain-soaked Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on Sept. 26, 2002 as the greatest moment in the league's first decade.
"We're proud that our victory over Florida State was selected for this recognition," said U of L Vice President for Athletics Tom Jurich. "Conference USA has had so many wonderful moments over the first decade and it's an honor to have this game singled out. That game was certainly a great win for our football program and a very special evening for our fans."
Hosting fourth-ranked Florida State and playing in the remnants of Tropical Storm Isidore, the Cardinals posted their biggest upset, defeating the Seminoles, 26-20, in a steady downpour. Trailing 13-6 at halftime, U of L fired back in the second half, tying the game at 20-20 early in the fourth quarter and forcing the game into overtime. On the first play of overtime, Louisville's Anthony Floyd intercepted a pass by FSU's Chris Rix near the goal line setting up a 25-yard game-winning touchdown run by Henry Miller for the Cardinals' 26-20 victory.
Dave Ragone, the 2002 C-USA Offensive Player of the Year, also recorded an impressive performance in the challenging elements, finishing 15-for-27 for 182 yards with two touchdowns, while also rushing for 43 yards. The victory would give C-USA its highest ranked football win ever in league history.
C-USA will commemorate its 10th Anniversary milestone throughout the year with a multimedia campaign celebrating the past, present and future of the league. Several activities have been planned for the upcoming season that capture the history of C-USA and promote the student-athletes' achievements in all 19 conference-sponsored sports.