Flashback to 1995: Anthony Poindexter
One of the most notable wins in Virginia football history took place on Nov. 2, 1995. On that Thursday night, the Cavaliers defeated Florida State, 33-28, to give the Seminoles their first ACC loss since joining the conference in 1992. As the current Virginia squad prepares to host Florida State at Scott Stadium on Saturday, we'll take a look back at that memorable '95 game through the perspectives of some of the team members who participated in it.
This topic comes up more than Anthony Poindexter would like it to. But when you return to coach at your alma mater -- a place where you played a major role in one of the most important wins in program history -- you should expect that said moment will come up from time to time.
As most of you are well aware, it was Poindexter who teamed up with then-fellow freshman Adrian Burnim to stop Florida State tailback Warrick Dunn inches short of the goal line on the game's final play and ensure that the Seminoles would suffer their first loss in ACC play since joining the conference three seasons earlier.
Ask him about it today, though, and Poindexter turns almost bashful. He said some of Virginia's current players might know about his role in securing the Cavaliers' victory that night, but he's not about to bring it up to them to find out.
"At that age, I was probably 18," said Poindexter, who is in his seventh season on Virginia's coaching staff. "I didn’t realize the magnitude of what had happened. I knew we had won a big game, but almost 15 years later people are still talking about it as one of the greatest games of all time here. There were a lot of plays that night that made it possible, and I really can’t remember much about the game until people start piecing it back together for me."
Though he would go on to become an all-American safety, Poindexter said he played some at linebacker during his freshman season and specifically that night against the Seminoles.
"I had no idea that night what had happened," Poindexter said. "I was hurting so bad I couldn't even celebrate that night, because I was playing linebacker at that point and I was so banged up I was like, 'Oh my goodness.' As I'm getting older now -- I guess I'm an antique now -- it's a memorable moment, and maybe my son can enjoy it a little bit more. Maybe some people can tell him about his daddy. He might not believe me."
One person could could express the long-lasting impact of Poindexter's play is junior cornerback Chase Minnifield. Over the summer, Poindexter had members of the secondary over to his house, and together they watched the entire 1995 Virginia-Florida State game. To say that it left an impression would be an understatement.
"That was really the first time I'd see Dex play," Minnifield said. "It seemed like a great atmosphere that he was playing in, and there was so much energy out there. I was telling [senior cornerback Ras-I Dowling] the other day, this is what I think about when I think of Florida State. I think of watching that tape and watching Dex play at that game and how much energy there was around Scott Stadium."