The opening game of the 2002 season stacked Iowa State against the nations third ranked team Florida State. The game was played in Kansas City for the then Eddie Robinson Classic in front of a heavily favored Cyclone crowd.
Iowa State fell behind the Seminoles 31-7 in the second quarter. Many thought Florida State had the game in the bag and then much like his time at Iowa State, Seneca Wallace put the team on his back.
Wallace would lead a furious comeback and get Iowa State within seven. Holding Florida State to one score in the entire second half. Iowa State would have the ball on the final possession of the second half down 38-31. The Cyclones went on a drive and then it happened.
Wallace would take off from the 21 yard line and what appeared to be a clear touchdown, he was called out at the four yard line. A play later Wallace ran an option play and was stopped at the one yard line and Florida State would hang on for the 38-31 win.
Even to this day Cyclone fans talk about this play. “Wallace was in” can be heard many time in numerous conversations with Cyclone fans. Iowa State would go on to finish 7-7 during the 2002 season which coincidentally ended in another thing to forget, The Humanitarian Bowl.