5-Year Nole Anniversary: FSU Football Rolls Past Southern Miss in Independence Bowl to Complete 41st Straight Winning Season
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5-Year Nole Anniversary: FSU Football Rolls Past Southern Miss in Independence Bowl to Complete 41st Straight Winning Season

After what feels like an eternity to the faithful in garnet and gold, winning football has returned to Florida State.

From 1982 to 2017, the Seminoles made a bowl game every year. From 1977 to 2017, it had a winning season each year.

That streak culminated in a 42-13 Independence Bowl blowout of Southern Mississippi on this day five years ago.

After a 3-6 start, FSU had won three straight games to get to 6-6 as it arrived in Shreveport on Dec. 27, 2017. With head coach Jimbo Fisher off to Texas A&M, it was up to interim Odell Haggins to deliver the Seminoles a winning season. The Golden Eagles arrived with a record of 8-4.

It was Southern Miss that scored first as Kwadra Griggs’ 5-yard touchdown run capped a 78-yard drive. Down 6-0, FSU scored 33 straight points.

Quarterback James Blackman would pass for 233 yards and an Independence Bowl-record four touchdowns. Auden Tate was on the receiving end of three of those touchdown tosses. Cam Akers also caught a touchdown while Jacques Patrick rushed for another.

Akers led all rushers with 94 yards. The FSU defense held the Golden Eagles to just 260 yards.


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FSU proceeded to suffer through four straight losing seasons with just one bowl appearance over that stretch. At 9-3, FSU will look to get to 10 wins and perhaps finish in the top 10 with a Cheez-It Bowl win over Oklahoma later this week. Its last bowl win served as the largest margin of victory for the Seminoles in a bowl since beating Wisconsin in the 2008 Champs Sports Bowl by an identical 42-13 score. It came on this day five years ago.

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