There wasn’t much of a buzz in the air for Florida State football’s homecoming and Senior Day contest against Delaware State on Nov. 18, 2017. The Seminoles were just 3-6 and needing to win out to run their bowl streak to 41 years.
As expected, FSU rolled to victory with a 77-6 win. What took place late in the contest, however, was significant for not just the college program that sports the nickname Seminoles but for the tribe that supports it.
With reserves getting a chance to see the field, FSU led 63-6 early in the fourth quarter. The lead grew as quarterback JJ Cosentino capped an 85-yard drive with a 12-yard touchdown pass to a diving Justin Motlow.
A walk-on wide receiver, Motlow was the first member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida to play football for FSU. In that moment, he became the tribe’s first member to score a touchdown for the Seminoles.
Motlow’s grab was among 11 touchdowns scored that day for FSU. Tarvarus McFadden returned a blocked kick for a score while Derwin James returned an interception. Quarterback James Blackman passed for three touchdowns while Jacques Patrick and Ryan Green each rushed for two. Freshman Joshua Kaindoh tallied four sacks for the FSU defense.
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For FSU, the victory would begin a 4-game winning streak to close the year and finish 7-6 in what would be head coach Jimbo Fisher’s last season. The 71-point victory was the largest margin for the Seminoles since 1949. It also featured the first-ever FSU touchdown from a Seminole Tribe member. It came on this day five years ago.