For three quarters of a century now, Florida State has been playing football.
Its first contest as an independent university came on this day 75 years ago. FSU did not win, but a program was born in a 14-6 loss to Stetson.
On Oct. 18, 1947, Florida State took its home field — then Centennial Field — for the first-ever football game as the team not yet named the Seminoles took on Stetson.
For a half, FSU surprised even the most optimistic fans. After a scoreless first quarter, FSU scored the game and program’s first touchdown on a 24-yard pass play from Don Grant to Charles McMillan.
For the day, FSU managed just four first downs and only 111 total yards in addition to four turnovers, but the 6-0 halftime lead gave fans hope. Stetson scored touchdowns in each of the final two quarters to ultimately top FSU.
Coached by Ed Williamson, Florida State would go 0-5 in its first season of football. The team came to be known as the Seminoles in their next game which took place against Cumberland College nearly a month later. It was against that same Cumberland team that FSU would get its first on Oct. 9, 1948.
Over the years, FSU has managed to become a football powerhouse, winning three national championships and 15 ACC titles while producing numerous All-Americans and NFL draft picks. For students, fans and alumni of FSU, there’s nothing quite like Tallahassee in the fall. That tradition began on this day three quarters of a century ago.