75-Year Nole Anniversary: FSU Football Plays First Game
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75-Year Nole Anniversary: FSU Football Plays First Game

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.

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Mike Ferguson is the lead writer for Double Fries No Slaw and has more than 10 years of experience in online and print journalism. Mike graduated from Florida State University in 2009 and has had his work featured at numerous prominent publications such as Fox Sports, the Associated Press, Athlon Sports, Yahoo Sports and Sports Illustrated among others. Prior to joining Double Fries No Slaw, Mike was the founder and editor of The Daily Nole. He also serves as the managing editor for Fifth Quarter and is a contributor for Athlon Sports, Fish Stripes and Orlando Pinstriped Post. Mike and his wife Jennifer reside in Haines City, Fla. and have two daughters.