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The Sod Cemetery
For nearly six decades, "sod games" and
the Florida State University Sod Cemetery have been a rich part of the
Seminoles college football history, commemorating many of the greatest
victories. In 1962, as the
Seminoles completed their Thursday practice in preparation to face
Georgia at Sanford Stadium, Dean Coyle Moore - a long-time professor and
member of FSU's athletic board - issued a challenge: "Bring back some
sod from between the hedges at Georgia." On Saturday, October 20, the
Seminoles scored an 18-0 victory over the favored Bulldogs.
Since then, before leaving for all road games in which Florida State is the underdog, all road games at the University of Florida and all ACC championship and bowl games, Seminole captains gather their teammates to explain the significance of the tradition. Victorious captains return with a piece of the opponent's turf to be buried in the Sod Cemetery outside the gates of the practice field.
Away from home and against the odds, Florida State sod games represent the most difficult battles on the football field. The Sod Cemetery stands as a tribute to those triumphs, to be enjoyed by the Seminole faithful.
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