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3 takeaways from Seminoles' win over Southern Miss

28 December, 2017, 00:41 | Author: Carla Brady
  • For the first time in 21 years Southern Miss and Florida State will meet as the two schools face each other in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 27

The Florida State Seminoles and Southern Miss Golden Eagles face off Wednesday afternoon in the Walk-On's Independence Bowl at Independence Stadium.

Athletic quarterback Kwadra Griggs had a couple rough games after coming back from injury in the middle of the season, but helped the team rattle off three straight wins on the way to the Independence Bowl.

But following the game, Haggins has been uniquely tasked with helping the Seminoles prepare for their nation-leading 36th consecutive bowl game - a streak he was a part of as a player from 1986-89 and as FSU's longest tenured assistant coach since 1994. Sometimes that guy that gets his opportunity, he's ready to prove to the world, 'Hey, I'm a first or second round draft pick. Be sure to tune in to ESPN at 1:30 p.m. ET on December 27 to see Southern Miss take on Florida State in the 2017 Independence Bowl. Moving forward, it'll be Willie Taggart's team after he fled OR to fill the vacant post left by Jimbo Fisher, now at Texas A&M.

Florida State is a mere 30 minutes away from officially avoiding its worst season in over four decades.

Coach Taggart announcing Tuesday he's retaining coach Haggins as defensive line coach and associate head coach at FSU.

"This game means a lot for the players, means a lot for the university and also myself", Haggins said. Southern Miss RB Ito Smith.




Southern Miss: The Golden Eagles were able to grab an early lead, but couldn't keep the momentum. Haggins will coach the defensive line under the former OR coach, who came to Tallahassee after one season coaching the Ducks.

FSU will be without three of its top defensive players. But there are strong and athletic wide receivers at the heart of the Southern Miss passing attack, led by big-play wideout Korey Robertson and the team's WR2 in Allenzae Staggers.

Southern Miss finishes the season 8-5.

Florida State: The Seminoles earned a good ending to an otherwise dreary season.

For the Seminoles, they want to end things with a win to carry some momentum into the offseason.

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