Season opener about more than just getting first win for FSU

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By: Kevin Keane | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
August 30, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- On a cold, rainy day last December in Shreveport, Louisiana, Florida State took down Southern Mississippi in the Independence Bowl, ending their 2017 campaign with seven wins.

Was there a celebration? Not really. Were there smiles? Maybe some.

But, seeing the look on players' faces and in their eyes after the game told you everything you needed to know; they were hungry, tired of being mediocre and ready for a change.

What was waiting for them after that game was a new coach in Willie Taggart. For his team, Monday isn't just about winning, it's about proving the Seminoles are back.

"Since the last game we played in the Independence Bowl, we've been working to get back to where Florida State's supposed to be," said FSU running back Cam Akers. "I think Monday night, we'll come out and have a chance to prove that."

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