Independence Bowl Updates: Florida State 23 Southern Miss 6 Halftime

Thursday, 28 Dec, 2017

The Florida State Seminoles already had the longest bowl streak in NCAA history and on Wednesday they also extended the consecutive-winning-season streak to 41 years with a 42-13 win over Southern Miss in Shreveport.

Kickoff is 12:30. The game will be broadcast by ESPN. In 2007, Alabama and Nick Saban played in the game, taking down Colorado.

It seems impossible to question Haggins' passion for Florida State (if you want a laugh, watch Haggins' role in "Seminole Rap", a song he and his teammates produced in 1988). The move comes after Jimbo Fisher left FSU last month for a coaching job at Texas A&M and FSU named Taggart as its new head coach.

Florida State will be looking to end the season on a high note to build some momentum for the beginning of the Taggart era.

Coach Taggart announcing Tuesday he's retaining coach Haggins as defensive line coach and associate head coach at FSU. Haggins will coach the defensive line under the former OR coach, who came to Tallahassee after one season coaching the Ducks. This marks FSU's 36th straight appearance I in a bowl season.

In the first quarter, Southern Miss was flagged four times for offsides while FSU was hit with a pair of 15-yard penalties, including roughing the punter, that greatly aided the Eagles on an opening drive that ended with a touchdown. A loss in this game would drop Florida State under.500 on the season for the first time since 1975.

"I was a hollerer too, so I'm not saying bad about anybody - but I think the things Willie has done since he's got there, letting them have the music [at practice] and a little more relaxed atmosphere, you're going to work but you could also have fun while you do it".

Despite missing a few key players on the defensive side of the ball, Florida State is still laden with weapons in the secondary. "Like I said before, everybody talk about me, no it's about our players. We understand they're ready to go".

The game features a couple of outstanding running backs in FSU's Cam Akers and Southern Miss' Ito Smith.