Seminoles Rout Southern Mississippi in Independence Bowl, Taggart Era Begins at FSU

By  //  December 27, 2017

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Blackmon sets Independence Bowl record with 4 TDs

ABOVE VIDEO: Seminoles quarterback James Blackman threw an Independence Bowl record 4 touchdown passes and running back Cam Akers set the FSU freshman single-season rushing record in a 42-13 win over the Golden Eagles. (ACC Digital Network)

SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA — Amid the postgame celebrations and ice baths for assistant coaches and on-camera speeches and trophy ceremonies, Willie Taggart hung back a few feet from the throng of reveling Seminoles, taking in a big-picture view of the program he inherited a few weeks ago.

Soon, the Taggart era at Florida State will begin in earnest.

But on Wednesday afternoon at the Independence Bowl, the moment belonged to interim coach Odell Haggins, the remaining assistants who guided the Seminoles through bowl preparations, and the players who were determined to finish the 2017 season not just in a bowl game but with a win.

And they all seized the moment in emphatic fashion during a 42-13 rout of Southern Mississippi in front of 33,601 fans here at Independence Stadium.

Freshman quarterback James Blackman set an Indy Bowl record with four touchdowns and fellow freshman Cam Akers became FSU’s all-time freshman rushing leader as the Seminoles improved their record to 7-6 and finished with a winning record for a 41st consecutive season.

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