However, they kept their impressive bowl streak alive and will take on Southern Miss in the Independence Bowl on Wednesday. The game will be shown on ESPN.
After ceding the first touchdown to the Golden Eagles (8-5) thanks to a pair of 15-yard penalties that set up a 5-yard scoring run by quarterback Kwadra Griggs less than four minutes into the game, Florida State overwhelmed its Conference USA opponent, rattling off the next 33 points.
The Independence Bowl was a bore unless you were a Florida State fan.
This is the first meeting between the teams since 1996.
Quick Hit: From No. 3 in the country to the Independence Bowl, it's been an eventful year for the Seminoles, who also underwent an unexpected head-coaching change.
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It was a down year for Florida State, but hopefully the Seminoles will bounce back under new head coach Willie Taggart. He played on the defensive line between 1986-89. For Florida State, Derwin James chose to skip today's game in efforts to stay healthy for the National Football League draft.
Southern Miss: The Golden Eagles were able to grab an early lead, but couldn't keep the momentum. Akers, who is seven yards shy of breaking Dalvin Cook's school record for single-season rushing yards by a freshman (1,007), led all ball carriers with 71 yards on the ground on nine carries. Jacques Patrick also rushed for 61 yards and a touchdown in the win.
Nyqwan Murray is FSU's leading receiver with 40 catches for 604 yards and four TDs. Blackman finished 18-26 passing for 233 yards. He returned as the starter against Rice in Week 10. Tops in receiving for Southern Mississippi is Korey Robertson with 1070 yards and 11 scores.