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Florida State Seminoles Come Together, Get A Win

The field judge puts his hands up signaling Florida State's final field goal try is good.  Florida State beat Boston College 20-17.
Nick Evans

After a shooting at Florida State University’s main library last week, students and fans braved the rain at Doak Campbell Stadium Saturday to see their Seminoles play Boston College.  The home team won, but it seemed the outcome was less important than the return to normalcy it represented.

The Marching Chiefs are standing at attention in ponchos Saturday afternoon as Osceola and Renegade gallop onto the field.  FSU alum Burt Reynolds is on hand for the ceremonial spear throw at midfield.  But before all of that, new university president John Thrasher addresses the stadium from the jumbotron.

“This tragedy has touched all of us in the FSU community and our hearts especially hurt for the hundreds of students who were at Strozier library when this senseless incident took place,” Thrasher says.  “They will need our support as we heal.”

The mood in Doak is muted, the rain dampening the celebratory fervor of a typical home game.  But for the faithful, it seems pretty clear they’re here for more than just a football game. 

In the end Florida State pulled it out, winning 20 to 17 after a late field goal.

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.