The Sod Cemetery


"Sod games" and the Florida State University Sod Cemetery have been a rich part of the Seminoles college football history, commemorating many of the greatest victories.

In 1962, as the Seminoles completed their Thursday practice in preparation to face Georgia at Sanford Stadium, Dean Coyle Moore - a long-time professor and member of FSU's athletic board - issued a challenge: "Bring back some sod from between the hedges at Georgia." On Saturday, October 20, the Seminoles scored an 18-0 victory over the favored Bulldogs. Team captain Gene McDowell pulled a small piece of grass from the field, which was presented to Moore at the next football practice. Moore and FSU coach Bill Peterson had the sod buried on the practice field as a symbol of victory. A monument was placed to commemorate the triumph and the tradition of the sod game was born.

Away from home and against the odds, Florida State sod games represent the most difficult battles on the football field. The Sod Cemetery stands as a tribute to those triumphs, to be enjoyed by the Seminole faithful.

The games:


10/20/1962
ATHENS, GA
T 14-14
GEORGIA TECH
11/10/1962
ATLANTA, GA
T 14-14
AUBURN
11/24/1962
AUBURN, AL
W 24- 0
MIAMI
09/20/1963
CORAL GABLES, FL
W 14- 0
MIAMI
09/19/1964
CORAL GABLES, FL
W 10- 0
TEXAS CHRISTIAN
09/26/1964
FORT WORTH, TX
W 17-14
GEORGIA
10/17/1964
ATHENS, GA
W 36-19
OKLAHOMA
01/02/1965
Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, Fl
W 23-20
MIAMI
09/24/1966
CORAL GABLES, FL
W 42-33
TEXAS TECH
10/15/1966
LUBBOCK, TX
W 32-10
SOUTH CAROLINA
11/05/1966
COLUMBIA, SC
T 37-37
ALABAMA
09/23/1967
Birmingham, Al
W 19-18
TEXAS A&M
10/07/1967
COLLEGE STATION, TX
W 26- 7
MEMPHIS STATE
11/04/1967
MEMPHIS, TN
W 21-16
FLORIDA
11/25/1967
GAINESVILLE, FL
T 17-17
PENN STATE
12/30/1967
Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, Fl
W 35-28
SOUTH CAROLINA
10/26/1968
COLUMBIA, SC
W 48- 7
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
11/16/1968
RALEIGH, NC
W 40-20
HOUSTON
11/29/1968
Jacksonville, Fl
W 16-14
MIAMI
09/26/1969
CORAL GABLES, FL
T 10-10
VIRGINIA TECH
11/08/1969
BLACKSBURG, VA
W 21-13
SOUTH CAROLINA
10/24/1970
COLUMBIA, SC
W 27- 3
MIAMI
10/30/1970
CORAL GABLES, FL
W 21-14
MIAMI
11/08/1974
CORAL GABLES, FL
W 43- 7
CLEMSON
11/01/1975
CLEMSON, SC
W 33-22
HOUSTON
11/22/1975
HOUSTON, TX
W 28- 9
BOSTON COLLEGE
10/09/1976
CHESTNUT HILL, MA
W 21-20
NORTH TEXAS STATE
11/13/1976
DENTON, TX
W 25-17
OKLAHOMA STATE
10/01/1977
STILLWATER, OK
W 37- 9
FLORIDA
12/03/1977
GAINESVILLE, FL
W 40-17
TEXAS TECH
12/23/1977
Tangerine Bowl, Orlando, Fl
W 28- 0
SYRACUSE
09/09/1978
SYRACUSE, NY
W 31- 3
ARIZONA STATE
09/15/1979
Tampa, Fl
W 24-19
LOUISIANA STATE
10/27/1979
BATON ROUGE, LA
W 27-16
FLORIDA
11/23/1979
GAINESVILLE, FL
W 16- 0
LOUISIANA STATE
09/06/1980
BATON ROUGE, LA
W 18-14
NEBRASKA
10/04/1980
LINCOLN, NE
W 36-27
OHIO STATE
10/03/1981
COLUMBUS, OH
W 19-13
NOTRE DAME
10/10/1981
SOUTH BEND, IN
W 34-17
OHIO STATE
10/02/1982
COLUMBUS, OH
W 24- 7
MIAMI
10/30/1982
CORAL GABLES, FL
W 31-12
WEST VIRGINIA
12/30/1982
Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, Fl
W 40-35
LOUISIANA STATE
09/10/1983
BATON ROUGE, LA
W 29-26
ARIZONA STATE
10/29/1983
TEMPE, AZ
W 28- 3
NORTH CAROLINA
12/30/1983
Peach Bowl, Atlanta, Ga
W 38- 3
MIAMI
09/22/1984
CORAL GABLES, FL
W 52-44
ARIZONA STATE
11/03/1984
TEMPE, AZ
T 17-17
GEORGIA
12/22/1984
Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Fl
W 17-13
NEBRASKA
09/07/1985
LINCOLN, NE
W 34-23
OKLAHOMA STATE
12/30/1985
Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, Fl
W 27-13
INDIANA
12/31/1986
All American Bowl, Birmingham, Al
W 31- 3
MICHIGAN STATE
09/26/1987
EAST LANSING, MI
W 34- 6
AUBURN
11/07/1987
AUBURN, AL
W 28-14
FLORIDA
11/28/1987
GAINESVILLE, FL
W 31-28
NEBRASKA
01/01/1988
Fiesta Bowl, Tempe, Az
W 24-21
CLEMSON
09/17/1988
CLEMSON, SC
W 13- 7
AUBURN
01/02/1989
Sugar Bowl, New Orleans, La
W 24-17
FLORIDA
12/02/1989
GAINESVILLE, FL
W 41-17
NEBRASKA
01/01/1990
Fiesta Bowl, Tempe, Az
W 24-17
PENN STATE
12/28/1990
Blockbuster Bowl, Miami, Fl
W 51-31
MICHIGAN
09/28/1991
ANN ARBOR, MI
W 10- 2
TEXAS A&M
01/01/1992
Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Tx
W 24-20
CLEMSON
09/12/1992
CLEMSON, SC
W 29-24
GEORGIA TECH
10/17/1992
ATLANTA, GA
W 27-14
NEBRASKA
01/01/1993
Orange Bowl, Miami, Fl
W 33-21
FLORIDA
11/27/1993
GAINESVILLE, FL
W 18-16
NEBRASKA
01/01/1994
Orange Bowl, Miami, Fl
W 23-16
NOTRE DAME
11/12/1994
Orlando, Fl
W 23-17
FLORIDA
01/02/1995
Sugar Bowl, New Orleans, La
W 31-26
NOTRE DAME
01/01/1996
Orange Bowl, Miami, Fl
W 20- 3
NORTH CAROLINA
11/08/1997
CHAPEL HILL, NC
W 31-14
OHIO STATE
01/01/1998
Sugar Bowl, New Orleans, La
W 30-23
FLORIDA
11/20/1999
GAINESVILLE, FL

01/04/2000
Sugar Bowl, New Orleans, La
W 30-17
VIRGINIA TECH
01/01/2002
Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, Fl
W 38-34
FLORIDA
11/29/2003
GAINESVILLE, FL
W 30-18
WEST VIRGINIA
01/01/2005
Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, Fl
W 28-17
BOSTON COLLEGE
09/17/2005
CHESTNUT HILL, MA
W 27-22
VIRGINIA TECH
12/03/2005
ACC Championship, Jacksonville, Fl
W 13-10
MIAMI
09/04/2006
CORAL GABLES, FL
W 44-27
UCLA
12/27/2006
Emerald Bowl, San Francisco, Ca
W 27-17
BOSTON COLLEGE
11/03/2007
CHESTNUT HILL, MA
W 41-39
MIAMI
10/04/2008
CORAL GABLES, FL
W 37- 3
MARYLAND
11/22/2008
COLLEGE PARK, MD
W 42-13
WISCONSIN
12/27/2008
Champs Sports Bowl, Orlando, Fl
W 54-28
BRIGHAM YOUNG
09/19/2009
PROVO, UT
W 30-27
NORTH CAROLINA
10/22/2009
CHAPEL HILL, NC
W 41-28
WAKE FOREST
11/14/2009
WINSTON-SALEM, NC

01/01/2010
Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, Fl
W 45-17
MIAMI
10/09/2010
CORAL GABLES, FL
W 26-17
SOUTH CAROLINA
12/31/2010
Chick-fil-A Bowl, Atlanta, Ga
W 21- 7
FLORIDA
11/26/2011
GAINESVILLE, FL
W 18-14
NOTRE DAME
12/29/2011
Champs Sports Bowl, Orlando, Fl
W 21-15
GEORGIA TECH
12/01/2012
ACC Championship, Charlotte, NC
W 31-10
NORTHERN ILLINOIS
01/01/2013
Orange Bowl, Miami Springs, Fl
W 51-14
CLEMSON
10/19/2013
CLEMSON, SC
W 37- 7
FLORIDA
11/30/2013
GAINESVILLE, FL
W 45- 7
DUKE
12/07/2013
ACC Championship, Charlotte, NC
W 34-31
AUBURN
01/06/2014
BCS National Championship, Pasadena, Ca
W 30-26
MIAMI
11/15/2014
CORAL GABLES, FL
W 37-35
GEORGIA TECH
12/06/2014
ACC Championship, Charlotte, NC
W 27- 2
FLORIDA
11/28/2015
GAINESVILLE, FL
W 45-34
MISSISSIPPI
09/05/2016
Orlando, Fl
W 20-19
MIAMI
10/08/2016
CORAL GABLES, FL
W 33-32
MICHIGAN
12/30/2016
Orange Bowl, Miami, Fl