The Sod Cemetery

Florida State’s sod cemetery holds chunks of the field from great Seminole road wins. Spanning over six decades, “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. Read stories on each sod cemetery game.

1962

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.”

OCT. 20 – FSU 18, GEORGIA 0
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.

ON THE ROAD: UNDERDOG, UF, ACC TITLE, BOWLS

Before leaving for all road games in which Florida State is the underdog, all road games at the University of Florida and all ACC championship and bowl games, Seminole captains gather their teammates to explain the significance of the tradition. Victorious captains return with a piece of the opponent’s turf to be buried in the Sod Cemetery inside the gates of the practice field.

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. After a pair of wins at Hard Rock Stadium in 2017, Florida State has 103 patches of sod in the cemetery.

The Games

Sod No.DateOpponentScoreSiteNotes
110/20/1962Georgia18-0Sanford Stadium - Athens, Ga.
211/10/1962Georgia Tech14-14Grant Field - Atlanta, Ga.
311/24/1962Auburn14-14Cliff Hare Stadium - Auburn, Ala.
49/20/1963Miami24-0Orange Bowl - Miami, Fla.
59/19/1964Miami14-0Orange Bowl - Miami, Fla.
69/26/1964TCU10-0Amon G. Carter Stadium - Ft. Worth, Texas
710/17/1964Georgia17-14Sanford Stadium - Athens, Ga.
81/2/1965Oklahoma36-19Gator Bowl Stadium - Jacksonville, Fla.
Gator Bowl
99/24/1966Miami23-20Orange Bowl - Miami, Fla.
1010/15/1966Texas Tech42-33Jones Stadium - Lubbock, Texas
1111/5/1966South Carolina32-10Carolina Stadium - Columbia, S.C.
129/23/1967Alabama37-37Legion Field - Birmingham, Ala.
1310/7/1967Texas A&M19-18Kyle Field - College Station, Texas
1411/4/1967Memphis State26-7Memorial Stadium - Memphis, Tenn.
1511/25/1967Florida21-16Florida Field - Gainesville, Fla.
1612/30/1967Penn State17-17Gator Bowl Stadium - Jacksonville, Fla.
Gator Bowl
1710/26/1968South Carolina35-28Carolina Stadium - Columbia, S.C.
1811/16/1968NC State48-7Carter Stadium - Raleigh, N.C.
1911/29/1968Houston40-20Gator Bowl Stadium - Jacksonville, Fla.
209/26/1969Miami16-14Orange Bowl - Miami, Fla.
2111/8/1969Virginia Tech10-10Lane Stadium - Blacksburg, Va.
2210/24/1970South Carolina21-13Carolina Stadium - Columbia, S.C.
2310/30/1970Miami27-3Orange Bowl - Miami, Fla.
2411/8/1974Miami21-14Orange Bowl - Miami, Fla.
2511/1/1975Clemson43-7Memorial Stadium - Clemson, S.C.
2611/22/1975Houston33-22Astrodome - Houston, Texas
2710/9/1976Boston College28-9Alumni Stadium - Chestnut Hill, Mass.
2811/13/1976North Texas State21-20Fouts Field - Denton, Texas
2910/1/1977Oklahoma State25-17Lewis Field - Stillwater, Okla.
3012/3/1977Florida37-9Florida Field - Gainesville, Fla.
3112/23/1977Texas Tech40-17Tangerine Bowl Stadium - Orlando, Fla.
Tangerine Bowl
329/9/1978Syracuse28-0Archbold Stadium - Syracuse, N.Y.
339/15/1979Arizona State31-3Tampa Stadium - Tampa, Fla.
3410/27/1979LSU24-19Tiger Stadium - Baton Rouge, La.
3511/23/1979Florida27-16Florida Field - Gainesville, Fla.
369/6/1980LSU16-0Tiger Stadium - Baton Rouge, La.
3710/4/1980Nebraska18-14Memorial Stadium - Lincoln, Neb.
3810/3/1981Ohio State36-27Ohio Stadium - Columbus, Ohio
3910/10/1981Notre Dame19-13Notre Dame Stadium - South Bend, Ind.
4010/2/1982Ohio State34-17Ohio Stadium - Columbus, Ohio
4110/30/1982Miami24-7Orange Bowl - Miami, Fla.
4212/30/1982West Virginia31-12Gator Bowl Stadium - Jacksonville, Fla.
Gator Bowl
439/10/1983LSU40-35Tiger Stadium - Baton Rouge, La.
4410/29/1983Arizona State29-26Sun Devil Stadium - Tempe, Ariz.
4512/31/1983North Carolina28-3Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium - Atlanta, Ga.Peach Bowl
469/22/1984Miami38-3Orange Bowl - Miami, Fla.
4711/3/1984Arizona State52-44Sun Devil Stadium - Tempe, Ariz.
4812/22/1984Georgia17-17Citrus BowlFlorida Citrus Bowl - Orlando, Fla.
Citrus Bowl
499/7/1985Nebraska17-13Memorial Stadium - Lincoln, Neb.
5012/30/1985Oklahoma State34-23Gator Bowl Stadium - Jacksonville, Fla.
Gator Bowl
5112/31/1986Indiana27-13Legion Field - Birmingham, Ala.
All-American Bowl
529/26/1987Michigan State31-3Spartan Stadium - East Lansing, Mich.
5311/7/1987Auburn34-6Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Ala.
5411/28/1987Florida28-14Florida Field - Gainesville, Fla.
551/1/1988Nebraska31-28Sun Devil Stadium - Tempe, Ariz.
Fiesta Bowl
569/17/1988Clemson24-21Memorial Stadium - Clemson, S.C.
571/2/1989Auburn13-7Louisiana Superdome - New Orleans, La.Sugar Bowl
5812/2/1989Florida24-17Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field - Gainesville, Fla.
591/1/1990Nebraska41-17Sun Devil Stadium - Tempe, Ariz.
Fiesta Bowl
6012/28/1990Penn State24-17Joe Robbie Stadium - Miami Gardens, Fla.
Blockbuster Bowl
619/28/1991Michigan51-31Michigan Stadium - Ann Arbor, Mich.
621/1/1992Texas A&M10-2Cotton Bowl Stadium - Dallas, Texas
Cotton Bowl
639/12/1992Clemson24-20Memorial Stadium - Clemson, S.C.
6410/17/1992Georgia Tech29-24Bobby Dodd Stadium/Grant Field - Atlanta, Ga.
651/1/1993Nebraska27-14Orange Bowl - Miami, Fla.
Orange Bowl
6611/27/1993Florida33-21Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field - Gainesville, Fla.
671/1/1994Nebraska18-16Orange Bowl - Miami, Fla.
Orange Bowl - National Championship
6811/12/1994Notre Dame23-16Florida Citrus Bowl - Orlando, Fla.Texaco Star Classic
691/2/1995Florida23-17Louisiana Superdome - New Orleans, La.
Sugar Bowl
701/1/1996Notre Dame31-26Orange Bowl - Miami, Fla.
Orange Bowl
7111/8/1997North Carolina20-3Kenan Memorial Stadium - Chapel Hill, N.C.
721/1/1998Ohio State31-14Louisiana Superdome - New Orleans, La.Sugar Bowl
7311/20/1999Florida30-23Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field - Gainesville, Fla.
741/4/1999Virginia Tech46-29Louisiana Superdome - New Orleans, La.Sugar Bowl - National Championship
751/1/2002Virginia Tech30-17Alltel Stadium - Jacksonville, Fla.
Gator Bowl
7611/29/2003Florida38-34Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field - Gainesville, Fla.
771/1/2005West Virginia30-18Alltel Stadium - Jacksonville, Fla.
Gator Bowl
789/17/2005Boston College28-17Alumni Stadium - Chestnut Hill, Mass.
7912/3/2005Virginia Tech27-22Alltel Stadium - Jacksonville, Fla.ACC Championship
809/4/2006Miami13-10Orange Bowl - Miami, Fla.
8112/27/2006UCLA44-27AT&T Park - San Francisco, Calif.
Emerald Bowl
8211/3/2007Boston College27-17Alumni Stadium - Chestnut Hill, Mass.
8310/4/2008Miami41-39Dolphin Stadium - Miami Gardens, Fla.
8411/22/2008Maryland37-3Byrd Stadium - College Park, Md.
8512/27/2008Wisconsin42-13Florida Citrus Bowl - Orlando, Fla.
Champs Sports Bowl
869/19/2009BYU54-28LaVell Edwards Stadium - Provo, Utah
8710/22/2009North Carolina30-27Kenan Memorial Stadium - Chapel Hill, N.C.
8811/14/2009Wake Forest41-28BB&T Field - Winston-Salem, N.C.
891/1/2010West Virginia33-21Jacksonville Municipal Stadium - Jacksonville, Fla.Gator Bowl
9010/9/2010Miami45-17Sun Life Stadium - Miami Gardens, Fla.
9112/31/2010South Carolina26-17Georgia Dome - Atlanta, Ga.Chick-fil-A Bowl
9211/26/2011Florida21-7Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field - Gainesville, Fla.
9312/29/2011Notre Dame18-14Florida Citrus Bowl - Orlando, Fla.Champs Sports Bowl
9412/1/2012Georgia Tech21-15Bank of America Stadium - Charlotte, N.C.ACC Championship
951/1/2012Northern Illinois31-10Sun Life Stadium - Miami Gardens, Fla.Orange Bowl
9610/19/2013Clemson51-14Memorial Stadium - Clemson, S.C.
9711/30/2013Florida37-7Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field - Gainesville, Fla.
9812/7/2013Duke45-7Bank of America Stadium - Charlotte, N.C.ACC Championship
991/6/2014Auburn34-31Rose Bowl Stadium - Pasadena, Calif.BCS National Championship
10012/6/2014Georgia Tech37-35Bank of America Stadium - Charlotte, N.C.ACC Championship
10111/28/2015Florida27-2Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field - Gainesville, Fla.
10210/8/2016Miami20-19Hard Rock Stadium - Miami Gardens, Fla.
10312/30/2016Michigan33-32Hard Rock Stadium - Miami Gardens, Fla.Orange Bowl