“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”
Sports, as well as life, are full of clichés like this. There are many things I could write about trying to explain what the nation witnessed, yet again, at Doak Campbell Staduim. I’m going to go in a different direction.
The best team on the field didn’t win Saturday night. I’m not suggesting that Samford is more talented, although it seemed like it at times, but Samford was a better overall TEAM that night from coaching, offense, defens, special teams, equipment staff, mascot etc.
Before the season I took for granted wins, including this one, thinking Samford was a run of the mill FCS school. After a smidgen of research, I could see that the quarterback Devlin Hodges is damn good and a draft prospect. Their wide receiver from right in Willie Taggart’s backyard is related to Seminole legend Peter Warrick. Hell, he was a three-star prospect and probably good enough to go to FSU. Ahmad Gooden, the number 99 that we saw all over the place until a targeting penalty (which I personally hate was called), probably earned himself a draft spot after this game.
We also saw head coach Chris Hatcher come up with a perfect game plan for FSU, reminiscent of his days at Valdosta State University, right up the road from Tallahassee. His game plan was lethal and simple – attack, attack, attack. It’s really the only way to play when you’ve got nothing to lose. Go right at them.
What’s the worst that could happen? They beat you by 75?
That’s what they brought you in for, but why take the ass whipping when you can give it.
Maybe you stun them with an unexpected shot similar to the biblical character David when he fought Goliath. It worked because he had his underfunded, facilities-lacking, gang of misfits ready to play a school that has everything.
Everybody is talking about what FSU didn’t do instead of applauding what Samford, as well as a host of other FCS schools, did do. They kicked ass and almost accomplished something that they haven’t been able to do since the 1930s in beating a FBS school.
Now, as far as FSU, the game had elements of the good, the bad and the ugly, similar to FSU’s alternative fight song named “Seminole Uprising.” There are lessons to be learned to start putting a better product on the field.
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