For the first time since 1961, the Florida State Seminoles lost to a non-major opponent, falling to Jacksonville State. In a stunning miracle play, Jacksonville State tried a desperation play, with quarterback Zerrick Cooper throwing a pass to Damond Philjaw-Johnson, who walked into the end zone for the touchdown, taking the score to the final 20-17.

Florida State coach Mike Norvell was clearly upset at the end of the game but took full responsibility for the surprise defeat that brought the Seminoles to 0-2 on the season. Speaking after the game, he stated:

“I apologize to our fan base, to our university, to all Seminoles for the performance we had. I take ownership of it, but we go in and work, correct the things that have to be corrected to play to the level we're capable of playing. This team has talent, they have heart, they truly do believe in what we can accomplish, but we have to go execute. It can't just be something we talk about in the moment. I've been a part of challenging times before. Tonight is a challenging time for our university and our football team. We will get it corrected.”

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Additionally, Seminoles quarterback McKenzie Milton did not mince words speaking after the game. He added:

“It's embarrassing,” the Seminoles gunslinger said. “We've got to own that. That's who we are. We lost to Jacksonville State. We're 0-2, so all we can do is look forward.”

Right now, Florida State has to regroup and bounce back against Wake Forrest (2-0) next Saturday, the 18th of September. It is clear that Mike Norvell will do everything in his power for the fans to forget this game and try to get the best out of his Seminoles.