Florida State visited Syracuse on Saturday afternoon in one of those matchups that remind you the Orange really are in the ACC. What a struggling Seminoles team ended up finding in Central New York, though, was a huge mess. This sometimes happens when teams visit Syracuse, where games take place in a cavernous dome named after a heating and cooling giant that actually lacks air conditioning.
A steamy Carrier Dome meant a loud, cramp-filled day for the players. Florida State really struggled with this, as quarterback Deondre Francois found little room to run or anyone to actually catch the football. Basically, Willie Taggert’s Seminoles had no hope on Saturday, which was evident in their 23-point loss.
As the Orange pitched a shutout, Florida State’s chosen hashtag for the season began to look more like a taunt than a way to inspire student-athletes. That slogan, #DoSomething, slowly became less motivational and more like a cry for help.
The hashtag didn’t do much better as the game continued and Syracuse kept scoring, either. Nor did it seem like it was particularly inspirational when the Seminoles picked up a first down and it got posted to social media.
Soon enough, the hashtag disappeared. I’m sure trailing by 20 in a shutout at a school known more for its basketball program had nothing to do with it.
#DoSomething did make a comeback, however, when the ‘Noles actually did something positive. It also showed up when they finally broke the scoreless tie.
The final, 30-7, doesn’t look much better with a crooked number on the board for Florida State, though. But a zero on the scoreboard wasn’t the only thing missing when the Seminoles tweeted out the final score: There was also a distinct lack of a certain hashtag.
While it appears Florida State might have fallen on some hard times, this was a nice win for the Orange, which managed to do several things on Saturday en route to a 3-0 start on the year.