In 1962, FSU began the tradition of removing a chunk of sod
from the field where the Seminoles scored an upset win on the road
following an 18-0 win at Georgia. The chunk was returned to FSU and buried here.
The tradition really took flight in the early years of the Bobby Bowden
era, when the coach decided to fearlessly travel to college football’s
toughest venues to test his team and gain exposure for the
then-independent program. The pinnacle schedule for that motive was
1981, when FSU played more road games (6) than home games (5), including
five straight away from home, traveling to Nebraska, Ohio State, Notre
Dame, LSU, Florida, and a Pittsburgh squad featuring Dan Marino. Sod
came home from half of those venues (OSU, ND, LSU).