Dalvin Cook Leads Florida State Past Syracuse

 

 

 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Seminoles.com) – Dalvin Cook made quick work of Florida State’s career rushing record, and the Seminoles did the same to the Syracuse Orange.

With a 41-yard gain on his second carry of the day, Cook reached 3,987 rushing yards for his career and surpassed the mark held for 20 years by FSU Hall of Famer Warrick Dunn (3,959 yards).

Cook, however, was just getting started. He would go on the run for 227 yards and four touchdowns – three in the third quarter – as the No. 17 Seminoles raced past Syracuse for a 45-14 victory at the Carrier Dome.

FSU improved to 8-3 and finishes its ACC campaign 5-3. The Seminoles host No. 23 Florida, a 16-10 winner over No. 16 LSU earlier in the day, in next week’s regular-season finale.

It was a big day for the number four.

Even another No. 4, sophomore cornerback Tarvarus McFadden, got in on the action with second-quarter interception in the end zone. That interception, McFadden’s nation-leading eighth of the season, led to a Cook score that gave the Seminoles a 21-0 advantage.

McFadden is now No. 2 on FSU’s list for interceptions in a single season. He needs four more to catch Terrell Buckley, who had 12 in 1991.

There were plenty of other Seminoles to take turns in the spotlight, too.

Quarterback Deondre Francois threw for 315 yards and touchdowns on each of FSU’s first two drives, and each of the six Seminoles to catch a pass on Saturday had at least 37 receiving yards.

Sophomore Auden Tate led the way with 77 yards on five catches, but junior Travis Rudolph (5-64, 1 TD) and senior Kermit Whitfield (4-59) weren’t too far behind.

And FSU continued its late-season trend of stout defensive efforts, limiting Syracuse’s hurry-up offense to just 233 total yards and 3.2 yards per play.

That was thanks in large part to a relentless pass rush that sacked Syracuse quarterback Zack Mahoney seven times, a season high for FSU this season.

Senior DeMarcus Walker and freshman Brian Burns each had two sacks, while Josh Sweat, Matthew Thomas and Ro’Derrick Hoskins each had one.

All told, the Seminoles doubled up Syracuse in both total yardage (654-233) and yards per play (8.6-3.2) despite running just four more plays than the Orange.