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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Everett Golson looks right at home in Doak Campbell Stadium.
Florida State’s new starting quarterback had a sharp, efficient debut with the Seminoles, while sophomore running back Dalvin Cook picked up right where left off in a 59-16 FSU victory over Texas State.
The Seminoles are 1-0 for the sixth time in as many seasons under coach Jimbo Fisher.
After a run-heavy first half, Golson and the passing game opened up in the third and fourth quarters. The former Notre Dame transfer finished with 302 yards, four touchdowns and no turnovers before giving way to backup Sean Maguire late in the fourth quarter.
Cook, meanwhile, helped the Seminoles keep the Bobcats (0-1) at a distance in the early goings. The Miami native rushed for 156 yards (122 by halftime) and two touchdowns while averaging more than eight yards per carry.
For Cook, it was his fourth straight 100-yard rushing performance, becoming the FSU tailback to accomplish the feat since Greg Jones hit the triple-digit mark in five straight games from 2001-02.
And redshirt junior Mario Pender provided a perfect balance for Cook, posting 92 yards and a TD of his own.
Florida State went to halftime with 23 rush attempts while throwing the ball just nine times.
But Fisher unleashed Golson in the second half, calling 13 passes in the third quarter alone.
Each of Golson’s touchdown passes came in the third and fourth quarters, and all were thrown to a different receiver.
All told, Golson completed passes to nine different targets. Sophomore Travis Rudolph led the way with 44 yards and a TD on four catches. Junior Bobo Wilson (3-53, TD) and sophomore Ja’Vonn Harrison (2-77, TD) had strong outings as well.
FSU’s defense kept the Bobcats mostly under wraps. Texas State didn’t cross the 200-yard threshold until the fourth quarter – after subbing in quarterback Connor White for start Connor Jones – and went nearly 35 minutes between scores.