TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – With a season full of close contests and stressful finishes nearing its conclusion, the Florida State football team had time to enjoy the waning moments of Friday’s game against Boston College.
In a sign that things would be different, the No. 18 Seminoles scored on their first drive of the game for just the second time this season, then never looked back on the way to a 45-7 victory over the Eagles in front of 73,917 fans at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Florida State is 7-3, 4-3 in ACC play headed into next week’s conference finale at Syracuse.
Behind an efficient outing from quarterback Deondre Francois, the Seminoles wore down a solid BC defense and finished the game with 416 total yards.
Francois had completed 16 of 24 passes for 183 yards and three touchdowns before leaving the game with a shoulder contusion late in the third quarter. Francois’ injury did not initially appear to be serious, but FSU coach Jimbo Fisher still opted to have fifth-year senior Sean Maguire finish the game.
Maguire threw for 53 yards and two scores in relief.
Receiver Auden Tate most heavily benefited from FSU’s pass-heavy attack: the sophomore caught six passes – many of them highlight reel-worthy – for 101 yards and two touchdowns. Junior Travis Rudolph chipped in another six catches for 81 yards and a score.
Running back Dalvin Cook, meanwhile, carried 18 times for 108 yards and a touchdown to reach the century mark for the sixth time this season.
Cook’s date with history, however, will have to wait. He needs 19 more yards to surpass Warrick Dunn and become FSU’s all-time career leading rusher.
On defense, Florida State once again stymied a BC offense that came into the game having not scored against the Seminoles since the third quarter of their 2014 meeting. And the Eagles hardly threatened in this one, either. They crossed the 50-yard line just once while FSU’s starters will still in the game, and turned the ball over on downs after reaching the Seminoles’ 29-yard line.
BC finished the game with just 146 yards offense and averaged just 3.0 yards per play.