By AMANDA NEPPL / Staff Writer
Florida State finished one of the season’s final games with an effortless defeat over the Boston College Eagles. The score only continued to grow while the Eagles struggled to defend their nest, leading to a 45-7 ‘Nole victory.
“It is the first first quarter touchdown for the Seminoles against a Power-5 opponent,” writes Wayne E McGahee III in a Tallahassee Democrat article. Wide receiver Auden Tate completed an excellent 6-yard pass from quarterback Deondre Francois with a catch that put points on the board. The ‘Noles were not done yet. With nearly a minute left, wide receiver Nyqwan Murray caught Francois’s 4-yard pass, and they finished the quarter 14-0.
Florida State totaled 416 yards, 180 of those rushing yards. During the second quarter, Dalvin Cook dominated the field – actually the whole team did, and for the entire game – by running 19-yards and driving the ball to the end zone. Nearly three minutes were left in the quarter, and the ‘Noles remained unconquered.
Because the game was on Veteran’s Day, a family was recognized on the field during halftime. “Ryan Otto, Chief Military Officer III of the United States Army, runs onto the field to surprise his family at the Boston College-Florida State game after a video message was played for them,” reads the caption of an ESPN video report. The moment certainly touched everyone watching, and was followed by a patriotic performance from the Florida State University Marching Chiefs.
Either a team can complete a pass, or, have a massive amount of passing yards, or, both. According to an ESPN post-game report, the ‘Noles totaled 236 passing yards while Boston College managed 50. This is understandable because Florida State had possession for the majority of the game. Wide receiver Travis Rudolph completed Francois’s 20-yard pass towards the end of the quarter. Not only was it Rudolph’s first catch of the night, but quarterback Sean Maguire’s first touchdown pass this season. Auden Tate completed the throw with just 25 second left in the third, and Boston College stayed at zero.
Even more “firsts” than those previously mentioned were made in the final quarter of the game. Freshman kicker Logan Tyler, from 53 yards at nearly 12 minutes, made his first field goal this season. During the fourth, Sean Maguire made another touchdown pass after jumping in for Francois. Senior fullback Freddie Stevenson, at nearly 8 minutes, caught the ball for a 6-yard touchdown. Finally, the Eagles running back Richard Wilson completed a 1-yard run with less than 4 minutes left.
The Seminoles proved that the season is not yet over with their victory over the Eagles on Friday night. Next up is Syracuse, who lost 35-20 against NC State. Tune in at 3:30pm next Saturday for an expected win against the 4-6 team. Hopefully, those people in Gainesville will be watching that game…