By AMANDA NEPPL / Staff Writer
Did we just watch the Boston College game all over again? Florida State took their talents to New York not only to defeat the Syracuse Orange 45-14, but to set the stage for the ‘Noles big rivalry game against the Florida Gators next Saturday.
“In the three seasons that Syracuse has been in the ACC, the ‘Noles have won all three of their meetings against the Orange,” writes Morgan Moriarty in a SB NATION article. After nearly 4 minutes, receiver Nyqwan Murray completed an excellent pass from quarterback Deondre Francois, and ran 16 yards towards the end zone. Receiver Travis Rudolph ran 15 yards and scored the ‘Noles second touchdown at about 7 minutes, and Florida State finished the quarter 14-0. Syracuse managed to score after running back Dalvin Cook ran 25 yards for a touchdown. (Peep the third paragraph if you want the scoop on the new record). Just before the half, Zack Mahoney, the Orange quarterback, threw a 46-yard hail mary pass to Amba Etta-Tawo, which closed the quarter 21-7.
During the first quarter, Dalvin Cook surpassed Warrick Dunn’s yardage record and now sits tight as the 6th player in the ACC to exceed 4,000 yards. According to College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread, Warrick Dunn “amassed more than 10,000 career yards in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons” and rushed “3,959 yards over four seasons at FSU from 1993-1996.” It is expected that Cook will head to the NFL next season, either for early admissibility for the 2017 draft; he could otherwise continue his career with the ‘Noles for another year as he is a junior. In an article from The New York Times, Cook says that “guys like Zeke (Ezekiel Elliott), Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley are doing a good job of showing how you have to be a good running back to be successful.” Elliot currently plays for the Dallas Cowboys, while Gordon is at the San Diego Chargers and Gurley, the Rams. Cook has been watching Zeke’s rookie season with the Cowboys and “how that could improve his draft stocks,” writes The New York Times. No matter where Cook ends up, he is still one of college football’s top running backs, and no doubt will make the Seminole nation proud.
And Cook dominated the third quarter. On an 11-yard run to the end zone, Cook completed his second touchdown at about 12 minutes. “Another Dalvin Cook touchdown. This one from 17 yards out to give FSU a 35-7 lead with 5:59 left in the third quarter,” writes Wayne E McGahee III in a Tallahassee Democrat article on the third touchdown. The Orange manage to score after Zack Mahoney finds Edwin Phillips, who ran 17 yards to secure 14 points for Syracuse. And yes, you guessed it, Cook scored again with less than 2 minutes left. The fourth quarter welcomed Ricky Aguayo’s first field goal of the game, indefinitely securing a ‘Nole victory.
After University of Florida’s win over Louisiana State University on Saturday, Florida State has a lot to look forward to. Yet, the ‘Noles will not tremble in the face of the Gators, but instead continue to perform the way they did against Syracuse. Next Saturday, tune in on ABC at 8pm for what should be the most interesting game of the season.