Florida State sees Clemson run away late

by Gary Shelton on November 12, 2017 · 0 comments

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Sunday, 1:30 a.m.

This was a situation out of the past, an opportunity the FSU Seminoles always seemed to sieze.

There was 6:36 to play, and FSU had just recovered a Clemson fumble. The Tigers' three-point lead felt tenuous. Maybe, just maybe, this was where a turnaround would begin with a salvaged football game.

Instead, on the first snap, freshman James Blackman threw an interception. Clemson would go on to score twice and capture a 31-14

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victory. That left the Sseminoles needing to win three games to qualify for a bowl game; home against Delaware State and Louisiana-Monroe and a road game at Florida.

"Our kids our learning, that’s for sure,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. “We can continue to grow from this, but they competed very hard, played very hard and made a heck of a run to have a chance to be in it.

But again just relax and make the play when we have to. Whether it’s offense, defense, special teams we just can’t seem to make that play when we need to make it.”

FSU trailed 17-0, but had a chance midway through the fourth period after a trick play. Blackman pitched the ball to freshman running back Cam Akers, who then lateraled to Nyquan Murray, who flipped it back to Blackman. Blackman then threw downfield to Larry Izzo for a 60-yard touchdown pass.

Five minutes to go, we were right there and had a chance and we let it slip away from us,” Fisher said. “Give them credit, they made the plays they had to do to win the game.”

FSU is home against Delaware State next week. Game time is noon.

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