FSU finally finishes ahead in a home game

by Gary Shelton on November 5, 2017 · 0 comments

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Sunday, 1 a.m.

They almost let a two-touchdown lead slip away. They had to watch a last-second field goal miss. They took a few more years off the life of their head coach.

But, finally, the FSU Seminoles won a home game.

And, yikes, it's November.

The Seminoles held on to win over Syracuse, 27-24, when a 43-yard field goal by Cole Murphy at the buzzer missed.

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FSU coach Jimbo Fisher continued to bristle at the suggestions his team had quit in a 35-3 loss to Boston College.

"They didn't quit," Fisher said. "I know what happened. I know why it happened. That is something. That's something you're never going to see us do.

"And you can write that."

Freshman Cam Akers had a huge game for FSU, rushing for 199 yards. He had touchdown runs of 54 and 63 yards. Akers' 695 yards is the third most by a true freshman at FSU. FSU also scored on a 51-yard pass from James Blackman to Nyquan Murray.

“If you don’t have chunk plays, you’re not going to be a great offense. You can draw it up any way you want,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. “It’s like hitting ‘3s’ (in basketball). You can shoot ‘2s’ all day, but you’ve got to have some ‘3s.’”

Akers, in high school not long ago, was dynamic.

“(He) finished runs, hit the home run,” Fisher said. “He did the home run the right way, not craziness but with good, hard runs. He had an outstanding day. Very proud of him.”

Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey had 387 yards of total offense. He threw for 278 and ran for 109.

The win kept FSU's bowl hopes possible.

"It's part of the obligation you got here," Fisher said. "Nobody's ever (had) 40 straight winning seasons, 35 straight bowl games. Yes, I mean, that's very important."


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