FSU scored a touchdown in the first quarter. Repeat, Florida State scored more than three points in the first quarter.
Florida State opened the game with a touchdown on its first drive, something it had yet to do through its first four games. James Blackman connected with Auden Tate for a 20-yard touchdown to put FSU up 7-0.
On that first drive, Blackman threw for 45 yards on 4-4 passing. That’s more yards than he threw for in the first quarter in the past two games combined.
The FSU defense then stepped up and halted the Duke drive before it could reach midfield.
The second Seminoles drive was just outside of the red zone at the Duke 26 yard line when the quarter concluded. James Blackman started the game completing his first 7 pass attempts for 81 yards.
The ’Noles averaged 7.3 yards per play on 21 total plays in the first quarter.
On the ground, Cam Akers had a game high 39 yards through the opening quarter. Jacques Patrick added 24 yards on five carries.