With a 7-3 score in favor of the Seminoles out of the half, Duke received the ball and were forced to punt it back to the Seminoles after the great defensive stand.
Back on offense, FSU had to make two, third down conversions, but is was worth while as the ’Noles were able to put points on a goal thanks to a— you guessed it— red zone field goal. FSU had the ball at the Duke 8-yard line before a James Blackman sack pushed FSU back another 10 yards.
The 11 play, 88 yard drive that took up 6:40 ended with that 23-yard Ricky Aguayo field goal to put the ’Noles back up a touchdown. It was 10-3 with 4:54 left in the third.
Of those 11 plays, eight were designed rushes with Patrick receiving seven of the carries for 41 yards.
Duke, facing a third down and 17 deep in its own territory, found a receiver that evaded FSU’s backfield and caught a 57-yard pass. The Blue Devils got into the Seminoles’ red zone and proceeded to tie the game up on a nine-yard rushing touchdown by Brittain Brown with 2:12 left in the third quarter.
James Blackman threw his second interception of the game on the ensuing FSU drive that got all the way to the Duke 36-yard line after the ’Noles went 29 yards in 4 plays.
Florida State spent so much time on their lone complete drive of the quarter which only resulted in three points. Had tempo been picked up, the ’Noles could have had more opportunities. We’ll see if this plays a factor in the fourth quarter.