It’s hard to win a football game when you never had more points than your opponent— or if you don’t score a touchdown for that matter. That’s what happened on Friday night in Florida State’s loss at Boston College.
After a 35-3 final score, the largest amount of points Boston College has ever scored against FSU, the Seminoles continue its rocky season, now sitting at 2-5. It was the first time in eight years BC defeated Florida State.
Florida State needed to get on the scoreboard first in order to gain some momentum on the road in a Friday night game. Instead, after allowing a touchdown thrown by BC’s wide receiver, FSU made it seem it didn’t want the in the end zone. And those early struggles don’t even include the BC missed field goal in its first possession.
Threatening, a 47-yard pass by Cam Akers— Yes, you read that right, set up the Seminoles inside the red zone. Then, Akers bobbled a handoff just eight yards from the end zone. The Eagles would recover and be forced to punt. Returner Tarvarus McFadden caught the kick at the eight yard line, but ran back a few yards, causing even more concern for him returning punts.
Those 47 passing yards by Akers would be a game high through one quarter.
FSU punted on its next drive, giving BC the ball already in Seminoles territory.
That was a theme of the first half as BC’s average field possession was its own 37. The Seminoles never started any of its six first half drives further than its own 32.
Once again, after a 4th-and-two conversion and a pass interference committed by Tarvarus McFadden in the end zone, BC waltz in for six. It was a 14-0 lead with 10:10 before halftime that felt insurmountable.
This was the start of the true test to Florida State and to see if the players still had some fight in them. This is also the part you may want to look away.
James Blackman proceeded to throw an interception near midfield that slipped through the hands of Ryan Izzo. And, you guessed it, BC would score another touchdown. In the middle of that six play, 62-yard drive, freshman running back A.J. Dillion had a 39-yard rush that set up the Eagles in the red zone. It was Boston College’s fourth play of 19 or more yards through those first 29 plays.
Down 21-0 with 7:00 left until the break, FSU went three-and-out.
Tarvarus McFadden ended the following Eagles drive by forcing a big turnover on downs, giving the Seminoles a chance. FSU, receiving the kickoff in the second half, got rolling after a 3rd-and-11 conversion which somehow fell into the hands of Nyqwan Murray.
Amir Rasul got FSU into opponent territory for the first time all game. FSU converted a fourth and eight attempt, and eventually settled for a red zone field goal. The teams went into the half with that 21-3 score in favor of the Eagles. The Seminoles, who had not scored 18 points in any half of any game through its first six games, would need to get things going— and fast.
True freshman QB James Blackman had been hit hard on multiple plays in the first half, and was in visible pain throughout the game.
In the third quarter, it was announced defensive back A.J. Westbrook would miss the remainder of the game. FSU already had Calvin Brewton ruled out with an injury and Ermon Lane flipped positions and played wide receiver.
After trading short drives that went nowhere, BC punted a kick that rolled up to Tarvarus McFadden. Instead of letting it go, the junior defensive back tried to recover the ball, however saw it glance off his fingers and the Eagles would get the ball 11 yards away from the end zone. That would be the last punt he would line up to return for the night.
Yes, Boston College scored to make it a 28-3 game with 11 minuets left in the third.
It wouldn’t get much better for the ’Noles. A running into the kicker penalty on its next defensive drive would give BC a free fourth down conversion. They would punt four plays later.
On FSU’s ensuing drive, it would have a third and one it would be unable to convert two times in a row. BC took over at the FSU 24. With :13 left in the third quarter, touchdown Boston College. 35-3.
A punt on fourth and one, down 35-3 was equivalent of the white flag being waved on the FSU sideline.
After all was said and done, Boston College ended up on top.
James Blackman had 102 yards on 11-26 passing. Cam Akers rushed for 42 yards and Nyqwan Murray had a season high 102 receiving yards.
Boston College was never faced with a difficult time getting points on the scoreboard; it’s easy when your average starting field possession is your own 42.
The Eagles out-gained Florida State 329 yards to 213 and amassed 4.3 yards per play. It was the first time the Seminoles failed to reach the end zone since 2008. It’s three points were also somehow still more than the amount of songs the Boston College’s band knew.
Florida State vs. Syracuse next weekend from Doak Campbell.