Florida State fans have lots to be concerned with — if not furious about — following the Seminoles’ narrow escape against UL-Monroe on Saturday night. With the prospect of another second-half collapse about to result in an unconscionable loss to the Warhawks, ’Nole running back Cam Akers carried FSU to an overtime win— and he did it by carrying the ball more in one game than anyone in program history.
The junior from Mississippi rushed 36 times, two more than the previous school record of 34 set by Travis Minor in the 1998 opener against Texas A&M. Akers amassed 193 yards on the ground, 5.4 YPC, along with a pair of scores. That’s the 18th highest single-game yardage-total in an FSU contest, and the second-highest rushing output of Akers’ career (he had 199 vs. Syracuse in 2017, No. 14 on FSU’s all-time list).
As if that weren’t enough, he also caught five passes for 55 yards and another TD. For some perspective, the only Seminole with more receiving yards was Tamorrion Terry, and he narrowly edged Akers, with 57.
In all, Akers accounted for 248 of FSU’s 501 total yards.
Some will undoubtedly come to the conclusion, as they did after the Boise State loss, that there was nothing positive to take from this game. But doing so is myopic, looking past a tremendous effort from Akers. Akers’ postgame interview is included below, and if you want to check out head coach Willie Taggart’s comments on Akers’ day, you can check out his postgame presser here.
RB Cam Akers post-game media availabilityPosted by TomahawkNation.com on Saturday, September 7, 2019