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Quick hitter: Clemson outlasts FSU in back-and-forth

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FSU v Clemson Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

Florida State entered into today’s matchup vs. Clemson as a 9.5 point underdog, knowing that despite a down year for the Tigers it would be an uphill climb to pull off the upset in Death Valley.

The game, thought to be a defensive showdown, has had its fair share of offense early in the game. Clemson mainly rode the running ability of Will Shipley for most of its success, while Florida State used a combo of running prowess and freakish football happenings to find its points.

The highlight of the game was running back Lawrance Toafilli’s mind-blowing run after catch where he rolled over a Clemson defender to stay upright and score a 75-yard touchdown.

While Florida State’s defense did show out early, the Seminoles let Clemson score its most points vs. an FBS opponent this season, failing to hold the Tigers out of the endzone late in the game when FSU had a chance to clinch the win.

Though FSU was going up against a talented defense, it’s hard to not feel as if they left points on the field, especially considering the missed deep shot from quarterback Jordan Travis to wide receiver Keyshawn Helton that would’ve at the least set up the Seminoles within the Clemson 10.

The Seminoles failed to score any offensive points in the second half, gaining a temporary lead off a Jermaine Johnson strip-sack scoop and score.