Florida State meets their archrival at Doak Campbell Stadium. FSU comes into the game with an 8-3 record while Florida sits at 8-2. Since FSU is out of the ACC title picture this season, my coverage will resume with whatever bowl the Noles are picked to play in. If any of you watched this game, outside of Florida’s opening drive, the Gators offense was basically non-existent. The stop on 4th and goal on that opening drive pretty much sealed their fate. Florida State took over on downs at their own 2 and drove to the Florida 32 where they stalled and then missed a 49 yard FG attempt. When Florida took over Appleby was sacked and fumbled on the 2nd play and FSU took over at the Florida 27. It took 2 rushes by Dalvin Cook of 7 and 17 yards and the Noles were up 7-0. The Gators did have 1 more drive in the 2ndquarter that resulted in a 38 yard FG and the half ended with FSU up 10-3. The 2nd half with the Noles getting the ball and going 3 and out. Florida took over after a punt and they also went 3 and out. After punting to the FSU 11 on the 2ndplay from scrimmage Deondre Francois threw an ill-advised pass that was intercepted by the Gators at the FSU 27. They could only manage 2 yards against the stout FSU defense and settled for a 41 yard FG closing to 10-6. The Noles responded with 9 play 75 yard drive and a 46 yard TD pass from Francois to Travis Rudolph made the score 17-6 and that was basically the game.
How dominant of a player is Dalvin Cook? Cook’s third game against the Gators was as impressive as the first two: He ran for 153 yards and a touchdown Saturday night and raised his three-year total against UF to 480 rushing yards and three scores.
The Gators did pick-up a gift TD when FSU punt returner Nyqwan Murray fumbled and the ball was picked up by a Gator at the FSU 12 and returned for a TD. That was the 1st TD by Florida against the Seminoles since late in the 2nd quarter of the 2014 game. With that being a special teams score the last offensive TD by Florida was that 2014 game. Of note, that was the only TD of the game for the Gators in 2014. You have to go back to the 2012 season for the last time that Florida scored more than one offensive TD. How inept was the Florida offense? They were 0-12 on 3rd down** and were 29 for 58 rushing the ball. They managed 149 yards passing on 19 of 35, but the bulk of that was on the last drive of the game with the Seminoles up 31-13 and in a prevent defense.
**It marked the first time since 2004 that FSU held an opponent without a third-down conversion
Some milestones set in this game: The senior class became the 1st class in FSU football history to finish with an 8-0 record against in-state rivals Florida and Miami.
With his 17 yard TD run in the 1st quarter Dalvin Cook became the all-time TD leader for FSU with 45.