The Seminoles improve to 6-1 overall and 4-1 in the ACC while the Blue Devils fall to 1-7 overall and 0-5 in league action.
On its first possession of the game, Florida State drove 93 yards in 16 plays and took a 7-0 lead when quarterback Dew Weatherford hooked up with wide receiver Chris Davis on a 23-yard touchdown pass on third down and 20 yards to go. The drive lasted just under eight minutes and included one fourth down conversion. The Seminoles then recovered a Duke fumble and went ahead 14-0 on Weatherford's 12-yard scoring toss to wide receiver Greg Carr with 3:44 left in the opening quarter.
Duke got on the scoreboard with 6:32 remaining in the second period when tailback Justin Boyle powered into the end zone from one yard out. The drive, which covered 49 yards on seven snaps, was highlighted by Requan Boyette's 12-yard run to the Seminole three yard line.
The Seminoles responded by marching 80 yards in 11 plays with running back Lorenzo Booker scoring around the left end from one yard out, pushing Florida State ahead, 21-7, at the 2:17 mark of the second quarter.
Florida State took the kickoff to begin the third quarter and drove for a 30-yard field goal by Gary Cismesia, making the score 24-7 in favor of the Seminoles with 9:54 left in the period. On the 12 play, 61-yard drive, Weatherford completed six-of-eight pass attempts for 45 yards. Boyle's second touchdown of the day, a one-yard plunge on fourth and goal, came with 7:07 remaining in the third quarter and cut the Seminole led to 24-14. The touchdown capped a six play, 68-yard drive that took 2:41 off the clock and was keyed by Ronnie Drummer's 55-yard run.
Running back Antone Smith's one-yard touchdown run with 3:10 left in the third quarter put Florida State ahead, 31-14. The Seminoles drove 78 yards on eight plays, with Smith rushing five times for 18 yards while Weatherford was three-for-three through the air for 55 yards. Quarterback Xavier Lee's 25-yard touchdown pass to Carr with just over two minutes remaining in the third period extended the advantage to 38-14. After a 36-yard punt return by Willie Reid, Cismesia booted a career-long 49-yard field goal to make the score 41-14 at the 13:18 mark of the final period.
On Duke's next possession, Boyette sprinted 78 yards for a touchdown, matching the 10th longest rush from scrimmage in Duke gridiron history. Smith found the end zone again, scoring from 45 yards out to put Florida State in the lead, 48-21, with 10:20 left in the game. Drummer returned the ensuing kickoff 60 yards, setting up a career-long 47-yard field goal by Joe Surgan to pull the Blue Devils to within 48-24 with 8:32 to play. Carr's third touchdown catch of the day covered 12 yards an came from Lee at the 5:20 mark.
Next Saturday, Duke will celebrate Senior Day by hosting Wake Forest at 12 noon. The Seminoles return home to host Maryland.