Devils Flattened By Florida State

DURHAM, N.C. - Despite two interceptions, including one for a TD, from senior John Talley and a safety from Vince Oghobaase, Duke fell to Florida State, 51-24, Saturday afternoon here at Wallace Wade Stadium.

Florida State took a 7-0 lead less then three minutes into the game when Lawrence Timmons scooped up a fumble and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown.

At the 6:09 mark of the first period, Florida State's Drew Weatherford tossed a nine-yard scoring strike to De'Cody Fagg to push the lead to 14-0. The three-play, eight-yard scoring drive was set up by a 51-yard punt return by Chris Davis.

The Seminoles pushed their lead to 21-0 with 23 seconds left in the first quarter when Weatherford and Greg Carr hooked up on a 33-yard touchdown pass to cap a six-play, 72-yard scoring drive.

Duke got on the scoreboard with 13:31 remaining in the second quarter on Talley's 50-yard interception return for a touchdown. Florida State blocked the ensuing PAT attempt and returned the football for a two-point defensive conversion to claim a 23-6 advantage. The interception return for a touchdown by Talley marks the third of his career and pushed the Duncan, S.C., native into first place on the ACC's all-time chart for interception return yardage.

On the opening play from scrimmage in the third quarter, Antone Smith darted 80 yards off the right side for a touchdown. Gary Cismesia's extra point made the score 30-6 in favor of the Seminoles. At the 10:50 mark of the third period, Duke's Vince Oghobaase tackled Lorenzo Booker in the end zone for a safety. Florida State started the drive inside its own one yard line following a 47-yard punt by Alex Feinberg.

Following Florida State's free kick, Duke drove 31 yards in five plays to set up a 40-yard field goal by Joe Surgan, pulling the Blue Devils to within 30-11 with 8:52 remaining in the third quarter. Florida State countered with an 11-play, 84-yard drive that resulted in a 16-yard scoring toss from Weatherford to Carr.

The Blue Devils took advantage of a Seminole turnover late in the third quarter when Jabari Marshall recovered a muffed punt by Chris Davis. Duke then marched 22 yards for a two-yard touchdown plunge with 31 seconds on the clock. Carr hauled in his third touchdown of the day just over three minutes into the fourth quarter for a 44-17 Semine advantage. The 35-yard pass from Weatherford to Carr capped a seven-play, 80-yard drive.

Florida State's Xavier Lee threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Damon McDaniel for a 51-17 lead with 6:18 left in the fourth period. Thaddeus Lewis fired a 41-yard touchdown pass to Eron Riley with seven seconds left in the game to account for the final margin.

Duke remains at home next Saturday to host Miami at 1 p.m.

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