Florida State did it again with another down to the wire victory. The Seminoles never trailed, but the game was very much in doubt until Roberto Aguayo kicked the game winning field goal with three seconds left. Florida State improved to 11-0 on the season and have won 27 straight games during their win streak.
Jameis Winston played his best game of the season despite the big numbers. He was 22-32 for 281 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. At least half of his incompletions were drops by the wide receivers including multiple catches that could have put the game away. Rashad Greene dropped a 30-yard touchdown, and Bobo Wilson dropped a 28-yard pass that would have resulted in a first down inside the Boston College 30. Winston would not throw his receivers under the bus in his post game press conference, but if Florida State wants to have any chance of winning another National Championship the receivers will need to play much better.
Dalvin Cook was the spark that the Florida State offense needed tonight running for 76 yards on 14 carries including 22 on the last drive. He also added a 7-yard reception on that drive. When Florida State needed to run the football Cook came through. He was also able to hold onto the football despite the conditions, something he hasn’t done well the last few games.
Rashad Greene didn’t have his best night tonight. He dropped a touchdown pass, and early in the third quarter left the game with a right arm injury. He would return, and, when Florida State needed him most, he delivered. Greene finished with 8 receptions for 106 yards and another place in the Florida State record books. He is now the career receiving yards leader at Florida State surpassing Ron Sellers record set in 1968. He is currently at 3,613 yards with at least three games to go.
The defense gave up 313 total yards on the game and held Boston College to 4.7 yards per rush when the Eagles average 5.4. The Seminoles also held Boston College to 20 less rushing yards and 63 passing yards less than what the Eagles average. It wasn’t pretty, and the Noles need to find a way to get off the field on third down, but in the end it was enough to get the win.
Other than the missed field goal by Aguayo, the Florida State special teams played extremely well tonight. The missed field goal was due to a high snap by longsnapper Stephen Gabbard. The field goal unit recovered well and Aguayo was able to put the game winner through the uprights. Cason Beatty was fantastic again with a 54-yard punt and a 44-yard punt that landed inside the 10.
The Seminoles continue to find ways to win and remain undefeated. Which is something that no other power five conference team can say. If Florida State continues to win there will be no doubt that the Seminoles get into the inaugural playoff. The only question is what seed.