It was a day of new beginnings for the Florida State football team, but a familiar face led the way for the Seminoles against Texas State. Running Back Dalvin Cook was extremely impressive in the first quarter running for 72 yards and two touchdown. He continued his impressive performance through the third quarter before finishing the night with 156 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 19 carries. Mario Pender also had a very good night running the football with 76 yards on 12 carries.
The Florida State special teams gave Texas State an opportunity to get back in the game. Two muffed punts, two poor punts, and two kickoffs out of boards put Texas State into good field position multiple times and helped them cut the Florida State lead to 14-10. Florida State scored before the half to push the lead to 21-10 at the break.
The Seminoles came out firing in the second half and head coach Jimbo Fisher started opening up the playbook for former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson. Golson had a quiet first half going 7-9 for 74 yards. Golson exploded in the second half finishing 19 of 25 for 302 yards and 4 touchdowns. Golson hit Travis Rudolph, Ryan Izzo, Bobo Wilson, and Ja'Vonn Harrison for touchdown strikes. Golson's 55-yard touchdown pass to Harrison was the longest pass of the night for the Seminoles.
The first team defense was extremely efficient for the Seminoles. Allowing under 4 yards per play and 176 yards through three and a half quarters before the backups came in. Senior linebacker Terrance Smith led the Seminoles in tackles with 7 on the evening, and the defense as a whole had five tackles for loss and one sack on the night.
Florida State continued to run away with the game in the fourth quarter with the back ups in. Sean Maguire threw a touchdown pass to running back Jonathan Vickers with just over four minutes left in the game to push the Florida State lead to 56-16.
Roberto Aguayo extended the Florida State lead to 59-16 with a 22-yard field goal with just over two minutes left in the game.