USA Today/Melina Vastola

Florida State struggles early, but pulls away late for a 34-14 win over USF

Florida State struggled early, but pulled away late against the South Florida Bulls.

It wasn't pretty, but Florida State defeated South Florida 34-14 on Saturday afternoon. The Seminole offense, outside of Dalvin Cook, struggled mightily in the first half, especially quarterback Everett Golson. Golson went just 1-9 for 6 yards in the first half and rushed for -9 yards. The Florida State receivers didn't help him out with at least three dropped passes, two by Bobo Wilson. 

Running back Dalvin Cook was the lone bright spot on the offense in the first half and continued that success in the second half. He became just the fifth Florida State running back, and the first since Sammie Smith in 1988, to run for over 200 yards in a game. He finished the game with 30 rushes for 266 yards and three touchdowns. That is second all-time in Florida State history. 

Everett Golson picked things up in the second half completing 13-17 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown. Bobo Wilson caught the 23 yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter. 

The Florida State defense played exceptionally well during the first three quarters of the game allowing just 177 yards. USF was able to exploit a missed assignment for a 71 yard touchdown pass to start the fourth quarter, but other than that mistake the defense had a very good game. Ro'Derrick Hoskins lead the team with 7 tackles and 2 tackles for loss. Jacob Pugh also had 7 tackles and also added a sack. The Florida State defense accounted for three sacks, one from each defensive level. Cornerback Marquez White picked off a pass in the endzone in the first quarter for the only turnover of the game.

Roberto Aguayo broke the ACC record for most consecutive extra points made at 161. He has never missed an extra point. He was a perfect 2-2 on field goal attempts. 

FSU defensive back Lamarcus Brutus was ejected for targeting in the first half.


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