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Stifling defense leads Florida State to 14-0 victory over Boston College.

Florida State rode a stifling defense and Cason Beatty to a 14-0 win at Boston College.

It wasn't pretty, but any time a team goes on the road against a conference opponent winning is all that matters. That's especially true when it's on a short week. 

The Seminoles came out firing on all cylinders and scored easily on the opening possession. Quarterback Everett Golson went 5-5 to start the game, and looked ready to put last weeks abysmal first half against USF behind him. Golson hit Travis Rudolph for a 9-yard touchdown to cap off the 83 yard drive. 

The Boston College defense picked it up after that and in the eight Florida State drives that followed allowed just 134 yards and no points. The Eagles held star running back Dalvin Cook to just 58 yards on 15 carries and forced quarterback Everett Golson to beat them through the air. One bright side for the Florida State offense is that they didn't turn the ball over for the third straight game for the first time in Florida State football history. 

As good as the Boston College defense was, the Florida State defense was better. The Seminoles held the Eagles to just 195 yards on offense and 3.4 yards per play. The defense also forced two turnovers, one of which was returned by Jalen Ramsey for a Florida State touchdown to put the Noles up 14-0. Backup linebacker Ro'Derrick Hoskins led the defense in tackles for the second straight week with 7 tackles and 1 tackle for loss. The Florida State defense forced their first road shutout since 2003 against Notre Dame. 

Senior punter Cason Beatty was arguably the star of the game for the Seminoles. Beatty had 7 punts at an average of 52.3 yards including one that ended up on the 1-yard line. Four of his punts ended up inside the 20-yard line.

The Seminoles knew that they were in for a dog fight against the Eagles and played the game that way. They were methodical and played for field position. It wasn't the most impressive win of head coach Jimbo Fisher's career, but it's a win and the Seminoles improved to 3-0 on the season. 


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