Florida State struggled all night long, and the one thing that had been constant failed at the wrong time. Roberto Aguayo's 56-yard field goal was blocked and returned 78 yards for the touchdown by Lance Austin. That was the first ACC loss for the Seminoles in 28 games, and the first regular season loss since 2012.
Florida State had every chance in the world to put this game away. The Seminoles were up 13-3 with four minutes left to go in the first half, and had Justin Thomas bottled up in the endzone before he made a terrific throw to Ricky Juene for 33 yards and a 60-yard touchdown run by Thomas to make it 13-10. The Seminoles were able to get another field goal before the half to make it 16-10.
Running back Dalvin Cook carried the ball 13 times in the first half for 63 yards and 1 touchdown, while also catching two passes for 26. He would only carry the ball four more times in the second half and finished with 82 yards rushing and 50 yards receiving.
The Florida State defense held the Georgia Tech in offense for most of the game, but the Yellow Jackets were able to grind out back to back 6-plus minute drives and limited Florida State to just five total plays in the third quarter.
After Georgia Tech had pulled the game to 16-13 the Seminoles looked like they were going in to put the game away. The Seminoles put together a 8-minute 64 play drive that looked like it was going to end in a touchdown. Quarterback Everett Golson hit Travis Rudolph in the endzone for what looked to be the game icing touchdown, but the ball got away from Rudolph and ended up in the waiting hands of Jamal Golden.
Georgia Tech raced down the field, thanks in large part to a 36-yard pass to Brad Stewart, and tied the game up at 16 with 54 seconds left.
The Florida State offense moved the ball down the field, but another false start penalty by an offensive lineman put them in a hole. The offense was able to get to the Georgia Tech 38, but could not complete a short out route that would have made Aguayo's field goal a much more managable 50 yards.
The Seminoles drop to 6-1 on the season and 4-1 in the ACC. The Seminoles move on to host Syracuse at Noon next Saturday.