No Dalvin Cook? No Everett Golson? No problem for Florida State as the Seminoles dominated Syracuse 45-21. Florida State rode backup quarterback Sean Maguire's 348-yard, 3 touchdown performance to their seventh victory of the season.
Syracuse got on the board first with a 1-yard Eric Dungey touchdown run that was set up by a 62-yard screen pass. Florida State would follow up with the next 21 points.
Sean Maguire quickly got into a groove, completing his first 8 passes including a 75-yard touchdown throw to Travis Rudolph. Rudolph would find the endzone two more times during the game and finished with a career high 191 yards and 3 touchdowns.
True freshman running back Jacques Patrick also got into the action with his first start. Patrick ran for 162 yards on 24 carries and 3 touchdowns. He finished the game with a 6.8 yards per carry average.
Not to be outdone the Florida State defense pitched a shutout in the second half, Syracuse scored on a Brisly Estime punt return touchdown, after giving up two touchdowns in the first half. True freshman Derwin James was the star of the game on defense. He led the team with 12 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and 1 forced fumble.
The Seminoles improved to 7-1 overall and 5-1 in the ACC. Florida State will take on Clemson next week in a game that could decide the ACC Atlantic division.