It took all four quarters, but Clemson finally put the game away late in the fourth quarter to secure a 23-13 victory over the Seminoles. Florida State had their chances, but failed to capitalize on good field position multiple times, and once against struggled to score in the red zone.
Florida State got off to a good start with Dalvin Cook taking his first carry 75-yards for a touchdown to put the Seminoles up 7-0. Florida State's defense held the high powered Clemson offense in check for most of the half, letting up just two field goals. Roberto Aguayo added a field goal to give the Seminoles a 10-6 lead at the half.
Clemson came out and took the lead in the third quarter on quarterback Deshaun Watson's lone touchdown of the game. Deon Cain took a wide receiver screen 38 yards to give the Tigers their first lead of the game. Florida State would respond with a field goal to tie things up and send the game into the fourth quarter tied at 13.
It was all Clemson in the fourth quarter. The Tigers went up 16-13 on another field goal by Lakip with 7:23 left to go in the game.
Florida State got a big kickoff return from Kermit Whitfield to start the following drive, but Dalvin Cook came up short on fourth and 1. Clemson took the ensuing drive down the field and capped it off with 25-yard Wayne Gallman touchdown run.
Florida State falls to 7-2 on the season and 5-2 in the ACC. It is the first time since 2011 that Florida State has lost multiple ACC games.
Running Back Dalvin Cook finished with 194 yards on 21 carries and 1 touchdown. Quarterback Sean Maguire finished 16-29 for 165 yards and 1 interception.