It wasn't pretty, but Florida State took care of business against rival Florida for the third game in a row. Florida State dominated on defense, and if not for a safety following a Sean Maguire fumble, would have pitched a 27-0 shutout. Instead the Seminoles will settle for a 27-2 victory, their third straight in the Swamp.
The Florida State offense wasn't spectacular, but drove the field and put points up when they needed to. Quarterback Sean Maguire's numbers don't look great at 14-28 for 160 yards and 1 touchdown, but he made big throws when he needed to including a 1-yard touchdown the Jeremy Kerr.
Running back Dalvin Cook was held down early, but got going late and finished the game with 183 yards on 26 carries and 1 touchdown. This was Cook's eighth game this season going over 100 yards.
Florida State's special teams made a huge difference in the game. Kicker Roberto Aguayo made two field goals of 45 and 51 yards, and punter Cason Beatty averaged 47.6 yards per punt with three 55-plus yarders. Beatty also dropped three punts inside the 20 yardline. Defensive end Demarcus Walker added to that with the first blocked field goal of his career.
Still, the Florida State defense was the reason the Seminoles won this game. They held Florida to just 3.3 yards per play on the night, and, most importantly, held the Gators to 0-2 in the red zone. Walker led the team in sacks with 1.5 and tackles for loss with 2.5. He fished tied for second in tackles with eight.
It was another great night for the Florida State true freshmen defenders. Derwin James had 9 tackles, .5 sacks, and .5 tackles for loss on the night. Not to be outdone defensive end Josh Sweat added 6 tackles. Both were constantly in the back field pressuring Treon Harris.
Florida State improves to 10-2 on the season, and will win 10 games for the fourth straight year. The Seminoles will await the announcement of their bowl game next week.