Florida State falls to Houston 38-24 in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. The Seminoles struggled in all phases of the game except punting where Cason Beatty had five 50-plus yard punts on six attempts.
There wasn't much that went right for the Seminoles today. Florida State quarterback Sean Maguire was knocked out of the game with an ankle injury in the first quarter, and JJ Cosentino attempted to replace him. The word attempted is used because Cosentino struggled badly. Maguire came back out, but struggled on the ankle, and threw 4 interceptions. Running back Dalvin Cook, who hadn't fumbled all season, fumbled inside the Florida State 20.
The Florida State defense gave up two long touchdown drives in the first half, and took advantage of Cook's fumble to hold a 21-3 lead at the half. Florida State couldn't get anything going on the ground, and when Cosentino came into the game the offense went backwards more often than it went forward. He finished the game 1-4 for 5 yards and -12 yards on sacks.
The Seminoles attempted to make it a game in the second half scoring 21 points, but turnovers and defensive busts put the game out of reach for the Seminoles. Florida State averaged 1.2 yards per play more than Houston, but allowed Houston to convert on 11 of 21 third down attempts. The Cougars ran 98 plays and dominated the time of possession. Sean Maguire finished the day 22-44 for 392 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions.
The Seminoles were held to just 16 rushing yards for the game and star running back Dalvin Cook had 18 carries for just 33 yards and 1 touchdown.
The lone bright spot on the Florida State offense was wide receiver Travis Rudolph. Rudolph caught 7 passes for 201 yards and 1 touchdown. It was the first 200 yard receiving game for the Seminoles this season.
The Seminoles fall to 10-3 on the season, and will finish with more than 2 losses for the first time since 2011.