Despite a steadfast performance, No. 16 Boston College succumbed to a rally by No. 8 Florida State that allowed the Seminoles to escape with a 28-17 victory Saturday night.
The meeting marked the first between the teams in 24 years and the first conference contest for Boston College since becoming the final piece of the new-look ACC.
Center stage in this one belonged to the FSU defense.
Called upon to play (time-wise) over three-fourths of the game, the unit bent on several occasions, giving up a season-high 380 yards on the night.
But it was the Seminoles' defense stole the BC mojo with a pair of takeaways in the first quarter and broke the Eagles' sprit with a seven-play defensive stand within its own 2 in the late stages of the fourth quarter.
Drew Weatherford tossed a pair of touchdown passes to Greg Carr, the latter a 5-yard strike to with 10:13 remaining in the game to provide the clincher for the Seminoles (3-0, 2-0 ACC).
"We did a good job of keeping the faith and playing four quarters of football," Weatherford said. "The coaches did a good job of putting us in situations that we knew we could execute."
Any outcome-related doubt was eliminated when Lorenzo Booker added a 4-yard touchdown run just minutes later that was set up by a blocked punt by Darius McClure and John Frady
On the ensuing drive, the BC drove the ball to the FSU 2 with 1:52 remaining but was turned away on six consecutive plays – four runs and two passes – to give the ball back to the Seminoles, who then ran out the clock.
"We won the battles all game long but we didn't win them on the goal line," BC linebacker/running back Brian Toal said.
"Certain things didn't go right for us and they outplayed us on the second half. I wouldn't say we ran out of gas, but they just took it to us after halftime."
In similar fashion to its performance one week ago against The Citadel, a shackled Seminoles' offense kickstarted in the second half when it turned to the passing game.
After tallying just 62 yards prior to halftime, FSU managed 203 in the second half and marched to the pair of deciding scores.
The performance offset a ground game that never materialized. Pushed around and driven back up front the entire game, FSU tallied just 13 yards rushing on the night.
Two jabs in the early going gave FSU an early cushion that it would need as the Eagles steamrolled through the remainder of the opening half.
A pair of interceptions by outside linebacker A.J. Nicholson on the first two BC drives of the game staked the Seminoles to a 14-0 lead. Nicholson returned the first for a 19-yard score and set up a scoring strike to Carr with a 40-return his second.
From that point until the half, the Eagles outgained the Seminoles 185-42 and built a 17-14 lead on a 31-yard field goal by Ryan Ohlinger and touchdown scores from L.V. Whitworth and Will Blackmon.
BC's offensive efforts stalled after halftime when starting quarterback Quentin Porter exited early in the third with a sprained ankle.
It appeared that the Seminoles had broken through late in the third but an instant replay review concluded that Lorenzo Booker fumbled while crossing the plane for the potential touchdown.
FSU has a week off before it hosts Syracuse on Oct. 1.
Boston College hits the road for the first time an ACC member next Saturday when it travels to face Clemson.
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