There was one play that gave a sliver of hope for Syracuse against the nation's best team. The Seminoles started the game with a sweep to the wide side of the field, and Durell Eskridge shot through the gap to stop the play for a loss. Five plays later, however, Florida State punched it in the end zone and never looked back.
Syracuse was overmatched on both sides of the ball and never stood a chance in this one. The Seminoles continued to score over and over as they routed the Orange in Tallahassee. Total yards summarized the domination as Florida State won that battle 523-247.
Offensive Player of the Game:
The lone bright spot for the Orange were the two freshman running backs. Specifically, DeVante McFarlane shined when he got his chance. He ran for 81-yards on 13 carries.
Defensive Player(s) of the Game:
Durell Eskridge was the only Syracuse player that looked like he belonged on the same field as Florida State. He finished with seven tackles, one for loss, and an interception.
What We Learned:
While the Syracuse football program appears to be headed in the right direction, they are still far away from being able to compete with the elite teams in the conference. They have some athletes that can make plays, but lack the speed and athleticism that Florida State or Clemson has in their arsenal.
Still, this team fought the entire game regardless of the score, taking on the personality of its head coach. Effort will never be an issue with the Orange.
Impact on the Season:
Realistically, no one saw Syracuse competing in this game when looking at the schedule before the season started. Finishing this game at 5-5 is a win in the bigger picture for the Orange. They now had two games left to become bowl eligible.