Florida State (7-1, 4-1) pulls away in the second half, nearly shutting out the Syracuse Orange (3-5, 1-3) after halftime, despite a promising start from Scott Shafer's bunch. The Seminoles defeated the Orange 45-21.
The game started well for the young Orange, forcing punts on Florida State's first two possessions. Eric Dungey then hit Dontae Strickland on a screen that went 62-yards, setting up a Dungey touchdown run to give Syracuse a 7-0 lead. Florida State responded with three consecutive scoring drives and took control.
Syracuse tried to answer, scoring a touchdown late in the second quarter on another Dungey run to trim the lead to 21-14. However, an ill-timed timeout that prevented an extra 20-30 seconds from running off the clock, combined with a poor squib kick from Ryan Norton, gave the 'Noles great field position. They would score before halftime to extend the lead to 14.
The Syracuse offense struggled in the second half, failing to score, while the defense improved, but still gave up too many big plays. The Orange's only score in after intermission came on a Brisly Estime punt return with 1:20 left after the game had been decided.
Florida State was without star running back Dalvin Cook and starting quarterback Everett Golson, but still had success on offense. Quarterback Sean Maguire threw for 348 yards and three touchdowns while running back Jacques Patrick ran for 162 yards and three scores of his own.
Dungey finished 11-24 for 120 yards, adding 46-rushing yards and two scores.
Overall, Florida State outgained Syracuse 576 to 303, though the Orange did run for 173-yards on the afternoon.
Syracuse plays at Louisville next Saturday (November 7th). That game kicks off at noon.