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Inside the box score: FSU crushes Orange

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Alex Hornibrook started for Florida State. But the quarterback who got all of the attention was Cam Akers.

The junior tailback completed a few passes and also lined up as the quarterback in the shotgun and ran the ball or pitched it. The wildcat (or WildCam) wrinkle was part of an entertaining first half and Akers tied a school record with four touchdown runs on Saturday in a 35-17 win over Syracuse.

Akers ran for 144 yards, the fifth game this season that Akers surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark.

Here are some other notes, stats and injury updates:

Offense

Akers scored on touchdown runs of 23, 3 and 6 in the first half and tacked on a 7-yard TD run in the third quarter. He now has 12 rushing touchdowns this season. Coupled with a two-point conversion run, Akers’ 26 points is the most by an ACC player in a game in 2019.

Looking back at FSU’s history books, Akers is one of 17 Seminoles who have 10 or more rushing touchdowns in a single season. His 12 touchdown runs puts him in the top 10 for single-season rushing touchdowns in school history.

One more on Akers: His 26 points scored is second in FSU history to Ron Sellers’ 30 points vs. Wake Forest in 1968. The 26 points are the most in a game by an ACC player this season, entering today’s games.

Hornibrook completed 15 of 26 passes for 196 yards. James Blackman entered the game late with the score no longer in doubt. He completed one of two passes.

Khalan Laborn saw significant snaps in the second half and ran 17 times for 68 yards.

Tamorrion Terry caught two passes for 84 yards, including a 54-yarder in the second quarter that set up an Akers touchdown run.

Jordan Young had a 29-yard catch in the fourth quarter, the first of his FSU career.

The starting line (from left) was Darius Washington, Dontae Lucas, Andrew Boselli, Cole Minshew and Ryan Roberts. It is the fourth different starting line combination in eight games for FSU.

Time of possession wasn’t a huge factor but FSU held the ball for 31:45.

Defense

The Seminoles forced punts on five of Syracuse’s first six drives. The Orange had just 124 first-half yards.

FSU had five sacks in the first half and a season-high seven on Saturday – and this came after the Seminoles didn’t have a sack vs. Clemson or Wake. Marvin Wilson had two sacks and Janarius Robinson had 1.5 sacks.

The Seminoles’ season-high in sacks was six against Boise State and Louisville.

Hamsah Nasirildeen had a career-high 17 tackles, including nine solo tackles. That is the most tackles for a Seminole since A.J. Nicholson had 19 against Boston College in 2005.

FSU held Syracuse to 2.9 yards per rush through three quarters, finishing with 3.8 yards per carry due to longer gains against FSU’s backups in the fourth quarter.

Noteworthy

Guard Dontae Lucas went off to the sideline with an injury in the second quarter. He was able to put weight on both feet but walked slowly to the sideline.

Place-kicker Ricky Aguayo was announced as being out due to illness before the game. Parker Grothaus made an extra-point and had another blocked in the first half.

Linebacker Dontavious Jackson was on the sideline but not wearing a visible brace.

The announced crowd was just over 50,000, although it appeared to be less.

The Miami-FSU game will kick off at 3:30 p.m.

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