CHESNUT HILL, Mass. – Florida State showed up. And fought.
The Seminoles gave up yards on the ground to A.J. Dillon. But they also made stops. And produced big plays on offense.
Florida State delivered with four long scoring plays, from James Blackman’s 74-yard TD pass to Tamorrion Terry, a 60-yard catch and run for a touchdown off a connection from Blackman to D.J. Matthews and a pair of long runs from Jordan Travis (66 yards and 26 yards) as the Seminoles defeated Boston College 38-31 on Saturday at Alumni Stadium.
FSU (5-5, 4-4 ACC) notched its first road win of 2019. The Seminoles are now a win away from being bowl-eligible with a matchup against FCS Alabama State to come next week.
Let’s look at some key stats and notes from Saturday’s win.
It was a memorable first FSU snap for Jordan Travis, who ran for a 26-yard touchdown with 12:24 to go in the third quarter. The run put the Seminoles ahead for the first time on Saturday.
Blackman connected with Terry on a 74-yard touchdown pass with 4:31 left to halftime. Terry now has seven TD receptions, including long catch-and-runs of 75, 74 and 64 this year.
Terry caught a career-high seven passes for 156 yards.
Blackman was 18 of 26 for a season-high 346 yards and two long TDs. His average yards per completion was an absurd 19.2 yards.
Travis had three carries for 94 yards, two of them touchdown runs.
Cam Akers ran 18 times for 59 yards. He surpassed the 1,000-yard mark and now has 1,042 yards.
The Seminoles ran 31 times for 178 yards.
FSU had 524 offensive yards.
BC ran 64 times for 281 yards – an average of 4.39 yards per carry. Dillon had 40 carries for 165 yards, his 19th career 100-yard rushing game. His 40 carries were the fifth most in a single game at BC.
Hamsah Nasirildeen had a career-high 22 tackles. It’s the most tackles by an FSU player since Dale McCullers had a school-record 29 vs. Texas A&M in 1968. Amari Gainer added 12 tackles.
Cory Durden slid over to Marvin Wilson’s spot. Dennis Briggs started in Durden’s position. Briggs had six tackles.
BC engineered a 14-play, 75-yard drive on the first drive of the game. Grosel connected with White for a 17-yard touchdown. But aside from those drives in the first 20 minutes, the Eagles managed to move the ball but only generated a field goal in the fourth quarter.
The Eagles were able to sustain drives, converting on 14 of 20 third-down plays. BC controlled the time of possession at 38 minutes, 25 seconds.
Stanford Samuels III had an interception to halt a BC drive in the final minutes. The Eagles still were able to put together a late score but the onside kick was recovered by the Seminoles.
The Seminoles started Maurice Smith at left guard. He is the fourth true freshman to start this season, joining offensive linemen Dontae Lucas and Darius Washington and defensive back Akeem Dent.
Lucas had an unspecified injury and did not play. He was not seen on the FSU sideline.
Cory Durden left the game at the 14:04 mark with a shoulder/elbow/arm injury.
FSU was penalized 11 times for 61 yards.
BC fell to 5-5, 3-4 ACC. The Eagles hosted their sixth red bandana game, honoring the memory of Welles Crowther. The former BC lacrosse player died on 9/11 as he ran around wearing a red bandana trying to save others when the south tower at the World Trade Center collapsed.
Saturday’s attendance was 37,312.
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