Florida State had its chances. But the Seminoles were also their own worst enemy.
Six turnovers – one an Arizona State pick-six and the last sealing the game in the final two minutes – shut the door on any FSU chance for a win on Tuesday. Without scoring an offensive touchdown, Arizona State defeated FSU 20-14 in the Sun Bowl.
FSU ends the season 6-7. The Seminoles have had back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since the 1970s.
Here are some key stats and notes from the game:
Walk-on tailback Deonte Sheffield ran 18 times for 87 yards, taking on the majority of the rushing load with Cam Akers and Khalan Laborn not playing. Another walk-on, Treshaun Ward, added 44 yards on 10 carries.
Jordan Travis ran 11 times for 58 yards.
But James Blackman had four interceptions – including a costly pick-six that was returned 25 yards by Willie Harts in the fourth quarter – and a fumble as FSU struggled to create points after building successful drives in the second half. Blackman was 14 of 26 for 244 yards and connected with Tamorrion Terry on a 91-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
But even Terry had a late fumble on FSU’s final drive when he had a carry out of the backfield. Terry caught nine passes for 165 yards.
Ontaria Wilson had a 3-yard touchdown run to put FSU on the board.
FSU was just 2 of 15 on third down.
FSU’s defense had three sacks, including one each by Robert Cooper and Leonard Warner.
Carlos Becker had 10 tackles, while Brendan Gant and Emmett Rice had seven sacks apiece.
The defense kept ASU out of the end zone, allowing just the four field goals. FSU was up to the task in the red zone a the Sun Devils made just those four red-zone trips and were kept out of the end zone.
FSU also forced two fumbles and ASU punted eight times.
ASU was just 4 of 17 on third down.