GAINESVILLE – Florida State was overmatched in its three rivalry games in 2019, and the regular season ends with a lopsided 40-17 loss to Florida.
Following a 45-14 loss at Clemson and a 27-10 defeat vs. Miami, the Seminoles (6-6) held in there for about 20 minutes before the Gators put away the Seminoles. FSU lost to its three rivals by a combined 112-41.
There were a few offensive highlights but not nearly enough. Cam Akers had a 50-yard touchdown run and Tamorrion Terry crossed the 1,000-yard mark. But beyond those, the moments were few and far between.
Terry said he has put his name in to the NFL’s draft advisory committee to seek an evaluation on his future decision.
“They gave me some feedback but right now I’m just focused on this bowl game,” Terry said. “Once that come around, I’ll make my decision.”
Akers had 17 carries for 102 yards. It was the sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season for Akers. He now has 14 rushing touchdowns.
Jordan Travis played on the goal line in the first quarter, and his 1-yard sneak tied the game at 7-7 after each team had a drive. Travis had five carries for seven yards. He completed one pass for six yards.
James Blackman was 14 of 23 for 150 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions.
After opening the game with a touchdown, the Seminoles punted five straight times. They managed just 2 yards on those five drives, factoring in yardage lost on sacks.
The Seminoles had 95 offensive yards and 50 yards in penalties in the first half. FSU finished with 13 penalties for 97 yards, most of those on offense.
“We just had too many penalties,” Blackman said. “We just weren’t playing how we were supposed to play. We didn’t execute at a high level.”
Terry had seven catches for 131 yards, although he just missed a long pass play that could have set up another scoring opportunity in the first half. He now has 1,023 receiving yards in the regular season.
The redshirt sophomore receiver is FSU’s first 1,000-yard receiver since Rashad Greene in 2014.
The Seminoles gave up eight sacks for 56 yards. They have given up 44 sacks in 2019.
This is the eighth time this year that FSU’s defense gave up 270 or more passing yards in a game.
Kyle Trask completed 30 of 41 passes for 343 yards and three touchdowns, including a pair of TD passes to Freddie Swain and a third to Van Jefferson.
Emmett Rice and Leonard Warner had eight tackles.
Hamsah Nasirildeen had five tackles, finishing with 101 in 2019. He is the first FSU player with 100 tackles in a season since linebacker Reggie Northrup in 2014, and Nasirildeen is the only defensive back since 2000 to hit the 100-tackle mark.
FSU recovered a fumble on a Florida punt return in the second quarter, but the play was negated by an illegal formation by the Seminoles.
Tommy Martin had six punts for a 43.8-yard average.
Ricky Aguayo made a 48-yard field-goal attempt and missed a 44-yard field-goal attempt.
Florida lost receiver Freddie Swain due to injury in the first half.
The attendance was 89,409.
A representative from the Walk On’s Independence Bowl was at Gainesville. That is one potential destination for the Seminoles. Bowl destinations will not be announced until Dec. 8.