Defense and Cason Beatty.
Exactly what everyone expected to be Florida State’s formula for victory.
The Seminoles defeated Boston College 14-0 on Friday night at Alumni Stadium in a physical game dominated by both defenses. The difference was Florida State’s accounted for the touchdown that took the air out of the 39,111 in attendance.
Early in the fourth quarter, Jalen Ramsey picked up BC quarterback Darius Wade’s fumble and ran 36 yards untouched to the end zone to give FSU a 14-0 lead. Until then, neither team threatened (other than a rare field-goal miss by FSU kicker Roberto Aguayo) after the Seminoles scored on the game’s opening series.
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No. 9 Florida State (3-0, 1-0 ACC) held the Eagles to 195 yards of total offense and knocked Wade out of the game on the fumble. Boston College crossed midfield three times the entire game, one of those coming back on its side of the field following a penalty.
The shutout is the first for FSU since blanking Maryland 63-0 in 2013 and its first on the road since a 37-0 win at Notre Dame in 2003.
The Seminoles offense never found a rhythm after marching 83 yards on eight plays on its opening series, which was capped by a 9-yard touchdown pass from Everett Golson to Travis Rudolph.
Florida State, which has won 25 consecutive ACC games, managed just 134 yards the rest of game. Golson was 15 of 24 for 119 yards and running back Dalvin Cook, who entered the game averaging 211 yards per game, finished with 54 yards on 15 attempts, snapping a streak of five consecutive games with at least 100 yards. The former Miami Central star gained 17 yards on his first carry and had a run of 28 yards.
Cook was limited the second half because of an apparent injury to his upper body. He even left the field for a short time at the end of the third quarter.
Ramsey’s score came after tackle Demarcus Christmas smothered Wade, and Terrance Smith forced the fumble. The play came after Beatty’s 58-yard punt rolled dead at the 1-yard line.
Beatty bailed out the FSU offense the entire game, averaging 52.3 yards on seven punts.
Boston College (2-1, 0-1) dominated its first two opponents, defeating FCS members Maine and Howard by a combined score of 100-3. The Eagles allowed 102 yards total, including just seven on the ground in the two games combined.
Although FSU was a huge step up in competition for BC, so too were the Eagles for FSU. which started with victories over Texas State and South Florida.
Golson was efficient despite being pressured. Following a play in which Golson’s athletic ability was on full display — he was caught in the end zone for what appeared to be a sure safety but spun away from two tackles and gained 14 yards — FSU made its first move in the offensive line, replace Brock Ruble with Derrick Kelly.
Golson also showed he can be physical. On the third play of game, Kermit Whitfield ran a reverse, and Golson wiped out BC defensive end Kevin Kavalec with a block that sent Kavalec to bench with concussion.
The offense does not have a turnover this season, the first time in school history FSU’s offense has gone three consecutive games without a turnover.
Lyons out for year
The Seminoles’ linebacker depth took a hit this week when backup Tyrell Lyons was lost for the season after tearing his right ACL in practice. Lyons, a converted safety, emerged during the spring and was listed as the backup to Terrance Smith.
Ro’Derrick Hoskins, who has emerged since the start of the season and drew praise from Fisher for his play against USF, and JUCO transfer Lorenzo Phillips will serve as the primary backups to Smith and Reggie Northrup.