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Seminoles offense hits stride in victory over Chattanooga

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Florida State running back Dalvin Cook celebrates a touchdown run in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Chattanooga in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015.
Florida State running back Dalvin Cook celebrates a touchdown run in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Chattanooga in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. AP

After struggling for most of the season, Florida State’s offense is hitting its stride.

The 16th-ranked Seminoles had their most efficient game of the season on Saturday, scoring on eight straight drives in a 52-13 win over Chattanooga in their home finale.

Dalvin Cook had his seventh 100-yard rushing game of the season with 106 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. Sean Maguire was 12 of 17 for 152 yards and two touchdowns in a little over two quarters. He led Florida State to points on six of his seven drives.

“Efficient is the best way to describe our whole offensive performance today. The defense played great and we got a bunch of short fields, so we capitalized on that,” Maguire said.

Florida State’s average field position was its own 44, and half of the scoring drives lasted less than three minutes.

The Seminoles (9-2) earned their 21st straight win at Doak Campbell Stadium, and the seniors ran their home record to 27-1 during their four years. It also was the 48th victory for the seniors, tying them with last year’s class for the most in school history.

“It’s great to get recognized and stuff like that, but when it’s time to go, it’s time to go,” said Lamarcus Brutus, who had an interception in the third quarter.

After going three-and-out on its opening possession, Florida State scored on its next eight drives. J.J. Cosentino and Everett Golson also led scoring drives.

Cook had a 13-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and a 2-yard TD in the third. He has 1,475 yards rushing in 10 games this season to go along with 16 rushing touchdowns, which is tied with Amp Lee for the second-most in school history.

“I feel like we’re gelling more as the season goes,” Cook said. “I feel like if we keep doing that, we'll be the team that we want to be at the end of the season.”

Kermit Whitfield had five receptions for 91 yards and two touchdowns, and Jacques Patrick ran for 77 yards and two scores.

Over the past two games, Maguire is 30 of 45 for 383 yards and four touchdowns with an interception. He has led the Seminoles to scores on 11 of 15 drives.

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