Tampa Bay Sports Day

Seminoles Win Big Over Boston College 45-7

With Dalvin Cook just 19 yards away from the school’s all-time career rushing record, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher sat the star running back in the fourth quarter of the Seminoles’ 45-7 blowout win against Boston College Friday night.

Reaching the milestone will have to wait until next week when FSU (7-3 overall, 4-3 in the ACC) closes out its road schedule at Syracuse.

Cook, who needed just 127 yards coming into Friday’s contest to break the school’s all-time career rushing mark of 3,959 yards held by Seminoles legend and former NFL star running back Warrick Dunn since 1996, finished with 108 yards and a touchdown.

Cook appeared well on his way to achieving the mark at Doak Campbell Stadium in front of the 73,917 home fans in attendance, but Fisher had a long talk with his star junior from Miami on the sideline before telling him his night was through.

“Dalvin’s a special cat. He’s a phenomenal guy and teammate — and I wouldn’t trade him for anybody. I went over to him and told him I couldn’t live with myself if we went out there and got injured in the fourth quarter in a game like this and with all we still want to accomplish in this season,” said Fisher. “Look, we don’t play for records, we play for the team. And (Dalvin) told me, ‘Coach, we won the game. That’s all I’m here for.’ ”

Florida State won its second straight game. The Seminoles hadn’t hosted a Friday night game at Doak Campbell Stadium since its 40-13 loss to Miami in 1957.

Florida State QB Deondre Francois tossed three touchdown passes in the win, finishing 16 for 24 for 183 yards. Francois’ throwing scores went to receivers Auden Tate, Travis Rudolph and Nyqwan Murray as Tate led all receivers with six catches for a career-high 108 yards.

“We’ve still got an archrival (Florida) left. We still have an ACC game next week. And we still have a chance for a 10-win season,” Fisher said. “So, a lot left to play for.”
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Cook said afterward he didn’t have any idea how close he was to the record.

“Nah, man. I was just playing football, enjoying the game,” he said. “I wasn’t worried about the record. I was trying to get the W.”

Boston College (4-6, 1-5) lost its second in a row and has now dropped four of its last five. The Eagles’ offense — ranked 126th out of 128 FBS teams — only reached Florida State territory twice. The Eagles tallied 44 yards of total offense at halftime — including negative seven yards in the second quarter — and finished with just 146 yards for the entire game.

Boston College starting quarterback Patrick Towles finished 3 of 11 for 29 yards before being pulled for backup Darius Wade, and running back Myles Willis was the Eagles’ leading rusher with 41 yards.

Eagles head coach Steve Addazio, who is now 21-27 in four seasons at Boston College, called the effort his team put forth Friday unacceptable.

“It’s my job to get this fixed. It’s just not good enough,” said Addazio, who signed a contract extension in 2014 to remain with the program through at least the 2020 season. “A loss is a loss. My focus (going forward) is on what went wrong today.”

The Florida State linebackers Roderick Hoskins and Matthew Thomas led the Seminoles with six tackles each, and the defense recorded three sacks.

The Eagles’ defense notched four sacks, and linebacker Connor Strachan led the way with nine stops.

Florida State backup quarter Sean Maguire — one of 14 Florida State seniors honored on Senior Night — came on to replace Francois late in the third quarter and tossed a six-yard touchdown pass to Tate with 25 seconds remaining in the third quarter to push the lead to 35-0.

“He’s fine,” Fisher said when asked about Francois’ health. “He could’ve come back in, but why risk it ahead like that?”

Maguire tacked on a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to fullback Freddie Stevenson and backup kicker Logan Tyler booted a 53-yard field goal to cap the scoring.

GAME NOTES: Tallahassee native and World Series-winning catcher David Ross of the Chicago Cubs was on hand Friday night for the game. … Florida State freshman defensive end and Tallahassee native Cedric Wood carried an American flag from Operation Inherent Resolve onto the field before kickoff Friday in honor of Veterans Day. … Crew members from the USS Florida nuclear submarine, who are stationed in Base Kings Bay, Ga., were also recognized at halftime of the game in honor of Veterans Day. … A total of 12 players on Boston College’s roster hail from the Sunshine State. … Florida State celebrated Senior Night on Friday as 14 seniors were recognized. The senior class who played four years went 43-7, while the fifth-year senior class went 55-9 … Boston College and Florida State also played on a Friday night last year, although that game was played in Chestnut Hill, Mass.