Tampa Bay Sports Day

Bonts: Seminoles on Wrong End of Tale of Two Halves

PHOTO: ROSS OBLEY/FSU ATHLETICS

TALLAHASSEE – It was a tale of two halves.

The first one started out swell for the FSU Seminoles (0-1). The second not so good.

Boise State QB Hank Bachmeier tossed a third-quarter TD pass and Robert Mahone had a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth as the Broncos (1-0) rallied from an 18-point deficit to knock off the Seminoles 36-31 on Saturday.

“Tough loss. Let one get away as a team. I think everybody played a part in the mistakes we made in that ballgame. But I will say one game will not define this football team. We lost to a good football team. Credit Boise for their grit,” said FSU head coach Willie Taggert.

It wasn’t pretty. The Broncos scored 23 unanswered points and held Florida State to 68 yards in the second half. FSU fans were not expecting to begin the 2019 season with a tough loss.

Cam Akers’ 38-yard touchdown run on the Seminoles’ opening drive was the first time FSU has scored on a season-opening drive since 2015 against Texas State. Akers rushed for 116 yards on 15 carries.

The score was set up when FSU’s Hamsah Nasirildeen forced a Boise State fumble and Janarius Robinson recoverd it, halting the Broncos opening drive of the game.

Hamsah Nasirildeen led the FSU defense with 12 tackles and Dontavious Jackson added 10.

The Noles recorded six sacks, including two by Carlos Becker III. And Isaiah Bolden recorded his first career interception as the Noles recorded three takeaways.

Tamorrion Terry reeled a 75-yard touchdown pass from QB James Blackman in the opening quarter. Blackman threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns and wasn’t intercepted.

“Things happen,” said Blackman. “Now you just have to go find how you’re going to fix it.”

Terry’s third career TD reception of 70 or more yards tied the school record, which he now shares with Ron Sellers, Peter Warrick and Rashad Greene

GAME NOTES: One season after managing just three fumble recoveries, the Noles came away with two in the season-opener. Janarius Robinson and Robert Cooper recorded their first career fumble recoveries….with its 31-19 lead at the half FSU produced its most first half points against an FBS opponent since rolling up 38 at USF in 2016…that game also marked the last time the Noles scored on each of their first four possessions…Dontae Lucas became the first true freshman to start on the offensive line in a season-opener since 2008…Lucas was one of three first-time offensive line starters for the Noles, joined by grad transfer right tackle Ryan Roberts and redshirt junior center Baveon Johnson…on defense, sophomore nose tackle Robert Cooper made his first career start…. FSU is now 30-9 when opening the season at home and 53-20 all-time in openers…it was their first loss in 12 games played in August.