TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - No. 2 Florida State (10-0, 8-0 ACC) snapped Syracuse's two-game winning streak with a 59-3 win on Saturday afternoon in front of 74,491 fans at Doak Campbell Stadium. This is the second time this season the Orange (5-5, 3-3 ACC) has faced a top-5 opponent.
Devante McFarlane led the SU offense with 81 rushing yards on a career-high 13 carries. George Morris II had a career-high 21 carries, running for 75 yards. Morris also had two kickoff returns for 42 yards.
SU used three different quarterbacks in the game, with Terrel Hunt playing the entire first half and starting the second. Hunt completed 10-of-18 passes for 75 yards.
Drew Allen replaced Hunt midway through the third quarter and completed 5-of-9 passes for 29 yards. Allen led the only SU scoring drive of the game. Charley Loeb finished the game, leading the final drive for the Orange that burned the last six minutes off the clock.
Dyshawn Davis and Durell Eskridge each had a team-high seven tackles including a tackle for loss in the game. Eskridge also recorded his second consecutive interception in the end zone, snagging a Sean Maguire pass.
Seminole starting quarterback Jameis Winston completed 19-of-21 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns before letting Maguire take over at the start of the second half. Maguire threw three completions on five attempts for 21 yards and a touchdown.
Neither the leading rusher nor the leading receiver for FSU recorded a touchdown in the game though six different players found the end zone. Kenny Shaw led the receiving corps with seven catches for 99 yards and Karlos Williams led FSU rushers with four carries for 78 yards. James Wilder Jr. had three carries for 52 yards and two touchdowns.
Syracuse had the final say in the game, kicking a field goal with 7:42 to go in the game after a 10-minute drive that spanned two quarters. Allen completed five of seven passes along the way and the Orange covered 66 yards to find its first points of the contest.
The Seminoles dominated the first quarter, scoring four touchdowns on four drives. The first came 2:31 into the game, a three-yard rush into the end zone. On the next drive, Whitfield used the first and only play to run the ball 74 yards into the end zone and take a 14-0 lead with 10:41 remaining in the first quarter.
Florida State scored again six minutes later on a four-yard run by Freeman, making it 21-0. The Seminoles put one more on the board with 40 seconds left in the first quarter on a six-yard touchdown pass by Winston to Rashad Greene to take a 28-0 lead.
FSU scored another touchdown on its first drive of the second quarter to increase its lead to 35-0 with 11:52 remaining in the first half. Winston used another six-yard pass, this time to Kelvin Benjamin, to get the job done.
Terrel Hunt fumbled on fourth down to set the 'Noles up at the Syracuse 49 yard line but the defense was able to hold Florida State to a field goal using a sack by Jay Bromley and solid pass coverage to force the second incomplete pass by Winston in the game. With the three-points score, FSU finished the half with a 38-0 lead.
The 'Noles again scored on the opening drive of the quarter, this time on a 37-yard run by James Wilder to take a 45-0 lead with 10:51 remaining in the third stanza. On their next drive Maguire connected with Nick O'Leary for a 17-yard touchdown pass to increase the lead to 52-0 with 9:16 left in the third.
Florida State scored for the last time five plays later when Chris Casher stripped the ball from Hunt and ran it back 31 yards for a touchdown, taking a 59-0 lead with 7:45 remaining in the third quarter.
The Orange controlled the ball for 18:13 of the final 20:47 minutes of the game to prevent any more Seminole scoring.
The Orange finish the regular season at home starting with Pittsburgh on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 12:30 p.m. in the Carrier Dome (ACC Network).