Alec Chessari, Correspondent on (@AlecChessariFS Twitter)
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)- The Florida State Seminoles beat the Northern Illinois Huskies on parents weekend 37-19 in front of a crowd of 65,633 fans.
The Huskies won the coin toss and deferred to halftime, bringing out the Seminoles offense first.
“Good win for the Noles, we got better as a team tonight,” head coach Willie Taggart said. “When we can run the ball successfully, that’s when this offense can be what we all know this offense can be.”
On the first drive, the Seminoles marched the ball right down the field. Redshirt junior quarterback Deondre Francois’ pass was intended for junior wide receiver Keith Gavin but caught by senior running back Jacques Patrick for an opening drive touchdown.
The Seminoles defense forces a quick three and out against the Huskies offense. The Huskies first drive went for three plays, two yards and lasted 1:45. The Seminoles offense came out not skipping a beat from the first drive. Sophomore running back Cam Akers takes the hand off right for a seven yard touchdown giving the Seminoles a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
Florida States defense was huge in the first quarter, not allowing the Huskies a first down and only allowing seven total yards.
The Huskies redshirt junior safety Trayshon Foster forced the Seminoles sophomore tight end Tre’ McKitty to fumble after an 11-yard gain. The fumble was recovered by redshirt junior Antonio Jones-Davis. The Huskies then made the Seminoles pay for that turnover when redshirt sophomore quarterback Marcus Childers connected with redshirt senior wide receiver Jauan Wesley for a 20-yard touchdown pass over the top midway into the second quarter.
The Seminoles junior kicker Ricky Aguayo then gets in on the fun by knocking in a field goal from 42-yards out to put the Seminoles up 17-7 with 3:58 remaining in the half. Seminoles defense then force another three and out and the offense moves the ball down into the red zone. Florida State then sends Agauyo out and he drills a 50-yard field goal to send the Seminoles into halftime with a 20-7 lead.
The Seminoles struggled on both sides of the ball in the third quarter. After a couple three and outs the Seminoles ran the ball five straight times out of the seven plays in the drive. Aguayo came out and kicked a 42-yard field goal to put the Seminoles up 23-7 with 4:27 remaining in the third quarter.
The following drive for the Huskies was a rough one. Childers fumbled the snap and was facing third down with 13-yards to the first down. Childers finds redshirt senior wide receiver Dale Burton down the middle for a 66-yard bomb and touchdown.
“I have to say we got better up front today, for us to execute like we did and score like we did it all starts up front, we aren’t were we need to be but are guys got better today,”Taggart said.
Francois gives the Huskies a taste of their own medicine as he finds freshman wide receiver Tamorrion Terry for a 78-yard bomb to put the Seminoles ahead 30-13.
The Seminoles defense holds up and Francois and the offense march back on the field. Francois then throws an interception right to the Huskies linebacker setting them up just outside the redzone. Junior corner back Levonta Taylor then gets called for a pass interference placing the Huskies on the 11-yard line. Childers calls his own number and puts his head down and rushes up the middle for an 11-yard touchdown run.
“Our guys are learning to get better, learning how to win and we have to continue to get better and understand those mistakes we made today we can’t make against really good football teams,” said Taggart.
The Seminoles defense comes up with a big stop on their 30-yard against the Huskies offense. Junior running back Amir Rasul is in to close out the game and gets six straight carries with the last one finding the end zone on a seven yard carry. That was Rasul’s first career touchdown. The Seminoles beat the Huskies 37-19.
Deondre Francois: 23-31 352-yards 2 TD 1INT
Cam Akers: 22 carries for 75-yards 1 TD
Amir Rasul: 6 carries for 28-yards 1TD
Keith Gavin:L 6 catches for 93-yards
Nyqwan Murray: 5 catches for 85-yards
Dontavious Jackson: 4 tackles
Fredrick Jones: 3 tackles 1 sack 1 TFL
Brian Burns: 3 tackles