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Sean Maguire Shines on Senior Night

Nick Pierce, Correspondent

Tallahassee, FLA. ( – FSU honored 14 Seniors on Friday night during their 45-7 victory over Boston College. Among them were Demarcus Walker, Bobo Wilson, Kermit Whitfield, and Sean Maguire.

Walker had a solid outing against the Eagles. The defensive end helped hold Boston College to only 7 points by recording three tackles, one-and-a-half tackles for loss, and a half sack. Walker has 11 sacks on the season, which is the most in the FBS.

Quarterback Sean Maguire didn’t start the game for FSU, but he did see the field. Late in the third quarter, after Deondre Francois drove the Seminoles deep into Eagle territory, the Redshirt Senior came off the bench and threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Auden Tate.

“I was extremely happy with Sean,” said FSU coach Jimbo Fisher. “His parents oughta be the proudest parents in the world. That guy right there is the salt of the earth. Whatever you ask him to do, he’ll do it.”

Maguire continued to play quarterback for the rest of the game. Midway through the fourth quarter, Maguire led FSU on a five play, 41-yard drive. He connected with fellow Senior Freddie Stevenson on 1st and goal from the Boston College six. The fullback then lumbered into the end zone for a touchdown. Maguire finished the game 5-7 for 53 yards and two touchdowns.

“It was great to go out there and play,” said Maguire. “It was fun to be in the huddle and get the fist bumps from the lineman, because I played with them last year. It was a pretty special night.”

Maguire was FSU’s starting quarterback for the second half of the 2015 season, where he completed 112 of 189 passes for 1,520 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Excluding those returning for a fifth year, this group of Seniors are the last players who were a part of the 2013 National Championship team. They’ve brought a lot to FSU football, and will be missed.

Florida State Seminoles vs Boston College Eagles: Football Preview

By: Alex Krutchik, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., ( – The No. 19 Florida State Seminoles are now bowl eligible for a record 35th straight year. This comes off a 24-20 victory over North Carolina State. Now, the Seminoles turn around for a short week of practice as they prepare to take on Boston College on Friday. It’s a rare Friday game for Florida State, but they’re 2-0 under Coach Jimbo Fisher on Friday nights. Their last win came against Boston College last year, in a 14-0 victory.

“I feel like right now I’m a day behind and working and trying to get everything in and making sure you get enough rest and still get enough practice time and able to execute on what you’ve got on a shortened week,” said Fisher.

Friday is Veteran’s Day, as well as Senior Day for the Seminoles. They will be honoring 15 seniors, as well as nine seniors on scholarship. Fifth-year seniors went 55-9 while at FSU, including three ACC titles and a national title. However, two seniors who won’t be available to play are wide receiver Bobo Wilson and safety Nate Andrews.

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Florida State Seminoles at NC State Wolfpack Game Preview

By: Alex Krutchik, Correspondent 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., ( – Although the No. 19 ranked Florida State Seminole’s playoff hopes are over, there’s still plenty left to play for. The 5-3 Seminoles are looking to avoid tying the highest amount of losses under coach Jimbo Fisher. They are also one win away from being bowl eligible for the 35th straight year, tying the record with Nebraska, who accomplished it from 1969-2003. However, they will have a challenge as they play the North Carolina State Wolfpack this Saturday in Raleigh. The Wolfpack are 4-4, but are 4-1 at home. The lone loss was by only seven points. After a heartbreaking loss to the Clemson Tigers, the Seminoles look to bounce back strong.

“We need to put this one past us and get ready to go play NC State, which is always a very good game, very tough team.” said Florida State Head Coach Jimbo Fisher. “Very, very good defensive football team.”

On the offensive side of the ball for NC State, the FSU secondary will have a challenge in covering junior athlete Jaylen Samuels. Samuels has caught for 325 yards, and leads the team with four touchdowns. He’s listed as a tight end, but at 5’11 he can also play running back, fullback, or wide receiver. It’s this versatility that the Fisher and the Seminoles will be watching throughout.

“It’s kind of, I’d say, a throwback type guy,” said Coach Fisher. “He is because guys that play that multitude of positions and have that size and the way he’s built, but then to have the understanding of the game to be able to do that. He is a very, very talented guy. Instinctive, not only just physically, but instinctive in the game of football.”

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Penalties Cost Noles Shot At An Upset

Alec Chessari, Correspondent

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Penalties played a major factor in Florida State’s 37-34 loss to third-ranked Clemson on Saturday in Doak Campbell Stadium. Mental errors cost the Seminoles 111 yards in penalties.

FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher was not happy with the officiating of the game. He was arguing with the referee after a chop block called on FSU fullback Freddie Stevenson that he did not agree with. He even suggested that the officials needed to be monitored closer.

“It’s ridiculous. It is not a chop,” Fisher said. “I’m going to tell you what, you hold the coaches accountable, the players accountable, hold the damn officials accountable.”

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Game 8 Preview: Clemson Tigers vs. Florida State Seminoles

Samuel Profeta, Correspondent 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., ( – This week is a big week for the No. 12 ranked Florida State Seminoles as they face a tough match against currently ranked No. 3, the Clemson Tigers. The Seminoles will attempt to end the Tiger’s hopes of reaching the playoffs and in return create a huge leap for themselves in the polls. This is arguably one of the most anticipated games on the schedule for Coach Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles as this is their ACC division rival and not to mention that Clemson is standing strong at the top of the division with a 7-0 record.

When asked about facing Clemson’s talented defense, this is what Coach Fisher had to say:

“What I’m saying, there’s no lay-ups and things you can just — you’ll have a chance to get, and they make you execute and play tight coverage in the secondary.”

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Video: Noles Earned 56th All-Time Homecoming Victory

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TALLAHASSEE, FLA., WWW.FRANCHISESPORTSONLINE.NET – Saturday’s matchup was the Seminoles’ 68th all-time football game played on homecoming weekend. Florida State is 55-12-1 in those contests, the lone tie coming off a 14-14 decision with Wake Forest in 1956. The Seminoles are now 3-0 against Wake Forest on homecoming since joining the ACC, and have won five consecutive homecoming games overall.

Florida State Edges Wake Forest on Homecoming 17-6

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. ( – After an emotional win against Miami, Florida State looked sluggish in their homecoming game on their way to beating Wake Forest 17-6. The Seminoles offense struggled a bit keeping possession, but the defense played hard and did not falter.

The first drive for the Seminoles was short-lived, ending in a three-and-out. This was the first time all season that the Noles were unable to move the chains on their first drive.

“You have to finish drives,” said head coach Jimbo Fisher. “But its just part of it. Got to get better at it, got to work on it. We try to script them, do everything to come out with energy – got to play better. Now defense, remember they were starting slow and now they’re coming out good. So we just have to keep going. Just keep playing, and keep coaching, and doing what we’re doing.”

Florida State had trouble holding on to the ball today, turning the ball over a season-high four times. Francois was picked off and lost a fumble on a sack in the second half. Dalvin Cook uncharacteristically fumbled the ball twice in this game; one fumbled forced him out of the game for some time, but he did later return.

Francois did not look to be 100% on the field, but still threw for 319 yards with a completion percentage just under 60%. Even with the one mistake Fisher was still happy with his quarterback’s performance.

“His decision making on the day, even though he got hit, was good,” said Fisher. “When he got time to set his feet, he was hitting the guys he needed to hit.”

Another injury that the Noles sustained during the game was to senior wide receiver and return man Bobo Wilson. The injury came on a non-contact play when Wilson was breaking out of a route. Wilson was then carted off the field but later returned to the sideline with crutches and a boot on his foot.

A bright spot for the Florida State offense was Travis Rudolph’s career day. The junior wide receiver eclipsed his previous career-high in receiving yards, 201, with a very important 238 today. Coach Fisher talked about Rudolph’s increase in confidence this season.

“Anytime you go get numbers, and you look at them, it makes you feel good, makes you play good,” said Fisher. “Kind of validates what coaches are saying to him, ‘is he really saying that, am I really doing it or am I not?’ Because you’re saying, ‘why am I not getting the ball?’ But that’s where you have to keep believing. All of a sudden the balls came to him.”

The defense finally stepped up and put their mark on the game and, for the most part, played to their ability; for the first time this season they did not allow a touchdown. The defense allowed only 184 yards through the air, intercepting the ball twice, and 68 yards on the ground, forcing one fumble. Defensive back Tarvarus McFadden picked off his fifth pass of the season, which puts him in the lead for most interceptions in the country.

Josh Sweat had an impressive game too. He finished the game second in tackles for the Noles, tallying seven on the day with 1.5 sacks. This is really the first time we’ve seen Sweat healthy and he is proving himself to be an elite defensive game changer.

“I feel like I’m doing really good,” said Sweat. “I feel like I figured it out a little bit. I don’t know what it was and I know it took me a while, but I feel like I’m playing a lot faster now. It feels good, I had a lot of fun.”

Sweat attributed some of his success to lining up opposite of one of the best defensive lineman in the country DeMarcus Walker. Walker, coming off of a game-winning PAT block against Miami last week, had two sacks, which brings his total up to 8.5 on the season, and was just one tackle shy of Sweat’s total today.

“I like it,” said Sweat. “They’re probably focusing on him [Walker] a little more, so I’m just going to make the most of it – I’m not going to lie to you.”

Both Sweat and Walker were both appreciative of the scheduling of this year’s bye week, which is lined up right before the third ranked team in the country, Clemson. Walker sounded relieved talking about this week of rest.

“It’s lined up perfect,” said Walker. “It gives everybody some time to get some rest. Clemson is going to be a pretty good game. We just have to worry about everybody getting healthy, catching up with schoolwork, and preparing for those guys.”

The Seminoles get a much-needed week of rest for their upcoming ACC showdown against Clemson. Players need rest, the offense needs a little bit of maintenance, and the defense just needs to continue to do what they are doing. Look to see an energized Florida State team on both sides of the ball in two weeks against Clemson.

FSU 20 Miami 19 Recap

Samuel Profeta, Correspondant

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. ( State and The University of Miami is arguably one of the biggest rivalries in college football. It’s a rivalry that has been going on for decades and decades to come.

Whenever these two teams meet, it always draws lots of viewers. Their 2006 game is the most watched college football game in ESPN history. Miami leads the rivalry 31-30, but Florida Sate has dominated in recent years. On Saturday night in Miami, the Seminoles extended their streak over the Hurricanes to 7. DeMarcus Walker blocked Miami’s extra point attempt that would have tied that game at 20 with less than two minutes to go.

Overall it was a good game for Deondre Francois and the Seminoles, as the redshirt Freshman went 20-31 for 234 yards and 2 touchdowns. Dalvin Cook also had a big night for Florida State, as the Miami native amassed 150 yards on 27 carries. Cook also had a 59-yard reception for FSU’s first touchdown of the night.


The Seminoles came into the game ranked #23, but should make a significant jump in the rankings after beating #10 Miami on the road.

UNC Snaps Doak Campbell Win Streak

Nicholas Pierce, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (  UNC kicker Nick Weiler kicked a 54-yard field goal as time expired, leading the Tar Heels to a 37-35 victory over FSU. The loss snapped a 22 home winning streak for the Seminoles, which was the largest in the country.

FSU had a sluggish start to the first half. The Seminoles offense struggled to finish drives, Ricky Aguayo missed three field goals, and UNC amassed 138 rushing yards in the half alone, which is more than they average in an entire game.

On the Tar Heels first drive, running back Elijah Hood led the way. In that possession, the Junior rushed for 28 yards on 4 carries. The ground game gave way to the pass, as UNC quarterback Mitch Trubisky was able to make completions to Austin Proehl and Bug Howard for a few big plays. Then, on second down at the Seminole 18, Trubisky was able to evade pressure brought on by a Seminole blitz. He threw a check-down pass to a wide open TJ Logan, who waltzed into the end zone for the opening touchdown.

After Aguayo’s third missed field goal of the half, the Tar Heel Ground game got going even more. TJ Logan rushed for 45 yards on that drive, including a 13-yard touchdown with 14:04 to play in the half.

“If we don’t know by now to start fast, we won’t ever know,” said FSU running back Dalvin Cook. “We can’t keep learning lessons. We can’t let everyone know that we’re going to come out flat because they’ll just jump on our back.”

FSU (3-2, 0-2 ACC) finally got their offense in gear on their final drive of the half. Francois connected with Bobo Wilson twice for 47 yards. Three plays later, Cook scored a 9-yard touchdown on a misdirection, putting FSU on the board.

The Seminoles avoided disaster to close out the half, as Jacob Pugh recovered a Hood fumble inside the FSU 10-yard line. The halftime score was 21-7, UNC.

“We have to execute better,” said FSU coach Jimbo Fisher. “I have to coach better so that the players can play better. There was a lot of good in the game today. Our guys showed heart and soul today, but we’ve got to be better in all three phases of the game.”

FSU drove 66 yards in six plays on their opening drive of the second half. Jacques Patrick broke free for a 19-yard touchdown run to cut the Tar Heel deficit to 7.

UNC (4-1, 2-0 ACC) was quick to respond. On 3rd and nine from the 15, Trubisky threw a dime to Mack Hollins for a touchdown, bringing the Tar Heels lead back to 14. Trubisky threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns on the afternoon.

“Mitch was again incredible today,” said UNC coach Larry Fedora. “He took care of the football and moved the chains. We had to be able to run the ball efficiently and hit the things underneath and he did that all day.”

After a holding call and a sack by Malik Carney, FSU was backed up to their own 2-yard line on their next possession. With the help of a roughing the punter call on Corey Bell, Jr. the Seminoles were able to embark on a 98-yard scoring drive. Francois connected with tight end Marvin Saunders to set up FSU in the red zone. Cook plunged into the end zone a few plays later on a one-yard carry, keeping the Seminoles in the game. The Heisman hopeful finished the game with 249 total yards and three rushing touchdowns.

The Seminole defense came up huge again on UNC’s ensuing possession, forcing the Tar Heels to a three and out. This set up a 12 play, 75-yard drive that was capped off by another Cook rushing touchdown. FSU had finally drawn level.

The tie didn’t last long. Trubisky led the Tar Heels on another touchdown drive. Walvenski Aime was able to block the extra point for the Seminoles, so UNC was only able to retain a six-point lead.

FSU got the ball back with 2:31 left to play in the game. Francois connected with Dalvin Cook on 3rd and 9 deep within FSU territory. The Heisman candidate was able to cut up field and extend the play. Cook was finally brought down at the UNC 26. Six plays later, on second and goal from the 2, Francois found the pocket collapsing around him. The redshirt Freshman was able to escape the pressure, scampering into the end zone to tie the game. Aguayo’s extra point attempt was good, giving FSU a 35-34 lead.

The Tar Heels got the ball pack with only 17 seconds left on the clock. Trubisky threw a 23-yard strike to Hollins and FSU was flagged for pass interference two plays later, allowing for UNC to get to field goal range in only 13 seconds. Weiler then nailed the 54-yard attempt, silencing Doak Campbell Stadium.

Dalvin Cook and Jimbo Fisher Locker Room Speech Following Win at USF

Dalvin Cook and Jimbo Fisher vent their frustrations in the locker room following Florida State’s 55-35 victory at South Florida. Cook, who rushed for a career high 267 yards and two touchdowns, played until the very end of the game even after FSU was guaranteed the win.

In this clip released by Showtime from their series “A Season With Florida State Football”, Cook calls on his teammates to not settle for the win. Head coach Jimbo Fisher chimes in telling his team that they let up. It is a message that could be valuable in the weeks to come as the Seminoles hosts UNC, who are ranked 23rd in the Coaches’ Poll, then travel down to No. 14 Miami the following week.

The Showtime series airs Tuesday nights at 10pm.