Alec Chessari, Correspondent on (@AlecChessariFS Twitter)
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)- The Florida State Seminoles football team hosted the Clemson Tigers in an ACC matchup. The result was a 59-10 loss and the Seminoles gave up the most points allowed at home.
The Seminole defense got off to a good start holding the Tigers to only three first downs, five rush yards and 71 passing yards in the first quarter. The offense was still searching for answers as they only had two first downs, seven rushing yards and 31-yards passing in the first quarter.
After the Seminoles defense held the Tigers offense scoreless in the first quarter they scored 28 points in the second quarter and 24 points in the third quarter. The Seminoles had six penalties for 48 yards in the second quarter and four penalties for 31 yards in the third quarter.
Three players for the Seminoles were ejected during the game. Sophomore safety Hamsah Nasirildeen was ejected for a targeting call, wide receiver Nyqwan Murray was ejected for throwing a punch and Zaquandre White was ejected for throwing a punch on the sidelines towards a Clemson player.
Clemson linebacker Tre Lamar picked off redshirt junior quarterback Deondre Francois after a tipped pass and the Seminoles also fumbled four times recovering three out of the four. The Tigers scored 10 points off the Seminoles turnovers.
The Tigers offense combined for 524 yards of total offense. Passed for 404 yards and rushed for 120 yards. The Seminoles offense combined for a total of 247 yards. Passed for 268 yards and rushed for -21 yards.
The Seminoles had 16 penalties for 134-yards compared to Clemson’s five penalties for 50-yards.
Francois finished the game 17-36 for 180 yards and one interception. Francois went down in the fourth quarter with an unspecified injury. He was replaced by sophomore quarterback James Blackman who went 3-4 for 88-yards and one touchdown.
True sophomore running back Cam Akers carried the ball 11-times for seven-yards with a long of four-yards.
Senior wide receiver Nyqwan Murray caught five passes for 49-yards before being ejected for throwing a punch at a Clemson player. Redshirt freshman receiver Tamorrion Terry caught four passes for for 55 yards with a long of 22 yards. True freshman Keyshawn Helton finished with three catches for 100 yards, one touchdown and a long of 73 yards.
True Freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence completed 20-37 passes for 314 yards and four touchdowns. That’s a career high for Lawrence.
Amari Rodgers caught six passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns with a long of 68 yards. Tee Higgins caught six passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns with a long of 21 yards.
The Seminoles defense made a stop bringing out the field goal unit for the Tigers. Redshirt senior kicker Greg Huegel missed a 40-yard field goal wide right but true freshman cornerback Asante Samuels Jr. got a roughing the kicker penalty, giving the Tigers a first down.
True freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence found sophomore receiver Tee Higgins shortly after for a seven-yard touchdown pass, giving the Tigers a 7-0 lead with 13:19 left in the first half.
Lawrence completes another touchdown pass to Higgins this time for three-yards, giving the Tigers a 14-0 lead with 7:49 remaining in the first half.
Senior defensive tackle Christian Wilkins punched the ball in from one-yard out expanding the lead to 21-0 with 3:34 remaining in the first half.
Redshirt junior fullback Garrett Williams took the hand-off from Lawrence and punched it in from one-yard out, giving the Tigers a 28-0 lead with 1:07 remaining in the first half.
The Tigers received the kick from the Seminoles to start the second half and only needed two plays to take the ball 61 yards for a score. Lawrence found true sophomore wide receiver Amari Rodgers for a 58-yard touchdown, giving the Tigers a 35-0 lead with 14:12 remaining in the third quarter.
True sophomore wide receiver DJ Mathews muffed the punt and was recovered by the Tigers on the Seminoles 10-yard line. The Seminoles defense held and forced a 24-yard field goal by true freshman kicker B.T. Potter, giving the Tigers a 38-0 lead with 10:18 remaining in the third quarter.
The Tigers next scoring drive came on a 68-yard touchdown pass to Rodgers from Lawrence, giving the Tigers a 45-0 lead with 7:50 remaining in the third quarter.
The Seminoles get on the board with a 35-yard field goal from junior kicker Ricky Aguayo to avoid the shutout.
The Tigers backup quarterback, redshirt freshman Chase Brice, drove the ball down the field on the very next drive and found redshirt sophomore T.J. Chase for the five-yard touchdown, giving the Tigers a 52-3 advantage.
Senior running back Adam Choice of the Tigers took the handoff 15-yards for a touchdown, expanding their lead 59-3 with 13:50 remaining in the game.
Blackman found freshman receiver Keyshawn Helton for a 73-yard touchdown giving the Tigers a 59-10 advantage with 4:43 remaining.
The Clemson Tigers look to remain perfect against the Louisville Cardinals. The game will be aired on ABC at noon. The Seminoles look to rebound on the road against the No. 22 North Carolina State Wolfpack in a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.