TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State Seminoles built on their momentum from last week’s big game beating Charleston Southern convincingly 52-8. Deondre Francois proved his debut against Ole Miss was no fluke by dominating the CSU Buccaneers going 25-32 for 262 yards in just three quarters.
Francois’ biggest target was Travis Rudolph; the two connected for 105 yards on seven throws. Rudolph got started early scoring his two touchdowns in the first half. The junior Rudolph accounted for nearly half of Francois’ passing yards, and these two look like the next great Florida State duo.
“We’re definitely on the same page,” Rudolph said about his freshman quarterback. “We just have so many mental reps in practice and in film – it’s like taking candy from a baby.”
Jesus Wilson was the second most used receiver, catching four passes for 53 yards. Wilson also recorded an 89-yard punt return for a touchdown with 0:22 seconds left in the first quarter, the third longest punt return in school history.
Heisman hopeful Dalvin Cook had a quiet 83 yards on 11 carries, but did rush for two touchdowns. Even in limited action, Cook moved himself into the fifth all-time spot for rushing touchdowns (29) in school history.
The defense really turned up the heat forcing six fumbles in the game, recovering three of them, and allowing just 128 total yards in the first half. Brian Burns led the defense with five tackles, three for a loss, and two sacks.
“Brian Burns, you can see the ability in there,” Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said.
Defensive teammate DeMarus Walker also praised his fellow defenseman.
“I told y’all – Brian Burns is a pass rusher, man,” Walker said. “That guy is electrifying. If he puts his mind to it, in the next couple of years he’s going to be crazy.”
The only CSU touchdown came on the result of a busted coverage in the second quarter, but besides that anomaly the Seminole defense looked pretty sharp. The defense finished allowing only 294 total yards. Junior defensive guard Derrick Nnadi spoke on the team’s rush defense.
“We have to be really disciplined,” Nnadi said. “I think feel like we did that today.
The Seminoles looked polished minus a few early miscues, but need to keep the momentum going for next week’s game. Florida State will quickly turn the focus to their first true away game against ACC opponent Louisville next Saturday.