Florida State runs over Syracuse football in home finale – Syracuse.com
Syracuse, N.Y. — The Carrier Dome roared as members of the crowd turned and craned their necks to see the man sprinting down the sideline.
Midway through the third quarter, this was one of only a few truly exciting moments in the Orange’s game against No. 17 Florida State.
As the man crossed the goal line, knocking over the pylon, cheers grew louder. Then he hopped the fence, sprinted up through the FSU cheering section and into the masses.
Unfortunately for SU, that man was a shirtless fan swinging an orange T-shirt and his field-long run dwarfed Syracuse’s longest — seven yards. The Orange (4-7, 2-5 ACC) was unable to generate enough offensive firepower to hang with the Seminoles (8-3, 5-3), falling 45-14 in its last home game of the season.
Junior quarterback Zack Mahoney completed just 16-of-36 passes for 196 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in his second start since replacing the injured Eric Dungey. He was sacked eight times as SU’s offensive line, composed of five first-year starters including third-string center Donnie Foster, had no answer for the Seminoles front four.
The Orange generated just 37 rushing yards, barely surpassing its historically low total of 28 from a week ago.
And on defense, SU failed to contain junior running back Dalvin Cook. Cook rushed for 225 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries, breaking Florida State’s program record for career rushing yards, previously held by Warrick Dunn.
The Seminoles grabbed the lead less than four minutes into regulation and never relinquished it.
After FSU redshirt freshman quarterback Deondre Francois connected with Nyqwan Murray (16 yards) and Travis Rudolph (15 yards) for first-quarter touchdowns, Cook sprinted in from 25 yards out to make it 21-0 FSU with 6:35 left until halftime.
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