For the fourth time in a row, FSU was simply too talented and too tough in beating the Florida Gators 31-13 Saturday night at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee
RB Dalvin Cook continued to pile on his new Seminoles career rushing record with another 153 yards on the ground and a first quarter TD, as FSU built an early 10-0 lead.
The Gators chipped away at the deficit with two Eddy Pineiro field goals to close to 10-6 at the half. But, Florida State broke it open with a pair of TD drives in the second half.
WR Travis Rudolph capped the first one with a spectacular 46 yard catch and run from QB Deondre Francois. RB Freddy Stevenson punctuated the next drive early in the fourth quarter from 27 yards out and the FSU lead was 24-6.
The Gators got their lone TD on an FSU fumbled punt early in the fourth that was run in by Marcell Harris. It was the first time in 9 quarters, dating back to the ’14 meeting, that the Gators had gotten a TD on Florida State.
In the end, FSU’s defense sealed the deal with a sack fumble of Gator QB Austin Appleby that was recovered by DE Demarcus Walker (shown above) at the Florida 26 yard line. Shortly after, Francois took in the last TD on an eight yard run to end the scoring.
The Noles finish the season at 9-3 and now total six wins in the last seven over Florida. They will now await their bowl game future.
Meanwhile, Florida drops to 9-3 and must try to get ready for the most dominant program in America in Alabama in the SEC Title Game next Saturday in Atlanta.