Say this for Florida State, when a lot of observers and even there own fans, thought they would be blown out at #4 Clemson, they instead hung in and had chances in a 31-14 loss Saturday night.
The first half was dominated by the Tigers as they raced into halftime up 17-0. The Noles could have been down by more, but instead they had chances to keep It closer.
Brian Burns forced a fumble at the goal line recovered by FSU. On the ensuing possession, QB James Blackman got stripped on 3rd down recovered by FSU leading to a punt and keeping them scoreless at the break.
Florida State came out of the locker room looking to make it a game. The Noles drove down the field into Clemson territory, but rather than kicking what looked to be a 46-47 yard field goal with Ricky Aguayo, the Noles went for it. Blackman missed Auden Tate by a fingertip and the Noles turned it over, again, on downs.
Florida State would finally strike at the end of the third with a drive consisting of two defensive pass interference calls leading to a 39-yard connection of Blackman to Nyqwan Murray. Jacques Patrick took in from three yards out and trimming the lead to 10.
The defense continued to get off the field and Blackman and Murray almost connected again but Blackman just missed the wide open Murray, which would have been a long touchdown. ‘
After another big stop, the Seminoles struck back on a reverse to a Flea Flicker which resulted in Ryan Izzo being wide open for a 60-yard score and suddenly, the game was 17-14.
The Noles would then force their third fumble off the game and take control in Tigers territory. Having the ball and clearly momentum on their side, FSU looked to strike immediately.
But, on the very next play, however, Blackman would be picked off leading to a Clemson touchdown by Travis Etienne to push the lead back to 24-14. Blackman finished 13-32 for 208 yards 1 TD 1 Int.
After a turnover on downs, the Tigers would add their final score with 35 seconds left. when Adam Choice scored from 10 yards out.
The Noles fall to 3-6 on the season and host Delaware State next week a home.
With three winnable games left including the ULM game they added back this week, the Noles can still go bowling this season and keep the streak alive.