Florida State improved to 7-3 with a convincing 38-3 victory over Syracuse on Saturday night on the road. The Seminoles are now 5-3 in the ACC, are done with conference play and can’t finish worse than tied for second in the Atlantic Division.
For the third straight game, FSU outscored a conference opponent as they took a 24-3 halftime lead behind a stifling defense, the legs of Trey Benson and the arm of Jordan Travis. With the win over Syracuse, FSU ensured it finished the season with a regular-season winning record, its first since 2016 and its first winning season since 2017.
The story of the night, and for the second game in a row, was the FSU defense shutting down Syracuse’s offense completely. The Seminoles held the Orange to just 160 total offensive yards. They allowed Syracuse running back Sean Tucker for just 52 yards on 15 carries.
The Seminoles also took to the air off Orange’s passing attack. Quarterback Garrett Shrader threw for just 65 yards on 6 of 16 passes. Tucker and wide receiver Oronde Gadsden, who made up 50 percent of the team’s combined catch before the game, were held to one catch per play for a total of 28 yards. FSU’s defense forced six three-outs in the game and limited Syracuse to four plays or fewer on 10 of 12 possessions.
FSU’s offense was balanced and did pretty much everything it wanted. For the fifth game in a row, the Seminoles totaled more than 200 meters on the ground. Trey Benson ran for 163 yards on 18 carries. FSU ran the ball 40 times with eight different players going 230 yards.
Quarterback Jordan Travis was near perfect in the game, completing 21 of 23 passes for 155 yards and three touchdowns. Twelve different players caught passes from FSU passers in the game.
Osceola football analyst Mark Salva and Pat Burnham offer their first reaction to FSU’s dominating victory over Syracuse with Osceola’s Week 10 edition of First Impressions.
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