Florida State has been to a bowl game for 36 straight seasons. The streak dates back to Bobby Bowden’s 1st year as head coach in Tallahassee. They entered Saturday’s game needing to win each of their last 2 games against Boston College and Florida to keep that streak going. It looked like A.J. Dillon and the 20th ranked Eagles would be too much, but then Deondre Francois found a little bit more magic in the final moments. His 74-yard touchdown pass to Tamorrion Terry with less than 2 minutes remaining to keep those slim bowl hopes alive with a 22-21 victory.
The 1st quarter was a bit of a comedy of errors for both teams. The opening drive for the Noles was very promising as they got over 40 yards in the 1st couple plays, but then the drive stalled and Ricky Aguayo’s field goal attempt was blocked. Boston College’s 1st big mistake came when a drive that had them in Noles territory came to an abrupt ending thanks to an interception. On the very next play, Deondre Francois said anything you can do, I can do better. The FSU QB was intercepted on the 1st play of the drive and the return brought it back to the original line of scrimmage. Then BC tried to do a Ricky Aguayo impersonation. A.J. Dillon had his team on the verge of a touchdown, but the Noles pushed them back to force a field goal attempt, but the 29-yarder was missed.
Florida State had another promising drive going to start the 2nd quarter, but Francois made another huge mistake. His throw was way behind his receiver and it resulted in his 2nd interception of the game. The defense bailed out Francois again and this time it resulted in points for the Noles. Aguayo was true on a 35-yard attempt to break up the scoreless tie. The lead for FSU didn’t last the entire 2nd quarter. Anthony Brown found his tight ends to set up the Eagles in scoring position and A.J. Dillon finished the job to put BC in front for the 1st time in the game. Aguayo would connect on a field goal in the final minute of the quarter to make it a 1-point game heading to the locker room.
The Noles had one of their best drives of the year midway through the 3rd quarter. Francois led his team on a 5-play, 85 yard drive in less than 2 minutes. Cam Akers ran it in to cap it off and retake the lead. AJ Brown finally put it together in the 3rd quarter as well. His arm was the reason for a long drive and he found Jeff Smith for a 26-yard touchdown pass to put the Eagles back in front.
Early in the 3rd quarter Boston College would extend their lead. Steve Addazio made the risky call of going for it on 4th down in the red zone. The risk payed off and a few plays later Dillon ran it in for his 2nd touchdown of the game to extend the lead to 8. FSU answered well and drove back down the field and added another Aguayo field goal to make it a 5-point game. The defense held to get their offense the ball back one more time and Francois did it again. He found the speedy Tamorrion Terry for a 74-yard touchdown to retake the lead with less than 2 minutes to go.
Next week Florida State will close out the season with the traditional rivalry game with the Florida Gators. Kickoff is scheduled for noon and you will hear the game from start to finish on WDAE with pregame coverage beginning bright and early at 9 am.