FSU Offense Struggles In 30-7 Loss At Syracuse


Syracuse quarterback Tommy DeVito, subbing for injured starter Eric Dungey, scored on a 3-yard run and hit tight end Ravian Pierce with a 3-yard touchdown strike in the third quarter as Syracuse beat the Florida State Seminoles 30-7.  DeVito, a redshirt freshman with limited experience in the first two games, guided the Orange in the second half as they snapped a five-game conference losing streak.  As for Dungey, he was hurt late in the second quarter and never returned as the Orange took a slim 6-0 lead into halftime.

It was a rough afternoon for FSU quarterback Deondre Francois, who finished 18 of 36 for 178 yards passing with one interception while leading an offense that gained just 240 yards. FSU also was called for 11 penalties for 90 yards.  Florida State prevented the shutout on a 2-yard run by Francois with 6:16 to play. The Seminoles were 4-0 in the Carrier Dome entering the game and had won 10 straight games in the series since 1966.

Cam Akers led the Seminoles on the ground with 52 yards on 10 carries and FSU finished with just 62 yards rushing on 23 attempts, a 2.7-yard average.  Florida State struggled in the opening half in the first two games of this season and the trend continued against the Orange. The Seminoles were called for nine penalties, operated from poor field position, punted six times, and crossed midfield only once before halftime, gaining only 110 yards on 29 plays and failing to convert all seven times on third down.

Florida State will host Northern Illinois on Saturday in Tallahassee. 


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