Florida State defeats Southern Miss in Independence Bowl, 42-13

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By: Associated Press
December 27, 2017

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — James Blackman threw three of his Independence Bowl-record four touchdown passes to Auden Tate and Florida State beat Southern Mississippi 42-13 on Wednesday.

Florida State (7-6) avoided its first losing season since 1976.

Southern Miss took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter after a 63-yard touchdown drive that was aided by two 15-yard Florida State penalties, one for unsportsmanlike conduct and the other for roughing the kicker.

Blackman matched an Independence Bowl record with three touchdown passes in the first half to help Florida State take a 23-6 lead.

The Seminoles pushed the advantage to 33-6 late in the third quarter. Cam Akers led Florida State with 94 yards rushing, and Jacques Patrick added 61 yards. Blackman completed 18 of 26 passes for 233 yards.

Southern Miss (8-5) was led by Ito Smith, who ran for 92 yards. Kwadra Griggs completed 13 of 25 passes for just 86 yards and a touchdown.

THE TAKEAWAY

Florida State: The Seminoles earned a good ending to an otherwise dreary season. Florida State was simply more talented than Southern Miss at just about every position and it showed.

Southern Miss: The Golden Eagles were able to grab an early lead, but couldn’t keep the momentum. Southern Miss is a program that relishes its opportunities against Power Five opponents, but the talent gap was too much for the Golden Eagles to overcome on Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Florida State: The Seminoles get a fresh start with new coach Willie Taggart. Florida State still has a talented roster and there’s ample reason to believe it could be a quick turnaround for the storied program.

Southern Miss: The Golden Eagles should be in pretty good shape next season, though they’ll have to replace star running back Ito Smith and the entire starting secondary.


Below is a running game update.

End of Game: Florida State 42 - Southern Miss 13

Field Goal Florida State - 4Q, 7:32 | 42-13, Florida State
Ricky Aguayo makes a 39 yard field goal.

Touchdown Florida State - 4Q, 13:34 | 39-13, Florida State
James Blackman completes a pass to Auden Tate for 17 yards for a touchdown, FSU fumbles the snap on the extra point attempt.

End of Third Quarter: Florida State 33 - Southern Miss 13

Touchdown Southern Miss - 3Q, 0:44 | 33-13, Florida State
Kwadra Griggs completes a 13 yard pass to Korey Robertson for a TD, Parker Shaunfield makes the extra point.

Touchdown Florida State - 3Q, 3:25 | 33-6, Florida State
Jacques Patrick runs 2 yards for a touchdown, Ricky Aguayo's kick is good.

Field Goal Florida State - 3Q, 10:45 | 26-6, Florida State
Ricky Aguayo makes a 39 yard field goal.

End of Second Quarter: Florida State 23 - Southern Miss 6

Touchdown Florida State - 2Q, 1:33 | 23-6, Florida State
James Blackman completes a pass to Auden Tate for 10 yards for a touchdown, Ricky Aguayo makes the extra point.

Field Goal Florida State - 2Q, 7:48 | 16-6, Florida State
Ricky Aguayo makes a 29 yard field goal.

Touchdown Florida State - 2Q, 12:38 | 13-6, Florida State
James Blackman completes 14 yard pass to Cam Akers for a touchdown, Ricky Aguayo misses extra point attempt.

End of First Quarter: Florida State 7 - Southern Miss 6

Touchdown Florida State - 1Q, 5:20 | 7-6, Florida State
James Blackman completes 20 yard pass to Auden Tate for a touchdown, Ricky Aguayo's kick is good.

Touchdown Southern Miss - 1Q, 11:05 | 6-0, Southern Miss
Kwadra Griggs runs for 5 yards for a TD, Parker Shaunfield misses extra point attempt.


By: Aubrey Brown | WCTV Eyewitness News
December 27, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Florida State Seminoles will face the Southern Miss Golden Eagles in the Walk-On's Independence Bowl on Wednesday.

FSU finished the 2017 season with a 6-6 record, sending the Noles to their 36th-straight bowl game. The Golden Eagles went 8-4 and finished second in Conference USA's western division.

Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana. The game will be shown on ESPN.




 
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