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FINAL: FSU 56, DUKE 35

The Florida State Seminoles limp into Doak Campbell Stadium having not played since Nov. 14 and...
The Florida State Seminoles limp into Doak Campbell Stadium having not played since Nov. 14 and with a record of just 2-6.(Noles247)
Published: Dec. 12, 2020 at 5:08 AM EST
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FINAL: FSU 56, DUKE 35

The Seminoles score 20 points off four Duke turnovers and gain 522 yards of total offense to collect their third win of the season.

Duke obviously is not a very good football team, but it was a nice win for the Seminoles, especially considering they hadn’t played a game in almost a full month. They’ll wrap up their season on the road next week against Wake Forest.

Our friends at 247Noles have tonight’s game recap here. Thanks for following along. We’ll talk to you next week.

11:32 4th Quarter: FSU 56, Duke 28

Speaking of quick drives, Florida State answers right back on the first play of its next drive.

Toafili gets a carry off tackle to his left, turns it up field and flies by everyone for a 73-yard touchdown run.

That puts Toafili over 100 yards rushing tonight. FSU has now rushed for 302 yards on 8.2 yards per carry.

11:46 4th Quarter: FSU 49, Duke 28

Duke answers with a quick five-play, 67-yard scoring drive.

Dennis Smith got behind the defense and Deon Jackson found him in the end zone from 29 yards out.

13:15 4th Quarter: FSU 49, Duke 21

Travis on the first play of the drive fakes the pitch out left and fires to a wide open Ja’Khi Douglas deep down the middle of the field. Douglas takes care of the rest and scores from 68 yards out.

Second touchdown pass of the night for Travis. Both have gone to Douglas.

END OF 3RD QUARTER: FSU 42, DUKE 21

Florida State outscores Duke 14-0 in the third quarter. The Seminoles average 6.1 yards per play while the Blue Devils average just 2.1.

1:31 3rd Quarter: MISSED FG, FSU 42, Duke 21

The Seminoles go on a solid eight-play, 30-yard drive but it ends with Parker Grothaus missing a 33-yard field goal.

5:53 3rd Quarter: TURNOVER, FSU 42, Duke 21

Luca Diamont’s pass over the middle sails high of his receiver and is picked off by Travis Jay. It was a heck of a catch as he went up high in traffic and came down with it.

7:34 3rd Quarter: FSU 42, Duke 21

The Seminoles are starting to rediscover some of the offensive rhythm they found back in the first quarter.

That eight-play, 55-yard scoring drive featured seven running plays with a heavy dose of Toafili.

Corbin finished the drive with a three-yard touchdown run after taking the direct snap.

12:59 3rd Quarter: FSU 35, Duke 21

Two plays after the Duke turnover, Jordan Travis scores on a 28-yard keeper off the read-option. He made a nice move in the open field to get by a defender and eventually find the end zone.

13:36 3rd Quarter: TURNOVER, FSU 28, Duke 21

Second half underway. Duke starts from its own 21.

On 3rd-and-1 Brice scrambles out to his left and fumbles the ball. It was recovered by Amari Gainer at the Duke 29.

HALFTIME: FSU 28, DUKE 21

The Seminoles went three-and-out on the next drive, ending with a sack by Drew Jordan. Martin put a good leg on his punt for 45 yards though to push Duke back to its own 32.

The Seminoles forced Duke into a 4th-and-1 situation from the FSU 49 with just over a minute left in the half, but Robert Cooper jumped offsides to give Duke a first down.

Lovett went down again away from the play on a scramble by Brice. He was lying on the ground well behind the action and not moving a muscle. It was difficult to see what happened, but he remained down for a few minutes before eventually being helped off the field.

On the next play Brice, launched one deep down the right sideline. The pass was intercepted by Gant but pass interference was called on Jones to give Duke a first down at the FSU 19.

Three holding penalties on the next three plays (!) backed Duke up all the way to the FSU 49.

Duke finally took a knee to end the half.

Tale of two quarters for FSU. Duke has scored 21 consecutive points after the Seminoles opened up a 28-0 lead. The Blue Devils averaged 6.6 yards per play in the quarter, while FSU averaged just 2.2.

5:14 2nd Quarter: FSU 28, Duke 21

Duke starts from its own 15 after the punt by Tommy Martin.

A costly pass interference penalty by Jarrian Jones gives Duke a first down at its own 26. Chase Brice then scrambles up the middle for a 10-yard gain and another first down to the 43.

Fabian Lovett is down and needs to be helped off the field.

On a key 3rd-and-5 play later in the drive, Mataeo gets another carry and turns it into a big 39-yard gain to the FSU 13.

Three plays later, Deon Jackson takes a carry up the middle for a one-yard touchdown run. The Blue Devils have put up 21 unanswered points after FSU scored the first 28 points of the game.

11:51 2nd Quarter: FSU 28, Duke 14

Travis started the drive off with an incredible run from the FSU 7. He broke two tackles in the backfield and turned it into a 24-yard first-down carry.

Two plays later, Travis rolled out to his right and tried to force one deep down the right sideline to his receiver and the pass was intercepted by Thompson. Duke takes over at its own 36.

The Blue Devils need just one play to find the end zone as Mataeo Durant takes a carry on the left side 64 yards to the house. The Blue Devils have scored 14 unanswered points.

13:29 2nd Quarter: TURNOVER, FSU 28, Duke 7

Brice is pass deep down the left sideline is intercepted by Brendan Gant. It was a heck of a play by Gant as he wrestled it away from the receiver while falling to the ground.

14:51 2nd Quarter: TURNOVER, FSU 28, Duke 7

Corbin coughs it up on a second-down carry up the middle. The ball was recovered by Duke’s Nate Thompson at the FSU 44. The Blue Devils appear to have some life.

END OF 1ST QUARTER: FSU 28, DUKE 7

The Seminoles played arguably their best quarter of the season in the opening frame.

They scored the first 28 points of the game and averaged an absurd nine yards per play.

0:59 1st Quarter: FSU 28, Duke 7

Duke answers with a quick, impressive three-play, 52-yard drive to cut into the deficit.

The drive started from the FSU 41 after a great return by Damond Philyaw-Johnson.

Mateo Durant took an 11-yard carry for a first down on the first play of the drive.

Two plays later, Brice stepped up to his left and lofted a beautiful touchdown pass over the middle of the field just over the top Nasirildeen’s outstretched arm.

1:54 1st Quarter: FSU 28, Duke 0

Brice converts on 3rd-and-9 early in the drive with an out route to the right sideline by Jalon Calhoun. But FSU gets the Blue Devils off the field three plays later.

Helton makes the fair catch at the FSU 35 off the punt by Wilson.

Toafili starts the drive with a nine-yard first down carry outside to the right. On the next play, Travis was looking for Helton deep down the right sideline. Pass interference was called to give the Seminoles a first down at the Duke 39.

On a 3rd-and-5 play, Travis did a great job evading the rush and scrambling to his right before firing a dart to Kentron Poitier for an eight-yard first down catch. Credit to Poitier also for recognizing Travis was under pressure and coming back to the ball to help him out.

On the very next play, walk-on running back Treshaun Ward gets a carry up the middle and runs past everyone for a 26-yard touchdown run.

5:51 1st Quarter: FSU 21, Duke 0

Duke quarterback Chase Brice throws one high over the middle of the field. The ball is tipped up into the air off the hands of his receiver Eli Pancol and is intercepted by Hamsah Nasirildeen, who returns it all the way to the Duke 14.

The Seminoles need just one play to add to their lead as Corbin takes it in with a 14-yard touchdown carry.

6:46 1st Quarter: FSU 14, Duke 0

The Seminoles continue a strong start to this one after their first touchdown drive.

The FSU defense forces a quick three-and-out on Duke’s first possession. Porter Wilson’s punt travels only 38 yards, giving the Seminoles great field position at midfield to start their second drive.

Corbin starts with a six-yard carry up the middle on first down. Travis is then bottled up on the keeper to the right for a loss of one. The Seminoles convert on a swing pass to the left to Toafili but Jeremiah Lewis is called for an illegal block in the back to negate the first down.

Travis then found Ontaria Wilson while rolling to his right for an 11-yard gain on the right sideline to bring up fourth-and-1. Corbin gets the first down with a carry up the middle.

Two plays later, on a second-and-13, Travis lofted a gorgeous deep ball down the middle of the field for a 39-yard completion to the Duke 2 to set up first-and-goal.

On the next play, the Seminoles run the wildcat with Corbin taking the direct snap. He carries the ball to left off tackle and finds the end zone.

One piece of bad news for the Seminoles: Ontaria Wilson has gone into the injury tent. If he is unavailable for any extended period of time, the Seminoles will be down to just four scholarship receivers. Three of those are true freshmen.

12:09, 1st Quarter: FSU 7, Duke 0

Strong opening drive from the Seminoles: seven plays, 75 yards in 2:45.

Jordan Travis on the first play from scrimmage scrambles out to his right for a 25-yard gain to midfield.

Two plays later, Jashaun Corbin rushed up the middle for a 10-yard first down carry.

Lawrence Toafili then took a screen pass from Travis out to the right and picked up 18 yards to the Duke 7 to set up 1st-and-goal.

The next play, Travis flipped it out wide left to Ja’Khi Douglas, who then took it down the sideline for the seven-yard touchdown reception. That was Douglas’ first-career touchdown catch.

PREGAME

Jordan Travis is taking reps with the first-team offense as expected. With James Blackman no longer in the program and Chubba Purdy out for the season, true freshman Tate Rodemaker and redshirt freshman Gino English are the other two quarterbacks dressed.

Linebacker Jaleel McRae will wear No. 29 today and DE Dennis Briggs Jr. will wear No. 6.

WRs Jordan Young and Warren Thompson are not available this afternoon. That leaves FSU with just five scholarship wide receivers for today’s game.

Florida State also confirmed starting center Maurice Smith and starting punter Alex Mastromanno are unavailable today. Tommy Martin will be the Seminoles’ starting punter vs. Duke.

The Seminoles will receive the opening kick.

PREVIEW

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Florida State Seminoles limp into Doak Campbell Stadium having not played since Nov. 14 and with a record of just 2-6. Saturday’s game against Duke will mark the 21st all-time meeting between the two programs. The Blue Devils have never beaten the Seminoles but may have a better chance than ever to do so Saturday.

Duke comes in at 2-8. Last week, the Blue Devils were shut out by Miami at home, 48-0. It marked the first time that Duke had been shut out since 2008.

Saturday’s game was originally scheduled to be played at Wallace Wade Stadium, but COVID-19 issues at Florida State forced the ACC to make several schedule changes. Now, Duke will play in Tallahassee for the first time since 2012. The most recent meeting in 2017 resulted in a 17-10 FSU victory. It was the only game in series history decided by fewer than 19 points.

Both offenses rank toward the bottom of the ACC. Duke ranks 13th in the conference in scoring offense and total offense. Through 10 games this season, the Blue Devils have turned the ball over 35 times, the most of any team in the nation and 11 more than the next closest team. Duke committed five turnovers in last week’s loss to Miami.

Quarterback Chase Brice has been a big part of that. The transfer from Clemson has an FBS-high 13 interceptions and nine touchdowns. In Brice’s last game in Tallahassee as a member of the Tigers, he threw for for 90 yards and a touchdown on seven pass attempts. Duke running backs Mataeo Durant and Deon Jackson have combined for more than 1,300 rushing yards and 12 of Duke’s 25 total offensive touchdowns.

The good news for Duke is that FSU ranks last in the ACC in total defense and 13th in scoring defense. In ACC play, the Seminoles are allowing 37.9 points per contest. The Seminoles have also been hammered by opt-outs, transfers, and injuries over the past several weeks from key players like Marvin Wilson, Asante Samuel Jr., Cory Durden, and Jaiden Lars-Woodbey.

FSU will need defensive ends Janarius Robinson and Joshua Kaindoh to step up with all of those absences. FSU has registered just 10 total sacks this season, but Duke has allowed 37 (fourth-most in FBS).

Defensive tackle Robert Cooper will need to be a factor against the run with Wilson and Durden no longer available in the middle. Linebacker Amari Gainer is the top tackler for the Seminoles with 60. FSU also recently got last season’s leading tackler, Hamsah Nasirildeen, back from injury.

After missing the last six quarters of action, quarterback Jordan Travis will be back in the lineup for Florida State on Saturday. Travis has sparked the offense this season with his athleticism. He still has some refining to do as a passer but is incredibly dynamic with the ball in his hands. In games where Travis plays more than a half this season, FSU is averaging 28.5 points. In games where he doesn’t, that number drops to 15.5.

The bad news for Travis is that he’ll be limited when it comes to playmakers. FSU’s best running back, La’Damian Webb, has opted out while its best receiver, Tamorrion Terry, is no longer with the program. The duo of Jashaun Corbin and Lawrance Toafili will be relied on more heavily in Webb’s absence. Ontaria Wilson and tight end Camren McDonald are the top targets remaining for the Seminoles in the passing game.

Only two teams in the ACC allow more points per game than Florida State. Duke is one of them. The Blue Devils are allowing 36.3 points per contest. However, Duke does have one of the best pass rusher duos in the ACC in Chris Rumph II and Victor Dimukeje. The two each rank in the top three in the ACC with 15.5 combined sacks. Among ACC players, only Pittsburgh’s Patrick Jones II has gotten to the quarterback more often than either of those two.

The Blue Devils allow 202.1 rushing yards per game and 4.8 yards per carry. Last week, Miami rushed for 220 yards on 5.2 yards per carry. Sophomore Shaka Heyward leads the team with 74 total tackles to go with three sacks. In the secondary, safety Michael Carter II and Jeremiah Lewis are tied for the team lead with two interceptions apiece.

Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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