Cam Akers scores four touchdowns as Noles roll past Syracuse, 35-17

Published: Oct. 26, 2019 at 6:21 PM EDT
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By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports

October 26, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Florida State relied on their best offensive weapon early and often as running back Cam Akers totaled 144 rushing yards on 20 rushes and four touchdowns as the Seminoles rolled through Syracuse, 35-17.

Akers also saw quite a bit of playing time under center, as Willie Taggart gave the offense a new look with Akers running the Wild Cat and either keeping the ball for himself or distributing it on play action runs. From under center, Akers threw for 26 yards on 2-for-3 throwing.

FSU started out hot, scoring on their first offensive series of the afternoon. Starting quarterback Alex Hornibrook connected with Tamorrion Terry on a 30-yard play to set the Seminoles up inside of the Syracuse 25, where Akers took it to the house from 23-yards out for his first score to make it a 6-0 game after FSU missed the point after attempt.

On the ensuing offensive possession, the Noles moved down the field again, going 72 yards in just six plays, capped by a three-yard Akers rush to make it 13-0.

The hot start quickly cooled towards the end of the first quarter and all throughout the second quarter, as the Noles' pace slowed to 3.1 yards per play from their 12-yards per play in the opening two drives, totaling just 76 yards over their next 17 plays.

During the same stretch, Syracuse got on the scoreboard with a 50-yard field goal to pull within 13-3.

The zaniest play of the game happened in the closing minutes of the first half, when Horibrook lateraled it to Akers, who lateraled it back before getting tackled to set up a a huge gain to Terry who took the ball into the red zone, allowing for Akers to punch it in from six-yards out as he took the snap himself, making for a 21-3 halftime score.