By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
November 30, 2019
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The regular season comes to a close tonight for the Seminoles of Florida State, who are in Gainesville and are ready to take on their arch rival Florida Gators.
FSU is looking to avoid losing consecutive games to Florida for the first time since dropping six in a row from 2004-2009.
The Noles will see a host of key players return after sitting out two weeks ago against Alabama State, such as running back Cam Akers, Tre' McKitty and Cyrus Fagan, but will be without RB2 Khalan Laborn, who has been suspended for violating team rules.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. on the SEC Network.
FINAL: FSU 17 - FLORIDA 40
Mercifully, this one is over. FSU sits at 6-6 and awaits their bowl destination and opponent. Blackman was sacked seven times and this game should have been uglier in terms of the final score, if we're being honest.
Anyway, here's our gamer, courtesy of our pals at Noles247. We'll do it all over again next month - time, date and location TBD. Hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend.
4th Quarter, 14:56: FSU 17 - Florida 40
The Gators have scored the most points against in Gainesville against FSU since they scored 45 in 2007.
END OF THE THIRD QUARTER: FSU 17 - Florida 37
FSU isn't rolling over. Despite Cyrus Fagan being ejected for targeting, The Noles are standing tall inside the 10 - a screen from the goal line was blown up and, as a result, the fourth quarter will open with a 4th and Goal for the UF offense.
3rd Quarter, 4:53: FSU 17 - Florida 37
As has been the case over the last couple of years, Cam Akers has decided to make his presence known, and in a big way, ripping a 50-yard touchdown run essentially up the gut.
It's life from the FSU offense. It may be a bit late, but it's life nonetheless.
3rd Quarter, 6:34: FSU 10 - Florida 37
Emory Jones watched Trask have all the fun and said "I wanna do that," so he found Van Jefferson from six-yards out as the Gators continue to roll.
It's...it's ugly, gang.
3rd Quarter, 12:13: FSU 10 - Florida 30
For the first time since the first offensive series of the game for the Noles, FSU has points, this time off the leg of Ricky Aguayo, who nails a 48-yard field goal.
HALFTIME: FSU 7 - FLORIDA 30
Yikes, this one has been all Florida.
The Gators finish the opening 30 minutes with over 300 yards (305, to be exact) of offense compared to just 95 for the Noles.
Trask has been exceptional for the home squad, having tossed three touchdowns and 239 yards on 18-of-27 passing.
After the first drive of the game, nothing has gone right for the Seminoles. Essentially, if you're in garnet and gold, this game is your worst nightmare.
2nd Quarter, 0:10: FSU 7 - Florida 30
Florida nails a 50-yard field goal and it's 30-7 before halftime.
2nd Quarter, 5:06: FSU 7 - Florida 27
A huge momentum swing in The Swamp: The Noles were forced three and out, punted from their own end zone but recovered a muffed punt off the hands of Swain.
But, an illegal formation penalty negated the recovery, made FSU punt again, gave the Gators field position in FSU territory and the drive was capped by a 13-yard touchdown throw to Van Jefferson in the back of the end zone.
The Noles need points or this one could be over by halftime.
2nd Quarter, 10:55: FSU 7 - Florida 20
If the Seminoles aren't careful, this one is going to get out of hand fast.
After Hamsah Nasirildeen left the game in an air cast and carted off the field (a huge blow to the FSU defense), Freddie Swain logs his second touchdown of the game, a 23-yard pitch and catch from Kyle Trask, as the Gators now lead, 20-7.
Trask has been excellent in the early going, completing 13-of-16 passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns.
2nd Quarter, 12:25: FSU 7 - Florida 13
We have our first drive that not only won't have a score in it, but is a three-and-out with FSU on the offensive side. The Noles nearly had a touchdown, as Terry had his defender beat but James Blackman overthrew him by about three yards (the broadcast replay also showed that Terry slowed down *juuuust* a half a second and that was enough to slow him down to miss the ball).
Not the answer the Noles needed, but lets see if the defense can bail them out.
2nd Quarter, 13:46: FSU 7 - Florida 13
Dameon Pierce is on the scoresheet, with a one-yard touchdown run, but the first real blunder of the game comes from UF's special tams, as the extra point is missed.
In just two drives, the Gators have 140 yards, 111 of which have come via the air.
Drive number two for the Seminoles is coming soon.
END OF THE FIRST QUARTER: FSU 7 - FLORIDA 7
Only three drives in that opening quarter, and the third is yet to be completed; the Gators have a 2nd and 5 from the FSU 11 when the second quarter begins.
1st Quarter, 5:59: FSU 7 - Florida 7
Exactly the response the Seminoles needed on offense and they did so rather quickly (even though it took 4:20 off the clock).
A trick play opened things up, as Blackman found DJ Matthews who hook and ladder-ed it to Cam Akers, and then a couple of big plays to Tamorrion Terry set the Noles up inside the red zone.
Despite being slowed down once they got inside the 10, the Noles punched in on a Jordan Travis QB keeper to tie the game.
1st Quarter, 10:19: FSU 0 - Florida 7
Think about Florida State's season on defense in a nutshell.
Got it? What does a typical FSU defensive series look like? Probably a lot like the one we just saw.
FSU had Florida in 3rd and long twice - a 3rd and 10 that was easily converted and a 3rd and 11 that ended as a 4th and inches, which was converted on a quarterback keeper.
Lamical Perine had a 10-yard rush to pick up a first down, the Gators swung the ball out on screens to both sides of the field and the Noles continuously had no answer until the Gators ended the drive with a Freddie Swain 19-yard touchdown reception.
Not...a great start for the Noles.
1st Quarter, 15:00: FSU 0 - Florida 0
FSU won the toss and elected to defer. Gators start the game on offense and before the ball is even snapped, a delay of game penalty.
It's football time.