By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
October 14, 2017
DURHAM, N.C. (WCTV) -- Cam Akers scored on a 42-yard rushing touchdown in the middle of the fourth quarter in what proved to be the difference maker as the Florida State Seminoles survived the Duke Blue Devils, 17-10, from Durham on Saturday.
Akers' long run made it a 17-10 game, and came on a third-and-short play against one of the best third-down defenses in the nation.
While no points were scored in the final 8:23 of the game, the Noles defense stood strong and refused to allow Duke to get back into the game, including batting a pass away in the end zone on the last play of the game.
FSU scored the first points of the game on the first possession of the day, when quarterback James Blackman found Auden Tate for a 20-yard touchdown pass to give the Noles a 7-0 lead.
Duke got three points back on a 37-yard field goal in the middle of the second quarter, and the Noles extended their lead to 10-3 on a 23-yard field goal from Ricky Aguayo in the third quarter.
Brittain Brown tied the game at 10-10 late in the third quarter after a nine-yard touchdown rush.
Akers was the leading rusher for either side, taking 15 carries for 115 yards and the go-ahead touchdown. Akers also caught two passes for 20 yards.
Jacques Patrick was also effective in the running game, gaining 98 yards on 18 carries.
The development of James Blackman continued against the Blue Devils, and he finished by completing 18 of his 21 pass attempts for 197 yards and a touchdown, but did throw two interceptions.
The Seminoles improve to 2-3 overall on the year, and are 2-1 in ACC play, and will welcome the Louisville Cardinals to town next Saturday in another noon kickoff.