Seminoles seek season's second win against Duke

By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
October 13, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. (WCTV) -- The Florida State Seminoles are in search of their second victory of the season as they prepare to take on the Duke Blue Devils from Durham, North Carolina.

The ‘Noles are coming off last week’s home loss against the Miami Hurricanes, who snapped a seven-game losing streak to FSU in the process.

If there’s a silver lining to ‘Noles fans in last week’s defeat, it’s the offensive play in the fourth quarter – the 17 points posted by FSU in the fourth quarter was the most they’ve scored in a quarter all season long. It also seems the issues in the running game have been, however temporarily, worked out, as the duo of Cam Akers and Jacques Patrick combined for 212 yards on 31 carries. (Akers was the show stopper last week, gaining 121 of those yards on 20 carries himself.)

Another silver lining for FSU fans is the continued development of James Blackman, who finished last week completing 17 of his 28 pass attempts for 203 yards and two touchdowns, but did toss two interceptions.

FSU faces a Duke team who rattled off four-straight wins to begin the season (averaging 40.5 points per game in the process) but who have dropped to straight games (a 31-6 thrashing at the hands of the Hurricanes and a touchdown loss last week to Virginia).

Despite the consecutive blemishes, the Blue Devils are still averaging 31.5 points per game while allowing just 20 points against them (which ties them for the 32nd-best scoring defense in the country).

As if things haven’t gone bad enough for FSU to begin the season, it might only be getting harder, as the Noles will be down at least five key players on Saturday:

  • Wide receiver George Campbell is listed as questionable (hip)
  • Receiver Keith Gavin, the ‘Noles’ second-leading receiver, is listed as out (ankle)
  • Defensive back Trey Marshall is out with a concussion
  • Linebacker Jacob Pugh is also out with a concussion
  • Offensive lineman Landon Dickerson is out for the remainder of the year with an ankle injury

    The Noles come into the matchup as a seven-point favorite. Kickoff is slated for noon.

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