By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
October 27, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The second-ranked Clemson Tigers are in town to take on Willie Taggart's Seminoles as Florida State looks to play spoiler to Clemson's College Football Playoff hopes.
FSU is coming off of their best performance of the season in a 31-17 route of Wake Forest, in which the offensive line looked stellar and both Cam Akers and Jacques Patrick looked at their most comfortable.
Clemson, on the other hand, has allowed a combined 10 points over their last two games and have played in just two one-score contests, coming out on the victorious side.
Below will be a running live blog of today's game, where you'll find game updates and analysis from the WCTV Sports team.
FINAL: CLEMSON 59 - FSU 10
FSU got a garbage time touchdown on a James Blackman pass but other than that, it wasn't pretty.
Thanks again for hanging with me. Recap is coming soon.
4th Quarter, 10:40 - Clemson 59 - FSU 3
That'll probably wrap up the live blog today, folks - I'm about to head to the field for the final eight or so minutes. Tweets still available. Thanks for joining me, and we'll have our full recap on the site soon after the final whistle.
4th Quarter, 13:50 - Clemson 59 - FSU 3
Adam Choice put a nice move at the line to change direction in an instant and follow the hole, leading to a 15-yard touchdown.
This one...has caused a lot of the home town folks to head home. And I cannot blame them whatsoever.
END OF THE THIRD QUARTER: CLEMSON 52 - FSU 3
3rd Quarter, 2:10 - Clemson 52 - FSU 3
Clemson's back up quarterback Chase Brice engineers a five play, 75-yard scoring drive, thanks in large part to a 61-yard completion to Diondre Overton and finds TJ Chase at the front of the end zone for another touchdown. 52-3 with 2:10 to play in the third.
3rd Quarter, 4:35 - Clemson 45 - FSU 3
At least FSU wont be shutout today.
That's about all I have.
3rd Quarter, 7:50 - Clemson 45 - FSU 0
The quickest scoring drive of the day as Lawrence throws his fourth touchdown pass of the afternoon and his second to Amari Rodgers, this time for 68-yards.
Time to start watching for a couple of things; will FSU score? Will they get out of negative rushing yards (sitting at -8)? Will they crack 100 yards of total offense (sitting at 84)?
3rd Quarter, 10:18 - Clemson 38 - FSU 0
The Noles defense stands tall again and holds Clemson to a field goal.
It's now 38-0.
And to answer my previous inquiry, Francois did come out to start the second half, as did running back Cam Akers who was benched in the final minutes of the first half following a fumble and a dropped pass on consecutive plays.
3rd Quarter, 11:00 - Clemson 35 - FSU 0
It looked like the Noles defense had done their job and forced Clemson to punt on the second drive of the half but DJ Matthews muffs the punt and gives the ball right back to the Tigers inside the Noles 10 yardline.
Just kind of how the day has gone for the Noles.
3rd Quarter, 14:12 - Clemson 35 - FSU 0
Not a great start to the half for the Seminoles, who allow a big kickoff return to the 45 and then two plays later Clemson is back on the scoreboard after Lawrence's third touchdown pass of the day, this time to Amari Rodgers for 58 yards.
I'm genuinely curious if Francois comes out for the second half or if it's Blackman's game from here on out.
HALFTIME: CLEMSON 28 - FSU 0
Not really much you can say; the FSU defense had a stellar first quarter but got no help from the offense and the Noles are down by a lot.
2nd Quarter, 3:34 - Clemson 28 - FSU 0
Alright, try to follow me here: Francois has a pass tipped as he throws, it gets picked off. Lawrence gets hit hard by Hamasah Nasirildeen, a scuffle ensues in front of the Clemson bench and Nasirildeen is called for targeting. AJ Lytton gets called for pass interference in the end zone which, I don't know if ti was or not. Then a defensive tackle rushes for a one-yard touchdown for the Tigers.
It's not even halftime and this game is already bonkers.
2nd Quarter, 7:49 - Clemson 14 - FSU 0
For the second time today, Lawrence and Higgins connect on a touchdown, this time from three-yards out to cap a nine-play, 58-yard scoring drive for the Tigers.
The FSU defense still looked okay, but Clemson was able to work the Noles with a methodical drive.
Noles need to find an offensive groove and soon.
2nd Quarter, 13:19 - Clemson 7 - FSU 0
FSU thought they had it made. They forced Clemson to a 40-yard field goal attempt and it went wide right, but Stanford Samuels III got flagged for roughing the kicker, leading to a fresh set of downs.
The Tigers made the most of it, getting the game's first points on a Lawrence touchdown pass to Tee Higgins from seven-yards out and putting the first points on the board.
How will FSU's offense respond?
END OF THE FIRST QUARTER: FSU 0 - CLEMSON 0
The defense has been the story of the day, as the two teams have combined for 97 yards of offense in the first 15 minutes.
Clemson has something cooking though, as Lawrence found Justyn Ross on a nice play-action fake for a 41-yard pickup to set the Tigers up at the Noles 23 yard line, the furthest either team has been in opposing territory today.
1st Quarter, 6:18 - FSU 0 - Clemson 0
It's been all defense in the early going (not to mention some costly penalties to derail drives) as the two teams have combined for 33 yards of offense.
After a first drive in which Clemson moved the ball easily for the first few snaps, the FSU defense has stepped up and not allowed much of anything.
1st Quarter, 13:39 - FSU 0 - Clemson 0
It would be hard to surmise the first series as anything other than a "comedy of errors," starting on the kickoff return from Anthony Grant, who was clobbered at the 13.
A penalty backed the Noles up to the 7 and then went three and out. The Clemson defense came to play. Lets see if the Noles defense did, too.
Clemson wins the coin toss and defers to the second half. Florida State will begin on offense.
Who is ready for football?