By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
October 27, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Florida State Seminoles matched defensive wits with the second-ranked Clemson Tigers throughout the first quarter on Saturday from Doak Campbell Stadium, but a poor offensive performance from FSU did nothing to help the FSU defense as the game got out of hand, quickly, in a 59-10 loss, tying the worst margin of defeat in school history.
The 49-point defeat is also the largest margin of loss ever at home in Florida State football history.
The Noles and Tigers were scoreless through one quarter before Clemson turned on the jets, showing why they're they number two team in the country, scoring 28 points in the second quarter and 24 in the third as the game was a 52-3 Tiger lead heading into the final frame.
Though it was a good first 15 minutes defensively, Florida State had no answer for Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who threw for 314 yards and four touchdowns on 20-of-37 passing.
Lawrence found comfort in the TIgers' two leading receivers, Amari Rodgers and Tee Higgins, who each had two touchdowns.
Rodgers led all receivers with 156 yards receiving on six catches.
In total, Clemson burned the Seminoles for 524 yards of offense, over 400 of which came through the air.
FSU had no answer, finishing with just 247 yards of total offense, including finishing with -21 rushing yards.
Florida State's leading rusher was Jacques Patrick, who finished with 17 on seven carries.
After having a stellar performance against Wake Forest, Deondre Francois didn't look in sync with any of his receivers, completing just 17 of his 36 attempted passes for 180 yards, the third worst mark of the season.
Francois was injured on a sack in the fourth quarter and back up quarterback James Blackman came into the game, finishing with 88 yards on 3-of-4 passing, including a touchdown..
FSU's two scores came in the form of a 35-yard Ricky Aguayo field goal in the third quarter and a 73-yard touchdown pass by Blackman to Keyshawn Helton with 4:43 left in the game.
For a full rundown of scoring plays, mostly from Clemson, click here
Miscues were the story of the day for Florida State, especially self inflicted and especially penalties: FSU logged 16 penalties for 134 yards, including a targeting and two personal fouls, all three of which led to ejections.
The loss drops FSU to 4-4 overall and 2-4 in ACC play. The Seminoles hit the road next week for a matchup with NC State. Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m.