By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
October 26, 2019
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- It's homecoming at Florida State and the Seminoles look to get back on the winning side of things as they welcome Syracuse.
Last season, FSU put together maybe their worst effort of the season in a 30-7 loss in New York and the Noles will look to turn the tides today.
FINAL: FLORIDA STATE 35 - SYRACUSE 17
FSU improves to 4-4 overall and 3-3 in conference play. To read our full game recap, click here. Thanks for watching with me, folks.
4th Quarter, 6:04: 35-17, FSU
Syracuse is back on the scoreboard after a one-yard rush from Moe Neal.
These scores will really only make this game look better than it actually was...buuuuut there is still six minutes left. I could be eating my words here shortly.
4th Quarter, 13:04: 35-10, FSU
Syracuse goes 75 yards across 13 plays in 4:20 and get their first touchdown on a two-yard rush from Abdul Adams.
END OF THE THIRD QUARTER: FLORIDA STATE 35 - SYRACUSE 3
15 minutes remain, gang.
3rd Quarter, 2:24: 35-3, FSU
For the first time today, someone other than Cam Akers has a touchdown and it's from Khalan Laborn, his second career six-pointer, to cap off a methodical drive that spanned 16 plays, 85-yards and took 4:41 off the clock.
Other than that, this quarter has been kind of a dud.
3rd Quarter, 13:18: 28-3, FSU
The Cam Akers show continues as he logs his fourth touchdown today, tying a school record and becoming the sixth player to do such a thing.
He also assumed the role of quarterback for most of that drive, eventually rushing it in from seven yards out from under center.
HALFTIME: FLORIDA STATE 21 - SYRACUSE 3
Abbreviated halftime today, folks, because of some impending weather (I think, anyway).
2nd Quarter, 1:35 21-3, FSU
It's the Cam Akers show today, ladies and gents, as he logs his third touchdown of the day on a six-yard rush as he took the snap from shotgun. He also logged the two-point conversion.
But that wasn't what was memorable about that drive. This might just be the wildest play I've ever seen. I'm not going to attempt to describe it so please watch for yourself.
#FSU just got a huge gain on a play that looked like it could be a nightmare. Sums up the #Syracuse defense.— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) October 26, 2019
Not sure I've ever seen a triple pass quite like this one. Alex Hornibrook covered pretty much, Cam Akers still threw it back to him. pic.twitter.com/o1w4QLIvT4
2nd Quarter, 5:49 13-3, FSU
This game has slowed to a crawl. I'll let my pal Tashan from The Athletic explain why.
#FSU since its first two drives: 17 plays, 76 yards.— Tashan Reed (@tashanreed) October 26, 2019
#FSU on the first two drives of the game: 12 yards per play— Tashan Reed (@tashanreed) October 26, 2019
The Seminoles on their four drives since: 3.1 yards per play
Meanwhile, Syracuse is beginning to look better (however marginally) on the offensive side of the ball - the offensive line is holding up and they've converted their first three third downs of the game. Cuse has a long way to go in order to actually look somewhat competent on offense, but it's a start.
2nd Quarter, 14:50, 13-3, FSU
A roughing the kicker penalty against Asante Samuel turns into points for Syracuse, who are on the board after a 50-yard field goal to open the second quarter.
It was a drive that spanned seven plays, 18 yards and took 2:06 across two quarters..
END OF THE FIRST QUARTER: FSU 13 - SYRACUSE 0
The game started almost too good to be true from FSU on offense and the final sixish minutes of the first quarter proved just that. The back half of that opening 15 was pretty ugly.
FSU finishes the first quarter outgaining Cuse, 170-24, in total offense.
1st Quarter, 4:20, 13-0, FSU
That was maybe the most entertaining drive of the season by the Seminoles: For five straight plays, Cam Akers lined up as quarterback with Hornibrook sent out to line up as a wide receiver.
Akers handed it off to Laborn twice, screened it out to him twice (both for solid pickups) and nearly lost the ball on an attempted handoff to Tre'Shaun Harrison before keeping it himself.
Unfortunately for FSU, they stalled out at the Cuse 39 and it's the first time today the Seminoles haven't scored.
1st Quarter, 8:22, 13-0, FSU
It may be October on the calendar, but it not only feels like late August outside, but it feels very much like it when watching this FSU offense.
The Noles drive 72 yards over just six plays and 1:55 (and get some help from a roughing the passer penalty) as they put the cap on the second straight offensive drive to end with a Cam Akers touchdown.
Hornibrook has been excellent so far, and has had some help from his receivers making some great catches (re: DJ Matthews on that last drive). Currently, he is 5-of-6 for 71 yards. Akers is already up to 51 yards on just five touches and two touchdowns.
1st Quarter, 11:48, 6-0, FSU
Back-to-back explosive plays put the Seminoles on the board first in this one. Hornibrook connected with Tamorrion Terry on a 30-yard pitch and catch on a beautiful back-foot-floater and Cam Akers took the rock to the house from 23-yards out.
A brief five-play, 60 yard drive that took just 1:28. That's the FSU offense of...well, of earlier this season, I suppose.
A lot of positives here, so I'm not going to mention the blocked extra point.
1st Quarter, 13:16, 0-0
Florida State's defensive front had no problems exploiting the weak offensive line from the Orange, sacking Tommy DeVito twice in the three-and-out series.
As it was announced on the video board, Alex Hornibrook is the starting QB. Lets see the Noles offense in action.
The Seminoles return home in a game that is very winnable, if they're able to put together a coherent performance. Alex Hornibrook is the announced starter, but Taggart has pulled a bate and switch before so that remains to be officially seen.