FINAL: Florida State 37 - Northern Illinois 19

By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
September 22, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Florida State Seminoles are looking to put last week's loss against Syracuse in the rear-view mirror as they host the Northern Illinois Huskies from the Mid-American Conference.

FSU lost last week's game against the Orange, 30-7, and are looking to get back in the win column against the Huskies at home.

Below will be a running live blog of today's game, where you'll find game updates and analysis from the WCTV Sports team.

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FINAL: FSU 37 - NIU 19


The Noles are 2-2 on the season and get a garbage time touchdown with 12 seconds to play to seal the deal against the Huskies (although, we all know, it was pretty well sealed.)

To read our complete post-game report, click here.

Thanks for joining me tonight and we'll talk with y'all later this week as we discuss the preparations leading into the Noles' matchup with Louisville.

4th Quarter, 10:13 - FSU 30 - NIU 13


A huge swing of momentum for FSU. NIU was driving but had to settle for a field goal, which was no good, and two plays later, Francois and Tamorrion Terry hook up for a 78-yard touchdown pass.

Noles appear to have this one in the bag. The Huskies have been able to move the ball well when they're starting off a turnover in FSU territory, but haven't been able to put together a sustainable drive.

That'll do it for the live blog - I'm heading down to the field where service isn't great. We'll have a full recap on the site later, and tweets (service willing) at Twitter.com/WCTVSports.

4th Quarter, 12:35 - FSU 23 - NIU 13


Sutton Smith chases down Deondre Francois and forces a fumble. NIU recovers and are set up at the Noles 28.

END OF THE THIRD QUARTER: FSU 23 - NIU 13


Not sure how this is still a game, but it is.

On the last play of the quarter, Patrick runs right into the line of scrimmage and is met with boos.

3rd and 11 for FSU when the quarter begins.

3rd Quarter, 2:48 - FSU 23 - NIU 13


Hey, remember when I said not much was happening?

WELL, we have ourselves a game again.

Childers found D.J. Brown wide open across the middle of the field after burning a couple of FSU cornerbacks and took it to the house from 66 yards out.

A quick drive for NIU, too - covering 75 yards on just four plays.

This "settling for field goals," thing might come to haunt the Noles.

3rd Quarter, 4:27 - FSU 23 - NIU 7


Not a lot happening in this third quarter, but Aguayo has nailed his third field goal of the game.

Noles in the drivers seat of this one.

3rd Quarter, 15:00 - FSU 20 - NIU 7


NIU starts the second half with the ball.

HALFTIME: FSU 20 - NIU 7


The most complete half FSU has played all year. Aguayo adds a couple of field goals in the final five or so minutes and the Noles lead at halftime.

2nd Quarter, 6:01 - FSU 14 - NIU 7


The Huskies are able to cash in on a forced fumble out of the arms of Tre McKitty and turn it into points.

The Huskies started the drive at the 25 and, three plays later, a Marcus Childers 20-yard touchdown pass to Jauan Wesley cut the Noles lead to seven.

In the last three drives, FSU has fumbled the ball twice and punted and haven't had the same success they had in the opening quarter offensively.

END OF THE FIRST QUARTER: FSU 14 - NIU 0

1st Quarter, 0:52 - FSU 14 - NIU 0


Another good drive for FSU ends in a turnover, as Jacques Patrick gets the carry on 4th and 1 and gets the first, but loses the ball in the process.

It wasn't all bad though. Patrick had some positive-yard carries and Francois and DJ Matthews connected for an 11 yard pick up.

FSU has been stout defensively today, we'll see if that continues.

1st Quarter, 5:13 - FSU 14 - NIU 0


Another 70-yard drive for the Noles ends in points, but this one was much more efficient. Nyquan Murray and Francois hooked up for a pair of big plays and Akers took it to the house from seven yards out.

It's early, but dare I say that lethal simplicity has officially arrived?

1st Quarter, 9:53 - FSU 7 - NIU 0


The Noles put together their best drive maybe of the year to open the game against the Huskies.

FSU drives 75 yards in 13 plays and it ends with a circus catch from Jacques Patrick, who picked the ball out of the air after it hit the original target, for six.

Cam Akers was the workhorse of the drive, getting six touches for 19 yards to allow the passing game to open up.

Deondre Francois has some time in the pocket to allow routes to develop too.

Lots to like in the early going.

COIN TOSS


NIU wins the coin toss and defers to the second half.

FSU will start with the football.

Here we go!

PREGAME


Hello, everyone! Welcome to another Seminole football Saturday.

FSU will try to get back into the win column against Northern Illinois after last week's lackluster performance in Syracuse.

The Seminoles will be without a defensive starter, as it was announced before the game starting defensive tackle Demarcus Christmas.

NIU comes into today with a 1-2 record and is averaging just 12.5 points per game while allowing 22. Is this the week things click offensively for the Noles?



 
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