By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
November 17, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Tamorrion Terry hauled in a 74-yard touchdown pass with 1:49 to play and the Florida State defense stood tall to shut down the Boston College offense on their final drive to defeat the 20th-ranked Eagles, 22-21, in front of 57,274 fans at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday night.
Leading 21-16, Boston College drove into FSU territory but stalled around the Noles' 45 yard line and, facing a 4th and 1, lined up as if they were going to snap but allowed the play clock to wind down and, after the Seminoles didn't jump on several hard counts from BC, took a penalty and opted to punt, setting the Noles up with the ball and with time to make a play.
Three plays later, Terry scored.
Both teams started the game incredibly sloppy, with neither team scoring until midway through the second quarter, when Ricky Aguayo hit a 35-yard field goal to give the Seminoles a 3-0 lead.
But, that doesn't mean there weren't chances for either side, especially the Seminoles. FSU's first two plays of the game included a 25-yard reception by Keyshawn Helton and a 19-yard rush from Cam Akers, but the Seminoles stalled out after that and Aguayo missed a field goal that would have put FSU on the board after one drive.
Later in the first quarter, the Noles picked off Boston College quarterback Anthony Brown to derail a drive near the FSU red zone but Deondre Francois threw an interception on the very next play, essentially negating FSU's momentum and opportunity for points.
The Eagles scored the game's first touchdown with 4:49 left in the first half after Brown found Tommy Sweeney for two big third down conversions and BC running back AJ Dillon did the rest from there, punching the ball in from six yards out to give BC a 7-3 lead.
FSU added a field goal before halftime to make it 7-6 and took a lead midway through the third quarter after Francois found Nyquan Murray for a 45-yard pick up and Naseir Upshur for 28 yards to set up a Cam Akers four-yard touchdown run, giving the Noles a 13-7 lead.
BC then put together consecutive scoring drives, but two very different looking ones, as the Eagles struck quickly for a 63-yard scoring drive in just 1:43 to go up 14-13 on a Jeff Smith touchdown reception and then took 6:34 off the clock, driving 82 yards in 18 plays and taking a 21-13 lead on Dillon's second touchdown of the game.
Aguayo hit a 37-yard field goal to pull the Noles within 21-16.
Francois, while he didn't have his best game of the season, still turned in a good stat line, throwing for 322 yards and a touchdown while completing 19 of his 39 attempted passes.
Akers turned in the Noles first 100-yard single game rushing performance of the season, finishing with 110 yards on 14 carries, including a long 55-yard run where he stumbled and bumbled his way for about 30 of it.
Akers' counterpart, Dillon, also cracked 110 yards rushing, gaining 116 on 37 carries.
FSU outgained the Eagles, 478-422.
Bowl eligibility is still in play for FSU but they need to win their final game of the season against the Florida Gators next week. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. from Doak.