Dalvin Cook was out with an ankle injury.
Everett Golson sat out with concussion-like symptoms.
So what does Florida State do without their starting quarterback and star running back? They turn to backup quarterback Sean Maguire, who throws for 348 yards and three touchdowns, and freshman running back Jacques Patrick, who ran for 162 yards and another three scores. The ‘Noles started out slow, surrendering a touchdown to Syracuse early in the game, but then went on a 42-7 run to dominate Syracuse 45-21 a week after a heartbreaking loss to Georgia Tech.
It was youth that won the Seminoles the game. Sophomore receiver Travis Rudolph had the best game of his career, catching 5 passes for 191 yards and three scores. Along with Patrick’s dominating performance on the ground, sophomore Jonathan Vickers carried the ball eight times for 64 yards, good for 8.0 yards per carry. The offensive line was without three starters but performed well, keeping Maguire upright and opening holes for the running game late in the game. Defensively, Derwin James had 12 tackles and forced a fumble and Josh Sweat continued his impressive performance bouncing back from his knee injury.
Jimbo Fisher, however, has a tough decision to make this week heading into the game against Clemson. Everett Golson sat out this game due to concussion-like symptoms and Sean Maguire looked great in his place. Does Jimbo go with Maguire, who seems to know the passing game better? Or Golson, who will be more mobile against a ferocious Clemson pass rush? A hard choice for Jimbo, but he has to be encouraged by the performance today.