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Seminoles Roll Boston College on Senior Night, 45-7 athletics

Florida State’s seniors were celebrated prior to Friday night’s game against Boston College at Doak Campbell Stadium. From there on, celebrations for FSU as a whole were common as the Seminoles routed the Eagles, 45-7.

Junior running back Dalvin Cook fell 19 yards short of breaking Warrick Dunn’s all-time rushing record at FSU, but still finished with 108 yards and a score on the ground. Wide receiver Auden Tate had a career-night for Florida State (7-3, 4-3 ACC) with six catches for 101 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the rout.

The story of the night for FSU was the defense. The Seminoles yielded just 146 of total offense to Boston College and didn’t allow the Eagles (4-6, 1-6 ACC) to convert a single third down until the fourth quarter.

Much of Boston College’s offensive production was padded by 75-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter against an FSU defense comprised largely of reserves. Richard Wilson’s 1-yard touchdown run with 3:21 remaining broke up the shutout. Boston College quarterbacks Patrick Towles and Darius Wade combined to go just 4-for-13 passing for 50 yards while the ground attack finished with 96 yards, but on less than three yards per carry.

Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois passed for 183 yards and three touchdowns before leaving the game with a sore shoulder. Senior Sean Maguire filled in admirably in his place, completing five of his seven pass attempts for 53 yards and a pair of touchdowns. In addition to Tate’s two, receivers Nyqwan Murray, Travis Rudolph and fullback Freddie Stevenson all caught touchdowns.

With the win, FSU improves to 7-0 against Boston College under head coach Jimbo Fisher and is guaranteed a 40th straight winning season. The Seminoles will wrap up ACC play next Saturday at Syracuse. The Eagles will celebrate Senior Day against Connecticut.

Mike Ferguson is the editor of The Daily Nole. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson

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