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On My Mind Monday: What are FSU’s Worst Losses Post-Bowden?

Mike Erdelyi/FSU athletics

Clemson supplied Florida State with a sad reminder of how far away it really is as a program on Saturday. The reigning national champions blasted the Seminoles 45-14 at Death Valley and has topped FSU by a combined 80 points over the last two seasons.

The disappointing performance led us to wonder what FSU’s worst losses of the past decade. Here’s a look at the five biggest margins of defeat for Florida State since 2010:

5. at Clemson (Oct. 12, 2019)

Final Score: 45-14
Margin of Defeat: 31
Overview: Clemson used four total touchdowns from quarterback Trevor Lawrence and an interception return for a touchdown from Derion Kendrick to race to a 42-0 lead on Saturday. Tamorrion Terry and Khalan Laborn scored second-half touchdowns to make the final score less decisive.

4. at Boston College (Oct. 27, 2017)

Final Score: 35-3
Margin of Defeat: 32
Overview: Florida State was held to just 213 yards of total offense and turned the ball over three times. The Friday night loss to Boston College marked the first time under head coach Jimbo Fisher where the Seminoles failed to score a touchdown. A.J. Dillon rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown to lead Boston College. Quarterback Anthony Brown passed and rushed for a score for the Eagles in the victory.

3. vs. Oregon (Jan. 1, 2015 — Rose Bowl)

Final Score: 59-20
Margin of Defeat: 39
Overview: Florida State watched its 29-game winning streak go up in flames in the first-ever College Football Playoff game as the Seminoles were blasted by Oregon. FSU trailed just 25-20 early in the second half before turning the ball over five times and watching the Ducks score the game’s final 39 points. FSU put up 528 yards of offense with, 348 of those coming through the air from Jameis Winston, but allowed 639 yards. Oregon quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota accounted for 400 yards of total offense and three total touchdowns.

2. at Louisville (Sept. 17, 2016)

Final Score: 63-20
Margin of Defeat: 43
Overview: It was another Heisman Trophy winner who embarrassed Florida State in the 2016 ACC opener. In a match-up of top-10 teams, 10th-ranked Louisville scored more points against No. 2 FSU than any program ever. Quarterback Lamar Jackson accounted for 362 total yards and five total touchdowns. Wide receiver Auden Tate caught both FSU touchdowns.

1. Clemson (Oct. 27, 2018)

Final Score: 59-10
Margin of Defeat: 49
Overview: Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence passed for 316 yards and four touchdowns in a little over a half as the Tigers handed FSU its biggest home and ACC loss ever. Clemson led 59-3 at one point before James Blackman’s 73-yard touchdown pass to Keyshawn Helton put the Seminoles in the end zone. The loss tied the worst ever. Florida beat FSU 49-0 in 1973.

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