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Fun Fact Friday: Samuels Had Key Late-Game Picks in Each of FSU’s Last 2 Road Wins

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Over the last two seasons, Florida State has just two road wins.

The first of 2019 came last week as the Seminoles slipped past Boston College late for a thrilling 38-31 victory. Last season, FSU rallied past Louisville for its only road win of the year, 28-24.

Those two contests had some similarities:

An ACC Atlantic contest against an experienced head coach? Check.

Double-digit early deficit? Check.

Long game-winning touchdown pass with the majority of the yards coming after the catch? Check.

Another common denominator in the two victories was cornerback Stanford Samuels III coming up with a late interception to help seal the victory. Currently a junior, Samuels has seven career interceptions, but the two in the last two road wins were vital to preserving those victories.

In last season’s win over Louisville, FSU got a late gift when the Cardinals elected to throw on first down with a 24-21 lead and less than two minutes to go as safety A.J. Westbrook came away with a big interception. After a 58-yard touchdown pass from Deondre Francois to Nyqwan Murray gave FSU its first lead, Samuels came away with a diving interception in the final minute to seal the win.

On Saturday, Boston College had scored 10 straight points to open the fourth quarter to knot the game at 24-24 before James Blackman found D.J. Matthews for a 60-yard touchdown pass to put the Seminoles ahead for good. On Boston College’s next possession, Samuels came away with an interception on an overthrow by Eagles’ quarterback Dennis Grosel with 1:23 remaining in the contest.

Unlike last season’s win over Louisville, it was conceivable that Boston College could get the ball back. That was until backup quarterback Jordan Travis scored on a 66-yard touchdown run — the longest ever by an FSU quarterback — to put the game away with 1:03 to play.

A highly-touted recruit from South Florida and the son of a former FSU cornerback, Stanford Samuels, the younger Samuels has had an up-and-down career. For the season, he is one of six Florida State players with an interception. Samuels ranks second on the team with 52 total tackles.

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