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GAMEDAY College Football

Florida State 38, Syracuse 3

(AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)

By JOHN KEKIS
AP Sports Writer

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Jordan Travis threw for three touchdowns, caught a scoring pass and ran for another score, and No. 25 Florida State beat reeling Syracuse 38-3, the Orange's fourth straight loss.

It was the last conference game for Florida State (7-3, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), which has won three straight since a midseason skid. The Orange (6-4. 3-3) lost their second straight at home and it was ugly. The Orange notched just nine first downs to 25 for FSU, were 1 of 11 on third-down conversion attempts, and were outgained 420-160, and the defense was on the field for more than 36 minutes for the third straight game.

Florida State entered the game leading the country with 69 plays of 20-plus yards and quickly tacked on another when`Trey Benson bolted around the left side for 27 on the Seminoles' first possession. Five plays later, Travis scored on a 3-yard run up the middle for a 7-0 lead. Florida State has scored on 13 of 19 first drives of a half this season, with 12 touchdowns.

Travis, who was 21-of-23 passing for 155 yards, hit Malik McClain for a 15-yard touchdown late in the first for a 14-0 lead as the Orange struggled offensively despite the return of quarterback Garrett Shrader, who had missed six straight quarters with an undisclosed injury. Shrader finished 6 of 17 for 65 yards with one interception and rushed for minus-2 yards on 10 carries.

Syracuse's first three possessions were three-and-outs, and even when the defense snared a turnover the offense failed to capitalze.

Travis lost a fumble when he was sacked by linebacker Derek McDonald early in the second and Justin Barron recovered for the Orange at the FSU 23. Syracuse then lost 12 yards on the next three plays and Andre Szmyt missed a 53-yard field goal, just his third miss in 18 attempts this season and first miss in three tries from 50 yards or longer.

The Seminoles struck again late in the second quarter when Travis hit Johnny Wilson for a 24-yard touchdown. Wilson shed a tackle attempt by defensive back Duce Chestnut along the right side and scooted into the end zone with 5:47 left for a 21-3 lead

Ryan Fitzgerald's 40-yard field goal - after an Orange timeout nullified his first make - gave the Seminoles a 24-3 lead at the break.

Travis completed a 5-yard scoring pass to Kentron Poitier after a successful onside kick gave FSU the ball to start the second half, and he completed his stellar night by catching a 2-yard TD pass from tight end Wyatt Rector late in the third. Benson rushed for a career-high 163 yards on 18 carries, his third straight standout game.

Orange tailback Sean Tucker gained 52 yards on 14 carries and passed Hall of Famer Larry Csonka for fourth place all-time at Syracuse with 2,951 yards, 17 more than Csonka.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Seminoles barely made it into the Top 25 this week and are certain to keep rising.

THE TAKEAWAY

Florida State: The Seminoles were ranked at the end of September before a three-game losing streak knocked them out of the rankings. They've recovered nicely and are on a serious roll behind Travis.

Syracuse: The Orange finished last season with three straight lopsided losses to miss the postseason, its five wins just one shy of qualifying. They've already made the grade this year, but injuries to key players have derailed their early season momentum.

November 12, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter FlaStSyr
FlaSt TD 10:07 Jordan Travis 3 yd run (Ryan Fitzgerald kick) 7 0
FlaSt TD 2:26 Malik McClain 15 yd pass from Jordan Travis (Ryan Fitzgerald kick) 14 0
Second Quarter FlaStSyr
Syr FG 13:32 Andre Szmyt 30 yd FG 14 3
FlaSt TD 5:47 Johnny Wilson 24 yd pass from Jordan Travis (Ryan Fitzgerald kick) 21 3
FlaSt FG 0:00 Ryan Fitzgerald 40 yd FG 24 3
Third Quarter FlaStSyr
FlaSt TD 11:37 Kentron Poitier 5 yd pass from Jordan Travis (Ryan Fitzgerald kick) 31 3
FlaSt TD 5:21 Jordan Travis 2 yd pass from Wyatt Rector (Ryan Fitzgerald kick) 38 3
Team Stats
  Florida State Syracuse
First downs 25 9
  Rushing 13 4
  Passing 10 2
  Penalty 2 3
3rd Down Efficiency 3-9, 33% 1-11, 9%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 40-230 31-95
Passing Yards 190 65
Return Yards 35 0
Completions-Attempts-Int 25-31-0 6-17-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 3--19 3--22
Punts 3 8
Punts-Average 40.3 41.5
Fumbles Lost 2-1 2-0
Penalties - Yards 8-75 10-72
Time of Possession 36:11 23:49
Florida State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Travis 21 23 155 3 0
T. Rodemaker 3 7 33 0 0
W. Rector 1 1 2 1 0
Syracuse Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Shrader 6 16 65 0 0
C. Del Rio-Wilson 0 1 0 0 1
Florida State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Benson 18 163 9.1 0
J. Travis 5 21 4.2 1
M. Pittman 1 15 15.0 0
C. Campbell 5 14 2.8 0
T. Ward 5 13 2.6 0
L. Toafili 4 9 2.3 0
D. Spann 1 3 3.0 0
T. Rodemaker 1 -8 -8.0 0
Syracuse Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
S. Tucker 14 52 3.7 0
L. Allen 6 38 6.3 0
C. Del Rio-Wilson 1 7 7.0 0
G. Shrader 10 -2 -0.2 0
Florida State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Douglas 3 43 14.3 0
K. Poitier 2 29 14.5 1
M. McClain 4 26 6.5 1
J. Wilson 1 24 24.0 1
C. McDonald 2 19 9.5 0
M. Pittman 3 17 5.7 0
M. Douglas 2 17 8.5 0
D. Spann 1 6 6.0 0
O. Wilson 2 3 1.5 0
T. Benson 2 3 1.5 0
J. Travis 1 2 2.0 1
L. Toafili 2 -1 -.5 0
Syracuse Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
O. Gadsden II 1 29 29.0 0
D. Alford 2 23 11.5 0
T. Pena 1 10 10.0 0
D. Cooper 1 4 4.0 0
S. Tucker 1 -1 -1.0 0
Florida State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
G. Vance Jr. 1 0
Syracuse Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Florida State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Mastromanno 3 121 40.3
Syracuse Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Von Marburg 8 332 41.5
Florida State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Pittman 5 35 7.0
Syracuse Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Florida State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Syracuse Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Florida State Missed FG
Player Length
R. Fitzgerald 51
Syracuse Missed FG
Player Length
A. Szmyt 53




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