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Florida State 31, Clemson 24



By PETE IACOBELLI
Associated Press

CLEMSON, S.C. - Jordan Travis threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Keon Coleman to start overtime and No. 4 Florida State completed a second-half to defeat Clemson 31-24 and snap a seven-game losing streak against the Tigers.

Travis also threw for another TD and ran for a score for the Seminoles (4-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had not beaten Clemson (2-2, 0-2) since an overtime victory in 2014.

FSU linebacker Kalen DeLoach forced a fumble by Cade Klubnik and scooped it up for a 56-yard TD return to tie things at 24-all with 31 seconds left in the third quarter.

Clemson had a chance to take a late lead, but Jonathan Weitz, a graduate student who left the team before the season only to return after the Tigers had issues in the kicking game, but his 29-yard try with under two minutes was wide left.

Instead, the game went to OT and Travis, who was 21 of 37 for 289 yards, lofted a perfect pass that Coleman caught in stride and hushed the raucous Death Valley crowd on the first extra possession.

Clemson couldn't get a first down on its possession when Klubnik’s fourth-and-2 pass sailed wide of the target and Florida State’s players ran to celebrate on the field where they hadn’t won since 2013.

Clemson had only lost twice in 10 years at Death Valley since the Seminoles and quarterback Jameis Winston’s memorable, 51-14 beatdown of the Tigers in 2013.

And Florida State struggled to find space much of the first half and had only 21 yards with less than 8 minutes left before the half. That's when Travis and his talented corps of playmakers found their groove.

Travis directed a pair of 75-yard touchdown drives in the final 5 minutes, the first ending when Coleman was left alone a step inside the goal line for a 7-yard scoring catch.

After Clemson answered quickly with a TD drive of its own, Travis went 4-of-4 for 67 yards and finished with a 2-yard touchdown run to get within 17-14.

Clemson started No. 9 in the preseason rankings, slid down and eventually out of the poll after a 28-7 loss in Week 1 to unranked Duke. Three weeks of hearing their season was over obviously rankled the defending ACC champions and they had their most effective offensive showing this season.

Weitz, who had been Clemson's back up kicker for four seasons got a call from coach Dabo Swinney his home in Charleston, asking him to rejoin the team. Weitz was working n a graduate degree online.

He got the Tigers' scoring started with a 30-yard field goal. He had made just three extra points in his four seasons with the team before pursuing a job in finance.

THE TAKEAWAY

Florida State: The Seminoles overcame perhaps their biggest ACC hurdle to supplant Clemson as the league heavyweight. If Florida State can continue to show the grit it displayed in raucous Death Valley, it will be a strong bet to be playing for its first ACC conference crown since 2014.

Clemson: The Tigers needed a win here to get themselves back in the ACC and College Football Playoff chase. Instead, they've got two losses in September for the second time in three seasons and will need conference chaos for any chance to play for a league title.

Florida State athletics press release

September 23, 2023


Scoring Summary
First Quarter FlaStClem
Clem FG 1:47 Jonathan Weitz 30 yard field goal 0 3
Second Quarter FlaStClem
Clem TD 11:33 Cade Klubnik 1 yard TD run (Jonathan Weitz Extra Point) 0 10
FlaSt TD 5:10 Keon Coleman 7 yard TD pass from Jordan Travis (Ryan Fitzgerald Extra Point) 7 10
Clem TD 2:12 Will Shipley 10 yard TD pass from Cade Klubnik (Jonathan Weitz Extra Point) 7 17
FlaSt TD 0:22 Jordan Travis 2 yard TD run (Ryan Fitzgerald Extra Point) 14 17
Third Quarter FlaStClem
FlaSt FG 12:00 Ryan Fitzgerald 48 yard field goal 17 17
Clem TD 3:32 Will Shipley 1 yard TD run (Jonathan Weitz Extra Point) 17 24
FlaSt TD 0:31 Kalen DeLoach 56 yard fumble return for TD (Ryan Fitzgerald Extra Point) 24 24
OT FlaStClem
FlaSt TD   Keon Coleman 24 yard TD pass from Jordan Travis (Ryan Fitzgerald Extra Point) 31 24
Team Stats
  Florida State Clemson
First downs 16 25
  Rushing 5 7
  Passing 10 14
  Penalty 1 4
3rd Down Efficiency 4-13, 31% 6-14, 43%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 20-22 41-146
Passing Yards 289 283
Return Yards 9 67
Completions-Attempts-Int 21-37-0 25-38-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-9 3-22
Punts 6 4
Fumbles Lost 0-0 1-1
Penalties - Yards 7-60 6-50
Florida State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Travis 21 37 289 2 0
Clemson Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Klubnik 25 38 283 1 0
Florida State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Benson 7 25 3.6 0
R. Hill 3 1 0.3 0
L. Toafili 2 0 0.0 0
J. Bell 2 -2 -1.0 0
J. Travis 6 -2 -0.3 1
Clemson Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
P. Mafah 10 69 6.9 0
W. Shipley 18 67 3.7 1
C. Klubnik 13 10 0.8 1
Florida State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Wilson 5 94 18.8 0
K. Coleman 5 86 17.2 2
T. Benson 3 50 16.7 0
J. Bell 3 26 8.7 0
K. Morlock 2 18 9.0 0
L. Toafili 3 15 5.0 0
Clemson Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Brown 5 84 16.8 0
J. Briningstool 3 47 15.7 0
T. Stellato 4 41 10.3 0
W. Shipley 4 38 9.5 1
P. Mafah 3 32 10.7 0
B. Collins 4 29 7.3 0
A. Randall 2 12 6.0 0
Florida State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Clemson Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Florida State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Mastromanno 6 296 49.3
Clemson Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Swanson 4 213 53.3
Florida State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Coleman 1 9 9.0
Clemson Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
H. Greene 2 21 10.5
Florida State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Clemson Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
W. Shipley 2 46 23.0
Florida State Missed FG
Player Length
Clemson Missed FG
Player Length
J. Weitz 29






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