3 takeaways from Florida State's blowout victory over Boston College
Florida State moved to 4-0 on the year with a dominant performance vs. Boston College. FSU won the game, 44-14.
The Noles amassed 532 yards of offense and scored a special teams touchdown. Their defense limited Boston College to only 235 yards on the night — 72 of which came on BC’s final possession when the outcome was no longer in doubt.
Here are 3 takeaways from Florida State’s dominant performance:
Jordan Travis is healthy
Jordan Travis was questionable for this game after suffering a lower leg injury against Louisville in Week 3. But Travis surely answered any questions as to his health with how he played on Saturday night vs. the Eagles.
Travis set a career high with 321 passing yards. It’s the first time he has cleared the 300-yard mark in his collegiate career. He did so without playing in the 4th quarter. He left the game with a 37-0 lead and let Tate Rodemaker finish the job.
Travis continues to establish himself as one of the elite quarterbacks in the ACC. He’s now thrown for 945 yards this season despite very little (or zero) playing time in the second half of wins vs. Duquesne, Louisville and Boston College.
Dominant defensive performance
Florida State’s defense looked dominant again on Saturday night. Despite dealing with injuries to key players like Fabien Lovett and Jared Verse, FSU’s defense kept Boston College from reaching midfield in the first half.
The Eagles gained only 64 yards of offense in the first half. Phil Jurkovec threw 2 interceptions which helped Florida State jump out to a 31-0 halftime lead.
FSU finished the game with 3 sacks, 6 tackles for loss and those 2 interceptions. Kalen DeLoach led the way with 7 tackles and also added 2 pass breakups.
Florida State’s program morale is the highest it has been in years. Doak Campbell Stadium was sold out tonight for the first time since 2015. That’s also the last time the Noles started a season with a 4-0 record.
FSU will need to carry that confidence into next week’s pivotal matchup with Wake Forest. The Seminoles will be hosting that game against a Demon Deacons team that suffered an overtime loss at home to Clemson on Saturday.
If Florida State is going to establish itself as a legitimate contender for the ACC crown, winning that game is a must. Wake Forest has won 2 straight meetings vs. the Noles, including a 35-14 victory last season in Winston-Salem.