One of the biggest questions of the first three weeks of the 2016 college football season was “what’s wrong with Dalvin Cook?” As it turns out, the answer was “nothing the USF defense couldn’t cure.”
Entering Florida State’s Week 4 in-state matchup, Cook had rushed for 228 yards. He had yet to crack the 100-yard mark in the first three games, posting a season-high 91 yards in the opener against Ole Miss before seeing those totals drop to 83 against Charleston Southern and 54 in the loss to Louisville last Saturday.
This Saturday, Cook’s statistical fortunes turned in a big way and right away as the running back broke off a 75-yard touchdown run on the Seminoles’ first play from scrimmage. Cook went on to add another 110 yards in the half to finish with a whopping 185 yards through two quarters of play.
Then halfway through the third quarter, Cook had pushed that total to 220 yards.
Not only that, but his two rushing touchdowns in the first half matched the number he had the first three games combined.
After USF tied the score at 14-all — the Bulls scored a touchdown on its first play from scrimmage and two in just over three minutes — Cook’s 13-yard touchdown run jump-started a 31-0 run to end the half and send the Seminoles into the locker room with a comfortable 38-14 lead. As of this posting, FSU leads 45-14 with less than half of the third quarter remaining.
UPDATED 2:59 p.m. ET: Cook finished the game with 244 yards — and one sore shoulder — in just three quarters of work. At the time of his departure, he was also FSU’s leading receiver with four catches for 62 yards.
UPDATED 3:34 p.m. ET: Cook’s day wasn’t finished, as it turned out, as the back returned to the game in the fourth quarter to set a career-high with 267 yards. His previous career high was 266 yards set last year against… USF.