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Dalvin Cook inches closer to school rushing record as No. 18 Florida State rolls over Boston College

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About the only interesting decision in Florida State’s 45-7 romp over division rival Boston College came midway through the second half when head coach Jimbo Fisher opted not to re-insert tailback Dalvin Cook back into the game.

The outcome was well in hand for the Seminoles on Friday night by that point in the third quarter but Cook was just 19 yards away from breaking Warrick Dunn’s school record for career rushing yards. With FSU on the road next week at Syracuse, it would have been a prime opportunity for the junior to break the record in front of the home friends.

Aside from that moment however, things went about as expected for the No. 18 team in the country as they throughly dominated the Eagles in every facet.

Quarterback Deondre Francois started hot and finished with 183 yards and three scores in just under three quarters worth of work. The signal-caller was a bit beat up by the BC defense and was replaced by backup Sean Maguire, who tossed a pair of touchdown passes himself.

Cook finished with 108 yards on the ground on 18 carries and scored his first touchdown against Boston College in three career tries against the team’s stingy run defense.

They were not the best unit on the field however as the Seminoles starters were dominant against the lackluster Eagles offense. It took a late 75 yard scoring drive to prevent a shutout (against FSU backups) and top the 100 yard mark for total offense at the same time. Starting quarterback Patrick Towles finished the night just 3-of-11 for 29 yards while Myles Willis provided the lone highlight of the night for the team with a 39 yard run in the first half.

The victory doesn’t do much for Florida State other than continue to improve their chances at a quality bowl game. They’ll hit the road to play the Orange next week before closing out the regular season with in-state rival Florida at the end of the month.

Boston College’s hopes of a bowl game did take a hit with the loss but the door isn’t completely shut with the team dropping to 4-6 on the year.

Fast start for No. 18 Florida State results in halftime lead over Boston College

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It’s been rare for one to say that Florida State got off to a fast start in a college football game this season but that’s exactly what the Seminoles did on Friday night, jumping out to a 21-0 lead over Boston College heading into halftime.

FSU quarterback Deondre Francois came out firing darts right from the get-go, leading to two quick touchdown drives as the Eagles’ defense did their best to force him to put the ball in the air. Tailback Dalvin Cook, looking to become the school’s all-time leading rusher this week, was contained fairly well by one of the nation’s stingiest run defenses but did score a touchdown late in the second quarter.

The Seminoles defense was pretty limiting as well, forcing several three-and-outs while making life miserable for Boston College quarterback Patrick Towles. Myles Willis did break off a 39 yard run in the first quarter but that was otherwise the only highlight for the offense.

While the margin probably isn’t as comfortable as Jimbo Fisher would like going into the locker room, it does allow for some intrigue in the second half for the only college football game going on Veteran’s Day. FSU isn’t playing for much more than a better bowl game but Boston College will certainly be looking to double their ACC win total this year and get that much closer to the post season.