No. 1 Clemson may be sitting atop the college football world this week, but Florida State running back Dalvin Cook didn’t seem to care. Florida State’s top running back, a Heisman Trophy candidate, ran 75 yards for a touchdown on the second play of the game in Death Valley to give the Seminoles a lead. He may have to do it all today in order to give Florida State a huge win on the road, as the Seminoles are clinging to a 10-6 lead on Clemson at the half.
Sean Maguire got the start at quarterback for Florida State, and he’s been hit or miss so far., completing about half of his passes with an interception. Cook has carried the offense with 154 rushing yards and the lone touchdown of the half by either side. Florida State has struggled to keep drives continuing at key points, going 0-for-5 on third down attempts. Clemson has only been marginally better, converting two of eight third-down situations. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson has had a rough start to the game as well, but things looked to be coming together on a late first half drive. That is, of course, until Watson inexplicably spiked the ball on third down inside the Florida State 10-yard line in the final minute of the half. Watson’s spike took a play off the board after an otherwise impressive drive and left Clemson to settle for a field goal on fourth down.
Clemson’s first two possession of the game resulted in punts, and the first red zone trip of the game netted just three points for the Tigers.
Clemson defensive Shaq Lawson left the game in the first quarter, but he returned in the second quarter after some quick medical attention.