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Arizona State survives Florida State’s third-quarter surge, secures Sun Bowl win

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Florida State had Arizona State on the Sun Bowl ropes, but failed to deliver a knockout punch after a third-quarter flurry of jabs and one big haymaker.

At halftime in El Paso, it was ASU 9, FSU 0.  Through the first two quarters, the Seminoles had just 135 yards of offense.  In the third quarter alone, FSU totaled 216 yards of offense.  Of those, 91 came on a touchdown pass from James Blackman to Tamorrion Terry.  The 91-yard scoring strike was the longest in Sun Bowl history.

It proved not to be enough, however, as ASU used a fourth-quarter defensive score to help secure a 20-14 win in the 82nd Sun Bowl.  With 10:06 left in the game, Willie Harts returned a James Blackman interception 25 yards for a touchdown.  It was Blackman’s third pick of the game, and the sixth turnover overall for both teams (FSU four, ASU two) at the time.

Another Blackmon interception, this one with 3:51 remaining, could’ve proven to be the final nail in FSU’s coffin.  Blackmon coughed up a fumble as well, giving the quarterback five on the day.

FSU had one last shot, getting past midfield with a minute and a half to play before backup quarterback Jordan Travis‘ fumble was recovered by ASU to ice the game.

In addition to the eight turnovers, the game also featured 13 penalties, 14 punts and a combined 6-of-33 on third-down conversions.  The Seminoles finished the game with 470 yards of offense, the Sun Devils 282.

ASU improved to 8-5 on the year, the program’s most wins since the 2014 season.

The loss dropped FSU to 6-7 in 2019.  This marks the Seminoles’ first back-to-back losing seasons since 1975-76.

Mike Norvell was hired earlier this month as FSU’s new head football coach, replacing the dismissed Willie Taggart.

Marvin Wilson, Tamorrion Terry spurning NFL draft, will return to Florida State

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Mike Norvell just signed his two biggest recruits as Florida State’s head coach: two current Florida State players.

Ahead of the Seminoles’ appearance opposite Arizona State in Tuesday’s Sun Bowl, defensive tackle Marvin Wilson and wide receiver Tamorrion Terry announced Monday they will return to Florida State in 2020.

“My pursuit to perfection is not over with yet. I’m still committed to Florida State, I’m committed to Coach Norvell and I’m committed to turning this thing around. See you in 2020,” Wilson said in his re-commitment video.

“I believe I made the right decision for my family and me and I’m proud to announce I’m returning for another season at FSU. There’s still much more to accomplish,” said Terry.

Wilson was one of the most highly-touted recruits in the country when he signed with Florida State out of Houston in 2017. He led the club with five sacks and ranked second with 8.5 tackles for loss, impressive numbers out of the defensive tackle position.

Terry led the team with 51 grabs for 1,023 yards and eight touchdowns as a redshirt sophomore in 2019.

“I’m thrilled that Tamorrion and Marvin have decided to continue their education and football development at Florida State,” Norvell said in a statement. “I knew they were fantastic football players, but, throughout our conversations, I’ve been impressed by their dedication to excellence and commitment to this football program and university.

“Those qualities describe the type of people we want to build our program with.”

Boise State miscues and stalled drives dig hole at FSU, but Broncos have life at halftime

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Florida State and Boise State had to call an audible and move a previously-scheduled game in Jacksonville to Florida State’s Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, and perhaps the Noles are taking advantage of the true home-field advantage. Florida State leads the Broncos at halftime, 31-19. Florida State quarterback James Blackman has thrown for three touchdowns and 278 yards in the half.

Boise State fumbled on the opening drive to kill a somewhat promising opening possession, and that turnover did not take long to prove costly. A 20-yard fumble return by Janarius Robinson gave the Seminoles their first possession of the season on the Boise State 47-yard line. Four plays later, on a 4th and 1, Cam Akers ripped off a 38-yard touchdown run.  What could have been a huge defensive lift for the Broncos instead turned into an early hole off a turnover.

Boise State answered with a long 14-play drive ending with a 36-yard field goal by Eric Sachse, but Florida State had an even more efficient and rewarding answer. Blackman completed a 75-yard pass to Tamorrion Terry for a 75-yard score on the first play of the ensuing possession, and Florida State was suddenly up 14-3 midway through the first quarter. Another long drive by Boise State netted nothing more than another field goal by Sachse from the FSU 19-yard line, and once again Florida State answered with a touchdown. This time it was Blackman connecting with Gabe Nabers for a much shorter five-yard score for the 21-6 lead. Florida State added a field goal in the second quarter.

The Broncos did get back in the game a bit later in the second quarter. After Blackman lost the football on a sack, Derrick Mclendon Ii returned the fumble to the Florida State 40-yard line. Boise State took advantage of the first FSU turnover by ending the drive with a Robert Mahone touchdown run on the goal line.

The Mountain West Conference contenders certainly have their work cut out for them in the second half. If Florida State can hold on to this game and pick up a win, that would be a great way to start the year for Willie Taggart and his program after last season.

Clemson claims 13 of 27 spots on preseason All-ACC team, including Player of the Year Trevor Lawrence

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You would think that the defending national champions would be front and center in the various preseason popularity polls, but this is borderline ridiculous.

The preseason All-ACC football team was released Tuesday morning, with 173 media members charged with selecting the squad.  Of the 27 players on the first team, a stunning 13 — that’s nearly half for those in the audience who are mathematically challenged — are Clemson Tigers.  Of that baker’s dozen, eight are on the offensive side of the ball, including Player of the Year Trevor Lawrence.

The sophomore quarterback received 127 of the 173 votes, with the next closest in the voting being… Clemson running back Travis Etienne and his 24 votes.  Boston College running back AJ Dillon (15), Virginia quarterback Bryce Perkins (six) and Florida State running back Cam Akers (one) were the only other players to receive votes for Player of the Year.

In stark contrast to Clemson’s dominance, Georgia Tech, Louisville, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest placed zero players on the team.

Offense
WR – Tee Higgins, Clemson (145)
WR – Justyn Ross, Clemson (123)
WR – Tamorrion Terry, Florida State (69)
TE – Brevin Jordan, Miami (66)
AP – Deon Jackson, Duke (47)
OT – Tremayne Anchrum, Clemson (100)
OT – Ben Petrula, Boston College (54)
OG – John Simpson, Clemson (136)
OG – Gage Cervenka, Clemson (45)
C – Sean Pollard, Clemson (75)
QB – Trevor Lawrence, Clemson (161)
RB – Travis Etienne, Clemson (144)
RB – AJ Dillon, Boston College (144)

Defense
DE – Xavier Thomas, Clemson (84)
DE – Alton Robinson, Syracuse (83)
DT – Marvin Wilson, Florida State (105)
DT – Nyles Pinckney, Clemson (49)
LB – Shaquille Quarterman, Miami (118)
LB – Isaiah Simmons, Clemson (109)
LB – Michael Pinckney, Miami (66)
CB – Bryce Hall, Virginia (122)
CB – A.J. Terrell, Clemson (62)
S – Andre Cisco, Syracuse (80)
S – Tanner Muse, Clemson (78)

Special Teams
PK – Andre Szmyt, Syracuse (88)
P – Sterling Hofrichter, Syracuse (70)
SP – Maurice Ffrench, Pitt (48)

Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy headlines 2019 Biletnikoff Award Watch List

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Media Day season is also Watch List season and the latest to surface for the 2019 campaign comes out of Tallahassee in the form of the Biletnikoff Award Watch List. The award, given annually to the nation’s most outstanding receiver, includes the defending winner in Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy and fellow semifinalist Tylan Wallace out of Oklahoma State, as well as a number of other talented pass-catchers from around the country.

Here’s the full list, which is a good general overview of the best wide receivers and tight ends for the upcoming season even if a few names can gripe about being left off:

Lynn Bowden, Jr. (Kentucky)

Rico Bussey, Jr. (North Texas)

Cedric Byrd (Hawaii)

Grant Calcaterra (Oklahoma)

Damonte Coxie (Memphis)

Gabriel Davis (UCF)

Bryan Edwards (South Carolina)

D’Wayne Eskridge (Western Michigan)

Aaron Fuller (Washington)

Antonio Gandy-Golden (Liberty)

KJ Hamler (Penn State)

Adrian Hardy (Louisiana Tech)

Damon Hazelton (Virginia Tech)

Tee Higgins (Clemson)

K.J. Hill (Ohio State)

Isaiah Hodgins (Oregon State)

Justin Jefferson (LSU)

Jerry Jeudy (Alabama)

Tyler Johnson (Minnesota)

Collin Johnson (Texas)

CeeDee Lamb (Oklahoma)

Ty Lee (Middle Tennessee State)

Kalija Lipscomb (Vanderbilt)

McLane Mannix (Texas Tech)

Kirk Merritt (Arkansas State)

Riley Miller (Ball State)

Denzel Mims (Baylor)

Darnell Mooney (Tulane)

Rondale Moore (Purdue)

Albert Okwuegbunam (Missouri)

K.J. Osborn (Miami)

Dezmon Patmon (Washington State)

Jared Pinkney (Vanderbilt)

Michael Pittman, Jr. (USC)

James Proche (SMU)

Jalen Reagor (TCU)

Jared Rice (Fresno State)

Sean Riley (Syracuse)

Reggie Roberson, Jr. (SMU)

Justyn Ross (Clemson)

Henry Ruggs III (Alabama)

Laviska Shenault, Jr. (Colorado)

JD Spielman (Nebraska)

Amon-Ra St. Brown (USC)

Marquez Stevenson (Houston)

Tamorrion Terry (Florida State)

Jaylen Waddle (Alabama)

Tylan Wallace (Oklahoma State)

JoJo Ward (Hawaii)

Quez Watkins (Southern Miss)