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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.

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)

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)

Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, Trevor Lawrence claim ACC Coach, Rookie of the Year honors

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Second-ranked Clemson may not have dominated the first-team all-conference squads like one would expect, but they are doing quite well in the initial stages of the “(Fill in the blank) of the Year” honors.

Coming off his fourth consecutive Atlantic division title, Dabo Swinney has been named as the ACC’s Coach of the Year.  This is Swinney’s second such honor, with the first coming in 2015.

Finishing second to Swinney’s 27 votes was Syracuse’s Dino Babers and his 22 votes.  Pat Narduzzi of Coastal champion Pitt (nine votes), Boston College’s Steve Addazio (one) and Virginia’s Bronco Mendenhall (one) were the only other coaches to receive votes.

Additionally, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence claimed both the ACC’s overall Rookie of the Year and Offensive Rookie of the Year awards.  The true freshman was the overwhelming winner in both categories, receiving 57 votes in each.

On the other side of the ball, Syracuse safety Andre Cisco was named as the conference’s Defensive Rookie of the Year.

ACC Rookie of the Year
Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson — 57 votes
Xavier Thomas, DE, Clemson — 1
Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse — 1
Tamorrion Terry, WR, Florida State — 1

ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year
Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson — 57
Tamorrion Terry, WR, Florida State — 2
Tobias Oliver, QB, Georgia Tech — 1

ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year
Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse — 40
Xavier Thomas, DE, Clemson — 10
Jaiden Woodbey, LB, Florida State — 5
Charlie Thomas, LB, Georgia Tech — 3
Trey Morrison, CB, North Carolina — 2

Florida State’s record bowl streak not dead yet as FSU stuns No. 20 Boston College

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Left for postseason dead given its remaining schedule, Florida State showed Saturday afternoon and on into the evening that there’s still some life left in the Seminoles.

At 4-6, Florida State came into Week 12 needing to beat No. 20 Boston College this week and No. 13 Florida State next to become bowl-eligible in 2018.  In stunning fashion Saturday night, the Seminoles took care of half of its remaining business as unranked FSU stunned No. 20 Boston College with a 22-21 win in Tallahassee.

Trailing 21-16, Deondre Francois connected with Tamorrion Terry on a 74-yard touchdown pass with 1:49 remaining that proved to be the game-winning score.  The win snaps a three-game losing streak that came amidst a five-game run to end the regular season against five ranked teams.

Now standing at 5-6, FSU needs to beat rival and 13th-ranked Florida next Saturday to become bowl-eligible.  At stake is FSU’s bowl streak, which at 36 straight is the longest ever at the FBS level.  The NCAA, though, does not recognize that streak as FSU was deemed to have vacated its 2006 Emerald Bowl win because of an academic cheating scandal; instead, Nebraska’s 35-game streak, which ended in 2003, is recognized by the NCAA as the record.

Should FSU lose to Florida next week, Virginia Tech would be poised to take over the longest active streak of bowl appearances.  Tech has a current streak of 25 straight, but, at 4-6 following today’s loss to Miami, needs to beat Virginia next Saturday and then, if they beat their rival, beat Marshall in a newly-scheduled game to keep it alive.

And, should both Florida State and Virginia Tech fail to make the postseason?  Georgia, at 22 straight including this season, would take over as the team with the nation’s longest bowl streak.