TALLAHASSEE (AP) — On a day when most of the Florida State offense sputtered for over two quarters, Dalvin Cook provided enough to hold off South Florida.
Cook rushed for 266 yards on 30 carries and three touchdowns as the No. 11 Seminoles posted a 34-14 victory. It is the second-best rushing game in school history and the first 200-yard game by a Florida State back since Sammie Smith had 212 yards against Tulane in 1988.
Greg Allen has the school record with 322 yards against Western Carolina in 1981.
Cook’s 74–yard touchdown in the first quarter started the scoring and might be one of the plays of the weekend in college football. He found an opening on the right side of the line, gained speed toward the middle of the field, where he juked past USF’s Jamie Byrd and then bounced off Tajee Fulwood at the Bulls’ 27 before racing along the left sideline for the score.
With the score tied 7-all at halftime, Cook put the Seminoles (2-0) ahead for good with a 24-yad touchdown along the right sideline. It was also the sophomore’s fifth straight 100-yard game, which is one off the school record. He then added a 37-yard score late in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring.
Florida State scored on all five of its second-half drives to put the game away.
After passing for 302 yards and four touchdowns in last Saturday’s win over Texas State, Everett Golson struggled. He completed only one pass in the first half and finished 14 of 26 for 163 yards and a touchdown.
Florida State had no passing yards in the first quarter. The last time that happened according to STATS was in the 2010 Chick-Fil-A Bowl against South Carolina.
D’Ernest Johnson scored both USF touchdowns as he had five receptions for 89 yards. The Bulls (1-1) were trying to repeat their 2009 upset of the Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Quinton Flowers was 12 of 24 for 125 yards and Marlon Mack had 83 yards on 18 carries.
For Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, Saturday’s win was the 60th of his career. Roberto Aguayo set an Atlantic Coast Conference record with his 161st consecutive extra-point kick.
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