FSU vs. Boston College final score: 'Noles too much for Eagles, 48-34

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

A valiant Boston College effort kept the game reasonably close, but FSU comes home with the win.

A 17-3 Boston College lead quickly disintegrated, and Jameis Winston put together a sterling performance to lead Florida State to a not-quite-as-comfortable-as-you'd-hope victory, 48-34.

The key stretch for FSU was the last five minutes of the first half, when Winston led a surgical 7-play, 80 yard drive to tie the game, then after FSU forced a quick Boston College punt, Winston struck again with a Hail Mary to give the Seminoles their first lead of the game.


Boston College just doesn't have the talent to turn around a great deal of momentum against a Top 10 team, take back the lead and keep it, unfortunately. So while the Eagles didn't roll over after halftime, they never seriously challenged for the win in the fourth quarter either.

Box Score Hero: Winston reasserted his claim for Heisman candidacy with another dominant performance, going 17-for-27 for 330 yards, four scores and a pick.

Rankings Ramifications: Poll voters are unlikely to look at much of anything other than the final score, so don't expect FSU's margin of victory to be big enough that nobody'll punish the 'Noles for the close nature of the game. Look for FSU to hold at No. 8.

But Did They Cover? FSU was a 24-point favorite coming up to Boston, so no cover for the Seminoles here.

For More On This Game: For more on FSU football, visit Florida State community Tomahawk Nation. For more on Eagles football, visit Boston College community BC Interruption.

Next Week's Schedule: Florida State hosts Maryland next week, and Boston College gets a home date with Army.

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