Francois throws 2 TD passes as Seminoles hold off NIU 37-19
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State has been seeking improvement on offense after managing just 10 combined points in its two FBS losses. The Seminoles found some reasons to be optimistic for a turnaround on Saturday.
Deondre Francois threw for a season-high 352 yards and two touchdown passes as Florida State used an efficient first-half offense en route to a 37-19 win over Northern Illinois.
Florida State’s offense stagnant behind struggling line
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State has tried three starting lineups on the offensive line in three games. The Seminoles will use a fourth on Saturday.
Florida State’s run game a concern for inexperienced Hokies
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — When Florida State coach Willie Taggart makes his debut on Monday, most eyes will be fixated on Deondre Francois and how he leads an up-tempo spread offense.
Taggart’s debut: No. 19 Florida State hosts No. 20 Va. Tech
No. 20 Virginia Tech (9-4 last season) at No. 19 Florida State (7-6), Monday, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Florida State secures bowl-eligibility with rout of ULM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — What distractions?
Cam Akers and Jacques Patrick each ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns as FSU won its third straight game to secure a bowl bid with a 42-10 win over ULM on Saturday.
It's the first time this season FSU had a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game and helped overcome the distractions of the week after coach Jimbo Fisher bolted for Texas A&M and Odell Haggins was named interim coach.
Florida State RB Jacques Patrick back earlier than expected
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State's offense this season has been beset by injuries. But the Seminoles have received some good news for once as they prepare for Saturday's game at fourth-ranked Clemson.
Running back Jacques Patrick has returned to practice and could see action against the Tigers. The 6-foot-4, 234-pound junior was thought to be lost for the season after having knee surgery on Oct. 24, but the injury was not as bad as originally believed.
Florida State RB Jacques Patrick sidelined with knee injury
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State begins a short week of preparation needing to replace one of its offensive playmakers.
Unfortunately for the Seminoles, it's a familiar theme.
Florida State will play at Boston College on Friday without running back Jacques Patrick, who will miss the rest of the season due to torn cartilage in his knee.
Florida State establishing offensive identity on the ground
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State has rediscovered that its offensive identity is as a running team. Of course, that works best with a successful ground game.
For the best results, Florida State has often found the more the better. This year is no different.
The Seminoles have received major contributions from Jacques Patrick and Cam Akers over the past three games, which has taken the pressure off freshman quarterback James Blackman and an inexperienced passing game.
No. 13 Miami, Florida State look to get ground games going
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The running game has been an important factor in the Miami-Florida State series.
In the past 30 meetings between the Sunshine State rivals, the team with the most rushing yards has won 22 times. It will likely be a determining factor again on Saturday when the 13th-ranked Hurricanes visit the Seminoles.
Florida State’s Patrick taking reigns as lead running back
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Jacques Patrick spent the past two years observing and learning from Dalvin Cook at Florida State. With Cook leaving for the NFL, Patrick is looking to put those lessons to good use.
Patrick has shown during the first two weeks of preseason practices that he's ready to take over as the Seminoles' lead running back, despite two other highly-touted recruits pressing for playing time.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher needs to find answers about his own team before he can begin focusing on the season opener in Atlanta against Alabama in four weeks.
The biggest challenge facing the Seminoles is finding a replacement for All-American running back Dalvin Cook, who was drafted by the Vikings in the second round. Fisher said on Tuesday that Jacques Patrick is opening camp as the starter.