“We just beat the damn Gators,” Fisher triumphantly said in the locker room after a 27-2 win over Florida that had fans exiting the Swamp before Dalvin Cook dropped a 29-yard touchdown with seconds left to cement one of the most lopsided FSU wins in the rivalry’s history.
It’s a scene that’s become very fairly common in this series.
Florida State won its third game in a row at the Swamp (the home of the Florida Gators), it’s the first time that’s happened in the storied rivalry and ended any chance of the Gators had of making it to the College Football Playoff.
“You just don’t come into Gainesville and win three in a row here,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said.”Our players know how hard it is to do that.”
Florida did avoid its first shutout in the Swamp since 1988 when FSU quarterback Sean Maguire recovered a fumble in the end zone for a safety with 8:58 remaining.
Florida State which didn’t make the ACC title game, now awaits its bowl assignment. The Seminoles more than likely will be in the Chick-fil-A Peach bowl on Dec. 31 in Atlanta.
The Gators flirted with losses in their last three games–against Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Florida Atlantic– so struggling with the Seminoles was no surprise.
Florida reached the end zone twice on Saturday, but failed to convert on a fourth and two play and had a 37 yard field goal get blocked.
Treon Harris the Florida quarterback was once again the main problem.
On the other hand Dalvin Cook was the main man for the garnet and gold. He had two touchdowns and 183 yards. Roberto Aguayo kicked two long field goals in the win. “I did feel they were wearing down in the fourth quarter,” Cook said. “I saw some of their defensive linemen hanging their heads and that gave me more incentive. I just let loose in the fourth quarter and ran as hard as I can.”
Cook scored a 15 yard run with 6:17 to play, sending many of the record breaking crowd to the exits.
The Seminoles have now won the Sunshine State title for the third year in a row with a sweep of fellow Florida schools: the Hurricanes and the Gators.