BOSTON (AP) — Cornerback Jalen Ramsey returned a fourth-quarter fumble 36 yards for a touchdown to help No. 9 Florida State beat Boston College 14-0 on Friday night.
The Seminoles (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) struggled against a BC team that had beaten a pair of FCS opponents. Everett Golson completed 15 of 24 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown for Florida State, which won its 25th consecutive ACC game.
The Eagles (2-1, 0-1) trailed only 7-0 when Jon Hilliman took a handoff in the backfield and had the ball stripped by linebacker Terrance Smith. Ramsey picked it up and scored to make it 14-0 with 12:20 to play.
On BC’s next possession, quarterback Darius Wade was knocked out of the game with what appeared to be a serious knee injury; the play also was initially ruled a fumble, but the call was overturned on review.
Jeff Smith took five snaps at quarterback before he was replaced by Troy Flutie, the nephew of the 1984 Heisman Trophy winner. Flutie led the Eagles into Florida State territory for just the third time in the game, but BC turned the ball over on downs at the 41.
The Seminoles ran out the clock.
Dalvin Cook, who was second in the nation with 422 yards in Florida State’s first two games, had just 54 on Friday on 15 carries.
Golson completed all five pass attempts for 50 yards on the opening drive, finishing it off with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Travis Rudolph. Golson also put a hit on BC defensive end Kevin Kavalec that knocked him out of the game with an apparent concussion.
Robert Aguayo missed a 42-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter — just the fifth miss in 56 tries in his career.
BC was shut out one week after beating Howard 76-0 in a game where the coaches decided to shorten the second half by 10 minutes.
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