Sunday, December 17, 2017
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FSU drops to 2-5 with 35-3 rout by Boston College

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Florida State now has to win out just to make a bowl game after the Seminoles were trounced by Boston College 35-3 Friday night.

FSU (2-5, 2-4 ACC), which was ranked No. 3 in the Associated Press preseason poll and now has lost three of its past four games, has not had a season without a bowl bid since 1981. It’s the Seminoles’ worst start to a season since 1976, the first year for then-coach Bobby Bowden.

A.J. Dillon ran for 149 yards and a touchdown, and Boston College (5-4, 3-3) extended its surprising turnaround with a third straight victory and its first win over the Seminoles since 2009.

Anthony Brown threw for one touchdown and ran for another, and Jeff Smith threw for a TD on a flanker option. Just two years removed from a winless ACC season, the Eagles have now won three straight conference games for the first time since 2013.

BC students stormed the field — the first home conference win the senior class was able to see. The margin of defeat was the largest for FSU to an unranked team since losing to North Carolina, also by 32, in 2001.

MIAMI ON LOOK-AHEAD ALERT: No. 8 Miami is unbeaten and a big favorite heading into today’s game at injury-depleted North Carolina. Still, coach Mark Richt doesn’t expect an easy game.

"We’re just finding ways to win at the end of games," Richt said. "We’re not foolish enough to think that we’ve arrived yet."

The Hurricanes (6-0, 4-0 ACC) haven’t had an easy win in October, even though they sit as the lone unbeaten in the league’s typically unpredictable Coastal Division. There was a win at Florida State on a touchdown with six seconds left, followed by a win against Georgia Tech on a field goal with four seconds left and last weekend’s 27-19 home win against Syracuse.

The visit to UNC (1-7, 0-5) comes before pivotal home games against No. 13 Virginia Tech and No. 9 Notre Dame.

The Tar Heels are off to their worst start in league play since 0-6 in 2006, done in by inexperience compounded by a dizzying number of injuries. Most glaringly, the traditionally high-scoring offense has a combined 38 points in its past four games and has twice needed fourth-quarter touchdowns to avoid the first shutout of the Larry Fedora era.

UNC is coming off a 59-7 loss at Virginia Tech, the most lopsided loss of Fedora’s six-year tenure.

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