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14 nuggets on Florida State football’s historic scoring streak

The Seminoles have scored at least 30 points in 14 consecutive games. Here’s how impressive that is.
 
FSU football has scored at least 30 points in 14 consecutive games heading into the No. 4 Seminoles' game at Pitt.
FSU football has scored at least 30 points in 14 consecutive games heading into the No. 4 Seminoles' game at Pitt. [ PHELAN M. EBENHACK | AP ]
Published Nov. 3, 2023|Updated Nov. 4, 2023

Though No. 4 Florida State’s 14-game winning streak heading is impressive enough on its own, here’s a related statistic that makes it even bigger: The Seminoles have scored at least 30 points in every one of those games.

In honor of the longest such streak in the country, here are 14 nuggets on FSU’s torrid scoring stretch as the Seminoles try to keep it going at Pittsburgh.

1. It’s historic

The last time the Seminoles had a scoring stretch like this, Jameis Winston was lighting up Pitt.
The last time the Seminoles had a scoring stretch like this, Jameis Winston was lighting up Pitt. [ KEITH SRAKOCIC | AP (2013) ]

This stretch is the second longest in ACC history behind FSU’s 17-game run from 2012-14. That one began with a 31-10 win over Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl and ended with a 23-17 overtime triumph over Clemson in 2014, when Jameis Winston was suspended. The second game of that streak was the 2013 opener at Pitt — Winston’s monster debut in a 41-13 rout.

2. It’s a team effort

By our count, 23 different Seminoles crossed the end zone for FSU’s 76 offensive touchdowns. Add in players who passed for a score (like backup quarterbacks Tate Rodemaker and AJ Duffy) plus kicker Ryan Fitzgerald, and 27 FSU players are responsible for this scoring.

3. Trey Benson leads the way

Trey Benson has scored the most touchdowns for Florida State in its 14-game winning streak.
Trey Benson has scored the most touchdowns for Florida State in its 14-game winning streak. [ CHUCK BURTON | AP ]

The running back has scored 14 touchdowns (13 rushes, one reception) during this stretch. They collectively have covered 354 yards.

4. Jordan Travis does, too

The Heisman Trophy candidate has an interesting stat line. He has rushed for 11 touchdowns and passed for 31. He also caught a touchdown against Syracuse in 2022.

5. Three locals contributed

Florida State running back Lawrance Toafili of Pinellas Park High has been one of the Seminoles' top performers.
Florida State running back Lawrance Toafili of Pinellas Park High has been one of the Seminoles' top performers. [ PHIL SEARS | AP ]

Treshaun Ward (Tampa Bay Tech), Lawrance Toafili (Pinellas Park High) and Deuce Spann (Lakewood High) have scored 10 of FSU’s touchdowns. Spann and Toafili both scored against Duke; if there’s another pair of Pinellas County products who scored for the Seminoles in the same game, we haven’t found them yet.

6. FSU has scored 585 points

That’s ahead the totals of LSU (581), Georgia (579), Oregon (571), Michigan (563), Washington (544) and Tennessee (502), among others. The only team we could find that has scored more over its last 14 games? USC at 623.

7. A name you might not remember on the list is…

Florida State reserve Brian Courtney has a unique place in this streak.
Florida State reserve Brian Courtney has a unique place in this streak. [ COLIN HACKLEY | AP ]
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Brian Courtney. The backup tight end scored both of FSU’s two-point conversions: one on a pass from Wyatt Rector in the Cheez-It Bowl and another on a rush against Syracuse. His only other career touch is a 12-yard catch in 2022.

8. Explosive plays have been huge

Mike Norvell touted his offense built for playmakers before his arrival, so it’s no surprise that this stretch has been built on big plays. Of those 76 touchdowns, 26 covered at least 30 yards. The combined yardage for every touchdown: 1,610.

9. FSU has scored in almost every possible way

FSU's touchdowns include a kickoff return by Deuce Spann.
FSU's touchdowns include a kickoff return by Deuce Spann. [ PHELAN M. EBENHACK | AP ]

Almost. The Seminoles have a touchdown via interception (Jarrian Jones’ 30-yarder against Southern Miss), fumble recovery (Kalen DeLoach’s game-changing 56-yarder at Clemson) and kickoff return (Spann’s 99-yarder against Duke). But the streak does not include a safety, blocked kick or punt return — though Keon Coleman got close to the last one against Duke.

10. Don’t overlook Fitzgerald

He began his career by missing 10 of his 29 field goals. But in this stretch, he made 17 of his 22 field goals and drilled all 74 extra points. His biggest kick was the 32-yarder in the final minute against Oklahoma that secured FSU’s 10-win season.

11. The closest call was still impressive

Only one team has scored 31 points on Clemson this year: Florida State.
Only one team has scored 31 points on Clemson this year: Florida State. [ JACOB KUPFERMAN | AP ]

That came in September at Clemson, where FSU needed Travis’ pass to Coleman in overtime to win and hit 31 points. Only four regular-season opponents have topped that total against the Tigers in the last seven seasons.

12. Recent FSU teams haven’t come close

This stretch matches the number of times FSU hit the 30-point mark in the three seasons before Norvell’s arrival (the last year under Jimbo Fisher and the two seasons under Willie Taggart). You have to go back 37 games before this streak began to find 14 games that fit this criteria.

13. It’s the best run of Norvell’s career

The best he did as Memphis’ head coach was a nine-game stretch from 2016-17. His Tigers only went 6-3 in that span; one of the defeats was a 49-42 heartbreaker against Quinton Flowers and USF.

14. There’s a good chance it extends at least one more game

Pitt could not slow down Notre Dame last week. That bodes well for FSU on Saturday.
Pitt could not slow down Notre Dame last week. That bodes well for FSU on Saturday. [ MICHAEL CATERINA | AP ]

Pitt’s usually stingy defense has underwhelmed this season. The Panthers have the nation’s No. 95 scoring defense and have allowed at least 30 points in three of their last five games (41 against North Carolina, 38 at Virginia Tech and 58 last week at Notre Dame).

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