After a late game touchdown catch by receiver Travis Rudolph, the Florida State Seminoles earned a hard fought 24-20 victory over the NC State Wolfpack. This win not only gave them their sixth win of the season, but it also made them bowl eligible for the 35th consecutive season—the longest active streak in the NCAA. The team closest to that streak is Virginia Tech with 23 straight. The last time the ‘Noles failed to be bowl eligible was Bobby Bowden’s sixth season as head coach in 1981. Florida State is 24-9-1 in their last 34 bowls. In the Jimbo Fisher era, FSU is 4-2. With wins over Syracuse, Boston College and Florida to conclude the regular season, the team would boost their chances of playing in a bowl game of larger significance.
Next Man Up
It has been a season full of the ‘next man up’ mentality for Florida State football. Star receiver Bobo Wilson has been officially ruled out for the season after undergoing foot surgery Monday, which will end his college career. Fortunately for the ‘Noles, sophomore receiver Nyqwan Murray has stepped up in his absence. In the three-point loss against Clemson, Murray reeled in a team high six catches for 96 yards and a touchdown, including a 40-yard reception. While he did not record a touchdown in Saturday’s contest against NC State, Murray had nine catches for 153 yards.
9 receptions. 153 yards.
Noonie was "un-coverable" Saturday night: https://t.co/RKSDbbRY9y pic.twitter.com/J13OMQAlXc
— FSU Football (@FSU_Football) November 7, 2016
Through nine games, the Seminoles have dropped three games. Every Florida State fan in the country remembers the 63-20 walloping the Louisville Cardinals laid on FSU in the third game of the season. A couple weeks later, North Carolina’s Nick Weiler nailed a 54-yard field goal as time expired to upset the ‘Noles at Doak Campbell. And their most recent loss came against their rival, Clemson. A 34-yard pass from Deshaun Watson to Jordan Leggett with two minutes remaining crushed Florida State’s hopes of walking away with a ‘W’.
Despite their losses, Coach Jimbo Fisher is proud of his young players’ resiliency.
The teams remaining on Florida State’s schedule are Boston College (4-5), Syracuse (4-5) and Florida (6-2).