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Defense leads the way in FSU’s victory over Boston College

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For most of the off-season, most of the talk around FSU centered around quarterback Everett Golson. The rest of it went to running back Dalvin Cook.

As it turns out, the FSU Seminoles also have a defense, however, one that made just a few points stand up in a 14-0 victory over Boston College Friday night.

FSU held the Eagles to 139 yards rushing and 15 yards passing in the shutout, The Seminoles’ last shutout on the road had been in 2003 vs. Notre Dame. The last shutout was a 63-0 win over Maryland in the championship season of 2013.

Quarterback Golson was five-for-five on an 83-yard drive to start the game, but that was all the vaulted FSU offense could muster. Golson finished with only 116 yards through the air, and running back Cook was held to 54 yards on 15 carries.

Instead, Jalen Ramsey and Antonio Smith led a fierce FSU defense that kept Boston College out of the end zone. Ramsey picked up a fumble forced by Smith and ran it in 24 yards for a score in the fourth quarter to make the margin a bit more comfortable.

FSU has a bye week next week, then travels to Wake Forest to play.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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