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FSU swarms Syracuse behind huge afternoon by Dalvin Cook

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FSU running back Dalvin Cook appears intent on finishing out his junior season with style.

Cook rushed for 225 yards and four touchdowns Saturday in a 45-14 victory over Syracuse. FSU, ranked 17th in the nation, improved its record to 8-3.

Cook shattered Warrick Dunn’s school rushing record and became the fourth ACC player to rush for 4,000 yards. He was the first to do it in three seasons. It was the fourth time that Cook had rushed for more than 200 yards in a game.

For the year, Cook has 1,467 yards.

“To say you’re the leading rusher at a school that’s not a bad football school is pretty dad gum good,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. “To be in the same sentence with some of the guys that have played here, it’s a great honor.

“But he definitely is deserving.”

The Seminoles jumped to a 14-0 lead on two touchdown passes by Deondre Francois, who threw for 315 yards. In all, FSU finished with 654 yards of offense. Defensively, the Seminoles had eight sacks.

Syracuse played without starting quarterback Eric Dungey. The Orangemen had only 37 yards rushing.

FSU is home next week against Florida.

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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