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FSU wins big over Charleston Southern despite not being sharp

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They won by 44 points.

They had a short week to get ready.

And still, FSU was a bit disappointed after its 52-8 victory over Charleston Southern Saturday. That says a great deal about the program and its expectations.

FSU jumped to a 35-6 halftime lead over an outmanned Charleston Southern team – which suspended 14 players — 10 starters — for the game.

Quarterback Deondre Francois hit 25 of 32 passes for 262 yards. Running back Dalvin Cook gained 83 yards on 11 carries. Receiver Travis Rudolph caught seven passes for 105 yards.

“We won a game,” coach Jimbo Fisher said. “We did what we were supposed to do. We still have a lot of work to do.

It was 49-6 after three quarters, but the Seminoles, weren’t especially sharp after that.

They will need to be next week. FSU travels to Louisville next Saturday. FSU may abe without star safety Derwin James, who left in the third period and did not return.

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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