First Impressions: FSU beat Syracuse 38-3


Florida State improved to 7-3 with a convincing 38-3 win over Syracuse on the road Saturday night. The Seminoles are now 5-3 in the ACC, done with conference play and can finish no worse than tied for second in the Atlantic Division.

FSU dominated a conference foe for the third straight game as it built a 24-3 halftime lead behind a stuttering defense, the legs of Trey Benson and the arm of Jordan Travis. With the win over Syracuse, FSU assured itself that it would finish the season with a winning regular season record, its first since 2016 and its first overall winning season since 2017.

The story of the night, and for the second straight game, was the FSU defense, which completely shut down the Syracuse offense. The Seminoles held the Orange to just 160 total offensive yards. They allowed running back Sean Tucker just 52 yards on 15 carries.

The Seminoles also took the air out of the Orange passing attack. Quarterback Garrett Schrader threw for just 65 yards on 6 of 16 passing. Tucker and wide receiver Oronde Gadsden, who had 50 percent of the team’s combined catches in the game, had one catch for a combined 28 yards. FSU’s defense made six three-and-outs in the game and held Syracuse to four or fewer plays on 10 of 12 attempts.

FSU’s offense was balanced and did everything it wanted. The Seminoles had over 200 yards on the ground for the fifth straight game. Trey Benson rushed for 163 yards on 18 carries. FSU ran the ball 40 times and eight different players had carries for 230 yards.

Quarterback Jordan Travis was close to perfect in the game, completing 21 of 23 passes for 155 yards and three touchdowns. Twelve different players caught passes from FSU passers in the game.

Osceola football analysts Mark Salva and Pat Burnham offer their initial reaction to FSU’s dominant win over Syracuse with Osceola’s Week 10 edition of First Impressions.