Friday's roundup: Florida State blanks Boston College
Boston — Florida State quarterback Everett Golson escaped not one, but two defenders who had a chance to sack him for a first-half safety.
It was the closest Boston College came to scoring.
Cornerback Jalen Ramsey returned a fourth-quarter fumble 36 yards for a touchdown, and No. 9 Florida State's defense shut down the Eagles in a 14-0 victory Friday night.
It was Florida State's first shutout on the road since 2003.
"I'm very proud of our team," coach Jimbo Fisher said. "There were questions if we could do that. If they don't score, you're not going to lose. That's for sure."
The Seminoles (3-0, 1-0 ACC) marched easily down the field on their opening drive, but then struggled against a BC team that had beaten a pair of FCS opponents. Golson completed 15 of 24 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown to help Florida State run its ACC winning streak to 25.
The Eagles (2-1, 0-1) still trailed only 7-0 when Jon Hilliman took a handoff in the backfield and had the ball stripped by linebacker Terrance Smith. Ramsey picked it up and scored to make it 14-0 with 12:20 to play.
"I was just running to the ball like the coaches tell us to do," Smith said. "I went to make the tackle, and he spun right into it and it came out."
On BC's next possession, quarterback Darius Wade was knocked out of the game with what appeared to be a serious left ankle injury. The play also was initially ruled a fumble, but the ball was returned to BC on review.
"I don't know how severe it is, but it didn't look good," BC coach Steve Addazio said.
Jeff Smith took five snaps at quarterback before he was replaced by Troy Flutie, the nephew of the 1984 Heisman Trophy winner. Flutie led the Eagles into Florida State territory for just the third time in the game, but BC turned the ball over on downs at the 41.
The Seminoles ran out the clock.
"We wanted to set a precedent on defense, and to do that and have the first (road) shutout since 2003 is big time," Smith said. "It shows the growth and development of the defense, and I feel like we're going to have a pretty good year."
After gaining 636 and 441 yards of total offense in its first two games, Florida State had just 217 on Friday to 195 for Boston College. But the Seminoles also forced two turnovers, downed a punt at the 1-yard line and avoided being pinned on their own goal line when the BC player who downed the ball stepped on the goal line.
"There's a small margin in there," Addazio said. "The game should have been a 7-0 game in the fourth quarter with a chance to win it. And we didn't get that done. I'm angry about the turnovers right now. That's going to get fixed."
Dalvin Cook, who was second in the nation with 422 yards in Florida State's first two games, had just 54 on Friday on 15 carries.
(At) Arizona State 34, New Mexico 10: Mike Bercovici threw for three touchdowns and ran for another and Arizona State overcame a sluggish start.
Bercovici had touchdown passes of 14, 33 and 93 yards and ran eight yards for the other Sun Devils TD.
Arizona State (2-1) beat New Mexico (1-2) for the 19th time in a row.
(At) Boise State 52, Idaho State 0: Jeremy McNichols rushed for three touchdowns and Kelsey Young added two more for Boise State.
The Broncos (2-1), coming off a gut-wrenching loss to BYU a week ago, suffered another tough loss when starting quarterback Ryan Finley left in the first quarter with a right ankle injury and never returned.
Thomas Stuart, who filled in for Finley in the first half, threw for 69 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 46 more.
But in the second half, freshman quarterback Brett Rypien, the highly-touted recruit and nephew of former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien, made his debut. With Rypien at the helm, Boise State scored on all four of his possessions and he finished 8-of-9 for 126 yards.