Jacksonville Sports Day

FSU: Akers’ Four TDs Pace Seminoles Past Syracuse

TALLAHASSEE – Florida State evened its record at 4-4 (3-3 ACC) with a 35-17 homecoming victory over Syracuse.

Junior tailback Cam Akers rushed for 144 yards and tied an FSU single-game record with four rushing touchdowns. He added a two-point conversion and finished the game with 26 points.

“Very proud of our football team,” said FSU head coach Willie Taggart. “Very proud of their focus this week. I thought our guys had unbelievable focus (despite) a lot of distractions. They stayed locked in.”

Tailback Khalan Laborn added 68 rushing yards on a career-high 17 carries. His two-yard touchdown run with 2:24 remaining in the third quarter came on his second fourth-down conversion run of the Noles’ 16-play, 85-yard scoring drive, which pushed FSU’s lead to 35-3.

The Noles rushed for 241 yards on 47 carries (5.1 ypr), the most yards for FSU in 20 games under head coach Willie Taggart.

“God put me in position to go make some plays, and I went and made some plays,” said Akers, who topped the 100-yard mark for the fifth time this season. “All I can do is give the credit to God – and the offensive line for opening holes for me.”

QB Alex Hornibrook completed 15 of 26 passes for 196 yards before giving way to James Blackman early in the fourth quarter.

Jumping out to a 13-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Noles have outscored their opponents 72-6 in the opening quarter through the first
five home games this season, including four straight first quarter shutouts.

Hamsah Nasirildeen had a career-high 17 tackles to pace the Noles.

The FSU defense recorded a season-high seven sacks for minus-24 yards. Marvin Wilson led the Noles with two sacks and three tackles for loss and fellow interior lineman Robert Cooper had two tackles for loss. Janarius Robinson had a career-high nine tackles and matched his high of 1.5 sacks.

FSU also had a season-high 12 tackles for loss.

FSU GAME NOTES: Offensive tackle Darius Washington and center Andrew Boselli made their first career starts, pushing the season total to 10 who have madetheir first starts as Noles this season…FSU’s five rushing touchdowns equaled the most since the 2017 game against Louisiana-Monroe and the most against an ACC opponent since registering five against North Carolina in 2016.

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