FINAL: FSU 59, UMass 3

Florida State coach Mike Norvell watches during the second half of the team's NCAA college...
Florida State coach Mike Norvell watches during the second half of the team's NCAA college football game against Wake Forest on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Winston-Salem, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)(Chris Carlson | AP)
Published: Oct. 23, 2021 at 9:05 AM EDT
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FINAL: FSU 59, UMass 3

FSU outgains UMass 586-241. The Seminoles had a lot of young guys get snaps at the end of the game, including their two younger quarterbacks in Chubba Purdy and Tate Rodemaker. They’ve won three straight after starting 0-4.

12:53 4th Quarter: FSU 59, UMass 3

Purdy finds Jordan Young wide open in the back of the endzone off play action for a 5-yard TD. Purdy looks very comfortable. Has led 3 straight TD drives and is 5-5 for 98 yards and 2 TDs.

End 3rd Quarter: FSU 52, UMass 3

Florida State outscores UMass 14-0 in the third quarter. The Seminoles have 544 yards of offense and are averaging 10.9 yards per play.

4:44 3rd Quarter: FSU 52, UMass 3

Amari Gainer forces a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and DJ Lundy recovers it. FSU offense takes over at the UMass 25. Toafili scores from 10 yards out two plays after the fumble. It was set up by a pass interference called on the previous play.

5:02 3rd Quarter: FSU 45, UMass 3

Chubba Purdy checks into the game at quarterback for Travis, whose day looks like it’s done. He puts together a solid 6-play, 69-yard touchdown drive capped off by a 12-yard touchdown pass to Cam McDonald.

HALFTIME 2nd Quarter: FSU 38, UMass 3

The Seminoles outscore UMass 28-0 in the second quarter. They outgain the Minutemen 385-121 and post 262 rushing yards for an average of 10.5 yards per carry. Four different players recorded rushing touchdowns in that half.

0:25 2nd Quarter: FSU 38, UMass 3

Jarvis Brownlee jumps the route and turns it into a 70-yard pick-six. Redeems himself after a dropped INT from earlier that might’ve also been a pick-six had he caught it.

1:13 2nd Quarter: FSU 31, UMass 3

DJ Williams scores on the ground from 23 yards out. Fourth different player to record a rushing touchdown in this first half for FSU. The Seminoles now have 262 rushing yards.

6:00 2nd Quarter: FSU 24, UMass 3

Treshaun Ward scores from 17 yards out. Great vision from him to find a huge hole on the left side after the play was designed to go to his right. Nice block by Darius Washington to seal the edge too.

FSU has rushed for 206 yards and is averaging 10.3 yards per carry. Four different players have rushed for at least 40 yards and three different players have found the end zone.

The Noles have now rushed for at least 200 yards in six of their first seven games. The last time FSU had six 200-yard rushing games in the first seven games of a season was 1995, per

9:48 2nd Quarter: FSU 17, UMass 3

Jammie Robinson intercepts Brady Olson in the back of the end zone on second and goal. Just an ill-advised throw there from the UMass QB. FSU defense forces a key turnover after a roughing the passer penalty on Amari Gainer earlier in the drive.

13:31 2nd Quarter: FSU 17, UMass 3

Corbin scores from 29 yards out. Broke a couple of arm tackles near the line of scrimmage and then just outran everyone for the TD.

Travis found Malik McClain for a 51-yard catch and run on third-and-4 earlier in the drive.

End 1st Quarter: FSU 10, UMass 3

FSU outgains UMass 156-45. The Seminoles rushed for 109 yards on 12 carries. They averaged 10.4 yards per play. FSU had one turnover deep in its own territory to start the game but held UMass to a field goal.

4:55 1st Quarter: FSU 10, UMass 3

The drive began with a 38-yard carry from Lawrance Toafili. Travis also connected with Ontaria Wilson for a 35-yard gain on third-and-9, but the drive stalled after that.

Travis scrambles on 3rd and 16 and fumbles the ball at the end of the run but it’s recovered by Corbin. Fitzgerald knocks in a 36-yard field goal from the left hash.

11:37 1st Quarter: FSU 7, UMass 3

FSU answers the UMass field goal with a quick 6-play, 75-yard drive that takes just 2:16 off the clock. The first two plays from scrimmage were a 39-yard run by Travis and a 21-yard carry by Jashaun Corbin to put the Seminoles in the red zone.

Travis later fired a slant over the middle that was dropped by Ontaria Wilson. However, FSU converted a third-and-11 with a completion to Cam McDonald in the flat. Travis scored on a 3-yard rush to the left side on the next play.

13:53 1st Quarter: FSU 0, UMass 3

Travis Jay fumbles the ball on the opening kickoff return and UMass recovers at the FSU 26.

FSU defense forces a quick three-and-out after the fumble on the return by Jay but Cameron Carson connects on a 45-yard field goal.

Pregame Notes

-No surprise here, but all four scholarship quarterbacks are on the field warming up in full pads. All of them were full participants in practice throughout the week.

-Safeties Renardo Green and Sidney Williams both are not dressed out during warmups. However, Brendan Gant was in full pads, and so was Meiko Dotson, which will add a little depth in the back end of the Seminoles’ defense.

-Other players not dressed out: RB Cory Wren, DE Leonard Warner, LB Emmett Rice, OL Thomas Shrader.

-Jordan Travis is taking snaps at quarterback with the first-team offense, so it looks like he will make his third consecutive start. The first-team offensive line group looks like this: LT Darius Washington, LG Dillan Gibbons, C Maurice Smith, RG Baveon Johnson, RT Robert Scott.

-Devontay Love-Taylor, Jermaine Johnson, Fabien Lovett and Keir Thomas are the captains for the coin toss. UMass won the toss and elected to defer. The Seminoles will start with the ball.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Florida State (2-4) returns to action Saturday to host UMass (1-5) for Homecoming after being off last week. The Seminoles are 59-12-1 all-time on Homecoming and have won eight straight Homecoming contests.

Mike Norvell’s squad has won two consecutive contests since starting 0-4. FSU’s last game resulted in a 35-25 win on the road at North Carolina. Quarterback Jordan Travis posted a career-high five touchdowns in the win, becoming the first Seminole to do so since Jameis Winston threw for five touchdowns against Maryland in 2013.

Travis completed 11 of his 13 passes for 145 yards and three touchdowns and added a career-high 121 rushing yards against North Carolina. Offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham mentioned on Monday that Travis left the North Carolina game healthier than he’s been after a game at any point during his career.

The Minutemen are coached by Walt Bell, who is in his third year leading the program following a one-year stint as Florida State’s offensive coordinator in 2018.

The Seminoles are favored by more than 35 points, but Saturday’s matchup warrants added intrigue after Florida State’s inexplicable loss at home to Jacksonville State earlier this season.

The game kicks off at noon and will be televised on the ACC Network.

You can find a live blog of all the action on this page. Follow along for live updates. Also, be sure to follow Will Desautelle and WCTV Sports on Twitter for instant reaction and analysis from Doak Campbell Stadium.

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