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Florida State beats Southern Miss 42-13 in Independence

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) Freshman James Blackman was throwing the touchdown passes. Another freshman, Cam Akers, was gaining big chunks of yards on the ground.

Florida State might still be a little melancholy after a season that started with national championship hopes ended on Wednesday with an Independence Bowl win. But the performances from young players like Blackman and Akers in the 42-13 victory over Southern Mississippi are a solid hint that the Seminoles could be a powerhouse again in a hurry.

Blackman threw for 233 yards and an Independence Bowl-record four touchdowns, including three to junior receiver Auden Tate. Akers led the Seminoles with 94 yards rushing and also caught a 14-yard touchdown pass.

Blackman started the season's final 12 games after sophomore starting quarterback Deondre Francois suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opener. He's had some ups and downs since the promotion, but saved the best for last against Southern Miss.

''It's pretty impressive, he had to grow up really fast,'' Florida State interim coach Odell Haggins. ''He had to take the diapers off and go to work.''

Florida State (7-6) ended the season on a four-game winning streak and avoided its first losing season since 1976. Now new coach Willie Taggart takes over and appears to have plenty of talent on the roster to work with going forward.

Southern Miss took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter after a 63-yard touchdown drive that was aided by two 15-yard Florida State penalties, one for unsportsmanlike conduct and the other for roughing the kicker.

But the Golden Eagles couldn't keep the momentum, mainly because of their own mistakes, including four defensive offside penalties on Florida State's opening drive.

''If you can get a little momentum going, you've got a chance to get this thing into the third quarter or the fourth quarter and we'll see what happens,'' Southern Miss coach Jay Hopson said. ''But give (Florida State) credit, they deserved to win. They made plays, but I thought we fought hard. Just a tough loss today.''

Blackman matched an Independence Bowl record with three touchdown passes in the first half to help Florida State take a 23-6 lead.

The Seminoles pushed the advantage to 33-6 late in the third quarter before Southern Miss finally responded with a touchdown. By then, the game was essentially out of reach.

Southern Miss (8-5) was led by Ito Smith, who ran for 92 yards. Kwadra Griggs completed 13 of 25 passes for just 86 yards and a touchdown.

AKERS GETS 1,000

Akers finished his freshman season with 1,024 yards rushing after running for 94 yards on just 13 carries against Southern Miss. The 5-foot-11, 213-pounder broke Dalvin Cook's program record for the most yards rushing by a freshman in a season. Cook had 1,008 yards in 2014.

THE TAKEAWAY

Florida State: The Seminoles earned a good ending to an otherwise dreary season. Florida State was simply more talented than Southern Miss at just about every position and it showed.

Southern Miss: The Golden Eagles were able to grab an early lead, but couldn't keep the momentum. Southern Miss is a program that relishes its opportunities against Power Five opponents, but the talent gap was too much for the Golden Eagles to overcome on Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Florida State: The Seminoles get a fresh start with Taggart. Florida State still has a talented roster and there's ample reason to believe it could be a quick turnaround for the storied program.

Southern Miss: The Golden Eagles should be in pretty good shape next season, though they'll have to replace star running back Ito Smith and the entire starting secondary.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 7:37
23-R.Aguayo 39 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
13
yds
03:49
pos
13
42
Missed Point After Touchdown 13:34
23-R.Aguayo extra point is no good.
plays
yds
pos
13
33
Touchdown 13:34
1-J.Blackman complete to 18-A.Tate. 18-A.Tate runs 17 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
30
yds
00:40
pos
13
39
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:44
21-P.Shaunfield extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
13
33
Touchdown 0:44
7-K.Griggs complete to 18-K.Robertson. 18-K.Robertson runs 13 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
75
yds
02:34
pos
12
33
Point After TD 3:25
23-R.Aguayo extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
6
33
Touchdown 3:25
9-J.Patrick runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
85
yds
04:40
pos
6
32
Field Goal 10:50
23-R.Aguayo 39 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
43
yds
04:10
pos
6
26
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:33
23-R.Aguayo extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
6
23
Touchdown 1:33
1-J.Blackman complete to 18-A.Tate. 18-A.Tate runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
24
yds
01:30
pos
6
22
Field Goal 7:53
23-R.Aguayo 29 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
58
yds
02:46
pos
6
16
Missed Point After Touchdown 12:38
23-R.Aguayo extra point is no good.
plays
yds
pos
6
13
Touchdown 12:38
1-J.Blackman complete to 3-C.Akers. 3-C.Akers runs 14 yards for a touchdown. Penalty on USM 9-D.Riley Offside declined.
11
plays
95
yds
02:11
pos
6
13
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:20
23-R.Aguayo extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
6
7
Touchdown 5:20
1-J.Blackman complete to 18-A.Tate. 18-A.Tate runs 20 yards for a touchdown.
17
plays
70
yds
05:45
pos
6
6
Missed Point After Touchdown 11:05
21-P.Shaunfield extra point is no good.
plays
yds
pos
6
0
Touchdown 11:05
7-K.Griggs scrambles runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
48
yds
03:48
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 12 25
Rushing 4 10
Passing 7 14
Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Conv 4-14 7-13
4th Down Conv 2-4 1-1
Total Net Yards 260 452
Total Plays 55 74
Avg Gain 4.7 6.1
Net Yards Rushing 131 214
Rush Attempts 28 45
Avg Rush Yards 4.7 4.8
Net Yards Passing 129 238
Comp. - Att. 15-27 19-29
Yards Per Pass 4.8 8.2
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 7-44 6-60
Touchdowns 2 5
Rushing TDs 1 1
Passing TDs 1 4
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 0-0
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 4-41.3 1-38.0
Return Yards 137 11
Punts - Returns 0-0 1-0
Kickoffs - Returns 8-137 1-11
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 1/2 6/8
Extra Points 1/2 3/5
Field Goals 0/0 3/3
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Southern Miss 8-5 607013
Florida St. 7-6 71610942
129 PASS YDS 238
131 RUSH YDS 214
260 TOTAL YDS 452
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Griggs 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52% 86 1 0 94.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.5% 1965 17 2 130.4
K. Griggs 13/25 86 1 0
Z. Everett 93 P
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 25 0 0 310.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 50 0 0 310.0
Z. Everett 1/1 25 0 0
A. Staggers 15 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 18 0 0 251.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 36 0 0 167.5
A. Staggers 1/1 18 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
I. Smith 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 92 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
264 1507 13
I. Smith 16 92 0 33
K. Griggs 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 39 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
91 307 4
K. Griggs 8 39 1 10
A. Staggers 15 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 68 0
A. Staggers 1 4 0 4
J. Adams 3 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 31 0
J. Adams 1 2 0 2
T. Parks 8 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
55 266 1
T. Parks 2 -6 0 -2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
K. Robertson 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 36 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
80 1142 13
K. Robertson 4 36 1 14
I. Smith 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 26 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
44 422 2
I. Smith 4 26 0 17
A. Fails 49 LB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 25 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 50 0
A. Fails 1 25 0 25
J. Adams 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 22 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 241 1
J. Adams 2 22 0 12
K. Griggs 7 QB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 36 0
K. Griggs 1 18 0 18
A. Staggers 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
45 473 5
A. Staggers 1 2 0 2
J. Washington 1 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 73 1
J. Washington 1 1 0 1
I. Jones 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 191 0
I. Jones 0 0 0 0
J. Mitchell 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Mitchell 0 0 0 0
Q. Watkins 16 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 337 2
Q. Watkins 0 0 0 0
T. Parks 8 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 82 0
T. Parks 1 -1 0 -1
Defense T-A SACK INT
T. Moore 18 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
12-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-1 3 0.0
T. Moore 12-1 0.0 0
R. Boothe 41 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
R. Boothe 9-0 0.0 0
J. Sangster 26 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
J. Sangster 5-2 0.0 0
W. Davis 5 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
W. Davis 5-2 0.0 0
J. Applewhite 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
J. Applewhite 4-0 0.0 0
K. Douglas 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 2 0.0
K. Douglas 3-2 0.0 0
D. Dixon 45 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
D. Dixon 3-0 0.0 0
A. Fails 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
A. Fails 3-1 0.0 0
X. Marion 1 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
X. Marion 2-0 0.0 0
D. Riley 9 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Riley 2-0 0.0 0
C. Armstrong 3 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 2 0.0
C. Armstrong 2-1 0.0 0
C. Mikell 19 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
C. Mikell 2-0 0.0 0
P. Schrimsher 30 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
P. Schrimsher 2-2 0.0 0
R. Mitchell 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Mitchell 1-0 0.0 0
L. Harris 43 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
L. Harris 1-0 0.0 0
X. Thigpen 32 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
X. Thigpen 1-1 0.0 0
D. Yancey 22 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
D. Yancey 1-1 0.0 0
D. Landry 17 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
D. Landry 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
P. Shaunfield 21 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 1/2
SEASON FG XP
17/20 43/46
P. Shaunfield 0/0 0 1/2 1
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
Z. Everett 93 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 41.3 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
68 40.6 1
Z. Everett 4 41.3 1 46
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
I. Smith 25 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 18.0 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 18.4 25 0
I. Smith 4 18.0 25 0
I. Jones 88 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 17.5 30 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 17.5 30 0
I. Jones 2 17.5 30 0
T. Parks 8 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 15.0 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 16.5 17 0
T. Parks 2 15.0 17 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Blackman 1 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69.2% 233 4 0 195.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59.1% 2463 23 11 139.9
J. Blackman 18/26 233 4 0
J. Cosentino 16 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
33.3% 5 0 0 47.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.3% 63 1 0 125.7
J. Cosentino 1/3 5 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
C. Akers 3 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 94 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
207 1118 7
C. Akers 13 94 0 32
J. Patrick 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 61 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
150 809 8
J. Patrick 16 61 1 14
J. Blackman 1 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 29 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
71 -3 0
J. Blackman 6 29 0 13
A. Rasul 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 25 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
40 177 0
A. Rasul 7 25 0 9
C. Plante 33 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 12 0
C. Plante 1 6 0 6
J. Cosentino 16 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 4 0
J. Cosentino 1 2 0 2
G. Nabers 32 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 -6 0
G. Nabers 1 -3 0 -3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
A. Tate 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 84 3
SEASON REC YDS TD
45 632 13
A. Tate 5 84 3 26
R. Izzo 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 59 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
26 376 3
R. Izzo 6 59 0 21
D. Matthews 29 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 37 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 109 1
D. Matthews 3 37 0 27
J. Patrick 9 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 26 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 197 0
J. Patrick 2 26 0 16
C. Akers 3 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 14 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 130 2
C. Akers 1 14 1 14
K. Gavin 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
28 291 0
K. Gavin 1 13 0 13
A. Rasul 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 33 0
A. Rasul 1 5 0 5
J. Motlow 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 27 1
J. Motlow 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
A. Westbrook 19 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
A. Westbrook 6-0 0.0 0
N. Andrews 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
N. Andrews 5-0 0.0 0
S. Samuels III 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 2 0.0
S. Samuels III 5-0 0.0 0
R. Hoskins 18 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
R. Hoskins 3-0 0.0 0
A. Thomas 22 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
A. Thomas 3-0 0.0 0
T. McFadden 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
T. McFadden 3-0 0.0 0
J. Wilkerson 30 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Wilkerson 3-0 0.0 0
B. Burns 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
B. Burns 2-1 0.0 0
J. Pugh 16 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Pugh 2-0 0.0 0
D. Nnadi 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Nnadi 2-0 0.0 0
F. Jones 55 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
F. Jones 1-0 0.0 0
J. Robinson 11 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Robinson 1-0 0.0 0
C. Becker III 15 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Becker III 1-0 0.0 0
C. Fagan 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Fagan 1-0 0.0 0
D. Matthews 29 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Matthews 1-0 0.0 0
D. Christmas 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Christmas 1-0 0.0 0
K. Meyers 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
K. Meyers 1-0 0.0 0
K. Laborn 4 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Laborn 1-0 0.0 0
L. Taylor 1 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 2 0.0
L. Taylor 0-1 0.0 0
M. Wilson 21 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
M. Wilson 0-1 0.0 0
A. Williams 12 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
A. Williams 0-1 0.0 0
C. Wood 49 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
C. Wood 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Aguayo 23 K
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 3/5
SEASON FG XP
21/24 45/49
R. Aguayo 3/3 39 3/5 12
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
L. Tyler 21 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 38.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
67 43.1 0
L. Tyler 1 38.0 0 38
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Becker III 15 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 11.0 11 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 11.0 11 0
C. Becker III 1 11.0 11 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Matthews 29 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
19 10.5 0 0
D. Matthews 1 0.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 USM 37 3:48 8 63 TD
5:15 USM 38 2:30 5 19 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:31 USM 18 1:43 5 18 Punt
7:43 USM 13 1:40 3 8 Punt
3:26 USM 20 0:10 3 4 Fumble
1:33 USM 25 1:28 7 36 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:38 USM 18 2:26 7 24 Punt
3:18 USM 25 2:34 6 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:26 USM 32 1:53 4 3 Downs
7:25 USM 5 2:37 8 19 Downs
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:05 FSU 25 5:45 17 80 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:37 FSU 20 2:11 11 80 TD
10:39 FSU 30 2:46 7 58 FG
5:50 FSU 33 2:16 6 29 Punt
3:03 USM 24 1:30 4 24 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 FSU 35 4:10 9 43 FG
8:05 FSU 15 4:40 9 85 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:44 USM 30 0:40 5 30 TD
11:26 USM 35 3:49 7 13 FG
4:40 USM 25 3:50 7 20