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Francois helps Florida State escape with win over Samford

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State paid Samford $500,000 looking for a guaranteed win. The Seminoles got a victory - but quite the run for their money.

Deondre Francois threw for 320 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning score to Tre' McKitty with 4:03 to go, as Florida State held off Samford 36-26 on Saturday.

Trailing 26-21, Francois led the Seminoles (1-1) on an 11-play, 82-yard drive that put them ahead for the first time this season. Francois connected with McKitty for the 5-yard touchdown, and he then found Nyqwan Murray for the two-point conversion pass as Florida State went ahead 29-26.

Florida State scored its final 15 points in a span of just 1:40. The win was the first at Florida State for Willie Taggart, who opened with a 24-3 loss to Virginia Tech on Monday.

''It wasn't pretty but it was good to see our guys find a way to come back and get a win after we started slow and weren't playing as well,'' Taggart said.

Samford's Devlin Hodges threw for 475 yards and a pair of touchdown passes to Kelvin McKnight but tossed four interceptions. Levonta Taylor returned the last one 63 yards for a touchdown with 2:23 to go.

Hodges completed 39 of 60 passes for Samford (1-1). It was one of the best games of his career, just short of the school-record 516 yards he threw for last season against Western Carolina.

''We just fought all the way there until the end,'' Samford coach Chris Hatcher said. ''We had a couple of bounces that didn't go our way. We had a couple of turnovers that really hurt us.''

Francois completed 31 of 46 passes for 320 yards, including a pair of touchdown passes to redshirt freshman Tamorrion Terry. The junior quarterback had his sixth career 300-yard game, completed passes to eight receivers and also had an 8-yard touchdown run.

''Any win is a good win no matter who you're playing,'' Francois said. ''We're going to get the mistakes corrected.''

McKnight caught 14 passes for 215 yards, including touchdowns from 54 yards and 27 yards, for the Bulldogs. Samford last defeated an FBS team in 2013, when the Bulldogs won at Georgia State. Florida State has never lost to an FCS program.

Cam Akers had 14 carries for 76 yards and a team-high seven receptions for 38 yards. Florida State finished with 134 rushing yards on 35 carries.

Ricky Aguayo missed a pair of field-goal attempts, including a 42-yarder with 9:59 left that hit the right upright.

Florida State's defense bent early but was effective in the second half. The Seminoles grabbed three interceptions, forced three punts and allowed just a field goal in the final 30 minutes. Florida State forced five turnovers after not recording one in the loss to Virginia Tech.

The start of the game was delayed one hour, 25 minutes due to weather.

The Seminoles played without their top lineman, right tackle Landon Dickerson (ankle). Another lineman, Abdul Bello, also missed the game with an undisclosed injury. Arthur Williams, who converted from defensive tackle in August, got the start at left guard.

THE TAKEAWAY

Florida State: The Seminoles are 24-0 against FCS teams since 1978.

Samford: The Bulldogs pushed Florida State to the limit and led for more than 55 minutes.

UP NEXT

Florida State: The Seminoles will play at Syracuse on Saturday.

Samford: The Bulldogs will play host to Mercer on Saturday.

HONORING BURT

The Seminoles wore decals on their helmets with a license plate that read ''BAN ONE'' for Burt Reynolds, who died on Thursday at 82. FSU's band, the Marching Chiefs, also spelled out ''Burt'' during a halftime tribute.

A former Florida State football player in the mid-1950s, Reynolds was a roommate with Lee Corso. Reynolds played in one season at Florida State before knee and leg injuries forced him to stop playing football and he began to pursue an acting career.

Reynolds, who has 186 acting credits including ''Smokey and the Bandit'' and won an Emmy for ''Evening Shade,'' frequently gave donations to the FSU football team and paid for new uniforms for the team in the early 1980s. The program's residence hall is still named after Reynolds.

MCKNIGHT'S SPEAR

McKnight grew up in Bradenton and played at the same school, Manatee High, as Taggart. The Samford senior receiver wanted to play well against the Seminoles, and he scored on a 54-yard touchdown pass just minutes into the game.

''He's been wanting to run this double move all year and so called it `spear' and it worked pretty good,'' Hatcher said.

HODGES CLEARS 11,000

The Samford senior surpassed 11,000 career passing yards on Saturday. Hodges now has 11,106 passing yards and 86 touchdown passes.

He is closing in on Southern Conference leader Scott Riddle, who threw for 13,264 at Elon from 2007-10. The FCS all-time leader is former Alcorn State star Steve McNair, who threw for 14,496 yards from 1991-94.

''I think it gives us a lot of confidence,'' Hodges said of the performance against the Seminoles. ''I'm just proud of the guys.''

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:23
23-R.Aguayo extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
26
36
Touchdown 2:32
8-D.Hodges incomplete. INTERCEPTED by 1-L.Taylor at FSU 37. 1-L.Taylor runs 63 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
73
yds
01:31
pos
26
35
Two Point Conversion 4:03
12-D.Francois complete to 8-N.Murray. 8-N.Murray to SAM End Zone for 2 yards. Conversion is good.
plays
yds
pos
26
29
Touchdown 4:03
12-D.Francois complete to 6-T.McKitty. 6-T.McKitty runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
92
yds
03:49
pos
26
27
Field Goal 8:02
17-M.Fineran 36 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
56
yds
01:57
pos
26
21
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:19
23-R.Aguayo extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
23
21
Touchdown 1:19
12-D.Francois complete to 15-T.Terry. 15-T.Terry runs 17 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
25
yds
00:25
pos
23
20
Point After TD 8:37
17-M.Fineran extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
23
14
Touchdown 8:37
8-D.Hodges complete to 6-K.Mcknight for 27 yard touchdown.
6
plays
87
yds
01:30
pos
22
14
Point After TD 13:56
23-R.Aguayo extra point is good
plays
yds
pos
16
14
Touchdown 13:56
12-D.Francois runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
70
yds
01:22
pos
16
13
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:35
17-M.Fineran 30 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
62
yds
02:28
pos
16
7
Point After TD 4:03
23-R.Aguayo extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
13
7
Touchdown 4:03
12-D.Francois complete to 15-T.Terry. 15-T.Terry runs 27 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
63
yds
00:39
pos
13
6
Point After TD 7:49
17-M.Fineran extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
13
0
Touchdown 7:49
20-R.Adams runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
98
yds
02:56
pos
12
0
Missed Point After Touchdown 12:23
17-M.Fineran extra point is no good
plays
yds
pos
6
0
Touchdown 12:23
8-D.Hodges complete to 6-K.Mcknight. 6-K.Mcknight runs 54 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
54
yds
00:08
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 23 25
Rushing 2 6
Passing 18 16
Penalty 3 3
3rd Down Conv 3-13 4-14
4th Down Conv 0-1 0-1
Total Net Yards 525 446
Total Plays 79 81
Avg Gain 6.6 5.5
Net Yards Rushing 50 134
Rush Attempts 19 35
Avg Rush Yards 2.6 3.8
Net Yards Passing 475 312
Comp. - Att. 39-60 31-46
Yards Per Pass 7.9 6.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 1-8
Penalties - Yards 5-51 9-69
Touchdowns 3 5
Rushing TDs 1 1
Passing TDs 2 3
Other 0 1
Turnovers 5 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-1
Int. Thrown 4 0
Punts - Avg 5-35.0 7-46.4
Return Yards 30 244
Punts - Returns 3-30 1-8
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 6-140
Int. - Returns 0-0 4-96
Kicking 4/4 4/6
Extra Points 2/2 4/4
Field Goals 2/2 0/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Samford 1-1 1670326
Florida State 1-1 71401536
475 PASS YDS 312
50 RUSH YDS 134
525 TOTAL YDS 446
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Hodges 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65% 475 2 4 129.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65% 475 2 4 129.2
D. Hodges 39/60 475 2 4
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Ro. Adams 20 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 34 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 34 1
Ro. Adams 9 34 1 8
M. Satine 9 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 26 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 26 0
M. Satine 4 26 0 21
M. Washington 85 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 2 0
M. Washington 3 2 0 2
An. Harris 11 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -2 0
An. Harris 1 -2 0 -2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
K. McKnight 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
14 215 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 215 2
K. McKnight 14 215 2 54
An. Harris 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 122 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 122 0
An. Harris 5 122 0 55
C. Shelling 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 70 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 70 0
C. Shelling 5 70 0 26
C. Miller 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 28 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 28 0
C. Miller 4 28 0 14
K. Williams 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 20 0
K. Williams 3 20 0 11
Ro. Adams 20 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 12 0
Ro. Adams 2 12 0 9
K. Marion 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 5 0
K. Marion 2 5 0 5
J. Creamer 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 3 0
J. Creamer 1 3 0 3
A. Gooden 99 DL
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
A. Gooden 0 0 0 0
M. Satine 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 0 0
M. Satine 3 0 0 2
Defense T-A SACK INT
Aa. Harris 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-3 0 0.0
Aa. Harris 10-3 0.0 0
A. Atkinson 24 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
A. Atkinson 8-1 0.0 0
A. Gooden 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 1.0
A. Gooden 6-0 1.0 0
C. Stark 25 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
C. Stark 5-1 0.0 0
K. Freeman 10 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
K. Freeman 3-1 0.0 0
J. Glass 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Glass 3-0 0.0 0
T. Floyd 26 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
T. Floyd 3-1 0.0 0
J. Montgomery 13 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Montgomery 3-0 0.0 0
T. Herring 15 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
T. Herring 3-0 0.0 0
H. Roberts 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
H. Roberts 3-0 0.0 0
J. Foster 81 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
J. Foster 3-1 0.0 0
N. East 22 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
N. East 2-0 0.0 0
D. Harvey 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
D. Harvey 1-1 0.0 0
A. Brown 40 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Brown 1-0 0.0 0
W. Bryant 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
W. Bryant 1-0 0.0 0
N. Jordan 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
N. Jordan 1-1 0.0 0
J. Nash 43 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Nash 0-1 0.0 0
An. Harris 11 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
An. Harris 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Fineran 17 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
2/2 2/2
M. Fineran 2/2 36 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Hodges 8 QB
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 35.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
5 35.0 1
D. Hodges 5 35.0 1 42
J. Weaver 64 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 36.5 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
2 36.5 1
J. Weaver 2 36.5 1 42
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. McKnight 6 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 10.0 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 10.0 17 0
K. McKnight 3 10.0 17 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Francois 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.4% 320 3 0 147.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.4% 320 3 0 147.3
D. Francois 31/46 320 3 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
C. Akers 3 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 76 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 76 0
C. Akers 14 76 0 14
J. Patrick 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 44 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 44 0
J. Patrick 13 44 0 13
D. Francois 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 15 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 15 1
D. Francois 5 15 1 12
A. Rasul 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
A. Rasul 1 2 0 2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
N. Murray 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 63 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 63 0
N. Murray 6 63 0 27
T. McKitty 6 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 59 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 59 1
T. McKitty 5 59 1 21
T. Terry 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 44 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 44 2
T. Terry 2 44 2 27
C. Akers 3 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 38 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 38 0
C. Akers 7 38 0 25
J. Patrick 9 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 37 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 37 0
J. Patrick 2 37 0 20
G. Campbell 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 36 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 36 0
G. Campbell 2 36 0 26
D. Matthews 29 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 32 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 32 0
D. Matthews 5 32 0 17
K. Gavin 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 11 0
K. Gavin 2 11 0 8
O. Wilson 27 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
O. Wilson 0 0 0 0
W. Thompson 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
W. Thompson 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
H. Nasirildeen 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-1 0 0.0
H. Nasirildeen 10-1 0.0 0
S. Samuels III 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
S. Samuels III 8-0 0.0 0
A. Westbrook 19 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
A. Westbrook 4-1 0.0 1
L. Taylor 1 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
L. Taylor 3-1 0.0 1
K. Meyers 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 2 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 2 0.0
K. Meyers 3-0 0.0 2
M. Wilson 21 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
M. Wilson 3-0 0.0 0
J. Vickers 26 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Vickers 2-0 0.0 0
C. Fagan 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
C. Fagan 2-0 0.0 0
J. Kaindoh 13 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Kaindoh 2-0 0.0 0
D. Brooks 28 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Brooks 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
C. Durden 16 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Durden 1-0 0.0 0
B. Burns 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Burns 1-0 0.0 0
A. Thomas 22 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Thomas 1-0 0.0 0
J. Robinson 11 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Robinson 1-1 0.0 0
J. Woodbey 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Woodbey 0-1 0.0 0
R. Cooper 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
R. Cooper 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Aguayo 23 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/2 4/4
SEASON FG XP
0/2 4/4
R. Aguayo 0/2 0 4/4 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
L. Tyler 21 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 46.4 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
7 46.4 3
L. Tyler 7 46.4 3 59
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Grant 24 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 25.3 30 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 25.3 30 0
A. Grant 4 25.3 30 0
K. Laborn 4 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 19.5 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 19.5 21 0
K. Laborn 2 19.5 21 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Matthews 29 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 8.0 8 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 8.0 8 0
D. Matthews 1 8.0 8 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:31 SAMF 46 0:08 1 54 TD
10:45 SAMF 25 2:56 10 80 TD
5:54 SAMF 20 1:04 3 9 Punt
4:03 SAMF 25 2:28 6 62 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:56 SAMF 25 2:02 9 46 INT
10:07 SAMF 13 1:30 6 46 TD
6:44 SAMF 16 1:52 4 19 Punt
1:52 SAMF 23 0:00 1 2 Fumble
1:19 SAMF 25 0:57 4 5 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 SAMF 25 0:51 3 9 Punt
11:04 SAMF 40 1:09 5 15 Punt
8:42 FSU 35 0:42 3 -55 INT
5:31 SAMF 46 1:08 3 1 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:22 SAMF 11 0:00 9 9 INT
9:59 SAMF 25 1:57 7 56 FG
4:03 SAMF 25 1:31 5 73 INT
2:23 SAMF 25 1:24 4 3 Downs
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 FSU 18 2:14 5 10 Punt
12:19 FSU 21 1:24 3 4 Punt
7:45 FSU 25 1:44 6 16 Punt
4:42 FSU 42 0:39 4 63 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:25 FSU 30 1:22 8 70 TD
11:38 SAMF 48 1:23 4 9 Punt
8:28 FSU 26 1:37 3 9 Punt
4:46 FSU 25 2:50 8 37 FG Miss
1:44 SAMF 25 0:25 2 25 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:38 FSU 24 2:28 8 36 Downs
9:48 FSU 14 0:59 5 21 Fumble
7:25 FSU 10 1:44 4 2 Punt
3:50 FSU 28 3:21 8 18 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:20 FSU 20 2:17 8 55 FG Miss
7:52 FSU 18 3:49 12 82 TD
0:51 SAMF 28 0:12 2 -3