Florida State Seminoles tight end Camren McDonald (87) gets pushed out of bounds as he runs down the field. The Florida State Seminoles lead the Syracuse Orange 16-13 at the half Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021.

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Florida State hangs on for first win, drops Syracuse

Ryan Fitzgerald made a 34-yard field goal with one second left as Florida State beat visiting Syracuse 33-30 Saturday afternoon in Tallahassee, Fla. to end a season-opening four-game losing streak.

The Seminoles (1-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) avoided their first 0-5 start since going 1-10 in 1974 on a day when they blew a pair of 10-point leads.

Fitzgerald gave Florida State its first win when his attempt hooked just inside the right goal post and it capped a productive day by quarterback Jordan Travis, who was unavailable for last week’s loss to Louisville due to a knee injury.

Travis completed 22 of 32 passes for 131 yards and threw for two touchdowns. He also gained a career-high 113 yards on the ground and set up Fitzgerald’s game-winner with runs of 33 and 25 yards.

Travis threw 14-yard TDs to Camren McDonald and Keyshawn Helton in the second quarter as Florida State took a 16-13 lead. He also directed scoring drives that resulted in three-yard TD runs by Andrew Parchment and Jashaun Corbin as Florida State pulled off the win after holding leads of 23-13 and 30-20.

Syracuse (3-2, 0-1) dropped to 0-7 all-time at Florida State and also was unable to get its third straight win.

Quarterback Garrett Shrader was 13 of 23 for 150 yards and a TD. He also rushed for 137 yards and scored three rushing TDs, including a 55-yard score in the second quarter.

Sean Tucker, who entered second in the nation in rushing yards, posted his third straight 100-yard performance by finishing with 102 yards on 24 attempts.

The Orange rallied from its second 10-point deficit when Anthony Queeley barely stayed in bounds with 10:41 left for a 26-yard TD and Andre Szmyt made a 24-yard field goal with 5:17 left.

Syracuse was forced to punt with about a minute remaining and Travis got a pair of first downs to set up the dramatic finish.

Florida State never trailed after Helton’s TD with 36 seconds before halftime but Syracuse was within 23-20 on Shrader’s 1-yard TD run with nine seconds left in the third.

–Field Level Media

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