No. 9 Florida State isn’t sharp but slogs past Boston College, 14-0

Jalen Ramsey, Sherman Alston

Florida State cornerback Jalen Ramsey tries to strip the ball from Boston College receiver Sherman Alston (6) while making a tackle in the second half Friday night.

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Cornerback Jalen Ramsey returned a fourth-quarter fumble 36 yards for a touchdown to help No. 9 Florida State struggle past Boston College, 14-0, Friday night in Boston.

The Seminoles (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) were unable to generate much offense against a BC team that had beaten a pair of FCS opponents. Everett Golson completed 15 of 24 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown for Florida State, which won its 25th consecutive ACC game. Dalvin Cook, who was second in the nation with 422 yards rushing in the first two games, had just 54 Friday on 15 carries.

The Eagles (2-1, 0-1) trailed only 7-0 when Jon Hilliman took a handoff and had the ball stripped by linebacker Terrance Smith. Ramsey picked it up and scored to make it 14-0 with 12 minutes 20 seconds to play.

On BC’s next possession, quarterback Darius Wade was knocked out of the game with what appeared to be a serious knee injury. Jeff Smith took five snaps at quarterback before he was replaced by Troy Flutie, the nephew of 1984 Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie. The Eagles then drove into Florida State territory for just the third time in the game, but turned the ball over on downs at the 41.


Sun Devils win

Mike Bercovici passed for 317 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for a score, and Arizona State pulled away in the second half for a 34-10 victory over New Mexico at Tempe, Ariz.

Demario Richard ran for 104 yards and also caught two touchdown passes, including a 93-yarder, for the Sun Devils (2-1), who struggled again after losing their opener to Texas A&M by three touchdowns and barely getting past lower-division Cal Poly last week.

The Lobos (1-2) trailed only 10-0 after the first half. But Bercovici passed 32 yards for a touchdown to Richard early in the third quarter and ran eight yards for a TD later in the period.


Redshirt freshman Tyrone Owens scored New Mexico’s lone touchdown on a 65-yard run.

Boise State rolls

Jeremy McNichols rushed for three touchdowns and Kersey Young ran for two as Boise State cruised to a 52-0 victory over visiting Idaho State.

The Broncos (2-1), coming off a wrenching loss to BYU a week ago, suffered another tough loss when starting quarterback Ryan Finley left in the first quarter with a right ankle injury and never returned.

Thomas Stuart filled in for Finley in the first half, throwing for 69 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 46 yards. But in the second half, freshman quarterback Brett Rypien, the highly touted nephew of former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien, made his debut. Boise State scored on all four of its possessions with Rypien at the helm, and he completed eight of nine passes for 126 yards.

The shutout was the Broncos’ first since a 45-0 win over New Mexico on Dec. 3, 2011. Idaho State is 1-2.


Baylor dismissed junior tight end Tre’Von Armstead for an unspecified violation of team rules. He played in 27 games for the Bears and caught five passes. . . . Former Rutgers cornerback Andre Boggs, charged in connection with several home invasions, had his cut in half by a judge, to $300,000. Boggs was one of six football players dismissed from the team following arrests this month. . . . Otis Gerron, Austin Peay’s leading rusher last year, ended his college career because of concussion-related issues.


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