Florida State beats Florida for third straight win in Swamp


Florida State handles Florida

Dalvin Cook runs for 183 yards and two scores in the Seminoles' 27-2 win over the Gators.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida Field was nearly empty and Florida State was still celebrating.

The Seminoles danced on the sideline. Their fans lingered in the stands. And the band drowned out the stadium's sound system.

It's a scene that's become fairly common in this series.

Dalvin Cook ran for 183 yards and two touchdowns, Roberto Aguayo kicked two long field goals and the No. 13 Seminoles upended 12th-ranked Florida 27-2 on Saturday night.

Florida State won its third consecutive game at Florida Field -- the first time that's happened in the storied rivalry -- and ended any chance the Gators (10-2, No. 10 AP) had of making the College Football Playoff. The Gators entered the week 12th in the CFP rankings.

"You just don't come into Gainesville and win three in a row here," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. "Our players know how hard it is to do that."

Florida avoided its first shutout in the Swamp since 1988 when FSU quarterback Sean Maguire recovered a fumble in the end zone for a safety with 8:58 remaining.

It was little consolation for the Gators, who will be huge underdogs next week for the Southeastern Conference championship game in Atlanta against second-ranked Alabama.

Florida State (10-2, No. 14 AP), which didn't make the Atlantic Coast Conference title game, awaits its bowl assignment. The Seminoles probably locked up a spot in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Dec. 31 in Atlanta.

The Gators flirted with losses in their last three games -- against Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Florida Atlantic -- so struggling against the Seminoles was no surprise.

Florida reached the red zone twice Saturday, but failed to convert a fourth-and-2 play and had a 37-yard field goal blocked.

Quarterback Treon Harris was the biggest problem once again.

He was inaccurate and indecisive for the fourth consecutive week. Starting his 12th game and sixth straight since Will Grier was suspended for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, Harris missed wide-open receivers all over the field, held the ball too long and played with the awareness of a freshman.

He completed 19 of 38 passes for 134 yards. He was sacked four times. Coach Jim McElwain said he never considered benching Harris.

"He could have played better, but so could some other guys, so could some other guys around him," McElwain said. "He's our quarterback and he's going to get a little bit better this week as we go into the SEC championship game."

It didn't help that leading receiver Demarcus Robinson was suspended for the fourth time in three seasons.

The Gators announced the suspension about 75 minutes before kickoff. Robinson leads the team with 47 receptions for 505 yards and two touchdowns. The junior from Fort Valley, Georgia, has talent, but has been benched and/or demoted twice this season and suspended twice as a freshman and for the 2014 season opener against Idaho, a game that was canceled because of thunderstorms.

It's unclear if Robinson will be reinstated before the SEC title game.

"It's up to his teammates," McElwain said. "And who knows whether he can choose to do what's right or not. I don't know."

The Gators might want to find a new kicker, too. Austin Hardin was wide left from 51 yards out and had a low trajectory on the one that was blocked.

Florida State had considerably fewer issues.

Cook ran for 150 yards in the fourth quarter, most of it with the game out of hand.

"I did feel they were wearing down in the fourth quarter," Cook said. "I saw some of their defensive linemen hanging their heads and that gave me more incentive. I just let it loose in that fourth quarter and ran as hard as I could."

Cook scored on a 15-yard run with 6:17 to play -- sending many of the record crowd (90,916) to the exits -- and added a 29-yarder with 20 seconds left.

Maguire completed 14 of 28 passes for 160 yards. He was sacked twice, but played mistake-free football aside from the fumble.

The Seminoles led 10-0 at halftime, making the most of three huge plays.

The biggest came when Maguire rolled right on fourth down, threw across his body and found Jeremy Kerr between two defenders in the end zone.

Aguayo was good from 45 and 51 yards.

"Give them credit. They won the game. I guarantee you we'll show up there next year," McElwain said.