TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – True freshman running back Cam Akers ran for 199 yards and a pair of touchdowns Saturday, earning Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Back and Rookie of the Week honors. The Clinton, Miss., native also had a pair of long touchdowns in the Seminoles’ 27-24 win over Syracuse at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Akers finished the day with 199 rushing yards on 22 carries and touchdown runs of 54 and 63 yards. Akers is just the second Seminole in school history to run for two touchdowns of over 50 yards in the same game, joining Chris Thompson against Wake Forest in 2012 (74 and 80). The 199 rushing yards are the 14th-most in FSU single-game history and the most by a freshman in over 30 years.
Akers now has three 100-yard rushing games on the season, also crossing the century mark against Miami (121) and Duke (115). Only Cook, with five in 2014, has more 100-yard rushing games as a true freshman.
On the season, Akers’ 695 rushing yards are the third-most in a season by a true freshman, trailing only Dalvin Cook (1,008 in 2014) and Greg Allen (888 in 1981). Akers’ 199 yards against Syracuse trail only Allen’s 322 against Western Carolina and 202 versus LSU in 1981 among true freshmen running backs at Florida State.
Akers leads FSU with 695 rushing yards, three touchdowns and 86.9 rushing yards per game. The Seminoles head to Clemson, S.C., this weekend for a 3:30 p.m. game Saturday on ESPN against No. 4 Clemson.