October 23, 2021 - by
Football Records Third Straight Win

Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State amassed a season-high 586 yards of total offense, had eight different players score touchdowns and scored the final 59 points of the game in a 59-3 victory over UMass at Doak Campbell Stadium.  The win was the Seminoles’ third straight – the first three-game winning streak since 2016. 

Florida State scored five rushing touchdowns, totaled two receiving touchdowns and scored one defensive TD as well.  The Seminoles’ 59 points were the most scored by a Florida State team since scoring 77 in a win over Delaware State in 2017. 

The Seminoles rushed for a season-high 365 yards.  Jashaun Corbin led the Seminoles’ offensive onslaught with 127 yards rushing and one touchdown on 11 carries.  He averaged an amazing 11.5 yards per carry.  Lawrance Toafili totaled 63 yards on four carries for a 15.8 yards per carry average and added a touchdown as well.

Defensively, Florida State held the Minutemen to 241 total yards (129 passing and 112 rushing), 14 total first downs and only 15 completed passes. The Seminoles recorded multiple interceptions for the second time this season. 

Quarterback Jordan Travis completed five of 10 passes for 123 yards while rushing for 78 yards on nine carries – an 8.7 yards per carry average.  His day ended following Florida State’s first possession of the third quarter when he was replaced by Chubba Purdy.

Football Records Third Straight Win

“It’s good to see the confidence slowly growing,” said FSU Head Coach Mike Norvell.  “The confidence is coming from the work and the investment they’re making.  It’s something that we’ve got to continue to do to be able to put ourselves in a position – we’ve won three straight – there are some good feelings that we are working towards, and we get another opportunity to go on the road this next week.” 

UMass got on the scoreboard first on a 45-yard field goal by Cameron Carson just 1:07 into the game.  The Minutemen gained possession of the ball after Florida State fumbled the opening kickoff.  The fumble gave the visitors prime field position to be the first team to put points on the scoreboard. 

Travis and the Florida State offense answered quickly to the first score of the day by the Minutemen. 

Travis, in his third consecutive start, engineered a 6-play, 75-yard drive, which culminated in his first rushing touchdown of the game — a 3-yard score.  On the drive, Travis gained 42 yards on two rushing attempts, including a 39-yard gain on the Seminoles’ first offensive play of the game. 

Football Records Third Straight Win

Florida State quickly increased its lead to 10-3 on a 36-yard field goal by Ryan Fitzgerald. 

The Seminoles increased their lead to 17-3 on a 29-yard rushing touchdown by Corbin – his career-high tying fifth rushing touchdown of the season.  Corbin did the bulk of the heavy lifting during the drive, with 43 yards on four carries.  The Seminoles’ biggest play of the scoring drive was a 51-yard catch and run by Malik McClain.

A 17-yard touchdown run at the 6:00 mark of the second quarter by Treshaun Ward marked the 24th consecutive point for the Seminoles and increased their lead to 24-3.  Ward gained 45 yards on four carries during the drive and scored his third rushing touchdown of the season. 

The Seminoles continued to increase their lead at will as the first half drew to a close.  Florida State took a 31-7 lead following a 23-yard scoring run by D.J. Williams. 

Florida State’s second interception of the first half – this one by Jarvis Brownlee, Jr. – was returned for a 70-yard touchdown.  The score increased Florida State’s lead to 38-3.  The interception was the second of Brownlee’s career, the first pick-six of his career, and the first interception returned for a touchdown since Joshua Kaindoh accomplished the feat against North Carolina in 2020. 

The touchdown by Brownlee gave the Seminoles a first-half season-high of 38 points and increased its lead to a season-best 35 points.  The Seminoles outgained the Minutemen by a better than 3-1 margin in total yards (385-121) and totaled 262 rushing yards to UMass’ 36.  Florida State averaged 11.3 yards on 34 offensive plays as compared to 3.9 yards per play on 31 plays by UMass. 

Football Records Third Straight Win

The Seminoles outscored the Minutemen by a 21-0 margin in the second half. 

Chubba Purdy led a 69-yard touchdown scoring drive on his first possession under center this season.  He completed two passes for 28 yards on the drive and a 12-yard scoring strike to Camren McDonald to make the score 45-3.

Florida State added to its scoring total and lead after recovering a UMass fumble on the ensuing kickoff and scoring on its next offensive play.  Lawrence Toafili scored in a 10-yard run to increase Florida State’s lead to 52-3. 

Jordan Young scored Florida State’s final touchdown of the game on a 5-yard scoring pass from Purdy. 

“It was good to see Chubba come in and get a couple drives and passes,” said Norvell.  “He is getting better, he seemed in control. It was good to see him translate that into a game situation.”

Football Records Third Straight Win

Florida State was led on defense by Amari Gainer who totaled six tackles, one tackle for lost yardage and a forced fumble.  DJ Lundy earned five tackles, one sack and was credited with a forced fumble.  Jammie Robinson and Brownlee earned interceptions for the Seminoles. 

Florida State scored on eight of its 11 possessions and punted only once in the win.  The Seminoles scored on their first five possessions (each of their possessions in the first half) and were stopped from scoring by the UMass defense only twice during the game.  Florida State’s final possession of the game ended with the final horn. 

Florida State’s defense held UMass scoreless over the final 58:57 of the game and on each of their final 11 possessions.

The Seminoles were whistled for only three penalties for 41 yards 

 “I am happy for the win,” said Norvell.  “I want what’s best for these guys. They come to FSU because of the tradition and what it means to be a Seminole. You find the areas where you come up short, where improvement is necessary, and then you take those steps. We did what we needed to do. We were dominant in a football game. It’s been a while since we could show that we were capable of that. We have a big challenge ahead and all we have is work in front of us.”

Florida State travels to play at Clemson on Saturday at 3:30.  The game will be televised by ESPN. 

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