NCAAF Game Recap - Alabama State at Florida State
Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:00 PM EST

LSU
58
Miss
37
F
OHSt
56
Rut
21
F
Wake
3
Clem
52
F
Ala
38
MisSt
7
F
UGA
21
Aub
14
F
Ariz
6
Oreg
34
F
Minn
19
Iowa
23
F
UCLA
3
Utah
49
F
Ind
27
PSU
34
F
Okla
34
Bayl
31
F
Fla
23
Mizzu
6
F
MSU
10
Mich
44
F
Wisc
37
Neb
21
F
Navy
20
ND
52
F
Cin
20
SoFL
17
F
Mem
45
Hou
27
F
NM
9
Boise
42
F
Tex
21
IASt
23
F
Kans
13
OkSt
31
F
E Mi
42
Akr
14
F
WestMI
37
Ohio
34
F OT
NIU
31
Toled
28
F
BGSU
3
MiaOH
44
F
Buff
27
Kent
30
F
UNC
27
Pitt
34
F OT
LaTec
10
Marsh
31
F
Fres
7
SDSU
17
F
Tul
21
Temp
29
F
TCU
33
TxTch
31
F
UMass
6
NW
45
F
AlaSt
12
FlaSt
49
F
VMI
6
Army
47
F
UTEP
10
UAB
37
F
Troy
63
TxSt
27
F
CoCar
27
ArkSt
28
F
ULMon
29
GaSo
51
F
IdSt
10
BYU
42
F
C Mi
45
Ball
44
F
KY
38
Vand
14
F
WVU
24
K St
20
F
VaTec
45
GATec
0
F
(N/A)
28
NMSt
41
F
Hawaii
21
UNLV
7
F
Wyo
21
UtSt
26
F
Syr
49
Duke
6
F
Stan
22
WaSt
49
F
Rice
31
MidTN
28
F
ULLaf
37
SoAl
27
F
SMiss
36
UTSA
17
F
AF
38
ColSt
21
F
App
56
GASt
27
F
AzSt
34
OreSt
35
F
SCar
6
TxAM
30
F
Lou
34
NCSt
20
F
USC
41
Cal
17
F

Florida State 49, Alabama State 12

Nov 16, 2019, 12:00 PM EST

Final

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2

3

4

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Alabama State (5-5)

3

3

6

0

12

Florida State (6-5)

14

7

14

14

49

Florida State routs Alabama St. to become bowl-eligible
Sat Nov 16, 2019 5:33 PM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) In times of coaching uncertainty, Florida State has turned to long-time assistant Odell Haggins.

And for the second time in three years, the interim head coach has guided the Seminoles through a coaching transition.

James Blackman threw three touchdown passes and Khalan Laborn had two TD runs as Florida State defeated FCS Alabama State 49-12 on Saturday.

The Seminoles (6-5) are bowl-eligible under Haggins for the second time in three years. Haggins is 4-0 as an interim coach, first filling in at the end of the 2017 season after Jimbo Fisher left for Texas A&M and now after the dismissal of Willie Taggart on Nov. 3.

"We won't be in a New Year's Day bowl," said Haggins, who has been a Florida State assistant since 1994. "But we're going bowling. That's something we can build on as a university. And we're going to build on it."

Florida State saw its 36-year bowl streak end in 2018 when the team went 5-7. But now regardless of what happens in the regular-season finale at Florida in two weeks, the Seminoles will be back in the postseason.

Blackman tossed a 69-yard touchdown pass to Tamorrion Terry and a 39-yard touchdown pass to Tre'Shaun Harrison as the Seminoles racked up 525 yards on offense. The redshirt sophomore had 246 passing yards.

After an up and down season, Blackman has led the Seminoles to a road win over Boston College and now the victory over the Hornets (5-5) to help Florida State get to a bowl.

"It's a blessing that we are bowl-eligible right now and we just are going to keep striving," Blackman said. "We want to win out and we are going to keep going to work, working hard and putting our best foot forward and make sure we put ourselves in the best position to win out."

Laborn had 12 carries for 55 yards, filling in for injured tailback Cam Akers (hand). Backup quarterback Jordan Travis also had a 61-yard run as the Seminoles had 208 rushing yards.

KHA'Darris Davis threw for 262 yards, including a 34-yard TD pass to Jahod Booker for the Hornets (5-5). Booker had six receptions for 84 yards to lead Alabama State.

"We knew coming into the contest it was an uphill fight going against a very good football program, a Power 5," Alabama State coach Donald Hill-Eley said. "I'm just very impressed with my young men and how hard they fought for four quarters. They continued to fight even though we had things happen here and there. They have been showing resilience all year and today, if nothing else, we take away that these guys played hard for each other."

Hamsah Nasirildeen also had an 80-yard interception return for a touchdown and 11 tackles for the Seminoles.

TAKEAWAYS

Alabama State: The Hornets generated a touchdown and two field goals on their first seven drives but also missed two more field-goal attempts. They were able to build some long drives on a day when they were overmatched in talent.

Florida State: The Seminoles had played in 36 straight bowl games before the streak was snapped in 2018. Florida State paid Alabama State $425,000 to play Saturday's game, and it was worth it for the program to be bowl-eligible in 2019.

CAMPAIGN FOR HAGGINS

Florida State players took to social media on Twitter in the week leading up to the game to thank Haggins for coaching the team but also to endorse him as a candidate for the permanent head coaching job. Administrators have not said who the candidates are, but players think Haggins is a good option.

"He's a great leader," defensive tackle Cory Durden said. "I feel like it wouldn't be as much of a coaching change. I feel like everybody has bought in, just within the two weeks that we've had him and he's been our coach. . He has support from underclassmen to upperclassmen, so I feel like it's a no brainer with this coaching decision."

UP NEXT

Alabama State plays host to Prairie View A&M on Nov. 28.

Florida State plays at Florida on Nov. 30.

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Passing

AlaSt Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Davis 39 27 69.2 1 262 34 1 85.6
J. Even 5 1 20.0 0 8 8 1 0.0
FlaSt Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Blackman 22 13 59.1 3 246 69 1 118.6
J. Travis 7 3 42.9 0 71 63 0 80.1

Rushing

AlaSt Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
E. Gray 16 25 1.6 8 0
J. Merritt 6 24 4.0 17 0
FlaSt Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Travis 4 69 17.3 61 0
K. Laborn 12 55 4.6 16 2

Receiving

AlaSt Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Booker 6 84 14.0 34 1
M. Jefferson 5 67 13.4 18 0
FlaSt Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Harrison 3 94 31.3 47 1
T. Terry 4 90 22.5 69 1

Fumbles

FlaSt F FL
T. Harrison 1 1

Returning

AlaSt KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
K. Crabb 0 - 0 0 1 0.0 0 0
E. Gray 1 44.0 0 44 0 - 0 0
FlaSt KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Matthews 0 - 0 0 3 2.7 0 8
I. Bolden 1 34.0 0 34 0 - 0 0

Punting

AlaSt Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Craven 5 216 43.2 52
FlaSt Punt Yds Avg LgPu
T. Martin 4 148 37.0 41

Takeaways

AlaSt Int Yds InTD
I. Davis 1 9 0
FlaSt Int Yds InTD
H. Nasirildeen 1 80 1
S. Samuels III 1 7 0

Team Stats Comparison

AlaSt FlaSt
Points For 12 49
Total Yards 350 525
Rushing Yards 80 208
Passing Yards 270 317
Passing Completions / Attempts 28/44 16/29
Turnovers 2 2
Interceptions Thrown 2 1
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 1/1
First Downs 21 15
Penalties - Yards 5/50 7/65
Time Of Possession 40:40 20:20
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 8/20 5/11
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 5/43 4/37

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter AlaSt FlaSt
AlaSt 2:29 FG Hunter Hanson 19 yd FG 3 0
FlaSt 2:38 TD Tamorrion Terry 69 yd pass from James Blackman (Ricky Aguayo kick) 3 7
FlaSt 7:00 TD Khalan Laborn 4 yd run (Ricky Aguayo kick) 3 14
2nd Quarter AlaSt FlaSt
FlaSt 3:05 TD Tre'Shaun Harrison 39 yd pass from James Blackman (Ricky Aguayo kick) 3 21
AlaSt 9:12 FG Hunter Hanson 35 yd FG 6 21
3rd Quarter AlaSt FlaSt
AlaSt 1:14 TD Jahod Booker 34 yd pass from KHA'Darris Davis (failed 2pt rush) 12 21
FlaSt 2:57 TD Khalan Laborn 1 yd run (Ricky Aguayo kick) 12 28
FlaSt 13:58 TD Hamsah Nasirildeen 80 yd interception return (Ricky Aguayo kick) 12 35
4th Quarter AlaSt FlaSt
FlaSt 5:15 TD D.J. Matthews 12 yd pass from James Blackman (Ricky Aguayo kick) 12 42
FlaSt 14:33 TD Deonte Sheffield 2 yd run (Ricky Aguayo kick) 12 49

Game Information

Stadium: Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Florida
Attendance: 52,857
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