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Freshman Akers leads Florida State past Syracuse 27-24

MiamiHerald / Cam Akers rushed for 199 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Florida State held off Syracuse 27-24 on Saturday to get its first win at home this season.

The 5-foot-11, 213-pound freshman had touchdown runs of 54 and 63 yards during the second quarter as FSU (3-5, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) built a 21-7 lead and then needed to hold on late. Syracuse’s Cole Murphy had a chance to send the game into overtime but was wide left from 43 yards as time expired.

Akers, who has started the last two weeks due to an injury to Jacques Patrick, has 695 yards this season, which is the third-most in school history by a true freshman.

James Blackman was 12 of 19 for 136 yards. Following a Derwin James interception on Syracuse’s opening drive, Blackman put the Seminoles on the scoreboard on his first pass as he found Nyqwan Murray for a 51-yard touchdown. It was only the second time that Florida State had scored on its opening drive.

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