No. 4 Florida State has field day, pummels Southern Miss


Sep 9, 2023; Tallahassee, Florida, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive back Jarrian Jones (7) intercepts a pass and takes it for a touchdown during the game against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Doak S. Campbell Stadium.
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Trey Benson ran for three touchdowns and Jordan Travis passed for two Saturday night as No. The No. 4 Florida State team followed up their Week 1 win over LSU by a 66-13 nonconference rout against Southern Mississippi in Tallahassee. | Agree to Disagree

Billy Wiles endured a rough night for the Golden Eagles (1-1), completing only 11 of 34 passes for 154 yards. Jarrian Jones returned his interception 30 yards to score a touchdown in the third quarter. This increased Florida State’s lead to 45-3. Benson added a 19-yard touchdown run later in the first quarter for a 14-0 lead. Benson added a 19-yard touchdown run later in the first quarter for a 14-0 lead.

Andrew Stein got Southern Miss on the board with a 30-yard field goal at the 11:28 mark of the second quarter, but that momentum was short-lived.

Benson tacked on a 3-yard scoring jaunt, followed by Travis’ 6-yard touchdown toss to Keon Coleman and a 35-yard field goal by Ryan Fitzgerald as time expired for a 31-3 halftime lead.

It only got worse in the third quarter as Benson added a 42-yard score, followed by Jones’ pick-six. Rodemaker connected with Markeston Douglas on a 42-yard touchdown pass at the 10:26 mark to make it 52-3.

Rodrigues Clark supplied the Golden Eagles’ only touchdown on a 12-yard run with 4:41 left in the period.

Florida State added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including a 40-yard run by Caziah Holmes with 11 minutes remaining.

–Field Level Media