TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Ryan Fitzgerald made a 34-yard field-goal as time expired to lift Florida State to its first win of the season, 33-30 over Syracuse on Saturday.
Jordan Travis had runs of 33 and 25 on a drive in the final minute to set up Fitzgerald’s kick. Travis had 19 rushes for 113 yards for the Seminoles (1-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Travis completed 22 of 32 passes for 131 yards, including touchdown passes to Camren McDonald and Keyshawn Helton.
Garrett Shrader ran 16 times for 137 yards and Sean Tucker had 24 carries for 102 yards as Syracuse (3-2, 0-1) averaged 6 yards per carry.
Florida State’s defense bent but held Syracuse to just 2 of 12 on third-down conversions. The Orange were also 0 for 3 on fourth-down conversions, including linebacker Kalen DeLoach’s goal-line stop in the third quarter.
Syracuse ran for 200 yards for the fourth time in five games this season but could not generate much in the pass game.
Florida State has given up 30 or more points in 10 of the 12 games vs. Power 5 teams under coordinator Adam Fuller in 2020 and ’21.
Syracuse plays host to Wake Forest.
Florida State plays at North Carolina.