The Syracuse Orange football team needed just one win to become bowl eligible going into Saturday afternoon.
However, SU traveled down to Tallahassee to face the second ranked Florida State Seminoles Saturday in a game where the Orange was 38 point underdogs.
The Seminoles wasted little time starting the rout, scoring 28 points in the first quarter. It included touchdown runs from James Wilder Jr., a 74 yard touchdown run from Levonte Whitfield and Devonta Freeman had a TD run of his own. Heisman candidate quarterback Jameis Winston also connected with Rashad Greene for a 6 yard touchdown pass. On that play, Syracuse corner Julien Whigham was injured and taken to the hospital.
Florida State refused to let up on the Orange, adding four more touchdowns and a field goal. Jameis Winston would lead the Florida State offense, going 19-21 with 277 yards and two touchdowns for the Seminoles. Syracuse??s only offense came on a 32 yard field goal by Riley Dixon late in the fourth quarter to make the final score 59-3 Florida State.
Terrel Hunt struggled for the Orange, going 10-18 for only 75 yards. Prince Tyson-Gulley also left the game with an ankle injury in the first quarter.
The Orange has two more chances to get their sixth win of the season and clinch a bowl birth. Next week, the Orange hosts Pittsburgh in the Carrier Dome. Boston College comes in the following weekend to close out the regular season against the Orange, also in the Carrier Dome.