Florida State running back Dalvin Cook put on a show at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday, rushing for 266 yards on 30 carries with three touchdowns in the Seminoles 34-14 victory over South Florida.
The sophomore put up the second-best rushing game in school history and the first 200-yard rushing game by an FSU back since Sammie Smith ran for 212 yards in 1988 against Tulane. Greg Allen holds the school record for most rushing yards in a single-game with 322 yards against Western Carolina in 1981.
Cook is making his case for the Heisman Trophy early, already rushing for 422 yards and scoring five touchdowns in his first two games.
The FSU passing game struggled in the first half, with Everett Golson only throwing for six yards. The game was tied at 7 at halftime, with the only Florida State touchdown being Cook’s 74-yard run.
Cook’s 24-yard touchdown run to open the second half put the Seminoles ahead and they never looked back.
Golson finished the game completing 14 of 26 for 163 yards and a touchdown.
South Florida quarterback Quinton Flowers finished the game 12 of 24 with 124 yards passing and two touchdowns. Flowers also threw an interception and ran for 38 yards on 14 attempts. Bulls running back Marlon Mack finished the game with 83 yards on 18 carries.
Florida State will travel to Boston College next week, while South Florida will travel to Maryland.
On another note, Florida State’s kicker Roberto Aguayo set an ACC record with his 161st consecutive extra-pint.