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Saturday, September 28, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Florida State 48, BC 34

By Jack McCluskey



NEWTON, Mass. -- Boston College put up a fight but was clearly out of its weight class as it lost 48-34 to visiting No. 8 Florida State at Alumni Stadium on Saturday.

How it happened: BC started strong, using a 14-point first quarter to take an 11-point lead over FSU. But the wheels came off right before the half, as the Seminoles scored two touchdowns in the final two minutes, including a 55-yard TD from Jameis Winston to Kenny Shaw as time expired.

The visitors never trailed again.

The letdown meant the Eagles wasted a 28-carry, 149-yard effort by Andre Williams.

What it means: The Eagles fall to 2-2 with the loss, 1-1 in the ACC. Florida State improves to 4-0, 2-0 in the ACC, and has won eight straight conference games dating to last season.

BC has lost five straight games against top 10 teams and 11 straight against Top 25 teams.

Up next: BC will host the Army Black Knights on Saturday at 1 p.m. Last season, Army won at home 34-31 after quarterback Trent Steelman ran for a 29-yard TD with 45 seconds left.

It was one of only two wins for Army in 2012.

Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.