Houston vs. FSU: Peach Bowl Recap, Score, Key Stats

    Houston vs. FSU Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl recap, score, and key stats for the Cougars and Seminoles.

    December 31, 2015

    Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl recap, score and key stats for the Cougars and Seminoles.

    Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Recap

    Score: Houston 38, Florida State 24

    Prediction: Florida State 35, Houston 24, Line: Florida State -7, o/u: 54.5

    And You Care Because … Houston forced five Florida State turnovers and Greg Ward Jr. ran for two first half touchdowns on the way to a 21-3 lead and a relatively easy win. Florida State’s running game was held in check, but Dalvin Cook was able to run for a one-yard score to pull the Seminoles within 11 going into the fourth. Sean Maguire threw four picks, but he also found Travis Rudolph for a 65-yard touchdown to make it a seven-point game. Houston responded with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Ward to Chance Allen, but FSU came right back with a 14-yard Jesus Wilson touchdown catch with under five minutes to play. Just when it looked like the momentum might be turning, the Cougars went on a seven-play, 45-yard drive finishing up with a two-yard Ryan Jackson score.

    What Else?

    – Houston QB Greg Ward Jr. completed 25-of-41 passes for 238 yards and a score with a pick, and ran 20 times for a team-high 67 yards and two scores.

    – Florida State RB Dalvin Cook ran 18 times for 33 yards and a score.

    – Florida State WR Travis Rudolph caught seven passes for 201 yards and a score, and Jesus Wilson caught eight passes for 68 yards and a score.

    – Florida State QB Sean Maguire completed 22-of-44 passes for 392 yards and two touchdowns with four picks.

    – Houston’s William Jackson III and Trevon Stewart each picked off two passes.

    – Turnovers: Florida State 5 – Houston 1

    Game Rating: B-. Florida State didn’t look like Florida State, but Houston had a lot to do with that. The Cougar offense didn’t roll as normal, but the defense came up with the big plays when needed and held down Dalvin Cook. Huge, huge, huge win for the American Athletic Conference.

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