Florida State secures bowl-eligibility with rout of ULM

Florida State interim head coach Odell Haggins does the Seminole Chop as he walks off the field after an NCAA college football game against Louisiana Monroe in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. Florida State won 42-10. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Cam Akers and Jacques Patrick each ran for two touchdowns as Florida State won its third straight game to secure a bowl bid with a 42-10 win over ULM on Saturday.

Patrick ran for 155 yards and Akers added 117 yards as the Seminoles (6-6) accumulated 305 rushing yards. It’s the first time this season FSU had a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game and helped overcome the distractions of Friday when coach Jimbo Fisher bolted for Texas A&M and Odell Haggins was named interim coach.

James Blackman completed 14 of 22 passes for 197 yards, including a 14-yard TD pass to D.J. Matthews. Blackman also had a pair of interceptions.

FSU is now bowl-eligible after picking up a win over ULM in a game that was postponed from Sept. 9 due to Hurricane Irma. The Seminoles have extended their streak of consecutive bowl appearances to 36 seasons.

Caleb Evans completed 26 of 43 passes, including a 6-yard TD pass to RJ Turner, for ULM (4-8). Marcus Green had eight receptions for 106 yards.


ULM: The Warhawks had scored 50 or more points four times this season but were shut out in the first half. ULM was held to just 155 first-half yards and finished with 300 yards (262 passing, 38 rushing).

FSU: The Seminoles were desperate for a win to extend the bowl streak. The Seminoles led 14-0 at the half and wore out ULM on the ground in the second half. FSU racked up a season-high 504 offensive yards.


Haggins played at FSU from 1986-89 and was an All-American as a senior. He has been an assistant at FSU since 1994 and was promoted to interim head coach on Friday when Fisher accepted the head coaching job at Texas A&M.

Haggins is FSU’s first black head football coach, and he picks up his first career win as a college head coach.


Louisiana Monroe ends the season 4-8.

Florida State finishes the regular season 6-6. The Seminoles await a bowl announcement on Sunday.