Fourth-ranked Florida St. bests Ole Miss

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OR­LANDO, Fla. — Red­shirt fresh­man quar­ter­back Deon­dre Fran­cois com­pleted 33 of 52 passes for 419 yards and two touch­downs and ran for an­other 59 yards in lead­ing No. 4 Florida State to a 45-34 win over No. 11 Mis­sis­sippi on Mon­day night.

Fran­cois, the fourth fresh­man to start the sea­son at quar­ter­back in FSU his­tory, led the largest come­back in Semi­noles his­tory — 22 points — af­ter a shaky start in the clas­sic SEC-ACC show­down at Camp­ing World Sta­dium.

Fran­cois and the Semi­noles, on the verge of be­com­ing the third top-5 team to lose in the open­ing week, scored 33 con­sec­u­tive points dur­ing a stretch from late in the sec­ond quar­ter un­til early in the fourth to over­come a 28-6 deficit.

With Ole Miss dar­ing Fran­cois to pass by stack­ing the run to stop Heis­man Tro­phy hopeful Dalvin Cook, the fresh­man showed poise by mak­ing crit­i­cal throws and also pick­ing up big yards with his legs.

Ricky Aguayo, an­other fresh­man, con­verted on an FSU-record six field goals on six at­tempts — break­ing a mark shared by his brother Roberto.

Ole Miss quar­ter­back Chad Kelly had a strong first half but FSU de­fen­sive end DeMar­cus Walker and the rest of the de­fense started get­ting to him af­ter half­time to slow down the no-hud­dle of­fense. The Semi­noles forced Kelly into back-to­back turnovers early in the third quar­ter on an in­ter­cep­tion and a fum­ble.

Both turnovers re­sulted in FSU touch­downs as the Semi­noles took a 29-28 lead and never looked back.

Sa­ban hires Sark­isian

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — For­mer Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton head foot­ball coach Steve Sark­isian is join­ing No. 1 Alabama’s staff as an an­a­lyst.

Crim­son Tide coach Nick Sa­ban con­firmed the hir­ing Mon­day.

“We talked about it re­ally quite a while ago, and I told him that we’d love to have him as part of the or­ga­ni­za­tion,” Sa­ban said. “He’s go­ing through some per­sonal things him­self to get him­self in a very pos­i­tive po­si­tion and wants to con­tinue to do those things in the fu­ture and pro­fes­sion­ally. He loves coach­ing. I’ve known him for a long time and he’s a very, very good coach.

“To make a con­tri­bu­tion to be­ing an an­a­lyst here and hav­ing some in­put in some things that we can do bet­ter, I think, will be a real pos­i­tive for our or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

USC fired Sark­isian last Oc­to­ber af­ter ath­letic di­rec­tor Pat Haden said Sark­isian showed up in­tox­i­cated at a prac­tice. Sark­isian later sought treat­ment for al­co­holism and has sued USC, al­leg­ing the school breached his con­tract and dis­crim­i­nated against him on the ba­sis of a dis­abil­ity.

Sark­isian coached Wash­ing­ton from 2009-2013 be­fore tak­ing the USC job.

LSU’s Boutte sus­pended

BA­TON ROUGE, La. — LSU has sus­pended of­fen­sive line­man Josh Boutte for one game af­ter his late hit Satur­day in the fi­nal min­utes of the Tigers’ loss to Wis­con­sin.

A re­lease from the school said Boutte called Wis­con­sin de­fen­sive back D’Cota Dixon on Mon­day to apol­o­gize for the hit, which came af­ter Dixon had sealed a Wis­con­sin vic­tory with an in­ter­cep­tion. Boutte was ejected af­ter lev­el­ing Dixon as he cel­e­brated the in­ter­cep­tion.

Boutte will sit out No. 5 LSU’s home opener Satur­day against Jack­sonville State.

The SEC is­sued a state­ment from Com­mis­sioner Greg Sankey say­ing the league has ac­cepted the one-game sus­pen­sion im­posed by LSU and will not im­pose any ad­di­tional penal­ties.

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