Savannah State drops 55-0 game to No. 6 Florida St
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Compared to a week ago, it was a good deal for Savannah State — with a little help from bad weather.
Sixth-ranked Florida State won easily enough, 55-0 in a weather-shortened game, but that was 29 fewer points than the Tigers allowed last week at Oklahoma State and they were taking home $90,000 more than they pocketed in Stillwater, Okla.
Florida State didn't cover the nearly 70-point spread or even come close to the 84 points amassed last week by Oklahoma State. Mother Nature made sure of it.
The sixth-ranked Seminoles already had 55 though with a running game clock when a second round of heavy thundershowers and lightning sent the teams back to the locker room, this time for good.
"It's difficult," Savannah State coach Steve Davenport said afterward. "I don't purport myself to be an 84-0, 55-0 coach, so there's an ego there that you're better than that."
Savannah State, a Football Championship Subdivision school, has been outscored by a combined 139-0 in its first two games this season. It was beaten 84-0 at Oklahoma State last week. The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference member is collecting paychecks totaling $860,000 for the two games, which will help the athletic program meet its total budget of $5.1 million.
"It would be really good for my perspective at Savannah if those two teams play for the national championship and you guys call me for my evaluation of the game because I'm the only one who has seen them both," said Savannah State coach Steve Davenport said. "But like I said before, it's really a helpless feeling. Those two program and those players are really, really tremendous players.