Florida State QB Deondre Francois out for the season


Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois will miss the rest of the season after tearing the patellar tendon in his left knee in the fourth quarter Saturday night in a 24-7 loss to No. 1 Alabama in Atlanta. When Florida State was forced to settle for a 37-yard field goal attempt, Minkah Fitzpatrick leaped up to make the block on the final play of the half, preserving the lead and prompting a round of boos from the FSU faithful as the officials trotted off the field.

After failing to find the end zone in the third quarter and settling for a field goal, Alabama caught a break when Florida State coughed up the kickoff return, setting them up for an 11-yard touchdown run from Damien Harris, with the two-point conversion to follow. A few minutes later Francois' leg was in a brace, and he was carted off the field.

But what did the players think of the game?

The extent of his injury wasn't immediately known.

Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts responded in kind, hitting Calvin Ridley in stride for a 53-yard touchdown to put the Tide back up 10-7.

If Blackman starts for third-ranked Florida State on Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe, it would be only the second time in school history a quarterback has started as a true freshman.

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"I hugged him", Fisher said.

Right after that, FSU fumbles the kickoff return right after FSU's defense held Bama to a field goal and gave Bama great field position again and proceeded to score on the very first play after that miscue. The offense still needs a bit of work, especially the passing game. The only thing pretty about the game was the final score: a 24-7 win over the No. 3-ranked team in the country.

Atlanta built a retractable roof stadium for nights such as this.

Unfortunately, the camera-lens-like structure is still a work in progress. So, for the foreseeable future, it will remain closed. Alabama, on the other hand, netted 173 yards on the ground. Thanks to a sack by Josh Sweat, the Tide had to settle for a 25-yard field goal by Andy Pappanastos.

For the 11th season in a row, Saban led Alabama to a season-opening win.

Alabama returns home next weekend to host the Fresno State Bulldogs for their 2017 home opener.