BOSTON — Boston College had little margin for error to begin with against Florida State's defense. The Eagles had no chance after they fumbled away seven points and lost their starting quarterback.
Cornerback Jalen Ramsey returned a fourth-quarter fumble 36 yards for a touchdown to help No. 9 Florida State beat the Eagles 14-0 on Friday night.
The Eagles (2-1, 0-1) trailed only 7-0 when Jon Hilliman took a handoff in the backfield and had the ball stripped by linebacker Terrance Smith. Ramsey picked it up and scored to make it 14-0 with 12:20 to play.
On BC's next possession, quarterback Darius Wade was knocked out of the game with what coach Steve Addazio thought was an ankle injury. The play also was initially ruled a fumble, but the call was overturned on review.
"The game should have been a seven-point game in the fourth quarter with an opportunity to win that game," Addazio said. "That's upsetting to me."
Hilliman knew the play was crucial in the loss.
"There was a lack of fundamentals, a lack of ball security," Hilliman said. "The ball was swinging and he popped it out."
The Seminoles (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) struggled against a BC team that had beaten a pair of FCS opponents. Everett Golson completed 15 of 24 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown to help Florida State run its ACC winning streak to 25.
It was Florida State's first shutout on the road since 2003.
"I'm very proud of our team," coach Jimbo Fisher said. "There were questions if we could do that. If they don't score, you're not going to lose. That's for sure."
The trio combined to complete just 5 of 14 passes for 56 yards with one interception.
The Eagles were strong on defense, though, and the Seminoles had only a 217-195 edge in yards.
"There's a small margin in there," Addazio said. "We're going to find out where we are on the quarterback situation."
Wade went 4 for 12 for 47 yards with the interception. Flutie completed his first pass for 9 yards and his other attempt fell incomplete.
The Eagles will play their fourth straight home game to open the season next week, facing Northern Illinois.
"I'm angry about the turnovers right now," Addazio said. "That's going to get fixed."
Smith took five snaps at quarterback before he was replaced by Flutie, the nephew of the 1984 Heisman Trophy winner. Flutie led the Eagles into Florida State territory for just the third time in the game, but BC turned the ball over on downs at the 41.
The Seminoles ran out the clock.
Dalvin Cook, who was second in the nation with 422 yards in Florida State's first two games, had just 54 on Friday on 15 carries.
Golson completed all five pass attempts for 50 yards on the opening drive, finishing it off with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Travis Rudolph. Golson also put a hit on BC defensive end Kevin Kavalec that knocked him out of the game with an apparent concussion.
Robert Aguayo missed a 42-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter — just the fifth miss in 56 tries in his career.
BC was shut out one week after beating Howard 76-0 in a game where the coaches decided to shorten the second half by 10 minutes.