Florida State quarterback Everett Golson escaped not one but two defenders who had a chance to sack him for a first-half safety.

It was the closest Boston College came to scoring Friday night.

Cornerback Jalen Ramsey returned a fourth-quarter fumble 36 yards for a touchdown, and No. 9 Florida State's defense shut down the Eagles in a 14-0 victory in Boston.

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 Seminoles (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) marched easily down the field on their opening drive but then struggled against a BC team that had beaten a pair of FCS opponents. Golson completed 15 of 24 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown to help Florida State run its ACC winning streak to 25.

The Eagles (2-1, 0-1) still 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.

"I was just running to the ball like the coaches tell us to do," Smith said. "I went to make the tackle, and he spun right into it and it came out."

On BC's next possession, quarterback Darius Wade was knocked out of the game with what appeared to be a serious left ankle injury. The play also was initially ruled a fumble, but the ball was returned to BC on review.

"I don't know how severe it is, but it didn't look good," BC coach Steve Addazio said.

Jeff Smith took five snaps at quarterback before he was replaced by Troy 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.

"There's a small margin in there," Addazio said. "The game should have been a 7-0 game in the fourth quarter with a chance to win it. And we didn't get that done. I'm angry about the turnovers right now."

Luck of the new guy

Here's a trend Mike Bobo may find to his liking: The last three coaches to make their Colorado-Colorado State rivalry debut have walked away winners.

The tendency bodes well for the new Colorado State coach heading into Saturday, just like it did Colorado's Jon Embree in 2011, Colorado State's Jim McElwain in 2012 and Colorado's Mike MacIntyre in 2013.

Bobo isn't putting much stock in it, though. He's still trying to get up to speed on a rivalry that started in 1893.

"What's the name of the field? Mile High?" Bobo playfully asked of the field they will play on, which is the home of the Denver Broncos.

Granted, this contest may not have the national prestige of a Georgia-Florida rivalry, the one Bobo is so accustomed to after being a quarterback and longtime assistant coach for the Bulldogs.

But they're playing for the honor of hoisting the Centennial Cup. And bragging rights, of course.

"Our fan base is passionate about it. I'm sure theirs is too," Bobo said. "Should be a great game."

The Rams (1-1) are coming off a 23-20 overtime loss to the Gophers. The Buffaloes (1-1) beat Massachusetts 48-14 to break a nine-game skid.