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Saturday night was one that Florida State fans will never forget and for all the wrong reasons.
The Seminoles hit a new low as they let a 10-point fourth-quarter lead slip away before allowing an inexplicable touchdown on the game’s final play in a 20-17 loss to FCS Jacksonville State. With the defeat, FSU falls to 0-2 for the second straight year and third time in five seasons.
It was bad. It probably can’t get worse, but the Fifth Quarter staff will look for the good for FSU.
Handing out game balls to the night’s top performers for the Seminoles this week are editors Mike Ferguson and Cory Thorpe and FSU lead writer Jake Bunting:
Unanimous Game Ball: Jashuan Corbin, RB
For the second time in as many games this season, FSU running back Jashaun Corbin hit the century mark rushing. One week after running for a career-high 144 yards, Corbin tallied 109 yards on 15 carries on Saturday night and FSU’s lone rushing touchdown.
Unanimous Game Ball: Jermaine Johnson, DE
FSU had big expectations from Georgia transfer Jermaine Johnson and through two games, he hasn’t disappointed. On Saturday night, Johnson tallied a team-high 11 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss. Through two games, Johnson has four sacks and six stops for loss. Johnson currently leads the ACC in sacks and the nation in tackles for loss.
Unanimous Game Ball: Alex Mastromanno, P
If there was a phase of the game where FSU performed well, it was on special teams. No one shined brighter from that unit than punter Alex Mastromanno. The Australian punted with both legs on Saturday night and averaged better than 45 yards per punt with a long of 65 yards. Two of his six boots were downed inside the Jacksonville State 20-yard-line. The Gamecocks didn’t manage a single return.