Willie Taggart said it best in his postgame press conference – “Man, what a win for our football team…I wouldn’t say we stole it. I thought we took a victory.”
Just a year ago, fans were walking out of Doak Campbell stadium frustrated with a close loss to Louisville. The 2017 loss came off a terrible play call, and a terrible turnover. This year the shoe was on the other foot, and FSU won the game off of a Louisville turnover. While Louisville basically dominated the whole game, they did not finish. Finishing is something a young Florida State team learned today.
Nyqwuan Murray for 58 and a touchdown with 73 seconds left! pic.twitter.com/mbRj1JdW2g
— Ian Wharton (@NFLFilmStudy) September 29, 2018
Florida State did not have a lead until one minute left in the game. The old saying “you could chop down a tree with a butter knife if you really wanted to” rang true today. Getting the first P5/ACC win this season was a huge tree to chop down, but this Florida State team found a way.
To quote a previous coach, “Great players make great plays.” To win this game, Deondre Francois needed some great plays. Deondre did not start off well, only going 5/12 for 76 yards and a touchdown in the first half, but he put the team on his back in the second half, going 11/15 with 218 yards and 3 TD passes. While struggling early with the Louisville rush, the offensive line, buoyed by the return of Landon Dickerson, gave the oft-hit QB enough time to read the field and complete several deep throws.
The defense learned how to finish as well. They looked lost early, giving up21 points in the first half. They made enough adjustments to make a difference, and only gave up three points in the second half. Marvin Wilson and Brian Burns played sharp for the majority of the game, keeping Louisville quarterback Jawon Pass flustered and off-target.
Home Run Threats
— Greg Brandt (@devywarehouse) September 29, 2018
Tamorrion Terry and Nyqwaun Murray are becoming quiet home run threats for Florida State. Hopefully more will join them, as the “Lethal” portion of “Lethal Simplicity” is starting to emerge. Terry is becoming a monster to cover 1-on-1, as shown in the video above. He caught 3 passes for 71 yards.
Murray made the most of his 6 receptions, with taking a third of them for touchdowns. Both players are electric, so let’s hope players like Gavin/Matthews/Akers can start matching their play making production.
- The team finished
- Taggart adjusted his play calling in the second half, for more quick passes
- Barnett made adjustments to take away the middle of the field
- The offensive line allowed ZERO SACKS
- Only one Turnover
- 2/3 4th down efficiency, first 4th down converted this year
- 6.4 yards/play on offense
- The running game is still woeful
- Slow start to the game – offense and defense alike
- Too many trick plays that should not be called at all
- Poor third down efficiency
- Hidden yardage in field position is still a problem
- Offense still is slow – only 58 plays
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