What an emotional roller coaster ride FSU-Miami games are. In this great rivalry series, there have been a total of nine one-point games. Miami has won eight of those games, while Florida State has only won one (2016). Knee-jerk reaction from majority of the Florida State fandom is a sense of frustration and anger. I think perspective is needed as we back away and take in the game as a whole. Frustration is expected, but there are some silver linings to be had. So here is my instant reaction to the Miami-Florida State game.
The Stand Outs
- 200 Total Offensive Yards
- 45 Total Offensive Yards in the Second Half
- 21 unanswered second half points
- DB Kyle Meyers with three terrible Pass Interference penalties
- Losing the Turnover Battle, with each turnover becoming a Miami touchdown
- Six Sacks allowed
- Ricky Aguayo continues to miss clutch field goals
- The botched penalty on the doubles pass
- The inability to finish
- The Defense only allowed two true Miami offensive drives
- Keith Gavin finally found the end zone
- DJ Matthews’ impact on Punt Return
- Holding Miami to 2.2 Yards per carry
- Holding Miami to 40% passing
The Botched Penalty
It sucks, and it sucks even worse when it happens to your team. FSU has had terrible luck with ACC refs ever since they joined the conference, and this one, like many others, was a difference maker. You knew Taggart had this in his back pocket for when they really needed it. This was a major difference in the game, and should have put Florida State at 34 points. The offense went stagnant after this play – the proverbial wind went out of their sails.
But there is something to remember, and FSU players will learn a life lesson tonight. “Fair” is only a place you go to and have fun riding rides. “Fair” is something that doesn’t always happen in football, due to human negligence. We cannot allow the error of the refs decide games. It’s going to happen, and we have to have a greater margin for these errors. I am as frustrated as the next Seminole, but we still have to finish ourselves, with or without outside assistance.
Whose Ceiling is Higher?
This is the third year of the Mark Richt era, and he has barely managed to defeat two mediocre FSU teams. This tells me that an improved team under Taggart can and will win against Richt’s Hurricanes – it’s only a matter of time.
Even though we are still worrisome on offense, we have improved by leaps and bounds since we played on Labor Day. It will be interesting to see how fast Willie Taggart can catch Miami.
Furthermore, this game isn’t just watched by fans. Recruits nationwide, especially in the talent hotbed that is Miami, FL, just saw a vaunted Miami team have major struggles with an FSU team who has had its own major struggles. If you think that goes unnoticed by the 5* and 4* of Miami and the nation as a whole, you’d be incorrect. This is a salable point for FSU – “You can be the one that puts us over the top.”
- Keep patching the OL, they are getting better
- Coach up Kyle Meyers, pass defense must be cleaner
- Keep working on our craft and keep improving – and we ARE improving
- Must work on turnovers – our offense can’t yet overcome giving the defense short fields
- Harlon Barnett is worth every single penny we’ve given him
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