Here’s the most in depth recap of FSU football and their latest game and what we learned from their win against Boston College.
In what was just the second Friday night home game in the history of the program, the Seminoles didn’t look perfect for the entire time – but looked pretty close to it in the 45-7 victory over their conference foes from the Northeast.
For FSU football, it was a much needed win for both the confidence of the team (especially the defense) and for shaking the recent demons that have come with playing tough games against past BC teams that have always played the ‘Noles tough. Now, FSU looks to continue their push toward a solid finish to the 2016 season.
Here’s a look at what we learned from FSU football’s latest game against the Eagles.
Nov 11, 2016; Tallahassee, Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Auden Tate (18) makes a first quarter catch against Boston College Eagles defensive back Lukas Denis (21) at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Beil-USA TODAY Sports
No. 1 – Over the past three games, we have seen the emergence at the wide receiver position of two young talents – Nyqwan Murray and Auden Tate. Murray got another touchdown this week, but it was Tate’s two touchdowns and over 100 yards receiving that made FSU fans smile. The recent addition of Murray and Tate to a passing game that complements Travis Rudolph and Kermit Whitfield (especially with the season ending injury to senior leader Bobo Wilson) has been phenomenal and gives Deondre Francois plenty of targets for years to come.
No. 2 – Entering the game, running back Dalvin Cook was just 127 yards from becoming the all time leading rusher in school history. Cook would finish just 19 yards short of the record, but it was even more impressive considering the fact Cook had not had much success against the Eagles during his first two meetings – so to get over the century mark, along with a touchdown, was a personal goal for the star player who will get the record next week against Syracuse.
No. 3 – Of course, Cook might not be able to do much – and Francois might not be breathing anymore – if the play of the offensive line doesn’t at least go from God awful to just being bad. Brock Ruble – and I hate to pick on anyone in particular – may be the worst offensive lineman to ever play for the Seminoles. The rest of the group isn’t much better, so you have to wonder if D12 and Cook can survive the rest of the season.
Nov 11, 2016; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Boston College Eagles quarterback Patrick Towles (8) directs traffic before being tackled by Florida State Seminoles linebacker Matthew Thomas (6) during the first quarter at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Beil-USA TODAY Sports
No. 4 – It helps when you are playing an offense ranked 86th nationally, but the FSU defense got themselves some confidence on the night. Holding the Boston College offense to just (number) yards on the night – easily the best for the Seminoles this year – is something that this unit needs after being much maligned all season (including by us here at Chop Chat). Players like DeMarcus Walker, Matthew Thomas and the rest of the front seven needs to be given plenty of credit for having a heck of a night.
No. 5 – Yes, the secondary has given up their share of big plays through the course of the season. But this group has the potential to be absolutely nasty in 2017. With Derwin James coming back to compliment guys like Tarvarus McFadden, Kyle Meyers, Levonta Taylor and so many more, this is a unit that could be one of the best in college football next season judging by the way they have played at points this year.
No. 6 – Let us also give it up for the special teams for the Seminoles on the night. Ricky Aguayo continued the school’s streak of consecutive PAT’s – something that can’t be taken for granted…just ask the Miami Hurricanes about that from back in October. At the same time, punter Logan Tyler showed his leg as the long distance kicker with a 53-yard kick that was quite impressive. The two freshmen have had moments of playing like first year individuals – but for the most part they have been even better than expected.
Nov 11, 2016; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles fans cheer their team against the Boston College Eagles at Doak Campbell Stadium. Florida State won 45-7. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Beil-USA TODAY Sports
Earlier this summer, I asked the question about whether there would even be 60,000 people inside Doak Campbell Stadium for this Friday night game. I am happy to say that I was wrong judging by what was seen on television. Yes, there were spots in the stands empty – but the crowd showed up to support the ‘Noles on a weeknight at home. Kudos to those who made the trip to Tallahassee and made us look good on national television.
Going For Two
Let us go back to one of the points earlier in this column. Dalvin Cook would love to have broken the record at home – but because of what happen to another superstar earlier this season, that was never going to happen with the way the game turned out.
Up 35-0 late in the third quarter, Cook and the rest of the starters were given the rest of the night off. Dalvin would have more than likely gotten those last 19 yards on one more drive, but you can be willing to bet that all Jimbo Fisher saw was what happened to Derwin James in the second game of the season – being lost for the rest of the regular season to a knee injury – and said that wasn’t going to take place again.
It was the right move – Cook is too important to be lost over just getting the record at home. He’ll get it likely on the first drive next week against Syracuse, and FSU fans across the country will rejoice…instead of crying over him being hurt in a blowout win in this game.