Florida State traveled to Boston College in their first division contest of the season. While the ‘Noles take a win back to Tallahassee, it was a sloppy win that required a shoot-out and highlighted major problem areas for FSU.
The Seminoles got off to a slow start, letting Boston College hold them to three-and-out on their first drive and taking an early lead. In Florida State’s first three drives, the Eagles held them to thirteen plays for 47 yards and three points. It took almost five minutes into the second quarter before Florida State was even within a one score catch-up to Boston College. The Seminole defense allowed 166 yards on 26 plays, two touchdowns and a field goal, leaving QB Jameis Winston with one second on the clock to evade two BC defenders and complete a 55-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Shaw to bring his team into the half leading 24-17.
Unfortunately, the problems were on all sides of the football. While the Eagles defense brought pressure, FSU’s line struggled with picking up the blitz and adapting- allowing their quarterback to get roughed up more times than necessary. Florida State’s offensive line is experienced and should not only have expected extra defenders lined up this week, but should be prepared for it every week. FSU’s defense, similarly, had trouble accurately reading and missed numerous tackles that would have resulted in third-down stops and even loss of yards. While they ultimately came up with blocks that held off BC and PJ Williams took an interception to the end zone for six points, the ‘Noles defense looked shaky and unfamiliar with the defensive system. In the same fashion, Florida State’s special teams allowed long returns that gave the Eagle’s prime field positioning for their offense to take advantage of, repeatedly.
But, while plagued by mistakes, inefficiencies, and an all-around bad game, the Seminoles managed a 48-34 win, remain undefeated, and keep their number eight spot in the nation. Florida State hosts Maryland next week at noon.