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FLORIDA STATE GETS A CLOSE WIN OVER BOSTON COLLEGE

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net– Florida State Seminoles get a close win with a score of 22-21 over rank.20 Boston College Eagles Saturday afternoon at Doak Campbell Stadium.

On the 1st drive of the game the Seminoles junior quarterback Deandre Francois threw a pass to freshman wide receiver Keyhawn Helton who took it for 25 yards. The next play sophomore running back Cam Akers ranned the ball for 12 yards. Later on, in that drive the Seminoles had to settle for a field goal but it was blocked by Boston College.

Later in the quarter, Francois threw a interception to the Eagles red shirt freshman corner Brandon Sebastian who took it for 6 yards and put their offense at the 20 yard line. Boston college were forced to kick a field goal but it was no good.

With 10:48 in the 2nd quarter Francois hooked up with red shirt freshman Tamorrion Terry on a 32 yard pass. The Seminoles struggled to get the ball in the end zone so they were forced to kick a field goal. Junior kicker Ricky Aguayo made it and the Seminoles took the lead 3-0

Late in the 2nd quarter Boston College red shirt sophomore quarterback Anthony Brown threw a 34 yard pass to junior tight end Korab Idrizi . which put them in the red zone ,  The next play sophomore running back A.J Dillon punched it in the end zone with a four yard run. That touchdown puts the Eagles in front 7-3.

Before the half  Aguayo kicked a 23 yard field goal making the score 6-7 with the Noles still behind by one.

In the beginning of the 3rd quarter Francois hooked up with Naseir Upshur for a 28 yard pass. That pass put the Seminoles on the 5 yard line, Sophomore running back Cam Akers ranned  it in the touchdown on a 4 yard run. Giving Florida State the lead 13-7.

With 6:36 left in the quarter Brown Threw a deep pass to junior wide receiver Jeff Smith for a 26 yard touchdown to put Boston College up front 14-13.

Early in the 4th quarter the Eagles converted a 4th&1 conversion with Brown throwing a 4 yard pass to Michael Walker. A.J Dillon pounded it in to put the Eagles on top 21-13.

Akers rushed up the middle for a 55 yard run. The Seminoles went 3&Out and were forced to kick a field goal. Aguayo made it and the Seminoles were still trailing 16-21.

Late in the 4th quarter with 1:49 on the clock Francois threw a 74 yard deep pass to Terry for the game winning touchdown giving FSU the close win with a score of 22-21.

Florida State head coach Willie Taggart talked about the team effort. He also talked about the game winning touchdown.

“They did not give up, we made all of the plays we needed to make and we got the dub”  Said Taggart. ” We all go by certain converges, we seen  one on one so we took it”

Florida State:  Deandre Francois finished the game 19-36 with 322 yards and one touchdown and two interceptions.  Cam Akers had 14 carriers for 110 yards and one touchdown. Tamorrion Terry paced the Noles with three catches for 112 yards and one touchdown

Boston College: Anthony Brown ended the game 18-36 with 297 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. A.J Dillon had 37 carriers for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Kobay White led the Eagles receivers with seven catches for 121 yards.

The Seminoles will take on their long time rival rank.13 Florida Gators Saturday Nov 24 at  Doak Campbell Stadium at 12 P.M

Clemson dismantles Florida State at home

Alec Chessari, Correspondent on (@AlecChessariFS Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)-  The Florida State Seminoles football team hosted the Clemson Tigers in an ACC matchup. The result was a 59-10 loss and the Seminoles gave up the most points allowed at home.

The Seminole defense got off to a good start holding the Tigers to only three first downs, five rush yards and 71 passing yards in the first quarter.  The offense was still searching for answers as they only had two first downs, seven rushing yards and 31-yards passing in the first quarter.

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Quarterback Deadre Francois drops back to pass during the first quarter.

After the Seminoles defense held the Tigers offense scoreless in the first quarter they scored 28 points in the second quarter and 24 points in the third quarter.  The Seminoles had six penalties for 48 yards in the second quarter and four penalties for 31 yards in the third quarter.

Three players for the Seminoles were ejected during the game.  Sophomore safety Hamsah Nasirildeen was ejected for a targeting call, wide receiver Nyqwan Murray was ejected for throwing a punch and Zaquandre White was ejected for throwing a punch on the sidelines towards a Clemson player.

Clemson linebacker Tre Lamar picked off redshirt junior quarterback Deondre Francois after a tipped pass and the Seminoles also fumbled four times recovering three out of the four.  The Tigers scored 10 points off the Seminoles turnovers.

The Tigers offense combined for 524 yards of total offense. Passed for 404 yards and rushed for 120 yards. The Seminoles offense combined for a total of 247 yards. Passed for 268 yards and rushed for -21 yards.

The Seminoles had 16 penalties for 134-yards compared to Clemson’s five penalties for 50-yards.

Total Stats

Florida State

Francois finished the game 17-36 for 180 yards and one interception.  Francois went down in the fourth quarter with an unspecified injury.  He was replaced by sophomore quarterback James Blackman who went 3-4 for 88-yards and one touchdown.

True sophomore running back Cam Akers carried the ball 11-times for seven-yards with a long of four-yards.

Senior wide receiver Nyqwan Murray caught five passes for 49-yards before being ejected for throwing a punch at a Clemson player.  Redshirt freshman receiver Tamorrion Terry caught four passes for for 55 yards with a long of 22 yards.  True freshman Keyshawn Helton finished with three catches for 100 yards, one touchdown and a long of 73 yards.

Clemson

True Freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence completed 20-37 passes for 314 yards and four touchdowns. That’s a career high for Lawrence.

Amari Rodgers caught six passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns with a long of 68 yards.  Tee Higgins caught six passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns with a long of 21 yards.

The Seminoles defense made a stop bringing out the field goal unit for the Tigers.  Redshirt senior kicker Greg Huegel missed a 40-yard field goal wide right but true freshman cornerback Asante Samuels Jr. got a roughing the kicker penalty, giving the Tigers a first down.

True freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence found sophomore receiver Tee Higgins shortly after for a seven-yard touchdown pass, giving the Tigers a 7-0 lead with 13:19 left in the first half.

Lawrence completes another touchdown pass to Higgins this time for three-yards, giving the Tigers a 14-0 lead with 7:49 remaining in the first half.

Senior defensive tackle Christian Wilkins punched the ball in from one-yard out expanding the lead to 21-0 with 3:34 remaining in the first half.

Redshirt junior fullback Garrett Williams took the hand-off from Lawrence and punched it in from one-yard out, giving the Tigers a 28-0 lead with 1:07 remaining in the first half.

The Tigers received the kick from the Seminoles to start the second half and only needed two plays to take the ball 61 yards for a score.  Lawrence found true sophomore wide receiver Amari Rodgers for a 58-yard touchdown, giving the Tigers a 35-0 lead with 14:12 remaining in the third quarter.

True sophomore wide receiver DJ Mathews muffed the punt and was recovered by the Tigers on the Seminoles 10-yard line.  The Seminoles defense held and forced a 24-yard field goal by true freshman kicker B.T. Potter, giving the Tigers a 38-0 lead with 10:18 remaining in the third quarter.

The Tigers next scoring drive came on a 68-yard touchdown pass to Rodgers from Lawrence, giving the Tigers a 45-0 lead with 7:50 remaining in the third quarter.

The Seminoles get on the board with a 35-yard field goal from junior kicker Ricky Aguayo to avoid the shutout.

The Tigers backup quarterback, redshirt freshman Chase Brice,  drove the ball down the field on the very next drive and found redshirt sophomore T.J. Chase for the five-yard touchdown, giving the Tigers a 52-3 advantage.

Senior running back Adam Choice of the Tigers took the handoff 15-yards for a touchdown, expanding their lead 59-3 with 13:50 remaining in the game.

Blackman found freshman receiver Keyshawn Helton for a 73-yard touchdown giving the Tigers a 59-10 advantage with 4:43 remaining.

The Clemson Tigers look to remain perfect against the Louisville Cardinals.  The game will be aired on ABC at noon. The Seminoles look to rebound on the road against the No. 22 North Carolina State Wolfpack in a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.

Florida State Seminoles beat Wake Forest on Homecoming weekend.

Alec Chessari, Correspondent on (@AlecChessariFS Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)-  The Florida State Seminoles football team beat the Wake Forest Deamon Deacons in an ACC matchup during homecoming week in front of a crowd of 67,274.

“It was good to see our guys go out there and compete and get better in some of the areas we needed to and find a way to win a ballgame,” Seminoles head coach Willie Taggart said.

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The Seminoles (4-3, 2-3) looked stagnant on both offense and defense in the early moments of the game. The offense’s first two drives went for three and outs. The Demon Deacons (3-4, 0-3) offense took the ball right down the field with a 15-play drive for 61 yards and a field goal in three minutes.

“I thought we stopped substituting so much, they were running uptempo and or guys weren’t getting set and ready.  Burns sack was big, he started that energy and he made that play to get us going on offense and defense,” Taggart said.

Freshman quarterback Sam Hartman found redshirt junior tight end Jack Freudenthal for a 9-yard pass for the touchdown giving the Demon Deacons a 10-0 lead with six minutes remaining in the first quarter. The Seminoles answered with 38 unanswered points after that score.

After swapping three and outs from both teams, the Seminoles passing game started to heat up.  Seminoles redshirt junior quarterback Deondre Francois found redshirt freshman wide receiver Tamorrion Terry for a 23-yard gain followed up by a pass completion to senior wide receiver Nyqwan Murray for a gain of 17 yards to the 3-yard line.  Sophomore running back Cam Akers ran for a 3-yard touchdown, cutting the lead down to three with 24 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

The Demon Deacons had to punt after a seven-play drive stalled.  Francois found junior wide receiver Keith Gavin for a 50-yard completion ending up with a fumble to the back of the end zone recovered by Demetrius Kemp of Wake Forest.

Hartman’s pass was tipped by the Seminoles freshman cornerback Asante Samuels and intercepted by sophomore free safety Stanford Samuels. Senior running back Jacques Patrick then punched it in from two yards out. Noles take the lead 14-10 with 9:50 remaining in the first half.

“We were hoping he was going to be open like that. That was the plan with the play call. These guys ran that play before, I believe it was in the Orange Bowl and Noonie came to me with the play, and we ran it, and it worked again,” Taggart said.

After Akers run went for three yards it is fourth down and three to go. Francois finds a wide open Murray in the end zone for a 33-yard touchdown with 2:01 remaining until halftime giving the Seminoles a 21-10 lead heading into the half.

“Cam had a great week of practice, I haven’t seen him practice the way he did this week in a long time. We told him last night it was going to pay off and the Miami game helped also,” said Taggart.

The Seminoles received the ball to start the second half and only needing two plays to find the end zone.  Akers takes the handoff for a 17-yard gain and takes the next handoff right up the middle for a 58-yard touchdown run.  The Seminoles drive lasted 30 seconds and put them up 28-10 over the Demon Deacons with 14:30 remaining in the third quarter.

The Seminoles defense comes up with another huge stop forcing another punt from Wake Forest.  Francois pas complete to Mathews for a 12-yard completion to bring up fourth down.  Junior kicker Ricky Aguayo nails a 49-yard field goal to put the Seminoles up 31-10 with 11:19 remaining in the third quarter.

After a big punt return by Mathews, Francois finds freshman wide receiver Tre’shaun Harrison for the 21-yard touchdown giving the Seminoles a 38-10 lead with 9:43 remaining in the game.

For the 99th play ran by Wake Forest, Hartman finds redshirt freshman wide receiver Sage Surratt for a 9-yard touchdown.  The Seminoles still lead 38-17 with 4:36 remaining.

FINAL: Flordia State 38 Wake Forest 17.

Key Stats:

Offense: Deondre Francois 29-40 353 yards 2 TD

Cam Akers: 13 carries 98-yards 2 TD

Jacques Patrick 11 carries 21-yards 1 TD

Nyqwan Murray 8 catches 131-yards 1 TD

Tre’shaun Harrison 3 catches 24-yards 1 TD

DJ Mathews 5 catches 40-yards

Keith Gavin 2 catches 67-yards

Defense: Stanford Samuels 8 tackles 1 INT

Brian Burns 4 tackles 2 sacks 2 TFL

Jaiden Woodbey 5 tackles 2 pass breakups

Josh Kaindoh 3 tackles 2 sacks

Florida State Seminoles beat Northern Illinois during parents weekend

Alec Chessari, Correspondent on (@AlecChessariFS Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)-  The Florida State Seminoles beat the Northern Illinois Huskies on parents weekend 37-19 in front of a crowd of 65,633 fans.

The Huskies won the coin toss and deferred to halftime, bringing out the Seminoles offense first.

“Good win for the Noles, we got better as a team tonight,” head coach Willie Taggart said. “When we can run the ball successfully, that’s when this offense can be what we all know this offense can be.”

On the first drive, the Seminoles marched the ball right down the field. Redshirt junior quarterback Deondre Francois’ pass was intended for junior wide receiver Keith Gavin but caught by senior running back Jacques Patrick for an opening drive touchdown.

The Seminoles defense forces a quick three and out against the Huskies offense.  The Huskies first drive went for three plays, two yards and lasted 1:45.  The Seminoles offense came out not skipping a beat from the first drive.  Sophomore running back Cam Akers takes the hand off right for a seven yard touchdown giving the Seminoles a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.

Florida States defense was huge in the first quarter, not allowing the Huskies a first down and only allowing seven total yards.

The Huskies redshirt junior safety Trayshon Foster forced the Seminoles sophomore tight end Tre’ McKitty to fumble after an 11-yard gain. The fumble was recovered by redshirt junior Antonio Jones-Davis.   The Huskies then made the Seminoles pay for that turnover when redshirt sophomore quarterback Marcus Childers connected with redshirt senior wide receiver Jauan Wesley for a 20-yard touchdown pass over the top midway into the second quarter.

The Seminoles junior kicker Ricky Aguayo then gets in on the fun by knocking in a field goal from 42-yards out to put the Seminoles up 17-7 with 3:58 remaining in  the half.  Seminoles defense then force another three and out and the offense moves the ball down into the red zone.  Florida State then sends Agauyo out and he drills a 50-yard field goal to send the Seminoles into halftime with a 20-7 lead.

The Seminoles struggled on both sides of the ball in the third quarter.  After a couple three and outs the Seminoles ran the ball five straight times out of the seven plays in the drive.  Aguayo came out and kicked a 42-yard field goal to put the Seminoles up 23-7 with 4:27 remaining in the third quarter.

The following drive for the Huskies was a rough one. Childers fumbled the snap and was facing third down with 13-yards to the first down.  Childers finds redshirt senior wide receiver Dale Burton down the middle for a 66-yard bomb and touchdown.

“I have to say we got better up front today, for us to execute like we did and score like we did it all starts up front, we aren’t were we need to be but are guys got better today,”Taggart said.

Francois gives the Huskies a taste of their own medicine as he finds  freshman wide receiver Tamorrion Terry for a 78-yard bomb to put the Seminoles ahead  30-13.

The Seminoles defense holds up and Francois and the offense march back on the field.  Francois then throws an interception right to the Huskies linebacker setting them up just outside the redzone.  Junior corner back Levonta Taylor then gets called for a pass interference placing the Huskies on the 11-yard line.  Childers calls his own number and puts his head down and rushes up the middle for an 11-yard touchdown run.

“Our guys are learning to get better, learning how to win and we have to continue to get better and understand those mistakes we made today we can’t make against really good football teams,” said Taggart.

The Seminoles defense comes up with a big stop on their 30-yard against the Huskies offense.  Junior running back Amir Rasul is in to close out the game and gets six straight carries with the last one finding the end zone on a seven yard carry. That was Rasul’s first career touchdown.  The Seminoles beat the Huskies 37-19.

Stats:

Offense

Deondre Francois: 23-31 352-yards 2 TD 1INT

Cam Akers: 22 carries for 75-yards 1 TD

Amir Rasul: 6 carries for 28-yards 1TD

Keith Gavin:L 6 catches for 93-yards

Nyqwan Murray: 5 catches for 85-yards

Defense:

Dontavious Jackson: 4 tackles

Fredrick Jones: 3 tackles 1 sack 1 TFL

Brian Burns: 3 tackles

 

 

 

 

 

Preview: Florida State Seminoles host Northern Illinois on Parents Weekend

 

Alec Chessari, Correspondent on (@AlecChessariFS Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)- The Florida State Seminoles will host the Northern Illinois Huskies at 3:30 p.m. and will be aired on ESPNU.

The Seminoles (1-2, 0-2) take on the Huskies (1-2, 1-0) in a non-conference game.  It will be a special day for the Seminoles as it is parents weekend at Florida State.

After a disappointing loss on the road to Syracuse, the Seminoles are looking forward to getting their second win of the season.  It has been a rough start to get the offense flowing. The defense has been good, but are on the field too long getting fatigued.

The Seminoles offense is ranked 109th out of 129 total FBS schools.  The Seminoles defense is ranked 95th out of 129 FBS schools.  The Huskies offense is ranked 129th, while their defense is ranked 49th.

The Seminoles have only scored one touchdown this season against an FBS opponent and that was redshirt junior quarterback Deondre Francois keeping it on the read option against the Syracuse Orange.

The Huskies defense is giving up 4.6 yards a play and a total of 342-yards a game, while the Seminoles defense is giving up 5.5 yards a play and 428.3-yards a game.

The Seminoles will be dressed in the traditional gold helmets, garnet jersies and gold pants. 

Column: Three takeaways from Willie Taggart’s first win as FSU Head Coach

Alec Chessari, Correspondent on (@AlecChessariFS Twitter)
 

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Offense Not Looking Lethal

The “Lethal Simplicity” of the offense looks almost as if it’s too simple and the opposing defenses already know when what play is going to be called.  The short bubble screens are getting stopped behind the line of scrimmage because receivers can’t hold their blocks and the offensive line is looking as bad as it did last year. Having to shuffle guys in and out to find the right lineup during the game isn’t working and the penalties are piling up through the first two weeks. 

The Seminoles had two pass completions of 20-plus yards get called back by the offensive line penalties.  Despite all the hits, redshirt junior quarterback Deondre Francois took he still managed to have another impressive game as far as his efficiency. Francois completed 31 of his 46 pass attempts for 320-yards and three touchdowns.  Florida State is still searching for the running game, but hopefully, that will come when the offensive line can pull through and hold their blocks.

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RB Cam Akers and WR Nyqwan Murray head to the locker room before kickoff.

FSU Struggling to Run the Ball

Despite having one of the best running backs in the county and a senior leader in the backfield, the Seminoles still aren’t able to run the ball. Going into the season,  fans expected to see a lot more big run plays with the way the gulf coast offense should work.

Sophomore running back Cam Akers was projected to have big numbers and so far hasn’t been what the fans expected.  Akers carried the ball 14 times for 76 yards against the Samford Bulldogs. His longest rush of the day was 14 yards.  Senior running back Jacques Patrick carried the ball 13 times for 44 yards with a long of 13. 

The run game could be struggling due to a lack of blocking by the offensive line, which at this point should almost be expected.  The Seminoles lost a big-time running back in redshirt freshman Khalan Laborn on a kick return. Head coach Willie Taggart confirmed Laborn has a dislocated knee.

Defense Getting Walked On

The Seminoles defense was as close to absent as you can get in the first half against the Samford Bulldogs, an FCS school.   The defense gave up 341-yards in the first half and 525-yards total.  Despite the Seminoles defensive front being able to contain the Bulldogs running backs (holding them to only 50-yards rushing the entire game), the secondary was getting torched. The defensive backs could not break up a deep ball for anything. 

The Bulldogs figured out the go-to play was a lob deep down the field, and surprisingly, completed several such passes.  The first play for the Bulldogs went for a 54-yard bomb which resulted in a touchdown.  The Bulldogs had two receivers catch a ball for 50-plus yards and both receivers had over 95-yards receiving. After the loss to Virginia Tech Defensive Coordinator Harlon Barnett expressed he wanted more turnovers from his defense.  His defense listened and forced five turnovers.  Sophomore nose guard Marvin Wilson forced a fumble and sophomore defensive back Cyrus Fagan recovered it.  Junior corner back Kyle Meyers had two interceptions, Senior defensive back AJ Westbrook had one interception and Junior corner back Levonta Taylor had a late pick six to seal the win for the Seminoles 36-26.

The Seminoles have their first road game of the season were they will be traveling to Syracuse to take on the Orange. Kickoff will be 12:00 P.M.

 

Willie Taggart and Noles Get First Win of The Season


Royal A. Shepherd (RoyalShepherdFS on Twitter), Director

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Willie Taggart’s offense got its first touchdown of the season after 70 minutes, 57 seconds of game time. He also collected his first win as the head coach at FSU.

A 33-point favorite, Florida State didn’t lead the game until the fourth quarter in the 36-26 nailbiter win over the Samford Bulldogs at Doak Cambell Stadium on Saturday.

Taggart said the slugfest was a solid first win for his team. He acknowledged the team’s desire to play better on offense, but said he would take the wins however they come.

“Good win for the Noles,” he said. “It was good to see our guys find a way to come back and get a win after we started slow and weren’t playing as well. I thought it was a great team victory.”

Offensively, FSU continued to struggle up front. Despite only giving up one sack, Seminole quarterback Deandre Francois was hit frequently. He would finish the game 31-46 for 320 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Cam Akers paces the Noles on the ground with 76 yards on 14 carries. In total, the team had 134 rushing yards, averaging 3.8 yards a carry.  

The Noles gave up 525 yards of total offense to the Bulldogs, including 475 through the air from senior quarterback Devlin Hodges. Hodges completed 39 of 60 passes with two touchdowns and four interceptions. 

Samford scored on its first play from scrimmage on a 54-yard bomb from Hodges to senior receiver and Bradenton native, Kelvin McKnight. Cooper Cross failed to connect on the extra point attempt, leaving the score at 6-0. 

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FSU lines up late in the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs would get another score in the first when senior running back Roland Adams plowed his way into the endzone from two yards out. This time Cross would convert the PAT, increasing the lead to 13-0.

The Seminoles would get their first touchdown of the season on a 27-yard hookup from quarterback Deondre Francois to wideout Tamorrion Terry to cut the Bulldogs lead to six.

Freshman kicker Mitchell Fineran added a 30-yard field goal to push the Bulldog lead to 16-7.

The Noles would trim the lead when Francois scored on an 8-yard keeper, cutting the deficit to two and bringing the score to 16-14. 

Despite Florida State’s back-to-back scores, Samford continued its onslaught with a 27-yard touchdown from Hodges to McKnight to extend the lead to 23-14. It was the pair’s second touchdown connection.

Francois would find Terry again in the second quarter on a 15-yard strike for a touchdown to cut the lead again to 23-21, where it would remain until halftime. 

Fineran’s late field goal with 7:58 left in the game gave Samford a 26-21 lead. 

 FSU would get the go-ahead touchdown with 4:03 left in the game when Francois found tight end Tre McKitty on a 5-yard pass into the endzone.  It gave the Noles a 29-26 lead, their first of the game.

McKitty said the play was designed for him and his only job was to make a play on the ball. 

“I was the first read,” McKitty said. “As soon as we left the huddle I knew the ball was coming to me.”

LeVonta Taylor returned an interception for a touchdown in the game’s final minutes to salt it away.

During a break in the game, Florida State played a video tribute for former Nole Burt Reynolds. Reynolds died on Thursday at the age of 82.

Samford will take on the Mercer Bears in their next contest. Florida State will travel to New York for a conference matchup against the Syracuse Orange in a noon kickoff on Sept. 15.

Taggart Era Kicks Off In Disappointing Fashion

Alec Chessari, Correspondent on (@AlecChessariFS Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)

The Taggart era has officially started in front of a crowd of 75,237.  The No.19 Florida State Seminoles hosted the No.20 Virginia Tech Hokies in a season-opening conference matchup.  The Hokies beat the Seminoles 24-3.

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QB Deandre Francois lines up for another drive.

Florida State won the coin toss and differed, bringing the Hokies offense out first. The Hokies first drive was a quick walk to the end zone.  Virginia Techs redshirt sophomore quarterback Josh Jackson marched the offense on the field and immediately rushed them down for a touchdown.  Jackson found  redshirt sophomore  wide receiver Damon Hazelton in the corner of the endzone for a 10-yard touchdown.

The Seminoles opening drive didn’t quite go as well as they planned.  Florida States redshirt junior quarterback Deondre Francois had the offense moving completing a huge third down to junior wide receiver Keith Gavin for a 24-yard completion.  Francois then tosses to  wide receiver Nyqwan Murray for an eight yard loss and a fumble.  Virginia Tech recovered the fumble and took over the 35-yard line.

Florida State’s night only got worse from there.  The Seminoles punter Logan Tyler had his punt blocked from inside the 10-yard line and returned for a touchdown for the Hokies putting them up 17-3 right before the half.

The Seminoles had 11 drives that had less than 4 plays ran before the drive stalled, five drives were 3-and-outs.  Six of those eleven drives started behind the 20-yard line. The Seminoles average field position was at the 19-yard line and the Hokies average field position was at the 44-yard line.

If Virginia Tech had a turnover chain it would have been out all night long.  The Hokies forced five turnovers against the Seminoles three of them being interceptions and two forced fumbles.  The Hokies scored 10 points off the turnovers.

The Seminoles managed to make it to the redzone four times only to come up with three points.  Florida State had an opportunity to add more points just self inflicted wounds repeatedly killed them.  Starting kicker Ricky Aquayo missed a 32-yard field goal attempt wide left and Virginia Tech forced a fumble inside the 10-yard line on third and goal.  Unnecessary penalties on the Seminoles from the offensive line to jumping offsides on defense.

To seal the victory for the Hokies Jackson finds wide receiver Eric Kumah across the middle for a 49-yard touchdown with five minutes remaining in the game to put Virginia Tech up 24-3.

 

Photo Gallery: FSU vs. Virginia Tech

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PREVIEW: No.19 FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES TAKE ON No.20 VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES

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Alec Chessari, Correspondent on (@AlecChessariFS Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.netThe Taggart era officially kicks off against the No. 20 Virginia Tech Hokies football team on Labor day with a primetime 8:00 p.m. kickoff aired on ESPN.

The honorary captains for the game will be FSU legendary head coach Bobby Bowden and Virginia Tech’s legendary head coach Frank Beamer.

The Seminole fans have a lot of excitement and a lot of questions of what to expect this season.  The fans will get to witness the brand new fast-paced “Gulf Coast Offense” that Taggart has instilled in the program.  Taggart likes to call it “Lethal Simplicity” and it will be displayed against the Hokies.

The Seminoles have plenty of weapons on the offensive side of the ball. Returning former starter Deondre Francois (coming off a knee injury) and sophomore James Blackman (started last season). With Cam Akers, Khalan Laborn, Jacques Patrick at the running back positions all ready to start. Tamorrion Terry could have a breakout year this year alongside Nyqwan Murray for the wide receiver position.

Taggart has expressed his love for the old school Seminoles teams and decided the end zones will be themed like the 80’s and 90’s old school Seminoles for the prime time game against the Hokies.  The Seminoles will be rocking an all black and garnet uniform and are pushing for the fans to “Black out” Doak Campbell.

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Virginia Tech is coming off a tough off season as well losing a couple defensive players that left for the NFL draft, players injured or suspended.  Josh Jackson looking to lead the offense for the Hokies with his experience and dual threat capabilities.

Fuentes is undefeated (3-0) coaching against Taggart as a head coach.  The Seminoles lead the series against the Hokies 23-12-1.  Florida State won the last meeting between Virginia Tech 28-22 in 2012 at Blacksburg.  Last time the Hokies came to Tallahassee was in 2008 and the Seminoles won 30-20.

FSU QB BAILEY HOCKMAN TO TRANSFER

Alec Chessari, Correspondent on (@AlecChessariFS Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)

Bailey Hockman has announced his decision to transfer from Florida State University after head coach Willie Taggart announced Deondre Francois would start game one for the Seminoles last Monday.

Hockman was in a three-way position battle with James Blackman and Francois all during summer workouts. He spoke highly on the competition and even after not getting the starting job, Hockman released a statement stating he will do whatever he needs to do for this program to win.

Coming out of high school, Hockman was a four-star pro-style quarterback with a 6’2″ frame.  He was ranked the 11th best Pro-style QB in his class and with high expectations for himself he expected to get the start after redshirting his freshman year.

In high school, Hockman combined for 6,058 total yards, 63 touchdowns, 17 interceptions, averaged 209 passing yards a game and completed 52.7% of passes as a three-year varsity starter.

With Hockman transferring that leaves the Seminoles football team with only two quarterbacks on scholarship this season.

This story will be updated when more information as to where Hockman will transfer is released.