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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

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Seminoles and Trojans End Match in Draw

Jason Merry, Correspondent (@JasonMerryFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State Seminoles Women’s Soccer Team hosted the visiting University of Southern California Trojans at The Seminole Soccer Complex Friday night.

This cross-conference match marked the fifth game for the Seminoles and the fourth for the Trojans. The match ended in a 0-0 draw despite the Seminoles having six shots on goal and the game entering extra time.  Three of those shots on goal coming from Junior Forward Deyna Castellanos.

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Despite the draw, the Seminoles had more scoring opportunities with a total of 18 shots.  The Trojans only managed 6 shots. Although the shot difference was large each team had the same amount of corner kicks at 5. The draw keeps each team without a loss as the Seminoles are 4-0-1 and the Trojans are 3-0-1.

Brooke Bollinger started at goalkeeper for the Seminoles and Kaylie Collins was the starter for the Trojans.  The Seminoles put pressure on the Trojans quickly and had a shot that was off target by Castellanos in the first minute. The Seminoles continued the pressure getting off four shots in the first period compared to just two by the Trojans.  Each Keeper ended the first period with one save.

The second period had more shooting from the Seminoles, totaling eight to the Trojans two shots.  All of these shots by the Seminoles meant the Trojans’ Collins had a busy half saving four shots on goal. Sophomore midfielder Gloriana Villalobos, who was subbed in during the 24th minute, had one of her three shots during the second period.

The shooting for the Seminoles was widespread as nine different players attempted a shot.  Redshirt sophomore defender Malia Berkely and redshirt sophomore forward Kristen McFarland each had two shots total and one shot on goal. Out of the Trojans six total shots, freshman forward Penelope Hocking had four of them and had the only shots on goal for the Trojans.

Extra time had more of the same shooting from the Seminoles, as the Trojans tried to keep up.  The Seminoles managed six total shots during extra time while the Trojans only managed two. Collins had one save during the extra time.

The Seminoles return to action at home Sunday at 5:00 p.m. against the UCLA Bruins. This home game will be the third in a seven-game homestand. The Trojans will be staying in Florida to take on the University of Florida Gators on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

 

How the Seminoles can still make a Bowl Game

Jason Merry, Correspondent (@JasonMerryFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State University football team has gotten out to an abysmal 3-6 start to their season and a 3-5 start in conference play.  At this point in the season most players, coaches and fans would think this is just a lost season and there isn’t much to play for besides pride.  Even after this terrible start, the Seminoles can play for more than pride as they can still reach bowl eligibility at six wins.

The Seminoles have three games left and if they can win all three they will be sitting at 6-6 and surely make a bowl due to their eligibility and name. Recently Florida State rescheduled one of there games, that was not played due to Hurricane Irma at the beginning of the season, for December 2nd against Louisiana Monroe.

The three teams the Seminoles have left to play are Delaware State, Florida, and Louisiana Monroe in that order.  All of these games are winnable games, especially Delaware State and Louisiana Monroe two none “Power 5” teams. Florida will be the game that the Seminoles need to play their best.

The Gators also have a record of 3-6 but will be ready to play Florida State hard in their rivalry game.  

Florida State Home Opener Preview

Jordan Giorgio, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State welcomes Charleston Southern for the 2016 home opener at Doak Campbell Stadium.

FSU is coming off the largest comeback in school history after defeating Ole Miss 35-44 in their first game of the season.

Charleston Southern took 4-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State to overtime before falling 24-17 in their season opener last week.

FSU vs. Ole Miss Preview

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher came out optimistic and excited for the new football season in his opening weekly presser – as he should be.

“It’s that time again, isn’t it?” Fisher said. “I’m glad it’s that time. Getting ready to kick off this season. Very excited. Looking forward to playing somebody else, our guys I think are getting tired of playing each other.”

Florida State opens the season ranked fourth in both the AP and Coaches poll. The Seminoles are kicking off their season with one of the bigger openers this year, and in the past few seasons, playing the 11th ranked Ole Miss Rebels in Orlando. The Rebels, who are 4-0 in season openers under their head coach Hugh Freeze, finished 10-3 last season in the SEC, beating LSU, Auburn, and Alabama. Ole Miss lost a lot of players to the draft but is bringing back their most important star, quarterback Chad Kelly.

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FSU Soccer Update

The National Champion Florida State soccer team started its preseason camp this week, adding eight freshmen to the 2015 roster.

The Seminoles will open their season on August 21 in the Lobo Invitational, taking on New Mexico and Southern Cal in Albuquerque, N.M.

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced the Seminoles’ as the No. 1 ranked team in the country, the highest preseason ranking in school history.

Fisher Announces Suspensions as ‘Noles Wrap Up Bethune-Cookman Preparation

FSU will be without three defensive starters Saturday.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State put in its final preparation Thursday for its home game against Bethune-Cookman. The Seminoles welcome the Wildcats on Military Appreciation Day.

“Good Thursday,” said Florida State Head Coach Jimbo Fisher. “(I) liked it. We got a lot done, (looked) very sharp I thought. Glad we’re getting our focus, which we always worry about at the end of the week. But, good week of practice, a good hard week. Focus was good, concentration was good and execution was good on both sides of the ball. Got a lot done this week and I’m anxious to play. We have a great opponent. Bethune-Cookman is going to be ready to play. We need to bring our ‘A’ game and be ready to play.”

FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher announced after Thursday’s practice senior linebacker Christian Jones and sophomore defensive lineman Edddie Goldman have been suspended for Saturday’s game due to a violation of team rules. In their place, redshirt sophomore linebacker Terrance Smith is expected to make his first career start while veteran defensive lineman redshirt senior Demonte McAllister will start for the first time this season.

“There are going to be two guys suspended for this game for violation of team rules,” said Florida State Head Coach Jimbo Fisher. “Christian Jones and Eddie Goldman. Those guys will not be playing this week for us. It’s all correctable, it’s all done, but we have to abide by a certain set of guidelines.” Continue reading Fisher Announces Suspensions as ‘Noles Wrap Up Bethune-Cookman Preparation

FSU Smith Sets Sights on USA Baseball Once Again

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Rising senior outfielder Loren Smith of the Florida State softball team made her summer even more enjoyable after receiving word that she was one of 36 players chosen to compete at the U.S. Women’s Baseball National Team Trials.

Smith will head to Salt Lake City, Utah, on the University of Utah campus to compete for a spot on the United States Women’s Baseball National Team from July 28-Aug. 1. The Land O’ Lakes, Fla., native will look to be one of the final 20 members named to the national team and begin training with the squad starting on Aug. 2.

In her first season with FSU in 2012, Smith played in 26 games and started six primarily as an outfielder. She recorded her first home run as a Seminole on Feb. 25 against Marshall, hitting a three-run shot to put FSU ahead for good against the Thundering Herd.

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