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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.

Two More Seminoles Selected in 2012 NFL Draft

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State defensive back Mike Harris and offensive lineman Andrew Datko joined teammates Nigel Bradham and Zebrie Sanders as Saturday selections in the 2012 NFL Draft. Harris was taken with the 176th pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars while Datko was the 241st pick in the seventh round by the Green Back Packers. Both joined Nigel Bradham (105th, fourth round, Buffalo Bills) and Zebrie Sanders (144th, fifth round) as Saturday Seminole draftees.

“I’m very proud of Mike,” FSU head football coach Jimbo Fisher said. “I know it was a very long process for him and a dream come true. Mike did a phenomenal job for us. He’s a winner. “He’s a guy who’s very instinctive, who understands the game and can play a multitude of positions. I’m happy he’s going to have this opportunity and I know he’s going to do very well.”

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Lady Noles Looks to Win against Virginia

Tenth-ranked Florida State will travel this week to face the No.8 Virginia in a ACC match-up.

The Lady Noles will travel this week in search of another ACC win. The Noles has never been able to rally against the Cavaliers.

Virginia leads the series 10-0-4 including a mark of 7-0-1 in Charlottesville.

Three of the last five meetings have resulted in a tie, according to seminoles.com. FSU came away with a 1-1 tie in Charlottesville back in 2007 snapping UVA’s six-game win streak over the Noles inside Klockner Stadium.

Florida State is coming off a 1-1 home stand last week in which the Seminoles dropped a 2-0 result to No. 10 North Carolina but bounced back to beat NC State by the same score.

According to seminoles.com, McCarty enters this weekend’s game against Virginia needing one goal to tie the school record for career goals – a record set by Cindy Schofield, who scored 40 goals from 1999-2002.

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