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.
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.