Florida State football’s narrow 31-29 win over Boston College on Saturday left its defense exposed, to say the least.
Up 31-10 in the third quarter, the Seminoles allowed 19 straight points, putting them on upset alert up until the final minute of the game.
After Saturday’s game, according to the NCAA, FSU’s defense ranks 101st in the country, allowing 1,174 yards of offense on 201 plays for an average of 391.3 yards per game. Against Boston College, FSU allowed 305 passing yards, 190 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Struggling to get stops
Sep 16, 2023; Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA; Boston College Eagles quarterback Thomas Castellanos (1) breaks a tackle by Florida State Seminoles defensive back Ashlynd Barker (27) during the first half at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports
FSU’s Achilles heel came in defending third-down and fourth-down conversions. The Eagles were 8-19 on third down and 4-5 on fourth down.
This included a third-and-17 situation that BC quarterback Thomas Castellanos converted on, eventually leading to a touchdown.
“Yeah, I mean, there wasn’t really a common (denominator). There was an unbalanced scramble, there was a counter run on a third and extra long, and there were a couple of quarterback draws in there,” FSU defensive coordinator Adam Fuller said.
“It’s just tying it all together. The ball found the mistakes and that’s something that you continue to harp to your group and you continue to harp to the individuals of mistakes need to be addressed and cleaned up and we did it and so now we’ve got to go play better.”
The Seminoles allowed 12 “chunk plays,” resulting in 348 yards and one touchdown on those plays.
FSU also relied heavily on its first team having to play the majority of the game, and it struggled as well. Jared Verse struggled with his tackling grade (33.9) and…
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Author : Tallahassee Democrat
Publish date : 2023-09-19 09:22:54
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