The Florida State Seminoles have started the season 0-2 after losing 27-21.The mood will be somber in Tallahassee after the Wolfpack on the road outlasted the Noles.
The Seminoles on offense started a bit slow trying to get James Blackman in a rhythm. Blackman would go on to throw for 139 yards in the first half and a slick touchdown pass.
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The running game failed to be established early on as Cam Akers led the way with 39 yards. The offensive line had its share of issues keeping the veteran Wolfpack line off Blackman. Ricky Aguayo missed a 30-yard chip shot which was followed by an NC State touchdown where Derwin James was caught on a missed tackle.
The defense shockingly is what help the Noles up early as Jakobi Meyers, and Jaylen Samuels got the best of the unit.
To start the second half Blackman dropped a beautiful deep ball onto Auden Tate who went out with a shoulder injury right after. The drive would stall after that leading to another field goal.
The defense did seem to get a much needed interception on a tipped pass that Derwin James came up with. The pick was negated by a pass interference and the drive ended in a field goal for the Wolfpack. Jacob Pugh was then ejected for a questionable targeting call on the next defensive possession.
This was just called for targeting. pic.twitter.com/XxtFXLJbrY
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The next offensive possession for the Noles Blackman again threw another pretty deep ball this time hitting George Campbell for 60 yards. After back to back sacks though the drive would end in another field goal making the game 20-16.
On the next defensive possession, the Noles failed to get off the field. The result was one of the best play calls you’ll see. A fake pitch to an inside shovel pass to the do it all Samuels.
After FSU pinned the Wolfpack at their 5 the issuing snapped resulted in a safety cutting the lead to 27-18.
A few possessions later the Noles came up with a huge blocked punt. 2 drops by Keith Gavin led to another field goal making the game 27-21.
The Noles chose to kick the ball deep and it came back to haunt them. Once again on a big third down, the Noles defense failed to get the stop.
Coming into the game we expected the FSU defense to dominate and the offense to struggle. What we saw was the FSU defense getting caught by the misdirection yet again. For the Noles its time to regroup and get ready for Wake Forrest.
This is the first time Florida State has started the season 0-2 since 1989 when they lost to Brett Favre’s Southern Miss squad. It also marks the first time Jimbo Fisher has lost a home opener since coming to Tallahassee. He had been 7-0.