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Rapid Recap- FSU pulls out dramatic win at Wake Forest

Josh Ciganek



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In desperate need of a win, it was even more desperate for FSU in the final quarter at Wake Forest Saturday. But, the Noles saved their best for last in a come from behind 26-19 win for their first victory of 2017.

The first half for the Noles was an up and down one. It started with Derwin James taking the opening kickoff to the end zone, but it would be called back due to a block in the back.

The Noles would go on to punt on the possession. Following the punt, the Noles got on the board with a 51-yard field goal by Ricky Aguayo.

The following possession George Cambell fumbled on a screen pass.

After a couple of punts, the Noles finally found the end zone on a Jacques Patrick 1 yard touchdown.
Kyle Meyers would get an interception for the Noles leading to another field goal. The Noles would go into the second half struggling to get anything going on offense. Plus, Wake Forest continued to create great pressure on QB James Blackman.

The Third quarter for both teams was uneventful, The Noles added 3 points off of a forced fumble, and Wake didn’t score.

Wake Forest took the lead to start the 4th quarter on a Matt Colburn run. The score was set up when John Wolford was able to avoid 2 sacks and his tight end for 27 yards.

Later in the fourth, Blackman hit Keith Gavin for a big first down on 3rd and 20. That play would lead to another field goal, making the game a 19-19 tie.  The Noles came up with a big three and out after both teams exchanged punts setting the stage for the dramatics.

On the next possession it only took James Blackman one play to hit Auden Tate for a spectacular 40 yard touchdown and the Noles lead by seven at 26-19.

Derwin James would knock down the Wake Hail Mary attempt to secure the Noles first win of the season.

The Noles were outplayed for periods of the game but held on and found a way to get their first victory. Of course, there will be things to work on for the Noles, but they will take the win.

With Miami coming up next week, the Noles will need a good week of practice to be prepared.

Josh Ciganek is a young draft pick working his way up the depth chart on the F.F.I. roster, who enjoys watching and writing about all of Florida’s football teams.

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FSU released Mike Norvell’s assistant coach’s salary info

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New FSU coach Mike Norvell is full speed ahead in every aspect of his program, including finalizing his coaching staff. And, he and the athletic department are making sure that his coaches are more than competitively compensated for his first season.

The Tallahassee Democrat obtained coaching salary information for seven of the eight assistants that Norvell has agreed with. According to their reporting, seven coaches have signed a “letter of understanding” in lieu of later actual contract and it details their compensation amounts:

First, Norvell agreed to a six year deal in December to take over in Tallahassee and it will average just over $4.4 million over the life of the deal. He also received an assistant pool from the school of $5.25 million.

On the breakdown, Norvell’s highest paid assistant will be defensive coordinator, Adam Fuller, who is slated to make $800,000 this season after coming to the Noles with Norvell from Memphis

Norvell will pay FSU’s new offensive coordinator, Kenny Dillingham, who was at Auburn a year ago, but was previously the offensive coordinator at Memphis with Norvell before that, $625,000. And, special teams coordinator John Papuchis will earn $550,000 this season.

The paper also learn the three other position coaches are also going to be making half a million dollars each. Interestingly, defensive line coach Odell Haggins has an existing salary a $482,000 and is being retained by Norvell. One would have to believe with the job that Haggins did, once again as the interim head coach for the final three games of the season and FSU’s bowl game, if you’ll receive some type of raise.

Receivers Coach Ron Dugans was also retained by Norvell and his compensation is slated to be $450,000 for this season, unless Norvell, chooses to give him as raise, too.

The only salary exception is defensive backs coach Marcus Woodson, who has been reportedly hired this past week, but not officially announced by the school. And, FSU obviously does not have a letter of understanding with Woodson, like the others do.

Norvell has taken over the Seminoles after leading the Memphis Tigers to their most successful season in their history at 12 – 1, including an American Conference Championship game win over Cincinnati. That earned them a berth in the Cotton Bowl.

Norvell did not return to coach that game is Penn State defeated them on New Year’s Day.

His previous salary was  just over $2.5 million with incentives at Memphis.

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ACC releases FSU and Miami dates for 2020 opponents

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The Atlantic Coast Conference released their conference schedule for 2020 on Wednesday morning, and we now know the opponents and the order of conference games for the Seminoles and the Hurricanes.

First, for Miami. They already knew that they were opening the pre-conference schedule with Temple at home on Saturday, September 5th, and there toughest early test will likely be at Michigan State three Saturdays later.

Now, the ACC revealed the Canes will begin the conference season on October 3rd with a game at Hard Rock stadium against Pitt.

Miami will play their only non-Saturday ACC game six days later on a Friday night in Winston-Salem, NC, against Wake Forest.

Miami also has home games with North Carolina and then the Seminoles, which comes on November 7th. The Hurricanes will also play at Virginia, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech before finishing the season on Saturday November 28th back at home vs. Duke.

As for the Seminoles, they come off of a loaded pre-conference season where they are playing West Virginia in Atlanta on Labor Day weekend Saturday September 5th. And, they are playing at Boise State in the return game for last year’s upset loss on September 19th in Idaho.

FSU learned Wednesday, that they will open at NC State on Saturday October 3rd. The Noles and first year coach Mike Norvell, then get four time defending champion Clemson, as their second ACC opponent the following week in Tallahassee.

Then, they also host Wake Forest on October 17th. FSU’s remaining road games are at Louisville, Miami and Syracuse. The game against the Orange will be on Thursday night November 19th.

Florida State’s final ACC home game will be with Boston College on the previous Saturday, November 14th.

As part of the ACC schedule release, UCF learned that they will be playing Friday night September 4th in their home opener with North Carolina. That game to be televised nationally by ESPN.

The Knights already knew that they would be playing Georgia Tech in the pre-conference schedule on September 19th in Atlanta.

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