TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Tell completed with fireplace and made some very unfortunate history.
The Seminoles – who had won all 26 video games towards FCS competitors since the division turned into as soon as created in 1978 – saw that trip pause Saturday.
Thanks to a 59-yard touchdown pass from Jacksonville Tell’s Zerrick Cooper to Damond Philyaw-Johnson as time expired, the Seminoles fell 20-17 to the Gamecocks in front of a frustrated crowd of 60,198 fans at Doak Campbell Stadium.
It turned into as soon as the longest sport-a hit touchdown pass as time expired in an FBS sport since Sept. 16, 2017.
FSU allowed 13 facets over the final 4: 45, blowing a gradual 17-7 lead to endure the defeat which drops them to 0-2 on the season.
It turned into as soon as a sport that started very slowly for the Seminoles, who did not obtain till there turned into as soon as 5: 01 left in the 2d quarter. And yet, they gave the impact on top of issues of a sloppy care for shut till the waning minutes.
Trailing 17-7, the Gamecocks rattled off a 97-yard touchdown power – heavily aided by penalties – to sever the deficit to 17-14 with 4: 45 left.
FSU gave the ball wait on with 1: 32 left on the clock after having to punt. The Gamecocks weren’t shifting the ball at all till the stout play as Cooper aired it out to Philyaw-Johnson who caught it and in the reduction of, the employ of a blocker to reach the top zone and shock the Seminoles. It turned into as soon as an 83-yard power over the final 92 seconds, nearly fully on the final play.
The loss ruins a huge moment for UCF graduate switch quarterback McKenzie Milton acquired to originate up towards JSU. It turned into as soon as his first originate up in nearly three years since he suffered a catastrophic knee ruin wait on in November of 2018.
Whereas he acquired the lion’s half of the quarterback reps after Jordan Travis started the vital sport of the season, nothing turned into as soon as able to accumulate the FSU offense started.
The Seminoles took their first lead with nine seconds left in the half on Milton’s first touchdown pass since his ruin to tight pause Wyatt Rector. Nonetheless, they managed correct three facets the rest of the formula, squandering likelihood after likelihood to set the game away.
The Seminoles were outgained by JSU 350-335 and managed correct 133 passing yards.
Offensive momentum laborious to near by
After a banner day from the FSU offense last Sunday towards Notre Dame, Saturday’s offensive exhibiting turned into as soon as one to omit.
Facing a JSU defense that allowed 517 yards in its first sport of the season towards UAB, the Seminoles never slightly stumbled on their footing.
It started from the very first power the set FSU extensive receivers dropped a pair of successfully-thrown downfield passes, including one which can maybe bask in been a touchdown on fourth down.
In many ways, that space the tone for an error-inclined, offensively-barren sport for the Seminoles.
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The bottom sport turned into as soon as the most handy thing the Seminoles had going for the extensive majority of the game. They racked up 202 speeding yards, led by 109 from Jashaun Corbin.
Milton did not surpass 100 passing yards in the game till a few minutes into the fourth quarter. The Seminoles completed with 7.4 yards per completion and 4.2 yards per pass strive.
For as explosive as the Seminoles were towards Notre Dame — breaking off two 60-plus-yard performs — that turned into as soon as totally absent towards JSU. FSU had no performs of 30-plus yards and handiest thought to be one of 20 or more yards.
Protection falls apart
For the overwhelming majority of Saturday’s sport, the FSU defense turned into as soon as on top of issues.
Nonetheless after largely keeping JSU in take a look at for the most portion, the defense lacked any form of take hold of down the stretch.
As the offense acquired off to its unhurried originate up, the defense wore down, allowing the Gamecocks to arrangement first blood.
On JSU’s first-half touchdown power, which lasted nearly seven minutes, FSU allowed conversions on a pair of third and nines and a 2d and 14 prior to not at as soon as surrendering a two-yard touchdown flee which set them in a hole early in the 2d quarter.
For a long stretch from there, the FSU defense largely shut down the Gamecocks’ offense over the 2d and third quarters, allowing 24 yards of offense over a span of seven JSU possessions.
Nonetheless the dam may per chance maybe handiest retain for thus long. JSU moved the ball 180 yards over the final 9: 49 of the game, changing third downs and taking good thing about each mishap FSU presented.
Cooper done lower than 50% of his passes, however had 242 passing yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers.
Discipline points linger
Whereas the offensive points saved the Seminoles from distancing themselves, they also managed to shoot themselves in the foot with untimely penalties during Saturday’s sport.
In all, the Seminoles amassed 114 yards of penalties towards Jacksonville Tell. It’s the most penalty yardage an FSU personnel has been assessed since the Seminoles picked up 121 yards of penalties towards NC Tell in 2018.
The good worry for FSU is that slightly loads of those came in one of the critical most good moments.
Of the 97 yards JSU drove to sever into the Seminoles’ lead gradual, 39 of them came on penalties. Whereas the defensive keeping and pass interference extended the facility, the good turned into as soon as a concentrated on penalty on linebacker Kalen DeLoach.
It negated an interception, gave JSU an automatic first down on third and 17 and, two performs later, led to a touchdown. It’s going to also trip away the Seminoles without thought to be one of their better linebackers for the vital half of next week’s sport at Wake Wooded space.
The offense also wasn’t exempt from penalty points which consistently set them behind the chains. Every thing from keeping penalties to offensive pass interference and ineligible receivers downfield continually set the Seminoles behind the chains.
This turned into as soon as one thing that the offensive instructing employees harped on this week coming off an identical struggles towards Notre Dame and it acquired worse towards JSU.
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