NoleDigest Take: Defense

Florida State defeated Virginia 34-14 on Saturday in Charlottesville. The 'Noles held a 27-0 halftime lead and for the third week in a row had a dominating performance. NoleDigest takes a look at the defensive side of the ball.

Florida State played light's out in the first half on the defensive side of the ball. Here are UVA's drives:

3 plays, (-4) yards, punt

3 plays, 1 yard, punt

4 plays, 10 yards, punt

3 plays, (-10) yards, punt

10 plays, 35 yards, punt

3 plays, 0 yards, punt

1 plays, 0 yards, end of half

We make no claim to being "rocket scientist's" here, but this is pretty darn good. 27 plays were run for 32 yards.

What was most exciting was that everyone was in on the fun. The DBs were covering like a glove, the front 7 was popping, the energy level was high, it is amazing the difference from a year ago.

We got caught sleeping early in third quarter for a big pass play and the Cavalier's picked up another TD on their final drive.....therefore the 14 points given up is a little misleading(as is total yards). Greg Reid made a pair of interceptions in between the TDs and while not excellent, his tackling has improved.

Almost no one would have expected the defense to be this much better this quickly. It is remarkable. However this is no time for the defense to pat themselves on the back, a huge game with Miami awaits in seven days and it will be a test like Oklahoma.

The second half showed that we are not good enough to just "coast", but that is what the learning process is all about. That second half should provide plenty of film on what there is to improve on and might have been a good thing as we should not be "over-confident" heading into a huge game.

Nick Moody has made a positive impact on the defense since his return from injury. Christian Jones had five tackles and received extended playing time.

This week will provide as good of barometer for the rest of the season as there could possibly be. Sure Jacory Harris is throwing interceptions, but the 'Canes are also scoring some points. The game last year was a track meet that had very little defense. Two years ago a similar game was played. It looks like this week's game might have a different "tone" because of the defense. It is hard to not be optimistic at this point.

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