Florida State-Syracuse Rapid Reaction
1. Rashad Greene is now Florida State’s career leader in receptions with 215. He has been the best receiver on this team since he was a freshman and this will be the first of the major receiving records to fall to him.
2. Nick O’Leary is now the leader in career receptions for a tight end with 92. He played a major part in today’s game with 8 receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown. Like Greene, he is always in the right position.
3. The offensive line did a fantastic job today. They were excellent in their run blockng and Syracuse was unable to get a pass rush all game. Ryan Hoefield did exceptionally well in his first start. He did have a couple high snaps, but looked much improved from the Wake Forest game.
4. Dalvin Cook had his first 100-yard game today. He finished with 23 carries for 123 yards and a touchdown after Mario Pender went out with an ankle injury. Florida State was already without starting running back Karlos Williams.
5. Jameis Winston was excellent. 30/36, 317 yards, 3 touchdowns. A lot of that came on screens, but other than one bad throw, Winston was almost perfect in his decision making.
6. Travis Rudolph didn’t make any down field catches, but he made the most of his screen receptions, with 6 grabs for 46 yards - nearly all of those yards coming after the catch. He showed great elusiveness and acceleration in making multiple Syracuse defenders miss.
7. The Florida State defense overall did not have a great game. They allowed 412 yards and 20 first downs. Syracuse true freshman A.J. Long played in his first game and went 16/27 for 167 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 inteceptions.
8. As poorly as the defense played between the 20’s, they played lights out in the redzone. They allowed one touchdown and two field goals in five redzone attempts with two interceptions. Coming into the game Florida State had allowed touchdowns on just 10 of the 21 opponent red zone attempts this year.
9. Cason Beatty had two punts today and averaged 46 yards. That’s correct. 46 yards. He’s been much better since the Clemson game and after all the hate he has received he deserves to be praised when he does well.
10. 6-0. Bowl eligible for the 33rd straight year. 22 straight wins. The team hasn’t been as dominant as last years team, yet they are still winning and in the end nothing else matters.
Around The Country Reaction
1. Mississippi State is absolutely dominating Auburn 21-0 in the first quarter. Dak Prescott is having a field day against this Auburn secondary and the Auburn offense isn’t helping the defense with its turnovers. Can Malzahn pull some magic out of his hat or did it run out last year?
2. TCU is up 14-0 on Baylor. The Horned Frogs have come out of nowhere and look to be making a huge statement in the Big 12 after beating Oklahoma last weekend. Last year they finished 4-8.
3. Duke is beating Georgia Tech 24-12 in the fourth quarter and the quest for 4-4 for all in the ACC coastal still has a chance.
4. UNC is leading Notre Dame 14-7 at the end of the first quarter. Doubt this holds, but it doesn’t look good for Lou Holtz’s prediction that the Irish will beat Florida State badly.