Game Ball (Jason):
Terrance Smith: His 94-yard pick-six changed the game and put FSU in position to take control of the game. Also had several other excellent plays in coverage underneath and was better against the run than he has been since getting dinged up against NC State.
Game Ball (Wayne):
Dalvin Cook: For the first time in 25 games Florida State couldn’t depend on Jameis Winston to get the job done. Instead they turned to true freshman running back who delivered time after time. Without him Florida State doesn’t come close to winning this game. 144 yards on 24 carries is excellent against a defense of this caliber.
Dalvin Cook: So much for Florida State being an average team that rides Jameis Winston’s excellence to lucky victories. Winston threw four interceptions and simply did not play well in this game, but Cook was terrific, moving into second place in FSU history for most rushing yards in a season by a freshman running back (behind Greg Allen). Cook was again instrumental in a key fourth-quarter drive for a score. [Jason]
Derrick Mitchell: Mitchell played his best game as a Seminole, with his four tackles and half a TFL belying just how disruptive he was on the defensive interior. Eddie Goldman and Mario Edwards, Jr. were outstanding throughout the game, but Mitchell got penetration against the run and the pass and ensured that UF couldn’t just run away from Edwards and Goldman. [Jason]
From injury prone depth to starting defensive tackle Mitchell has made quite the transformation this year. He was downright dominant against the Florida offensive line shedding blocks and preventing Florida from getting any semblance of a run offense going. [Wayne]
Roberto Aguayo: In a game where the Gators missed two field goals and lost by six, Aguayo’s reliability sticks out all the more. His late field goal changed the context of UF’s last drive, which got into field goal range but couldn’t find the end zone. [Jason]
Roderick Johnson: He had a very hard matchup against a likely Top-10 draft pick in Dante Fowler Jr. Fowler finished the game with just 4 tackles and 1 sack. A heck of a job from a true freshman in his third start. [Wayne]
Reggie Northrup: In a game where Florida State really needed solid play from the linebackers Northrup stood tall. He had a team high 11 tackles and was instrumental in keeping the Florida rushing attack to just 113 yards and 3.4 yards per carry, nearly 80 yards below their average. [Wayne]