For the second straight week we need an outstanding category for one player, but he more than earned it with his play on the field on Friday.
Punter Cason Beatty had the game of his life on Friday night. Beatty punted seven times and four of them went for over 50 yards. Four of the seven were downed inside the 20-yard line, including one that was downed inside the 1-yard line. His 52.3 yard average from the Boston College game is 12.4 yards higher than his season average was entering the game. I have been one of Beatty's biggest critics over the past two years, but his ability to flip the field Friday night and keep Boston College pinned was a major factor in Florida State's win.
I didn't want to put the defense at just good because they played exceptionally well. They held Boston College to just 3.4 yards per play and 3.2 yards per rush. Boston College's 139 rushing yards are the least they've had in a game since Clemson allowed 120 last October. Each defensive unit played extremely well for the Seminoles. The secondary allowed just five completions on the night and only three of those, for 30 yards, were to receivers. The linebackers were excellent in coverage and were constantly flying to the football and making plays in the backfield.
The defensive line was really the star of the defense though. Defensive tackles Derrick Nnadi, Nile Lawrence-Stample, and Demarcus Christmas were all flat out dominant. They were able to get consistent penetration up the middle and really stifled the Boston College running game. Defensive end Josh Sweat was also very impressive. He took on blocks very well and was excellent in pursuit of the football.
So far this season the Seminoles are protecting the football very well. The Florida State offense hasn't had a single turnover through the first three games, which is something that has never been done in Florida State history. The offense has only put the ball on the ground once, a Dalvin Cook fumble, but was able to get it back.
Quarterback Everett Golson struggled against Boston College on Friday. He refuses to pull the ball in the read option, and it allowed the BC defense to key in on Dalvin Cook. Golson didn't have a terrible day throwing the football (15-24 for 119 and 1 TD), but he missed some open receivers and didn't see quite a few more. Florida State brought him in to use his legs on offense, and if he refuses to keep the ball it limits what head coach Jimbo Fisher can do.
This has to go to the Florida State offensive line. They were flat out dominated all night long at each position. Left guard Kareem Are had his worst game of the season. He was contantly getting put on his back and was just run through repeatedly. The right side of the line struggled again, and right tackle Brock Ruble was replaced by Derrick Kelly halfway through the game. Kelly did not play poorly, and that was the best thing anyone will have to say about the offensive line for the game. Offensive line coach Rick Trickett will have his work cut out for him this season.