Florida State-Miami: The Good, Bad, And Ugly

Florida State took down rival Miami 29-24 last night. Who stood out, good and bad, from the game?

The ELITE

That's the only way to describe Dalvin Cook at this point. Cook wasn't even healthy and he still put up 222 yards rushing and 47 yards receiving as well as all three Florida State touchdowns. Miami couldn't tackle him. They couldn't stop him. Cook had 5 plays, rushing and receiving, that went for over 20 yards. Florida State doesn't win this game without Cook.

Cook now has 792 yards on the ground this season through five games. That's more than any running back in Florida State history through five games. He's now less than 500 yards away from breaking the single season rushing record held by Dalvin Cook.

The Great

There's no where else to put the Florida State defensive line than right here after their performance against Miami. Miami ran the ball 19 times for 20 yards, or 1.1 yards per carry. The Seminoles held heralded Miami running back Joe Yearby to just 33 yards on 15 carries. 

Josh Sweat and Demarcus Walker were able to hit Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya repeatedly, and Sweat was beating his man so badly they had to replace him. They batted a number of balls down, including two on the final four plays of the game. Four of the five pass breakups during the game were caused by defensive linemen. 

The Great

Quarterback Everett Golson's play has been criticized quite a bit, myself included, but he was great against Miami. He was very good in the first half going 14-19 for 191 yards and 1 touchdown, and was able to pick apart the Miami secondary. Golson was able to go through his progressions and ran the ball for the first time this season. 

Golson also played a key part in the drive where the Seminoles took the lead. He completed a 20 yard pass to Bobo Wilson on 3rd and 8 that would have kept the momentum with Miami. He deserved the cricism of the first few games, but he also deserves the praise for this one.

The Good

The Florida State offensive line was also very good on Saturday. Other than not getting any push on the 4th and 1 in the first half they played an exceptional game. Chad Mavety was thrown into the fire right before kickoff when Kareem Are was ruled out. Mavety performed admirably and was able to hold his own on the left side of the line.

Center Ryan Hoefeld was very good as well. He had struggled with snaps against Wake Forest, but he didn't have that issue against Miami. He was also very good in pass protection. 

The Bad

As good as the defensive line was the Florida State back seven really struggled. There are reasons for that with a hobbled Nate Andrews and Trey Marshall being ejected in the first quarter. Not having the best coverage linebacker in Terrance Smith was also a huge problem because it forced Reggie Northrup into action on passing downs. The lack of depth really showed when Tyler Hunter was repeatedly matched up with Stacy Coley, who took advantage of him for 139 yards and a touchdown. 

That's not to take anything away from Brad Kaaya and the Miami receivers. They made plays and took advantage of the Florida State back seven. 


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