The Dalvin Cook
Yes, I have created a category specifically for running back Dalvin Cook. Cook was clearly not 100-percent on Saturday, but still managed 223 yards of total offense, 163 on the ground. Cook was quiet in the first half, and it looked like he was done for the day after pulling up and aggravating his hamstring injury in the first half. Instead he came out in the second half and broke six tackles on the way to a 54-yard touchdown run.
Cook only had four runs of 10-plus yards on the day, getting a large amount of his yards after contact. Cook added a 14 yard touchdown to put the Seminoles ahead 27-14 and really put the game away for the Seminoles. There isn't much Cook can't do, and it's time for him to start getting some real consideration for the Heisman.
Everett Golson's decision making on Saturday was fantastic. Golson made very few bad decisions and threw the ball away instead of taking sacks. It was continued progression from the Notre Dame transfer after having back to back good weeks against Wake Forest and Miami. Golson finished 26-38 for 372 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Kermit Whitfield has turned into Florida State's best receiver. He caught 9 passes for 172 yards and 1 touchdown on Saturday. He was targeted 10 times on the day. Whitfield is the fastest player on the Florida State team, if not in the country, and he showed it as he ran away from the Louisville defense on a 70-yard touchdown reception. It's an incredible turnaround for a player that was dead weight in the Spring.
The Florida State defensive line was dominant once again on Saturday. They held Louisville to just 3.3 yards per carry on the day and had 4 of Florida State's 5 sacks. They dominated the line of scrimmage and really prevented Jackson from making an impact with his legs.
Florida State struggled in the redzone against Miami, but was a perfect 4-4 with 2 touchdowns against Louisville. Florida State really picked it up in the second half scoring on both of their redzone possessions. The Seminoles need to start putting the ball in the endzone more often, but getting touchdowns on those possessions in the second half put the game away.
Tyler Hunter has had about as bad of a two game stretch as it was possible to have. Trey Marshall going out in both games didn't help, but Hunter was a liability that Louisville continued to exploit. After he gave up a touchdown to James Quick in the third quarter he was pulled for former walk-on Javien Elliot, who played very well and recorded an interception. Hunter is quickly playing his way out of the lineup, and it will be interesting to see how much playing time he gets going forward even with Marshall's status up in the air.
The Florida State offensive line was going up against a very talented Louisville defensive line and the defensive line won. Everett Golson was crushed multiple times and only really good decision making by him prevented at least 4-5 sacks by Louisville. Even with those good decisions Louisville managed 2 sacks and 7 tackles for loss.
The Florida State offense had 7 false start penalties against Louisville. That is completely unacceptable for a team that has played 6 games this season. Rick Trickett lit the offensive line up after a possession with three of those, and I'm sure they're going to hear about it in film review.
The Seminoles third down defense was horrendous as well. Louisville converted 9/15 third downs, and were 4/5 on third downs longer than 10 yards. Florida State has not been great on third down since the Boston College game, and it's something that they're going to have to fix as the season goes on.