It wasn't the outing that Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher had hoped for from his offense after what looked to be a corner turning outing against Louisville. The Seminoles scored just 16 points, 10 of which came after the defense set them up inside the redzone with interceptions by Lamarcus Brutus and Josh Sweat. The offense never looked in sync and, in the end, cost Florida State this game more than any blocked field goal did.
Star Florida State running back Dalvin Cook was held to 82 yards on 17 carries. Only four of those came in the second half. The Georgia Tech defense stacked the box, and forced quarterback Everett Golson to try and beat them through the air. Golson, along with the Florida State receivers, were not up to the task.
Golson finished the night 20-30 for 210 yards and 1 interception. Golson didn't make too many mistakes, but there were some opportunities that he was unable to capitalize on. His interception came at a critical time, and, although the ball placement was not ideal, receiver Travis Rudolph had both hands on the ball and was pulling it in before it popped out into a defenders hand.
That was a perfect example of the Seminole offense all night. Something good happens, but they shoot themselves in the foot on the next play. There were just four times where the Seminole offense had consecutive plays go for 5 yards or more. Four of the six Florida State penalties that they committed were illegal formations or false starts, including two crtical penalties on the Seminoles last two drives.
This offense goes as far as running back Dalvin Cook can take them. When Fisher tried to put the ball in another player's hand and say," win me this game," they couldn't. The only receiver that played well tonight was Kermit Whitfield, who caught 6 passes for 61 yards. He has turned into Golson's favorite target, but one receiver isn't enough. Travis Rudolph, Ermon Lane, Ja'Vonn Harrison, and George Campbell were all highly rated players coming out of high school, and yet, none of them have stepped up to help this team. Campbell's lack of playing time is understandable considering he is a true freshman, but the others have no excuse.
The offensive line hasn't done that group any favors either. Along with the multitude of penalties they let up, the offensive line also allowed too many pressures. The Georgia Tech defense was able to hit Golson quite a bit throughout the game. This is still a very young and inexperienced offensive line with four new starters, but after seven games it's time to start taking that label off and accepting what they are.
The Seminoles will leave Atlanta with a lot of questions on the offensive side of the ball, but are there any answers to be found?