DE Josh Sweat:
Sweat finished the game with 6 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 interception, but he made an even bigger impact than the stat line suggested. He was probably Florida State's best run defender against the triple option and continually impacted the game. His interception was a coaches dream after batting the ball up in the air. Sweat has really come on the last few games, and is playing like a five star should.
S Derwin James:
Yes, James gave up a big play in the fourth quarter, but the freshman made enough impact plays to be on the good side of this list. He's starting to get the feel for the safety position, and is an absolute nightmare for opposing quarterbacks off the edge. He finished the game with 6 tackles and 1 TFL.
WR Kermit Whitfield
Whitfield was once again the most consistent wide receiver on the field for the Seminoles. He caught every pass that was thrown his way. He finished with 6 catches for 61 yards.
P Cason Beatty
Beatty is an enigma. When Florida State needs him to be good, he's very good. When they don't need him to be good, he's very bad. The Seminoles got good Beatty on Saturday. He averaged 50 yards per punt on his four punts and downed 2 inside the 20.
Golson went 20-30 for 210 yards and 1 interception. His lone interception wasn't on him, but his ball placement was an issue on that play and throughout the game. He under threw a number of balls, and missed some open receivers down the field. Seeing the field has been an issue for Golson all season, and it cost the Seminoles on Saturday.
The Other Receivers
Outside of Whitfield no other receiver had more than three catches. There were a few times that Golson just didn't see the open receiver, or missed the throw, but for the most part the receivers haven't stepped up. Ermon Lane, Travis Rudolph, and Ja'Vonn Harrison combined to catch three passes the whole game.
The Offensive Line
Penalties are one of the main reasons that the Offensive line are in this section. Four of the five offensive penalties that the Seminoles had were caused by the offensive line. Two of the three false start penalties came in the red zone. The offensive line, despite holding a big size advantage across the board were unable to get a push while run blocking, and had trouble keeping Golson upright while pass blocking.
Dalvin Cook's Touches In The Second Half
Cook rushed 13 times for 63 yards and caught two passes for 26 yards in the first half on Saturday. In the second half he carried the ball just four times and caught two more passes. The Florida State offense had limited plays in the second half with only 24 plays, but having the best player on your team, and one of the best players in college football, only touch the ball on six of those is not ideal even with Georgia Tech stacking the box.