Wayne McGahee III

Inside The Numbers: Florida State's Loss To Houston

A look at the numbers that decided Florida State's loss to Houston.


The number of turnovers that Florida State had in the game. Two of the five turnovers came on Florida State's side of the field, and one, Dalvin Cook's first fumble of the season, came inside the Seminoles 20 and led to seven points. Houston only scored 7 points off turnovers, and none on Sean Maguire's four interceptions, but they killed momentum and allowed Houston to run more plays.


The number of plays the Houston offense ran against Florida State. The Seminole defense struggled to get off the field on third downs, Houston was 13-23 on third down, which didn't help. Add into that the five turnovers that gave Houston more possessions and the Florida State defense was exhausted by the end of the game.


The number of yards that Dalvin Cook had behind an abysmal performance by the Florida State offensive line. That was Cook's lowest yardage total in a game this season. 


The number of penalties and yards that Florida State had. 45 of those yards came from the defense including 30 by Marquez White. The 66 yards aren't the most that Florida State has had this season, but the timing of those penalties were critical. They allowed Houston to flip the field, and gave them three first downs on defense. 


The number of tackles freshman safety Derwin James had in the game. James was everywhere for the Seminoles including a key stop on fourth and 2 on Florida State's 32 in the third quarter. He also finshed the game with 1 sack, 2 tackles for loss, and 1 pass breakup.


The number of tackles defensive end Demarcus Walker had in the game. Walker was constantly around the ball, and in addition to the 13 tackles, he also had an interception on Houston's side of the field. 


The yards per play total for the Seminoles, which was 1.3 yards higher than Houston's 4.5. The Florida State offense was able to move the football in large chunks at times, but turnovers and a lack of a run game cost the offense.


The number of receiving yards Florida State wide receiver Travis Rudolph finished the game with on 7 catches. Rudolph was consistently open, and could have had an even more prolific game if the Seminoles quarterbacks didn't underthrow him multiple times. 


The number of rushing first downs that Florida State picked up. The Seminoles just could not run the ball despite having a distinct size advantage in the trenches. 

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