Entering the game Saturday many fans, and probably the Seminole players, looked at the Jacksonville State game as a chance to play the younger guys and rebound off of the heartbreaking loss to Miami earlier this week. That turned out to not be the case as FSU needed to late scores to top the lower division program.
The Seminoles looked sluggish throughout the game as the offense couldn't find a real rhythm at all. In a game that should have been a chance to work out some new plays on offense, the Seminoles turned the ball over 3 times and was a paltry 5 for 14 on 3rd down conversions. Christian Ponder was 22 of 35 for 323 yards but often times the drives stalled out and the ‘Noles weren't able to put points on the board.
What hurt the offense was a poor performance by the offensive line and the running game. Jacksonville State was able to use their speed and power to neutralize the bigger FSU offensive line. A Ty Jones touchdown late in the 4th kept FSU from the national embarrassment that would have been losing this game.
Defensively the performance was better as expected. The biggest takeaway from the game was that the defense was able to make plays when it counted most. With 8 team tackles for loss, 7 sacks and 7 pass break-ups the defense played better than Monday night. Jacksonville State was still able to move the ball, but plays like Jacobbi McDaniel's fumble and Kevin McNeil's 33 yard return were what put FSU on top for good.
Next week we will find a lot about this team when they head to Provo, UT when they take on top 10 BYU.
Stay tuned to NoleDigest for much more from this game.
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