Florida State @ Boston College

Well that was interesting. An offense that has struggled to find its rhythm all year came up short again on Friday against Boston College. Florida State took the field looking to show fans, and pollsters that there is more to their offense than star running back Dalvin Cook. During the beginning of the game it looked as if they would do just that. Everett Golson came out crisp and sharp leading the offense down the field, going 5-5 for 50 yards and a touchdown to sophomore wideout Travis Rudolph on their first drive. He flashed the arm strength and vision that made him one of the premier transfers of the offseason.
Then things fell apart. The rhythm of the first drive was replaced with miscues. Dalvin Cook, lights out the first two weeks was now unable to find space behind a line that had apparently decided to wear roller skates instead of cleats. He would finish the night with 15 carries for 54 yards. The receivers, and Golson were never able to get on the same page in the passing game, with Golson finishing the night 15/24 for 119 yards and a touchdown. Whether it was Golson throwing inaccurate balls or the receivers own timely drops, they have just not been able to find any consistency all season. All in all the offense was only able to produce 217 yards on the day, a far cry from the prolific offense of the Winston era.
With the offense being so brittle, it would fall on the defense to step up, and they answered the call, shutting out Boston College. It was an effort spearheaded by 5th year linebacker Terrance Smith and all-world cornerback Jalen Ramsey, both of whom would go on to receive ACC player of the week honors for their role in the shutout. Thomas flew all over the field hitting everything that moved. Ramsey had a key fumble recovery returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter which pushed the lead to 14. A number that proved insurmountable with the final score of 14-0 for a Seminole victory.
Three weeks into the season a lot of the questions from the offseason still remain unanswered. The passing offense, that was bound to be a work in progress after losing so many players to the NFL draft, remains just that. Golson, who was an unknown in the offseason, is still figuring things out; attempting to learn Head Coach Jimbo Fisher’s complex pro-style offense on the fly while prepping for games each week. With no game this weekend thanks to a bye, the offense now has a chance to take a step back and reevaluate and make the necessary changes for the future. 14 points might be enough to beat Boston College, but with teams like Georgia Tech and Clemson looming on the schedule the offense is going to have to pick it up if they wanted to be considered serious contenders for this year’s College Football Playoff.
CALVIN BROWN / Sports Editor


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