On Saturday afternoon Florida State hosted the Miami Hurricanes in their Atlantic Coast Conference rival game at Doak Campbell Stadium. The Seminoles’ seven straight wins over the Hurricanes was brought to an end in the final six seconds of the game.
The first half of the game was a sleeper with a halftime score of 3-0 with FSU leading. But adjustments on both sides at halftime had the second half worth watching.
While the score didn’t show it and a loss is a loss there were some positive takeaways from this ACC matchup, especially for head coach Jimbo Fisher and the ‘Noles.
Florida State’s Defense Holds Tight
The Florida State defense showed just how tough they are with today’s performance. The ‘Noles held the Hurricanes to just 83 rushing yards and held Mark Walton to just 25 yards, though he was battling a bum ankle.
Miami had 337 total yards but was held scoreless the whole first half of the game for the first time since Nov. 14, 2015. The ‘Canes weren’t able to cross midfield until the third quarter. Adjustments made by Miami head coach Mark Richt at halftime proved to be a challenge for the Seminoles defense in the second half, but they still held a close game.
Miami quarterback Malik Rosier came into the game leading the ACC in passing efficiency, but against a tough Seminoles defense, he completed just four of his first 16 passes. He finished 19-44.
Jimbo ‘The Quarterback Whisperer’ Fisher
Going against the No. 13 ranked Hurricanes was a big test for freshman quarterback James Blackman. But Fisher showed he knows what he’s looking for in a quarterback with Blackman’s play.
The young quarterback was 8-18 for 61 yards and two interceptions in the first three quarters. Then he was seen on the sideline talking with Fisher, who is known for being tough on his quarterbacks, before going 9-10 for 142 yards in the final 15 minutes of play.
There were some mistakes made by Blackman that will improve with experience but overall he showcased the talent that has the potential to turn him into a great quarterback. That’s something Fisher has excellent success with too.
Fisher has coached several successful quarterbacks in Jameis Winston, EJ Manuel, and even Christian Ponder. His history of being a quarterback coach before taking over as head coach shows he knows what qualities he wants in a quarterback and Blackman has them.
Florida State’s Offensive Line Struggled With Protection
While Blackman ended up 17-28 with 203 passing yards, the offensive line failed him on a few occasions. The line gave Blackman little time to look downfield and several times left the young, and banged up, quarterback scrambling.
However, the offensive line did set up the run game well. Running back Cam Akers ran for 129 yards, which is his first 100-yard rushing game. Fellow running back Jacques Patrick ran for 91 yards. The Seminoles had 406 total yards, 203 passing, and 203 rushing.
The 1-3 Seminoles will travel to Duke next Saturday for the teams first meeting since 2012.