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Florida State 34, USF 14: By the numbers

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Florida State lost the battle on first down: Only 42 percent of FSU's first down runs went for three or more yards. It also failed to gain a yard on five of its eight first down passing plays. USF, on the other hand, gained at least three yards on first down 79 percent of the time when it ran the football. This is concerning because the Seminoles will face much better teams than the Bulls, and playing with such a leverage disadvantage could lead to losses down the road. FSU simply must do a better job on first down on both sides of the football.

But FSU dominated third-and-long: FSU's pass rush held the Bulls to zero of seven on downs of third-and-five or more, including two sacks. FSU, meanwhile, converted two of its four passing opportunities on third-and-long. Diving deeper into this, on long downs (2nd & 7+ and 3rd & 5+), USF was just 2-10 for 19 yards, plus three sacks. How's that for improving a pass rush while still guarding against a mobile QB scrambling.

And the Seminoles won the battle of explosive plays: The Seminoles won the battle of big plays, with 10 going for 15 or more yards, while the Bulls posted only four. It's probably a mild concern that more than a quarter of FSU's yardage came on just two plays (runs of 74 and 50 yards), but with such a young, athletic offense, the trend of mistakes and errors mixed in with sporadic explosiveness is likely to continue.

0: Turnovers by Florida State. Yes, there is a large luck component of turnovers, but teams do have some control over how often they turn the football over, and through two games FSU's offense continues to be turnover free.

Dalvin Cook carries The load: the sophomore running back accounted for an incredible 60 percent of Florida State's yards from scrimmage (266 of 441). Plays involving Dalvin Cook went for 8.9 yards/play, while plays featuring all other Seminoles went for just 4.2 yards/play.

278 yards on the ground is tied for sixth-best by a Florida State offense since Jimbo Fisher became head coach.

20: The number of true dropback passing plays (not play action, screens or rollouts) Everett Golson ran. That is less than 30 percent, which is probably a good ratio to stay under for a team that needs to be patient running the football and minimize the opportunities for its young receivers and offensive line to make critical mistakes in the passing game.

38/13: Jimbo FIsher keeps feeding his backfield. 38 is the number of touches by Florida State running backs. 13 is the total by FSU's receivers and tight ends. FSU's backfield is by far its best position group on offense, and Jimbo Fisher continues to feature them.

USF couldn't drive the field against the Seminoles defense: The Bulls had one long drive of 75 yards in the fourth quarter once FSU was up 10 points (71 of which was made up of a throwback play), but that was the only drive of 50 or more yards for USF, which was also limited to nine drives of 15 or fewer yards by an improved FSU defense.

FSU doubles up FAMU: In last week's 51-3 loss to USF, FAMU gained just 2.5 yards-per-play. Saturday, FSU more than doubled that, racking up 6.1.