It was a tough first half for Florida State against the Boston College Eagles. The Seminoles trail the Eagled 21-3. Boston College had a receiver throw a beautiful pass for a touchdown for a 7-0 lead, and took advantage of a special teams error for a short TD drive to go up 14-0.
Boston College was the more physical, disciplined team from start to finish, on both sides of the ball. The Eagles got movement against FSU’s defense, which saw players repeatedly freelancing outside of the scheme, perhaps evidence of eroding trust in their coaches.
FSU’s offense, which is missing its starting QB, RB, best offensive lineman, and several key receivers, could not move the ball consistently. The Seminoles’ best offensive play was a throw by freshman running back Cam Akers for 47 yards. But FSU’s other 16 offensive plays at the time the Eagles went up 14-0 had gone through just 36 yards. The Seminoles also had two turnovers int he half. Freshman James Blackman and Cam Akers had a fumbled exchange. Blackman also threw an interception to Ryan Izzo, on a play in which he probably should have thrown it to Auden Tate.
Boston College then marched for another score to make it 21-0.
Florida State had a huge disadvantage in field position as well, with its average starting drive starting on the 21, and Boston College’s the 37.