It really wasn’t as bad as it looked. Or maybe it was worse, depending upon your perspective. In a game that few Seminole fans really believed FSU could win, the ’Noles fell to 3-6 on the 2017 season after losing a 31-14 contest on the road against the Clemson Tigers.
It looked like this one would be a runaway early on, as Clemson jumped out to a 17-0 lead and FSU looked listless on offense outside of freshman running back Cam Akers. But a gritty defensive performance allowed the ’Noles to hang around, and the Seminoles first third-quarter touchdown of the year cut that lead to just 10.
When Florida State hit on a 60-yard double-reverse flea-flicker to Ryan Izzo, the Tigers’ lead was down to 17-14 in the fourth quarter, and hope, perhaps abandoned by many from before the game even kicked off, returned for the FSU faithful.
But the Seminoles simply missed too many chances in this one. Quarterback James Blackman was just 13-32, missing on two wide-open sure touchdowns that should have seen FSU out in front and able to put some real pressure on Clemson. The defense was asked to do too much too often, and although they performed admirably, they ran out of gas at the end of the game in surrendering two straight scores.
Next up for FSU is a home game against Delaware State.