Bud Elliott and Ingram Smith return with another episode of The Nolecast, the No. 1 Florida State Seminoles podcast. In this episode, they discuss what went right and wrong against Clemson, briefly preview Delaware State, and talk a little recruiting and Florida Gators. Listen in the player below, or at this direct link.
As always, people who subscribe will get it first, as it instantly goes to their podcast app, but takes me a bit of time to write out this post.
The score was indicative of how the game was played. FSU was just as close to losing by 30 as it was to winning. 34% success rate for FSU to 48% by Clemson.
But there are some positive takeaways to be had. And, of course, some negatives that keep cropping up.
Quick show notes
Deep shots. Schemed open a number of deep shots on early downs. Knew they could not block Clemson on long downs. FSU had a 13% success rate on passing downs 2nd/7+, 3rd/5+. That is amazingly bad. 80% of FSU’s long plays came on standard downs, as opposed to passing downs. But there simply were not enough.
Miss: Not getting back to 3rd and manageable. 9 of 15 3rd downs were 3rd&8+. 9 throws on 2nd and long.
Blackman: Early jitters: Started 3-13 for 6 yards. Too many open misses. Think I counted six, which is uncharacteristic for Blackman to ID correctly where to go with it and then miss. The interception in the fourth quarter down the middle was the wrong read. Ball needs to go out outside 1v1 to Tate. A few times working the wrong side of the field, so the play is doomed from the start (an area Francois is better in). Several sacks were his fault.
Clemson was 10-17 on 3rd downs. How? 11 of 17 were 3rd and 5 or less. FSU did not stop the run well enough. 54% rushing success rate is egregious.