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Syracuse’s aggressive defense gave up three plays of 50+ yards

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Bud Elliott returns with the postgame episode of The Nolecast after Florida State beats Syracuse 27-24. Listen at this direct link, or in the player below this article.

Almost half of Florida State’s yards came on just three plays, but as we discussed in the preview episode, Syracuse gets a lot of stops, but as a trade off, gives up a lot of plays. Excellent job to feed the ball to Cam Akers, and limit the number of decisions James Blackman needs to make.

FSU’s defense held Syracuse to just 4.9 yards/play, however it allowed third-down conversions of the following length: 5, 8, 8, 10, 7, 9, 2, 6, 9, 10, 3, and 14. That is absolutely unacceptable, and FSU’s defensive coaching is fundamentally broken.

Jimbo Fisher also managed the game better than Dino Babers did.

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