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Offensive Observations from FSU’s embarrassing loss to Miami

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The Seminoles allowed nine sacks for the first time in program history

NCAA Football: Miami at Florida State Glenn Beil-USA TODAY Sports

The last drive of Florida State’s game summed it up completely. Blackman entered the game for the first time and was subsequently sacked. The Seminoles’s drive ended shortly after Blackman attempted the Seminole’s first reception of more than 25 yards and it was intercepted. Florida State lost to Miami, 27-10.

Florida State’s first two drives were abysmal and a holding penalty on TE Tre’ McKitty ultimately killed the Seminoles’ drive and forced them to punt the ball away.

The Seminoles’ second drive was absolutely awful and two-straight penalties, an illegal formation (five men in the backfield) and holding (Tre’ McKitty again) pushed the Seminoles back to the FSU10. Facing 1st-and-25, Alex Hornibrook connected with Gabe Nabers for 18-yards, and the Seminoles were gifted 15-yards thanks to a Miami personal foul, but it all went downhill from there. Freshman Offensive lineman Dontae Lucas continued the penalty woes with a false start and Hornibrook was sacked on two of the next three plays for a loss of 10-yards and 9-yards ending Florida State’s drive.

Florida State’s first half followed suit and the ‘Noles had 88 yards of total offense to 60 yards in penalties. The Seminoles had -5 yards rushing compared to Miami’s 3-yards.

Surprisingly, Florida State stuck with Hornibrook to start of the second half and after a solid 16-yard rush from Cam Akers that appeared to give the Florida State offense some life, Hornibrook’s pass was tipped by Tamorrion Terry and intercepted by the Hurricanes to end the Seminoles’ drive.

WildCam worked when it was actually put into play and the Seminoles’ finally put together a touchdown drive with Cam Akers at the helm. It was a 60-yard 6-play drive that ended with Hornibrook finding Akers for a 18-yard touchdown reception.

WildCam was the only bright spot of the night, yet Florida State stopped utilizing him completely. Hornibrook finished 17-24 for 135 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Most importantly, he was sacked a total of eight times for 61 yards.