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Rapid Reaction: FSU 28 Virginia Tech 22

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Florida State snuck out of Blacksburg with a win after the Hokies gave the Seminoles a serious scare on Thursday night. It took a Rashad Greene touchdown reception on the definitive drive of the game after Virginia Tech went ahead on a safety and a field goal to settle the game for Florida State. 

Things never really got rolling for the Seminole offense, who looked much like last year's squad as it struggled to control the line of scrimmage and establish the run. The 'Noles finished with -15 yards rushing tonight and gave up five sacks. Devonta Freeman also made a mistake trying to pitch a ball out of the endzone that cost FSU a safety and set up a dramatic final six minutes.

Once again FSU struggled on the road, they had issues during all four quarters and were saved by a defense that eventually wore down in the fourth quarter.

But it wasn't all bad, the defensive line– Tank Carradine in particular– was dominant for Florida State. Tyler Hunter had two interceptions including the game-sealing pick with less than a minute left. And despite some of his more questionable decisions EJ Manuel stepped up on the final drive. 

FSU got the ball back with 2:19 left down 22-20 after a safety and a field goal erased their three-point fourth quarter lead. Manuel quickly lead the Seminoles down the field in 8 plays, going 68 yards in 1:39 and culminating with a 39-yard touchdown pass to Rashad Greene. The pass was more Greene being speedy after the catch than anything else, but it was the big play Florida State needed to silence the crowd at Lane Stadium and help the Seminoles escape with the win.

There was a symbolic moment on the drive where on 4th-and-1 James Wilder ripped off a fearsome run, converting on second effort as he brutalized several Virginia Tech defenders. A Hokie left the field hurt and the Seminoles offense seemed energized afterwards. A few plays later they iced it.

Credit the Hokies for playing a great game defensively and giving FSU its best shot. 

I'll have a lot more later on tonight and tomorrow morning, keep posted...

Statistical Leaders:

Passing: EJ Manuel (25-42, 326 3 TD INT)

Rushing: JC Coleman (16-41)

Receiving: Rashad Greene (6-125 2TD)

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Craig Sanderson

Jimbo Fisher is terrible! He is a coordinator at best... his managing of the game is horrible! I love FSU but have no respect for Fisher. When the word gets out as to how he is with his players his days will be over as head coach at Florida State. I wish he would take the Auburn job... that would be two coordinators trying to play head coach in a row! -15 yards rushing won't get you many coordinator jobs much less a head coaching job. Fisher has no class and it will catch up to him.

Nolegrad2010

Calm down Craig. He called a bad game last night and I think he should hire an offensive coordinator. Going into the game the Noles had the 14th best rushing offense in the country and are now 9-1. Anyone who knows football knew this was exactly how this game was going to play out. This was Virginia Tech's season and we ended it.

miaminole

jimbo could not adjust to the agressive vatech defensive all night. not a single screen pass against their blitz, that sir is crappy coaching by jimbo! one last thing EJ is too inacurate with his throws and dont have the smarts to throw it away when he feels the blitz comming

bubbleRefuge

Yes Fisher needs to hire an OC. Given the level of talent, they should be playing better on the road offensively. EJ Manuel continues to take sacks at key times. He is not instinctive in the pocket. He doesn't evade the pass well. Maybe he needs to improve footwork in the pocket? Having said all that, it was a great character building. First time I can remember EJ Manuel winning a game in the 4th Quarter. FSU exercised some demons in this victory. Like the broadcasters said, FSU fans were thinking we were going to be in a field goal situation and probably add a page to the wide right saga.

There are some weapons on this offense and I would like to see less concern with offensive balance and turnovers and more attacking down field more frequently.

There is nothing worse in Football than having turnovers and being conservative on offense. Its a statistical dead end. Being more aggressive in the passing game will lead to turnovers, but it will also lead to chunk yardage and more big plays. We are seeing turnovers from this offense but not enough big plays to make up for them.


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