When Florida State scores on their opening possession this year they are 8-0. They scored for the 9th time on their opening possession on Saturday night and if things hold they could be 9-0 when they score on their first drive by the end of the night.
Florida State did exactly what it needed to on the opening possessions, they forced Georgia Tech into a three and out, got great field position on a bad Georgia Tech punt and punched it in after starting from the Yellow Jacket side of the 50. When you draw up setting the early tone on paper, it looks an awful lot like that.
The Seminoles displayed excellent balance in the first quarter, mixing the run and the pass, and though they stalled out on their next drive after their first score, they controlled the ball long enough keep the Yellow Jacket option off the field and make sure time of possession isn't slanted like it was in last weekend's lost to UF.
Florida State punched in another touchdown on their next possession to make it 14-0. James Wilder started to grind it out on the ground against a Georgia Tech defense that is going to have a tough time withstanding this kind of pounding down the stretch. FSU marched the ball down the field in just 7 plays and Wilder's 16-yard touchdown run capped things off.
Wilder was huge on the Seminoles next drive too. After Devonta Freeman opened the game with several good carries Wilder really took it over in the second quarter and showed anyone who's actually watching this game what a tremendous talent he's going to be next season.
So far Florida State has dominated the game in the trenches. The defensive line has held up against the option for the most part and aside from a long bomb and a late drive, the Tech offense has not threatened at all during the first half. Tim Jernigan showed up to play and has been a force from the middle all evening.
On the other side of the ball the Seminole ground game has been absolutely dominant. The FSU O-line has mauled the Tech D on several plays, the Yellow Jackets are clearly scared of EJ Manuel's running ability and nobody seems to be enjoying James Wilder. FSU has reeled off 147 yards on the ground so far.
Things are looking good for the Florida State faithful.
Of course, Raleigh taught Seminoles fans that their team can still lay a second half egg, but I don't think that's going to happen in this one. Florida State should cruise in the second half as long as they avoid mistakes.
Passing: EJ Manuel (7/9, 64)
Rushing: James Wilder Jr. (7-55, 2 TD)
Receiving: Darren Waller (1-42)