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September 28, 2013

Rapid Reaction: FSU 48 Boston College 34


Florida State took hold of this one in the second half and did not let up despite Boston College's best efforts. 

That's not to say there weren't a fair share of mistakes, FSU will have plenty to correct come next week, but Jameis Winston and the Florida State offense provided more than enough fire power to overcome their defensive woes and FSU ran away with this game in the second half. 

After surrendering a field goal on BC's opening possession Jameis Winston answered by driving FSU 75 yards in nine plays and capping it with another Rashad Greene touchdown pass. A drive later the Seminoles added another touchdown on a Karlos Williams run to make it 38-20. 

Boston College wasn't done though. The Eagles had a very good day running the ball and QB Chase Rettig had a career-high four passing touchdowns. BC RB Andre Williams had a very impressive performance, running 28 times for 149 yards. He didn't score though, instead Rettig was able to punch Boston College in whenever they got close (he finished 19/29 for 198 yards, 4 TD and 2 INT).

Despite intercepting Rettig twice, BC was able to move the ball on FSU at points during the afternoon. The Seminoles entered the game ranked second nationally in total defense. They looked like a different unit come kickoff though. FSU surrendered 398 total yards and BC had a pulse until the final minutes - despite being down a couple of scores. 

But the offense was enough to carry FSU on Saturday. Winston finished 17/27 for 330 yards and four TD's and he also got great performances from all three of his big-time receivers. Kelvin Benjamin lead the way with three catch for 103 yards while both Rashad Greene and Kenny Shaw caught four passes. Greene had two scores and 90 yards while Shaw had 93 and the touchdown to end the first half.

On the ground FSU piled up 159 yards but never managed to control the line of scrimmage as they have the past three games.

Credit Boston College for giving FSU one heck of a game. They tested the Seminoles on defense and they kept the Seminoles from establishing a consistent run game. But in the end Winston and the Seminole offense proved too much for the Boston College. They scored 48 points and that was more than enough to get it done. 

I'll be back later tonight with more wrap-up and analysis.

Statistical Leaders:

Passing: Jameis Winston (17/27 330, 4 TD)
Rushing: Andre Williams (28-149)
Receiving: Rashad Greene (4-90, 2 TD) 


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Halftime: FSU 24 Boston College 17


Florida State fans were just given quite the first-half scare by Boston College. The Eagles were in control throughout the first quarter, stopping the Seminole offense and running all over the Florida State defense. 

BC had run up 124 rushing yards and held the ball for nearly 18 minutes. That's exactly what they set out to do against FSU too. 

But then Jameis Winston showed up and turned things in Florida State's favor.

Boston College wasted no time getting after Jameis Winston - forcing a three-and-out and pressuring the young QB all three plays during FSU's first drive - then took advantage of excellent field position to punch it in early. 

But unlike the past three games things didn't immediately turn around. Florida State legitimately struggled to stop Boston College's rushing attack early in this one. Andre Williams had 99 yards in the first half, BC was able to use some of FSU's defensive tendencies (inability to set the edge, over-pursuit) to their advantage and on the first two drives thoroughly out-schemed the Seminoles.

FSU was down 17-3 before they really got their legs under them. 

Then things got going and FSU quickly evened the score. A long pass to Rashad Greene and a short toss to Chad Abram evened things up 17-17 and more or less wiped the slate clean heading into the second half. Then on the final play of the first half Winston made arguably the best play of his young career, buying time and finding Kenny Shaw for the TD as the clock expired. 

FSU needs to make some adjustments defensively, but they were able to make stops on their final few drives and give the ball back to the offense. 

And after a rough first quarter Jameis Winston has recovered to go 9/13 of 217 yards and three touchdowns, he lead the Seminoles back with aplomb and FSU will enter the second half with all of the momentum.

Statistical Leaders:

Passing: Jameis Winston (9/13, 217 yards, 3 TD
Rushing: Andre Williams (21-99)
Receiving: Rashad Greene (3-80, TD)


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Pregame: FSU at Boston College


Florida State is getting set to take on Boston College at Alumni Stadium. This matchup should play out similarly to FSU's past three, expect the Eagles to try to control the tempo and run the ball. 

Florida State's defense has typically taken a drive or two to get locked in, but after that they are ranked second in total defense in the entire country and are 3rd in points allowed. BC has an offense that isn't necessarily suited to putting up points in bunches either, so if FSU can take the Eagles out of their gameplan early they could end up running away with this game. 

Check back at halftime and after the game for rapid reaction.

Here's your game capsule:

FSU at BC Preview (From Print)
Previewing the Opponent: BC
Five Things to Watch For
Week Five Injury Report 

Karlos Williams Likely to See Increased Role
The Tao of Jaboo (BC Edition)
Mondays With Jimbo (BC Edition)


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Five Things to Watch For: FSU at Boston College


Here are five things to watch for this afternoon when Florida State visits Boston College. 

1.) How quickly can FSU toss a wrench in BC's offensive plans?

Boston College wants to control the tempo of the game by pounding the ball with Andre Williams and keeping the Florida State offense off the field. That's a great plan if the game is close but if things start to get out of hands it becomes untenable. That means Florida State defense needs to make its stops on third downs, get off the field and the Seminole offense needs to put up points early. 

So far this season, FSU has not been what you would call a "first-half team." That's not to say they've played poorly but things have taken a drive or two to get going on both sides of the ball this year. If that happens today, BC could really agitate Florida State. But if FSU can put a few scores between themselves and BC early, the entire complexion of the game changes.

2.) Fans of Wild and Free may soon be screaming 'Free Wilder'

To say Karlos Williams has come on strong at running back would be an understatement. Since switching sides of the ball following the Pittsburgh game Karlos has scored three touchdowns and gained 193 yards on just 17 carries. On Monday Jimbo Fisher admitted he was testing his new back to make sure that he knew what he was doing. But if this week is any indication the training wheels are about to come off and Williams is about to get a bigger share of the carries.

That's not going to bother Devonta Freeman much, he's become the de facto number one back and will still get his share of carries. It could be bad news for James Wilder though. Both backs employ a very physical brand of running, but Williams has looked more explosive early and could start stealing Wilder's carries.

3.) Jalen Ramsey at Safety

Jalen Ramsey has already had a year of firsts. He made his first start of the season in the Seminoles' season opener - marking the first time a true freshman had started at corner since 1985 and in a season opener since '77. On Saturday - with Tyler Hunter out this week following a neck injury in the second half of the win over Bethune-Cookman - Ramsey will be starting the first game of his career at safety.

"He’s done it all week. He’s practiced there since two-a-days and cross-trains there all the time," said Jimbo Fisher on Thursday. "It’s like our receivers – one guy’s an X, a split end, a flanker or a slot. You learn to play all the positions you move around in, and they understand the total concepts of what’s back there in the secondary. He’s done a great job. He’s very intelligent.

4.) Jameis on the road, part deux

Last time Jameis Winston played on the road he was 25/27 for 356 yards and four touchdowns. I doubt he emulates that today but he has said that he almost prefers road games because of the 'us vs. the world' mentality they evoke. Winston has been solid through the first quarter of the season, throwing for 718 yards, 8 TD's and just one pick so far this year. BC's defense is talented but was also hurt through the air two weeks ago by USC. That means Winston should see plenty of opportunities to stretch the field given the speed of some of his receivers.

5.) Kermit on Kickoffs

Levonte "Kermit" Whitfield will now be the Seminoles' kick returner, replacing senior Lamarcus Joyner. Joyner didn't lose the job, he's just too valuable to risk injuring on a kickoff. That opens the doors for Whitfield who - according to many - is the fastest player on the Seminole roster.

"You’ve got all those guys doing so much that it’s good to give them a break and I think Kermit is very natural at it," said Fisher last Monday. "He’s very good at it and I think he’s mature enough and been around long enough to understand what we want. I’ve been very pleased with his progress; he made a very nice catch in the game. I think he’s progressing nicely and he’s very explosive and has a chance to make big plays.” 


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