Coaches had used it a few times this season before showcasing it in Saturday's 35-17 win against Syracuse. The Orange are winless in five trips to Tallahassee, with their last contest there a 27-24 nail-biter in 2017. And despite having lost two games in a row, the Seminoles' opponents in those games were the two best teams in the ACC.
Florida State and Syracuse have equal records but not equal performance through seven games. In that game, Floyd Little led the Orange to a win in Archbold Stadium.
The Seminoles attempted a double pass in the third quarter that went to a touchdown.
At 9-11 during his FSU tenure and with doubt already looming, it's hard to see Taggart bouncing back from becoming the first FSU coach to have consecutive losing seasons since Darrell Mudra in the mid-1970s. The problems for Syracuse have been on the offensive side of the ball, as the Orange been downright miserable in losses to Pittsburgh and North Carolina State. The two will kickoff at 3:30 ET.
Cam Akers has done a little of everything to help Florida State this season. The junior has rushed for over 100 yards on four separate occasions this season, including last week against Wake Forest when he combined for 199 yards and two touchdowns from scrimmage.
That could have ended so poorly for the Seminoles with Hornibrook that far back and getting tackled immediately after getting rid of the ball.
Along with massive senior guard Cole Minshew, who missed the first half of this season while recovering from a neck injury, the Seminoles now have added three new starters to a line that was once again struggling to find any real consistency. Miami's offense is more efficient with Williams. Last Miami rallied from 27-7 down to defeat Florida State. Containing Akers will certainly be the foremost priority for Syracuse. It was another example of questionable decision making and clock mismanagement, the type of mistakes Syracuse fans are getting exhausted of seeing more than halfway through the season. Then, shortly after kickoff, DeVito was sacked twice on the first series and Florida State scored on its first two possessions. Look for FSU to make a push for bowl eligibility by covering this spread and shutting down an unremarkable Syracuse offense. The Orange are looking to pick up their first conference win of the season and are the only winless ACC team in conference play.
"And like I've said all year, we've been committed to Jarren, but we're also committed to a standard, which last week that standard pointed toward N'Kosi". Fresh off one of the best games of his career, Akers figures to give SU fits all day.
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