Florida State's offense sputtered on Friday night at Boston College, but the defense was there to pick up the slack. It was only appropriate that after a dominating defensive performance that Jalen Ramsey put the game away with a scoop and score touchdown.
It hasn’t been the cleanest start in Florida State history, but the Seminoles are 3-0 and that’s what is important.
Here are five thoughts as FSU enters the bye week.
1. A Win at Boston College is Always a Good Thing
Boston College may not have the most talent in the country, but few teams play harder. Make the game a nationally televised Friday night affair honoring a fallen hero and the Eagles bring the passion to another level. The Seminoles have had trouble with Boston College recently and BC’s strong front seven keeps the Eagles in most every game. This was a win on the road; there is no reason to complain about the victory.
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2. Can They Move The Ball if Dalvin Cook is Stalled?
The offense in the first two games was primarily Cook running all over the place. Quarterback Everett Golson had a solid performance in game one, but the early part of the season has hinged on Cook. Friday night, with Cook shut down, Florida State’s offense had problems. It’s likely that the staff will use the bye week to try and add some sizzle to the passing game.
3. The Young Offensive Line Has to Mature
This was a major test for the guys up front. Nothing against Texas State and South Florida, but this was the first time that the Seminoles have seen a real FBS-caliber defensive front. They may only see a couple others this year that are as good as Boston College. The line struggled at times and Cook would have liked more running room, but Corey Martinez, Wilson Bell, and the other new starters will learn from this experience.
4. Cason Beatty was Outstanding
So much is made of kicker Roberto Aguayo (and rightfully so) that many overlook the talents of punter Cason Beatty. He was a major factor in the win on Friday. His seven punts averaged 52.3 yards and four of his kicks were downed inside the 20. Boston College also had just 25 return yards on those seven punts. Beatty did his job in helping...
5. Florida State’s Dominating Defense
Boston College has very few playmakers on offense, but that takes nothing away from the effort of the FSU defense. The Eagles' Jon Hilliman is a very good running back and he was held to seven yards on eight carries. There was also a pass rush that had been dormant. And a big part of the pressure came right up the middle, with Nile Lawrence-Stample and Derrick Nnadi each getting a sack. Overall, the defense could not have played any better.
— Written by Jon Kinne, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a college football fanatic. Kinne has been writing about recruiting for the Irish Sports Daily for 10 years. Follow him on Twitter @JonRKinne.