Af­ter open­ing drive, it was all down­hill for Semi­noles’ of­fense

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS MONDAY - By Luis Tor­res

GAINESVILL­E — For 10 plays, 75 yards and 4:20 sec­onds, Florida State’s of­fense looked like it could go toe-to-toe against Florida’s de­fense.


Semi­noles’ open­ing drive be­gan with a trick play di­aled up by of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Ken­dal Briles. Quar­ter­back James Black­man threw a pass to wide re­ceiver D.J. Matthews, who then pitched the ball to run­ning back Cam Ak­ers for a gain of seven yards.

Within three plays, FSU (6-6) was in the red zone and tied the game at 7-7 as Jor­dan Travis capped the drive with a 1-yard quar­ter­back sneak.

From there, the Semi­noles’ of­fense sput­tered in the first half en route to a 40-17 loss to the Ga­tors Satur­day at Ben Hill Grif­fin Sta­dium.

Dur­ing the five drives af­ter the open­ing score, FSU man­aged only one first down, had four punts and pro­duced only two yards of to­tal of­fense af­ter penal­ties and a sack.

The Ga­tors pounced on the mis­cues and the game got out of hand quickly for the Semi­noles.

Fa­mil­iar prob­lems flared up on FSU’s open­ing se­ries.

The Semi­noles were called for mul­ti­ple pre-snap penal­ties and Black­man missed a cou­ple of throws to wide re­ceiver Tamor­rion Terry. The of­fense fin­ished with 250 yards and was in­ef­fec­tive for most of the con­test.

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