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