5 questions, 5 answers: FSU edges out UF to finish 9-3

Well, that was fun.

No. 16 Florida State (9-3, 5-3 ACC) capped off a huge leap to the third season under head coach Mike Norville on Friday with a victory over the Florida Gators (6-6, 3-5 SEC), improving on four wins from last season.

The Seminoles earned every inch of the win, as a feisty Gators who were able to find plenty of success on the offensive side of the ball fought to keep things close throughout the game.

To smash the win, the Tomahawk Nation Staff addresses five questions below.

What was your favorite Jordan Travis play of the night?

Berry: They were all great, but the second play in the red zone (which wasn’t called a touchdown but was a touchdown) was especially great because he had Just He did that against a Florida defense previously. It is a testament to Travis’ playmaking ability that he is now expected to be able at any given moment to string several sack-dodging plays.

LastNoleOfKrypton: Would anyone pick anything over that Houdini moment in the red? baby charm.

Evan Johnson: I refuse to pick one. He wasn’t perfect but he was calm, cool, collected, and forced FSU’s offense to execute.

NoleThruandThru: Yes.

Juan Montalvo III: My favorite was the time Jordan beat the Gators.

Tommy Meer: I don’t really have a favourite. Pretty much any time Travis got into the open field it made my jaw drop.

Why was UF able to find success against the FSU defense?

LastNoleOfKrypton: UF offensive line played once in a match; They were able to capitalize on a minor miscommunication affecting both coverages and running shifts.

EVAN JOHNSON: UF has a good offense but it looks like FSU is confused by all the movement that UF used and they shouldn’t be. They just saw a similar crime. They knew what was coming. UF has a good OL too and they played a very good game. Fortunately, Billy Napier quite stupidly came out of the inning and stopped trying to run the ball.

Perry: Poor contact in the secondary kept leading to receivers wide open, then poor stalking angles by FSU defenders in open space helped ramp up those already big plays. With all the success Florida State has had on defense this year, the secondary has been a concern in many games and almost cost FSU this game.

NoleThruandThru: FSU was hampered by emotion in the first half, and in the second half there were multiple instances of confusion before the snap that UF took advantage of. Lots of fouls on both sides of the ball, but credit goes to the UF offensive line as well. They did whatever they wanted against the Soviet line of defense for much of the night.

Juan: The really physical play from UF seemed to upset FSU in the first half. They were able to recover and regroup, showing their physicality. The goal line near the stands showed what the FFA could do once it settled down.

Tommy Meyer: The backs were hitting the gaps really well and the double teams up front were making huge holes to get through. Richardson’s size and running ability were certainly evident when he saw a pass.

What did the win tell you about this team and program?

LastNoleOfKrypton: Climbing gets more fun with every game; I can’t wait to see who we face in the bowl game.

EVAN JOHNSON: They own the state at the moment. There is still a lot of room for improvement but they have also shown a lot of fighting. They haven’t collapsed in on themselves like they did earlier this season. The progression is not linear but they sure do.

Berry: That’s what it’s supposed to look like. FSU finished the year on a five-game winning streak, looking like the better team in almost all of their games this season. The team has been able to handle adversity, pressure and expectations, and given the increased signs of progress we’ve seen over the past few years, should make you excited to see what can happen in 2023.

NoleThruandThru: A team is still learning to deal with its emotions, which is a very difficult balance to achieve in a rivalry game. Mike Norville was up for it, constantly reminding the team to maintain the mental edge, and many players responded to him the same way. Cameras caught Aya pointing at his head and accepting responsibility for a penalty kick, an excellent example of coexistence and leadership.

Juan: This team – and I think the program – has the guts. We knew it, but Norville’s first two teams, all of Willie’s teams, and even Jimbo’s last two teams might have gotten sucked into this situation.

Tommy Meyer: These guys play for each other and the improvement is obvious, which was noticeable even in fall camp. It’s a solid foundation Mike Norville built on and the seniors leave the program in the best shape it has been in a long time.

Which win was more fun – Florida or Miami?

LastNoleOfKrypton: This was more fun; Miami was the blast that was most satisfying.

Evan Johnson: How do you choose a favorite child? For me, winning against UF will always be more rewarding than beating UM. I think part of it has to do with the SEC garbage that’s always here. If FSU plays in the SEC, they are undefeated. I can say that because they are already undefeated in the SEC without playing in that conference.

Perry: Are you a neutral viewer pleaser? Tonight, because that was just fun football. FSU fans though? There was probably no sense of fun until Florida State took over to kneel down the clock at four. Hitting Miami and adding to an already miserable season, that was great.

NoleThruandThru: Miami was more fun, but tonight was a lot more satisfying.

JOAN: What did NTT say.

Tommy Meyer: Miami. This win made me not watch some of the plays for fear that I would somehow feel it and the score/finish was too close for comfort. But hey, they started the season with a thrilling win over LSU and ended it in similar fashion.

No doubt, just a blank slate to use non-overtly creative language to describe tonight’s referees

LastNoleOfKrypton: They bet UF +9.5

EVAN JOHNSON: Obviously, the conferences don’t care about doing their part in any sport. A lot of times it’s hard to apply the rules consistently and then you have what happened tonight. I have no words for the way the referees ran this game.

Perry: The press boxes are usually very restrained in speaking out when the umpires make calls — but across the board, from all the different outlets and teams, every time this crew did something, there was a collective exhibition of indignation. Those idiots actually did a clear touchdown review that had a clear goal, turned the score around but then didn’t call the late kick????

NoleThruandThru: Remember when they missed an obvious game delay? You remember Pepperidge Farm.

Anyway, enough about these bones. How the hell could a recruit at Doak tonight not have FSU as a serious competitor? Huge shout out to the fans for creating an electric atmosphere for the recruits of 2023, 24th, 25th, and yes, even the 26th, to vouch for! Tonight the nation saw that Doak can still rock the night with the best of them.

Juan: No explicit language? this b -[censored, arrested, identity wiped from the internet]

Tommy Meyer: I actually heard that a fan who jumped over the fence while storming the field broke his ankle and it looked pretty bad (if you’re reading this in your hospital bed by any chance, I hope you’re okay, seriously). But I’m amazed the refs didn’t stop the celebrations to see if their ankle was really broken and then issue a 10-yard penalty only to reverse five minutes later.

Aside from that, the fans storming the field was a first for me and we had a nice view from the press box. This win was truly the happiest I’ve seen FSU fans in a long time. A very good end to the regular season.

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