Things are not getting any easier for Florida State football under Willie Taggart. Once again, the team shot itself in the foot and blew a late lead to lose a big game.
The Seminoles collapsed against Boise State to start the year. Last week, it needed a missed extra point in overtime to survive Louisiana-Monroe.
Tonight, the ‘Noles traveled to face a Virginia team that is one of the favorites in the ACC Coastal. Up 24-17 in the fourth, FSU gave up two straight touchdowns to the Hoos to fall behind 31-24 with under three minutes left.
It wasn’t over for FSU, though.
James Blackman marched the ‘Noles 71 yards down the field, and had the team knocking on the door after completing a 16-yard pass to Keyshawn Helton to get to the Virginia four-yard line.
That’s when things fell apart.
Some clock weirdness caused an extra three seconds of run-off after the first down completion, giving FSU four seconds left in the game instead of seven. Either way, the ‘Noles should have spiked the ball to stop the clock.
Instead, Florida State ran a direct snap play to star running back Cam Akers, who took the ball right and was swallowed up near the line of scrimmage to end the game. It was a confusing moment and play call to end the game.
In college football, clock stops on the first down and doesn't start until it's ready for play.
Watch the clock not stop until three full seconds after FSU's first down, leading FSU not to clock it and instead run a nothing play to lose the game.
Real bad pic.twitter.com/0KkZb3fknq
— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) September 15, 2019
Florida State falls to 1-2. The most optimistic view possible is that Taggart’s team had good Boise State and Virginia teams on the ropes, but the failure to finish both of those games just adds more incredibly bad marks to Taggart’s rough FSU tenure.
The ‘Noles are now 6-9 since Taggart took over the team, after missing a bowl at 5-7 last fall. If things don’t get sorted out quickly, he may not finish out the season.