Alabama’s Defense Too Much For Florida State In Loss

Alabama head coach Nick Saban speaks to players against Florida State during the first half of an NCAA football game, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, in Atlanta. Photo: AP Photo/John Bazemore.

Florida State Seminoles couldn’t get by the number one ranked Alabama and loss by the final score of 24-7.

Alabama’s defense came out to play against FSU and proved to be the main reason why FSU couldn’t get past Alabama.

In the first half, FSU got off to a decent start as they went on an 11 play, 90-yard scoring drive led by QB Deondre Francois both wide receivers Nyqwan Murray and Auden Tate having a big impact on the drive. Tate was especially key on the drive as he had two grabs for 41 yards, including getting a fade pass in the corner of the end zone, using that 6’5 frame to his advantage.

After that, the offense didn’t have as much success. FSU couldn’t execute down the stretch, mainly on third down, failing to convert on eight straight third down conversions and that’s where Alabama’s defense is at its best.

FSU would get a couple of plays going, and then their defense would come in and stop them on second down in the backfield and then wouldn’t be able to do much on third down.

FSU had a hard time getting past the markers on third down, and that was a huge difference in the game.

It’s not like FSU didn’t have their chances either. Late in the first half, Alabama’s punter made a terrible punt that gave FSU great field position, but Francois got sacked on second down and lost yardage on third down and was forced to punt.

Then, they did get the ball down the field on the last drive of the half and even got the ball in the red zone, but Bama’s defense stood tall again and forced FSU into a field goal that got blocked to end the half.

Speaking of special teams, they didn’t do live up to expectations in this game with that field goal attempt blocked, and in the middle of the third quarter, got their punt blocked as well as Alabama recovered the ball at the eight-yard line in FSU’s territory.

Right after that, FSU fumbles the kickoff return right after FSU’s defense held Bama to a field goal and gave Bama great field position again and proceeded to score on the very first play after that miscue.

Francois comes out on the next two drive and proceeds to throw two straight interceptions as the avalanche of mistakes continues and the Bama defense shines.

That was the beginning of the end for FSU as Alabama took over the rest of the game and that was all she wrote.

Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois (12) reacts to his injury against Alabama defensive back Ronnie Harrison during the second half of an NCAA football game, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, in Atlanta. Alabama won 24-7. Photo: AP Photo/Mike Stewart.

It was a tough game for FSU, but it’s not like this loss was a major upset, they lost to the number one ranked team in the country. They still have a chance to get to where they want to get to.

The biggest loss, however, is the injury to Francois. It looked as if he suffered what looked to be a devastating knee injury. More on that in the coming days.

With the loss, the third ranked “for now” FSU starts off the season 0-1 (0-0 ACC) and will get ready to prepare to go up against UL Monroe at home next Saturday at 7:00 pm.


Anthony Abruzzo is a sports writer that covers the UCF Men's Basketball team. He is currently a student at UCF as well.