3 things we learned from FSU football’s loss to Georgia Tech

Florida State quarterback James Blackman led the Seminoles' offense against Georgia Tech Saturday in Tallahassee

The first game of the Mike Norvell era in Tallahassee looked a lot like the product that got Willie Taggart fired last season.

Georgia Tech (1-0, 1-0 ACC) outgained Florida State (0-1, 0-1 ACC) by a 438-307 advantage in total yards gained including a 175-123 margin the second half.

Seminoles quarterback James Blackman finished 23-for-43 with 198 yards.

Georgia Tech at Florida State, 3:30 p.m. on ABC. The Jackets came up empty in the opening half thanks to a pair of interceptions and a pair of blocked field goals.


While everyone was watching Tamorrion Terry and worrying over a pass the Florida State receiver probably would never drop again under similar circumstances, the real problem lay on the ground back near the line of scrimmage Saturday. It's going to take the Seminoles time install and execute everything Norvell wants to do, and for that reason, it's tough to see Florida State scoring enough to pull away. Janarius Robinson even blocked an extra point.

The Seminoles had a pair of fourth-down chances on their last two drives but fell short.

The Yellow Jackets open the home portion of their 2020 schedule on Saturday, Sept. 19 when they host UCF at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The Yellow Jackets, who are in Year Two under coach Geoff Collins, are making a transition from the option to a spread offense. Then, he brought in Brady White, a player he'd coached at Arizona State, to continue the Tigers' run of success at the position.

Throughout the nine-month build-up to his first game as Florida State's head coach, Norvell preached special teams and defense.

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