Saturday, May 26, 2018
Colleges

Perfect start to season doesn't hide FSU's flaws

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State knew what it was getting into on Saturday, knew it was going to get Boston College's best shot.

The No. 8 Seminoles bested the Eagles 48-34 and the main story line as FSU departed Boston on Saturday evening was a near-miraculous last-second touchdown pass that saw Jameis Winston evade two defenders before finding Kenny Shaw for a 55-yard touchdown.

But FSU also was met with significant resistance. BC — fresh off a bye week — came in well-rested and well-prepared and potentially exposed cracks in the Seminoles' defense and special teams.

The Seminoles (4-0) have made a habit of slow starts this season. They trailed Pittsburgh in their opener, fell behind Nevada early and took a couple of drives to get going against Bethune-Cookman.

Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium was no different.

"We've got to learn to start better. We had some mistakes, some critical mistakes I thought on that first drive on offense that were inexcusable," coach Jimbo Fisher said.

In total the Eagles amassed 397 yards and the 34 points they scored was the most against FSU in the series' history.

This is the portion of FSU's schedule where things get difficult too.

The Seminoles host No. 25 Maryland on Saturday before traveling to Clemson in three weeks to face the third-ranked Tigers. N.C. State visits the following weekend. Then the annual slugfest with the 14th-ranked Miami Hurricanes at home is on Nov. 2.

FSU's offense has scored points in bunches this year — putting up at least 48 in every game this season — but if Saturday was any indication, the Seminoles' young defense may not be as far along in coordinator Jeremy Pruitt's new scheme as FSU would like.

"We've got to get better in all three phases," Fisher said after the game. "But guys we're a work in progress. We're learning to win on the road, we're very proud of that, and we're 4-0."

GETTING HIS KICKS: When it comes to redshirt K Roberto Aguayo, Fisher doesn't want to talke about it.

"Dadgumit, don't jinx it," Fisher said with a chuckle.

Aguayo is 26 for 26 on extra points and 7 for 7 on field goals in his first four games. His 47 points are on pace to surpass Dustin Hopkins' Florida State single-season scoring record of 140 set last season. Hopkins accomplished the feat as a senior, and set the ACC career scoring mark with 466 points — which was also the NCAA career scoring record by a kicker.

"Being able to watch Dustin perform and prepare has really helped him," Fisher said. "He's got a great head on his shoulders and has just been very consistent for us."

SEMINOLE MADNESS: While several basketball teams already have begun practice, FSU debuts at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Fans are encouraged to attend teh free event and interact with the players.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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