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Matt Baker’s takeaways from Florida State-N.C. State

The Seminoles’ offensive line recorded another new low Saturday.
N.C. State quarterback Bailey Hockman (16) throws against Florida State in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tallahassee. [MARK WALLHEISER | AP]
Published Sep. 29

Although Florida State’s offense is clearly better than it was last year, its offensive line remains a mess. Through 40 minutes, the Seminoles had already allowed eight sacks, setting a single-game school record.

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I thought Bailey Hockman might have been FSU’s best quarterback option in 2018 before he lost the job and transferred to North Carolina State. He came off the bench Saturday and threw for his first career touchdown in the fourth quarter … giving him a score at Doak Campbell Stadium after all.

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I’ve seen a lot of things in my career, but I think this was a first: FSU was flagged for illegal formation on a punt early in the second quarter. So add that to the list of weird Seminoles mistakes in the Willie Taggart era.

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