Florida State football traveled to South Bend after a win over Jacksonville State in which the Seminoles defense allowed just three points in the second half.
Defensive coordinator Adam Fuller was looking to reinforce some of those halftime adjustments against veteran quarterback Ian Book and the Fighting Irish. Like every other team so far, Notre Dame has taken advantage of Florida State’s understaffing in the linebacker position group.
Here are our defensive observations of FSUs loss à ND.
- Notre Dame took advantage of the Florida State Seven’s Front overnight. The Fighting Irish raced all over the Seminoles, even when Fuller had the Noles in position. And when they weren’t in position, ND took advantage of the big games. In the first half alone, ND ran for 240 yards for 12 yards per carry and had six wins over 10 points, including three from 45 yards or more.
- When they weren’t taking advantage of the supports in the running game, they attacked them in the passing game. Notre Dame made extensive use of his tight ends and running supports in midfield. Five of the 11 finishes of the first half went to the tight ends of Notre-Dame or to the running backs.
- The defense kept the Noles in the game from the start by taking advantage of Notre Dame’s mistakes. In the match’s first practice, Amari Gainer stripped running back Kyren Williams of the ball, and Asante Samuel fell on it for his second recovered fumble of the year. Florida State also recovered a muff point in the first quarter. The two takeaways led to 10 points in the state of Florida.
- Florida State and Fuller mixed it up a bit, but nothing worked. When they brought in some blitzes, Book took out the ball quickly to open the receivers. When they rushed four, the defensive line couldn’t generate any pressure. When the defensive line doesn’t play like the All-Americans they were meant to be, the FSU’s defense is going to have a hard time stopping decent infractions.
- Brendan Gant was one of the points of defense, if not the brightest. The young security flashed several times, including a big head-to-head tackle to keep a tight end of Notre Dame out of the end zone. Gant has always been a big, energetic hitter in the defensive back. If he can find himself in better positions at a more consistent pace, he will be a high impact player in the defense of the Seminoles.