State Roundup: Taggart thinks FSU quit against Clemson

by Gary Shelton on October 28, 2018 · 0 comments

in College Sports in Florida, Florida State University, general

Sunday, 1 a.m.

Question: What's that gooey substance on the bottom the cleats of the Clemson players?

Easy. That's what's left of the Florida State Seminoles.

Clemson embarrassed the FSU Seminoles Saturday afternoon, winning with ease in a 59-10 victory. Only a late touchdown by FSU kept it from being the worst margin in an FSU defeat (49 points, which tied).

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FSU lost 49-0 to Florida in 1973, 47-0 to Miami in 1976 and 58-14 to Southern Miss in 1981. But it's been a while since the Seminoles left a game looking this bad.

"It was an embarrassing performance," coach Willie Taggart said. "It's the first time since I’ve been here I felt like we had some guys who quit on our football team. That can’t be tolerated. One thing you can't do is quit. We have to do a good job  evaluating the film and make sure we have the right guys out there battling."

Taggart called his team "mentally weak."

Clemson scored 52 points in the second- and third-quarters. Get a load of this. It was worse than Clemson beat Furman, worse than they beat Georgia Southern, worse than they beat Georgia Tech. It was, in short, the worst moment of Willie Taggart's miserable first season at the FSU helm.

The Seminoles ended up with minus-21 yards rushing on 35 attempts for the day.

Freshman Trevor Lawrence threw for 314 yards and four touchdowns to lead Clemson.

Clemson lost 14 of the first 16 games it played against FSU, but now has won 10 of the last 16, including four in a row.

FIU 38, Western Kentucky 17: More and more, it looks as if the Panthers are the team to beat in Conference USA's East Division.

The Panthers improved their record to 6-2 Saturday night, winning decisively over Western Kentucky. Quarterback James Morgan threw for three touchdowns in the win, and running back D'Vonte Price ran for 119 yards.

FIU led 14-3 at the half, and 28-3 going into the final period.

FIU plays at rival FAU next Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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