FSU defense struggles in loss to Louisville

by Gary Shelton on October 25, 2020

in general

Sunday, 3 a.m.

For a while, FSU could blame the previous coach. Maybe the coach before him.

Now, it simply seems that the new reality at Florida State is that the football team just isn't very good.

The Seminoles were drubbed, 48-16, by a 2-4 Louisville team Saturday. They gave up 21 points in the first quarter and never challenged.

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Louisville quarter Malik Cunningham threw for 278 yards in the victory.

“Defensively, gave up way too many explosive (plays)," said FSU coach Mike Norvell. "Couple of plays in man-to-man coverage. Didn’t do much to slow them up today. We got a lot of work to do within our program, have to continue to learn from these lessons.”

“I want to see growth. I want to see application of the lessons you’ve learned. There’s going to be mistakes that show up. In the moment, we have to make sure we’re playing the game it’s supposed to be played.”

FSU is off next week, then is home against Pitt.

Miami 19, Virginia 14: No one seems to be able to catch Clemson, but the Miami Hurricanes continue to look like perhaps the second-best team in the ACC.

D'Eriq King threw for 321 yards to lead the Hurricanes past Virginia Saturday night. Receiver Mike Harley caught 10 passes for 170 of the yards.

"I was proud of the way we played in the second half," said Miami coach Manny Diaz. "Obviously we need to finish red zone drives better. We left a lot of points out there on their field, but we were on the other end of that last week playing great red zone defense. That’s all part of it. You got to give Virginia credit. We know that they’ve got a prideful defensive football team. They’re hard to run against, but I thought the big point of the game was the play of our wide receivers and D’Eriq throwing the ball down the field. 

"This is what we have to prove that we can do. we have to be able to grind out wins when it's just hard to win. Virginia was making it tough. We were moving the ball. They were having a hard time stopping us at times, but we weren't getting the points in the red zone. We were settling for three."

Miami next plays on Nov. 6 in game at North Carolina State.

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