Blackman’s late touchdown pass lifts Seminoles

by Gary Shelton on October 1, 2017 · 0 comments

in College Sports in Florida, Florida State University, general

Sunday, 1 a.m.

The FSU Seminoles are winners again.

Finally. Closely. Homely. But they won.

James Blackman, the freshman quarterback of the Seminoles, threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Auden Tate with only 53 seconds to playfor a 26-19 victory. Blackman, starting his second game, struggled for much of the day, but made the winning throw when it counted.

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FSU had been 0-2 for the first time since 1989.

"Winning football," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said, "isn't always pretty."

Blackman had a quarterback rating of only 11.5

"We picked our moments to try to get him to be aggressive," Fisher said, "and he made the plays when he had to make the plays,” Fisher said.

For Fisher, it seems that he hadn't won for a while.

It’s been so long since we felt it — it’s been since last year,” Fisher said. “Man, that’s what that feels like. That’s what this locker room feels like.

“You can never take anything for granted, and (forget) how special winning is. It’s the next step. It’s part of growing. You should never under-appreciate winning and how valuable those things are and how easily they can go away. And how quickly they can come back if you do the right things. … It’s the first step of trying to become a better football team.”

For the Seminoles, Jacques Patrick had 120 yards rushing.

FSU travels to Miami next week, a rivalry game in which the Seminoles will likely be underdogs for the first time in a while.

“If you had won some games, been ahead, that body language is different,” Fisher said. “In anything you do, the word confidence – there is nothing greater. There is nothing more important than confidence. And you hadn’t had success. So the confidence – they’re doubting. That’s where as a coach you’ve got to remind them what they have to do, what the program is built on.”






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