State roundup: Florida schools beaten once again

by Gary Shelton on November 4, 2018 · 0 comments

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Franks was benched in the Gators' loss./CARMEN MANDATO

Sunday, 3 a.m.

Oh, what a state the state of Florida football is in.

Florida, a state that once dominated college football with national championships and Heisman Trophies and top draft choices, suffered its second straight horrendous week Saturday.

-- Florida, at one point a top 10 team in the nation, fell for the second time, losing a 38-17 decision to Missouri in its homecoming game.

-- FSU was clobbered, 47-28, by 21st-ranked North Carolina State. The

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Seminoles have now given up 106 points in two weeks of losses.

-- USF, too, was embarrassed, losing 41-15 to a 4-5 Tulane team. The Bulls, undefeated going into last weekend, has given up 98 points in two weeks.

-- Miami lost to unranked Duke, 20-12, at home for the first time in 42 years.

-- FAU did win, but that may be because they were playing against another Florida school. The Owls upset FIU 49-14;

In other words, it was a painful week for the locals. Once again, only UCF is in the national picture, although the Knights are barely in any serious discussion for the national playoffs. Still, 8-0 isn't anything to sneeze about.

Missouri 38, Florida 17: Florida's highly regarded defense struggled against the Tigers, giving up 250 yards passing and 223 yards rushing. Missouri quarterback Drew Lock threw for three touchdowns against Florida.

Florida trailed only 7-3 after one period, but surrendered 28 points in the second and third periods.

Florida ended up pulling quarterback Feleipe Franks in favor to Kyle Trask in the game. Franks hit only nine of 22 passes for 84 yards before giving way.

“We’ll see if there’s a drastic change this week,” Mullen said. “We’re going to go with the guy that gives us the best chance to win.

“(It was a) harsh reality for us as a team. A little bit of a reality check for the guys. We might have a little inflated opinion of ourselves.”

N.C. State 47, FSU 28: For the second straight week, the FSU defense was steamrolled by its opponents. FSU has given up 941 yards over the last two weeks.

Backup quarterback James Blackman threw for 421 yards and four scores in his first start of the year, but the Noles rushed for just 24 yards. In their last two games, FSU has rushed for a total of three yards.

“I love this football team,” FSU coach Willie Taggart said. “I love our guys. They’re trying to do the things we ask them to do. …

“Our guys know how to play football. We’ve got to teach them to win.”

FSU plays at Notre Dame this week, then finishes with Boston College and Florida.

Duke 20, Miami 12: The Blue Devils won in Miami for the first time since 1976.

The Hurricanes have waffled between quarterback Malik Rosier and N'Kosi Perry. Saturday night, the two combined for just 111 yards through the air.

Miami did run the ball well enough, getting 133 yards from Travis Homer and 124 from Deejay Dallas.

“I don’t have a lot of really good answers right this minute,” Miami coach Mark Richt said. “I’m sure you all have a bunch of questions, it’s just … heartbreaking to not be able to get the victory. We put a lot into it and didn’t get it done.”

FAU 49, FIU 14: The Owls changed quarterbacks and ended up with 439 yards of total offense.

FAU went to quarterback De'Andre Johnson -- originally at FSU -- in the second quarter. But as long as their quarterback was handing off to Devin Singletary, it didn't matter. Singletary had 184 yards and scored three touchdowns in the win.

“That’s how we should’ve been playing all year long,” FAU coach Lane Kiffin said. “It’s good to see, especially in the second half. Thirty-five-nothing run on the road against an undefeated conference team, it takes a lot of kids doing things right.”


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