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Published: Sun, September 25, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

No. 13 Florida State rebounds and routs South Florida 55-35

No. 13 Florida State rebounds and routs South Florida 55-35

His team is healthy and has its two best defensive players available, which wasn't the case past year when Florida State broke up a tight game in the second half and won 34-14 in Tallahassee. Their presence should make a big difference. Sacks and penalties are putting Florida State in unmanageable down and distance situations, and defenses are still testing freshman quarterback Deondre Francois. They're the first conference obstacle that stands in Miami's way and whether they best the Tigers or not, how they perform on Thursday night is crucial to the Hurricanes' game planning. "I call him a war daddy". But at the same time, yelling and ranting and raving now isn't going to do anything. He has started slowly this season with 228 rushing yards in three games. It's pretty cool. This atmosphere is what we all wanted and we know what can happen here in the Bay. "Last year we did a poor job of tackling and he made us pay". Big, strong. We recruited a lot of their guys. The run blocking has been poor, as the Seminoles are close to last in percentage of rushes for zero or negative yards as well as yards before first contact. Florida State is coming off a brutal beatdown at Louisville last week; how will that affect the Seminoles this week? USF is 3-0 and needs some respect. Taggart tried to downplay the significance of the game earlier in the week, but in less than 24 hours changed his narrative.

After missing the second game of the season, Mack is now averaging 9.6 yards per carry, but the sample size is small with only 18 attempts so far. That's probably about the best way you can stop him and even when you say 'stop him, ' you're really just slowing him down. The surprising play of an inexperienced offensive line has also buoyed the Bulls hopes. USF is the one at home.

"We got to defend Dalvin Cook". "If we can, we want to".

"We don't want anyone to give it to us, we want to earn it, and it's an opportunity for us to go out and do that this weekend".

Offensively, Florida State football is averaging 267.0 yards in passing and 167.0 yards in rushing.

Cook scored on a 75-yard run on the Seminoles' first play from scrimmage, an immediate response to USF starting the game with Quinton Flowers and Rodney Adams teaming on an 84-yard catch-and-run for a quick 7-0 lead.

"He has been our bell cow since he's been here", Taggart said. We're not going to try to be like Louisville.

South Florida (3-1) is off to its fastest start since 2011, however the Bulls were no match for a talented bunch that began the season with expectations of contending for its second national title in four years. "Outstanding team, undefeated, averaging 50 points a game", Fisher said. The on-field preparation ended with today's final workout at the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility before the team heads south for Saturday's 12 p.m. kickoff on ABC.

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