No offense, no problem for the Florida State Seminoles. All thanks to the defense, which shut the Florida Gators down for majority of the game, until they cracked the scoreboard in the fourth quarter.
It was a defensive battle the entire game, but the Seminoles made fewer mistakes, which turned out to be the key to their 21-7 victory. This is the first time they have won back-to-back games against the Gators since 2002-2003.
The game should have been a blowout, but thanks to the inability of the offense to move the ball yet again and some terrible play-calling, that didn't happen.
Instead, the Seminoles had to rely on a defense that has looked like the defenses of the '90s in the past seven games, flying all over the field, making big plays, and causing havoc for the quarterback.
They held the Gators to 184 total yards, caused four turnovers and tallied two sacks. The most outstanding stat defensively was the 13 tackles for loss. That is no easy task when you are squaring off against a speedy offense like the one the Gators have.
Defensive coordinator Mark Stoops has his defense playing top-notch football right now. Only if head coach Jimbo Fisher could get his offense in gear, maybe this could have been a better season.
"I didn't call that game as an offensive coordinator," Fisher said on WarChant.com. "You had to call it the way the game was flowing. We were controlling it and they were having a hard time scoring."
This is a quote that makes no sense to be and actually frustrates me as a fan, "The way the game was flowing."
Are you kidding me? Had he called the game the way it should have been called, the starters would have been out after the third quarter. Instead, he put more pressure on the defense. Which fortunately didn't bend or break.
Regardless of who the Seminoles play in their bowl game, they will rely heavily on their defense yet again to get the job done.
In a sense, the defense is their best offense right now and at this point it's all about winning. There is no better way to close out a season than beating your rival and winning your bowl game.