TALLAHASSEE — state of Florida defeated Georgia Tech, 41-16, on Saturday afternoon. Here’s a look at some final notes and numbers from this win for the Seminoles:
– FSU’s captains for the game were the offensive linemen Dylan Gibbonsdefensive line Dennis Briggs Jr.as well as defensive techniques Fabien Lovett and Robert Cooper.
– FSU won the toss for just the second time this season. FSU decided to kick.
– Run back Trey Benson he made his first ever collegiate start on Saturday. Benson was the only new starter for the Seminoles on offense Saturday compared to their starting lineup against Clemson.
– Quarterback Jordan Traviswide receiver Johnny Wilsonleft offensive guard Dylan Gibbonsand right offensive guard D’Mitri Emmanuel they have started every game for the Seminoles this season.
– Defensive action Fabien Lovett returned to the starting lineup, making his third appearance and third start of the season. Defensive end Leonard Warner III he was also in the starting lineup, which was a different look than FSU’s against Clemson. It was his second start this season.
– Nose aids Robert Cooperlinebacker Tatum Bethunelinebacker Kalen DeLoachnickel back Kevin Knowles IIas well as security Akeem Dent and Jamie Robinson have started all eight games this season for FSU.
– For the third time in school history, FSU had a passer with 375 yards (Jordan Travis), 100-yard receiver (Johnny Wilson) and a 100-yard rusher (Trey Benson). FSU previously did it against Clemson in 2000 and Maryland in 1992.
– Travis finished with a career-high 396 yards. He tied a career high with 24 completions (on 38 attempts) and three touchdowns. He threw for 270 yards in the first half, the most yards ever thrown for in one half of football. He has completed at least 60 percent of his passes in nine of his last 12 games. Completed passes to 10 different players, a season high. For his career, Travis ranks 14th in FSU history with 346 completions; 14th with 4,731 passing yards and 16th with 35 passing yards.
– Had a pair of touchdown passes of 60 or more yards, hitting Wilson on a 78-yard touchdown pass. Run back Lawrence Toafili also had a 62-yard touchdown reception. It was the first time since 2019 that a Florida State quarterback had a pair of touchdown passes of 60 or more yards in the same game.
– The pass to Wilson was the longest pass of Travis’ career and the longest catch for Wilson. It was FSU’s longest offensive play of the year and the Noles’ longest reception since a 91-yard completion in the 2019 Sun Bowl.
– Wilson had 111 receiving yards in the game to lead all Seminoles. It was his fourth straight game in which he had at least a share of the lead in receiving yards for FSU. He eclipsed 100 receiving yards for the second time this season (149, Louisville). He now has a team-leading four touchdowns this season.
– Wide receiver Ja’Khi Douglas had a 24-yard touchdown reception. He has two touchdown receptions in the only two games he has played this season. He also had a 27-yard reception to open the game, his longest catch of the 2022 season. Douglas’ touchdown came on the Seminoles’ first drive of the second half. FSU has scored on its first drive of the half 11 of 16 times this season.
– Toafili also had a 7-yard rushing touchdown to match his long receiving touchdown streak. Since then, he has been the first Seminole Cam Akers in 2019 (vs. Wake Forest and ULM) to have a rushing and receiving touchdown in the same game. He had a career-high 84 receiving yards and leads FSU with five rushing touchdowns this year.
– Benson had a career high 111 rushing yards. He had a pair of runs of 20+ yards in the game, giving him seven such rushes on the season.
– Run back CJ Campbell, working through a broken leg in the preseason, made his Seminole debut. Scored his first career rushing touchdown.
– FSU finished with 642 total offensive yards – 396 passing yards and 246 rushing yards. FSU averaged 7.8 yards per play. The Seminoles ran 21 more offensive plays than GT. Averaged 16.5 yards per completion. They averaged 5.7 yards per rush. The Seminoles had 32 first downs in the game, the most against a P5 opponent this season.
– FSU had 17 “big plays” that combined for 456 yards. FSU had nine passes that combined for 319 yards – 35+ yards per game. FSU had eight rushing plays that totaled 137 yards – including three rushes of 20 or more yards.
– The Seminoles were 9-of-15 (60%) on third-down conversions and 1-of-2 (50%) on fourth-down conversions. FSU’s average distance on third down was 5.9 yards. FSU converted four times by passing and five times by rushing. They also converted two with a penalty.
– FSU allowed just three tackles for loss and one sack in the game.
– Three of FSU’s touchdowns came on drives that were 90 or more yards.
– FSU finished 4 of 5 in the red zone and scored 20 total points.
– FSU had three fumbles in the game and lost two of them. Toafili lost both. The Jackets turned one of the fumbles into a field goal.
– FSU held Georgia Tech to 24 yards on 24 plays in the first half, with two sacks and eight tackles for loss. Three of the Yellow Jackets’ points came on four yards. FSU led 24-3 at halftime, the fifth time this season the Noles have held an opponent to three or fewer points in the first 30 minutes (Duquesne, LSU, Boston College, NC State).
– Georgia Tech was 1-for-8 on third down and had just one first down in the first half. FSU’s defense is holding opponents to an average of 144.9 yards of total offense in the first half, averaging 62.0 rushing yards and 82.9 passing yards in the first half of games this season.
– Georgia Tech would finish with 264 total yards – 198 yards passing and 66 yards rushing. Zach Pyronin his first career game, he was 18 of 28 passing for 198 yards and a passing touchdown (a 32-yard pass on EJ Jenkins). Pyron also finished the game with an 8-yard touchdown run on the final play of the game.
– The longest play FSU allowed to Georgia Tech was a 32-yard touchdown pass from Pyron to Jenkins. It was one of two plays of 20 or more yards allowed by FSU – the other being a 28-yard completion from Pyron to Jenkins.
– GT averaged 4.3 yards per play. Averaged 9.9 yards per completion. They averaged 2.2 yards per rush.
– GT was 2 of 13 (15.4%) on third down conversions and 2 of 3 (66.7%) on fourth down conversions. The average distance on third downs for the Yellow Jackets was 11.7 yards.
– FSU forced 3-and-outs on five of Georgia Tech’s 11 drives.
– The Yellow Jackets were 2 of 3 in the red zone and scored 10 points.
– Jackets did not make a turnover.
– FSU’s defense finished with four sacks and 10 tackles for loss, both season highs. Warner III and Bethune each had career highs with 1.5 sacks. Defensive end Jared Verse he had 2.5 tackles for loss, tying his team-leading 11.0 tackles for loss on the season. He also had a sack, bringing his total to a team-leading 4.5 sacks on the season. Robinson, who led FSU with 10 tackles, tied his career high with 1.5 tackles for loss. Robinson has 11 career games with double figures.
– Defensive line Shambre Jackson made his Seminole debut late in the game.
– Georgia Tech recovered an onside kick to open the second half. The Yellow Jackets have successfully recovered six straight onside kick attempts since 2020.
– Kicker Ryan Fitzgerald he made field goals of 24 and 34 yards that day.
– FSU didn’t punt for the first time since 2010.
– The Seminoles had a total of 10 units. FSU scored on seven drives (five touchdowns, two field goals). They had one drive end on downs and a couple of drives ended in fumbles. FSU didn’t have a 3-and-out in the game.
– FSU committed a season-high 13 penalties for a season-high 104 yards in the game. FSU had eight offensive penalties (for 60 yards) and five defensive penalties (for 44 yards).
– GT committed nine penalties for 107 yards.
– Time of Possession: FSU 34:53 | GT 25:07
– Florida State improved to 15-11-1 all-time against Georgia Tech, including going 15-4 as an ACC opponent and 7-2 in Tallahassee. Georgia Tech had its two-game winning streak snapped against FSU. The Yellow Jackets haven’t lost to FSU since the 2014 ACC Championship Game and haven’t lost to the Seminoles in the regular season or at Doak Campbell Stadium since 2003.
– FSU’s 5-3 start is their best start since the 2016 season when they went 5-3 through eight games.
Excerpts from FSU and GT postgame notes.