FSU Football: 3 takeaways from ‘Noles win over Northern Illinois

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FSU football made offensive progress against a decent defense in Northern Illinois. We look at three takeaways from the win.

We asked if FSU football would show signs of life on offense against Northern Illinois earlier this week. Boy did they ever, scoring touchdowns on their first two possessions and averaging over eight yards per play.

The defense continued to be lights out as they only allowed NIU to average less than a yard per play in the first quarter. In contrast, FSU ran 29 offensive plays in the first QUARTER compared to the same amount of plays in the first HALF of the Syracuse game.

It was completely night and day from the first three games and FSU fans were in shock on social media asking “who’s this team?”

Of course it wasn’t possible to sustain that level of play over the course of four quarters, but it was a good indication of things.

I should point out the Noles caught a couple of breaks as well regarding deflections and a possible interception

Their first quarter play told us the players actually care about getting better and the coaches were able to find combinations on the offensive line that were better than the first three weeks.

The second half of the game was much sloppier on offense and the defense was put in bad positions by the offense and gave up some scores. However, I came away from this game with a semblance of confidence they could go on the road and win next week at Louisville.

Let’s get to our three takeaways from the game.

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