Third Down Conversions/Offensive Line
FSU football converted 11 of 17 third down conversion attempts (65 percent) against a “vaunted” LSU defense Sunday night.
The most impressive thing was that FSU overcame several situations where they got behind the chains with either a penalty or tackle for a loss allowed.
However, a combination of beautiful playcalling from Mike Norvell and the offensive line held up enough for Jordan Travis to make plays down the field with his wide receivers.
This aspect wasn’t something the FSU offense could have done last year because Jordan Travis hadn’t developed into the passer he is now, nor was the offensive line as deep and good. There were several times where Jordan Travis had a nice pocket to throw from Sunday night.
If FSU doesn’t convert those third downs at that clip, LSU likely begins several possessions with decent field position, and anything could have happened.
Those sustained drives also meant the LSU defense stayed on the field quite a bit and likely caused them to tire as the Noles scored on every possession in the second half except the last one.
Overall, FSU football possessed the ball for nearly nine minutes longer than LSU.