Red Zone Scoring
FSU tied for No. 12 nationally with 61 trips inside the red zone. They didn’t have any problems getting there, but it was capitalizing on those opportunities when they presented themselves that bit them in the butt.
FSU football ranked No. 60 nationally in scoring percentage inside the red zone, and most of the blame can go towards kicker Ryan Fitzgerald and how his kicking woes impacted playcalling, or he missed makeable field goals.
FSU ranked No. 23 nationally on touchdowns scored in the red zone. However, their inability to run the ball on a condensed field likely contributed to their woes. FSU only averaged 2.84 yards per rush in the red zone, and it’s not like it’s a small sample size.
An amazing 25 percent of their rushing attempts came inside the red zone. Granted, the field is smaller, but that’s considerably less than the 5.47 yards per attempt they averaged overall.
If Fitzgerald is better, they probably beat Wake Forest (he missed two field goals in that game) and NC State. However, it all comes back to the ability to move the ball when you know you have to.