FSU Running Game Helped Change The Game
I felt like FSU got away from the run game too much in the first half, only running 11 rushing plays against 21 pass attempts.
I know they felt they had a matchup advantage against the LSU secondary, but it was like they got out of rhythm.
However, the first drive in the second half saw Mike Norvell get back to establishing the run, and that seemed to open the LSU defense up after that.
Lawrance Toafili was the back who started finding some success first, and Trey Benson finally joined the party after running somewhat timid in the first half.
We also saw Rodney Hill flash on five carries for 29 yards. FSU also used Jordan Travis a little more in the run game, finishing with seven carries for 38 yards and a touchdown. Benson was the leading rusher, 12 carries for 47 yards.
Once they started finding that success, the LSU defense had to pick their poison and couldn’t figure out how to stop the offense. It’s what opposing defenses will have to deal with week-in and week-out.