FSU football defeated their arch-rival Florida Gators by a score of 24-15 on Saturday night.
Defensive coordinator Adam Fuller and company has quality pieces on his unit such as redshirt senior linebackers Tatum Bethune and Kalen DeLoach, redshirt senior cornerback Renardo Green, redshirt senior defensive tackle Braden Fiske, redshirt junior defensive end Jared Verse, among others.
Fuller’s defense has played a variety of backup quarterbacks this season. On Saturday’s matchup, the Seminoles’ defensive unit faced off against the Gators’ redshirt freshman backup quarterback Max Brown, who had to start due to Graham Mertz’s injury (collarbone).
Florida State’s defense showcased its dominance in the fourth quarter where they held Florida’s offense to -15 yards. The Seminoles have allowed 232 total yards, which included only 86 passing yards. The unit struggled in the early portion of the game in getting off the field where they allowed Florida’s offense to convert five of their six third-down conversions.
The defense also had a difficult time with being able to stop the run earlier this season. The Gators did find success in the game with running back Montrell Johnson Jr. where he had 18 carries for 107 yards and one touchdown.
However, Florida State weathered the storm and managed to settle in nicely once they were able to apply pressure on Brown where they had six sacks and eleven tackles for loss. The redshirt freshman only completed 9 of his 16 passes for 86 yards and an interception.
It was a great to witness the defense taking control of the game since the Seminoles were struggling offensively with redshirt junior Tate Rodemaker as their starting signal caller at times. For reference, the Valdosta (GA) native completed 12 of his 25 passes for 134 yards.
Florida State will be prepared to take on the Louisville Cardinals in the ACC Championship Game this Saturday, and continue their defensive intensity to remain undefeated.