FSU football: Georgia overwhelms undermanned FSU team in Orange Bowl

Capital One Orange Bowl - Georgia v Florida State
Capital One Orange Bowl - Georgia v Florida State / Rich Storry/GettyImages

An undermanned FSU football team kept it close for the first quarter in its 63-3 loss against the Georgia Bulldogs. I'm sure ESPN told you a gazillion times that FSU had a ton of guys opt out of the game, and the guys that opted out for Georgia did so because of injuries. Several guys that didn't play for FSU didn't play due to injuries or having procedures done. FSU had three turnovers in the first half(one was on the final play of the half), which led to 14 points for the Georgia offense. Deuce Spann fumbled a kickoff return, and Brock Glenn fumbled on a strip-sack as Georgia took a 42-3 lead at halftime. The strip sack was big because FSU had moved the ball well on that possession.

Brock Glenn looked more poised than a few weeks ago against Louisville and made several nice throws, with a couple of drops from his receivers. He was 7 of 22 for 121 yards in the first half. FSU used Ja'Khi Douglas and Deuce Spann at quarterback to mix things up. Douglas had success running the ball, with 42 yards on seven carries. Kentron Poitier had a huge first half with four receptions for 84 yards, including a monster 55-yard reception that set up FSU's field goal. FSU had a ton of young guys playing on defense.

Young players like Daniels Lyons, Omar Graham Jr., Blake Nichelson, Quindarrius Jones, Conrad Hussey, Ashlynn Barker, Justin Cryer, and others saw time on the field. Lyons flashed a couple of times, and Hussey should have had an interception. Jones gave up a few plays but had solid coverage on one play, and the Georgia receiver made a grown-man play. Ashlynn Barker got trucked on a play coming downhill from his safety position but was in the right spot, which is a good sign. I have no doubt FSU at full strength would have given Georgia all they could handle. This game doesn't change anything about this season. This team gave us all something to cheer for, and I'm proud of where this team has come from. It's all about maintaining the standard now.

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