Florida State Seminoles’ Offensive Grades vs. Boston College
The Florida State Seminoles won another ACC road game and improved to 4-0 on the season with Saturday’s 48-34 victory over the Boston College Eagles. The Seminole offense got off to a sluggish start but used a furious finish to the second quarter to grab a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Here’s a look at how the offense graded out during Saturday’s win. Quarterback: A Jameis Winston had another fantastic performance against Boston College, headlined by his miraculous 55-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Shaw on the last play of the first half. On the day, Winston was 17-of-27 for 330 yards and four touchdowns. He also added 67 yards rushing, many of which came on runs that converted critical third downs. Winston started the day taking shots down the field, but started working the underneath routes in a second quarter that saw him throw three touchdowns. His only real mistake of the game came late in the fourth quarter when he underthrew a deep ball to Kelvin Benjamin that led to his only turnover of the game. All things considered, Winston was tremendous once again, earning him the “A” grade. Running Backs: B- While the pass game was in-sync on Saturday, the run game never really materialized. In fact, Winston was the Noles’ leading rusher on the day. Devonta Freeman only had nine carries for 49 yards, and surprisingly, James Wilder Jr. only had six carries for 15 yards. The Eagles’ defense did a nice job of denying any cutback lanes for the Noles’ running backs in their zone schemes. Wilder Jr. added two catches, but for all intents and purposes, the running backs had an unproductive day. Wide Receivers: B+ While they didn’t have a ton of catches, the Florida State receivers made the most of those that they did have on the day. Rashad Greene led the way with four catches for 90 yards and two scores. He really jump started the stagnant Seminoles offense with his 56-yard touchdown that cut the lead to 17-10 early in the second quarter. Kelvin Benjamin got behind the defense for two long catches and ended the day with 103 receiving yards. He showed flashes of the brilliance that Seminoles fans keep waiting to see. The aforementioned Shaw ended the day with four catches, including the ridiculous one to end the half. Once again, tight end Nick O’Leary struggled to get on track and finished with one catch. Offensive Line: C+ The unit that struggled the most against Boston College was the offensive line. Not only were they unable to open up many holes for the Seminoles’ run game, they surrendered four sacks of Winston. Boston College is well-known for having a stout front seven, but the Noles offensive line had had success in recent years against the Eagles. As the game wore on the offensive line began to assert itself, but for the majority of the day they didn’t perform well against the Eagles’ front. B.L. is an ACC football writer for Rant Sports who can be followed on Twitter @coachlip or on Google.