Taggart: FSU pass rush must deliver on third down

Boise State was able to convert 10 of 19 third-down situations, which led to extended drives and those led to field goals or touchdowns.

Florida State coach Willie Taggart saw the success on first and second down but often, especially in the second half, the Seminoles weren’t able to hurry Boise quarterback Hank Bachmeier.

“When we put pressure on him, we hit the kid quite a bit,” Taggart said. “When we put pressure on him, he didn’t complete a lot of balls.”

Taggart felt that the defense played well on first and second downs, forcing Boise into third-and-long situations. But Bachmeier was able to convert eight third-down passes to move the chains.

“I think it was part schematic and part of it was not getting enough pressure,” Taggart said. “Usually when you have a lot of time, somebody is going to get open. And that’s what happened. We gave him too much time.”

Too much time resulted in FSU’s defensive backs not being able to maintain coverage on Boise’s receivers.

Taggart also said the defense needs to have better pre-snap alignment, which he thinks will put the Seminoles in a better position to make tackles.

Feed Akers and Laborn

Taggart was also asked about FSU backing off the run in the second half. He said he wants the coaches to continue to find creative ways to run the football, perhaps a reference to different blocking schemes or maybe screens that are essentially a short pass to get a back into space.

Cam Akers ran for 116 yards on 15 carries, including a 38-yard touchdown run. Khalan Laborn had just three carries for eight yards.

“We gave the ball to Cam in the first half,” Taggart said. “Second half, we didn’t give it to him. So give the ball to Cam, give the ball to Khalan, we’ve got some really good running backs. Give them the ball. They can run the ball. They’re pretty good.”

Taggart reiterated a line from Saturday about turning the page. “One game will not define this football team. We’re going to work hard to get this thing turned around. And we will.”

This and that

True freshman defensive back Travis Jay was on the sideline on Saturday but did not dress. Taggart said that Jay is not injured, is “going through some things” and that FSU hopes to have him back soon. … OL Brady Scott practiced on Sunday after he “tweaked” his knee in Saturday’s game. Scott went to the sideline but did return … Taggart said that FSU had a good practice and good film session on Sunday. The players don’t practice on Mondays during the season.

Two good notes

James Blackman threw for 327 yards and Cam Akers ran for 116 yards against Boise State, just the 18th time since the 2000 season that the Seminoles have had a 300-yard passer and 100-yard rusher in the same game.

The Seminoles recovered two fumbles and grabbed an interception against Boise. Last season FSU only recovered three fumbles and had 12 interceptions.

FSU on ACC Network

The Seminoles will face ULM on Saturday at 5 p.m. on the ACC Network. DirecTV, Dish and Charter-Spectrum are among the major providers who have agreed to carry the channel. Streaming services like Hulu Live, PlayStationVue and YouTube TV are also options for FSU fans who want to take advantage of their free trials or explore cutting the cord so that they can watch FSU-ULM.

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