In the wake of Florida State’s largest home loss in program history, it can be difficult to find positives.
An updated look at FSU’s ranks in the national statistics backs this up as the Seminoles (4-4, 2-4 in ACC) tumbled down the rankings in nearly every single area after the demoralizing 59-10 embarrassment at the hands of No.2 Clemson (8-0, 5-0) Saturday.
FSU’s defense held Clemson in check for a quarter before the Tigers got rolling while the offense never found its groove and took a huge step backward after consistent progress was made throughout October.
How bad exactly are the stats? Let’s take a look.
Offense (Rank out of 130 FBS teams)
Points per game vs. FBS opponents: 21.4 (109)
Yards per play vs. FBS opponents: 4.88 (115)
Yards per rush vs. FBS opponents: 2.26 (129)
Yards per pass attempt vs. FBS opponents: 7.4 (60)
First downs per game vs. FBS opponents: 15.7 (127)
Third down conversion percentage vs. FBS opponents: 31.53 (122)
Redzone conversion percentage vs. FBS opponents: 75 (115)
Redzone touchdown percentage vs. FBS opponents: 56.25 (89)
Sacks allowed per game vs. FBS opponents: 3.14 (118)
Plays gaining 10-plus yards vs. FBS opponents: 87 (100)
Time of possession vs. FBS opponents: 28:04 (104)
Analysis: FSU’s offense was already among the bottom 20 FBS teams in yards per rush, first downs per game, third down conversion percentage and red zone conversion percentage entering Saturday.
In the stats in which FSU wasn’t already ranked poorly, the Seminoles dropped 15 or more spots in points per game, yards per play, red zone touchdown percentage and sacks allowed per game.
The only stat in which FSU is still ranked among the top half of FBS teams is pass yards per attempt.
Points per game allowed vs. FBS opponents: 28.7 (68)
Yards per play allowed vs. FBS opponents: 4.67 (16)
Yards per rush allowed vs. FBS opponents: 2.72 (4)
Yards per pass attempt allowed vs. FBS opponents: 6.7 (36)
First downs per game allowed vs. FBS opponents: 20.9 (61)
Third down conversion percentage allowed vs. FBS opponents: 36.29 percent (43)
Redzone conversion percentage allowed vs. FBS opponents: 78.79 percent (34)
Redzone touchdown percentage allowed vs. FBS opponents: 60.61 percent (60)
Sacks per game vs. FBS opponents: 3.57 (5)
Plays gaining 10-plus yards allowed vs. FBS opponents: 97 (45)
Analysis: FSU’s defense had been gathering steam for weeks, but seemed to run out of it against an elite offense Saturday.
The Seminoles fell 10 or more spots in six of the 10 above metrics. 59 points allowed moved FSU’s average up five points and the pass defense was again exposed by Trevor Lawrence, who didn’t play in the final 20 minutes of the game.
The only aspect where FSU held up was in run defense, the strength of the unit all season.
FSU sold out to stop the run and held Clemson to 3.6 yards per carry and didn’t drop far in that statistic. Other than that, it’s as ugly as you would expect.
Field goal percentage: 61.5 (108)
Yards per punt: 42.26 (54)
Yards per punt return: 12.74 (31)
Yards per kickoff return: 18.33 (102)
Analysis: FSU kicker Ricky Aguayo’s perfect one for one day on field goals did little to help his poor season average.
Punt returner DJ Matthews was held to two returns for -6 yards, but he still leads FBS with 248 punt return yards.
Turnover margin vs. FBS opponents: -10 (126)
Penalties per game: 9 (111)
Analysis: FSU’s penalties per game mark went up a full penalty after the Seminoles committed 16 penalties against Clemson.
The Seminoles’ 72.4 penalty yards per game are also 111th among FBS schools.