Catastrophic Mistakes

  by - Radio Host - Monday, September 22, 2014 6:03 AM

Catastrophic Mistakes
Everything was set up Saturday night.  Jameis Winston's famous decision making finally caught up to him and FSU was ripe for the upset.  The Atlantic Division title was at stake.  A possible ACC title was on the line.  Who knows, maybe even a birth in the national playoffs could have been in the cards.  And the Tigers played well enough to beat the top-ranked team in the country.

However, the Tigers also made enough mistakes to lose and in the end the catastrophic mistakes doomed the upset effort.

In my opinion, the major mistakes made by Clemson were too much to overcome.

The first major opportunity lost came on the Tigers' second drive of the game.  Clemson drove down to the three-yard line and faced third and goal.  Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
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had a wide open Jordan LeggettJordan Leggett
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in the flats and Leggett could have walked into the endzone.  Instead, Stoudt missed the open tight end when he threw short.  As a result the Tigers sent Amon Lakip to attempt a 23-yard field goal but that opportunity was also missed.  So instead of a 7-0 lead, the game was still scoreless.

Lakip also missed a 40-yard attempt on the first play of the fourth quarter.  The first kick could have broken a 0-0 tie.  His second miss could have broken a 10-10 tie.  You can't miss two short field goals and expect to beat the nation's top-ranked team on the road.

Perhaps the biggest play of the game came two plays after the Tigers appeared to score the go ahead touchdown on a pass from Watson to Stanton SeckingerStanton Seckinger
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.  The tight end was ruled down at the one yard line after the play was reviewed.  Two plays later center Ryan NortonRyan Norton
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snapped the ball over Watson's head and the freshman signal caller fell on the ball at the Tigers' 24 yard line.  Two more plays later Lakip missed the 40-yard field goal and struggled through another major threat without points.

The only real catastrophe the defense suffered came with a little more than six minutes left.  The Noles had the ball and faced second and 24 at their own 26-yard line.  Sean Maguire throw deep to Rashad Greene, Clemson defensive back MacKensie AlexanderMacKensie Alexander
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fell down and FSU scored on a 74-yard touchdown pass.  The Seminoles knotted the game at 17-17.

The final mistake came with 2:14 left in regulation.  Jadar JohnsonJadar Johnson
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had just intercepted a Maguire pass that set the Tigers up at the FSU 26 yard line.  After Watson rushed for eight yards the Tigers faced second and two at the Seminoles' 18-yard line.  C.J. DavidsonC.J. Davidson
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fumbled at the FSU 14 ending a major scoring threat.  FSU ran out the clock and put the game in overtime.

There were other issues including failure on short yardage situations.  In the end the Tigers played well enough to win but it is almost impossible to win when you make this many major mistakes.

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