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Fake punt gives FSU life at halftime against Auburn

Things were looking bad for No. 1 Florida State just before halftime of the BCS national title game.

Down 21-3 late in the second quarter and facing a fourth and four on their own 40, the Seminoles were in danger of getting blown out of the water by the upstart Auburn squad.

But Jimbo Fisher dialed up a fake punt and Karlos Williams got the first down and FSU suddenly had new life.

Seven plays later, Devonta Freeman punched it in from three yards out and the Seminoles went into the half trailing, 21-10, and with a little bit of momentum (they’ll get the ball back to start the second half).

Most importantly, for FSU, was Jameis Winston’s revival. While he finished the half 6 of 15 for 62 yards, he looked good on the last scoring drive, hitting on two passes and scrambling for a first down. He looked a little bit like the Heisman Trophy winner, in other words.

But let’s not finish this post without acknowledging the brilliance of Gus Malzahn. The Auburn coach had FSU’s nationally-ranked defense on its heels most of the first half and the Tigers put up 232 yards of offense. Meanwhile, his defense held FSU to just 156 total yards and 10 points — well below its averages on the year.

This game is a long way from over. Do the Seminoles have what it takes to overcome adversity for the first time this year?  Did Auburn use all its ammunition too early?

Stay tuned. The second half should be a doozy.

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35 Responses to “Fake punt gives FSU life at halftime against Auburn”
  1. afrancis55 says: Jan 6, 2014 10:16 PM

    These refs are missing holding calls on the Criminoles oline left and right. I don’t blame them for holding though because if they didn’t Winston would still be on his a.ss

  2. normtide says: Jan 6, 2014 10:18 PM

    Don’t blame refs, especially when your winning lol.

  3. irishdodger says: Jan 6, 2014 10:26 PM

    Game over. Fire Jimbo Fisher…lol

  4. blacknole08 says: Jan 6, 2014 10:26 PM

    Glad that fake punt worked. It would have been season over if it failed.

  5. jagtiger says: Jan 6, 2014 10:37 PM

    They are just another ACC team!

  6. irishdodger says: Jan 6, 2014 10:54 PM

    @jagtiger:

    No, that’s what’s disappointing. They’re arguably the most talented team in the nation, but their coaching is failing them. I believe Fisher coached under Les Miles so that explains a lot….he learned how to do less with more than the best.

  7. Deb says: Jan 6, 2014 11:06 PM

    Gee … did some Seminoles make that trip to Pasadena?? Don’t think I’ve ever heard the FSU fans singing that loud. Must be deafening in that stadium.

  8. oldschoolnflman says: Jan 6, 2014 11:25 PM

    Show the unsportsmanship penalty cowards. Changes everything. #protectingthebrand #espn #myhashtagsaresarcasticihatethem

  9. oldschoolnflman says: Jan 6, 2014 11:27 PM

    Now we saw it. You took away a chance for 2 for a guy putting his hands up! Way different to play offense with a lead than a tie. Let’s see what the CB QB does rest of game.

  10. tampajoey says: Jan 6, 2014 11:29 PM

    Musberger sounds like he’s got money on Auburn.

  11. Deb says: Jan 6, 2014 11:36 PM

    Those are B1G refs, oldschool. They love the SEC as much as you do. You can’t go over to the opponent’s bench and mouth off. Duh.

  12. normtide says: Jan 6, 2014 11:37 PM

    Espn didn’t make the call, b1g officiating did.

  13. franklinandbashandflorio says: Jan 6, 2014 11:46 PM

    That FSU chant is offensive to Indigenous peoples everywhere except FLA. The Seminole tribe ought to be ashamed of themselves. They are nothing but a bunch of sell outs.

  14. gatorcheme says: Jan 6, 2014 11:53 PM

    Oh! Missed the horse-collar!

  15. Deb says: Jan 6, 2014 11:55 PM

    franklinandbashandflorio …

    Just a guess, but I don’t think the people chanting are actual Seminoles. And if we’re getting technical, American Indians were here ahead of other settlers, but they’re not indigenous. And should we assume you’ve identified the FSU chant as a real tribal chant, which is why you’re so offended?

  16. jrs45 says: Jan 7, 2014 12:01 AM

    It’s over!

  17. cspsrbums says: Jan 7, 2014 12:04 AM

    Chris Davis jr blew that game all by himself with piss poor pass coverage

  18. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Jan 7, 2014 12:05 AM

    SEC DOWN IN FLAMES!!! SEC DOWN IN FLAMES!!! SEC DOWN IN FLAMES!!! SEC DOWN IN FLAMES!!! SEC DOWN IN FLAMES!!! SEC DOWN IN FLAMES!!! SEC DOWN IN FLAMES!!! SEC DOWN IN FLAMES!!! SEC DOWN IN FLAMES!!! SEC DOWN IN FLAMES!!! SEC DOWN IN FLAMES!!! SEC DOWN IN FLAMES!!!

  19. gatorcheme says: Jan 7, 2014 12:06 AM

    Whew. Great game. Hate to see the ‘Noles win. But still enjoyed every minute.

  20. infrno says: Jan 7, 2014 12:06 AM

    @irishdodger

    He actually was Sabans OC mostly. He left LSU after maybe 2 years under Miles. You wish you had any of those 3 coaches at your overrated university. Maybe you’d actually have a relevant program with that weak, pathetic schedule you play.

  21. oldschoolnflman says: Jan 7, 2014 12:11 AM

    Deb he stayed on the field miles away. Tre mason directly taunted this years he is man winner. Where is the flag there? You don’t call that penalty deb in my opinion. Thanks for the response.

  22. fsu01 says: Jan 7, 2014 12:12 AM

    “If we’re gonna do it then…we do it big then!!!” Undefeated National Champions!!! Congrats to Auburn great game guys, great season. GO NOLES!!!!

  23. franklinandbashandflorio says: Jan 7, 2014 12:15 AM

    Deb says:
    Jan 6, 2014 11:55 PM
    franklinandbashandflorio …

    Just a guess, but I don’t think the people chanting are actual Seminoles. And if we’re getting technical, American Indians were here ahead of other settlers, but they’re not indigenous. And should we assume you’ve identified the FSU chant as a real tribal chant, which is why you’re so offended?

    Deb, the Seminole tribe allows this chant. They condone the behavior as they have given fsu their blessings that they allow the mascot to be even happening. The Seminoles could have protested but they aren’t. Hopefully, their young ones will learn from this and stop the ignorance. Btw, Deb, as a full blooded Indigenous person from the occupied territory now known as Montana, I don’t consider myself American anything. I go by what my Tribe is. Amerigo Vespucci didn’t name my Tribe.

  24. afrancis55 says: Jan 7, 2014 12:17 AM

    I’m here to admit I was wrong on my prediction. Congrats FSU

  25. normtide says: Jan 7, 2014 12:18 AM

    Africanis, like I said, don’t trash Bama over the sugar bowl until your team wins. Haha

  26. Deb says: Jan 7, 2014 12:24 AM

    Well, franklinandbashandflorio, you are welcome to consider yourself anything you like. But the fact is that the Americas have no indigenous people. All people native to the Americas descended from those who migrated here from other continents. That includes the unnamed tribe you claim from the “occupied territory now known as Montana.”

    But it’s nice to see you’ve embraced the football culture of your oppressors. :roll:

  27. Deb says: Jan 7, 2014 12:27 AM

    @oldschoolnflman …

    I’m not crazy about any of the taunting penalties and wouldn’t have called that one. (And as an old school NFL fan myself am ready to tar and feather Goodell.) But I get tired of this foolishness about ESPN and the SEC. As evidenced by the PI flag that sealed the game for the Seminoles, the B1G refs were making even-handed calls.

  28. irishdodger says: Jan 7, 2014 12:28 AM

    @infrno:

    I wish I had Saban as my teams coach….he IS the SEC. I wouldn’t give a squirt of piss for Les Miles as my HC. No coach has done less with more than that guy. If it wasn’t for Saban, LSU would still be irrelevant. Don’t know where u get overrated schedule from….ND played the PAC 12 champ, PAC 12 runner up (& won), big 10 champ & Rose Bowl winner & #2 team in the nation in final poll (& won), Sugar Bowl winner & five other bowl teams. We played ZERO FCS schools which are still better than Kentucky, Arkansas, Mississppi St, Florida, Tennessee & Vandy. And ND was able to do this with their third string QB for the entire season. They still have a long way to go, but SEC has replaced ND as media darling. We were unranked going into 2012 & nothing was expected this year after losing our 2 QBs.

  29. franklinandbashandflorio says: Jan 7, 2014 12:31 AM

    Deb, I’m glad you have overcome adversity in your life having read about your ,”life stories”, on here but please don’t comment on what you don’t know. You’re not Native. Are you angry that your steelers suck and will be for a long time?

  30. longtallsam says: Jan 7, 2014 12:32 AM

    What a refreshing change. In BCS ganes this year, ACC 2-0, SEC 0-2.

  31. afrancis55 says: Jan 7, 2014 12:34 AM

    Norm tide I assume you’re speaking to me so…

    I don’t regret using my line about African kids getting their Bama sugar bowl stuff. You can use the same line on me now. All in good fun

  32. infrno says: Jan 7, 2014 12:41 AM

    @irishdodger

    Les is 3-5 against the mighty Saban, has 2 conference titles and 1 national title. If he were your coach, you might have more than one embarrassing loss in a BCS game. But hey, haters gonna hate. I just think it’s funny that you were hating on Jimbo strictly because you thought he was a Miles disciple, now you know otherwise – oh and he just won a title. When is the last time your team won one of those?

    Yeah, I know, Les Miles sucks but you know what, dude wins. In the SEC. You do realize that particularly the SEC west is absolutely the hardest division in NCAA football.

  33. infrno says: Jan 7, 2014 12:49 AM

    And Saban just dropped 2 in a row, Les did that about 5 years ago. And Saban was primarily out coached in both of those games or he’d have been on the sidelines tonight. Lol.

  34. Deb says: Jan 7, 2014 1:49 AM

    @franklinandbashandflorio …

    Thank you. Actually, you don’t know anything about my cultural heritage. My great grandmother was “native.” Nevertheless, it’s historical fact that all inhabitants of the Americas originated elsewhere. And none of that has anything to do with football.

    As for the Steelers, after an 0-4 start, we would have made the playoffs but for a blown call in the Kansas City/San Diego game–which the league front office acknowledged after the game. I was thrilled. As a longtime aficionado of the sport, I know you cannot win every year, you can only hope to be in contention. The Steelers contended this year, and I am very optimistic about their chances next season.

  35. dhardy8207 says: Jan 7, 2014 1:23 PM

    Ah.. the good ol puntrooskie…lol

    I think first designed by Bobby Bowden when Dionne Sanders played for him back in the late 80′s early 90′s.

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