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Pack starts strong, then fizzles against the 'Noles, 34-17


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In what looked like it could potentially be a tremendous win for the Pack, Florida State woke up in the second quarter and never looked back. This awakening coincided with FSU's decision to swap out Everett Golson, who was getting absolutely worked by the Pack's defense, for the much steadier Sean Maguire. To be honest, after talking with some of the folks over at Tomahawk Nation, they all seemed convinced the Maguire would be the starter. Perhaps Jimbo should've listened to them, as the 'Noles looked like an infinitely better team with Maguire behind center.

The Pack did do some good things on offense in the first half, and much like the game in Raleigh last year, the second half left a lot to be desired. The defense also made some fantastic plays while Golson was still in the game, as evidenced here:

As I mentioned, once Maguire came into the game, all of that changed. The defense was hardly able to put any pressure on him, and with the throws he was able to make, that really opened things up for Dalvin Cook, who proved why he's one of the best backs in the country. Even after limping off the field early in the game with an injury, he came back and absolutely dominated. The News and Observer's Joe Giglio summed it up best during the game here:

State now has two home games left, one against a struggling Syracuse team, and the season finale against UNC.