Can Florida State Afford to Keep Willie Taggart?

Phil Kelly  FSU athletics

Phil Kelly FSU athletics

Cam Akers was ready and willing to carry the load and Florida State needed every ounce of energy in what was a workhorse performance.

A junior tailback, Akers ran for 193 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns.

While "Can Florida State afford to pay Taggart's buyout?" is a fair question, should we also be asking, "Can Florida State afford to keep Willie Taggart?" "Forty, 50, 60 (carries)".

The Seminoles were desperate for Akers' performance on a night in which they were surprisingly on the ropes against ULM, a 21-point underdog. How much money is Florida State losing with a struggling football program? They didn't hold it for long when Jacob Meeks kicked a 24-yard field goal to tie the game with 1:30 remaining in the Warhawks' fourth consecutive scoring drive and send it to overtime.

Evans started the game cold, going 0-for-8 (thanks to some bad drops from his receivers), but turned it on in the second half, totaling 241 yards on 23-of-38 passing and two touchdowns. Quarterback Caleb Evans connected with Jonathan Hodoh on a 16-yard pass ruled a touchdown, but the call did not stand. Louisiana Monroe responded on first down on the one-yard line when Josh Johnson ran it in for a touchdown to give the Warhawks hope of upsetting the Seminoles. No other FSU skill position player had more than nine. "When you have 11 penalties, bad things happen". The unquestioned leader for the Seminoles in the game was running back Cam Akers.

But Blackman's mistakes were costly.

Unlike their early scoring drives against the Broncos, the Seminoles were able to put together methodical, sustained drives, scoring quickly, but not too quickly. Florida State led 21-0 at one point before the Warhawks came back in the second half and forced overtime.

With a second-half meltdown vs.

Florida State could easily be 0-2 to start the 2019 season. The defensive coordinators surely put in extra hours ahead of this game since these teams' offenses combined for 930 yards last week. Williams sprained his ankle, Taggart said.

The Seminoles received the ball first in extra time and scored a touchdown before the Warhawks added one as well.

Florida State: The Seminoles escaped with a victory in a game where the school paid ULM $1.65 million to make the trip to Tallahassee.

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