Florida State suffered its first loss to an FCS opponent in program history on Saturday after Jacksonville State completed a last-second Hail Mary to beat the Seminoles in Doak Campbell Stadium, 20-17.
It was the second straight walk-off loss for coach Mike Norvell, a week after icing his own kicker in an overtime loss to No. 9 Notre Dame. Saturday's loss undoubtedly hurt more, however, considering the disparity in talent between the programs and the fact the Gamecocks scored two touchdowns in the final 4:45 to complete the come-from-behind victory.
To make matters worse, it appears Florida State ran the entirely wrong defense to prevent the score, keeping two high safeties while attempting to rush Zerrick Cooper. The Seminoles failed to adequately pressure the Gamecocks quarterback, allowing him to throw the 59-yard touchdown to Damond Philyaw-Johnson. You only need to listen to Florida State radio color commentator William Floyd — who appears to throw his headset in frustration — to see how poorly the defense was designed for the situation.