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Taggart Era Off To Rough Start As Noles Fall To Virginia Tech

Paul Dam

The Florida State University football team suffered a crushing loss to open the season at home against Virginia Tech. The Hokies upended the ‘Noles 24-3 during Willie Taggart’s coaching debut.

The Taggart era got off to a rocky start in the Seminoles’ primetime game against Virginia Tech on Labor Day. FSU failed to reach the end zone, getting their only three points from a field goal in the second quarter. Quarterback Deondre Francois was sacked four times, completing little more than 60 percent percent of his passes for about 230 yards. He threw for three interceptions.

On the ground, FSU gained just 95 yards rushing. The Seminoles also struggled with penalties on offense. And on special teams, gave up a touchdown on a blocked punt. The ‘Noles will face Samford University at home for their next game.

Taggart was hired in December, leaving his head coach post at Oregon University to replace former FSU coach Jimbo Fisher.

Ryan Dailey is a reporter/producer for WFSU/Florida Public Radio. After graduating from Florida State University, Ryan went into print journalism working for the Tallahassee Democrat for five years. At the Democrat, he worked as a copy editor, general assignment and K-12 education reporter.