Ricky Aguayo Mr. Automatic for Florida State


Florida State-Miami has been impacted by field goals for the past 26 years, dating to the original Wide Right in 1991.

But FSU kickers have been consistent the past few years. That was the case again Saturday as Ricky Aguayo made two field-goal attempts (27 yards and 38 yards) in FSU’s 24-20 loss to No. 12 Miami.

Aguayo’s second field goal, with 6:55 to go, briefly put FSU ahead 13-10. The sophomore has made 10 consecutive field-goal attempts this season.

“Now that I found my happy medium and the balls are going in, I keep it that way,” Aguayo said. “Mentally stronger and that’s a part of growing up — being mentally strong and knowing that swing will give us three points or the extra point.”

Aguayo has now made 10 of 12 field-goal attempts in 2017.

Touchdown connection: Auden Tate has caught a touchdown pass in each of his four games this season. The junior receiver has built a quick chemistry with former Glades Central star James Blackman, snagging 14 receptions for 241 yards. Tate had a 20-yard touchdown grab with 1:24 left Saturday.

Tate has 282 receiving yards this season and has played the past two weeks with an AC sprain in his left shoulder. FSU has often struggled in the red zone, but Tate has been a bright spot.

“Did a great job,” coach Jimbo Fisher said. “When you have a shoulder like that, you’ll rest it during the week, and you’ll play. There’s going to be bumps and bruises.”

Tate is the first Seminole to have touchdowns in four straight games since former Cardinal Newman star Travis Rudolph in 2016.

Welcome to the 100 club: True freshman tailback Cam Akers had a career-long 46-yard run in the fourth quarter, pushing him past the 100-yard mark for the first time in four college games. He finished with 121 yards on 20 carries.

Utilizing the tight ends: FSU hasn’t thrown all that much to its tight ends in the first three games, as Ryan Izzo caught just three passes for 46 yards in three games. But the junior caught four passes for 54 yards and a 15-yard touchdown Saturday. It was Izzo’s fourth career touchdown reception.



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