Seminoles finish season as most-penalized team in the country

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By: Kevin Keane | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
November 26, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- It was nearly a year ago when Willie Taggart was introduced as Florida State's head football coach. He brought with him an energy and a swagger that FSU fans latched onto right way. From there, the expectation train left the station.

Many speculated what this season would bring for the Noles; eight wins? 10 wins? A New Year's Six Bowl? It all certainly seemed plausible.

Until, that is, a week one loss against Virginia Tech.

From there, the losses piled up. FSU finished the season Saturday in a 41-14 loss to the Florida Gators, ending their five-year winning streak against UF and becoming bowl ineligible for the first time in 36 years.

This season there were offensive line woes, quarterback issues, defensive assignments missed and, maybe most critical of all, penalties. 110 of them to be exact. The most in the country.

It's a sign of an undisciplined team that Taggart said needs to be addressed immediately this offseason.

"We gotta make sure that we look within ourselves as coaches and what we're asking them to do, but making sure that we have the players that can do it and get it done consistently enough," Taggart said. "But, it's frustrating because they do come at the wrong time and we end up beating ourselves and playing behind the sticks and can't get anything going. It's disappointing and we've got to correct it."

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