FSU opened up the season with a 23-3 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs at home on Saturday.
The Bulldogs were led by freshman running back Christian McCaffrey, who rushed for 126 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries, while Georgia had a top-ranked offense led by running back Leonard Fournette.
After the game, coach David Cutcliffe said he was “surprised and disappointed” by the outcome.
He said that the team is looking at its performance on Saturday night, and he wants to move on from the experience.
“We’re not going to be the team that we’re in now.
We’re not in the same place,” Cutcliffe told reporters.
“I’m disappointed, but we’re not.
We have to move forward.
We need to move ahead and get ready for the next game.”
In a season where the Bulldogs have been one of the hottest teams in the country, the Bulldogs had to play at home for the first time in three years.
It was the first loss in the series for the program since a 23 to 10 loss to Vanderbilt in 2014.
Georgia won the opening game of the season on a late field goal from quarterback Nick Marshall, but FSU held the Bulldogs to just 43 yards of total offense and converted just two of its seven fourth-quarter opportunities.
Georgia then scored touchdowns on two of three fourth-down drives to win, 34-31.
It marked the second time in as many seasons that the Bulldogs would lose to FSU, who went 2-10 against FSU before last season.
“This is the first game that we’ve played at home, we’ve done it three years in a row.
I know we’re going to do it again, but the last game, I felt like we were going to get it done,” Fournett said.
“So, I’m happy to have a little bit of a chance to put the ball in the hands of our offense.
That’s a win-win.
It’s a good feeling.”
The Bulldogs will play again in the regular season on Aug. 4 in Atlanta against the defending ACC champion Clemson Tigers.
Georgia is currently tied with Georgia Tech for the top spot in the conference standings.