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The special teams weren't so special in the first half of the big game between No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Florida State.
The problems started on Alabama's first possession, which ended with senior Andy Pappanastos pushing a 42-yard field goal right of the upright. A transfer from Ole Miss, Pappanastos is in his first season as the Tide's top kicker after backing up Adam Griffith a year ago.
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Then came a brutal sequence in the second quarter.
Alabama's JK Scott shanked a punt off the side of his foot for a 9-yard effort. Florida State failed to take advantage of excellent field position and was forced to punt the ball back. This time, it was Logan Tyler of the Seminoles with the shank, the wobbly kick traveling only 12 yards.
To cap things off, Ricky Aguayo's 37-yard field goal attempt for Florida State was blocked by Minkah Fitzpatrick on the final play of the first half, preserving Alabama's 10-7 lead at the break.
It wasn't all bad. Pappanastos did connect on a 35-yard field goal.