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Watch Florida State kicker whiff on onside kick attempt

It was a rough day for the Florida-FSU rivalry.

Florida State kicker Parker Grothaus (36) gets in position during the Florida State Garnet vs. Gold Spring Game at Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell in Tallahassee, FL on April 6th, 2019. Photo by Logan Stanford/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Florida won its rivalry game against Florida State, holding off the Seminoles in the closing minutes. Florida led 24-14 when FSU closed out a 92-yard drive to cut the deficit to 24-21. Junior kicker Parker Grothaus came on to attempt an onside kick and keep FSU’s faint hopes alive.

And then he whiffed on it. Any by whiffed on it, we mean completely missed the kick.

Yikes.

This is perfectly emblematic of the 2021 season for FSU, who was eliminated from bowl contention with Saturday’s loss in Gainesville. The Noles will miss a bowl for the third time in four years, a far fall from grace for a program that previously had a 36-year bowl streak that lasted from 1982 to 2017.

The loss capped a frustrating season in Tallahassee that began with them taking Notre Dame to the brink in Week 1 before suffering an embarrassing loss to Jacksonville State. The program will remain committed to head coach Mike Norvell but several questions surrounding the program will need to be addressed in the offseason.