The Florida State Seminoles have the chance to reach .500 with a victory over Louisville for the first time since the season began.
The Cardinals will be without its top cornerback as Jaire Alexander was ruled out with an injury he suffered in practice earlier this week.
Despite missing Alexander, the Cardinals still have one of college football’s most electrifying players in quarterback Lamar Jackson. Last season, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner was responsible for five total touchdowns in UL’s blowout victory over FSU.
On the other sideline, for Florida State, Jacob Pugh, who was not on the injury report however missed last week’s game vs. Duke, was not dressed out in pregame warmups. It looks as if the concussion he suffered will keep him out at least one more game.
With George Campbell and Keith Gavin out, true freshman WR Tamorrion Terry was announced as a starter at receiver.
This article will be updated throughout the FSU vs. UL game, so keep checking back here for the latest news.
Lamar Jackson led Louisville on a 75-yard opening drive to put UL ahead 7-0 in just under three and a half minutes. On the drive, Jackson ran for 45 yards on two attempts.
Florida State wasted no time, except for its timeout because of the play clock running out, tying up the game at seven. James Blackman hit a wide open Ryan Izzo for the score to cap a 9 play, 78 yard drive with 6:30 left in the first quarter.
Five minutes into the second quarter, FSU and Louisville were still knotted at seven. The Seminoles stopped Louisville on a fourth down attempt at the FSU 35-yard line, however once they got the ball back, the ’Noles would just punt it back to Louisville.
With Lamar Jackson and the Cardinals taking over deep in FSU territory, true freshman defensive end Joshua Kaindoh forced a fumble on Lamar Jackson. Florida State linebacker Matthew Thomas scooped the ball up and ran 34-yards to the end zone to give the Seminoles a 14-7 lead with 4:08 left in the opening half.
The Cardinals, in their last drive of the half, went 75-yards in eight plays to tie the game back up at 14 minutes. Lamar Jackson threw a dime to Seth Dawkins that couldn’t really be defended any better.
James Blackman threw a late interception which gave UL a 45-yard field goal attempt to take the lead heading into halftime. The kick was no good, and it would be 14-14 at the half.
After the opening Florida State drive resulted in a missed 45-yard Ricky Aguayo field goal, Louisville stormed back, going 73-yards in six plays, and took a 21-14 lead with 7:03 left in the frame. Lamar Jackson had a 51 yard scramble on the drive to put him at 133 rushing yards on the day.
On the ensuing drive, Blackman threw his second interception trying to throw a deep ball to walk-on receiver Jared Jackson. Louisville took advantage of the turnover, and drove 45 yards in five plays to put up a 28-14 lead with 5:11 left in the third. UL had scored 21 unanswered points.
Florida State was driving, and faced with a fourth and 10 at the Louisville 15. Blackman’s pass fell incomplete, however there was roughing the passer called, giving FSU new life. On the very next play, Jacques Patrick fumbled into the end zone where, luckily, Nyqwan Murray was. He scooped up the ball and the touchdown for Florida State was good. The ’Noles were down 28-21 with 13:21 left in the game.
After forcing its first three-and-out since the first quarter, FSU got the ball back and immediately tied up the game. James Blackman connected with Nyqwan Murray in the end zone and with just over 9 minutes remaining, it was a 28-28 game.
After a deep Florida State drive ended in a fumble, Louisville took over and scored a field goal with five seconds remaining in the game to put the Cardinals up 31-28. That’s what the final score would end up being.