Florida State fought hard, but still came up short as Ntore Dame pulled away in a 42 to 26 loss — FSU’s third ACC loss of the season.
“This football team is continuing to grow,” Florida State Seminoles head coach Mike Norvell said.. “We are continuing to work our way through our process and I definitely believe in what the future holds. We just have to do a better job in all aspects – players, coaches, everybody – in applying the lessons that we are learning and the things that we are implementing throughout the course of the week. When you play good opponents you have to apply that for 60 minutes. There were some bright moments, but obviously we didn’t get the job done.
“At the end of the day, this is about going out there and competing to be the best that you can possibly be in all aspects.
“Congratulations to Notre Dame, they did a really good job tonight. They made the plays necessary to be successful in the game. You are disappointed with the outcome. I thought our guys battled to the end. A lot of work goes into each and every game that we have the opportunity to play and it’s unfortunate that we weren’t able to apply some of the things throughout the course of the game to put ourselves in the best position to be successful.
“We struggled to stop the running game. We failed to convert on third downs offensively. Missed a couple opportunities throughout the course of the contest, but I thought our guys did battle. I was very proud of them, even there at the end – down 16, Notre Dame had the ball down at the goal line and the guys continued to fight to keep them out of the end zone so we could get another possession and another opportunity.”
Again, Florida State relied on redshirt sophomore quarterback Jordan Travis to direct a rebuilding Seminoles squad.
And again, Travis gave the Noles a fighting chance, keeping FSU (1-3, 0-2 ACC) within two scores for much of the evening.
But it wasn’t enough Saturday night to overcome the Notre Dame’s offensive barrage. The Fighting Irish improve to 3-0 and remain on the path to the College Football Playoff. Florida State, meanwhile will continue their path for moderate improvement.
In a high-flying first quarter, the two teams combined for 344 total offensive yards and 4 touchdowns. The excitement got started when Notre Dame tailback Kyren Williams fumbled on his first carry and the second play of the game. FSU grabbed a field goal, but the Irish came back with two touchdown drives to make it 14-3, including a 46-yard score from Williams.