Pre-Game Spread: Florida State +21, Over/Under 53.5
Score/Result: Notre Dame 42, Florida State Seminoles 26
Player of the Game (Offense): Jordan Travis, once again, showed why he’s the best option for Florida State right now, using his athleticism to keep the Irish defense uneasy — but props have to go to Tamorrion Terry for a hard-fought game. He made big plays throughout the night, putting together his most impressive performance of the year by putting up over 120 yards, averaging 17.3 yards per catch.
Player of the Game (Defense): The secondary looked impressive throughout the night, doing what it could to make up for a front 7 that was manhandled by Notre Dame.
Key Statistic: 353. Notre Dame called its shots on the ground, doing whatever it liked as far as rushing went. The lack of a pass rush helped them find occasional success through the air, but the real weapon for the Irish came in the run game.
Offensive Play of the Game: Jordan Travis hitting Tamorrion Terry on a 48-yard pass to give Florida State life early in the game was an impressive display on both players’ part:
Defensive Play of the Game: On the opening drive of the game, Florida State forced a fumble, with Asante Samuel Jr. recovering his fourth turnover of the year. FSU’s
Unsung Hero: The offensive line, again, put together a good effort, allowing Jordan Travis to work and find open receivers. There are obviously still major holes that need to be fixed, but the effort and communication is there.
Game-Clinching Moment: On third and goal with around 9 minutes left in the fourth, Travis was intercepted — his first turnover since the Miami game and third interception of his career. That effectively killed off any hope of a Florida State come-from-behind upset, and is when the game officially entered garbage time.
What Do They Need To Do?: Keep building off the good that has popped up these last two weeks, and find the right personnel on defense. The latter is a big ask, since nobody has stepped up to take the reigns as either a pass rush threat or at any of the linebacker positions. It’s especially important with a primetime matchup against the top ten North Carolina Tar Heels and Sam Howell, who put up 56 points in a win against Syracuse, coming up next week.