Pre-Game Spread: Louisville -5.5, Over/Under 62.5
Score/Result: Louisville 48, Florida State Seminoles 16
Player of the Game (Offense): The running back room — with Jordan Travis appearing limited, it fell on the backs to pick up the slack. While it obviously wasn’t enough, it was some of the only success FSU saw on offense Saturday.
Player of the Game (Defense): Asante Samuel Jr.? Maybe?
Key Statistic: 6. Louisville had six drives in the first half — and got points off all of them, only settling for a field goal once.
Offensive Play of the Game: Chubba Purdy handing the ball off to Lawrance Toafili, who took the ball 49 yards. No, legitimately, it had to have been FSU’s first touchdown, scored by Jordan Travis when he fumbled the handoff then either purposefully or accidentally bounced the ball to himself off the ground and ran it in.
Defensive Play of the Game: N/A
Game-Clinching Moment: With 12 minutes left in the second quarter, Tutu Atwell scored on a 58-yard touchdown throw from Malik Cunningham, the third straight touchdown as part of a 21-0 run. FSU scored after to bring it back within two scores, but the game was effectively out of reach at that point.
What Do They Need To Do?: Get Jordan Travis healthy, re-establish the mindset that lead into North Carolina and tinker with the defense even more. Defensive coordinator Adam Fuller has tried a variety of ways to try to plug the leaky holes — different fronts, moving personnel around, simplifying things — but an inconsistent ability to reset the line of scrimmage, missed tackles, technique slip ups and, quite frankly, a middling effort as a unit led to individual freelancing and a breakdown that saw the game slip away by halftime.