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Quick hitter: Louisville 31, Florida State 23

A second-half comeback bid comes up short

NCAA Football: Louisville at Florida State Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports

It’s uncharted territory for Florida State Seminoles football — the Noles are 0-4 for the first time since 1974.

Florida State entered the day as a one-point underdog and by kickoff were a one-point favorite — though any potential premonitions by Vegas were quickly proven wrong.

The Seminoles went down big, quickly, with a 17-7 game quickly turning into a 31-7 potential blowout before a quick halftime score via a McKenzie Milton to Andrew Parchment connection.

Running back Jashaun Corbin, as he has all season, was the highlight of the offense, springing loose for a 75-yard touchdown on the second play of the third quarter to put the Seminoles squarely back into the game. His consistent ability to keep FSU ahead of the chains is amongst the ACC and nation’s best, a frustrating factoid when considering his usage and FSU’s inability to convert his success into points on the scoreboard.

FSU’s oft-criticized defense turned a disappointing first half into an impressive second, shutting down a Louisville offense that didn’t score a point in the second half. One disappointment, not the fault of any player, was that Louisville experienced great turnover luck, picking up not just two of their own fumbles but avoiding a Keir Thomas-led pick-six on an errant screen pass.

Despite the abundance of stops on the part of the defense, FSU failed to score a touchdown outside of Corbin’s big run, with the final nail in the coffin being a Milton interception on a prayer to Parchment.

Up next for the Seminoles are the Syracuse Orange, coming off a thriller victory vs. Liberty.