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FSU vs. Notre Dame: Halftime updates

Corbin to the end zone!

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Florida State is opening the season vs. Notre Dame — and it’s been a back-and-forth battle so far.

FSU went down early to Notre Dame, with the Fighting Irish driving downfield with ease, but settled in as the presence of UGA transfer defensive end Jermaine Johnson II increased. Johnson has been terrorizing the Irish’s offense all night, sacking quarterback Jack Coan twice through two quarters.

The Seminoles responded after a slow offensive start, first getting a dynamic run out of running back Jashuan Corbin to tie things up and then quarterback Jordan Travis navigating a short field to put FSU up 14-7.

A field goal put Notre Dame within 4, which was followed by a Travis interception on the subsequent drive. The Irish converted that turnover into a lead, going up 17-10 right before the half.

The main thing killing Florida State? Field position — and that’s casting a wide net. FSU has set itself up behind the chains with false starts, missed blocks and other misfires, as well as starting in Notre Dame territory the bulk of the game.

FSU, just like in 2020, is managing to hang with the Irish but is failing to pull ahead or consistently string together drives.

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