Florida State Seminoles Football had good reason to fall apart against Louisville on Friday night.
Along the way, FSU lost perhaps its best defensive player (defensive end Jared Verse), its best offensive lineman (Robert Scott) and its best player on the roster (Jordan Travis.) while facing a raucous crowd that always enjoys upsetting the Seminoles. State of Florida It started off hot, but cooled off a bit when Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham worked his magic.
Somehow, Florida State held on for a 35-31 victory at Cardinal Stadium, riding the talents of wide receiver Johnny Wilson and the Seminoles’ running backs.
It certainly wasn’t easy – with just two minutes left in the game, goaltender Ryan Fitzgerald missed his second field goal of the game, giving Louisville one last chance to fight back and try to beat FSU for the third straight year.
Instead, quarterback Tate Rodemaker rose to the occasion, bouncing back from a forgettable start to lead the Seminoles on three separate scoring drives.
The job was made a little easier because of Wilson’s talent and backed up by Treshaun Ward, Lawrence Tofelli and Trey Benson – Ward in particular was able to be the key to keeping the Seminoles afloat.
Florida State is 1-0 in the ACC for the first time since 2015 and 3-0 for the first time since 2015.
It takes the state of Florida Boston College Eagles Next Saturday in Tallahassee at 8 pm