Jacksonville Sports Day

Bonts: FSU’s Momentum from Historic Win Fizzles in Louisville

(Photo by Jamie Rhodes-ACC Pool)

After last week’s upset of then No. 5 North Carolina it looked like the Seminoles had turned the corner and were on the road to build some momentum heading into the remainder of the ACC football schedule.

They ran into a detour in Lousiville Saturday.

Louisville (2-4 overall, 1-4 ACC) won its first ACC game of the season and defeated Florida State for just the third time since joining the ACC for the 2014 season.

“We got off to a good start early,” said FSU head coach Mike Norvell. “We couldn’t consistently put together drives. Defensively, we gave up way too many explosives; some missed tackles, some explosive runs, and a couple of plays in man-to-man coverage. That’s a talented and explosive offense that we faced and we didn’t do much to slow them down today.”

FSU scored a touchdown on its first drive for the third time this season as QB Jordan Travis directed a 7-play, 65-yard yard capped off by a 15-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 Seminole lead.

Travis found Ontaria Wilson on a 4-yard TD pass to pull the Seminoles to within 28-14. The Cardinals held a 31-14 halftime lead.

Travis finished completed 14-of-32 passes for 141 yards with a touchdown and an interception before being pulled midway through the fourth quarter. Freshman QB Chubba Purdy made his first appearance as a Seminole.

“It’s all about us,” said Travis. “We made a lot of mistakes today. We’ve got to correct them and get back to work. We’ve got two weeks to get back to work and get better. That’s what we have to do.

FSU linebacker Emmett Rice led the Seminoles with eight total tackles, one tackle for loss, a quarterback hurry and one pass break up.

“On special teams – we needed that to be a big impact for us and we weren’t able to get our return game going. Not a performance that’s reflective of what we, what I expected, and obviously we’ve got a lot of work to do within our program. We have to continue to learn from these lessons, these opportunities,” added Norvell.

The Cardinals Javian Hawkins ran for 174 yards and a three touchdowns. Louisville QB Malik Cunningham was 16 of 24 for 278 yards and TDs. in the Tutu Atwell caught three passes for 129 yards, including a 66-yard scoring pass from Cunningham.

“I thought it all started up front. I thought our offensive line did a tremendous job, they are really big across the front,” said Cards’ head ocach Scott Satterfield. “We wanted to get them running and we didn’t think we could just line up and push them off the ball, so we had a lot of good plays out on the perimeter, out on the edge within our running game so that kept us on track.”

It marks the third time this season, FSU has given up at least 40 points.

The Seminoles did rush for a season-best 265 yards. Running backs Lawrance Toafili, La’Damian Webb, Jashaun Corbin – who all rushed for more than 60 yards.

FSU has a bye next week and will next host Pittsburgh on Nov. 7.

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