Florida State Comeback Falls Short 31-28 After Louisville Kicks Game-Winning Field Goal In Final Seconds
By Tim Linafelt, Seminoles.com Senior Writer // October 21, 2017
Noles fall to 2-4 on the year
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TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA (Seminoles.com) – It nearly took the full 60 minutes to separate Florida State and Louisville.
A wild, back-and-forth affair was finally decided when Cardinals kicker Blanton Creque made a 34-yard field goal with five seconds left that lifted Louisville to a 31-28 win over the Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Louisville’s decisive field goal came just moments after a promising FSU drive that made it to the Cardinals’ 21-yard line with about two minutes to play. The drive ended, however, when quarterback James Blackman mishandled a handoff that turned into a fumble recovered by Louisville.
Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson then led an eight-play, 59-yard drive for the winning score.
Blackman helped FSU (2-4, 2-3 in ACC play) overcome a 28-14 deficit by leading a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown drive, capped by his 20-yard touchdown pass to Nyqwan Murray which tied the game at 28-28 with 8:58 reamining. The freshman finished 16 of 28 for 248 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Louisville (5-3, 2-3) converted three FSU turnovers into 10 points.
Jackson, meanwhile, did most of his damage on the ground. The Florida State defense limited the reigning Heisman Trophy winner to just 156 yards on 13 of 21 passing, but Jackson added another 178 yards rushing.
Otherwise, FSU held Louisville well below its season averages for points (38.1) and total yards (567.5, 449 on Saturday), while scoring a season-high 28 points of its own.
Murray caught four passes for 95 yards and a touchdown, and Cam Akers and Jacques Patrick combined for 145 rushing yards. Matthew Thomas led the defense with 10 tackles and a 34-yard fumble return for a touchdown that gave the Seminoles a 14-7 lead midway through the second quarter.
The Seminoles will play at Boston College next Friday.
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