The No. 11 ranked Florida State Seminoles struggled mightily in the first half of Saturday’s game against their ACC foe the Louisville Cardinals taking a 7 – 6 deficit into their locker room at halftime. That would all change in the second half as they rolled to a 41 – 21 win to remain undefeated on the season.
It took the Seminoles only 1:51 to find the end zone early in the third quarter as Dalvin Cook broke loose for a 54 yard touchdown run. After a James Quick touchdown catch gave the Cardinals the lead back at 14 – 13 the Seminoles struck big again. This time it was Kermit Whitfield taking a pass from Everett Golson 70 yards to put FSU up for good 20 – 14.
Cook would score one more time in the third quarter to make it 27 – 14. Cook has been fantastic all season. He finished with 165 yards and two touchdowns. Cook has 955 yards rushing in his first six games of the season.
The Cardinals got a strong performance by freshman quarterback Lamar Jackson. Jackson was held in check in the ground game rushing for only 32 yards on 19 carries, but his passing improved greatly after U of L’s by week. Jackson threw for a season-high 307 yards and 3 touchdowns.
James Quick caught five passes for 130 yards and a career-high three touchdowns.
Louisville came into the game very familiar with Seminoles’ quarterback Golson. Golson was Notre Dame’s quarterback last season when U of L went into South Bend and pulled off the 31 – 28 victory.
Golson struggled in last year’s game, but Saturday would be different. Golson threw for 372 yards and three touchdowns.
Louisville’s defense came in to the season forcing a turnover for the first time in 21 games, however they failed to get one against FSU.
With the loss Louisville falls to 2 – 4 on the season and 1 – 2 in the ACC.
Boston College comes into Papa John’s Cardinal stadium next Saturday for a 12:30 kickoff against Louisville.