Louisville, Kentucky – In football there are losses and then there is what happened to #2 ranked FSU on Saturday night. FSU suffered one of their worst loses in school history losing to #10 ranked Louisville 63-20. Louisville, riding the back of their superstar quarterback Lamar Jackson, handed FSU that loss. There were many people that were skeptical of Louisville’s first two wins of the season being that they were against outmatched teams in the Charlotte 49ers and Syracuse Orangemen. Louisville generated a massive amount of yards and points but how would they fare against a top ranked team with comparable talent?
FSU is known as a team that sometimes starts slow but ends up having a strong second half to take the win. That can be a strong confidence booster for a team that is down at halftime but for a team that always expects that it can be detrimental. A team cannot logically expect to start slow week after week
and depend on a strong second half to win the game. There will be teams that will put their foot on your neck in the second half and not allow a comeback.
Louisville jumped out to an early 14-0 first quarter lead but early in the second quarter FSU was able to cut into the lead and make it a 14-10 game. Instead of the game continuing to go back and forth that is the moment that the Cardinals took over. It was not just the Louisville offense that took control of the game but all three phases of their team played in perfect harmony with each other. Louisville put up 21 points in the second quarter alone to go into halftime up 35-10. No matter what FSU did on offense or defense they seemingly had no answer for Louisville who seemed better prepared, more physical, better coached, and was just an all around better team.
Louisville’s defense was able to contain superstar running back Dalvin Cook who had gashed them in the previous two meetings going over 100 yards in both games. He finished the game with 54 yards on 16 carries with an average of 3.4 yards per carry. That’s a far cry from the explosive running back that
averaged over 7.0 yards per carry last season. The Cardinal defense sacked, pressured, and flat out harassed FSU QB Deondre Francois all game. They ended the game with five hurries and five sacks which continued to highlight the poor offensive line play by FSU. Francois, who had put up some gaudy
numbers in the first two games of the season, ended the game going 7 of 18 for 101 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. The redshirt freshman QB had the first bad game of his young career and he did not receive much help from his more veteran supporting cast.
Louisville did not have the same issues that FSU had. Seemingly powered up by their first home meeting with ESPN’s College GameDay in attendance and tribute to Muhammad Ali they put on a show. Lamar Jackson proved that he is the leader in the Heisman trophy race going 13 for 20 in the air with 216 yards and 1 touchdown with 1 interception in garbage time. Where he was truly special was carrying the ball 17 times for 146 yards and 4 touchdowns with an 8.6 YPC average. As a team they rushed for 314 yards and 7 touchdowns, included in that was RB Brandon Radcliff who added 118 yards on the ground and one touchdown.
After a game like this Seminole fans are left wondering what happens next and the team must now decide where they go from here. There is some real soul searching that must be done after a lopsided
loss like the one handed out by Louisville. Does one loss turn into multiple loses or do they use this as a learning experience and continue to grow. Superstar safety Derwin James isn’t suiting up anytime soon after his meniscus tear so the defense will have to rally and play hard without him. Cardinal fans are leftwondering what’s next for a different reason. Is an ACC championship and college football playoff in their future? Is Lamar Jackson college football’s new version of Michael Vick and is a Heisman trophy in his future. Both storylines will be followed closely as the season progresses.