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ACC Championship: Florida State 16, Louisville 6

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By STEVE REED
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Florida State made things as difficult as possible on the College Football Playoff selection committee, using a dominant defensive performance to beat No. 15 Louisville 16-6 for the fourth-ranked Seminoles' first Atlantic Coast Conference championship since 2014.

The Seminoles moved to 13-0, but even that doesn't guarantee a spot in the four-team playoff after Alabama knocked off No. 1 Georgia for the Southeastern Conference championship and Texas, which beat Alabama this season, won the Big 12 title.

No Power Five team has ever gone unbeaten, won its conference title and failed to make the playoff.

Seminoles fans held up signs reading “Win and we’re in!” But Florida State's offensive performance created some doubt about whether it's one of the four best teams in the country.

Lawrance Toafili ran for 118 yards and a touchdown for the Seminoles, who stuck to a conservative game plan with third-string quarterback Brock Glenn behind center. Glenn finished 8 of 21 for 55 yards.

Starting QB and Heisman Trophy candidate Jordan Travis is out for the season with a leg injury. Tate Rodemaker, Travis' backup, was sidelined with a concussion.

The difference for the Seminoles was their defense, which had a season-high seven sacks and a critical interception that kept Louisville out of the end zone.

Trailing 10-6 in the fourth quarter, the Cardinals (10-3) had a chance to take the lead after they tackled Seminoles punter Alex Mastromanno before he could get the kick away.

Louisville took over at the Seminoles 11, but three plays later, Tatum Bethune picked off Jack Plummer’s pass in the end zone.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Florida State athletics press release

December 2, 2023


Scoring Summary
Second Quarter LouFlaSt
FlaSt FG 10:32 Ryan Fitzgerald 45 yard field goal 0 3
Third Quarter LouFlaSt
Lou FG 7:02 Brock Travelstead 36 yard field goal 3 3
FlaSt TD 6:20 Lawrance Toafili 2 yard TD run (Ryan Fitzgerald Extra Point) 3 10
Fourth Quarter LouFlaSt
Lou FG 13:36 Brock Travelstead 33 yard field goal 6 10
FlaSt FG 3:13 Ryan Fitzgerald 33 yard field goal 6 13
FlaSt FG 2:19 Ryan Fitzgerald 40 yard field goal 6 16
Team Stats
  Louisville Florida State
First downs 11 12
  Rushing 4 8
  Passing 7 2
  Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Efficiency 3-18, 17% 2-16, 13%
4th down efficiency 0-3, 0% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 34-77 44-164
Passing Yards 111 55
Return Yards 16 0
Completions-Attempts-Int 14-36-1 8-21-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 7-59 4-25
Punts 9 9
Fumbles Lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 6-48 3-20
Louisville Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Plummer 14 36 111 0 1
Florida State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Glenn 8 21 55 0 0
Louisville Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Jordan 14 52 3.7 0
M. Turner 2 41 20.5 0
I. Guerendo 4 10 2.5 0
K. Coleman 1 6 6.0 0
J. Plummer 13 -32 -2.5 0
Florida State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
L. Toafili 10 118 11.8 1
T. Benson 18 67 3.7 0
R. Hill 3 9 3.0 0
B. Glenn 9 -6 -0.7 0
A. Mastromanno 1 -11 -11.0 0
Louisville Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Thrash 7 57 8.1 0
J. Jordan 3 21 7.0 0
K. Coleman 1 15 15.0 0
D. Martin 1 8 8.0 0
N. Kurisky 1 5 5.0 0
C. Bell 1 5 5.0 0
Florida State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Wilson 2 21 10.5 0
K. Coleman 4 19 4.8 0
T. Benson 2 15 7.5 0
Louisville Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Florida State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
T. Bethune 1 0
Louisville Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Hodges 9 371 41.2
Florida State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Mastromanno 9 372 41.3
Louisville Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Coleman 1 0 0
Florida State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Louisville Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
I. Guerendo 1 16 16.0
Florida State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Louisville Missed FG
Player Length
Florida State Missed FG
Player Length
R. Fitzgerald 45




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