GAMEDAY College Football

Florida State 35, Louisville 31

By STEVE BITTENBENDER
Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Quarterback Tate Rodemaker came off the bench to lead Florida State to a come-from-behind 35-31 victory over Louisville.

The sophomore came in after Jordan Travis suffered a lower left leg injury with a little more than four minutes left in the second quarter and Florida State down 21-14. All the Valdosta, Georgia native did was lead the Seminoles to three, 75-yard second-half scoring drives. The last came with 7:54 left with a sensational 2-yard catch in the end zone by Johnny Wilson that put the Seminoles (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) up for good.

Rodemaker finished 6-for-10 passing for 109 yards with two touchdowns and an interception while leading Florida State to 260 of their 455 yards. Treshaun Ward added 126 yards on 10 carries for the Seminoles. Wilson finished with seven catches for 149 yards and both touchdowns from Rodemaker.

Louisville (1-2, 0-2) lost despite racking up 495 yards on offense. Malik Cunningham threw for 243 yards on 21-of-34 passing with a touchdown and an interception. The fifth-year senior also added 127 yards rushing and two scores on 17 carries.

The Cardinals had a chance to win the game after Ryan Fitzgerald missed a 36-yard field goal with 1:44 left, but Kevin Knowles II picked off a Cunningham pass at the Florida State 38 with 37 seconds left.

BIG PICTURE

Florida State: Losing Travis, who was on the sideline in the second half with crutches and a boot, for any length of time could be a big blow for the Seminoles. However, for at least Friday night, Rodemaker's heroics were enough to lead the comeback.

Louisville: It may be hard to call the third game of the season a must-win, but given the way the Cardinals season started, Friday's game was one they really needed. The defense that showed up in the second half of the win at Central Florida last week failed to show up when needed in the second half on Friday.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter FlaStLou
FlaSt TD 11:01 Preston Daniel 2 yard TD pass from Jordan Travis (Ryan Fitzgerald Extra Point) 7 0
Lou TD 8:28 Malik Cunningham 8 yard TD run (James Turner Extra Point) 7 7
Lou TD 1:23 Trevion Cooley 17 yard TD pass from Malik Cunningham (James Turner Extra Point) 7 14
FlaSt TD 0:15 Malik McClain 21 yard TD pass from Jordan Travis (Ryan Fitzgerald Extra Point) 14 14
Second Quarter FlaStLou
Lou TD 5:30 Trevion Cooley 1 yard TD run (James Turner Extra Point) 14 21
Third Quarter FlaStLou
FlaSt TD 8:58 Lawrance Toafili 15 yard TD run (Ryan Fitzgerald Extra Point) 21 21
Fourth Quarter FlaStLou
Lou TD 14:25 Malik Cunningham 18 yard TD run (James Turner Extra Point) 21 28
FlaSt TD 13:24 Johnny Wilson 10 yard TD pass from Tate Rodemaker (Ryan Fitzgerald Extra Point) 28 28
Lou FG 11:45 James Turner 36 yard field goal 28 31
FlaSt TD 7:54 Johnny Wilson 2 yard TD pass from Tate Rodemaker (Ryan Fitzgerald Extra Point) 35 31
Team Stats
  Florida State Louisville
First downs 20 25
  Rushing 8 13
  Passing 9 10
  Penalty 3 2
3rd Down Efficiency 6-14, 43% 5-14, 36%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 37-199 44-251
Passing Yards 266 243
Return Yards 30 67
Completions-Attempts-Int 19-27-2 21-34-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 4-18 2-16
Punts 4 5
Fumbles Lost 0-0 2-2
Penalties - Yards 6-56 11-81
Florida State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Travis 13 17 157 2 1
T. Rodemaker 6 10 109 2 1
Louisville Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Cunningham 21 34 243 1 1
Florida State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Ward 9 118 13.1 0
T. Benson 10 70 7.0 0
L. Toafili 7 28 4.0 1
T. Rodemaker 4 2 0.5 0
W. Rector 1 0 0.0 0
M. Pittman 1 -1 -1.0 0
D. Williamson 1 -3 -3.0 0
J. Travis 2 -10 -5.0 0
Louisville Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Cunningham 17 127 7.5 2
J. Jordan 17 90 5.3 0
T. Cooley 10 34 3.4 1
Florida State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Wilson 7 149 21.3 2
C. McDonald 2 45 22.5 0
O. Wilson 2 38 19.0 0
M. McClain 2 24 12.0 1
L. Toafili 2 9 4.5 0
M. Pittman 1 7 7.0 0
P. Daniel 1 2 2.0 1
T. Ward 2 -8 -4.0 0
Louisville Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Huggins-Bruce 3 61 20.3 0
B. Smith 5 50 10.0 0
D. Wiggins 2 41 20.5 0
T. Hudson 4 40 10.0 0
T. Cooley 4 36 9.0 1
M. Ford 3 15 5.0 0
Florida State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
K. Knowles II 1 0
Louisville Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Y. Abdullah 1 20
R. Conner 1 0
Florida State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Mastromanno 4 173 43.3
Louisville Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Vassett 5 232 46.4
Florida State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Pittman 2 9 4.5
Louisville Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Smith 3 14 4.7
Florida State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. McClain 1 21 21.0
Louisville Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Jordan 2 33 16.5
Florida State Missed FG
Player Length
R. Fitzgerald 37
R. Fitzgerald 36
Louisville Missed FG
Player Length




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