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FINAL: Seminoles 17, Pitt 41

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Published: Nov. 7, 2020 at 9:59 AM EST
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FINAL: Seminoles 17, Pitt 41

FSU built an early 14-3 lead but Pitt then rattled off a 27-3 scoring run to finish the game.

Believe it or not, the Seminoles actually played pretty well defensively, limiting Pitt to just 358 total yards on offense. They just made too many mistakes on offense and had rhythm once Travis left the game.

Three turnovers (one interception by each quarterback) contributed to easy scores for the Panthers. The Seminoles drop to 2-5 (1-5 ACC) in 2020.

Our friends at Noles247 have tonight’s game recap. Thanks for tuning in with us. We’ll be back next week.

6:25 4th Quarter: Seminoles 17, Pitt 41

Purdy’s pass is intercepted by Brandon Hill at the 50 and he returns it all the way for a touchdown.

12:01 4th Quarter: Seminoles 17, Pitt 34

Chubba Purdy enters the game for FSU at quarterback after the Blackman interception, but the Seminoles can’t put any points on the board in his first two drives.

Pitt starts from its own 21 and goes nine plays and 79 yards for the touchdown score capped off with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Pickett to Addison.

Correction: that touchdown pass was overturned. Addison was stopped at the 1. Patti is then stuffed on three straight carries to bring up 4th and goal. Bryce Hargrove then commits a false start penalty to push the Panthers back to the 6.

They settle for a 19-yard field goal from Kessman.

Pitt starting to pull away with this one.

END OF 3RD QUARTER: SEMINOLES 17, PITT 31

Not much happening in that quarter. Pitt scores the lone touchdown of the quarter but the teams combine for just 85 yards of total offense in those 15 minutes.

13:22 3rd Quarter: Seminoles 17, Pitt 31

FSU gets the ball to start the second half, but James Blackman is in at quarterback instead of Travis due to an undisclosed injury. Blackman throws an interception to Damar Hamlin, who returns it to the FSU 17, on his second pass attempt.

Vincent Davis scores on a four-yard carry three plays later.

HALFTIME: Seminoles 17, Pitt 24

Parker Grothaus nails a 47-yard field goal to cut the Florida State deficit to one score as time expires in the first half.

After 145 first-quarter rushing yards for FSU, the Seminoles tally -6 yards on the ground in the second quarter. Pitt outgains FSU 133-50.

2:35 2nd Quarter: Seminoles 14, Pitt 24

FSU goes for it on 4th-and-2 from its own 48 but Lawrence Toafili is stuffed for a one-yard loss to give Pitt the ball back.

The Panthers need just three plays to score. A.J. Davis carries for nine yards. Pickett finds Addison for a 28-yard gain to set up 1st-and-goal at the 10. Pickett then scrambles up the middle untouched for the score.

Pitt has scored 21 consecutive points.

5:57 2nd Quarter: Seminoles 14, Pitt 17

Pitt starts from its own 29 after a poor punt from Mastromanno that is returned all the way to the FSU 41.

Jordan Addison picks up 12 yards on the first play of the drive followed by a 28-yard carry by Vincent Davis.

Two plays later, Patti takes it up the gut for a two-yard score.

END OF 1ST QUARTER: SEMINOLES 14, PITT 10

FSU outgains Pitt 195-102. Travis had the 88-yard touchdown run but also threw an interception in FSU territory to set up a quick Pitt scoring drive.

The Seminoles had 146 rushing yards in the first quarter. Pitt didn’t allow more than 116 rushing yards in any of its first seven games.

2:09 1st Quarter: Seminoles 14, Pitt 10

Pickett then finds Jordan Addison for 26 yards to the FSU 5.

Two plays later Nick Patti finds the end zone from one yard out on a carry up the middle.

3:12 1st Quarter: TURNOVER

Travis on 3rd-and-7 is intercepted by AJ Woods, who returns it for one yard to the FSU 31.

5:11 1st Quarter: Seminoles 14, Pitt 3

FSU starts from its own 5 and needs just three plays to score a touchdown.

Corbin starts with carries of two and nine yards and Travis does the rest with an 88-yard touchdown run.

9:28 1st Quarter: Seminoles 7, Pitt 3

Good drive to open the game for FSU against Pitt’s stout defense.

Jashaun Corbin carries on the first play for 15 yards. Travis then carries for five yards.

On a 3rd-and-5, Travis finds McDonald over the middle for a 22-yard first down gain to the Pitt 33. Devontay Love-Taylor goes down with an injury and needs a lot of help to get off the field. Darius Washington takes over for him at left tackle.

Tamorrion Terry makes his first catch on a screen pass for four yards on the next play. Ontaria Wilson then gets a carry for nine yards, followed by a Travis completion to Corbin down to the Pitt 13.

Travis then carries for a 10-yard gain to the Pitt 3. Corbin’s next carry goes down to the 1 and Wyatt Rector, the Western Michigan transfer, gets the carry for the touchdown.

12:31 1st Quarter: Seminoles 0, Pitt 3

On the first play from scrimmage for Pitt, Pickett finds DJ Turner on a screen pass but he fumbles the ball out of bounds. The play was reviewed, but the call stood.

Two plays later, Pickett finds Jared Wayne for a 49-yard gain for a first down to the FSU 31.

The drive ends with a made 51-yard field goal by Alex Kessman. He hit from 58 yards against Boston College earlier in the year.

Pregame

Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett will start for the Panthers after being out since Oct. 10 with an ankle injury. He is warming up on the field with a brace on that left ankle.

Hamsah Nasirildeen is again not dressed, so his 2020 debut won’t happen against Pitt. Travis Jay and Renardo Green are also out, so Florida State is down three safties for this one.

Marvin Wilson is also unavailable to play. He is not dressed during warmups. The Seminoles enter Saturday’s game a bit depleted on defense.

There was a quick, heavy shower in the area a few minutes before kickoff, but it appears we’ll get underway in time.

FSU wins the toss and will start on defense.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Florida State returns to Doak Campbell Stadium Saturday afternoon after being off last week.

The Seminoles are seeking their second ACC victory in 2020 as they host the Pittsburgh Panthers at 4 p.m.

Florida State lost its last game 48-16 at Louisville on Oct. 24, dropping to 2-4 and 1-4 in the ACC. It was a disappointing way to follow beating fifth-ranked North Carolina the previous week at home.

FSU will look to get back on track against a Pitt team that has struggled since starting the season 3-0.

The Panthers have lost their last four games since then with their most recent defeat being a 45-3 blowout against Notre Dame.

Pitt has a 5-4 advantage in the all-time series over FSU. Saturday will mark just the second matchup between the schools as conference opponents since Pitt joined ACC in 2013.

Florida State’s offensive line has gradually improved over the last three seasons since Jimbo Fisher left Tallahassee for the Texas A&M job. Through six games this season, the Seminoles are averaging 4.93 yards per carry, which ranks 19th out of the 74 FBS teams that have played four or more games so far this season.

That says a lot about the step forward the Seminoles have taken up front considering that with Cam Akers the last two seasons, Florida State averaged 3.83 yards per carry in 2019 and only 2.79 yards per carry in 2018.

The Seminoles are also improved in pass protection. They’ve surrendered 18 sacks on the season, which is still the fifth-most in the ACC, but the offensive line has been better in this area since Jordan Travis became the starting quarterback. In the three games, Travis has started, Florida State has allowed just seven sacks, but two of those games were against top-five opponents in Notre Dame and North Carolina. Travis' athleticism and ability to extend plays has also helped in this area too.

Continuity has also paid dividends for this group. Florida State had eight different starting offensive line combinations and never used the same one more than twice in a row in 2019. This season, the Seminoles have had the same five starters three games in a row, which should become four straight on Saturday.

Pitt’s defensive front will provide one of the Seminoles' toughest challenges so far this year. Despite the 3-4 record, the Panthers' defense has been outstanding in 2020. They lead the nation in sacks (31) and yards per rush allowed (1.94), while also ranking fifth in total defense among all power-five conference teams.

Defensive linemen Patrick Jones II (seven), Rashad Weaver (4.5), and linebacker Phil Campbell III (4.5) all rank in the top-16 in individual sacks.

Pitt will be tasked with limiting Travis on the ground, but the Panthers have been strong in that area this season.

Earlier in the year, they held Miami quarterback D’Eriq King, who has 406 rushing yards this season, to just 32 yards and 2.9 yards per carry in the Hurricanes' win over Pitt.

Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham, who has 220 rushing yards and three touchdowns this season, was sacked seven times in the Cardinals' loss at Pitt. Not counting the sacks, he was still limited to 31 yards on six carries.

There’s a chance that Pitt starting quarterback Kenny Pickett will miss his third consecutive game. Pickett suffered a left ankle injury against Boston College on Oct. 10 and missed starts against Miami and Notre Dame.

Pickett took his first snaps in practice on Thursday, so even if he plays, he may not be fully game-ready.

If he is out, redshirt freshman Joey Yellen will get his third straight start. In Yellen’s first two games, he’s completed just 32-of-77 passes for 378 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.

The Panthers also rank just 104th in the nation in rushing.

On Florida State’s side, wide receiver Tamorrion Terry and safety Hamsah Nasirildeen could both return to the lineup Saturday. Florida State head coach Mike Norvell said Terry is a game-time decision as he missed the last two weeks with a knee injury. Nasirildeen missed the first six games of the season after undergoing knee surgery in the offseason, but he practiced this week.

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