FINAL: FSU 38, Notre Dame 41

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Published: Sep. 5, 2021 at 6:39 PM EDT
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FINAL: FSU 38, Notre Dame 41

Jonathan Doerer connects on a field goal from 41 yards out to win it for Notre Dame.

Ryan Fitzgerald was no good from 37 yards on Florida State’s overtime possession.

End of Regulation: FSU 38, Notre Dame 38

We are heading to overtime. Florida State’s defense holds on Notre Dame’s final possession. The Seminoles outscored the Irish 18-0 in the fourth quarter.

0:40 4th Quarter: FSU 38, Notre Dame 38

Ryan Fitzgerald ties the game with a 43-yard field goal from the right hash.

5:36 4th Quarter: FSU 35, Notre Dame 38

Florida State puts together another long drive, this time 12 plays, 88 yards, and cuts the Notre Dame lead to just three. Treshaun Ward scores from two yards out on the wildcat, but the story of that drive was McKenzie Milton. Travis lost his helmet on a play and was forced to come out for a play. In response, Milton came in and completed all four of his passes for 36 yards.

13:47 4th Quarter: FSU 28, Notre Dame 38

Florida State answers with a long 15-play, 75-yard drive to cut the lead to 10. Travis found Andrew Parchment over the middle from eight yards out after eluding multiple defenders for the score.

4:37 3rd Quarter: FSU 20, Notre Dame 38

Travis’ third interception of the night leads to another Notre Dame touchdown. Chris Tyree scores from one yeard out. It took only three plays and 32 yards that time.

7:05 3rd Quarter: FSU 20, Notre Dame 31

Notre Dame finds the end zone to take its largest lead of the night with a seven-play, 69-yard drive. The key play of the drive was a 55-yard catch and run by Kyren Williams to convert a 3rd-and-17.

The Seminoles also had Notre Dame at 3rd-and-goal from the 6, but Williams scored on a swing pass. Stephen Dix, Jr. and Jarvis Brownlee both had a chance to bring him down short of the goal line but couldn’t make the play.

11:52 3rd Quarter: FSU 20, Notre Dame 24

Coan finds Kevin Austin, Jr. along the right sideline for a 37-yard touchdown. It was a perfect throw. Coan found Austin for a big gain down the other sideline just a couple of plays before that one too.

13:36 3rd Quarter: FSU 20, Notre Dame 17

Jordan Travis makes his best throw of the night with a dime down the left sideline for Ja’Khi Douglas. Douglas makes the catch and scores from 60 yards out.

A bad snap on the PAT forces Florida State to settle for only six points though.

HALFTIME: FSU 14, Notre Dame 17

Jordan Travis is sacked by Isaiah Foskey to end the half. The Irish outgain the Seminoles 219-152. Travis was sacked four times in the half. He finishes the first half 6 of 10 for 45 yards and an interception.

Jermaine Johnson is having a strong debut for Florida State on the defensive side of the ball so far. In the first half, he had seven tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss.

2:21 2nd Quarter: FSU 14, Notre Dame 17

Jordan Travis was intercepted by Kyle Hamilton to set up a five-play, 48-yard touchdown drive. The Seminoles got in a hole with two false start penalties before a play was run.

The Notre Dame touchdown drive was capped off by a 23-yard touchdown pass from Coan to Joe Wilkins, Jr. who made an outstanding, leaping catch over Travis Jay for the score. Jay had great coverage on Wilkins, but it was just a better play by the receiver. The Irish have scored 10 unanswered points.

5:02 2nd Quarter: FSU 14, Notre Dame 10

Notre Dame kicker Jonathan Doerer connects from 48 yards to cut the Florida State lead to four points.

The Irish called a very strange play on 3rd and 5 before the field goal. It was just a straight QB run up the gut for Coan, who is not a very dynamic athlete, and it unsurprisingly goes nowhere.

10:05 2nd Quarter: FSU 14, Notre Dame 7

The Seminoles take advantage of great field position from the Notre Dame 45 and take the lead. It was a quick four-play, 45-yard drive. Malik McClain made his first career reception on a nice 21-yard catch and run. Lawrance Toafili also added a 20-yard carry to the left side. Travis finished it off with a rollout to the right where he beat a defender to the corner and found the endzone.

End of 1st Quarter: Notre Dame 7, Florida State 7

Notre Dame puts up 125 yards of total offense in the opening frame with 75 of those coming on its first series.

Meanwhile, Florida State has 86 total yards. The Seminoles had an 89-yard rush for a touchdown. On their other 11 plays that quarter, they totaled -3 yards of offense.

5:12 1st Quarter: Notre Dame 7, Florida State 7

Florida State ties the score with an 89-yard touchdown run by Jashaun Corbin. The Seminoles had -9 total yards on their first two possessions before that play.

12:49 1st Quarter: Notre Dame 7, Florida State 0

The Irish marched right down the field on their first possession of the game. Florida State had Notre Dame at fourth-and-1 from the Seminoles’ 41, but Jack Coan found tight end Michael Mayer wide open down the field for an easy 41-yard touchdown.


-McKenzie Milton is now out on the field in full pads with the other four Florida State quarterbacks. He did not take the field with the other four QBs earlier when they were warming up in shirts and shorts.

-The only two FSU players that are not dressed out are LB Emmett Rice and DE Lenoard Warner. Rice was a candidate to start at Mike linebacker before sustaining a leg injury at the end of spring ball. Neither player was expected to be available for tonight’s game.

-Jordan Travis was taking snaps with the first-team offense during pregame warmups. It’s looking increasingly likely that he will start at quarterback for Florida State. The first-team offensive line was Robert Scott at LT, Dillan Gibbons at LG, Maurice Smith at C, Devontay Love-Taylor at RG and Darius Washington at RT.

-At around 7:25 p.m., the video board in Doak Campbell Stadium officially revealed that Travis will start at quarterback. It is likely Milton will play at some point too though.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Florida State welcomes No. 9 Notre Dame into Doak Campbell Stadium Sunday at 8 p.m. for its first game of the 2021 season. It will be the first time in school history that the Seminoles will open their season on a Sunday.

Sunday night will be the 11th meeting between the two programs with Florida State holding a 6-4 edge. Notre Dame has won the last two matchups, coming in 2018 and 2020. The last time the teams met in Tallahassee was in 2014, when Florida State won 31-27 in a top-five matchup.

The Irish have won 19 consecutive regular-season games against ACC opponents and are 9-2 in season-openers under head coach Brian Kelly. They are coming off a 10-2 season, in which they qualified for the College Football Playoff before losing to the eventual national champion, Alabama.

Meanwhile, Florida State enters its second season under head coach Mike Norvell. The Seminoles were the youngest team in college football last season with 75 percent of their roster composed of freshmen and sophomores. In the offseason, Norvell added 13 transfers to a team that finished 3-6 last season, marking the first time since 1974-1976 that Florida State has finished with a losing record in three straight years.

The most pressing question for Florida State entering Sunday is who will start at quarterback. Jordan Travis and UCF transfer McKenzie Milton were listed as co-starters on the depth chart for this week. Travis seems to be the favorite to start the game, but it’s likely that both quarterbacks will play at some point.

Notre Dame is bringing a new-look squad into Doak Campbell Stadium after having nine of its players drafted last year. Wisconsin transfer Jack Coan takes over as the starting quarterback for Ian Book, who started 32 of the last 33 games for the Irish and was drafted in the fourth round by the New Orleans Saints last spring.

The Irish also boast one of the best running back tandems in the country in Kyren Williams and Chris Tyree, who both tallied over 100 rushing yards in Notre Dame’s 42-26 win over Florida State last season.

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