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FINAL 4th Quarter: FSU 17, Jacksonville State 20

Florida State is hoping Jashaun Corbin, or another newcomer to the roster, can become the...
Florida State is hoping Jashaun Corbin, or another newcomer to the roster, can become the answer in the backfield after losing three-fourths of their rushing production this offseason.(Florida State Athletics, 247Sports)
Published: Sep. 11, 2021 at 6:09 PM EDT
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FINAL 4th Quarter: FSU 17, Jacksonville State 20

JSU wins it on a fourth-down Hail Mary that goes 59 yards for a touchdown. The Seminoles drop to 0-2.

4:45 4th Quarter: FSU 17, Jacksonville State 14

Brutal turn of events for the Seminoles. Jarvis Brownlee picked off Cooper on third-and-18, but the play was reviewed for targeting on Kalen DeLoach. Targeting was confirmed and two plays later, JSU scores a 23-yard touchdown to make it a three-point game.

4:20 3rd Quarter: FSU 17, Jacksonville State 7

Ryan Fitzgerald connects from 53 yards out. That is a career-long for him. Florida State was moving the ball well but a couple of penalties and drops stalled the drive. Little mistakes are hurting FSU again tonight.

HALFTIME: FSU 14, Jacksonville State 7

Florida State started the half slowly but scored touchdowns on two of its final three possessions to take a 14-7 lead at the half.

The Gamecocks outgained the Seminoles 163-154 and had 11 first downs to FSU’s 10. They had just 156 yards of offense all of last week against UAB.

Florida State also converted just 2 of 7 third downs in the first half.

McKenzie Milton is 9-for-16 through the air right now with 58 yards and a touchdown. Jashaun Corbin has 66 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.

0:09 2nd Quarter: FSU 14, Jacksonville State 7

FSU puts together a six-play, 45-yard drive to take the lead before the half. It was set up by a 27-yard carry by Corbin to give the Seminoles first-and-goal. Milton then rolled out right on third-and-goal and found Wyatt Rector in the back of the end zone.

5:01 2nd Quarter: FSU 7, Jacksonville State 7

After the forced turnover, Florida State puts together a five-play, 53-yard touchdown drive to tie the game. Jashaun Corbin caps it off with a 12-yard touchdown run.

6:31 2nd Quarter: FSU 0, Jacksonville State 7

The Gamecocks had the ball at the FSU 17. Then Derrick McLendon forces the fumble on JSU running back Pat Jackson and Sidney Williams scoops it up and returns it 28 yards to the FSU 48.

11:08 2nd Quarter: FSU 0, Jacksonville State 7

Josh Samuel runs it in from two yards out and Jacksonville State strikes first. A 15-play, 79-yard scoring drive there for the Gamecocks. For the second straight season, Jacksonville State scores first in this matchup.

End 1st Quarter: FSU 0, JSU 0.

Gamecocks moving the ball a bit. They will have second-and-3 at the 50 after the break.

Only 71 total yards of offense that quarter by FSU. They went 0-for-3 on third downs and averaged just 3.8 yards per play.

11:40 1st Quarter: FSU 0, JSU 0

Florida State was driving down the field but ended up with a turnover on downs to end its first series. Treshaun Ward was tackled for a loss on third-and-2 and then Keyshawn Helton dropped a pass deep down the right sideline from Milton. Helton was wide open and it probably would have been a touchdown if he caught it.

Pregame

Auburn transfer running back DJ Williams took the field for pregame warmups with the rest of the running backs. Williams was not available for the Notre Dame game, nor was he listed on the depth chart for this week’s game. He ran for 239 yards and three touchdowns at Auburn last season.

When the wide receivers briefly came out to the field for pregame warmups, Ontaria Wilson and Andrew Parchment were not with the rest of the group. Wilson was the Seminoles’ top returning receiver from last season, but he had just one catch for minus-two yards against Notre Dame last week. It is possible he was just going through his own warmup, but that is something to keep an eye on during pregame.

FSU announced a weather delay with lightning in the area at around 6:50 p.m. Pregame activities have been suspended. Thirty minutes must pass after the latest lightning strike to resume. It looks like this game will start a bit later than 8 p.m.

Some FSU players took the field at around 7:15 p.m. as the rain began to fall hard. It looks like the weather delay is over, but no new start time has been listed yet.

FSU announced at around 7:25 that the game should kick off at around 8:10 p.m.

Another player not seen during pregame warmups is starting safety Brendan Gant. It appears redshirt freshman Sidney Williams will start in Gant’s place if he is unavailable.

FSU announced that McKenzie Milton will start at quarterback tonight. It will be his first start since Nov. 23, 2018. Malik McClain was also announced as a starter at wide receiver with Keyshawn Helton and Andrew Parchment, which likely means that Wilson is not available.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Florida State will be back at Doak Campbell Stadium Saturday night at 8 p.m. for its second consecutive primetime matchup to open the 2021 season. The Seminoles have a shorter week of preparation after playing their season-opener against No. 8 Notre Dame last Sunday, where they lost 41-38 in overtime.

This week, Florida State welcomes an FCS opponent in Jacksonville State, which resides in the ASUN Conference. The Gamecocks made the transition from the Ohio Valley Conference following last season and were picked to finish third in the ASUN this year. They opened their season with a 31-0 defeat to a UAB team that should be one of the better Group of Five squads in the nation this year. On paper, FSU is significantly more talented than Jacksonville State, but the Gamecocks have enjoyed the most success in their program history under eighth-year coach John Grass. His 68-21 record over his first seven seasons is the best start in JSU history.

Saturday will be the fourth meeting ever between Florida State and Jacksonville State. The Gamecocks won the first matchup, 7-0, back in 1947, but the Seminoles have claimed the two most recent contests. Their last matchup occurred last season at Doak Campbell Stadium. Jacksonville State surprisingly led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter before Jordan Travis replaced Tate Rodemaker at quarterback and led the Seminoles to five consecutive touchdown drives en route to a 41-24 win.

Florida State is seeking to improve to 27-0 against FCS opponents, while Jacksonville State is 1-5 all-time against ACC teams.

FSU has a bit of a quarterback controversy on its hands after last week’s loss to Notre Dame. Jordan Travis started last week’s game against Notre Dame but tossed three interceptions before being replaced by McKenzie Milton in the fourth quarter. Travis had some good moments, throwing two touchdowns and setting the tone for an 18-point fourth-quarter rally. However, Milton looked much more comfortable throwing the ball from the pocket, completing 5 of 7 passes on his way to completing Florida State’s comeback and sending the game to overtime. How the quarterbacks are be used will be one of the top storylines again this week.

Jashaun Corbin ran for a career-high 144 yards last week, highlighted by an 89-yard score in the first quarter. Treshaun Ward added a career-high 76 yards and a touchdown.

The Gamecocks are led by redshirt senior quarterback Zerrick Cooper, a transfer from Clemson. He needs just 76 yards to become Jacksonville State’s all-time leading passer.

You can find a running blog of tonight’s game right here on this page. Follow along for live updates and be sure to follow Will Desautelle and WCTV Sports on Twitter for live reaction and analysis.

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