Deondre Francois’ second-half surge helps Seminoles prevail at Louisville in closing minutes, 28-24

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By: Ryan Kelly | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
September 29, 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WCTV) — Two critical Louisville interceptions and a 58-yard Nyquan Murray touchdown run with 1:13 left to play capped off the most improbable victory of the Willie Taggart era as Florida State (3-2, 1-2 ACC) defeated the Cardinals (2-3, 0-2 ACC), 28-24.

The Cards were driving downfield to ice a sure 24-21 victory with less than two minutes left to play when Jawon Pass threw an interception into the diving arms of AJ Westbrook to set up the Seminole offense for the winning score.

Until the closing drive, there weren’t many fireworks to speak of for the FSU offense. The Seminoles recorded a sluggish 136 yards against UofL in the first half and only began to get going in the third quarter after a 55-yard Deondre Francois pass to Tamorrion Terry to put the ‘Noles within a score, 21-14.

The offensive pickup coincided with a pickup in the passing game; Francois finished the day only 16-of-27, with 11 of those completions coming in the second half. The garnet and gold would posted 234 yards in the closing half hour of competition.

Defensively, FSU struggled for most of the day surrendering 421 yards to Pass’ Cardinal offense. However, the ‘Noles got the stops when they needed them, including Westbrook’s interception and a pick from Stanford Samuels III on Louisville’s closing drive of the game to seal the win for Florida State.

Next up for the ‘Noles is a trip to Miami for a rivalry matchup with the Hurricanes, the Cardinals are back in action at home on Friday against Georgia Tech.

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