Louisville outlasts FSU in 31-28 victory

By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 21, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Louisville's Blanton Creque hit a 34-yard field goal with five seconds remaining as the Cardinals (5-3, 2-3) held off the Florida State Seminoles (2-4, 2-3), 31-28, on Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium.

The game was tied at 28-28 prior to Creque's field goal, after the Noles erased a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter with a pair of touchdowns from Noonie Murray; the first was a recovered a fumble by Jacques Patrick in the end zone to make it 28-21 and the second was the tying score, when he connected with James Blackman on a 20-yard touchdown pass.

The Cards and Noles swapped touchdowns on each team’s opening drive, with a Lamar Jackson 22-yard touchdown run and a Blackman pass to Ryan Izzo to tie the game at 7-7.

FSU took their first lead of the game in the second quarter, when Jackson kept the ball on a zone-read play but fumbled it once he was hit. From there, Matthew Thomas recovered the ball and took it to the house for the Noles’ first defensive touchdown since 2015, and to give FSU a 14-7 lead.

Louisville tied it at 14-14 on the ensuing possession, after a 26-yard touchdown pass to Seth Dawkins.

The Cards scored the next two touchdowns after tying the game, first on a Reggie Bonnafon two-yard run, which was set up by a 51-yard run from Jackson, to make it 21-14.

Louisville took a 28-14 lead on a Dae Williams touchdown run, on a drive that started after the Cards picked off Blackman.

Blackman outperformed Jackson in the passing game, completing 16 of 28 passes for 248 yards (Jackson, on the other hand, completed 13 of 21 attempts for 156 yards) with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Jackson made his presence known on the ground, however, totaling 178 yards on 23 carries.

The rushing game was hard to come by for the Noles, as Cam Akers totaled 75 yards on 16 touches while Jacques Patrick totaled 70 yards on 14 carries.

Murray led all receivers with 95 yards on four catches, and Auden Tate had five catches for 62 yards.

With Saturday's loss, the Seminoles remain winless at Doak Campbell Stadium on the season.

FSU is back at it next Friday when they take on Boston College. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.

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