Seminoles Stun Louisville With Late TD

The Florida State Seminoles (3-2, 1-2) knocked off the Louisville Cardinals (2-3, 0-2) 28-24 thanks to a 58-yard touchdown pass to Nyqwan Murray with 1:13 to go.

The Cardinals appeared to be in control for much of this game.  After Cardinals quarterback Jawon Pass ran in a 14-yard pass with 6:06 to go in the first quarter, the Seminoles answered with a seven play, seventy five yard drive that ended in Seminoles quarterback Deondre Francois hitting Nyqwan Murray for a 17-yard touchdown pass to tie the game.

The second quarter, however, belonged to Louisville.  After taking a 14-7 lead early in the quarter, Louisville orchestrated an 11 play, 70 yard drive late in the quarter that ended with a Dez Fitzpatrick touchdown reception that gave Louisville a 21-7 lead.  Though Florida State did get a nice touchdown pass from Francois to Tamorrion Terry for 55 yards, Louisville answered late in the the third quarter with a 42-yard field goal that gave the Cardinals a 24-14 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Florida State used an 11 play, 65 yard touchdown drive early in the fourth quarter to pull within 24-21 when Francois hit Tre McKitty for a 25 yard touchdown pass.  From there, Louisville had possession of the ball in the final minutes and was efforting to run out the clock and clinch the victory.  However, Jawon Pass saw a pass intercepted by AJ Westbrook with 1:56 to go that generated life for the Seminoles.

Five plays later for Florida State, quarterback Deondre Francois hit Nyqwan Murray with the play of the game.  After making the catch, Murray ran the ball 58 yards, dodging several Cardinals defenders, to get what would prove to be the game winning touchdown and lift Florida State to a stunning 28-24 win over Louisville.

Francois finished the game 16-for-27 for Florida State with 294 yards passing and four touchdowns with no interceptions.  Nyqwan Murray caught six passed for 114 yards and two touchdowns, while Tamorrion Terry added 71 yards receiving in the victorious effort for Florida State.  Louisville quarterback Jawon Pass finished the game 24-for-45 with 306 yards passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions, both of which occurring in the fourth quarter that saw the Seminoles rally.  Jaylen Smith led the way with 100 yards receiving for the Cardinals, while Trey Smith led Louisville's rushing attack with 70 yards.

The Seminoles now prepare for a key in-state rival against the 16th ranked Hurricanes next Saturday in Miami.  The Hurricanes are off to a 4-1 start to the season after knocking off North Carolina 47-10 on Thursday night.


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