With today’s match-up coming on the heels of three consecutive games where the Seminoles jumped out to big leads, but couldn’t finish, will history repeat?
The Noles offense clicked early, and FSU jumped on the Cardinals for a 21-0 1st quarter lead. Louisville did score in the 2nd quarter to close to 21-7, but the Noles missed 2 FG attempts so it easily could have been a 27-7 game at that point.
For the 4th game in a row, FSU held the halftime lead!
Once again it looked like a repeat of the first three games. Louisville clawed their way back, and with less than a minute gone into the 4th quarter, the Cards pulled in front 24-21.
The stadium was silent, and the small crowd figured that history was repeating itself. With the attendance figure of 46,530, you have to go back to October 20, 1983 to find a lower figure. The attendance that day was 42.117 and ironically was against Louisville. As a major note on attendance comparison, the stadium capacity in 1983 was around 48,000. With that 42,000+ in a 48,000 seat stadium was no comparison to the current day 80,000+ capacity!
This time, however, the Noles didn’t quit. Lead by backup QB Alex Hornibrook, FSU managed 2 fourth-quarter TD’s and came away with a 35-24 much needed victory.
Of note, transfer QB Alex Hornibrook got his first action for the Seminoles. They were extremely lucky to have him as he contributed 2 TD passes. Also starting QB James Blackman was injured and did not return. It will be a wait and see about who the QB will be next Saturday against NC State.
On the defensive side, after losing starting DE Joshua Kaindoh to a season-ending injury in the Virginia game, it appears that starting LB Jaiden Lars-Woodbey may be lost for the season as well.
It will be interesting to see what team shows up against the Wolfpack. Have the Seminoles finally learned how to finish a game once again?
It will be interesting to see what team shows up against the Wolfpack. Have the Seminoles finally learned how to finish a game once again and win?