USA Today/ Glenn Bell

Second Half Explosion Propels Florida State To 41-21 Win Over Louisville

Florida State used a big second half to pull away from Louisville.

For the first time all season Florida State trailed at the half. The Florida State offense started three of their first four possessions in the first half inside their own 15 yard line, and, despite driving the field twice, only came away with two field goals.

Two busted coverages by the Florida State secondary led to an easy score for Louisville wide receiver James Quick to make it 7-6 at the half. Other than the Louisville scoring drive the Florida State defense played very well in the first half with three sacks. Linebacker Jacob Pugh picked up two sacks and Louisville was held to just 150 yards of total offense.

The Seminoles came out firing out of halftime and scored on each of their three possessions in the third quarter. Dalvin Cook started the scoring with a 54-yard touchdown run where he broke at least five tackles. On the next drive Everett Golson connected for 70-yards with Kermit Whitfield to put the Seminoles up 20-14. Florida State got the ball back quickly and Dalvin Cook scored his second touchdown of the game, a 14-yard run, just three plays later. 

The Florida State offense was helped out by Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, who committed two turnovers, one fumble and one interception, that led to 14 points for the Seminoles. Jackson was sacked by true freshman Derwin James, who also forced the fumble that was recovered by true freshman Josh Sweat. Former walk-on Javien Elliot came in to replace Tyler Hunter, who left the game after giving up another big play, and picked off the first pass of his career.

The Seminoles would score again on their first possession of the fourth quarter after a 13-yard touchdown pass to Travis Rudolph. Golson would lead the Seminoles down the field again late in the fourth quarter and completed his third touchdown of the game to tight end Ryan Izzo to make it 41-21. Golson finished the game 26-38 for 372 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Louisville wide receiver James quick finished with three touchdowns and 124 receiving yards against the Seminoles, but the Louisville offense had trouble moving the ball outside of him. The Seminoles finished the game with 5 sacks, which is the most they've had in a game all season. 

Florida State running back Dalvin Cook finished the game with 163 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on 22 carries. He added 60 receiving yards on four catches. Wide receiver Kermit Whitfield had himself a big game, catching 9 passes for 172 yards and 1 touchdown. 

The Seminoles improve to 6-0 on the season and 4-0 in the ACC. Louisville falls to 2-4 on the season and 1-2 in the ACC. Florida State will play Georgia Tech on the road next weekend.

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