Rapid Reaction: FSU defeats Louisville 42-31

By on October 31, 2014

After sprinting out to a 21-0 first half lead, Louisville fell to second ranked Florida State 42-31.

Big Plays 

The Seminoles scored 35 points in the second half,  the five second half touchdowns all came on plays of 35 yards or more.


Jameis Winston remained cool and calm after struggling in the first half.  The Heisman winning quarterback passed for 401 yards and three touchdowns.

Defensive Struggles

Through the first eight games of the year, the Louisville defense had stood as one of the nation’s best.  Florida State accumulated 574 yards of total offense, by far the largest amount allowed this season.  The Seminoles averaged 5.8 yards per carry.


Will Gardner did his best to match Winston, completing 20-38 passes for 330 yards and a touchdown.  The sophomore quarterback looked comfortable in the pocket and was sacked just once, late in the fourth quarter.  Gardner’s only interception was on the Cardinal’s final drive with under a minute left.


DeVante Parker opened the game with a 71 yard reception.  In his second game back, he finished with eight receptions for 214 yards.

Dyer Needs

Michael Dyer ran for 95 yards in the first half and two touchdowns while adding a go ahead touchdown with 9:20 left in the fourth quarter.  Dyer ran for 134 yards and 28 carries.  He is the first player to score three rushing touchdowns on Florida State since Russell Wilson.


Gerod Holliman picked off two passes from Jameis Winston tonight, putting his total at 10 interceptions on the season.


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