Louisville K Blanton Creque kicks an extra point against Boston College on October 14th, 2017. Creque made a 34-yard field goal with five seconds left to defeat Florida State, 31-28. Photo by Seth Spalding, River City Cards
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Blanton Creque. The reason the Louisville Cardinals beat Florida State on the road. The kicker made a 34-yard field goal with five seconds left to untie, and win, a tough game on the road in Tallahassee. It was the first time Louisville had beaten FSU consecutively, and the first time in Tallahassee since Johnny Unitas was under center for the Cards.
Louisville scored first with a touchdown at the 11:37 mark in the first. QB Lamar Jackson took the ball into the end zone himself from 22 yards, capping off a seven play, 75-yard drive. FSU responded with a TD of their own. The Seminoles took the lead after a 34-yard fumble by Jackson, recovered by the defense.
The lead wouldn't stand for long, as Jackson hit WR Seth Dawkins from 26-yards for a Touchdown. At the half, the game was tied 14-14.
Louisville pulled away in the third quarter. They scored two touchdowns, one from a two-yard rush by RB Reggie Bonnafon, and the other another rush from Dae Williams. FSU responded in the fourth, and scored two more TDs, making it again a tie game.
The fun began in the last five minutes.
Louisville lost the ball on downs with 4:38 left. Florida State went all the way downfield to Louisville's 21 with 2:05 left. But then, Florida State QB James Blackman was pressured, and lost the ball at Louisville's 24-yard line. Louisville defensive lineman Henry Famurewa recovered the ball, and Louisville moved the ball to Florida State's 12-yard line with nine seconds left. Jackson was originally in the backfield, on second and seven, but a false start forced the special teams unit to come on field.
Then, just before Creque kicked the ball, Florida State took a timeout. It was to Louisville's benefit, because the original attempt missed wide. On his second try, though, Creque split the uprights with five left. Blackman missed his pass attempt, and Louisville won, 31-28.
It was Louisville's first game winning field goal since John Wallace kicked a 29-yarder against Rutgers in 2012.
The Cards move to 5-3, just one win away from bowl eligibility. That could come next week, as Louisville continues its road trip to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, taking on Wake Forest.