--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
The Louisville Cardinals had a late lead, but the Cards lost in the fourth quarter to Florida State, 28-24. It broke the Cardinal’s two-game winning streak against the Seminoles.
At times, Louisville QB Jawon Pass looked like a good starting quarterback. He led the offense on multiple drives, and rolled out of the pocket when needed. He still had a few of his mistakes show through. Pass completed 24 of 45 for 306 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions.
Pass proved he could rush, and scored Louisville’s first touchdown with 6:08 in the first quarter. He was left in the open, and scrambled 14 yards up the middle. It was Pass’s first rushing touchdown, and Louisville’s fifth of 2018.
FSU responded with a 17-yard touchdown catch by Nyquan Murray with 3:47 left in the first quarter. Louisville’s defense left Murray alone in the open; and he caught an easy pass from Deondre Francois.
Pass found Micky Crum in the endzone on the first play of the second quarter. Pass rolled out of the pocket, and hit Crum four yards out in the corner of the end zone. The touchdown coming at 14:55 gave Louisville the 14-7 lead.
After the touchdown, the offense stalled for both teams. Both teams had opportunities, and turned the ball over once each. Louisville had 39 yards until their final drive of the first half.
On the drive, Louisville chewed 2:28 off the clock, and scored a touchdown with 10 seconds left in the half. Pass found Dez Fitzpatrick deep in the end zone, hitting him for three yards and the touchdown.
The Cardinals entered the locker room with the 21-7 lead. Louisville’s offense had 238 yards, 191 of which were from the air. Brian VanGorder’s defense held Florida State to just 136 first-half yards.
Florida State got seven points back close to the end of the third quarter. Tamorrion Terry caught a 54-yard pass on the first play of a drive, and made it into the end zone easily.
Louisville marched down the field on their next drive, but settled for a 42-yard field goal by Blanton Creque with 21 seconds left in the third.
The Seminoles scored a touchdown with 9:55 left in the game. Tre’ McKitty grabbed a 25-yard pass from Francois, and marched into the end zone. The score put FSU within three of the lead. Then, Murray caught a 58-yard touchdown pass with 1:13 left. It solidified the loss.
Louisville had 421 total yards, while holding the ‘Noles to 370. 306 of Louisville’s yards were through the air. Louisville also held FSU to just 76 yards on the ground.
Louisville moves to 2-3 (0-2 ACC). The Cards have a short week ahead, and will host Georgia Tech on Friday, October 5th, at 7pm. Louisville hopes to rebound after the disappointing loss.