Florida State overcame injuries to several key players on Friday night to outlast Louisville 35-31 and improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2015. Quarterback Jordan Travis and defensive end Jared Verse exited during the second quarter with lower-body injuries before key offensive lineman Robert Scott and defensive tackle Malcom Ray left in the second half with injuries.
Those in-game health woes came after redshirt junior defensive tackle Fabien Lovett, an All-ACC honorable mention honoree in 2021, did not make the trip because of a leg injury suffered in FSU’s Week 1 win over LSU. All the attrition allowed a couple of unexpected stars to emerge for the Seminoles, which got an interception from Kevin Knowles with 37 seconds left to end a potential game-winning Louisville drive.
Backup quarterback Tate Rodemaker and receiver Johnny Wilson connected four times as Wilson tallied 149 yards receiving and a pair of touchdowns, both of which were thrown by Rodemaker. Wilson, a 6-foot-7 transfer from Arizona State, had just 154 yards receiving for the Sun Devils last season. Rodemaker, a redshirt sophomore, hadn’t thrown a touchdown, but had four interceptions, over six career appearances before emerging as a hero against the Cardinals.
After Travis’ injury with 4:21 left in the second quarter, Rodemaker completed 1 of 3 passes for negative yardage with an interception before halftime. But he finished the night 6 of 10 for 109 yards with the two touchdown throws to Wilson and no more interceptions.
After receiving 42 votes in this past week’s AP Top 25, the Seminoles will have a shot to be ranked Monday as they prepare for a Week 4 home game with Boston College. But FSU has plenty to figure out from a health situation before suiting up…
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Author : David Cobb
Publish date : 2022-09-17 03:40:22
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