Defeated? Yes, some people might have believed that Florida State’s football team would be defeated on Saturday.
But dominated? This kind of result would have been impossible to conceive.
The Louisville Cardinals administered a hard-to-believe 63-20 thumping on the Seminoles Saturday, dominating them from the coin flip. Louisville rushed for 314 yards and passed for 216 more in the lopsided victory.
FSU, ranked No. 2 in the country coming in, was within 14-10 in the second period. However, the Seminoles had little idea what to do with Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. It was the most points ever scored against FSU.
“It starts with me and ends with me as the head coach,” FSU’s Jimbo Fisher said after the game. “You’ve got to fix it and look at your issues and (see) what you’ve got to do.
“Find it, correct it, coach them better. And they’ve got to play better.”
Jackson ran for four touchdowns and passed for another. FSU had only 113 yards passing and only 171 throwing. Freshman Deondre Francois, who had been so good in FSU’s two wins to open the season, hit seven of 18 passes and 101 yards.
Jackson had 146 yards rushing. Teammate Brandon Radcliff had 118.
“Second half, they got the momentum and we couldn’t ever change it,” Fisher said. “You play with fire when you let teams get ahead of you. We felt like we had weathered it.”
Dalvin Cook had only 54 yards rushing in the game. In three games, he has only 174.
For the game, Louisville had 530 yards of total offense. FSU had 284.