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Louisville clobbers No. 2 Florida State behind Lamar Jackson

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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.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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