LOUISVILLE, Ky. – One more win, and Florida State’s football team will go 3-0 for the first time since 2015.
The Seminoles (2-0) just have to win their ACC opener at Louisville (1-1, 0-1 ACC) at Cardinal Stadium, which is 7:30 p.m. Friday (ESPN).
The ACC Atlantic game — which has been played every season since 2014 — has seen the Cardinals win in each of the past two meetings. They have won 48-16 and 31-23 wins in 2020 and 2021 respectively.
Going into this game, FSU is coming off a bye week. The Seminoles opened the season with a 47-7 victory over Duquesne in “Week Zero” before beating LSU 24-23 at the Superdome in New Orleans.
Louisville started the season with a surprising 31-7 loss at Syracuse. But the Cardinals rebounded with a 20-14 win at UCF.
Quarterback Jordan Travis was traded from Louisville to FSU ahead of the 2019 season, so this game may have deeper meaning for him. The Seminoles also previously picked up cornerback Greedy Vance and defensive tackle Jarrett Jackson as transfers from the Cardinals.
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9:30 p.m. | Florida State limps into halftime with several key players injured
What started out as a good start for FSU quickly turned into a disaster.
The Seminoles are now without three of their best players, quarterback Jordan Travis, defensive end Jared Verse and defensive tackle Fabien Lovett. And the apparent left leg injuries Travis and Verse suffered appeared to be serious.
The FSU defense and special teams didn’t inspire much confidence either.
Louisville enters the half with 290 total yards. Quarterback Malik Cunningham completed 13 of 18 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown while turning 10 carries into 42 yards and a score.
While Seminole kicker Ryan Fitzgerald missed a 37-yard field goal in the first quarter, punter Alex Mastromanno punted for 24 yards.
FSU could be looking to build on their running game in the second half. Running back Treshaun Ward has 84 rushing yards on just four carries. Replacement quarterback Tate Rodemaker threw an interception on his second series.
9:10 p.m. | Florida State QB Jordan Travis leaves the game with an injury
FSU quarterback Jordan Travis left the game and headed to the locker room with 4:21 left in the second quarter after sustaining a left knee injury.
Louisville defensive end YaYa Diaby sacked Travis as he tried to make a pitch. Travis appeared to bend his left leg awkwardly as he was brought to the ground.
Replacement quarterback Tate Rodemaker replaced Travis, who completed 13 of 17 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.
Defensive end Jared Verse also left the game after suffering a left knee injury. Linebacker Tatum Bethune temporarily left the game with an apparent right arm/shoulder injury before returning.
8:25 p.m. | Florida State, Louisville entered the second quarter tied 14-14
FSU’s offense and quarterback Jordan Travis were on fire in the first quarter.
Defense and special teams? Not really.
Travis completed 11 of 11 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns. He completed touchdown passes to tight end Preston Daniel (2 yards) and wide receiver Malik McClain (21 yards). Running back Treshaun Ward (three carries for 56 yards) and receiver Johnny Wilson (three catches for 46 yards) lead the Seminoles in rushing and receiving, respectively.
After holding Louisville’s offense to three and one out in its first defensive drive, FSU’s defense gave up two touchdowns. Cardinal quarterback Malik Cunningham scored for the first time on an eight-yard touchdown run. Then he threw a 17-yard touchdown to running back Trevion Cooley.
Linebacker Tatum Bethune left the game with an apparent right arm/shoulder injury. The UCF transfer would obviously be a major loss for the Seminoles.
Kicker Ryan Fitzgerald missed a 37-yard field goal wide on the right on FSU’s second drive of the game.
7:35 p.m. | Florida State vs. Louisville officially underway
FSU won the opening coin toss and will rely on the second half, kicking off Louisville to start the game.
It is currently 80 degrees and partly cloudy with southerly winds at five miles per hour.
7:05 p.m. | Pre-game injury updates: Fabien Lovett out for game
It looks like starting defensive tackle Fabien Lovett won’t be available for tonight’s game.
Lovett, who is considered one of FSU’s best and most experienced players, is undressed on the field during the final leg of pregame warmups. He suffered an apparent injury to his right leg during the final practice of the LSU game on Sept. 29. 4. In two games this season, Lovett has two tackles.
Look for either redshirt junior Jarrett Jackson, a transfer from Louisville, or redshirt sophomore Malcolm Ray to start in Lovett’s place. Redshirt Joshua Farmer could also receive more playing time.
Wide receivers Winston Wright Jr. (leg injury) and Ja’Khi Douglas (undisclosed injury) also aren’t dressed on the court for pregame warmups. They have yet to play a game this season.
6:35 p.m. | FSU players put on the pads
A handful of padded players for FSU and Louisville are now on the field warming up.
The Seminoles all wear white uniforms, while the Cardinals wear red jerseys and black pants. Louisville fans have a “red” for the game.
It should also be a great night for football. It is currently 83 degrees and partly cloudy with southerly winds at six miles per hour.
Representatives from nine NFL teams are expected to attend the game: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, San Francisco 49ers and the Washington Commanders.
Representatives from the Orange Bowl, Gator Bowl, Cheez-It Bowl, East-West Shrine Game, Jim Thorpe Prize and ACC Commissioner are also expected.
And in other Florida State athletics news, the women’s soccer team is coming off another dominating victory, beating Boston College 6-0. The Seminoles have beaten their last four opponents by a combined score of 21-0.
5:40 p.m. | FSU players enter Cardinal Stadium
Let the pre-game festivities begin.
Several unpadded FSU players took to the field to get loose before the game. Stay tuned for injury updates and all other pre-game warm-up observations.
Fabien Lovett’s status will be one to watch. The veteran defensive tackle suffered an apparent right leg injury last practice against LSU on Sept. 29. 4. Seminole head coach Mike Norvell hasn’t revealed if Lovett will play against Louisville.
Wide receivers Winston Wright Jr. (leg injury) and Ja’Khi Douglas (undisclosed injury) have yet to play for FSU this season but are expected to return at some point. Offensive linemen Kayden Lyles and Bless Harris, linebacker Stephen Dix Jr. and walk-on CJ Campbell are out for the season with injuries.
Louisville running back Jalen Mitchell was ruled out with an injury.
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