Oct 30, 2014; Louisville, KY, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (5) and head coach Jimbo Fisher walk off the field after defeating the Louisville Cardinals 42-31 at Papa John
ACC Football Week 10: Defenseless
Oh Louisville, it started with such promise. After all, you took a 21-0 lead in the second quarter and had the number two team in the nation on the ropes. Even after a late Florida State score before halftime, you led 21-7.
Unfortunately, while you played number two, your defense played like number two in the second half when you gave up 35 points en route to another disappointing loss.
You even came back with 9:20 to go to take a 31-28 lead, but giving up two touchdowns in 1:35 of game time late (on short fields, though) typically do not help teams win.
Florida State lost the turnover battle on account of three Jameis Winston interceptions and had the ball for 28:26, but still managed 574 yards against Louisville. There were some bad broken plays in there as well.
Though ranked last week (but not anymore), Louisville is kind of like a college football version of “Waiting for Godot.” We seem to think they’re going to get that big win which legitimizes them, but they keep not getting it, and it would appear it’s not coming.
Granted, asking them to win against Florida State or at Clemson are not easy things to do, but the closest thing they have to a signature win is Miami. That victory is looking better, but they were looking for more.
As for Florida State, it would seem public and/or ACC opinion is turning against them with the weekly unfurling of a new off-the-field fiasco, but no matter how close teams come to beating them, they don’t. The Seminoles just do not lose, no matter how bad a scenario they find themselves in during a game.
Down 21-zip on the road? No problem. Notre Dame scoring the game-winning touchdown? Offensive pass interference. Jameis out and Clemson defense dominating? Other team fumbles in the red zone late in regulation, then calls a terrible fourth-and-1 play in overtime.