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Louisville Dominates No. 2 FSU, 63-20

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Second-ranked Florida State had no answer for Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson or really any facet of the Cardinals’ squad as the Seminoles fell 63-20 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Saturday.

Jackson passed for 216 yards and rushed for 146 while accounting for five touchdowns as No. 10 Louisville (3-0, 2-0 ACC) scored more points than any team ever against FSU. Brandon Radcliffe rushed for another 118 yards and a score for Louisville while Jeremy Smith rushed for two more. James Quick finished with a game-high 122 yards receiving for the Cardinals.

After falling behind 14-0 early, Florida State (2-1, 0-1 ACC) looked to have settled in early in the second quarter after Deondre Francois’ 20-yard touchdown pass to Auden Tate made it a 14-10 game. The next 49 points however, belonged to the Cardinals.

Louisville led 35-10 at the break and after forcing an FSU 3-and-out on the opening drive of the second half, Jaire Alexander took a punt back for 69 yards for a touchdown, ensuring there would be no comeback.

Francois was under constant duress for the Seminoles, finishing just 7-for-18 passing for 101 yards, the touchdown and two turnovers — one fumble and one interception. Tate scored both FSU touchdowns, catching the second one from J.J. Consentino in garbage time.

Jacques Patrick led the Seminoles in yards from scrimmage with 79 yards rushing on seven carries. Tarvarus McFadden recorded his second interception of the season in the loss.

With the loss, FSU falls to 5-2 under head coach Jimbo Fisher in ACC openers. The Seminoles will remain on the road next week to face South Florida. Louisville will head to Huntington, West Virginia to take on Marshall.

Mike Ferguson is the editor of The Daily Nole. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson

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