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Seminole Sunday Summary: FSU Football Loses Pair of Heartbreakers to Start 0-2

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For the third time in five years, Florida State football is off to an 0-2 start.

Following a valiant effort against Notre Dame on Sunday, the Seminoles turned around and suffered what was likely the worst loss in program history to Jacksonville State on Saturday night at Doak Campbell Stadium. It was FSU’s first loss ever to an FCS school.

On Sunday, FSU rallied from 18 points down in the fourth quarter to force overtime against No. 9 Notre Dame before falling, 41-38. In one of the best feel-good stories from Week 1, former UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton was forced into action late and led two scoring drives to force extra football. After suffering a gruesome leg injury in 2018 at UCF, doctors believed Milton would never play again.

After kicker Ryan Fitzgerald missed a 37-yard field goal in overtime, Notre Dame’s Jonathan Doerer hit the game-winner. Jashaun Corbin rushed for a career-high 144 yards, which included an 89-yard touchdown, in the loss. Notre Dame’s Jack Coan passed for 366 yards — the most for the Fighting Irish in an opener — and four touchdowns in the win.

Six days later, things went from bad to worse for FSU. Against an FCS team in Jacksonville State that was shut out by UAB in Week 1 and managed just 154 yards of total offense, the Seminoles let a 10-point lead slip away in the final quarter before losing 20-17 on the game’s final play.

FSU led 17-7 and had the ball on the 1-yard-line with about 10 minutes to play. After failing to score, Zerrick Cooper threw touchdown passes on consecutive drives for the Gamecocks, including the game-winning 59-yarder to Damond Philyaw-Johnson as time expired for an unbelievable victory.

Cooper passed for 242 yards for Jacksonville State in the win. Corbin rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown for FSU in the loss.

One of the bright spots for the Seminoles has been defensive end Jermaine Johnson. Through two games, he has four sacks and six tackles for loss.

Football

Record: 0-2
Ranking: N/A
Past Week: (0-2), lost to Notre Dame on Sunday in overtime, 41-38; lost to Jacksonville State on Saturday, 20-17
Upcoming: at Wake Forest (Saturday)
Recognitions: Jermaine Johnson, DE (ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week)
Weekly Commitments: None
Weekly Decommitments: None
2022 Recruiting Class Ranking*: No. 10 nationally, first in ACC (18 total commitments)*
Big Picture: After a valiant effort on Sunday night against Notre Dame, FSU suffered what was probably its worst loss in program history on Saturday.

Soccer

Record: 6-0
Ranking: No. 1 United Soccer Coaches
Past Week: (1-0), defeated Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday, 4-0
Upcoming: at Auburn (Sunday); vs. Boston College (Saturday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: After just one match this week, FSU plays a tough one on Sunday before starting ACC play.

Volleyball

Record: 6-2
Ranking: N/A
Past Week: (2-1), beat Georgia 3-2 in UCF Invitational on Thursday; lost to UCF in UCF Invitational on Friday, 3-2; beat Florida Gulf Coast in UCF Invitational on Saturday, 3-0
Upcoming: vs. Florida (Wednesday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU had a solid showing in Orlando this week, playing some hard-fought matches. The Seminoles host rival Florida on Wednesday.

Cross Country

Ranking: Men No. 2 USTFCCCA South Region; Women No. 18 USTFCCCA, No. 3 South
Past Week: Idle
Upcoming: FSU Open (Friday)
Recognitions: Adriaan Wildschutt (ACC Performer of the Week); Lauren Ryan (ACC Performer of the Week)
Big Picture: FSU was idle this week, but will host its first meet this week.

Men’s Golf

Ranking: Men No. 12 Golfweek Coaches Poll
Upcoming: Fighting Illini Invitational (Friday-Sept. 19)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: After a great season last year, FSU men’s golf will head to Champaign to begin the 2021-22 campaign.

Men’s Basketball

Weekly Commitments: None
2022 Recruiting Class Ranking*: N/A (0 total commitments)*
Big Picture: It was another quiet week for FSU hoops.

*Rankings according to 247Sports Composite

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

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