FSU Football destroys Louisiana in fourth straight win

On a three-game winning streak, the No. 25 state faced the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns in what was the first time the teams had played each other. Louisiana’s starting quarterback was replaced by second-row Chandler Fields, while the FSU’s starting lineup remained relatively the same. Earlier this week, head coach Mike Norvell addressed an illness that prevented players from attending Wednesday’s practice, but it didn’t appear to be a problem on matchday.

The game started with possession in Florida State, with quarterback Jordan Travis making a quick decision to charge up the middle and save the team from a potential three-and-out. Shortly thereafter, Redshirt sophomore running back Treshaun Ward ran 36 yards for FSU’s first touchdown of the game.

The FSU defense rolled into doak after failing to concede a touchdown in the last 23 drives, and that trend continued in the first half.

The Seminoles’ defense was in full swing when linebacker DJ Lundy bagged the second-place quarterback, assisted the defense’s front three, and was out of the game. Lawrance Toafili escaped for a 33-yard run followed by a Travis touchdown. The Cajuns tried on the fourth down of the next drive but were shut down by Jammie Robinson, who was recently invited to the Senior Bowl. Trey Benson broke for 16 yards before Travis juke into the end zone for another touchdown before the end of the first.

The second quarter featured an unflappable defensive display from Florida State that prevented their opponents from scoring a touchdown. In Louisiana’s last drive, the Cajuns had to kick a field goal after being stopped for three straight downs inside the two-yard line. The offense also continued to show their talent. Tight end Camren McDonald’s first catch of the game was a clean 32-yard gain. Wide receiver Malik McClain kept the momentum going with his second touchdown in as many games.

By the end of the half, FSU had amassed a total of 206 rushing yards and 112 receiving yards. The result was 35-3.

The second half flew by, again in favor of the ‘Noles. Tate Rodemaker stepped in for Jordan Travis in the third with a 45-yard pass to Kentron Poitier on the first go, then another touchdown, this time from Redshirt sophomore that ran Trey Benson back. Louisiana fumbled the ball on the next drive, and third-string quarterback AJ Duffy joined the party with a 16-yard pass deep right for a Markeston Douglas touchdown.

“This week gave him (Duffy) a great opportunity to come in, play significant shots and get his first touchdown pass,” head coach Mike Norvell said. “It’s something he’ll remember.”

The Ragin’ Cajuns finally scored their first two touchdowns against FSU’s second and third row defenses in the fourth quarter. In the end, capturing the undefeated wasn’t enough and the ‘Noles won again, 49-17.

This was the sixth straight week that the team’s total rushing yards exceeded 200. Trey Benson led the game in rushing yards with 80, and linebacker DJ Lundy had a great game with 1.5 sacks. Kicker Ryan Fitzgerald easily picked up the extra points and nailed all seven attempts. Four different quarterbacks played for the ‘Noles in this game.

Seminole fans are now eagerly awaiting Black Friday; not for shopping, but for the years-awaited rivalry game against the University of Florida. Norvell commented after the game that preparations for the November 25 game would begin immediately.

“I’m going to see a movie here shortly,” Norvell said. “Sunday will be like Monday night as it’s a short week.”

The coach also explained how proud he is to be a part of the state of Florida, not just for football but for the rest of athletics.

“We’re ‘One Tribe,’ that’s who we are,” Norvell said. “I’m really proud of the football team. Watching them play is really something anyone can learn from and the women’s basketball team got off to a great start. It’s just a wonderful place to be a part of those relationships.”

Kick-off for Friday’s rivalry game is scheduled for 7:30pm at Doak Campbell Stadium.