Florida State let recent success get the best of them, falling to Louisville on the road.

FSU’s offense couldn’t get much going, and the defense was completely ineffective. The ‘Noles went into a deep hole early, and were unable to climb out of it. Louisville now moves to 2-4 on the season, while FSU falls to 2-4.

BEHIND THE CHAINS

Florida State started hot on their first drive, going 65 yards on 7 plays and finishing with a touchdown. The Noles wouldn’t score again until midway through the second quarter.

The Louisville defensive scheme honed in on the run, forcing Travis to win by passing. Unfortunately for FSU, Travis’ passes were off for the majority of the game, either sailing passes or under-throwing. When he did hit open receivers, the passes were dropped.

The ‘Noles stayed behind the chains all half, averaging 9.8 yards to go on third downs.

In the meantime, the Seminole defense was comparable to a slice of Swiss cheese. The Cardinals averaged nearly 20 yards per play, with 300 yards coming from plays greater than 10 yards.

Louisville was able to amass 410 yards of offense and 31 points in the first half.

ANOTHER POOR SECOND HALF

For the second straight game, FSU scored a grand total of zero offensive points in the second half.

The defensive game plan for the Cardinals continued to work, as Travis was forced to be one-dimensional. More drops and poor passing killed any chance the ‘Noles had at a comeback.

The defense played with a little more pride, actually scoring a safety and forcing a punt and field goal. The unit was inconsistent, however, allowing two touchdowns on long drives.

By midway through the fourth, the game was well into garbage time and Chubba Purdy got some action.

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE?

Florida State has a roster issue. Key players don’t make the plays they need to in order to win ball games. Instead, drops, penalties, and miscues abound.

This team is not going to be improved until the roster is flipped. The ‘Noles just have to hope the opposing team makes more mistakes. North Carolina was a prime example of this. Based on the current state of recruiting, this will definitely not be a quick fix. Hang in there, ‘Nole faithful – the next few years will be a true test of your fandom.

It’s going to be a tricky remainder of the season, with only one potential “gimme” win remaining on the schedule. Florida State has equal opportunity to go 4-1 or 1-4.

The Seminoles need to figure something out, or it could get ugly.

PROS/CONS

PROS

  • Rushing. FSU rushed for 288 yards (not including sacks) and averaged 8.7 yards per carry.
  • Yards per completion. When the ball was thrown well and the receiver caught it, FSU averaged 10.1 yards per completion.

CONS

  • Defense. Defensively, the ‘Noles couldn’t stop a nosebleed, allowing 500+ yards of offense for the fourth time this year.
  • Passing. Completion percentage on the day was 34% for only 141 yards.
  • Drops. The receivers could not catch a cold.