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It didn’t come easy, but Florida State got its first ACC win of 2019 and pulled its record even with a nail-biting 35-24 victory over Louisville. The Cardinals scored 24 straight points to take the lead, but FSU earned the victory with a pair of touchdowns in the final eight minutes.

As customary, the moderators of Fifth Quarter recognize the Seminoles who shined brightest during this weekend’s contest at Doak Campbell Stadium. Handing out game balls this week is Mike Ferguson, John Cooper, Cory, Danielle Kelley, Rednollah, Garlic Wing Sauce and for the first time, Fox15GTI:

Offense

Mike, John, Cory, Garlic Wing Sauce: Alex Hornibrook, QB

It had been reported that Wisconsin transfer Alex Hornibrook would get reps during Saturday’s ACC contest, but few would have guessed that the graduate transfer would be tasked with leading a comeback. After getting two series in the first half, Hornibrook was forced to play most of the second half and proceeded to lead two fourth-quarter touchdown drives to rally FSU from a 24-21 deficit. In his FSU debut, Hornibrook finished 15-for-20 for 255 yards and a pair of long touchdown passes, including a 60-yard toss to Tamorrion Terry that put the Seminoles ahead for good.

Rednollah: D.J. Matthews, WR

After being suspended for the ACC opener against Virginia, D.J. Matthews made his presence felt on Saturday against Louisville. Matthews finished with three receptions for 44 yards, but none were bigger than his 24-yard reception on 2nd-and-20 with the Seminoles trailing 24-21 in the fourth. Two plays later, FSU would go ahead for good on the aforementioned 60-yard touchdown pass. Matthews also had three punt returns for 14 yards.

Danielle: Keyshawn Helton, WR

It didn’t matter who was throwing the ball on Saturday to Keyshawn Helton. The sophomore was Florida State’s leading receiver with seven catches for 96 yards and a 44-yard touchdown. Through four games this season, Helton leads FSU with three touchdown receptions. He ranks third on the team in receptions and second in yards behind only Tamorrion Terry.

Fox15GTI: Cam Akers, RB

After being held to a season-low 78 yards rushing in the ACC opener against Virginia, Cam Akers was again a workhorse for the Seminoles on Saturday and a force to be reckoned with. Akers finished the day with 112 yards rushing on 29 carries and three touchdown runs, including the dagger from a yard out to ice the game. Akers also caught three passes for 21 yards. The junior from Mississippi continues to lead the ACC in rushing and scoring.

Defense

Mike, Cory, Danielle, Garlic Wing Sauce and Fox15GTI: Marvin Wilson, DT

Florida State junior defensive tackle Marvin Wilson has a lot of money playing football in his future, but the Houston native may have had his finest outing in garnet and gold. Wilson led the Seminoles with 10 tackles, 3.5 TFL and two sacks. For good measure, Wilson put the exclamation point on the victory with a forced fumble and successive recovery.

John and Rednollah: Cyrus Fagan, S

In last season’s 28-24 victory over Louisville, it was safety A.J. Westbrook who made the biggest defensive play of the game for the Seminoles. On Saturday, it was junior Cyrus Fagan. With FSU trailing 24-21 and the Cardinals mounting a drive to go up by two scores, Fagan picked off quarterback Malik Cunningham inside the 20-yard-line to end the threat. The Seminoles would proceed to march 87 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. Fagan also tallied five tackles in the win.

Special Teams

Unanimous Game Ball: Tommy Martin, P

Tommy Martin continued to shine in his punting duties in the continued absence of Logan Tyler. On four punts, Martin averaged 42 yards with a long of 49 yards and one pinned inside the 20-yard line. The Cardinals managed just one return for 10 yards. And to be fair, nobody was picking Ricky Aguayo.

 

Mike Ferguson is a contributor for Fifth Quarter FSU and the editor of The Daily Nole. Be sure to follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeWFerguson. Follow all of Mike’s work by liking his Facebook page.