Cards give up 21 point lead and lose to FSU 42-31
10/31/2014 12:54 AM
More than 55,414 fans showed up to watch a shoot-out. Defending Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston had three touchdown passes, tossing for 401 yards through the air, as second ranked Florida State overcame a 21-zip deficit to beat Louisville 42-31. The Cardinals appeared to have Winston’s number early, as the FSU sophomore had a career high three interceptions. It led in part to the Cards early three touchdown lead.
UofL players put up some gaudy numbers. Wide Receiver DeVante Parker caught 214 yards worth of passes while Michael Dyer ran for 134 yards and three touchdowns. UofL Quarterback Will Gardner threw for 330 yards including a touchdown pass, but in the final few minutes, nursing a fragile 31-28 lead, Louisville could not run the ball. Instead, deep in their own territory, the Cards went three and out, giving FSU great field position, and leading to a Dalvin Cook 38 yard touchdown run that gave the Noles the lead for good.
Florida State (8-0 overall, 5-0 in the ACC) has now won 24 straight games, and at worst will remain number two in the polls when the new rankings come out next week. Louisville drops to 6-3 overall, 4-3 in the conference. The Cardinals next play at Boston College a week from Saturday.
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