FSU quarterback Jameis Winston was uncharacteristically inaccurate to begin the game with two interceptions in the first half and another to begin the third quarter in which Winston also forced a fumble to regain the football.
The stat of the day may have been Louisville's inability to complete third downs by finishing the game just 1-of-11 while Florida State went 9-of-16. Winston gained some footing as the game progressed and ended up with a stellar outing by racking up 401 passing yards and three touchdowns.
A worry for the Seminoles however is that their star QB Winston was hit often and appeared to injure his ankle, but he played through the pain.
"Pain is temporary," said Winston in the postgame ESPN interview.
The rushing game picked up for Florida State against the tough Louisville defense as freshman back Dalvin Cook rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns.
"There was a lot of young players out there that stepped up and it’s always critical how young players develop as the season goes on," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said.
Freshmen wide receivers, Ermon Lane and Travis Rudolph, also had significant performances with clutch grabs as Lane had two catches for 58 yards and a touchdown while Rudolph hauled in two receptions for 76 yards and a score.
Senior receivers had an affect on the game for the Noles too as wide out Rashad Greene and tight end Nick O'Leary had six catches apiece with 62 and 76 yards respectively. O'Leary has good hands and is a strong player on the football field.
For Louisville, running back Michael Dyer had a great game with 134 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Cardinals wide receiver Devante Parker tallied 214 yards on eight catches including a big grab of 71 yards to open the game, but Louisville failed to score after that gain and Parker was also kept out of the end zone for the game.
On defense, free safety Gerod Holliman snagged up two interceptions for Louisville to up his season total to 10 picks. For Florida State, 320-pound tackle Eddie Goldman was a force in the middle by tallying two tackles for loss and a sack.
Coming into the game, Florida State was ranked No. 2 and Louisville No. 25 according to the College Football Playoff committee. The Seminoles now extend their amazing win streak to 24 and should easily still be in contention for a College Football Playoff slot.
FSU 0 7 14 21 42
LOU 0 21 3 7 31
First Downs: 25
Rushing Yards: 173
Average Per Rush: 5.8
Rushing Touchdowns: 3
Fumbles Lost: 0
Passing Yards: 401
Average Per Completion: 16
Passing Touchdowns: 3
Total Offense Yards: 574
Average Yards Per Punt: 45.2
Possession Time: 28:26
Third Down Conversions: 9-16
Fourth Down Conversions: 0-1
Red Zone Scores-Attempts: 1-2
Field Goals: 0-1
Points Off Turnovers: 0
Punt Return Average (Punts): 5.5
Kick Off Return Average (Kickoffs): 20.8
Rushing: Dalvin Cook 110 rushing yards, 12.2 yards per carry, 2 rushing touchdowns.
Passing: Jameis Winston 25-48, 401 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 3 interceptions.
Receiving: Nick O'Leary 6 receptions, 76 receiving yards.
Tackles: LB Reggie Northrup 12.
Tackles for Loss: DT Eddie Goldman 2.
Sacks: DT Eddie Goldman 1.
Interceptions: LB Reggie Northrup 1.
First Downs: 24
Rushing Yards: 158
Average Per Rush: 4.8
Rushing Touchdowns: 3
Fumbles Lost: 1
Passing Yards: 330
Average Per Completion: 16.5
Passing Touchdowns: 1
Total Offense Yards:
Average Yards Per Punt: 36.2
Possession Time: 31:34
Third Down Conversions: 1-11
Fourth Down Conversions: 0-2
Red Zone Scores-Attempts: 5-6
Field Goals: 1-1
Points Off Turnovers: 14
Punt Return Average (Punts): 0
Kick Off Return Average (Kickoffs): 15.3
Rushing: Michael Dyer 134 rushing yards, 4.8 yards per carry, 3 rushing touchdowns.
Passing: Will Gardner 20-38, 330 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, 1 interception.
Receiving: Devante Parker, 8 receptions, 214 receiving yards.
Tackles: SS James Sample 15.
Tackles for Loss: DE B.J. Dubose 1.
Sacks: DE B.J. Dubose 1.
Interceptions: FS Gerod Holliman 2.