Hello and welcome to the live blog for Louisville football’s major Saturday afternoon showdown against second-ranked Florida State at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Here, you’ll find regular updates from the pressbox at PJCS. Make you bookmark and keep refreshing the page to stay up to date on the game.
For more live analysis, you can follow the Courier-Journal’s U of L football writer, Steve Jones, on Twitter (@SteveJones_CJ). You can also follow me (@JeffGreer_CJ), columnist Tim Sullivan (@TimSullivan714) and sports director Chris White (@ChrisWhite_LCJ).
As for watching the game, it’s on ABC’s national broadcst, which is WHAS-11 locally. The popular ESPN pregame show, “College GameDay,” is on ESPN from 9 a.m. to noon, with the last hour being shown inside the stadium on the scoreboards.
FINAL: Louisville 63, FSU 20.
Yes, you read that right. What a major, major moment for Louisville’s football program. The Cards absolutely blasted the second-ranked Seminoles after hosting ESPN’s “College GameDay” pregame show, a program’s presence that drummed up serious excitement in this city leading up to the game. But it turned out the game was the main attraction – and Lamar Jackson was the star of the show. His final stat line: 13 of 20, 216 passing yards, one touchdown, one interception … 17 rushes, 146 yards, four touchdowns.
Louisville has a claim now to be a top-five team, if not top two or three depending on results in other big games on Saturday.
5:19, fourth quarter: Touchdown, FSU. Auten Tate caught his second TD pass of the game, a 12-yard throw from JJ Cosentino.
Louisville 63, FSU 17.
Drive: Eight plays, 82 yards, 4:06.
6:50, fourth quarter: Score update for Louisville’s next opponent: Marshall, which will host the Cards, is down 55-31 to Akron right now. Clemson, the Oct. 1 opponent, drilled South Carolina State, 59-0, in a mercy-shortened game.
11:26, fourth quarter: Kyle Bolin checks in at quarterback for Louisville. Human victory cigar.
11:45, fourth quarter: This is on pace to be FSU’s worst loss in program history … The ‘Noles lost, 49-0, to Florida in 1973.
12:30, fourth quarter: Touchdown, Louisville. Brandon Radcliff gets his first score of the game and is up to 118 yards. He’s been really, really good today – 8.4 yards per carry.
Louisville 63, FSU 10.
Drive: Two plays, 10 yards, 0:48.
13:18, fourth quarter: As if Deondre Francois needed another moment in his rough day, Chucky Williams just got his first interception of the season and returned it 36 yards to the FSU 10-yard line. He was down after that, with trainers looking at him. He walked off after a short visit, but he is being helped to the table by a trainer.
14:27, fourth quarter: Touchdown, Louisville. Lamar Jackson just surpassed the century rushing mark with a 47-yard touchdown run. He has four touchdown runs today and a touchdown pass. He’s up to 362 total yards. That run was magnificent.
Louisville 56, FSU 10.
Drive: Two plays, 71 yards, 0:33.
Attendance record: U of L has set a new attendance record with this game – 55,632 in the house, surpassing the 2014 season (and ACC) opener against Miami.
END THIRD QUARTER: Louisville 49, FSU 10. Louisville ball to start the fourth. Wonder when they pull Lamar Jackson.
0:20, third quarter: As much as Lamar Jackson and Louisville’s offense have impressed today, the defense deserves credit, too. Dalvin Cook has touched the ball 17 times – 16 carries – and has just 62 total yards of offense. Deondre Francois has been sacked five times and hurried four others. He’s just 7 of 17 for 101 yards.
3:02, third quarter: A small, small footnote in an otherwise sterling performance today by Lamar Jackson – an interception in the end zone after another great punt return by Jaire Alexander.
5:02, third quarter: Touchdown, Louisville. Not really sure what else to add to this live blog at this point. The Cards are routing FSU and well on their way to the biggest win in program history. They just tied a program record for points against an opponent ranked in the AP top 25. Last time they hit 49 was in 2000 at No. 13 Southern Mississippi. Jeremy Smith got his second score of the game just now.
Louisville 49, FSU 10.
Drive: Six plays, 65 yards, 2:43.
10:00 third quarter: Louisville WR James Quick has 252 yards, 12 receptions and three touchdowns in the last two matchups against Florida State. He’s got 122 yards on seven catches today.
11:26, third quarter: FSU just has no mojo on offense whatsoever. The ‘Noles had three solid drives, and they resulted in one TD, one field goal and one missed field goal. They’re getting just 4.2 yards per play. They are just 2 of 8 on third down. Louisville is getting all kinds of pressure on Deondre Francois.
13:49, third quarter: Touchdown, Louisville. Jaire Alexander breaks one loose for 69 yards and a score. This is a rout in Louisville. That was also the first punt return touchdown for Louisville since 2010.
Louisville 42, FSU 10.
13:55, third quarter: No momentum this time. Punt on the way for FSU after James Hearns dropped an easy interception.
15:00, third quarter: FSU starts with the ball and is in dire need of some momentum.
HALF: Louisville 35, FSU 10. What a spectacular first half for Lamar Jackson and U of L. The Cards, for the most part, couldn’t have asked for a better one. They have 375 total yards of offense, which is good for 8.9 yards per play. They capitalized on FSU’s turnover. They are 5 of 7 on third downs. They are 5 for 6 in the red zone.
0:12, second quarter: Touchdown, Louisville. And guess who scored it? Lamar Jackson hustled in from a yard out. That’s his fourth touchdown today – three on the ground, one with his arm. He’s accounted for 274 total yards, too.
Louisville 35, FSU 10.
Drive: Six plays, 71 yards, 1:05.
0:16, second quarter: What a moment just now – Lamar Jackson rifled a pass to his right and it was almost intercepted. Instead, it ended up in James Quick’s lap. Seemingly surprised he had the ball, Quick took off, sprinting 44 yards to the FSU 2-yard line. The big plays keep adding up for Louisville.
Timeout on the field.
1:17, second quarter: One last scoring chance? Louisville forced a punt from FSU and has the ball at its own 29 with one timeout left. An important opportunity to add to the lead here. The Cards have taken advantage of several chances today. This is another one.
1:30, second quarter: Monster sack from DeVonte Fields, who along with James Hearns has done well with the pass rush for the Cards. They’ve had issues setting the edge on runs, but their rushing of the passer has had a major impact on this half. That’s the second sack of the season for Fields.
2:18, second quarter: FSU is in dire need of a touchdown here – or at least a field goal – before halftime. The Seminoles did well to chip away at the 14-0 deficit, but Louisville has answered right back. That said … it’s still FSU, and they always seem to wake up after the break.
5:03, second quarter: Touchdown, Louisville. Lamar Jackson with a water-balloon toss to Jaylen Smith from four yards out. Smith was wide open. Louisville capitalizes on the turnover.
Louisville 28, FSU 10.
Drive: Five plays, 23 yards, 2:32.
5:08, second quarter: Kind of a small skirmish just now between FSU and Louisville during a timeout. Looked like some bickering. Louisville’s inside the 5-yard line and threatening to take a three-score lead before the half.
Stat note: Louisville had 99 rushing yards at FSU last year and 158 two years ago. Today, in the first half, 177 rushing yards.
7:00, second quarter: Another big moment for Louisville after the touchdown – a fumble, which Jaire Alexander recovered in FSU territory. Cards’ ball in position to score again. These are the opportunities they’ve missed in previous meetings against FSU.
7:40, second quarter: Touchdown, Louisville. Jeremy Smith with a muscle in from 2 yards out. Really strong run there after Louisville was toying with a score inside the 10. Big, big answer for U of L. FSU has played much better this quarter, but Louisville answered right back.
Louisville 21, FSU 10.
Drive: Nine plays, 79 yards, 3:16.
8:23, second quarter: Louisville’s really getting some big chunk plays to move down the field with ease on some of these drives. Six plays have gone for 20 or more yards and four have gone for 30 or more. Down in the red zone again here …
10:56, second quarter: Touchdown, FSU. The ‘Noles needed a big drive and they got one. Auten Tate found a soft spot down the seam for an 20-yard pitch and catch from Deondre Francois. Just like that it’s a four-point game.
Louisville 14, FSU 10.
Drive: Five plays, 69 yards, 2:24.
12:45, second quarter: Two very big moments for FSU here after the big stop and field-goal miss – Deondre Francois goes for 13 and then 41 yards on QB keepers. They both looked like scrambles, but big momentum changers for FSU. A penalty backed FSU up to the 30, but the ‘Noles have a lot more urgency to them right now than they did in that first half.
13:30, second quarter: Field goal … no good. Evan O’Hara rattles the upright from 48 yards after Lamar Jackson took a sack and a hands-to-the-face penalty backed the Cards wayyy up. Stays 14-3, Louisville.
END FIRST QUARTER: Louisville 14, FSU 3. Lamar Jackson has accounted for 122 total yards – 68 passing and 54 rushing. He has two touchdowns from inside the red zone, and he keeps getting loose. Brandon Radcliff had a strong quarter, too, with 64 yards from five carries. That, for the folks counting at home, is 12.8 yards per carry.
Louisville 14, FSU 3. Cards have the ball at the FSU 18 when the second quarter begins.
0:30, first quarter: Really important drive here for Louisville – and for FSU. The Cards have all the momentum on offense as the opening quarter comes to a close. It feels a lot like 2014. But the challenge for U of L has always been to maintain its momentum into the second half against the Seminoles. The Cards have to take advantage of these opportunities to build a big lead.
1:41, first quarter: Field goal is good for FSU. Ricky Aguayo from 47 yards out.
Louisville 14, FSU 3.
Drive: Seven plays, 33 yards, 3:09.
2:00, first quarter: Louisville holds up after FSU inches into Cards’ territory, forcing a third failed third-down conversion attempt for FSU’s offense. The pass rush has really gotten into the backfield at will for Louisville so far. Deondre Francois had to abandon the play and take off.
3:30, first quarter: Operation Get Dalvin Loose is underway for the Seminoles. He;s gotten a couple touches on this drive as FSU tries to get him going. He can run and receive, so he’ll be a factor all game, but the ‘Noles have to get him involved early and often.
4:43, first quarter: Maybe a chance for FSU to grab some momentum here after Kermit Whitfield gets loose on the kick return for a 35-yard gain. Seminoles start in a good spot. Then Travis Rudolph gets 17 yards on a nice pass across the middle from Deondre Francois.
4:50, first quarter: Touchdown, Louisville. Lamar Jackson takes it in himself from 14 yards out, weaving through some open patches of space on the right-hand flank. Another impressive scoring drive for U of L.
Louisville 14, FSU 0.
Drive: Six plays, 68 yards, 2:34.
5:30, first quarter: Louisville’s finding all kinds of space on offense so far. Lamar Jackson swung a wheel-route pass out right to Reggie Bonnafon for a 24-yard gain – three completions for 59 yards. Louisville’s getting some big plays early on.
7:24, first quarter: Field goal attempt is … no good. Ricky Aguayo missed from 49 yards. Stays 7-0 Louisville.
7:30, first quarter: Deondre Francois is taking some early hits in FSU’s backfield. Just got drilled by DeVonte Fields on a third-and-4 try.
9:31, first quarter: Not quite the same kind of mojo from Louisville’s second series, which goes three-and-out. Lamar Jackson’s throws were a bit early and led his receivers too much. Both times it hit their hands, but the throws required a diving attempt. FSU ball at the 48-yard line.
10:20, first quarter: Another strong pass rush from Louisville forces a quick release from FSU quarterback Deondre Francois, who threw out in front of Dalvin Cook. FSU has to punt. Great start for the Cards.
11:40, first quarter: Tallahassee, Florida, native James Hearns notched a sack against his hometown team. It’s his third sack in three games, and it has the crowd rocking. Pass rush is a major element of Louisville’s game plan today, because so much focus will be Dalvin Cook, FSU’s running back.
12:48, first quarter: Shaq Wiggins is starting at cornerback in front of Trumaine Washington. Zykiesis Cannon is manning the nickelback spot in Louisville’s 3-3-5 nickel defense. Stacy Thomas is in there as well at linebacker.
12:54, first quarter: A really strong start for Louisville – Lamar Jackson missed his man Jaylen Smith, who was wide open down the left-hand side for what would’ve been a touchdown pass, but Jackson made up for it the next play with a 31-yard bullet of a pass to Smith, who stepped out at the 2-yard line. Jackson punched it in a play later. Louisville just rolled through that opening drive with ease.
Drive: Six plays, 75 yards, 2:06.
15:00, first quarter: FSU won the toss and deferred, giving Louisville the ball to start, and the Cards got off to a cracking start, with Brandon Radcliff getting loose to the left for a 30-yard gain. Lamar Jackson followed with a quick hit to James Quick down the same flank – remember: Quick had a monster game at FSU last year.