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Florida State Seminoles vs. Louisville Cardinals Recap

Florida State's Everett Golson had a big game, throwing for 372 yards and three touchdowns to help the Seminoles beat Louisville and remain undefeated. Golson completed 26-of-38 passes without a turnover, and now has 11 touchdowns and no interceptions for the season. He got plenty of help on the ground from Dalvin Cook, who rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. FSU receiver Kermit Whitfield caught nine passes for 172 yards and one touchdown. For Louisville, Lamar Jackson passed for 307 yards, and James Quick had five receptions for 130 yards and three touchdowns. The Cardinal fell to 2-4 while the 11th-ranked Seminoles improved to 6-0, with a matchup against undefeated Clemson looming on Nov. 7.

Louisville Cardinals vs. Clemson Tigers Recap

The Louisville Cardinal football team has had a rough start to the 2015 season, but a home victory in front of an eager crowd over the 11th ranked Clemson Tigers, would have done a lot to turn the feelings of the Cardinal faithful around. For awhile it looked like Louisville was going to pull of the first major upset of the 2015 season, but the opportunity just seemed to slip right through their fingers.

The first quarter was like a boxing match, with each time trading jabs early on. The home crowd seemed to have the high-powered Clemson offense off their game. The Tigers scored first in the 2nd quarter on a 34 yard pass play, then Louisville answered with a short field goal to close the first half of play. Down only 7 to 3 to the 11th ranked team in the nation had the Louisville fans roaring loud to start the 2nd half of football.

In the 3rd quarter the fans grew even more raucous as the Cardinals drove 58 yards in 9 plays to take their first lead of the night. It would be their only lead.

Clemson finished the 3rd period with two scoring drives, the first a 36 yard field goal to tie the game, the second another TD pass from Deshaun Watson, this time 25 yards to Jordan Leggett to give Clemson a 17-10 lead heading into the final stanza.

Clemson ate up some more clock driving for another field goal to put up what appeared to be a fairly safe 10-point lead. But, the kickoff was taken by tiny scat back Traveon Samual who raced the length of the football field for a 100 yard kickoff return. Louisville’s hopes were rekindled.

Then came two missed opportunities to tie the game. The Cardinals drove 56 yards, but stalled. Seemed like an easy field goal try for their senior kicker, but it sailed wide right. Clemson could only manage 3 plays and a punt, so again Louisville’s hopes were alive.

The Cardinals drove down the field again, but seemed to let time slip through their fingers. In field goal range, but the clock running out, they tried a Hail Mary pass that was picked off by the Clemson secondary, ending the Cardinal’s hope for an upset with a whimper.

Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic: Louisville Cardinals vs. Auburn Tigers Recap

The Auburn Tigers struck first with a 5 play, 26 yard opening drive that ended with a 1 yard touchdown run by Jeremy Johnson. Auburn would score again in the 2nd quarter off a defensive play where Justin Garrett recovered and returned a Louisville fumble for a 82 yard touchdown. Auburn would score again to close out the half with a 12 play, 49 yard drive that ended with a 56 yard field goal by Daniel Carlson that would put Auburn up 17-0 at halftime. Auburn would strike again early in the 3rd quarter with a 7 play, 75 yard drive that ended with a 33 yard touchdown pass by Jeremy Johnson to Ricardo Louis to put them ahead 24-0. Louisville would respond with a 10 play, 50 yard drive that ended in a 43 yard field goal by John Wallace to put them on the board. They would follow that up with a 6 play, 36 yard drive that ended with a 10 yard touchdown run by Lamar Jackson to make it 24-10 in favor of Auburn near the end of the 3rd quarter. Auburn would respond early in the 4th quarter with a 12 play, 72 yard drive that ended with a 8 yard touchdown run by Ricardo Louis to put Auburn up 31-10. The Cardinals were not done yet as they responded with a 11 play, 75 yard drive that ended with a 2 yard touchdown run by Brandon Radcliff to pull within 14 points at 31-17. The Cardinals would score again near the end of the game with a 12 play, 81 yard drive that ended with a 2 yard touchdown run by Brandon Radcliff. That made the deficit only 7 points, but their comeback fell just short.
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