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October, 31, 2014
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Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher is fantastically photobombed during his postgame interview.

FSU finds a way to win again

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Florida State is eight games into this season, and its identity is fairly clear. The Seminoles thrive when the situation appears bleakest.

They have dealt with so many distractions off the field, it almost feels like they want distractions on the field, a strange psychology that has actually worked for them. Because once again, the Seminoles overcame a second-half deficit to save their season, this time in a 42-31 win over Louisville on Thursday night.

Four times this season, Florida State has needed second-half comebacks to win. But it faced its largest deficit against the Cardinals, down 21-0 in the second quarter against the No. 1 rated defense in America. Momentum shifted to the home Cards, but Florida State just shrugged.

"Been there before," quarterback Jameis Winston said.

Florida State scored just before halftime. Coach Jimbo Fisher remained calm in the locker room. Halftime adjustments worked before; they would work again. The Noles had rallied before; they would rally again.

So they did, blitzing Louisville for 35 second-half points behind Winston and the talented freshman trio of Dalvin Cook, Ermon Lane and Travis Rudolph. Florida State trailed 31-28 with 9:20 remaining, then scored the final two touchdowns of the game. There should never be any doubt, not with Winston calling the shots.


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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- In a game that ended just before the start of Halloween, the No. 2 team in the country got a major scare on the road.

But Florida State isn’t easily spooked -- and it’s even harder to kill. The Seminoles bounced back from a 21-point deficit at No. 25 Louisville to win 42-31 and keep their College Football Playoff hopes very much alive.

Here’s a quick look at how it went down:

How the game was won: After falling behind 21-0 in the first half and trailing 24-7 in the third quarter, the Seminoles' offense finally got going. But Florida State really showed its true championship mettle on the downs that mattered most. Louisville finished 1-for-11 on third downs, missing on its first 10, and was 0-for-2 on a pair of fourth downs -- the first on the FSU goal line during the game’s first series; the second on a dropped pass with the game on the line. Meanwhile, the Seminoles went 9-for-16 on third down, and those conversions included three long touchdowns.

Game ball goes to: While Florida State running back Karlos Williams was in the news all week for the wrong reasons, his backup -- true freshman Dalvin Cook -- made the headlines Thursday night. He gave the Seminoles a spark in the third quarter, catching balls out of the backfield and scoring on a 40-yard run. Then he provided the game-winning score on a 38-yard run down the right sideline, one play after Florida State forced a Louisville three-and-out. Cook finished with 110 rushing yards on just nine carries and added four receptions for 40 yards.

What it means: Florida State won its 24th straight game and further strengthened its playoff position. This looked like the Seminoles’ toughest remaining game, as they finish the regular season with Virginia, at Miami, Boston College and Florida before a likely ACC championship game appearance. It now will take a major upset to keep Jimbo Fisher’s team from going undefeated for a second straight season.

Playoff implication: Several teams from other conferences were pulling for Louisville, including those from the Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12. But now the Seminoles have three quality wins (Clemson, Notre Dame and Louisville) and will be a heavy favorite to claim one of the four playoff spots.

Best play: While Florida State got plenty of big plays from true freshmen on Thursday, Cook's second touchdown run was the biggest. Right after the Seminoles forced Louisville into a three-and-out deep in Cardinals territory, the freshman running back sprinted off tackle to the right and streaked to the end zone to put FSU up for good with 3:46 left.

video What's next: The Seminoles host Virginia next Saturday, while Louisville heads to Boston College.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Jameis Winston threw three touchdowns to offset a three-interception start and Dalvin Cook had two long scoring runs to help second-ranked Florida State rally for a 42-31 victory over Louisville on Thursday night.

Florida State overcame a 21-0 deficit for its 24th straight victory, with Cook giving the Seminoles the lead with a 38-yard run with 3:46 remaining.

Out of sorts and on the verge of having its College Football Playoff prospects damaged, the Seminoles (8-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference, No. 2 CFP) recovered behind their Heisman Trophy quarterback and Cook, who had a 40-yard touchdown run in the third quarterback.

All of Winston's TD passes were big. He hit Travis Rudolph for 68 yards, Ermon Lane for 47, and Freddie Stevenson for the 35-yard clincher with 26 seconds.

Winston was 25 of 48 for 401 yards to beat Louisville (6-3, 4-3, No. 25 CFP).


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Will Gardner pass intercepted Reggie Northrup return for no gain to the FlaSt 38
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Jameis Winston pass complete to Freddie Stevenson for 35 yds for a TD
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Will Gardner pass incomplete to Charles Standberry
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Dalvin Cook run for 38 yds for a TD
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Jameis Winston sacked by Lorenzo Mauldin and Sheldon Rankins for a loss of 12 yards to the Lvile 44
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Jameis Winston pass complete to Jesus Wilson for 13 yds to the Lvile 47 for a 1ST down
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Michael Dyer run for 1 yd for a TD
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Will Gardner pass complete to DeVante Parker for 51 yds to the FlaSt 26 for a 1ST down

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