The Daily Sauce — Sept. 17, 2022: FSU Football Remains Perfect, Rallies Past Louisville, 35-31
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The Daily Sauce — Sept. 17, 2022: FSU Football Remains Perfect, Rallies Past Louisville, 35-31

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Lead Story

Despite numerous injuries to key players, Florida State football found a way to start 3-0 and win its ACC opener for the first time since 2015. With quarterback Tate Rodemaker in for an injured Jordan Travis, the Seminoles rallied past Louisville on the road on Friday night, 35-31.

FSU lost Travis in the second quarter and went to halftime trailing 21-14. After a rocky start, Rodemaker passed for 109 yards and two touchdowns — both to Johnny Wilson. Their 2-yard connection with less than eight minutes to play put the Seminoles ahead for good and gave them their first lead of the second half.

Wilson had a monster night receiving for FSU, catching seven passes for 149 yards to go with the two scores. Treshaun Ward powered the ground attack for FSU with 126 yards on just 10 carries.

Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham accounted for 370 total yards, including 127 rushing, and three total touchdowns. Cunningham’s late interception, however, sealed the FSU win as Kevin Knowles made the pick along the sideline.

Louisville finished with 495 yards to 455 for the Seminoles. FSU did win the turnover battle, 3-2. Jawhar Jordan added 91 yards rushing for Louisville in the loss.

Tatum Bethune and Akeem Dent each tallied 10 tackles to lead FSU. Kalen DeLoach added two stops for loss.

In addition to Travis, the Seminoles also lost defensive end Jared Verse, defensive tackle Malcolm Ray, and tackle Robert Scott to injury in the contest. Defensive tackle Fabien Lovett was unable to go on Friday night.

The extent of those injuries is not known, but the Seminoles will have an extra day of rest. They return home to face Boston College next week.

Between the Lines for Sept. 16, 2022

Men’s golf: Fighting Illini Invitational

Men’s cross country: FSU 22, Tennessee 39

Women’s cross country: FSU 20, Tennessee 39

Soccer: (12) FSU 6, Boston College 0

Football: FSU 35, Louisville 31

On the Agenda for Sept. 17, 2022

Men’s golf at Fighting Illini Invitational

Volleyball vs. UAB, 2 p.m. ET (ACC Network Extra)

Rolling News and Notes

Through one day of the Fighting Illini Invitational, FSU men’s golf is in eighth place out of 15 teams. The Seminoles currently sit at +9 — 19 strokes off the lead.

FSU head men’s basketball coach Leonard Hamilton was presented with the Joe Lapchick Character Award, which recognizes coaches who exhibit honorable character.

With a 6-0 win over Boston College on Friday, FSU soccer is also 1-0 in ACC play. The Seminoles have now won four straight conference openers.

Mike Ferguson is the lead writer for Double Fries No Slaw. Be sure to follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeWFerguson. Follow all of Mike’s work by liking his Facebook page.

Mike Ferguson

Mike Ferguson is the lead writer for Double Fries No Slaw and has more than 12 years of experience in online and print journalism. Mike graduated from Florida State University in 2009 and has had his work featured at numerous prominent publications such as Fox Sports, the Associated Press, Athlon Sports, Yahoo Sports and Sports Illustrated among others. In addition to DFNS, Mike contributes to Athlon Sports, Fish on First and Gambling Group. He also serves as a media relations specialist for Polk State College and Polk State Athletics. Mike is also the founder of Always Next Year Sports. Mike and his wife Jennifer reside in Haines City, Fla. and have two daughters.