Despite losing many important players to injury, Florida State was able to hold off Louisville 35-31 on Friday night and go to 3-0 for the first time since 2015. As the game progressed, significant players on both sides of the ball went down with injuries: quarterback Jordan Travis and defensive end Jared Verse left in the second quarter with lower-body issues, and then defensive tackle Malcolm Ray and offensive lineman Robert Scott.
After redshirt junior defensive tackle Fabien Lovett, a 2021 All-ACC honorable mention selection, could not travel due to a leg injury sustained in FSU’s Week 1 win over LSU, the Seminoles experienced some in-game health concerns.
Due to all the losses, the Seminoles were able to break out a handful of stars from nowhere, including Kevin Knowles, who intercepted a pass from Louisville’s Jordan Lasley with 37 seconds remaining to prevent a game-winning touchdown.
Hate to see it….Was really expecting big things from Jordan Travis this year, was a solid start to the season. Hopefully not a long term injury but doesn't look good. FSU fans are sick rn https://t.co/oi2vxot0Jr
— Matt Cather (@MattCatherOnair) September 17, 2022
Backup quarterback Tate Rodemaker and wide receiver Johnny Wilson connected four times, resulting in 149 yards receiving and two scores for Wilson. Wilson, who stands at 6 feet 7 inches tall, transferred from Arizona State after recording just 154 yards receiving for the Sun Devils last season.
Before his heroic performance against the Cardinals, Rademaker, a redshirt sophomore, had never thrown a touchdown pass and had thrown four interceptions in his six previous games.
After Travis went down with an injury with 4:21 left in the second quarter, Rademaker went 1 for 3 passing for minus yards and an interception before halftime. But by the end of the game, he had completed 6 passes out of 10 attempts (for 109 yards) and had thrown two touchdown passes to Wilson without turning the ball over.
This coming Monday, as the Seminoles get ready to host Week 4’s Boston College, they will have a chance to be ranked after garnering 42 votes in this past week’s AP Top 25. But there is a lot for FSU to find out medically before they can suit up again.
Travis In the first step of his college career chose Louisville over Baylor. He only got in three games, but in those games, he completed 4 of 14 passes and ran for 40 yards. In November of 2018, Travis stated that he will be leaving the company. Travis revealed his decision to move to Florida State on December 22nd, 2018.
West Palm Beach, Florida is where Jordan Travis grew up and went to school at The Benjamin School. He was the No. 24 dual-threat quarterback in the country according to preseason rankings. Devon Travis played baseball for Florida State University with coach Mike Martin.
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