Florida State-Louisville football score: Live updates, stats (October 21, 2017)

Florida State and Louisville meet on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Find the score and live updates below:

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The Seminoles are looking to get back to the .500 mark, but they have something else on their minds. Last year, the Cardinals beat the Seminoles, 63-20, and while head coach Jimbo Fisher says this is a new team and isn’t think about that result, cornerback Levonta Taylor indicated that he and other players are taking this rematch very personally.

The Cardinals and Jackson exploded for 35 points in the first half and then scored the first 4 touchdowns of the second half to absolutely embarrass the Seminoles. It was the most points Florida State had ever allowed in a game, and it was one of the worst losses ever suffered by a No. 2 ranked team in FBS.

In order to get their revenge, the Seminoles will need to keep improving offensively. Florida State accumulated 425 yards last week but only scored 17 points. Furthermore, quarterback James Blackman only had 3 incompletions but 2 of them were interceptions.

The pair of picks is obviously not good, but Blackman really did look more in command and overall better last week versus Duke. Plus, Florida State got its running game going too. Freshman Cam Akers rushed 15 times for 115 yards and a touchdown. Over the last two weeks, Akers is averaging more than 7.0 yards per carry.

Junior Jacques Patrick nearly had 100 rushing yards last week as well, but he finished with 94 on 18 attempts. Patrick eclipsed the 100-yard mark on Sept. 30 versus Wake Forest and also had more than 90 yards on just 11 carries against Miami. He is averaging 6.4 yards per carry in the last three weeks.

Blackman continuing to improve is still the most important part of the Florida State offense, but life would sure be easier for the freshman if he can count on a healthy running attack.

The Cardinals badly need to win this game, not only for their season but their program and school in light of the men’s basketball team scandal and the firing of Rick Pitino this past week. But in order to save this season, Bobby Petrino’s team must win this game.

Louisville sits at 1-3 in conference play after three straight ACC losses. That’s tied for last with Boston College in the Atlantic Division, and the Eagles just beat the Cardinals last week. Another defeat would almost guarantee Petrino’s squad finishes in the bottom half of the division and ensure the team will finish no better than .500 in the conference.

That’s not the way the Cardinals want to end the career of quarterback Lamar Jackson. Despite not getting any Heisman hype since the Week 3 loss against Clemson, Jackson is having another great year. He has completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 2,322 passing yards with 16 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Jackson has also added 690 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground.

Clearly, Jackson isn’t the problem, but Petrino needs to get more out of the playmakers around the quarterback position and improve the defense in short order to have a chance to win at Tallahassee.

On offense, Jackson’s favorite receiver has been Dez Fitzpatrick, who has 33 catches for 541 yards and 7 touchdowns. Nobody else on the Cardinals roster has more than a pair of receiving scores.

Outside of Jackson, running back Malik Williams leads the team with 274 rushing yards, but he missed last week’s game with an injury. Reggie Bonnafon has 236 yards on the ground.

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