Inside the box score: FSU rallies, finishes off Cards

Florida State got a much-needed win on Saturday, squandering a 21-point lead but rallying for the win on Alex Hornibrook’s 60-yard touchdown pass to Tamorrion Terry. Cam Akers later punched in a 1-yard touchdown.

The Seminoles held on for a 35-24 win and improved to 2-2, 1-1 ACC.

Here are some key notes and highlights from the game:


Cam Akers had a career-high three rushing touchdowns on Saturday, giving him six rushing touchdowns in 2019 (as well as two receiving touchdowns). Akers now has as many touchdowns in four games as he did in the entire 2018 season.

Akers, a junior, has 2,229 career rushing yards and ranks 11th all-time after moving up two spots, past Sean Jackson and Mark Lyles. Next up: Devonta Freeman and Antone Smith are tied for ninth at 2,255 rushing yards.

The starting offensive line, from left: Abdul Bello, Brady Scott, Baveon Johnson, Mike Arnold and Ryan Roberts. Jauan Williams (ankle) and Christian Armstrong (arm/shoulder) were out.

Alex Hornibrook made his FSU debut on the Seminoles’ third drive. Hornibrook threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Keyshawn Helton that put FSU ahead 14-0. He also played a final drive before halftime and was 3 for 5 for 80 yards in the first half. Hornibrook was 15 of 20 for 255 yards and the two TD passes.

FSU led 21-0 after one quarter but then was unable to score a point in the second or third quarters, a span of seven drives (three missed field-goal attempts and four punts).

Blackman suffered a knee injury in the third quarter. He was able to stay on the sideline but did not return to the game.

FSU’s 522 offensive yards is the most in Willie Taggart’s 16 games in Tallahassee.

Alex Hornibrook talks with media after his successful debut against Louisville.


Leonard Warner III moved to inside linebacker and played well early. He had three tackles in the first quarter.

Marvin Wilson had a career-high 10 tackles and two sacks. He also had 3.5 tackles for loss, the most he’s had in a single game.Florida State sacked Cunningham six times for minus-27 yards.

Janarius Robinson registered a career-high 1.5 sacks and also forced the first fumble of his career.

Louisville converted a fake punt to extend its first-half touchdown drive. The Cardinals finished a 16-play, 66-yard drive with Malik Cunningham’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Tutu Atwell.

Cunningham was able to generate three scoring drives, two touchdowns and a field goal in the second half, to give Louisville a 24-21 lead. But he also threw a costly interception that Cyrus Fagan stepped in front of at the FSU 12. It was Fagan’s first career interception.

Linebacker Jaiden Lars-Woodbey suffered a leg injury in the third quarter and was carted off the field.

The Cardinals came into the game leading the ACC with 260.3 rushing yards per game, but FSU held them to 124 yards on 47 carries (2.6 yards per carry).


Saturday’s attendance was 46,530. That is among the lowest attendance totals at Doak for a game that wasn’t rescheduled due to a storm.

Tommy Martin had a 49-yard punt in the second quarter. Martin averaged 42 yards on four punts.

Ricky Aguayo missed field-goal attempts from 51 and 47 in the first half. Aguayo missed a 41-yarder in the third quarter.

Former FSU star Derrick Brooks and basketball standout Jonathan Issac were among those on the sidelines. … The FSU soccer team, which won the 2018 national championship, was honored at halftime. FSU’s Marching Chiefs spelled out “NCAA Champs” on the field behind the soccer team.

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