Willie Taggart said earlier this week that Florida State should feed Cam Akers. The Seminoles had no other choice on Saturday as Akers was a workhorse that helped FSU hold off ULM, 45-44 in overtime.
Cam Akers ran a program-record 36 times for 193 yards, including a 4-yard TD run in overtime. He also had a 9-yard TD run and a 44-yard TD catch and run.
Akers became the 16th Florida State back to eclipse 2,000 career rushing yards and with 2,039 he is closing on Leon Washington (2,078) for No. 15 on the all-time rushing list.
Left tackle Jauan Williams injured his left foot on FSU’s second drive. He was replaced by Abdul Bello. Williams had his left foot wrapped heavily and was carted off to the FSU locker room late in the first quarter. Coach Willie Taggart said after the game that Williams sprained his ankle.
FSU scored with ease early, generating touchdowns on drives of 70, 80 and 40. After that, though the Seminoles managed just a field goal on their next seven drives.
James Blackman connected on 30 of 40 passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns. But he also had two second-half interceptions that led to a pair of ULM touchdowns.
Tre’Shaun Harrison didn’t have a catch in FSU’s first game but was a frequent target on Saturday. He had a 19-yard touchdown catch over the middle in the first quarter.
Tamorrion Terry’s touchdown reception was nullified by an illegal man downfield penalty by RT Ryan Roberts. FSU settled for a field goal on the drive to take a 24-7 lead at the half.
FSU was 10 of 19 on third-down conversions after converting on just 1 of 12 in the opener vs. Boise State.
Blackman and Terry miscommunicated on a third-quarter pass play as Corey Straughter jumped in front of a pass and ran 57 yards for a touchdown as the Warhawks cut the FSU lead to 24-14.
Defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett moved up to the press box for the game. It appeared that he was calling in plays to outside linebackers / special teams coordinator Mark Snyder.
Hamsah Nasirildeen forced a third-quarter fumble, the third that he has forced in two games.
ULM scored on six of seven second-half drives, including four straight touchdowns. ULM finished with 419 offensive yards.
FSU’s run defense was suspect, allowing 178 rushing yards. Josh Johnson ran for 126 yards and a touchdown.
ULM’s Caleb Evans was 0 for 7 in the first quarter but settled in after that. Evans completed 23 of 38 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns in regulation.
But the Seminoles were on the field for 79 plays, something of a reprieve after they were forced to defend Boise State for 108 plays a week ago.
ULM kicker Jacob Meeks missed the extra-point attempt in overtime that allowed FSU to win.
Punter / kickoff specialist Logan Tyler was suspended due to a violation of team rules, FSU announced before the game.
Walk-on punter Tommy Martin punted five times for a 42.8-yard average. Martin had a long punt of 58 yards.