Response in the ‘Ville

Written by: @NorvellCentral

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This term “response” has been consistently utilized by Florida State’s coaching staff, support staff and players. It was on full display as the Florida State Seminoles defeated the Louisville Cardinals by a score of 35-31 in thrilling fashion.


The Seminoles showcased an abundance of fight and determination to battle through high level of adversity. For starters, defensive tackle Fabien Lovett Sr. was not available in this contest due to injury. As a result, the Cardinals had their way in the inside running game with running back Jawhar Jordan where he finished with 17 carries and 91 yards. But Seminole fans knew that it would be difficult winning the line scrimmage without the services of the talented redshirt junior defensive lineman.


Florida State was faced with a different type of adversity that was thought to be this team’s worst nightmare. With 4:21 left to go in the second quarter, redshirt junior quarterback Jordan Travis was sacked by Louisville’s YaYa Diaby. After the sack, the West Palm Beach native was riving in pain. Not to mention that the Seminoles had their starting left tackle (Robert Scott Jr.), starting defensive end (Jared Verse) and reserve defensive tackle (Malcolm Ray) all went down with the injuries. Florida State fans immediately starting panicking wondering if the Seminoles’ 2022 football season was over.



In comes redshirt sophomore quarterback Tate Rodemaker. During his three-year career with the Seminoles, it has been less than ideal where he has only completed 20 of his 37 passes for 152 yards with zero touchdowns and four interceptions. It seemed as though the game-like environment was a bit too much for the Rodemaker at times. It wasn’t all butterflies and rainbows for the redshirt sophomore. He had a rough start to his relief appearance where he completed 1 of his 3 passes for -6 yards and one interception.



Then halftime came.

The Valdosta native threw a 22-yard strike to redshirt sophomore wide receiver Johnny Wilson to put the Noles at midfield which set up a 15-yard touchdown run by redshirt sophomore running back Lawrance Toafili to tie the game at 21 with 8:58 left to go in the third quarter.


Starting the fourth quarter, the Seminoles were down by a score of 28-21, Tate Rodemaker threw a missle to Johnny Wilson yet again for a 69-yard reception which set up 1st & Goal at LOU 10. Rodemaker went right back to the 6-foot-7 Wilson on a slant route to tie the game at 28 with 13:24 left to go in the fourth quarter.



Once again, the Seminoles were faced with an adverse situation being down 31-28 with 11:45 left after Louisville kicker James Turner made a 36-yard field goal. The rushing attack of Trey Benson finally came alive as he had a 12-yard run on 3rd & 3 and then had 37-yard run to set the Seminoles in a scoring position. It began to feel like deja vu as Tate Rodemaker found his big-bodied wide receiver Johnny Wilson again on a fade route in the end zone to give the Seminoles the 35-31 lead with 7:54 left.



It certainly wasn’t easy, but DADGUMMIT this football team knows how to finish contests.

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