VIDEO: Louisville vs. Florida State Post-Game

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COLUMN Louisville: Just another team to be doomed by Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston vs. Louisville Photo by Adam Creech

The Florida State equipment bus pulled into Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, another post-game interview with Jimbo Fisher being asked about his team’s heart and the beat rolled on for the Seminoles.

Just like it rolled on when they needed a late flag against Norte Dame to win. Just like it rolled on when they needed overtime heroics against Clemson. And just like it rolled on when they needed second half stardom from Jameis Winston to win Thursday night, 42 to 31 against Louisville

Maybe Jameis Winston is unbeatable, at least on the College Football field in a Seminole Jersey, or maybe when he’s put into unlikely spots where you expect him to falter.

“They always find a way to win,” Louisville CB Charles Gaines said after the game.

He’s right.

Louisville Wide Receiver Devante Par...

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Gallery: Louisville vs Florida State

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What does tonight mean for Louisville Football?


It was way past by bed time and somebody started screaming about Henry Miller.

I was nine years old, I was sitting somewhere on the floor – perhaps by my grandfather’s recliner. It’s hard to recall exactly everything. It was raining, I remember that. I had school the next day, it was a week day and I shouldn’t have been up this late. Luckily my father didn’t care, he was too busy running down the hallway; screaming.

I don’t remember everything about Louisville’s overtime, monsoon win over then number four ranked Florida State. At the time I didn’t really understand it. I did know that Louisville Football had done something good, they had done something big and something that could change things.

With a clearer head and a better understanding of sports – I suppose anyway – t...

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PREVIEW: Louisville vs. Florida State

Florida St Helmet Fitted Photo By Mark Blankenbaker

Series History

Louisville won the 1st ever meeting over Florida State 41-14 when Johnny Unitas led the Cards BIG over the Seminoles in 1952.  After that game, the Cards lost 12 straight to FSU.  During that time the Noles beat the Cards…..BAD, by an average of 32 points per game.

Then 2002 happened when the Cards beat the Seminoles 26-20 in Overtime during the remnants of Hurricane Isidore when Henry Miller made his legendary run.  Here is the full game.

Louisville vs. FSU Podcast


Louisville vs. Florida State 2014 Hype Video from Mark Blankenbaker on Vimeo.

Stat Comparison

Louisville Florida State
Scoring Offense (ppg) 30.9 (58th) 37.9 (19th)
Total Offense (ypg) 370.4 (94th) 442.6 (46th)
Passing Offense (ypg) 225.8 (72nd) 316.7 (14th)
Rushing Offense (y...
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AUDIO: ACC Coaches Teleconference

ACCKickoff2014 281 Coaches Fitted

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FSU Passing Offense vs. UofL Passing Defense

Gerod Holliman vs. North Carolina State Photo By Adam Creech Fitted
  Yards Rank
FSU Passing Offense 316.7 14th
UofL Passing Defense 177 10th

Florida State can throw the football.  No surprise, the Seminoles have the reigning Heisman Trophy winner at Quarterback in Jameis Winston.  In these stats it is a side note that Jameis did not play against Clemson, a game in which FSU threw for 304 yards. That game is notable because Clemson’s passing defense is ranked a tad higher than Louisville’s and also saw Florida State have ZERO success on the ground (gained just 13 yards) and were forced to try and win the game through the air……considering Louisville’s rushing defense, we’ll probably see the same thing on Thursday night.

Florida State has thrown for over 300 yards in 5 of 6 games vs...

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FSU Rushing Offense vs. UofL Rushing Defense

James Burgess vs. North Carolina State Photo By Adam Creech Fitted
  Yards Rank
FSU Rushing Offense 125.86 104th
UofL Rushing Defense 68.75 1st

Florida State isn’t exactly known for its strong running game.  The Noles in its 6 FBS games in 2014 have rushed for just 125.86 yards per game and have only beaten the average yards allowed of its opponents once this season.  Despite that FSU has been over 160 yards 3 times on the ground.

The Seminoles on average gain 28 yards less than what opponents have allowed on the year or just 74.33% of what opposing defenses are allowing on the season. In fact, the only time FSU exceeded the average yards allowed on the ground was against Syracuse a few weeks ago.  Every other game and Florida State has played below the average of its competition.

Rushing Defense Florida State Gained vs.
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1952: Johnny U the First to Beat FSU

Johnny U, UofL

It was 1952, Louisville wasn’t very good. Florida State was.

This has been the tune for much of the Louisville-FSU rivalry that currently sits in the Seminoles favor 12-2. Cards fans remember the epic “rain game” in 2002 when Dave Ragone and the Cardinals pulled a major upset over the at the time #4 ranked Seminoles. The goal posts came down.

Fewer Cardinal fans remember the first time Louisville beat FSU. I was there. That is a complete lie. It happened decades before I was born, but thanks to the book entitled “Johnny U, the Life and Times of Johnny Unitas”, we can read all about it.  However, let’s back it up a little and see how Johnny U got the starting job first.

Johnny U Card


Johnny came to “the oldest municipal university west of the Allegheny Mountains”, a message the current day Mark...

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Fans Encouraged to Arrive Early on Thursday for FSU Game

University of Louisville football fans attending Thursday night’s football game against Florida State in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium are encouraged to arrive early.

A large Future Farmers of America convention event at the Kentucky Exposition Center, racing at Churchill Downs and normal evening traffic on Thursday will add to the congestion in the vicinity of the stadium. The reserved parking lots surrounding the stadium will open at 2:30 p.m. for tailgaters attending the matchup with the nation’s second-ranked team.

Regular traffic patterns for game days will not change. Drivers should cooperate with the police directing traffic. U of L students who regularly park at the stadium on weekdays will be parking at an alternate location on Thursday.

While Halloween falls on Friday evenin...

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