The Louisiana Kickoff game in 2022 was unforgettable. Florida State outlasted LSU 24-23 on Sunday night inside the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans. LSU’s tenure under Brian Kelly is not off to the best of starts. On the other hand, Mike Norvell’s squad has displayed strength thus far this season with two victories in FSU’s opening two games.
Kickoff in Louisiana: Seminoles Victorious in a Tense 24-23
The Noles have made great strides this season compared to last. The Florida State Seminoles won despite having ailments, and they are on course to perform better than expected this season. On Sunday night, the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans was rocking with equally divided FSU and LSU supporters.
The Seminoles fan base was aware going into the game that the week 0 matchup with Duquesne was simply a warm-up for a crucial contest versus LSU. FSU started off strong in what was essentially a home game for the Tigers. Damian Ramos, a freshman kicker for LSU, kicked a field goal from 36 yards out to give the Tigers an early 3-0 lead.
In a breathtaking flea flicker trick play in the second quarter, Seminoles quarterback Jordan Travis connected with Ontario Wilson for a touchdown pass of 39 yards. In the pocket throughout FSU’s first two games, Travis has appeared calm. Many feel that it is now appropriate to treat Travis with respect at the start of the 2022 season.
In order to prevent allowing Jayden Daniels time in the pocket, the defense held its own and contained LSU’s offensive line as the Seminoles quickly built a 17-3 lead. With nine minutes left in the game, DJ Lundy increased the Noles’ lead in the fourth quarter to 24-10.
Many people believed that score to be the decisive blow that would secure the victory at that moment. With four minutes left in the game, LSU was able to march down the field and score thanks to the Seminoles’ defense, bringing the score to 24-17. With just over two minutes left, the Noles were poised to increase their lead to 31-17 when Treshaun Ward fumbled at the one-yard line, giving LSU a chance to drive 99 yards and tie the game.
Malik Nabers, a wide receiver for LSU, fumbled his second punt return of the contest before FSU’s blunder. Due to that error, FSU had a fantastic field position to win the game. The Noles’ defense performed the game that was required of it. The defensive line applied constant pressure to LSU up front.
Actually, the offensive line of the Tigers had no response. LSU, though, made crucial plays to go down the field and score on the last drive. A Seminoles blocked kick prevented what should have been a game-tying PAT to send it into overtime. With the block, a significant victory over a top-tier LSU team came to an end.
Travis guided the Noles down the field with accurate throws and his pocket presence. He completed 20 of his final 32 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns. The Noles only managed 132 total running yards, down from their week one total of 406 yards. Ward had 16 carries for 49 yards, which led the Seminoles.
Wilson and Mycah Pittman both made significant contributions to give Florida State’s passing game the boost it required. In general, Florida State’s offense has to improve. The errors must be few and far between if this team is to do better than anticipated.
In order to use as many important players as possible and keep LSU’s defense on the back foot, Norvell and offensive coordinator Alex Atkins created the ideal game plan. With the exception of a crucial turnover late in the game, the offensive game plan ultimately succeeded.
FSU was 11 of 17 on third down in the end. When the Noles appeared to be going three-and-out, Travis made things happen in the pocket by making effective throws top available receivers. The opening phase of the Louisiana Kickoff was a fierce defensive struggle.
LSU was under continual pressure from FSU, so the Tigers had to find a way to go down the field. It did happen eventually, but not without consequences. Kishon Boutte, the Tigers’ premier wide receiver, had just two catches all day thanks to the Noles. Daniels was able to continue drives with his feet, but the Seminoles provided good pass protection.
Jared Verse contributed three tackles, two sacks, and two and a half tackles for loss throughout the entire game. Kalen DeLoach recorded seven tackles, including a significant tackle for loss and a half-sack. The Seminoles enter an early-season bye week after a thrilling victory in New Orleans before opening ACC play on September 16 at Louisville.
The Seminoles’ key players will have more time to rest before the bulk of the 2022 schedule starts, which will undoubtedly aid during the off week. With this victory, Florida State improves to 8-2 all-time against LSU. After losing to Brian Kelly’s former team, Notre Dame, in the season opener in 2021, the Noles leave New Orleans with a significant retaliation victory against Kelly.
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