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FSU Seminoles: Making a Change for the Win Against Jacksonville State Gamecocks

By Maya Ellison

Florida State football is looking more and more like the team fans have been anticipating.  

In game three of the season, the Seminoles took on the Jacksonville Gamecocks where they finally won after standing at number 12 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and were 0 and 2 prior to Saturday’s game. 

The first half looked as if the Seminoles would yet again take another loss as the Gamecocks scored 21 points over the Noles.    

Five minutes into the first quarter and JSU stayed the course as linebacker Kolbi Fuqua scored a touchdown off a 13-yard interception. 

 Quarterback Zerrick Cooper, who finished with a total of 232 passing yards and completed 22 of 30 passing attempts, showed accuracy by making a connection with players such as Kolbi Fuqua and Josh Samuels to name a few. 

The Seminoles took over in the second half as it was nothing, but consistency and execution coming from the offense, as well as great effort coming from the defense. 

Seminoles quarterback Jordan Travis proved that change can be just what they need as he finished with a total of 210 passing yards and completing 12 of 17 passes.  

Travis made his debut during Saturday’s game as he had a total of 48 rushing yards and contributed to the 5 touchdowns the Seminoles made in a row.  Showing that he can be a true asset to the team, Travis rushed for one yard in the second quarter giving the Seminoles their second touchdown of the game.   

“Jordan provides that threat I thought he did a good job with the run game forcing defense to have to count for him I thought he did a good job of taking the perimeter when he had opportunities to do that and you know he obviously opened up some good run lanes for the backs,” said Head Coach, Mike Norvell. 

Norvell was in attendance once again after it was announced that he had tested positive for Covid 19 a few weeks ago causing him to be absent in Game 2 of the Seminoles season against the University of Miami- Hurricanes last Saturday. 

“I told the team throughout the course of the week there’s only so many moments that come along through the course of your career that you can really look back to and you see a moment where you decide to make a change you decide to go out there and be a defining moment,” Norvell said. 

“When you’re in that moment of adversity your true character is going to show itself and we talked all week about our response and maximizing opportunity.” 

Norvell led his team after suffering defeat against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and University of Miami- Hurricanes.   

After the first half, it seemed that the Seminoles returned on the field with a different mentality.   

“It gave the defense tremendous juice just seeing them guys go out there and execute like they do in practice and it was just good to see them build off the mentality…” Asante Samuels Jr said. 

A different look for both offense and defense in the 2nd half as players such as Asante Samuels Jr, Lawrance Toafili, and Ontaria Wilson proved that execution and determination play a big factor in securing a win. 

This win proved that this might be the turning point the Seminoles needed.  Fans will look forward to their performance once again as they are up against the University of Notre Dame (2-0, 1-0 ACC).