No. 4 FSU football (11-0) defeated North Alabama 58-13 Saturday night to remain undefeated with a chance to finish a perfect regular season next week against the rival Florida Gators.
The FSU offense scored 58 unanswered points after North Alabama jumped to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter. FSU had to overcome the 13-0 deficit and the loss of their best offensive player in, Jordan Travis.
Jordan Travis left the game with just under two minutes left in the first quarter with an apparent leg injury. Tate Rodemaker finished the game 13 of 23 for 217 yards and two touchdowns. Trey Benson, Lawrance Toafili, Caziah Holmes, and CJ Campbell had rushing touchdowns.
Keon Coleman and Caziah Holmes had receiving touchdowns. Brock Glenn relieved Tate Rodemaker and went 2 of 3 for 35 yards. He also had a rushing touchdown. The FSU defense allowed 226 total yards, of which 65 yards came on a fake punt run in the first quarter.
The FSU defense forced two turnovers, a fumble recover and an interception, both by Jarrian Jones. FSU special teams were huge, blocking an extra point and a field goal. The latter was ran back for a touchdown by freshman Quindarrius Jones as time expired in the game.
The game didn’t go how anyone wanted, with Jordan Travis getting injured, but the team responded after a short lull to process what happened.
FSU had a lot of young players to make contributions. Freshman Sam Singleton looked good at running back. Brock Glenn showed some arm talent with a couple of laser throws. Daniel Lyons made a couple of plays at defensive tackle.
FSU has to regroup and get ready to play Florida next week. It’ll be important for Mike Norvell to call the offense to the strengths of Tate Rodemaker. Again, I send my prayers up for Jordan Travis.