Say this for LSU and Florida State: Those two teams know how to play an entertaining football game.
Only one of the Tigers or Seminoles could come away from New Orleans with a victory on Sunday, however. That victory went to FSU, which used fantastic quarterback play from Jordan Travis and several special teams gaffes by LSU to secure a 24-23 victory.
The game started as a defensive slugfest, with neither team scoring a touchdown in the first quarter. Eventually, the Seminoles managed to string together long drives, headlined by Travis’ 20-of-33 passing night for 260 yards and two touchdowns. He was nearly unguardable on third down, converting 11 of 17 conversion attempts on the night.
The Seminoles also made the most of special teams misfires by LSU, including two muffed punts by Malik Nabers, one in the second quarter and one in the fourth quarter. The Seminoles also blocked a field goal on LSU’s prior offensive drive.
But the biggest play of the game was the last, when Shyheim Brown was credited with a blocked point-after attempt that would have tied the game at 24 and sent the game to overtime.
ONE OF THE WILDEST ENDINGS TO A COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAME YOU WILL EVER SEE‼️ pic.twitter.com/5t3gqOXtgu
That play, of course, was only possible after the Seminoles allowed the Tigers to drive 99 yards in just 1:05. LSU took over at its 1 following a Treshaun Ward fumble that, had it not occurred, likely would have allowed FSU to end the game a lot sooner — and without nearly as much drama.
And so, the Brian Kelly era in LSU begins with a loss — an exciting one, but a loss all the same. His starting quarterback, Jayden Daniels, showed flashes in a 25-of-34 passing night for 209 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran 16 times for 114 yards.
But the Tigers still have areas they can work on — namely, special teams. With that, The Sporting News is tracking live updates and highlights throughout the game. Follow below for complete coverage:
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11:17 p.m.: BLOCKED PAT! Florida State wins off a blocked PAT attempt, Ramos’ second blocked kick of the night! Shyheim Brown with the block! Game over!
ONE OF THE WILDEST ENDINGS TO A COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAME YOU WILL EVER SEE‼️ pic.twitter.com/5t3gqOXtgu
11:16 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, LSU. Daniels finds Jaray Jenkins in the back of the end zone for a touchdown! Incredible, with triple zeroes!
11:15 p.m.: Timeout, Florida State (0:01).
11:14 p.m.: Officials rule that LSU has time for one play since, even though the runner was down inbounds, the first down stops the clock.
11:12 p.m.: The ABC telecast reports officials are in contact with the national command center to see how to rule this.
11:09 p.m.: Oh, man. Florida State is challenging whether Taylor was out of bounds on that play. Replay looks as if his left knee may have been down, meaning the clock will start before the ball is snapped. Daniels has to hurry.
11:07 p.m.: Mason Taylor takes an underneath crossing route down to the 2. One second left. What a drive.
11:06 p.m.: Daniels to Thomas for 10 yards at the sticks, out of bounds. There’s 10 seconds left with 19 yards remaining.
1:05 p.m.: Daniels with a scramble down to the 29! Incredible play by him, and he spikes the ball with 14 seconds remaining. Very manageable situation here.
11:03 p.m.: There’s Verse again! He sacks Daniels for a loss 5 and forces the Tigers to take their last timeout with 25 seconds left.
11:03 p.m.: Thomas takes a short, high pass and toe-taps the sideline to get a first down out of bounds. Tigers driving at the Florida State 48.
11:02 p.m.: Florida State playing man. Daniels finds Boutte for 13 yards to the LSU 42.
11:01 p.m.: Daniels scrambles for 11 yards out to the 29-yard line. Timeout, LSU (0:41).
10:59 p.m.: Fumble recovery, LSU. The Tigers needed a miracle and they got it! Travis pitches short right to Ward, it’s off the mark, and Mekhi Wingo recovers the ball with 1:20 left in the game. They take over at their own 1. Incredible.
FSU FUMBLES AT THE GOAL LINE!
LSU GETS THE BALL BACK DOWN 24-17 IN THE FINAL MINUTE. pic.twitter.com/IjhtX9tpym
10:58 p.m.: Timeout, LSU (1:25). Tigers maybe should have allowed FSU to score right out off the bat. Instead, Seminoles have it third-and-goal from the 1-yard line.
10:56 p.m.: Muffed punt recovery, Florida State. Nabers muffs the punt again, and Brendan Gant recovers it at the LSU 7-yard line. Back-breaker right there.
10:55 p.m.: Huge defensive stop by LSU there. Ojulari forces an errant throw on the run by Travis, giving the Tigers more time to mount a comeback.
10:52 p.m.: It appears LSU has been called for unsportsmanlike conduct on the kickoff. FSU gets great starting field position at the 40-yard line. Harold Perkins Jr. was baited into shoving Rector after the latter said something to him.
10:47 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, LSU. Tigers aren’t giving up! Two plays later, Daniels finds Jenkins on the crossing route after two receivers on the left cleared out the Ds. He walks in untouched for a 22-yard touchdown. It’s 24-17 Florida State with 4:07 remaining.
Jayden Daniels ➡️ Jaray Jenkins for the 21 yard TD! #LSU pic.twitter.com/UNzITDPNb3
10:46 p.m.: Daniels to Jenkins for 6 yards and a first down at the 22-yard-line.
10:45 p.m.: Another dropped pass by Boutte. It hits him right in the hands. Third-and-6 upcoming.
10:44 p.m.: Boutte gets his first catch at the best time. Daniels hits him in the flats for a first-down conversion to the 32.
10:42 p.m. LSU run is stuffed for a loss of 1. Fourth-and-2 coming up from the FSU 39; DeLoach is down for Florida State.
10:41 p.m.: Daniels has some nice pocket presence and scrambles for 5 yards (where he began to slide). Manageable third-and-1 coming up.
10:37 p.m.: Daniels finds Thomas in the flat for a 5-yard gain on third-and-5. LSU drive stays alive at the FSU 47.
10:35 p.m.: LSU quickly gets to midfield with the time winding toward 8 minutes.
10:32 p.m.: LSU takes a fair catch on the ensuing kickoff. Tigers have another gotta-have-it drive coming up.
10:26 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Florida State. DJ Lundy, a linebacker, gets a 1-yard rushing touchdown after lining up as a fullback. The Seminoles have a 24-10 lead with 9:04 left in the game.
DJ LUNDY OVER THE TOP! @FSUFootball put a linebacker in at fullback and scored a TD 🍢 pic.twitter.com/FvW6xJj1Ln
10:25 p.m.: Travis takes the keeper and gets 2 yards down to the 2-yard line. FSU will have first-and-goal from there.
10:23 p.m.: The end-around by Deuce Spann goes for 16 down to the 13-yard line. Incredible response by Norvell and this offense so far.
10:23 p.m.: And now Travis evades the rush in the pocket and throws a jump pass to Johnny Wilson for 15 yards to the 29!
10:22 p.m.: Travis again extends the play, rolling left and looking as if he’s going to run before pulling up and hitting Pittman for a 25-yard gain. Seminoles driving at the LSU 44.
10:20 p.m.: A pair of strong runs by Ward (8 yards) and Toafili (7 yards) nets FSU a first down at the 36-yard line.
10:15 p.m.: FSU gets nothing on a first-down run to end the third. Onto the fourth.
10:13 p.m.: That was a 10-play, 82-yard drive, and at the perfect time for the Tigers.
10:12 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, LSU. Crisis averted, as Cain dives into the end zone for the touchdown. That makes it 17-10 Florida State with 8 seconds left in the third quarter.
Here Come The Tigers
1-yd TD run for @therealnoahcain
📺 ABC pic.twitter.com/C6w98ZtDs5
10:11 p.m.: LSU now has fourth down facing a fresh FSU defense.
10:09 p.m.: LSU’s Noah Cain is marked down at the 1, and the Tigers try to go tempo on fourth-and-goal. The ensuing play goes for an easy touchdown but officials had blown the whistle calling for a review. Kelly is livid.
10:07 p.m.: Two plays later, a Daniels keeper nets LSU a first-and-goal at the Florida State 8.
10:06 p.m.: LSU feeling it now. Daniels has a 15-yard pass completion to Kyren Lacy down to the FSU 21.
10:05 p.m.: And now Jammie Robinson is called for pass interference on a deep pass to Boutte. That’s 30 penalty yards in two plays.
10:04 p.m.: FSU gives LSU a fresh set of downs after Dent is called for roughing the passer on what would have been an incompletion that made it third-and-10.
10:03 p.m.: Boutte drops the short pass from Daniels. He has zero catches thus far.
9:57 p.m.: Gaye is ejected for targeting. The Seminoles have a 17-3 lead with 4:17 left in the third quarter.
LSU’s Ali Gaye was ejected for targeting Jordan Travis on this play
9:55 p.m.: There are three flags on the play: Bernard-Converse is called for offensive pass interference; LSU’s Ali Gaye is called for targeting; and Ontaria Wilson is called for unsportsmanlike conduct after the play. The targeting is under review.
9:54 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Florida State. LSU brings the house, leaving Ontaria Wilson one-on-one with Jarrick Bernard-Converse. Wilson brings it in with a one-handed touchdown grab. Multiple flags on the play.
WHAT A CATCH BY WILSON!@FSUFootball | #ACCFootball
📺: ABC pic.twitter.com/pHSsNfeiGe
9:52 p.m.: Third-and-10, Travis hits Pittman on the shallow crosser and he moves upfield enough for the first down. Seminoles get their 16th first down, this one at the LSU 33.
9:51 p.m.: Travis had McDonald up the seam and dropped it right in over the defender, but the tight end couldn’t bring it in.
9:50 p.m.: The Seminoles have their 15th first down of the night, into LSU territory. This defense is getting gassed at this rate.
9:49 p.m.: FSU takes over at its 43 after a Jay Bramblett 31-yard punt.
9:45 p.m.: Verse again makes his presence felt with a holding call on the running back. FSU elects to ignore the penalty, as Daniels’ 3-yard pass to Thomas is well short of the yardage needed on third-and-10.
9:42 p.m.: LSU will take over at its 23 following the FSU field goal.
9:38 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Florida State. The Seminoles don’t tempt fate this time, going for the easy points. Fitzgerald hits it from 25 yards to give the Seminoles a 10-3 lead with 8:29 left in the third quarter.
9:38 p.m.: Mekhi Garner high-points a ball and bats it with his finger tips, potentially preventing a touchdown. Strong defensive back play in the red zone.
9:37 p.m.: Travis has Johnny Wilson on the corner route but good protection prevents the over-the-shoulder touchdown.
9:35 p.m.: Travis connects with Johnny Wilson for a huge catch-and-run in which the receiver bounces off a would-be tackle and gets more than enough for the first down. That’ll go down as a 24-yard gain to the LSU 20.
9:33 p.m.: Travis hits Lawrance Toafili on the slip screen for a nice 10-yard gain on third-and-6. FSU gets a new set of downs at the LSU 39.
9:30 p.m.: Tough sledding for Ward, who runs for 4 yards on second-and-4 to get a first down. Seminoles driving now at their 47.
9:29 p.m.: Travis fakes the handoff, rolls left and hits Ontaria Wilson for a quick 12-yard gain to the 37-yard line.
9:28 p.m.: We’re back at it, with Florida State taking the ball first.
9:06 p.m.: First-half stats:
9:05 p.m.: And there’s Verse to answer in turn: He gets a 12-yard sack of Daniels, ending this half essentially.
9:04 p.m.: LSU takes its last timeout of the half, and looks like it’s paying off. Daniels gets a nice 15-yard run out to the LSU 31-yard line with 56 seconds left.
9:01 p.m.: Turnover on downs, Florida State. Wow. Norvell’s gamble doesn’t pay off. Travis tries to hit Mycah Pittman with a corner route, and the receiver has it drop off his hands. Strong stand by the LSU defense.
LSU allows none after the muffed punt!!! pic.twitter.com/tCzX90nGW9
9 p.m.: Strong defensive effort by LSU to bring up fourth down. Hard count coming from the Seminoles?
8:58 p.m.: Muffed punt recovery, Florida State. Malik Nabers calls for the fair catch but muffs the punt! Wyatt Rector jumps on the ball and gives Florida State fantastic field position at the LSU 16-yard line.
oh no… the muffed punt hands FSU the ball back and the Noles are in BUSINESS pic.twitter.com/W9fVYo57cy
8:57 p.m.: LSU finally gets off the field on third down after Travis’ long pass falls incomplete. Punt team upcoming.
8:51 p.m.: Fantastic pocket presence by Travis to avoid the pressure and extend the play with a scramble to the right. He hits Ontaria Wilson for 9 yards on third-and-8 from FSU’s 22.
8:47 p.m.: Blocked field goal! Albany transfer Jared Verse slices through the line and blocks Ramos’ 30-yard field goal!
Florida State blocks LSU’s FG! pic.twitter.com/ZS9iiyRMZx
8:45 p.m.: Daniels targets Boutte on what appears to be a perfect throw, but the receiver doesn’t run his route well or get his head around in time. What could have been a first down catch or touchdown falls incomplete.
8:45 p.m.: False start on Cameron Wire brings up third-and-11 from the FSU 13.
8:43 p.m.: Green slams Daniels with a form tackle on a gain of 2.
8:39 p.m.: Daniels to Jaray Jenkins for a first down to the FSU 11. Tigers can get a first down without a touchdown here.
8:38 p.m.: That’s three straight runs by Daniels of 11, 7 and 8 yards. He has eight carries for 66 yards so far.
8:38 p.m.: Daniels didn’t like what he saw and scrambled for the first down. FSU’s Green converged on him but didn’t have the angle, tackling him only after he had crossed the line to gain.
8:36 p.m.: A Daniels completion to near the line to gain is going to be negated by a holding call on LSU’s Kole Taylor. Tigers also had an ineligible receiver downfield.
8:33 p.m.: Now it’s on LSU to answer back. That starts with a second-down connection between Daniels and Brian Thomas Jr. for 16 yards to the 50-yard line.
8:31 p.m.: On that drive, Florida State drove 85 yards on 14 plays, converting four third downs. Impressive stuff.
8:27 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, FLORIDA STATE. The Seminoles break out the razzle dazzle with a reverse flea-flicker! Travis finds a wide-open Ontaria Wilson for a 39-yard touchdown! Seminoles lead 7-3 with 13:00 left in the second quarter.
8:26 p.m.: Travis again converts, this time with a keeper off left tackle. Looks like he got another yard. First-and-10 coming up from the 37.
8:25 p.m.: Treshaun Ward takes it 5 yards on second-and-7 to open the second quarter. Third-and-2 upcoming.
8:19 p.m.: Another third down, another conversion for Travis: this time on a 3-yard catch to Deuce Spann on third-and-2. Seminoles driving at the LSU 48.
8:18 p.m.: Again Travis gets the key completion on third down, this time finding Mycah Pittman for a 6-yard gain on third-and-4. That moves the ball to the Seminoles 42.
8:15 p.m.: Timeout, LSU (2:54).
8:14 p.m.: Travis finds McDonald in the soft spot of the LSU zone for a 13-yard gain on third down. Seminoles driving at their 29.
8:11 p.m.: Daniels gets sacked on third down with Dennis Briggs Jr. finally landing the hit on him. Three-and-out for the Tigers on their second drive.
8:05 p.m.: Fitzgerald’s kick misses just right; not a great start for the kicker, but it’s still early. Tigers will take over at their 29.
8:04 p.m.: Travis rolls right and evades pressure but can’t hit his receiver on the run. Now it’s up to FSU’s kicker to get the Seminoles on the board with a 47-yard attempt.
7:58 p.m.: Holding penalty negates another big run by Florida State. No matter: Travis takes a keeper up the left side and gets 23 yards on first-and-20 to the Tigers’ 29.
Jordan Travis 23 yard run on 1st & 20 #FSU pic.twitter.com/43Gsq2Qvlf
7:57 p.m.: And now Travis rolls right and finds Johnny Wilson for a 21-yard gain to the LSU 42.
7:57 p.m.: Travis finds Cameron McDonald for a 12-yard gain on third-and-7 to move the chains. Seminoles get a fresh set of downs at their own 37.
7:56 p.m.: Jordan Travis rolls right but runs into his own player and is tackled from behind by BJ Ojulari for no gain.
7:54 p.m.: Now it’s Florida State’s turn, which takes over at its 25 following a touchback.
7:51 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, LSU. Damian Ramos knocks it straight down the center for 36 yards to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead with 11:41 left in the first quarter.
7:50 p.m.: Daniels moves up in the pocket then rolls right, where FSU’s Kalen DeLoach closes in and nearly tackles him for a loss. Daniels instead throws it away.
7:49 p.m.: Garrett Dellinger, making his first start as a center, snaps the ball over Daniels’ head. The quarterback simply falls on it at the 19, bringing up third-and-goal from there.
7:48 p.m.: Sophomore running back Armoni Goodwin busts a 9-yard run through a huge hole up the middle. Tigers have first-and-goal from the 7-yard line.
7:47 p.m.: Again with a Daniels scramble. He sidesteps a would-be sack and rushes for 9 yards to the 16.
7:47 p.m.: Daniels goes for it all in the end zone, but Kayshon Boutte can’t bring it down. Not bad coverage by Akeem Dent to break that touchdown pass up.
7:45 p.m.: Daniels wastes no time showing off his athleticism. He breaks contain and busts a 25-yard scramble up the left sideline to the opposing 40. Add a late hit out of bounds by Renardo Green to tack on 15 more yards. Tigers already at the Seminoles 25.
Jayden Daniels scrambles free for a huge gain for the Tigers 😤 pic.twitter.com/S455p4aymy
7:44 p.m.: Ryan Fitzgerald kicks it out of bounds, giving LSU great field position at its own 35.
7:43 p.m.: LSU wins the toss and elects to receive. Won’t have to wait long to see Daniels take over at quarterback.
7:40 p.m.: Brian Kelly on the air names Jayden Daniels as the Tigers’ starter at quarterback.
7:22 p.m.: Florida State taking in the scenes from New Orleans:
Taking it all in.
Kickoff coming your way at 7:44 pm. #NoleFamily | #KeepCLIMBing #AllstateLouisianaKickoff pic.twitter.com/PSWNKBNROh
7:20 p.m.: LSU feeling at home early:
Gather your friends and FAMILY. The LSU Tigers are playing football tonight. pic.twitter.com/3HvaIvjL2g
LSU vs. Florida State will kick off on ABC as the only FBS college football game of the day. Joe Tessitore and Greg McElroy will call the game from the booth while Katie George reports from the sidelines.
Cord-cutters can watch the game on the ESPN App or fuboTV, which offers a free trial.
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LSU vs. Florida State is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET (4:30 p.m. PT) on Sunday, Sept. 4.
Spread: LSU -4
Over/under: 50 1/2
Moneyline: Florida State +152 | LSU -180
LSU is a narrow four-point home favorite over Florida State in the matchup with an over/under of 50 1/2 points, per Caesars Sportsbook.
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