Florida State loses big lead, but hangs on to top Louisville

Seminoles quarterback James Blackman also leaves with an injury during the second half of the 35-24 victory.
Florida State quarterback Alex Hornibrook (12) passes underneath to running back Cam Akers (3) in the first half against Louisville. Mark Wallheiser  |  AP
Florida State quarterback Alex Hornibrook (12) passes underneath to running back Cam Akers (3) in the first half against Louisville. Mark Wallheiser | AP
Published September 21

TALLAHASSEE — Cam Akers scored three touchdowns and Alex Hornibrook came off the bench and threw a 60-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter as Florida State defeated Louisville 35-24 on Saturday.

Akers ran 29 times for 112 yards for Florida State (2-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), which had 522 offensive yards.

The Seminoles squandered a 21-0 lead after the first quarter. Louisville’s Malik Cunningham threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Cardinals were able to storm back for a short-lived fourth-quarter lead.

Hornibrook put the Seminoles ahead for good, 28-24, on a touchdown pass to Tamorrion Terry with 7:25 left in the game.

Cunningham completed 16 of 27 passes for a career-high 286 yards but Louisville (2-2, 0-1) missed out on its first ACC win since 2017.

Florida State lost quarterback James Blackman to injury in the third quarter. Hornibrook, who had a first-quarter touchdown pass, stepped in and completed 15 of 20 passes for 255 yards.

Ricky Aguayo missed field-goal attempts from 51, 47 and 41 for the Seminoles.

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