By Tim Linafelt
Seminoles.com Senior Writer
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Karlos Williams didn’t need a gaudy stat line on Saturday night.
The official box score shows that Williams, Florida State’s senior running back, gained 25 yards on eight carries during the Seminoles’ 31-27 victory over Notre Dame.
But despite modest numbers, Williams had one of the most impressive – and important — outings of his career, plunging in for two short touchdowns that helped the Seminoles rally past the Irish in the second half.
“It was awesome. Both of them,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said Monday. “His numbers didn’t look astounding because of (his yardage total), but I thought he played exceptionally well.”
Particularly impressive was Williams’ 2-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter, a powerful run during which the 6-1, 225-pound back broke four Fighting Irish tackles before pushing his way across the goal line.
Williams, still recovering from a high-ankle sprain that sidelined him a week before, then sprinted to the sideline and leaped into a high-five with fellow running back Dalvin Cook.
“It was tough,” Williams said. “But when you get down there in that goal-line situation, you have to put that ball in the end zone.”
Williams has been particularly good at that during his FSU career. Since moving to running back early last season, he’s scored 18 rushing touchdowns in 19 games.
That’s already good for 12th all-time at FSU (tied with Lonnie Pryor), and Williams’ seven rushing TDs this season are ahead of his pace from 2013, when he finished with 11.
FSU welcomes Trickett back to practice
Rick Trickett is back and he’s the same as ever.
Fisher confirmed as much Tuesday when Trickett, FSU’s offensive line coach since 2007, returned to practice after missing Saturday’s game due to a personal health issue.
Trickett was released from the hospital Sunday and the team was off on Monday. He didn’t miss a single practice session.
“He’s really good,” Fisher said. “Got cleared and everything’s good to go. He’s got to watch a few things here and there. But he’s in good shape, thank God.”
Fisher breaks down ND’s long fourth-down conversion
With Notre Dame facing fourth-and-18 with the game on the line, Fisher didn’t want to sit back and allow dynamic ND quarterback Everett Golson time to find a hole in the defense.
But Golson showed why he’s on the short list of Heisman candidates, scrambling to his right and delivering a perfect throw to receiver Corey Robinson for a first down. Golson released the ball right as the charging Walker made contact.
“(Robinson) came from all the way on the other side (of the field),” Fisher said. “And normally you don’t have that much time. We brought five, we got pressure on it, but (Golson) flushed and gave ground. We were just a step short.”
Fisher also noted that, had Robinson turned to his left instead of his right, FSU defensive back Ronald Darby likely would’ve tackled him short of the first-down marker.
“We got there just a hair late,” Fisher said. “And it was a good play by him.”
Reworked schedule, rest for some players during bye week
A Thursday-night visit to Louisville on Oct. 30 means that even FSU’s bye week won’t be quite normal.
The Seminoles will practice again Wednesday and Thursday then take the day off on Friday. They’ll return Saturday for what will serve as the “Monday” of their typical game-week preparations.
“It’s weird,” he said.
Fisher is also taking the extra time to allow some nicks and bruises across the roster to heal.
“You find those guys a couple days here and there to pep them up,” Fisher said. “(Especially) when you think of the whole body of work throughout the year.”
That doesn’t mean that FSU is dialing back its intensity this week.
“We’re not taking it easy, I can tell you,” sophomore receiver Jesus Wilson said. “We’re getting better.”
FSU-ND draws season-high TV ratings
ESPN announced Tuesday that Florida State’s 31-27 victory over Notre Dame averaged 13,251,000 TV viewers and a 7.9 household ranking, making it the most-viewed college football game of the 2014 season.
It also marked the largest audience for a regular-season game since 2012 (Notre Dame vs. USC) and the most-viewed October game since networks began keeping records in 1991.