November 27, 2021 - by

Football Falls In Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –  A valiant fourth-quarter effort by Florida State’s offense during which it scored the final 14 points of the game fell short as Florida took a 24-21 victory over the Seminoles at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida State finished its 2021 season with a 5-7 record.

After falling behind 24-7, the Seminoles closed the gap to 24-14 on a 19-yard rushing touchdown by Treshaun Ward with 9:46 remaining and then to 24-21 on an eight-yard passing touchdown from Travis to Ontaria Wilson with 49 seconds left in the game.

The Seminoles attempted an on-side kick but were unable to get the ball back, and Florida ran out the final 49 seconds on the clock to gain the win.

On the defensive side of the football, Jammie Robinson led the Seminoles with a career-high 18 tackles, a total that included 1.5 tackles for loss. D.J. Lundy totaled nine tackles while Kalen DeLoach and Akeem Dent recorded eight tackles each. The Seminoles’ defense grabbed three interceptions, one each by Robinson, DeLoach and Jarvis Brownlee. Brownlee’s interception came in the end zone with less than one minute remaining in the first half as the Gators were driving with the score tied at 7-7.

Jermaine Johnson, who was double- and triple-teamed throughout the game, totaled six tackles and 1.0 sack. He finished his 2021 season with 70 tackles, including an ACC-high 18.0 tackles for loss and an ACC-best 12.0 sacks, along with 12 quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, two pass breakups and one fumble recovery.

“It was a hard-fought game and one that had a lot of swings to it,” said Head Coach Mike Norvell. “Just like this team has done during the course of the season, they continued to battle and they continued to fight. They put themselves in a position there at the very end to get an opportunity. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to capitalize on that.

“It’s a hard way to end this season because I’ve seen a team that has been knocked down, had all odds against them, but they continued to respond. They continued to work. They continued to believe. You got to see that once again on display today.”

After receiving the opening kickoff, Florida marched 75 yards for a touchdown on its first possession. The Gators took an early 7-0 lead on a 47-yard scoring pass.

FSU quarterback Jordan Travis, who completed better than 60 percent of his pass attempts for the sixth time this season, finished the game 18-of-29 passing for 202 yards with one touchdown and also rushed for 102 yards and one touchdown. He tied the game at 7-7 with a nine-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, his 17th career rushing touchdown which moved him into a tie for 16th in program history.

After heading into halftime tied at 7-7, Florida scored 17 straight points on a 36-yard field goal, a five-yard touchdown pass and a three-yard touchdown run to take a 24-7 lead with 12:36 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Travis then led two touchdown drives, the first a seven-play, 71-yard drive that culminated in Ward’s 19-yard rushing touchdown to pull the margin to 24-14, and the second a 16-play, 92-yard drive after the defense forced a punt near midfield. The final points came with 49 seconds remaining courtesy of an eight-yard scoring toss to Wilson.

Andrew Parchment was Florida State’s leading receiver with 53 yards on five catches. Wilson totaled 50 yards and one touchdown on three catches.

“I’m grateful for that group of young men in there,” said Norvell. “They’ve done what I’ve asked them to do. They continued to believe, they continued to invest, they believed in each other, they believed in this staff. I was fully confident even when we found ourselves down 17 in the fourth quarter that we’d find a way, we’d make a run. Unfortunately we came up a little short.”

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