Florida State Wins at Louisville; Wyoming Upsets Air Force

September 16, 2022 by CollegeFootballPoll.com Staff

Florida State wins at Louisville:  With starting QB Jordan Travis on the bench after suffering a 2nd quarter injury, Florida State rallied behind the play of a 3-star sophomore backup and a 2019 walk-on running back to snare a 35-31 win at Louisville. Tate Rodemaker threw for 6-of-10 for 109 yards and 2 TD's, and Ward ran for 126 yards on 10 carries. Five of the six completions went to Johnny Wilson who finished the night with 7 catches for 149 yards and 2 TD's.

With 7:54 to play, Rodemaker threw a perfect pass to Wilson in the back right corner of the end zone from the Louisville 2 for what ultimately became the game-winning points.

After FSU missed a 36-yard field goal with 1:44 left, Louisville had a chance for the last-minute win until Kevin Knowles II picked off an overthrown Malik Cunningham pass while toeing the sideline with both feet at the FSU 38 with just 37 seconds remaining.

Cunningham may have come up short at rallying Louisville to victory, but he was easily the main reason that the Cardinals led for much of the game. He ran for 127 yards and 2 TD's, and threw for 243 and another TD with 1 INT to directly account for 370 of the teams' 495 total yards.

Travis was on crutches on the sideline in the second half after starting the game 11-of-11 and finishing his night 13-of-17 for 157 yards and 2 TD's. Both Travis and Rodemaker threw a pick.

Defense was largely non-existent as the clubs combined for 46 first downs and 950 yards.

Florida State improved to 3-0 with the win in its ACC opener while Louisville dropped 1-2 over-all and 0-2 in the ACC.

Air Force stunned at Wyoming: A Falcons team that many were calling the best team in Air Force history went to Laramie and was shut down as Wyoming pulled off the 17-14 upset as a 16.5-point underdog on the closing line. The Falcons failed to get on the board until halfway through the third quarter, but managed to rally from a 10-0 deficit to a 14-10 lead with 9:58 to play.

However, Wyoming went back in front to stay on the next possession that ended in Titus Swen's 5-yard run. Air Force then went 3-and-out with 4:47 to play and never got the ball back as the Cowboys ran 11 plays to kill the clock.

Air Force came into the game averaging 508.5 yards rushing, but both touchdowns came through the air as Wyoming held the Falcons to just 171 yards on the ground.

Air Force is 2-1 and Wyoming is 3-1 after the Mountain West opener for both schools.