Akers, Hornibrook lead Florida St. past Louisville
By BOB FERRANTE Associated Press
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — 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 a season-high 522 offensive yards. His final score, a 1-yard touchdown run with 1:37 to go, secured a win after the Seminoles let fourth-quarter leads slip away in losses to Boise State and Virginia.
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.
Florida State lost quarterback James Blackman to a knee injury in the third quarter. Florida State coach Willie Taggart said Blackman will undergo further tests on Sunday.
Hornibrook, who had a first-quarter touchdown pass, stepped in and completed 15 of 20 passes for 255 yards. A graduate transfer from Wisconsin, 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 Cunningham had a costly red-zone interception in the fourth quarter and Louisville (2-2, 0-1) missed out on its first ACC win since 2017.
A sophomore, Cunningham was injured on the final play of the game. Louisville coach Scott Satterfield said Cunningham suffered a leg injury and will have further tests.
Dez Fitzpatrick caught seven passes for 133 yards and a touchdown for Louisville.
Ricky Aguayo missed field-goal attempts from 51, 47 and 41 for the Seminoles.
Louisville: Louisville clawed its way back after giving up 21 first-quarter points, the most since an Oct. 5, 2018, loss to Georgia Tech. But the Cardinals couldn’t hold off Florida State’s rally.
Florida State: Akers now has eight touchdowns (six rushing and two receiving) in four games and the Seminoles have defeated the Cardinals in back-to-back seasons.
Louisville hosts Boston College on Oct. 5.
Florida State hosts NC State on Saturday
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