All hope seemed to be lost for the Tigers in Brian Kelly’s coaching debut when LSU wide receiver Malik Nabers botched his second punt of the game with 2:15 left in the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s season-opener against Florida State.
After all, Florida State took over on offense at the LSU 8-yard line with a 24-17 lead. It was anticipated that the Seminoles would win the game at this point.
Florida State made the strange decision to order a halfback toss from the one-yard line. With 1:20 left in the game, running back Treshaun Ward botched the throw from quarterback Jordan Travis, and LSU recovered the fumble near their goal line to retake the lead.
The Tigers put together their greatest attacking possession of the game when under the shadow of their goalposts and with time running out. LSU steadily advanced across the field as quarterback Jayden Daniels shredded the Florida State defense. With less than ten seconds remaining, Daniels connected with tight end Mason Taylor on a crossing route. With two seconds left, Taylor swung across the middle of the field and dove to the sideline at the Florida State two-yard line.
Officials determined Taylor’s knee was down before he stepped out of bounds after carefully reviewing the tape. LSU was, however, permitted one more play by law because they received a first down as a result of the play.
LSU suddenly seemed prepared to pull off an incredible comeback to force overtime when Daniels connected with receiver Jaray Jenkins on a crossing pattern in the back of the end zone.
But this is probably a good time to bring up LSU’s special teams’ performance. On special teams, the Tigers dropped this game. In addition to blocking a field goal attempt for the Tigers in the opening half, Nabers fumbled two punts on the night as already mentioned.
Coach Mike Norvell of Florida State needed a memorable victory. As he entered his third season with the team, there were concerns regarding his capacity to guide the Seminoles out of the difficulties they have faced over the previous five years.
Florida State (2-0) will carry the momentum of the victory into its upcoming bye week before visiting Louisville on September 16 for a rematch.