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Florida State fights, falls short at No. 5 Notre Dame

Florida State fights, falls short at No. 5 Notre Dame

Curt Weiler
 
| Tallahassee Democrat

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Florida State entered Saturday looking to build upon its first positive momentum of the season.

It didn’t show up in the win column, but the Seminoles looked like a totally different team on offense facing a tough Notre Dame defense.

The Seminoles — who managed a total of 23 points in their first two games against FBS opponents this season — nearly matched that total in the first quarter alone against the Fighting Irish.

No. 5 ND (3-0, 2-0 in ACC) proved to be too much in the end, running away with a 42-26 win over the Seminoles (1-3, 0-3 in ACC) in front of a reduced crowd of 10,409 fans at Notre Dame Stadium, but it was an effort the Seminoles look to be able to build upon.

Making his first career start, FSU quarterback Jordan Travis led FSU to an early 3-0 lead off an ND turnover and a 17-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.

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The Irish took the lead back on the first possession of the second quarter and held it for good from there, but the Seminoles hung around into the closing minutes, battling a great deal more than they did two weeks ago at Miami.

The good news was that the Seminoles amassed 405 yards of offense against a stifling Notre Dame defense. The bad news was that they allowed Notre Dame to rack up 554.

Jordan Travis has brought the FSU offense to life

It was easy to excuse away what Travis did in FSU’s win over Jacksonville State due to the talent level of the

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