Live updates: Jacksonville State shocks Florida State on final play, 20-17

by 24USATVSept. 12, 2021, 4:20 a.m. 22
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Florida State will have its second chance at its first win of the season Saturday night at Doak Campbell Stadium.

The Seminoles (0-1) host FCS opponent Jacksonville State (0-1) at 8 p.m. on the ACC Network.

Pregame FSU updates:Pregame: FSU football looks for first win of the season against Jacksonville State

They're heavily favored by 27.5 points to beat the Gamecocks and bring home their first win of the season. In 26 career games against FCS competition since the division was formed, the Seminoles have never lost.

If you didn’t see it, you might not believe it.

Jacksonville State quarterback Zerrick Cooper threw a 59-yard TD pass to Damond Philyaw-Johnson on a the game’s final play to stun Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium.

Philyaw-Johnson got by cornerback Jarvis Brownlee down the sideline and juked past Sidney Williams towards the middle of the field and into the end zone.

The Gamecocks, who entered as 27-point underdogs, rushed the field in celebration and players dogpiled in the corner of the end zone.

JVST redshirt senior quarterback Zerrick Cooper is giving his team a chance against heavily favored FSU.

Cooper’s 23-yard TD pass to Ahmad Edwards pulled the Gamecocks within 17-14 with 4:41 left in the fourth quarter.

It has been a strange quarter, to say the least.

The Seminoles drove 89 yards in 14 plays, only to lose possession on downs when McKenzie Milton’s corner fade to Malik McLain on fourth-and-goal from the JVST 3 was ruled incomplete.

However, Kalen DeLoach was whistled for targeting and ejected, giving Jacksonville State a first down.

The Seminoles have been whistled for 114 penalty yards - the most by an FSU team since 2018.

Cooper, meanwhile, has thrown for 167 yards and is the program’s all-time career passing leader.

FSU is winning on the scoreboard and on the stats sheet - at the moment.

The Seminoles have gained 254 total yards – 99 passing, 155 rushing - heading into the fourth quarter.

The Seminoles have converted 3 of 10 third-down conversions and been whistled for six penalties (55 yards).

McKenzie Milton has completed 13 of 24 passes for 99 yards; Jashaun Corbin has 94 rushing yards on 11 carries with a 12-yard TD run.

The official attendance is 60,198.

Ryan Fitzgerald converted a 53-yard field goal to extend the Seminoles’ advantage to 17-7 at the 4:20 mark in the third quarter.

FSU saw a promising drive stall at the JVST’s 35.

Milton had completed 4-of-4 passes for 41 yards. However, the Seminoles were flagged for a penalty and Milton misfired on consecutive pass attempts.

After a few failed drives from each side, a big 31-yard punt return from Keyshawn Helton set the Seminoles up with their chance to take their first lead of the game.

FSU obliged, moving the ball 45 yards in six plays, capping the drive off with a one-yard touchdown pass from McKenzie Milton to Wyatt Rector. The touchdown was Milton's first since earlier in the game where he later suffered his knee injury on Nov. 23, 2018 against USF.

For Rector, it's his first career catch and first career touchdown catch. He also has one career carry which was a rushing touchdown.

At the half, the Seminoles lead Jacksonville State 14-7 despite being outgained 163-154. They have just 58 passing yards, all of which are from Milton. FSU has 96 rushing yards, buoyed by 66 from Jashaun Corbin.

Defensively, FSU has gotten JSU behind the chains but has allowed the Gamecocks to convert 5 of their 9 third-down attempts.

FSU finally got some momentum thanks to the fumble recovery and quickly turned it into its first points on the board.

With McKenzie Milton at the helm, the Seminoles quickly moved the ball 53 yards in five plays. They found the end zone on a 12-yard touchdown run by Jashaun Corbin.

It hasn't been a pretty first half for FSU, but they seem to have righted the ship, responding with a defensive stop to give the offense one more chance to maybe take a lead into halftime. FSU takes over at its own 18 with 3:25 left.

After a quick three-and-out for the FSU offense, the Gamecocks were quickly back in the red zone on the verge of extending their lead to two scores.

FSU defensive end Derrick McLendon came up with a big forced fumble on 2nd and 10 at the FSU 17. The fumble was recovered by Sidney Williams and returned to almost midfield.

While a score would have been huge for the Seminoles, they may be better served by getting an offensive drive and a chance to give their defense a break.

9:00 p.m. | FSU falls behind in early second quarter

For the second straight year, FSU saw Jacksonville State take an early lead on its home field.

After FSU's first three drives came up empty, the Gamecocks marched 79 yards down the field on a drive that took nearly seven minutes and was capped off by a two-yard touchdown run.

It was a drive which saw the FSU defense get in good position to get off the field but prove unable to do so. JSU converted a pair of 3rd and 9s as well as a 2nd and 14 to work out of adverse situations.

With 11 minutes left in the first half, FSU trails the Gamecocks 7-0.

There wasn't much of note to report from the first quarter.

The Seminoles marched across midfield on their opening drive of the game, but failed to reach midfield in either of their next two.

The FSU defense got off to a strong start early, but has been a bit susceptible to the ground game as the quarter progressed. Through 15 minutes, it's scoreless in Tallahassee and the Seminoles -- who had well over 200 rushing yards last week vs. Notre Dame -- are being outgained 38-37 on the ground by JSU.

8:29 p.m. | FSU getting creative on offense but nothing to show for it

Through two offensive possessions, the Seminoles have put a lot of offensive creativity on the field.

After a mostly straightforward opening drive that stalled out when Keyshawn Helton dropped a wide open fourth-down pass in JSU territory, the second drive got much more unique.

For the vast majority of the drive, both McKenzie Milton and Jordan Travis were on the field together. Travis lined up at quarterback, running back and wide receiver, doing a little bit of everything. The intent behind this is putting a lot of stuff on tape to make Wake Forest prepare for it all.

However, this drive stalled out due to a few missed executions. Halfway through the first quarter, the Seminoles and Gamecocks remain scoreless.

8:08 p.m. | FSU will start with the ball led by McKenzie Milton

The Seminoles will start their game against Jacksonville State with the football. FSU will receive the opening kickoff after the coin toss. FSU was represented by the same captains as last week in Fabian Lovett, Devontay Love-Taylor, Jermaine Johnson and Wyatt Rector.

The Seminoles' offense will be led by McKenzie Milton to start. It will be his first start in nearly three years after he suffered an extremely serious knee injury at UCF back in November of 2018.

After a brief delay, members of the FSU football team began taking the field again around 7:15 p.m. A few minutes later, FSU announced that the game will now start at 8:10 p.m. so long as there are no further delays.

That means a delay of only a few minutes from the scheduled start time of 8 p.m.

With pregame warmups underway for some players, severe weather in the area forced all of them to be removed from the field.

No one can take the field again until there has been no lightning observed within the radius of the stadium for a 30-minute period. Once that happens, both teams will need at least 45 minutes to finish warming up.

Unfortunately, this means the FSU game won't be starting on time. Per FSU, the game start time has been postponed until further notice. We'll keep you updated here about any further news with regard to when the game could get underway.

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