Florida State thought they had their first win of 2021 in the bag, but Jacksonville State had other plans with a crazy ending to their game.
Florida State had to feel good after they pushed a top-10 Notre Dame in overtime in the season opener. And while it was close, they apparently had their first bag win against Jacksonville State in Week 2. The Gamecocks weren’t so sure about that, though.
Going 17-7 into the fourth quarter, Jacksonville State began mounting a comeback late in the final frame when they cut the lead to three points with 4:45 left in the game. Then they stopped the Seminoles offense and that led to utter calamity.
Jacksonville state stuns FSU with Hail Mary when time expires
Clearly, in what would be the final play of the game, Gamecocks quarterback and Clemson transfer, Zerrick Cooper fell back for the Hail Mary but instead of throwing him into the end zone, he hit wide receiver Damond Philyaw- Johnson about 49 yards. across the field at a brisk pace, but below the end zone. The catcher then made two Florida State defenders look dumb when he made both of them miss and then ran for the game-winning 59-yard touchdown. This was Philyaw-Johnson’s first catch of the game. The perfect time for your first game, huh?
I challenge you to find a crazier ending than that. An exit touchdown for a team like Jacksonville State against FSU is pretty wild. But for that score to arrive that play.
On a day when Ohio State was upset by Oregon and Texas was destroyed by Arkansas, somehow neither of those things was the craziest thing to happen in college football. So, you know, thanks for that, Jacksonville State.
This is Florida State’s first loss to a non-FBS team since William & Mary in 1959.
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