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Malik Cunningham walks Louisville past Florida state

Louisville scored on its first five possessions to build an 18-point halftime lead, then held on for a 31-23 win over Florida State in an Atlantic Coast Conference game. Saturday afternoon in Tallahassee, Florida.

Malik Cunningham had 227 yards and scored four touchdowns – two rushing, two passing – in the first half as the Cardinals (3-1, 1-0 ACC) took a 31-13 lead in the break before the Seminoles (0-4, 0-2) began to rally.

Jashuan Corbin ran for 151 yards in the second half as the Seminoles (0-4, 0-2 ACC) completely turned the game around. Corbin opened the second half with a 75-yard touchdown run and finished with a career-high 159 rushing yards.

After Corbin’s long run, the Seminoles didn’t score again until Ryan Fitzgerald’s 45-yard basket with 8:06 left in the fourth quarter made it a one-scoring game.

In Florida State’s next two heats, McKenzie Milton knocked down Andrew Parchment in fourth, and Louisville’s Kei’Trel Clark intercepted Milton’s through pass with five seconds left.

Yasir Abdullah and Ashton Gillotte each had two of the Cardinals’ six sacks.

The loss assured the Seminoles of their worst start since the 1974 team lost their first eight games.

Milton completed 24 of 39 passes for a high 248 yards and a touchdown for the Seminoles. It was his biggest day since Nov. 17, 2018, when he passed 268 yards to guide UCF to a 38-13 victory over Cincinnati.

Milton was then transferred to the state of Florida after recovering from a serious leg injury.

Cunningham landed a 59-yard touchdown against Tyler Harrell in his first heat and scored on 4- and 1-yard carries before throwing a 21-yard pass to Jordan Watkins in the second quarter. He finished the game 25 of 39 with a 264-yard pass after scoring 18 of 25 in the first half.

-Media at field level

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