Jordan Travis’ four touchdowns lead No. 8 Florida State past No. 5 LSU

September 3, 2023; Orlando, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jordan Travis (13) takes the field before the game against the LSU Tigers at Camping World Stadium.

September 3, 2023; Orlando, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jordan Travis (13) takes the field before the game against the LSU Tigers at Camping World Stadium.
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Jordan Travis threw four touchdown passes, Keon Coleman caught three of them and No. 8 Florida State defeated No. 5 LSU 45-24 in the non-conference season opener for both teams Sunday night in Orlando, Fla.

Travis, who gave the Seminoles a 1-0 lead with a one-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter, completed 23 of 31 for 342 yards. Coleman caught nine passes for 122 yards, including plays for 40, 21, and 7 yards, and Johnny Wilson added 104 yards on seven catches.

Jayden Daniels completed 22 of 37 for 347 yards and a touchdown — a 75-yarder for Brian Thomas Jr. with 1:15 left, giving the Tigers their only points of the second half after the Seminoles went 31 straight.

On the first possession of the third quarter, FSU drove 60 yards to Ryan Fitzgerald’s 33-yard field goal that leveled the score at 17.

The Seminoles’ next possession included a fourth-and-1 conversion, in which Travis passed for a 41-yard completion to Lawrance Toafili, who set up Travis’ 1-yard touchdown run.

That gave FSU a 24-17 lead by the end of the third quarter, and Travis and Coleman made their third touchdown pass together — from 7 yards and 10:18 left.

Travis added a 44-yard touchdown pass to Jaheim Bell, who with 1:26 left completed the FSU’s score with a 4-yard touchdown run.

Daniels threw completions for 55 yards and 15 yards on the first two plays of scrimmage, giving LSU (0-1) first place and the goal of the 5th play, but he was released on the fourth play and the goal of the 1st play.

On the ensuing possession, Travis threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Coleman, giving FSU a 7-0 lead.

LSU responded with a 75-yard drive that ended with Tre Bradford’s 1-yard touchdown run that resulted in a seven-all tie at the end of the first quarter.

Noah Cain’s 1-yard touchdown run gave LSU a 14-7 lead midway through the second quarter.

Travis’ 21-yard touchdown pass to Coleman leveled the score before Damian Ramos’ 36-yard field goal on time gave the Tigers a 17-14 lead at halftime.

—Field-level media

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