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Video: LSU loses on unbelievable blocked extra point

LSU ready to kick

LSU drove 99 yards in the final 1:20 of Sunday night’s game against Florida State, only to lose on a blocked extra point.

FSU beat LSU 24-23 to improve to 2-0. The Seminoles were in control late but nearly gave the game away.

They were leading 24-17 and recovered a muffed punt by LSU’s Malik Nabers with just over two minutes left. It seemed like they had the win locked up, but then they lost a fumble on a pitch on 3rd-and-goal from the LSU 1. That gave the ball back to the Tigers, who drove all the way down the field and scored from the 2 on the final play of regulation.

Just when you thought the game was headed to overtime, LSU’s extra point attempt was blocked!

What a way to go down.

How do you fight that hard to come back in the game, only to not execute one of the easiest, most basic plays? What an absolute choke job by the Tigers.

Will this be a sign of things to come in the Brian Kelly era at LSU?

Video: Florida State coach uses water gun during punt return drill

Mike Norvell looking away.

Florida State University football coach Mike Norvell speaks during a collegiate athletics roundtable held by Gov. Ron DeSantis at the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility on the FSU campus on Aug. 11 in Tallahassee.
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Punt returners have to be able to keep their eyes locked on the football at all times, no matter what happens around them. As Florida State showed during Friday’s practice, that includes any wet conditions.

NoleGameday’s Logan B. Robinson tweeted a video on Friday of Florida State running backs coach and recruiting coordinator David Johnson working with freshman defensive back Azareye’h Thomas during a punt return drill.

In the drill, a person off-camera punted the ball to Thomas. While the ball was in the air, Johnson sprayed Thomas in the face with a large water gun from about five yards away.

Despite getting pelted in the face with water, Thomas was able to secure the catch.

Punt returners have one of the more thankless jobs on any team. It is expected that they will catch the ball in most circumstances, regardless of poor weather conditions. They also have to decide whether to signal for a fair catch by keeping an eye out for any opposing players bearing down on them. Returners have to do this while still prioritizing their focus on catching the ball.

Those plays can cause some pretty ferocious hits, such as one seen during a Marshall-Louisiana Lafayette game in December (see video here).

Florida State makes embarrassing error in letter to recruit

Mike Norvell looking away.

Florida State University football coach Mike Norvell speaks during a collegiate athletics roundtable held by Gov. Ron DeSantis at the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility on the FSU campus on Aug. 11 in Tallahassee.
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Florida State may need to hire an editor or two to help out with the school’s football recruiting process.

On Wednesday, an unknown recruit’s father apparently shared an image of four-star pass rusher Lamont Green Jr.’s offer letter from Florida State in a now-deleted tweet.

The only problem was that the school misspelled the first word on the letter.

At the top of the letter, the word “official” was spelled as “offcial” and missing the first “i.”

Take a look.

While the misspelling may have been less noticeable in smaller font, the fact that “Official Offer” was typed out in large font made the mistake much harder to miss.

Luckily for the Seminoles, they still have Green’s commitment. Green, a rising senior at Gulliver Prep in Pinecrest, Fla., is the 250th-ranked player in the 2023 class according to 247 Sports’ composite rankings. He originally committed to Florida State in February 2021, and also had offers from Coastal Carolina, FIU, Florida Atlantic and Louisville.

Florida State currently has 247 Sports’ 21st-ranked 2023 recruiting class.

Reporter shares the 6 schools Big Ten is considering for expansion

Kevin Warren smiling

Dec 4, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Big 10 commissioner Kevin Warren during the Michigan Wolverines game against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Conference championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Big Ten’s unexpected expansion into the Pac-12 was certainly a major moment for the future of the NCAA. However, few believe the conference is done expanding if the conditions are right.

The Big Ten is casting a wide net as it considers further expansion, with six schools on the league’s radar, according to Brett McMurphy of The Action Network. Oregon, Washington, Stanford, California, Miami, and Florida State are at least being looked at by the conference as possible expansion candidates.

Ultimately, the biggest Big Ten ambition may be Notre Dame more than any of the other listed schools. With pre-existing rivalries with some Big Ten schools, they would be a huge addition, though any potential union may be out of the Big Ten’s hands.

One thing that is abundantly clear is that the Big Ten is not done expanding. The only question is whether they can find suitable additions, but it certainly feels inevitable that more schools will be joining the league.

Deion Sanders pulls off most shocking move in college recruiting history

Deion Sanders on the sidelines

Deion Sanders has pulled off one of the biggest upsets in college football recruiting history.

Travis Hunter, the No. 1-ranked recruit in the country, has informed the Seminoles he is backing out of his commitment with them to play for Sanders at Jackson State. Hunter, who previously had Florida State logos plastered all over his Twitter bio, has confirmed the massive news.

Sanders, who also has a deal with Barstool Sports, said on Friday night that Jackson State was going to “shock the country” on National Signing Day.

He wasn’t lying.

The story is remarkable for several reasons. The most notable is that Jackson State is an FCS school, and those schools are never in the hunt for the top recruits in the country. Florida State is also Sanders’ alma mater, and he was even mentioned as a Seminoles head coaching candidate in the past.

There had been speculation that Hunter might flip to Georgia, but the possibility of him going to Jackson State was never considered.

Hunter can play multiple positions and is considered an incredibly rare talent. He had over 3,600 receiving yards, 46 touchdowns catches and 19 interceptions during his prep career.

Sanders was linked to another big FBS job recently, and it seems inevitable that he will land one eventually. We can’t think of a better way for him to help his case than by landing the top recruit in the nation.

Photo: Jackson State University coach Deion Sanders heads into the locker room after pregame warmups with the Tigers before JSU s nonconference battle against longtime rival Southern University at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, April 3, 2021. Barbara Gauntt/Clarion Ledger via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Paul Azinger hilariously trolled Florida State during Ryder Cup

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Florida State’s football team is off to a horrendous start this season, and even the golf world has taken note. Paul Azinger showcased that during the opening round of the Ryder Cup on Friday.

Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger, two Florida State alumni, were paired together for morning foursomes on Friday. When they finished off Europe’s Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick with a 2-and-1 victory, Azinger couldn’t resist taking a shot at the Seminoles.

Of course, Azinger also went to Florida State. That’s why the Seminoles will likely let him get away with that zinger (pun intended).

Azinger is known for speaking his mind, which we saw when he was critical of Brooks Koepka leading up to the Ryder Cup. His quip on Friday was all in good fun.

Florida State is off to a 0-3 start for the first time since 1976, which was Bobby Bowden’s first year as head coach of the program.

Ex-Florida State player shares ominous quote about team’s locker room

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A former Florida State player on Tuesday shared an ominous quote about the team’s locker room status.

P.K. Sam, who played wide receiver for the Seminoles from 2001-2003, says he was told the FSU locker room is “in shambles.”

Florida State is 0-2 this season and got embarrassed when they lost at home to Jacksonville State on Saturday. The play they lost on left their fans stunned as this video showed.

FSU was a powerhouse under the late Bobby Bowden and the program had five strong seasons under Jimbo Fisher before falling back the last handful of seasons. They have had three losing seasons in a row and are 0-2 this year, which is Mike Norvell’s second on the job. The report about their locker room being “in shambles” is probably somewhat of an exaggeration. But they need to turn things around quickly. Nothing fixes matters quite like winning.

Video of stunned Florida State cheerleaders goes viral

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Jacksonville State pulled off one of the most thrilling upsets in recent college football history on Saturday night with their win over Florida State. Seminoles fans and players were left stunned, and so were their cheerleaders.

The Gamecocks were trailing the Seminoles 17-14 with 1:23 left. They drove to their 41 with 12 seconds left and threw three straight incompletions. But then on fourth down with two seconds left, Zerrick Cooper found Damond Philyaw-Johnson for a 59-yard touchdown to win the game (video here). The reaction of Florida State’s cheerleaders said it all:

Florida State fell to 0-2 after losing to Notre Dame last week. They took the Fighting Irish to overtime and put up a respectable fight, but they clearly weren’t ready to face Jacksonville State.

To add insult to injury, Jacksonville State players planted their flag on the Seminoles’ logo after the game. It’s hard to imagine the night going much worse for Florida State, and the team’s cheerleaders clearly felt that.

Video: Jacksonville State plants flag on Florida State logo at midfield

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Jacksonville State rubbed it in after beating Florida State on Saturday night.

The Gamecocks knocked off the Seminoles on a touchdown on the final play and won 20-17.

After the game, which left FSU stunned, some Jacksonville State players celebrated at midfield of Doak Campbell Stadium. DJ Coleman planted the Jacksonville State flag on the FSU logo:

That was a huge win for Jacksonville State. But you want to win with respect and lose with respect, and planting a flag at your opponent’s midfield is disrespectful. That sort of act should have FSU absolutely fired up.

The Seminoles begin the conference portion of their schedule next week. They’re 0-2.

Video: Jacksonville State upsets Florida State on great last-second touchdown

Jacksonville State upset

Jacksonville State upset Florida State on Saturday night on a great touchdown at the last second.

The Gamecocks were trailing the Seminoles 17-14 with 1:23 left. They drove to their 41 with 12 seconds left and threw three straight incompletions. But then on fourth down with two seconds left, everything changed.

Zerrick Cooper found Damond Philyaw-Johnson for a 59-yard touchdown to win the game.

What a play.

And just like that, Jacksonville State won 20-17, sending Florida State to 0-2. This is not a good start to the 2021 season for FSU.