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

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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 nonconference season opener for both teams Sunday night in Orlando, Fla.

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

Jayden Daniels completed 22 of 37 for 347 yards and one touchdown — a 75-yarder to Brian Thomas Jr. with 1:15 left to produce the Tigers’ only second-half points after the Seminoles had scored 31 straight.

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

The Seminoles’ next possession featured a fourth-and-1 conversion on which Travis passed to Lawrance Toafili for a 41-yard completion that set up Travis’ 1-yard touchdown run.

That gave FSU a 24-17 lead at the end of the third quarter and Jordan Travis and Coleman teamed for their third touchdown pass — from 7 yards with 10:18 remaining.

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

Daniels threw completions of 55 and 15 yards on the first two plays from scrimmage, giving LSU first and goal at the 5, but he was sacked on fourth and goal from the 1.

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

LSU responded with a 75-yard drive that ended with Tre Bradford’s 1-yard touchdown run that produced 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.

Jordan Travis’ 21-yard touchdown pass to Coleman tied the score before Damian Ramos’ 36-yard field goal as time expired gave the Tigers a 17-14 halftime lead.

–Field Level Media

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