ACC football roundup: Backup rescues No. 4 Florida State after star QB Jordan Travis is carted off


No. 4 Florida State lost star quarterback Jordan Travis to a major leg injury and trailed by two touchdowns late in the first quarter. The Seminoles were clearly emotional, yet quickly responded and rallied around his backup.

That’s Tate Rodemaker, who guided the Seminoles to a 58-13 win over North Alabama on Saturday night in Tallahassee.

Travis suffered the injury on a run up the middle late in the first quarter. After an air cast was placed on the leg, Travis was carted off.

“Jordan went down, that was something that nobody ever wants to see a player go down,” FSU coach Mike Norvell said. “I don’t have any updates on it tonight. But I was proud of the way our guys responded throughout the course of the game.”

Rodemaker completed 13 of 23 for 217 yards, with touchdown passes to Keon Coleman and Caziah Holmes, as the Seminoles (11-0) won their 17th straight game while trying to maintain the No. 4 spot in the College Football Playoff standings.

The redshirt junior came into the game with 70 college passes, and it was the most significant playing time he has seen since relieving an injured Travis to help Florida State win at Louisville in September 2022.

“What he did, where he located the ball, he made a couple of great decisions just in progressions and read,” Norvell said. “He showed all the work he has been putting in. He was ready for his moment when his number was called.”

Clemson 31, No. 22 North Carolina 20: Cade Klubnik threw for 219 yards and a touchdown, and Clemson’s defense held high-scoring UNC to its fewest points this season.

The win was the third straight for the Tigers, who were the ACC preseason title favorites but lost four games by the end of October. They’ve rallied with three straight wins, including a pair over ranked opponents, after a 31-23 victory over then-No. 12 Notre Dame on Nov. 4. Klubnik also passed for a score while Will Shipley and Phil Mafah each rushed for scores as Clemson built a 28-14 lead.

No. 9 Louisville 38, Miami 31: Jack Plummer threw three touchdown passes, the last of them a 58-yarder to Kevin Coleman with 4:17 remaining, and Louisville (10-1, 7-1 ACC, No. 10 CFP) clinched a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game.

Coleman ended up wide open after Miami defenders Te’Cory Couch and Jaden Davis collided at full speed as the play was developing, and he went down the right sideline with the go-ahead score for the Cardinals.

Mark Fletcher rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns for Miami (6-5, 2-5).

No. 20 Notre Dame 45, Wake Forest 7: Sam Hartman tormented his former team, passing for 277 yards and four touchdowns to lead Notre Dame to a home win.

Notre Dame (8-3) improved to 6-0 all-time vs. Wake Forest (4-7).

Transferring from Wake Forest to Notre Dame for the 2023 season, Hartman leads all active FBS quarterbacks in career touchdowns (132) and passing yardage (15,516). Hartman moved into fourth place on the all-time NCAA career TD list with his four-TD performance against Wake Forest.

Georgia Tech 31, Syracuse 22: Haynes King threw two touchdown passes and added a 19-yard scoring run late in the fourth quarter as Georgia Tech (6-5, 5-3) became bowl-eligible for the first time in five years.

Jamal Haynes’ 30-yard scoring run to open the second half gave Georgia Tech a 24-3 lead.

Syracuse (5-6, 1-6) did not have a player listed as a quarterback take a snap in the first half. The Orange still closed the deficit to 24-22 on three second-half scoring runs, one by Dan Villari and two by LeQuint Allen Jr., who ran for 120 yards.


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