Florida State's takedown of LSU in the "game of inches"
New Orleans, Louisiana - It came down to the last possible second of the game, but Florida State's special teams edged out the LSU Tigers in one of the most exhilarating opening games of Week 1 college football.
LSU's Brian Kelly era officially got underway at the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, and finished with what might be the most memorable heartbreak ending of any college football opening game.
Despite a roaring comeback taking advantage of multiple Florida State errors on the field, it was the Tigers that made the final mistake for a narrow 24-23 loss.
In the fourth quarter, FSU looked to have the game well in hand after a touchdown run for a 24-10 lead with 9:04 seconds remaining in the game.
With fight left in them, LSU answered back to the Seminoles as quarterback Jayden Daniels led his team 75 yards for a touchdown - making things 24-17, and still in Florida's favor.
Daniels took over again, leading LSU for another 99 yards, including a touchdown pass to Jaray Jenkins with one second remaining on the clock.
Florida State Seminoles steal the win from LSU
With nerves rising within fans and the players on the field, it looked like the game would head into overtime.
Yet, disaster struck the Tigers. Only needing a field goal kick to tie the game, the Seminoles inched their way to block the kick with a jaw-dropping blitz defense scheme to seal the win.
It was certainly an electrifying way to start the 2022 college football season.
Closing out the first week of action, No. 4 Clemson will travel to play Georgia Tech on Monday. Kickoff is set for 8 PM EDT.
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