Norvell regrets final offensive possession in upset win over LSU

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Florida State head coach Mike Norvell would like to resume a game that nearly cost his team Sunday’s game against LSU.

After recovering Malik Nabers’ fumble kick return, the Seminoles controlled the ball in the red zone with just over two minutes left in the fourth quarter and held a 24-17 lead.

Instead of adding runs, Florida State gave LSU one last chance to come back after a throw to Treshaun Ward that the running back fumbled at the Tigers 1-yard line on third down.

“In retrospect, obviously it wasn’t the best decision,” Norvell said Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Andrea Adelson. “It wasn’t worth the risk-reward.”

LSU then raced down the field to score a touchdown with no time left on the clock. However, Florida State defensive back Shyheim Brown blocked what would have been the game-tying extra point to seal a 24-23 victory for the Seminoles. The win is FSU’s first victory over a non-conference Power 5 opponent since 2017.

Despite a huge win over an SEC opponent, Norvell isn’t quite ready to declare Florida State a back.

“If you want to show you’re back, win every game and improve every week and every training. That’s what you have to do,” he said. “I’m glad our guys are excited about the action we’ve taken. But if we don’t keep taking action then none of this will matter.”

Norvell has posted a 10-13 record since being hired by Florida State after the 2019 season. The beleaguered head coach said he believes Sunday’s win was the start of a positive streak.

“We’ve been talking from the start – how are you going to react to success?” he said. “I absolutely know success is coming, and we’re realizing some of it now.”

The 2-0 Seminoles have a date this week before returning to action against Louisville on Sept. 16.

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