Despite 2 interceptions, Florida State quarterback James Blackman had his team in position to kick the game-winning field goal to beat Louisville on Saturday. But instead, he turned it over a third time.
Blackman fumbled with a little more than 2 minutes remaining in regulation at the Louisville 21-yard line and the game tied. That mistake gave Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson the opportunity to drive to the other end and win with a field goal. Louisville escaped Florida State with a 31-28 victory.
But Jackson didn’t leave the field without appearing to provide his fellow quarterback words of encouragement after the game.
Lamar Jackson consoling James Blackman after that tough game. Sportsmanship. pic.twitter.com/edSsB1BD7T
— Renato Mazariegos (@RPMSports18) October 21, 2017
In addition to the fumble, Blackman was 16 of 28 for 248 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He also rushed for 6 yards on 7 carries.
It wasn’t the best of days for the freshman, but it was only his fifth start. With the pressure of leading a program such as Florida State, it’s easy to forget that. The growing pains this season are tough, but he should continue to get better.