Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said he is a “fan of execution,” though he joked that his team “needs to be executed” after its win over Florida State on Sunday night.
The Fighting Irish, leading 38-20 after the third quarter, allowed the Seminoles to score 18 unanswered points in the fourth to send the game to overtime. In that span, Notre Dame had just 38 offensive yards, with its production from starting quarterback Jack Coan being slowed to a standstill after three explosive periods.
It allowed Florida State, which started the contest with sophomore quarterback Jordan Travis commanding its offense, to find renewed life. Senior quarterback McKenzie Milton, who had not played in a football game in 1,017 days due to a severe knee injury suffered at UCF, entered the game with 9:02 remaining in the fourth quarter and engineered the Seminoles’ last 10 points of the period. It put them in position to pull off a storybook ending over the Fighting Irish, holding the first possession of overtime.
But despite that comeback attempt, Notre Dame (1-0) held on for a 41-38 victory over Florida State (0-1) at Doak Campbell Stadium, with senior kicker Jonathan Doerer connecting on a 41-yard field goal to win the game in overtime.
The Fighting Irish, who lost their all-time winningest quarterback Ian Book to the NFL, had a terrific addition offensively with Coan, who threw for 366 yards — the most in a season opener in Notre Dame history — along with four touchdown passes and one interception. Notre Dame also picked off Travis three times, limiting his production to 130 yards on 9-of-19 completions with two touchdowns and three interceptions.
In his return to the field, Milton completed 5-of-7 passes for 48 yards. Florida State led the game in total yards (442 to 431) and rushing yards (264 to 65) but was hurt by its turnovers and nine penalties for 54 yards.
Sporting News provided live updates and highlights from Notre Dame’s win over Florida State.
Notre Dame vs. Florida State score
Notre Dame vs. Florida State live updates, highlights
Live updates will begin around kickoff at 7:30 p.m. ET
11:34 p.m.: NOTRE DAME FIELD GOAL. Doerer makes a 41-yard attempt, and the Fighting Irish win the game, 41-38. Notre Dame will next face Toledo on Sept. 11 at 12:30 p.m. ET, while Florida State will face Jacksonville State on Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. ET.
11:31 p.m.: Florida State redshirt freshman kicker Ryan Fitzgerald misses a 37-yard field goal, and Notre Dame will begin its first possession of overtime.
Fourth quarter: Notre Dame 38, Florida State 38
11:17 p.m.: Notre Dame was about to be in position for a field-goal opportunity, but Mayer dropped a pass from Coan. Coan then threw an interception to Florida State redshirt freshman safety Travis Jay, and this game will be heading to overtime.
11:12 p.m.: FLORIDA STATE FIELD GOAL. The Seminoles tie the game at 38 with 45 seconds left in the fourth quarter. It was a 10-play, 46-yard drive for Florida State over a 3:35 span. Milton has completed 5-of-6 passes for 48 yards in his first game in over 1,000 days. The game is tied at 38, as the Seminoles have outscored the Fighting Irish in the fourth quarter, 18-0.
11:03 p.m.: Florida State forces a three-and-out on Notre Dame’s ensuing possession, and the Seminoles will have a chance to take the lead, holding the ball with 4:15 left in the fourth quarter and trailing 38-35. Milton will be staying in at quarterback.
10:55 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN FLORIDA STATE. Seminole redshirt freshman running back Treshaun Ward scores on an 8-yard rush, and the Seminoles have cut their deficit to 38-35 with 5:36 to play. Once Travis left the field after the fourth play of the drive, Milton completed all four of his passes for 36 yards and marched Florida State 52 yards down the field for a score.
10:51 p.m.: After Travis lost his helmet on a play, Florida State senior quarterback McKenzie Milton entered the game and is on the field for the first time since he suffered a severe knee injury with UCF on Nov. 23, 2018. He completed a 22-yard pass on his first play.
10:39 p.m.: After forcing a stop on third-and-9 from Notre Dame’s 38-yard line, Florida State will get the ball back at its 12-yard line, trailing 38-28 with 10:12 left in the fourth quarter.
10:34 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN FLORIDA STATE. Travis found senior wide receiver Andrew Parchment for an eight-yard score. The Seminoles then completed a two-point conversion to Helton, cutting their deficit to 38-28 with 13:47 left in the fourth quarter.
Third quarter: Notre Dame 38, Florida State 20
10:17 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN NOTRE DAME. Sophomore running back Chris Tyree scores on a 1-yard rush. Notre Dame now leads 38-20 with 4:37 left in the third quarter. The Fighting Irish have scored 21 unanswered points dating back to 11:52 left in period. Notre Dame is now up to 396 yards of total offense. Florida State is at 266.
10:15 p.m.: Travis throws his third interception of the game, as Florida State attempted a fourth-and-2 pass from its own 33-yard line. Notre Dame sophomore cornerback Clarence Lewis recorded the interception.
10:07 p.m: TOUCHDOWN NOTRE DAME. Coan throws his fourth touchdown pass, this time to Williams on a 6-yard pass on third-and-goal. Coan now has completed 21-of-26 passes for 311 yards and four touchdowns. The Fighting Irish now lead 31-20 with 6:48 left in the third quarter.
Kyren Williams is the next Alvin Kamara. Just broke one dude’s ankles and said forget imma run through the other one’s face. Such an all-around skilled back. pic.twitter.com/cPQhQXTTS1
— George Balekji (@GeorgeBalekji) September 6, 2021
10:00 p.m.: Hamilton records his second interception of the game, giving Notre Dame the ball back at its 31-yard line.
9:55 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN NOTRE DAME. Coan threw a 37-yard pass to junior wide receiver Kevin Austin Jr. for a touchdown, regiving the Fighting Irish the lead at 24 to 20 with 11:52 left in the third quarter. It was a four-play, 75-yard drive over a 1:44 span.
Coan has now completed 17-of-22 passes for 232 yards and three touchdown passes.
9:44 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN FLORIDA STATE. Travis found redshirt freshman running back Ja’Khi Douglas for a 60-yard touchdown pass. Florida State had a bad snap on its extra point attempt, so the Seminoles lead 20-17 with 13:36 left in the third quarter.
9:40 p.m.: Florida State redshirt freshman running back Corey Wren fumbled on his kickoff return, but upon review, his knee was down and the call was overturned. The Seminoles will begin their next drive at their 37-yard line.
Halftime: Notre Dame 17, Florida State 14
9:21 p.m.: Halftime stats: Notre Dame is leading Florida State in yards, 219 to 152, including a 160 to 45 edge in passing yards. The Seminoles are leading in rushing yards, 107 to 59. Florida State has accumulated six penalties for 40 yards while Notre Dame has accumulated two penalties for 15 yards. The Seminoles’ lone turnover was an interception thrown by Travis to Hamilton, and Notre Dame leads in time of possession, 18:15 to 11:45.
9:19 p.m.: Notre Dame went three-and-out and punted from its 37-yard line with 44 seconds left in the second quarter, and Florida State suffered a sack on its second play of its last drive to end the half.
9:14 p.m.: Florida State punted from its 30-yard line and Notre Dame will begin a drive from its own 32-yard line with 1:13 remaining.
9:10 p.m.: Florida State had a fumble on a handoff exchange, though it recovered the football. The Seminoles are in the midst of a two-play drive with fewer than two minutes remaining in the first half.
9:03 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN NOTRE DAME. Coan found senior wide receiver Joe Wilkins Jr. for a 23-yard score, regiving the Fighting Irish the lead at 17-14. It was a five-play, 48-yard drive for Notre Dame over a 1:24 span after Hamilton’s interception.
9:00 p.m. Notre Dame junior safety Kyle Hamilton picked off Travis at Florida State’s 48-yard line, and the Fighting Irish will take over.
8:53 p.m.: NOTRE DAME FIELD GOAL. Senior kicker Jonathan Doerer converts a 48-yard field goal, and Notre Dame has cut its deficit to 14-10 with 5:02 left in the second quarter. Doerer’s kick capped off a 10-play, 46-yard drive for the Fighting Irish.
Coan is up to 117 yards and one touchdown on 10-of-13 passing. Travis has completed 4-of-7 passes for 37 yards for Florida State.
8:42 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN FLORIDA STATE. On a fake hand-off to Corbin, Travis found the right corner of the end zone to give the Seminoles the lead. It was a four-play, 45-yard drive from Florida State over a 1:39 span. The Seminoles lead, 14-7, with 10:05 left in the second quarter.
Some notable stats: Florida State is leading Notre Dame in total yards, 138 to 125, including a 101-31 edge in rushing yards. The Fighting Irish are 0-of-5 on third down while the Seminoles are 1-of-4.
8:38 p.m.: Notre Dame went three-and-out. On third-and-5 from their own 12-yard line, the Fighting Irish recovered a fumble, leading to a punt that was downed by Florida State at its 45-yard line.
8:31 p.m.: Travis was sacked by Notre Dame sophomore defensive lineman Rylie Mills. The play was initially ruled a fumble returned for a touchdown for the Fighting Irish, though the play was overturned once officials observed that Travis’ knee was down before he released the ball. The Seminoles then punted 36 yards to Notre Dame’s 7-yard line two plays later.
FIRST QUARTER: Notre Dame 7, Florida State 7
8:22 p.m.: Florida State forced a Notre Dame turnover on downs at the Seminoles’ 44-yard line. Coan found Williams for a completion on fourth-and-1, though Williams could not get to the first down marker.
8:14 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN FLORIDA STATE. Sophomore running back Jashaun Corbin took an 89-yard run to the house for the Seminoles’ first score. It came on second-and-10 and was part of a two-play, 89-yard drive for Florida State. The Seminoles and Fighting Irish are tied at seven with 5:12 left in the first quarter.
8:09 p.m.: Coan’s pass to Mayer on third-and-7 was dropped, leading to a 31-yard punt from Notre Dame junior Jay Bramblett to Florida State’s 11-yard line. The Fighting Irish still lead, 7-0, with 5:31 left in the first quarter.
8:05 p.m.: Notre Dame went three-and-out on its ensuing offensive possession. Then, Florida State had a third-and-6 opportunity from its own 19-yard line before Travis was sacked by Fighting Irish senior defensive end Jayson Ademilola and sophomore linebacker JD Bertrand. Following a false start on the Seminoles, Mastromanno punted 54 yards to sophomore running back Kyren Williams, who returned the football four yards to Notre Dame’s 44-yard line.
7:56 p.m.: Florida State had a three-play, minus-10 yard drive, with an ineligible man downfield penalty negating a 10-yard completion to junior wide receiver Keyshawn Helton on second-and-15. Seminole redshirt freshman Alex Mastromanno punted 44 yards from Florida State’s 10-yard line to Notre Dame’s 46-yard line.
7:48 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN NOTRE DAME. Fighting Irish senior quarterback Jack Coan found sophomore tight end Michael Mayer for a 41-yard touchdown on fourth-and-1 from Florida State’s 41-yard line. It was a five-play, 75-yard drive for Notre Dame. Mayer also had a 25-yard reception earlier in the series. Notre Dame leads, 7-0, with 12:49 left in the first quarter.
7:45 p.m.: Notre Dame won the toss, elected to receive and will start with the football at its own 25-yard line.
7:30 p.m.: Travis has been confirmed as the Seminoles’ starting quarterback against Notre Dame.
Florida State will be honoring former coach Bobby Bowden, who passed away in August, with an on-field logo, helmet decal and patch on polo shirts worn by coaches, according to Bleacher Report.
Florida State is honoring late HC Bobby Bowden with an on-field logo, a helmet decal and a patch on the polo shirts worn by coaches this season 🙏
The Seminoles will begin this Sunday in their season-opener vs. Notre Dame pic.twitter.com/olAEJArAo1
— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) September 1, 2021
According to South Florida running backs coach Shaun King, Florida State sophomore quarterback Jordan Travis will be starting against Notre Dame.
Notre Dame vs. Florida State start time
- Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET | 4:30 p.m. PT
Kickoff for Notre Dame vs. Florida State is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 5.
How to watch Notre Dame vs. Florida State
Notre Dame vs. Florida State will air live on ABC, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET. You can stream the game online with WatchESPN or on fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial .
Play-by-play announcer Joe Tessitore, analyst Greg McElroy and reporter Katie George will be on the call.
Notre Dame football schedule 2021
|Week 1||Sept. 5||at Florida State|
|Week 2||Sept. 11||vs. Toledo|
|Week 3||Sept. 18||vs. Purdue|
|Week 4||Sept. 25||vs. Wisconsin (Chicago)|
|Week 5||Oct. 2||vs. Cincinnati|
|Week 6||Oct. 9||at Virginia Tech|
|Week 7||Oct. 23||vs. USC|
|Week 8||Oct. 30||vs. North Carolina|
|Week 9||Nov. 6||vs. Navy|
|Week 10||Nov. 13||at Virginia|
|Week 11||Nov. 20||vs. Georgia Tech|
|Week 12||Nov. 27||at Stanford|
Florida State football schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 5||vs. Notre Dame|
|2||Sept. 11||vs. Jacksonville State|
|3||Sept. 18||at Wake Forest|
|4||Sept. 25||vs. Louisville|
|5||Oct. 2||vs. Syracuse|
|6||Oct. 9||at North Carolina|
|7||Oct. 23||vs. UMass|
|8||Oct. 30||at Clemson|
|9||Nov. 6||vs. NC State|
|10||Nov. 13||vs Miami|
|11||Nov. 20||at Boston College|
|12||Nov. 27||at Florida|