Chad Kelly called himself the best Quarterback in college football. In the first half of his team’s opening game against Florida State, Kelly may have looked the part. In front of a sellout crowd including his hall of fame Uncle Jim Kelly, Chad Kelly was tearing the highly ranked Florida State defense to shreds.
Kelly and Ole Miss had a lot of bounces go their way, and they built an impressive 28-6 lead over the Seminoles.
But, Florida State got over their early nervousness and they scored a Touchdown late in the 2nd to
tighten the score to 28-13.
The Seminoles had been ripped to shreds in the first half, but in spite of that they were still in the game and they were looking confident.
As the 3rd quarter began, it became apparent that Chad Kelly was not the best Quarterback in the nation. Furthermore, he was also not even the best Quarterback on the field this night as redshirt freshman Deondre Francois put on a show.
Yes, Kelly threw for 313 yards and 4 Touchdowns. But, he also threw 3 Interceptions and he fumbled the ball.
Florida State’s Francois showed unbelievable coolness throwing for 419 yards and 2 Touchdowns and no Interceptions.
Kelly did some damage with his feet, but he was sacked 5 times and mostly by DeMarcus Walker to only gain 15 yards rushing on the night. Francois, on the other hand, gained 59 yards on 9 carries and he hurt the efforts of the Ole Miss defense and he saved numerous drives with timely runs.
Francois was not the only hero of the night. All American Running Back Dalvin Cook was mostly held in check on the ground with only 91 yards rushing. But, he made up for it with 7 receptions for 101 yards.
Bobo Wilson had 9 catches for 125 yards and good guy Travis Rudolph caught 6 passes for 74 yards and a Touchdown. Rudolph is a great young man that spends time with a local autistic boy for no other reason than to bless the kid.
On the defensive side of the ball, heroes included Safety Derwin James with 8 tackles, Linebacker
Matthew Thomas and Defensive Back Trey Marshall with 7 tackles each. James also had an Interception as did Marcus Lewis and Tarvarus McFadden.
But, maybe the biggest difference maker of all on defense was DeMarcus Walker with a very impressive 4 and 1/2 Quarterback sacks.
Then, there was true freshman kicker Ricky Aguayo who hit 6 out of 6 Field Goals and all three of his extra points.
The Florida State Seminoles came from 22 points down to crush the Rebels of Ole Miss, 45-34. Not only that, but freshman Quarterback Deondre Francois didn’t brag about being the best Quarterback, but went out on the field and let his play do his talking.