The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks have a history of upsetting college football powerhouses. Florida State came about as close as possible to becoming that next victim.
Back in 2007, ULM knocked off Alabama, in its first season under Nick Saban. Five years later, the Warhawks upset No. 8 Arkansas.
Tonight, Florida State and ULM traded scores, eventually going to overtime tied at 38. Florida State had the ball first, scoring a touchdown with star running back Cam Akers.
Monroe quickly answered. Quarterback Caleb Evans hit on a 20-yard completion, and ran it in for what looked like the game-tying touchdown two plays later.
Unfortunately, disaster struck for Warhawks kicker Jacob Meeks. The sophomore, in his first year in the role, missed the extra point.
Heartbreak for UL Monroe.
This missed extra point in overtime gives Florida State the win as the Warhawks come up just short in their upset bid. pic.twitter.com/EagedotvkH
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) September 8, 2019
Meeks was 9-for-9 on extra points on the year to that point. You can hear the dismay in the voices of ACC Network announcers Chris Cotter and Mark Herzlich.
While it is a win in the books for Florida State, it is hard to call this a great result for the Seminoles or embattled head coach Willie Taggart.
The man trusted with turning around a program that had become stagnant under Jimbo Fisher went 5-7 last season. The season got off to an optimistic start in Week 1, when Florida State jumped out to a big lead over Group of Five power Boise State. Of course, the ‘Noles were shut out in the second half, and lost 36-31.
Now, they needed a blown extra point to guarantee overtime survival against ULM.
Taggart probably isn’t getting fired after a Week 2 win, but it is hard to imagine a seat getting much hotter than the one he is on right now,w and that has only gotten worse with this week’s game.