Update 11:33 p.m. Not much opportunity for Milton to do anything in overtime, and then FSU coach Mike Norvell iced his own kicker Ryan Fitzgerald trying to pick up 11 yards via instant replay review.
Notre Dame wins 41-38, but the storyline is McKenzie Milton, who has to be considered the likely starter next week for Jacksonville State in Doak Campbell.
Milton finishes 5-7 for 48 yards, and three carries for six yards.
11:18 p.m. Milton leads another drive for a field goal, and the Noles have scored on both of his possessions.
KZ is now 5-6 for 48 yards but most importantly the game is tied as we go to overtime. No, there’s no script-writer, this is actually happening.
10:55 p.m. Milton leads the Noles down the field, and is actually lined up at wide receiver from the Wildcat as Treshaun Ward ran in a touchdown from two yards out.
Milton was 4-4 for 36 yards on the drive. And you’d have to think he’s in the rest of the way now.
10:50 p.m. Milton is in! Jordan Travis loses his helmet, and Milton drops a dime on his first play to Ja’Khi Douglas for 22 yards. Incredible.
9:40 p.m. Is it possible we see Milton tonight?
FWIW, McKenzie Milton is warming up a good deal coming out of half time. Throwing the ball around. Jordan Travis is, too. But Milton is working more on sideline than he was during first half.— Brendan Sonnone (@BSonnone) September 6, 2021
Update 7:25 p.m. It’s official.
Florida State announces that Jordan Travis will start at quarterback tonight against Notre Dame over McKenzie Milton.— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) September 5, 2021
Update 6:10 p.m. No sign of Milton during warmups.
And this from Shaun King of VSIN Radio:
Was just told Travis is getting the start https://t.co/Ib3f8B7Elt— shaun king (@realshaunking) September 5, 2021
The comeback story for Florida State Seminoles quarterback McKenzie Milton has been inspiring and in the buildup to the team’s season opener against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish this evening, the question persists over whether or not he’ll take snaps for the Garnett and Gold.
Milton’s playing status is still unknown in the hours leading up to kickoff against the No. 9 Fighting Irish, a result of head coach Mike Norvell not wanting to reveal his starter until game time. He has spent the offseason and fall camp battling returning FSU quarterback Jordan Travis for the starting gig, a testament to how far he’s come.
The Hawaii native and former UCF dual-threat QB would potentially play his first game since November 23, 2018 against USF. It was in that game where Milton suffered a catastrophic leg injury. the result of a helmet hit dislocating his knee, damaging a nerve, and tearing ligaments. Intensive surgery saved him from losing his leg and possibly his life.
He’d spend the next two years rehabbing back to health and found new opportunity when transferring to FSU this past winter. Rumors on social media started to circulate in late August that Milton wouldn’t be able to play, so we’ll see the validity of those come kick off.