Florida State Football - 1989 Year In Review

Florida State Football - 1989 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Bobby Bowden, Head Coach
Chuck Amato, Assistant Head Coach, Defensive Line
Mickey Andrews, Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Backs
Wally Burnham, Inside Linebackers
Ronnie Cottrell, Graduate Assistant, Receivers
Daryl Dickey, Volunteer Assistant, Quarterbacks
John Eason, Receivers
Jim Gladden, Outside Linebackers
Jimmy Heggins, Recruiting Specialist, Noseguards
Willie Jones, Graduate Assistant, Outside Linebackers
Clint Ledbetter, Graduate Assistant, Offensive Line
Wayne McDuffie, Offensive Coordinator, Offensive Line
Mike Owens, Graduate Assistant, Inside Linebackers
Brad Scott, Recruiting Coordinator, Tight Ends
Billy Sexton, Running Backs
Mike Spencer, Graduate Assistant, Defensive Backs
Dave Van Halanger, Strength and Conditioning

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1989 FSU Football Media Guide

Peter Tom Willis and Coach Bobby Bowden

1989 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

From the 1989 FSU Football Media Guide, page 62.

Clyde Allen, 5-11, 185, RB, Fort Myers - A Parade and Super Prep All-America choice...honorable mention All-America by USA Today...a Class 4A all-state selection in 1988...ran for over 1,300 yards on 192 carries his senior year...career stats read 3,659 yards on 505 carries and 38 TDs...scored the lone touchdown for the Florida team in a 7-7 tie in the Florida-Georgia All-Star game.

Steve Allen, 6-6, 275, DL, Orange Park - Played defensive line, offensive line and tight end in high school...expected to fit in on defensive line for Seminoles...a first team all-South choice by Lindy's Southeast Recruiting Magazine... also a second team All-America selection by USA Today...made the Florida Times Union Super 24 list and all-city team...reportedly runs 4.8 in the 40.

Shannon Baker, 5-10, 180, WR, Lakeland - A two time 4A all-state player...made the team as a wide receiver in 1987 and as a quarterback last year...named honorable mention All-America by USA Today and third team all-South by Lindy's Recruiting...as a quarterback in '88, completed 40 of 88 passes for 1,002 yards (23.6 yards per completion) and 13 touchdowns...add 300 yards and seven scores rushing...possesses tremendous speed...state 4A champion in the 100 meters in 1987 (10.69)...uncle E.J. Baker was a quarterback for Miami from 1976-78... a participant in the 1989 Florida-Georgia All-Star game...two time state 4A champion in the 100 yard dash...ran a personal best 10.3 in the state meet as a senior...state champion in the 220 yard dash as a senior.

Terrell Buckley, 5-10, 175, CB, Pascagoula, MS - One of the top high school cornerbacks in the nation...only player in Mississippi to earn 5A all-state honors the past two seasons...garnered honorable mention on the Orlando Sentinel's Dixie Dozen list...made 80 tackles, 50 solo, his senior year...intercepted 10 passes and returned seven for TDs...averaged over 30 yards per punt return and returned four for scores, including a 93 yarder...blocked a field goal and two punts...nabbed 30 INTs, a school record, in his career...runs the 40 in the 4.2-4.3 range...will play in the Mississippi-Alabama and Mississippi North-South all star games...an all-state baseball player.

Richard Coes, 6-0, 197, CB, Miami - Relatively unknown in national recruiting circles because he did not play football in 1986 or 1987...quit the sport to concentrate on basketball but returned for senior season...led Dade County with nine interceptions and made approximately 50 tackles...named to the Miami News' all-county team...Miami News player of the week four times...reportedly runs 4.6 in the 40...an excellent student who chose FSU over Georgia Tech.

John Davis, 6-2, 205, DB, Pahokee - A USA Today and Super Prep All-America choice...rated the best high school safety in the nation by some recruiting analysts...all-state selection...named to Lindy's all-South first team...made 21 career INTs, including six his senior year...also credited with 87 tackles, three quarterback sacks and two fumble recoveries...punted for Pahokee and averaged 40 yards per punt...runs a 4.5 in the 40...played basketball where he averaged as many as 12 points and 11 rebounds per game...a long jumper on the track...plans to study pharmacy at FSU...a participant in the 1989 Florida-Georgia All-Star game.

Tommy Fagan, 6-5, 215, DE-TE, Lamont - First player to commit to FSU in 1989...a first team All-Big Bend choice...caught 20 passes for 436 yards and five TDs...good blocking tight end as well...defensively, credited with 98 tackles, 44 solo...also had nine sacks, two interceptions and six passes broken up...in basketball, averaged 15 points per game.

Kenny Felder, 6-3, 215, QB, Niceville - Brings impressive list of high school honors to FSU...everybody's (USA Today, SuperPrep, Parade) All-America choice...Orlando Sentinel Super 24 Senior, Dixie Dozen team member and Florida player of the year...first team all-South member by Lindy's...the first team 4A all-state quarterback both his junior and senior years...led his Niceville High team to the 1988 Class 4A state championship...UPI rated him the fourth QB and 14th best player in the nation...won the Northwest Florida Scholastic Award for 1988-89...his senior season, completed 88 of 155 passes for 1,563 yards and 19 TDs...also rushed for 268 yards and seven scores...in his career, accumulated 2,900 yards and 35 TDs...runs 4.6 in the 40...rated one of the Top 25 baseball prospects in America by Baseball America...drafted in the second round, 46th overall, of the 1989 amateur baseball draft by the San Diego Padres...plans to pursue baseball career at FSU...quarterbacked the Florida team in the 1989 Florida-Georgia All Star game.

Marvin Ferrell, 6-6, 255, TE, Jacksonville - Played primarily defensive end his senior year, but will be a dangerous tight end...a tight end his junior year, but caught only one pass in 1988...made 39 tackles on defense...a Parade All-American and honorable mention USA Today...a first team all-state choice (Class 4A) as a defensive lineman...earned honorable mention on the Orlando Sentinel Dixie Dozen and Florida-Georgia Super 24 team...made Lindy's first team all-South squad...also a Florida Times Union Super 24 choice and all-district team member...a participant in the 1989 Florida-Georgia All-Star game.

Matt Frier, 5-11, 190, WR, Live Oak - Set a number of state records his senior year, including receptions in a season (99), career receptions (220), career receiving yardage (3,688), touchdowns (41)...ranks second on national career reception list ...USA Today's Player of the Year for the state of Florida and honorable mention All-USA...Class 3A all-state receiver...Super Prep All-American...won the Bobby Dodd National High School Back of the Year Award for Florida...member of the Florida-Georgia Super 24 squad and a second team all-South performer by Lindy's...garnered offensive player of the year honors from two newspapers - the Tallahassee Democrat and Florida Times Union...led Suwannee to consecutive Class 3A state championships...in 1988, caught 99 passes for 1,716 yards and 20 touchdowns...played in the 1989 Florida-Georgia All-Star game.

Warren Hart, 6-2, 245, TE, Jacksonville - A first team 5A all-state choice who carries excellent academic credentials as well as athletic...an honorable mention All-America choice by USA Today...member of the Florida Times Union Super 24 squad...earned second team all-South mention from Lindy's Magazine...all-city and Most Valuable Offensive Player in the district...caught 32 passes for 695 yards and five touchdowns...averaged 21.7 yards per catch...led district in receiving and ranked third in scoring...also played linebacker and made 94 tackles...runs 40 in 4.7 seconds.

Mack Knight, 6-1, 180, CB, Woodbine, GA - A speedster who led Camden County to a pair of 3A regional titles during his tenure...good coverage man first noticed at Bobby Bowden's football camp...nabbed six interceptions his senior year, including three in one game...a three-year starter...ran a personal best 10.8 100 yard dash in the Bob Hayes Invitational track meet in Jacksonville during his senior year.

Kevin Knox, 6-3, 185, WR, Niceville - First team 4A all-state choice in 1988...comes to FSU along with his high school quarterback Kenny Felder...earned Northwest Florida first team honors from the Pensacola News Journal...caught 39 passes for 740 yards his senior season...nine TD catches...averaged 19 yards per reception...scored 20 points per game and grabbed eight rebounds per contest for basketball team...also ran track for Niceville and placed in the state 4A track championships his senior year.

Amp Lee, 6-0, 185, RB, Chipley - Legitimate two sport star who has led Chipley basketball team to the state 2A finals as a guard...in football, was a USA Today honorable mention All-America selection...earned first team all-state honors in Class 2A...the Pensacola News Journal's all-Northwest Florida running back...led Chipley to state football semifinals...rushed for over 4,000 yards and 68 TDs in three seasons...as a senior, gained 979 yards on 155 carries for an average of 6.7 yards per carry...also scored 20 touchdowns rushing...caught 21 passes for 372 yards...his junior season was statistically his best as he gained 1,757 yards in 10 games...also a standout free safety, where he picked off 25 passes in his career.

Efferin Macon, 5-10, 175, RB-CB, Gadsden, AL - Versatile athlete who was a running back, defensive back, quarterback, punt returner, kickoff returner and punter for the Litchfield team in 1988...a 4A all-state selection...as a sophomore starter, his team won the state championship...this season, rushed for 1,714 yards and scored 27 touchdowns...averaged 7.9 yards per carry...also passed for two TDs...as a punter, averaged 38.5 yards per kick...made nine interceptions over his junior and senior seasons...good speed with a 4.5 40 time.

Toddrick McIntosh, 6-3, 225, DL, Richardson, TX - The youngest signee, he turned 17 in January...one of the top 100 prospects in Texas...named one of the Top 25 linemen in the state by Texas Football Magazine...as a senior, had 55 solo tackles and 22 assists...caused a pair of fumbles and credited with four sacks...ranks 10th in career tackles at his high school...born in Tallahassee.

John Nance, 6-2, 255, LB, Bartow - Another honorable mention All-America choice by USA Today...made Lindy's all-Florida team...among the top tight ends in the nation...hails from same high school as FSU All-America candidate Odell Haggins and offensive lineman Hayward Haynes...one of FSU's late commitments...a participant in the 1989 Florida-Georgia All-Star game...broke Bartow record for rebounds in basketball...was the leading rebounder for the Bartow High state championship team his junior year and the state runner up his senior year.

Sterling Palmer, 6-7, 250, LB, Fort Lauderdale - One of FSU's most heralded recruits of 1989...made the Parade and USA Today All-America teams...rated the number two linebacking prospect in the nation by UPI...a first team all-South selection by Lindy's Magazine...first team all-state pick...credited with 115 tackles, eight sacks and five passes broken up in 1988...a participant in the 1989 Florida-Georgia All-Star game...can reportedly run a 4.52 in the 40...an excellent track talent who has thrown the shot 62 feet and the discus 183 feet...was the state class 3A discus champion with a 175 feet-3 inch throw his senior year...interested in continuing his track career at FSU...prefers inside linebacker.

Willie Pauldo, 6-2, 211, LB, Oviedo - Comes to FSU with a reputation as a hitter...first team Class 4A linebacker...made the Florida-Georgia Super 24 list and the all-Central Florida squad...the District 9 player of the year...made 178 tackles his senior season...in on a season high 20 tackles against Deland...another track performer who has run 23.4 in the 200 meter dash...a participant in the 1989 Florida-Georgia All-Star game.

Jason Peirce, 6-3, 220, LB, Satellite Beach - Selected a first team all-Space Coast linebacker in 1988...an all-Central Florida choice and the Orlando Sentinel's Brevard County Defensive Player of the Year...earned second team 4A all-state mention...at linebacker, made 67 tackles, including 41 solo...at fullback, rushed for 432 yards on 44 carries for 9.5 yards per carry...has 4.5 speed in the 40 and runs the 200 in 23.4.

Maurice Pinckney, 6-0, 200, RB, Fort Lauderdale - Rushed for 1,033 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior out of both the fullback and tailback positions...an honorable mention All-America choice by USA Today...made the second team 3A all-state list...a member of the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel Super 11 squad...with Palmer and Nance, gives FSU one of its strongest recruiting classes from South Florida.

Dominique Ross, 6-2, 200, RB, Jacksonville - Named the Florida Times Union Player of the Year in Jacksonville...also a member of the Super 24 team...a third team 3A all-state choice...an all-district selection as well...has rushed for over 3,100 yards in his career...total includes 1,078 yards in 1988...scored 14 touchdowns to lead the district and averaged 8.3 yards per carry...top performance came against Orange Park with 184 yards on eight carries...an unselfish back who is used to sharing time in the backfield.

Grady Ross, 6-0, 211, OLB, Jacksonville

Eric Shaw, 6-3, 222, LB, Pensacola - Acclaimed as a Parade, USA Today and Super Prep All-American...UPI rates him in top 25 players in the nation...earned first team 4A all-state honors in 1987 and 1988...has been invited to play in the Florida-Georgia all-star game...honorable mention to the Orlando Sentinel Dixie Dozen list and one of their Super 24 seniors...third team all-South...chosen the Northwest Florida defensive player of the year by the Pensacola News Journal...made 113 tackles and 24 quarterback sacks as a senior...averaged 13 tackles per game...played defensive end/outside linebacker at Pensacola...was a defensive standout for the Florida squad in the Florida-Georgia All-Star game with five tackles, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt.

Eric Turral, 5-11, 175, WR, Tallahassee - Top-notch receiver and return man...Lindy's Recruiting Magazine tabbed him as the number one player in the South and placed him on its all-South first team...a Parade and SuperPrep All-American...made the honorable mention All-USA Today team...a first team Class 4A all-state choice...one of the Florida-Georgia Super 24...earned a spot on the Orlando Sentinel's Dixie Dozen team...Super Prep called him the third best high school player in the country...in 1988, caught 23 passes for 419 yards and three touchdowns...rushed for 132 yards on 18 carries and returned eight kickoffs for 261 (32.6 avg.) yards and a TD...also returned eight punts for 209 yards, a 26 yard average...his junior season, returned a state record eight kicks (two kickoffs, six punts) for touchdowns...said to run the 40 in 4.3-4.4 range...played in the 1989 Florida-Georgia All-Star game and caught two passes...ran a personal best 10.5 100 yard dash his senior season.

Charlie Ward, 6-1, 175, P-QB, Thomasville, GA - Signed with the Class of 1988, but did not enroll at Florida State due to Proposition 48 regulations...later achieved the required test score and attended classes at Tallahassee Community College on a part time basis...joins FSU as a true freshman in 1989...top quarterback in the state of Georgia as a senior in 1987...rushed for 1,000 yards and threw for 1,891...hit 109 of 190 passes that season...accounted for 25 TDs, nine rushing and 16 passing...Most Valuable Player in the '88 Florida-Georgia All-Star game, leading Georgia to the victory...made Super Prep Magazine's all-Dixie team...the Georgia Offensive Player of the Year by the Atlanta Constitution...also a second team all-state pick in basketball...parents attended Florida A&M...born October 12, 1970.


1989 Roster - By Name

L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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* 23 Bryce Abbott          SS      6-1   208  Fr-R      Tifton, GA (Tift County)
  20 Clyde Allen           RB      5-11  185  Fr        Fort Myers (Fort Myers)
  72 Steve Allen           DL      6-6   275  Fr        Orange Park (Orange Park)
*  9 Richie Andrews        KS      5-11  165  Jr   **   Fort Lauderdale (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
*  8 Terry Anthony         WR      6-0   195  Sr   ***  Daytona Beach (Mainland)
* 51 Robbie Baker          C       6-5   248  Fr-R      Fort Myers (Fort Myers)
*  1 Shannon Baker         WR      5-10  180  Fr        Lakeland (Lakeland)
  69 Tyrone Barber         OL      6-4   270  So        Thomasville, GA (Thomasville)
* 38 David Bassett         SS      5-10  194  Jr   *    Roswell, GA (Lassiter)
  61 Jim Bekas             OT      6-4   310  So-R      Seminole (Northeast)
  46 Ray Bell              ILB     6-2   232  So        Miami (Jackson)
* 22 Edgar Bennett         FB      6-1   222  So-R *    Jacksonville (Lee)
* 50 John Brown            OG      6-4   287  Sr-R **   Deland (Deland)
* 31 Lavon Brown           FS      5-11  197  Fr-R      Moore Haven (Moore Haven)
* 27 Terrell Buckley       CB      5-10  175  Fr        Pascagoula, MS (Pascagoula)
  26 Tyrone Buckner        CB      6-0   188  So        Indian Head, MD (Lackey)
*  6 LeRoy Butler          CB      6-0   194  Sr   **   Jacksonville (Lee)
* 45 Kirk Carruthers       LB      6-2   208  So   *    East Lansing, MI (East Lansing)
* 13 Dexter Carter         TB      5-9   172  Sr   ***  Baxley, GA (Appling County)
* 59 Keith Carter          ILB     6-3   231  Sr-R ***  Miami (South Miami)
* 96 James Chaney          NG      6-0   250  So   *    North Fort Myers (North Fort Myers)
* 91 Deondri Clark         DT      6-3   250  Fr-R      Winter Garden (West Orange)
* 39 Ed Clark              ILB     6-3   222  Fr-R      Melbourne (Melbourne)
* 85 Johnny Clower         TE      6-4   243  So-R      Dade City (Pasco Comprehensive)
  16 Richard Coes          CB      6-0   197  Fr        Miami (Hialeah-Miami Lakes)
* 18 John Davis            DB      6-2   205  Fr        Pahokee (Pahokee)
* 29 Lawrence Dawsey       WR      6-1   195  Jr-R **   Dothan, AL (Northview)
  33 David Dees            FS      6-2   204  Fr-R      Winter Park (Lake Howell)
  63 Jason Dillaberry      OT      6-5   260  Fr-R      Orange Park (Orange Park)
* 89 Howard Dinkins        OLB     6-1   198  So-R *    Jacksonville (Ribault)
* 73 Reggie Dixon          OG      6-2   274  So-R      Jacksonville (Ribault)
* 28 Dedrick Dodge         FS      6-2   180  Sr-R ***  Mulberry (Mulberry)
   8 Scott Edwards         P       6-2   175  Fr-R      Fort Myers (Fort Myers)
* 58 Nick Ekonomou         OT      6-2   263  Sr   *    Melbourne (Melbourne)
  87 Tommy Fagan           DE-TE   6-5   215  Fr        Lamont (Jefferson County)
   5 Kenny Felder          QB      6-3   215  Fr        Niceville (Niceville)
  56 Matt Ferguson         OG      6-4   255  Jr        Eustis (Eustis)
  92 Marvin Ferrell        TE      6-6   255  Fr        Jacksonville (Raines)
  54 Phil Ferrell          ILB     6-0   224  Fr-R      Pell City, AL (Pell City)
  94 John Flath            DT      6-5   242  Fr-R      Orlando (Lake Highland Prep)
*  3 Leon Fowler           FS      6-2   196  Fr-R      Fort Myers (Fort Myers)
* 10 Corian Freeman        CB      6-4   221  Jr-R **   Jacksonville (Terry Parker)
* 97 Reggie Freeman        OLB     6-3   236  Fr-R      Clewiston (Clewiston)
  12 Matt Frier            WR      5-11  190  Fr        Live Oak (Suwannee)
  61 Eric Gibbs            OT      6-5   295  Fr-R      Atlanta, GA (Lovett School)
* 47 Kevin Grant           OLB     6-3   224  Sr-R **   Ocala (Forest)
* 53 Odell Haggins         NG      6-2   268  Sr-R ***  Bartow (Bartow)
* 41 Chris Hall            CB      6-1   194  Fr-R      Cocoa (Cocoa Beach)
  24 Felix Harris          CB      6-1   200  So        Lake Placid (Lake Placid)
  84 Warren Hart           TE      6-2   245  Fr        Jacksonville (Jackson)
* 78 Eric Hayes            DT      6-3   288  Sr-R ***  Tampa (King)
* 65 Hayward Haynes        OG      6-3   275  Jr-R *    Bartow (Bartow)
  30 Tommy Henry           CB      6-0   170  So        DeSoto (DeSoto)
* 79 Gene Houpe            DS      6-3   270  So-R      Statesville, NC (Statesville)
* 14 Brad Johnson          QB      6-6   205  So-R *    Black Mountain, NC (Owen)
* 80 Reggie Johnson        TE      6-2   242  Jr-R **   Pensacola (Escambia)
  57 Chris Keen            DB      5-10  175  Fr        Jefferson, GA (Jefferson)
  37 Mack Knight           CB      6-1   180  Fr        Woodbine, GA (Camden County)
  81 Kevin Knox            WR      6-3   185  Fr        Niceville (Niceville)
* 88 Bruce LaSane          WR      6-4   210  Sr   **   Wildwood (Wildwood)
* 42 Amp Lee               RB      6-0   185  Fr        Chipley (Chipley)
*  7 Ronald Lewis          WR      6-0   179  Sr   ***  Jacksonville (Raines)
* 77 Eric Luallen          C       6-3   276  Jr-R      Tampa (Jesuit)
* 82 Brad Lundstrom        OLB     6-5   228  Fr-R      Naples (Lely)
  26 Efferin Macon         RB-CB   5-10  175  Fr        Gadsden, AL (Litchfield)
* 67 Kevin Mancini         OT      6-4   265  So   *    Brandon (Brandon)
* 43 Bill Mason            KS      5-10  155  Jr-R *    Tallahassee (Lincoln)
* 26 Errol McCorvey        CB      6-0   175  So-R      Pensacola (Escambia)
  76 Eric McGill           TE      6-5   240  Fr-R      Walterboro, SC (Calhoun)
  71 Toddrick McIntosh     DL      6-3   225  Fr        Richardson, TX (Berkner)
  37 Kevin Miller          TB      6-0   185  Fr-R      Miami (Killian)
* 32 Paul Moore            FB      6-1   245  So-R *    Miami (Killian)
* 60 Mike Morris           OG      6-2   277  So-R *    Miami (Miami Beach)
* 99 Anthony Moss          OLB     6-4   230  Jr-R **   Miami (Southridge)
  56 John Nance            LB      6-2   255  Fr        Bartow (Bartow)
  86 Darryl Newman         WR      5-11  170  Sr        Hammond, IN (Bishop Noll Institute)
* 74 Henry Ostaszewski     DT      6-3   260  So-R *    Boynton Beach (Santaluces Community)
* 75 Joe Ostaszewski       DT      6-3   262  So-R *    Boynton Beach (Santaluces Community)
  55 Sterling Palmer       LB      6-7   250  Fr        Fort Lauderdale (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
* 35 Chris Parker          TB      6-0   215  So-R *    Jacksonville (Sandalwood)
  48 Willie Pauldo         LB      6-2   211  Fr        Oviedo (Oviedo)
  49 Jason Peirce          LB      6-3   220  Fr        Satellite Beach (Satellite)
* 90 Maurice Pinckney      RB      6-0   200  Fr        Fort Lauderdale (Stranahan)
  19 Pete Prinzi           QB      6-0   175  Fr-R      Tampa (Plant)
* 15 Bill Ragans           SS      6-2   206  Jr-R **   Live Oak (Suwannee)
* 83 Dave Roberts          TE      6-4   238  Jr-R **   Griffin, GA (Griffin)
  33 Dominique Ross        RB      6-2   200  Fr        Jacksonville (Raines)
*  2 Grady Ross            OLB     6-0   211  Jr        Jacksonville (Lee/Lees-McRae JC)
* 62 Troy Sanders          NG      6-2   266  Fr-R      Elba, AL (Elba)
  66 Scott Schilbrack      OT      6-8   288  Jr-R *    Lauderhill (Boyd Anderson)
  86 Eric Shaw             LB      6-3   222  Fr        Pensacola (Pensacola)
  95 Carl Simpson          TE      6-3   253  Fr-R      Baxley, GA (Appling County)
* 36 Kelvin Smith          ILB     6-0   235  Jr   **   Jacksonville (Ribault)
* 40 David Stallworth      ILB     6-2   230  Fr-R      Summerdale, AL (Robertsdale)
* 52 Robert Stevenson      OG      6-3   268  Fr-R      Pensacola (Escambia)
* 12 Alan Stewart          CB      5-11  184  Sr-R **   Brooksville (Hernando)
* 98 Oliver Strickland     DT      6-3   267  Fr-R      Philadelphia, PA (West Philadelphia)
* 68 Michael Tanks         C       6-1   254  Sr-R ***  Decatur, GA (Southwest Dekalb)
* 93 Shelton Thompson      OLB     6-3   248  Sr-R ***  Lakeland (Lake Gibson)
   2 Eric Turral           WR      5-11  175  Fr        Tallahassee (Godby)
* 17 Charlie Ward          P-QB    6-1   175  Fr        Thomasville, GA (Central)
  76 Charles Washington    DT      6-4   262  Jr        Jacksonville (Englewood)
* 11 Casey Weldon          QB      6-1   194  So-R *    Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)
  57 David Whittington     DS      6-1   245  So   *    Chipley (Chipley)
  64 Robert Williams       DT      6-2   255  So-R      Miami (Miami Beach)
*  4 Peter Tom Willis      QB      6-3   202  Sr-R **   Morris, AL (Mortimer Jordan)
  19 John Wimberly         P       6-3   205  Fr-R      Tampa (King)
* 44 John Wyche            SS      6-2   198  Jr-R *    Thomasville, GA (Central)
* 70 Tony Yeomans          OG      6-2   252  Sr-R ***  Jesup, GA (Wayne County)

1989 Roster - By Number

L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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*  1 Shannon Baker         WR      5-10  180  Fr        Lakeland (Lakeland)
*  2 Grady Ross            OLB     6-0   211  Jr        Jacksonville (Lee/Lees-McRae JC)
   2 Eric Turral           WR      5-11  175  Fr        Tallahassee (Godby)
*  3 Leon Fowler           FS      6-2   196  Fr-R      Fort Myers (Fort Myers)
*  4 Peter Tom Willis      QB      6-3   202  Sr-R **   Morris, AL (Mortimer Jordan)
   5 Kenny Felder          QB      6-3   215  Fr        Niceville (Niceville)
*  6 LeRoy Butler          CB      6-0   194  Sr   **   Jacksonville (Lee)
*  7 Ronald Lewis          WR      6-0   179  Sr   ***  Jacksonville (Raines)
*  8 Terry Anthony         WR      6-0   195  Sr   ***  Daytona Beach (Mainland)
   8 Scott Edwards         P       6-2   175  Fr-R      Fort Myers (Fort Myers)
*  9 Richie Andrews        KS      5-11  165  Jr   **   Fort Lauderdale (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
* 10 Corian Freeman        CB      6-4   221  Jr-R **   Jacksonville (Terry Parker)
* 11 Casey Weldon          QB      6-1   194  So-R *    Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)
  12 Matt Frier            WR      5-11  190  Fr        Live Oak (Suwannee)
* 12 Alan Stewart          CB      5-11  184  Sr-R **   Brooksville (Hernando)
* 13 Dexter Carter         TB      5-9   172  Sr   ***  Baxley, GA (Appling County)
* 14 Brad Johnson          QB      6-6   205  So-R *    Black Mountain, NC (Owen)
* 15 Bill Ragans           SS      6-2   206  Jr-R **   Live Oak (Suwannee)
  16 Richard Coes          CB      6-0   197  Fr        Miami (Hialeah-Miami Lakes)
* 17 Charlie Ward          P-QB    6-1   175  Fr        Thomasville, GA (Central)
* 18 John Davis            DB      6-2   205  Fr        Pahokee (Pahokee)
  19 Pete Prinzi           QB      6-0   175  Fr-R      Tampa (Plant)
  19 John Wimberly         P       6-3   205  Fr-R      Tampa (King)
  20 Clyde Allen           RB      5-11  185  Fr        Fort Myers (Fort Myers)
* 22 Edgar Bennett         FB      6-1   222  So-R *    Jacksonville (Lee)
* 23 Bryce Abbott          SS      6-1   208  Fr-R      Tifton, GA (Tift County)
  24 Felix Harris          CB      6-1   200  So        Lake Placid (Lake Placid)
  26 Tyrone Buckner        CB      6-0   188  So        Indian Head, MD (Lackey)
  26 Efferin Macon         RB-CB   5-10  175  Fr        Gadsden, AL (Litchfield)
* 26 Errol McCorvey        CB      6-0   175  So-R      Pensacola (Escambia)
* 27 Terrell Buckley       CB      5-10  175  Fr        Pascagoula, MS (Pascagoula)
* 28 Dedrick Dodge         FS      6-2   180  Sr-R ***  Mulberry (Mulberry)
* 29 Lawrence Dawsey       WR      6-1   195  Jr-R **   Dothan, AL (Northview)
  30 Tommy Henry           CB      6-0   170  So        DeSoto (DeSoto)
* 31 Lavon Brown           FS      5-11  197  Fr-R      Moore Haven (Moore Haven)
* 32 Paul Moore            FB      6-1   245  So-R *    Miami (Killian)
  33 David Dees            FS      6-2   204  Fr-R      Winter Park (Lake Howell)
  33 Dominique Ross        RB      6-2   200  Fr        Jacksonville (Raines)
* 35 Chris Parker          TB      6-0   215  So-R *    Jacksonville (Sandalwood)
* 36 Kelvin Smith          ILB     6-0   235  Jr   **   Jacksonville (Ribault)
  37 Mack Knight           CB      6-1   180  Fr        Woodbine, GA (Camden County)
  37 Kevin Miller          TB      6-0   185  Fr-R      Miami (Killian)
* 38 David Bassett         SS      5-10  194  Jr   *    Roswell, GA (Lassiter)
* 39 Ed Clark              ILB     6-3   222  Fr-R      Melbourne (Melbourne)
* 40 David Stallworth      ILB     6-2   230  Fr-R      Summerdale, AL (Robertsdale)
* 41 Chris Hall            CB      6-1   194  Fr-R      Cocoa (Cocoa Beach)
* 42 Amp Lee               RB      6-0   185  Fr        Chipley (Chipley)
* 43 Bill Mason            KS      5-10  155  Jr-R *    Tallahassee (Lincoln)
* 44 John Wyche            SS      6-2   198  Jr-R *    Thomasville, GA (Central)
* 45 Kirk Carruthers       LB      6-2   208  So   *    East Lansing, MI (East Lansing)
  46 Ray Bell              ILB     6-2   232  So        Miami (Jackson)
* 47 Kevin Grant           OLB     6-3   224  Sr-R **   Ocala (Forest)
  48 Willie Pauldo         LB      6-2   211  Fr        Oviedo (Oviedo)
  49 Jason Peirce          LB      6-3   220  Fr        Satellite Beach (Satellite)
* 50 John Brown            OG      6-4   287  Sr-R **   Deland (Deland)
* 51 Robbie Baker          C       6-5   248  Fr-R      Fort Myers (Fort Myers)
* 52 Robert Stevenson      OG      6-3   268  Fr-R      Pensacola (Escambia)
* 53 Odell Haggins         NG      6-2   268  Sr-R ***  Bartow (Bartow)
  54 Phil Ferrell          ILB     6-0   224  Fr-R      Pell City, AL (Pell City)
  55 Sterling Palmer       LB      6-7   250  Fr        Fort Lauderdale (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  56 Matt Ferguson         OG      6-4   255  Jr        Eustis (Eustis)
  56 John Nance            LB      6-2   255  Fr        Bartow (Bartow)
  57 Chris Keen            DB      5-10  175  Fr        Jefferson, GA (Jefferson)
  57 David Whittington     DS      6-1   245  So   *    Chipley (Chipley)
* 58 Nick Ekonomou         OT      6-2   263  Sr   *    Melbourne (Melbourne)
* 59 Keith Carter          ILB     6-3   231  Sr-R ***  Miami (South Miami)
* 60 Mike Morris           OG      6-2   277  So-R *    Miami (Miami Beach)
  61 Jim Bekas             OT      6-4   310  So-R      Seminole (Northeast)
  61 Eric Gibbs            OT      6-5   295  Fr-R      Atlanta, GA (Lovett School)
* 62 Troy Sanders          NG      6-2   266  Fr-R      Elba, AL (Elba)
  63 Jason Dillaberry      OT      6-5   260  Fr-R      Orange Park (Orange Park)
  64 Robert Williams       DT      6-2   255  So-R      Miami (Miami Beach)
* 65 Hayward Haynes        OG      6-3   275  Jr-R *    Bartow (Bartow)
  66 Scott Schilbrack      OT      6-8   288  Jr-R *    Lauderhill (Boyd Anderson)
* 67 Kevin Mancini         OT      6-4   265  So   *    Brandon (Brandon)
* 68 Michael Tanks         C       6-1   254  Sr-R ***  Decatur, GA (Southwest Dekalb)
  69 Tyrone Barber         OL      6-4   270  So        Thomasville, GA (Thomasville)
* 70 Tony Yeomans          OG      6-2   252  Sr-R ***  Jesup, GA (Wayne County)
  71 Toddrick McIntosh     DL      6-3   225  Fr        Richardson, TX (Berkner)
  72 Steve Allen           DL      6-6   275  Fr        Orange Park (Orange Park)
* 73 Reggie Dixon          OG      6-2   274  So-R      Jacksonville (Ribault)
* 74 Henry Ostaszewski     DT      6-3   260  So-R *    Boynton Beach (Santaluces Community)
* 75 Joe Ostaszewski       DT      6-3   262  So-R *    Boynton Beach (Santaluces Community)
  76 Eric McGill           TE      6-5   240  Fr-R      Walterboro, SC (Calhoun)
  76 Charles Washington    DT      6-4   262  Jr        Jacksonville (Englewood)
* 77 Eric Luallen          C       6-3   276  Jr-R      Tampa (Jesuit)
* 78 Eric Hayes            DT      6-3   288  Sr-R ***  Tampa (King)
* 79 Gene Houpe            DS      6-3   270  So-R      Statesville, NC (Statesville)
* 80 Reggie Johnson        TE      6-2   242  Jr-R **   Pensacola (Escambia)
  81 Kevin Knox            WR      6-3   185  Fr        Niceville (Niceville)
* 82 Brad Lundstrom        OLB     6-5   228  Fr-R      Naples (Lely)
* 83 Dave Roberts          TE      6-4   238  Jr-R **   Griffin, GA (Griffin)
  84 Warren Hart           TE      6-2   245  Fr        Jacksonville (Jackson)
* 85 Johnny Clower         TE      6-4   243  So-R      Dade City (Pasco Comprehensive)
  86 Darryl Newman         WR      5-11  170  Sr        Hammond, IN (Bishop Noll Institute)
  86 Eric Shaw             LB      6-3   222  Fr        Pensacola (Pensacola)
  87 Tommy Fagan           DE-TE   6-5   215  Fr        Lamont (Jefferson County)
* 88 Bruce LaSane          WR      6-4   210  Sr   **   Wildwood (Wildwood)
* 89 Howard Dinkins        OLB     6-1   198  So-R *    Jacksonville (Ribault)
* 90 Maurice Pinckney      RB      6-0   200  Fr        Fort Lauderdale (Stranahan)
* 91 Deondri Clark         DT      6-3   250  Fr-R      Winter Garden (West Orange)
  92 Marvin Ferrell        TE      6-6   255  Fr        Jacksonville (Raines)
* 93 Shelton Thompson      OLB     6-3   248  Sr-R ***  Lakeland (Lake Gibson)
  94 John Flath            DT      6-5   242  Fr-R      Orlando (Lake Highland Prep)
  95 Carl Simpson          TE      6-3   253  Fr-R      Baxley, GA (Appling County)
* 96 James Chaney          NG      6-0   250  So   *    North Fort Myers (North Fort Myers)
* 97 Reggie Freeman        OLB     6-3   236  Fr-R      Clewiston (Clewiston)
* 98 Oliver Strickland     DT      6-3   267  Fr-R      Philadelphia, PA (West Philadelphia)
* 99 Anthony Moss          OLB     6-4   230  Jr-R **   Miami (Southridge)

1989 All-Americans

Name                     Organization
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Terry Anthony            The Sporting News - All-American - Honorable Mention

LeRoy Butler             Associated Press - 1st Team All-American
                         Walter Camp - 1st Team All-American
                         United Press International - 1st Team All-American
                         NCAA - Consensus All-American
                         The Sporting News - All-American - Honorable Mention

Kirk Carruthers          The Sporting News - All-American - Honorable Mention

Dexter Carter            The Sporting News - All-American - Honorable Mention

Lawrence Dawsey          The Sporting News - All-American - Honorable Mention

Odell Haggins            American Football Coaches Association - 1st Team All-American
                         Walter Camp - 1st Team All-American
                         Kodak - 1st Team All-American
                         Football News - 2nd Team All-American
                         United Press International - 2nd Team All-American
                         The Sporting News - 3rd Team All-American

Eric Hayes               Football News - 3rd Team All-American
                         The Sporting News - All-American - Honorable Mention

Ronald Lewis             The Sporting News - All-American - Honorable Mention

Michael Tanks            Associated Press - 1st Team All-American
                         Football Writers Association - 1st Team All-American
                         United Press International - 2nd Team All-American
                         The Sporting News - All-American - Honorable Mention

Peter Tom Willis         The Sporting News - All-American - Honorable Mention
                         United Press International - All-American - Honorable Mention

All-Americans - 10

1989 Noles in the Pros

Name                     No      Pos                Team
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Bobby Butler             23      CB                 Atlanta Falcons
Marion Butts             35      RB                 San Diego Chargers
Alphonso Carreker        92      DE                 Denver Broncos
Pat Carter               88      TE                 Los Angeles Rams
Jamie Dukes              64      C                  Atlanta Falcons
Victor Floyd             27      RB                 San Diego Chargers
Garth Jax                53      LB                 Phoenix Cardinals
Hassan Jones             84      WR                 Minnesota Vikings
Ken Lanier               76      OT                 Denver Broncos
Martin Mayhew            35      CB                 Washington Redskins
Dennis McKinnon          85      WR                 Chicago Bears
Orson Mobley             89      TE                 Denver Broncos
Zeke Mowatt              84      TE                 New York Giants
Gerald Nichols           77      DE                 New York Jets
Deion Sanders            21      CB                 Atlanta Falcons
Sammie Smith             33      RB                 Miami Dolphins
Jesse Solomon            54      LB                 Minnesota Vikings
Jesse Solomon            54      LB                 Dallas Cowboys
Rohn Stark                3      P                  Indianapolis Colts
Weegie Thompson          87      WR                 Pittsburgh Steelers
Rick Tuten               14      P                  Philadelphia Eagles

Noles in the Pros - 20

1989 Schedule and Results

         
GAME DAY
 
         
FSU
OPP
OPP EOY
DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
AP
UPI
AP
UPI
AP
UPI
REC
09/02
Ref
N
SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
Jacksonville, Fl
L 26-30
6
 
 
 
 
 
5-6
09/09
Ref
H
CLEMSON
L 23-34
16
 
10
 
12
11
10-2
09/16
Ref
A
LOUISIANA STATE
W 31-21
 
 
21
 
 
 
4-7
09/23
Ref
H
TULANE
W 59- 9
 
 
 
 
 
 
4-8
10/07
Ref
A
SYRACUSE
W 41-10
22
 
17
 
 
 
8-4
10/14
Ref
A
VIRGINIA TECH
W 41- 7
19
 
 
 
 
 
6-4-1
10/21
Ref
H
AUBURN
W 22-14
14
 
11
 
6
6
10-2
10/28
Ref
H
MIAMI
W 24-10
9
 
2
 
1
1
11-1
11/04
Ref
H
SOUTH CAROLINA
W 35-10
6
 
 
 
 
 
6-4-1
11/18
Ref
H
MEMPHIS STATE
W 57-20
5
 
 
 
 
 
2-9
12/02
Ref
A
FLORIDA
W 24-17
6
 
 
 
 
 
7-5
01/01
Ref
N
NEBRASKA
Fiesta Bowl, Tempe, Az
W 41-17
5
 
6
 
11
12
10-2
                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
------------------------------------------------
FSU RECORD IS   10- 2     5-1     4-0     1-1
AGAINST TOP 25   5- 1     2-1     2-0     1-0

FINAL  AP -  3
FINAL UPI -  2


1989 - 100 Yard Rushing Club

Name Date Opponent Att Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Dexter Carter 10/28/1989 MIAMI 21 142 6.76 1 Dexter Carter 09/02/1989 SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI 19 118 6.21 2 Amp Lee 10/21/1989 AUBURN 25 110 4.40 0

1989 - 100 Yard Receiving Club

Name Date Opponent Rec Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Terry Anthony 12/02/1989 FLORIDA 4 126 31.50 1 Ronald Lewis 11/04/1989 SOUTH CAROLINA 6 116 19.33 0 Bruce LaSane 11/18/1989 MEMPHIS STATE 6 111 18.50 1 Lawrence Dawsey 09/23/1989 TULANE 3 107 35.67 2 Lawrence Dawsey 09/09/1989 CLEMSON 7 106 15.14 0 Ronald Lewis 01/01/1990 NEBRASKA 5 106 21.20 0 Terry Anthony 09/16/1989 LOUISIANA STATE 7 101 14.43 1

1989 - 300 Yard Passing Club

Name Date Opponent Att Cmp Yds Int Avg TDs --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Peter Tom Willis 11/18/1989 MEMPHIS STATE 31 23 482 0 15.55 6 Peter Tom Willis 01/01/1990 NEBRASKA 40 25 422 0 10.55 5 Peter Tom Willis 11/04/1989 SOUTH CAROLINA 38 25 362 1 9.53 3 Peter Tom Willis 10/14/1989 VIRGINIA TECH 27 18 338 1 12.52 3 Peter Tom Willis 09/23/1989 TULANE 33 18 324 1 9.82 2 Peter Tom Willis 12/02/1989 FLORIDA 32 20 319 1 9.97 3 Peter Tom Willis 09/16/1989 LOUISIANA STATE 35 25 301 0 8.60 1

1989 EOY Stats

Overall Team Statistics TEAM STATISTICS FSU OPP -------------------------------------------------------- SCORING....................... 383 176 Points Per Game............. 34.8 16.0 TOUCHDOWNS.................... 48 20 TDs Rushing................. 21 11 TDs Passing................. 25 8 TDs Fumble Return........... 0 0 TDs Punt Return............. 1 0 TDs Interception............ 1 1 TDs Kickoff Return.......... 0 0 TDs Lateral................. 0 0 TDs Free Kick............... 0 0 PAT-ATTEMPTS.................. 44-47 18-20 Kick........................ 44-47 16-17 Pass........................ 0- 0 2- 3 Run......................... 0- 0 0- 0 FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS.......... 17-26 12- SAFETY........................ 0 0 FIRST DOWNS................... 267 219 Rushing..................... 84 90 Passing..................... 157 96 Penalty..................... 26 33 RUSHING YARDAGE............... 1517 1496 Yards gained rushing........ 1824 1880 Yards lost rushing.......... 307 384 Rushing Attempts............ 393 456 Average Per Rush............ 3.9 3.3 Average Per Game............ 137.9 136.0 PASSING YARDAGE............... 3448 2063 Att-Comp-Int................ 387-230-11 325-161-23 Efficiency.................. 149.90 96.83 Average Per Pass............ 8.9 6.3 Average Per Catch........... 15.0 12.8 Average Per Game............ 313.5 187.5 TOTAL OFFENSE................. 4965 3559 Total Plays................. 780 781 Average Per Play............ 6.4 4.6 Average Per Game............ 451.4 323.5 KICK RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 39- 770 66-1209 Average Per Return.......... 19.7 18.3 PUNT RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 23-313 12- 22 Average Per Return.......... 13.6 1.8 INT RETURNS: #-YARDS.......... 23-233 11-168 Average Per Return.......... 10.1 15.3 FUMBLES-LOST.................. 23-14 26-16 PENALTIES-YARDS............... 89- 895 74- 698 Average Per Game............ 81.4 63.5 PUNTS-YARDS................... 38-1398 63-2357 Average Per Punt............ 36.8 37.4 Net punt average............ 36.2 32.4 3RD DOWN CONVERSIONS-3RD DOWN. 55-131 57-156 3rd-Down Pct................ .420 .365 SACKS BY-YARDS................ 44- 17- ATTENDANCE.................... 368,186 242,342 Games-Avg Per Game.......... 6-61,364 4-60,586 ATTENDANCE-NEUTRAL FIELD...... 48,746 Games-Avg Per Game.......... 1-48,746
 1st2nd3rd4th Total
Florida State
92
125
105
61
383
Opponents
35
62
21
64
182
Overall Individual Statistics

RUSHING              G  Att Gain  Loss  Net   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Dexter Carter           131  722   38   684   5.2   8  37t
Amp Lee                  61  326   36   290   4.8   3  26 
Edgar Bennett            77  297   20   277   3.6   4  18 
Paul Moore               40  179    4   175   4.4   4  20 
Chris Parker             32  142   21   121   3.8   0  14 
Ronald Lewis              4   32    1    31   7.8   0  21 
Lawrence Dawsey           4   33   12    21   5.3   0  18 
Charlie Ward              2   21    0    21  10.5   0  13 
Hayward Haynes            1   21    0    21  21.0   0  21 
Casey Weldon              3   16    7     9   3.0   0   9 
Maurice Pinckney          3    3    0     3   1.0   0   2 
Shannon Baker             1    0    5    -5  -5.0   0  -5 
Brad Johnson              3    4   15   -11  -3.7   0   4 
Peter Tom Willis         31   28  148  -120  -3.9   2   7t

Total.........      11  393 1824  307  1517   3.9  21  37t  137.9
Opponents.....      11  456 1880  384  1496   3.3  11       136.0


PASSING              G   Effic Att-Cmp-Int   Pct  Yds  TD Long  Avg/G
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Peter Tom Willis        150.70 346-211- 9   .610 3124  20  67t
Casey Weldon            200.37  24- 12- 1   .500  257   5  88t
Brad Johnson            105.23  12-  7- 0   .583   67   0     
Charlie Ward            -40.00   5-  0- 1   .000    0   0   0 

Total.........      11  149.90 387-230-11   .594 3448  25  88t  313.5
Opponents.....      11   96.83 325-161-23   .495 2063   8       187.5


RECEIVING            G  No   Yds   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
------------------------------------------------------
Lawrence Dawsey         38   683  18.0   4  56t
Terry Anthony           33   569  17.2   8  62t
Ronald Lewis            27   535  19.8   3  59t
Bruce LaSane            22   299  13.6   3  45 
Dexter Carter           25   297  11.9   1  33 
Amp Lee                 10   272  27.2   3  88t
Reggie Johnson          18   219  12.2   0  24 
Edgar Bennett           19   213  11.2   0  38 
Dave Roberts            16   158   9.9   2  23 
Chris Parker             8    75   9.4   1  23 
Shannon Baker            3    53  17.7   0  28 
Paul Moore               7    48   6.9   0  18 
Johnny Clower            4    27   6.8   0   9 

Total.........      11 230  3448  15.0  25  88t  313.5
Opponents.....      11 161  2063  12.8   8       187.5


PUNT RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Terrell Buckley      22  313  14.2  1  69t
Anthony Moss          1    0   0.0  0   0 

Total.........       23  313  13.6  1  69t
Opponent......       12   22   1.8  0     


INTERCEPTIONS        No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
LeRoy Butler          7  139  19.9  1  87t
Terrell Buckley       3   44  14.7  0  39 
Kirk Carruthers       3   21   7.0  0  18 
Anthony Moss          2   10   5.0  0   6 
Errol McCorvey        2    0   0.0  0   0 
Bryce Abbott          1   12  12.0  0  12 
Chris Hall            1    7   7.0  0   7 
John Davis            1    0   0.0  0   0 
Dedrick Dodge         1    0   0.0  0   0 
Kevin Grant           1    0   0.0  0   0 
Bill Ragans           1    0   0.0  0   0 

Total.........       23  233  10.1  1  87t
Opponent......       11  168  15.3  1     


KICK RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Shannon Baker        18   371 20.6  0  35 
Lawrence Dawsey      17   342 20.1  0  49 
Dexter Carter         3    51 17.0  0  23 
Corian Freeman        1     6  6.0  0   6 

Total.........       39   770 19.7  0  49 
Opponent......       66  1209 18.3  0     


                                            Fum
FUMBLE RETURNS       No  Yds   Avg TD Long  For
-----------------------------------------------
Anthony Moss          2    0   0.0  0   .    1
Kirk Carruthers       1    0   0.0  0   .    2
LeRoy Butler          1    0   0.0  0   .    1
Eric Hayes            1    0   0.0  0   .    1
Odell Haggins         1    0   0.0  0   .    0
David Bassett         1    0   0.0  0   .    0
John Davis            1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Howard Dinkins        1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Corian Freeman        1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Henry Ostaszewski     1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Joe Ostaszewski       1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Bill Ragans           1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Grady Ross            1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Keith Carter          0    0    .   0   .    2
Terrell Buckley       0    0    .   0   .    1
Lavon Brown           0    0    .   0   .    1
Reggie Freeman        0    0    .   0   .    1
John Wyche            0    0    .   0   .    1

Total.........       16        0.0  0       11
Opponent......       14        0.0  0     


                               |-------- PATs --------|
Name                 TD   FGs    Kick   Rush  Rcv Pass  DXP Saf Points
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Richie Andrews        0   8-13   34-35   0-0   0   0-0   0   0    58
Dexter Carter         9   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    54
Terry Anthony         8   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    48
Bill Mason            0   9-13   10-12   0-0   0   0-0   0   0    37
Amp Lee               6   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    36
Lawrence Dawsey       4   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    24
Edgar Bennett         4   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    24
Paul Moore            4   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    24
Bruce LaSane          3   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    18
Ronald Lewis          3   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    18
Dave Roberts          2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    12
Peter Tom Willis      2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-1   0   0    12
Terrell Buckley       1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
LeRoy Butler          1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Chris Parker          1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
====================================================================
FSU                  48  17-26   44-47   0-0   0   0-1   0   0   383
Opponent             20  14-16   16-17   0-0   2   2-3   0   0   182
Touchdowns
R
C
P
I
FR
PR
KR
L
FK
Dexter Carter
8
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Terry Anthony
.
8
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Amp Lee
3
3
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Lawrence Dawsey
.
4
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Edgar Bennett
4
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Paul Moore
4
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Bruce LaSane
.
3
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Ronald Lewis
.
3
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Dave Roberts
.
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Peter Tom Willis
2
.
20
.
.
.
.
.
.
Terrell Buckley
.
.
.
.
.
1
.
.
.
LeRoy Butler
.
.
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
Chris Parker
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Casey Weldon
.
.
5
.
.
.
.
.
.
Total
21
25
25
1
.
1
.
.
.
Opponents
11
8
8
1
.
.
.
.
.
R = Rushing
C = Catch
P = Pass
I = Interception
FR = Fumble Recovery/Return
PR = Punt Return/Blocked Punt
KR = Kickoff Return
L = Lateral
FK = Free Kick Return


TOTAL OFFENSE        G Plays Rush Pass Total Avg/G
--------------------------------------------------
Peter Tom Willis        377  -120 3124  3004
Dexter Carter           131   684    0   684
Amp Lee                  61   290    0   290
Edgar Bennett            77   277    0   277
Casey Weldon             27     9  257   266
Paul Moore               40   175    0   175
Chris Parker             32   121    0   121
Brad Johnson             15   -11   67    56
Ronald Lewis              4    31    0    31
Lawrence Dawsey           4    21    0    21
Charlie Ward              7    21    0    21
Hayward Haynes            1    21    0    21
Maurice Pinckney          3     3    0     3
Shannon Baker             1    -5    0    -5

Total.........      11  780  1517 3448  4965 451.4
Opponent......      11  781  1496 2063  3559 323.5


FIELD GOALS         FGM-FGA  Pct 01-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 Lg
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Bill Mason            9-13  .692  0- 0  4- 5  4- 6  1- 2  0- 0 44
Richie Andrews        8-13  .615  0- 0  5- 5  1- 3  2- 5  0- 0 43
FG SEQUENCE Bill Mason Richie Andrews
SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
(24), (27)
None
CLEMSON
(28)
None
LOUISIANA STATE
45, 37, (34), 39
None
TULANE
None
(28)
SYRACUSE
None
(43), (39)
VIRGINIA TECH
None
(23), (26)
AUBURN
(35), (37), (39), 29
None
MIAMI
None
(41), 37
SOUTH CAROLINA
None
38, 40
MEMPHIS STATE
(44), (21)
(21), 48
FLORIDA
None
(24), 41
NEBRASKA
37
39
() For made field goals


PUNTING             No  Yds   Avg Long  TB  FC I20 Blkd
-------------------------------------------------------
Charlie Ward        35 1297  37.1  57                0
John Wimberly        3  101  33.7  36                0

Total.........      38 1398  36.8  57                0
Opponent......      63 2357  37.4                     


ALL PURPOSE          G Rush   Rec   PR   KR   IR   FR  Tot Avg/G
----------------------------------------------------------------
Lawrence Dawsey          21   683    0  342    0    0 1046
Dexter Carter           684   297    0   51    0    0 1032
Terry Anthony             0   569    0    0    0    0  569
Ronald Lewis             31   535    0    0    0    0  566
Amp Lee                 290   272    0    0    0    0  562
Edgar Bennett           277   213    0    0    0    0  490
Shannon Baker            -5    53    0  371    0    0  419
Terrell Buckley           0     0  313    0   44    0  357
Bruce LaSane              0   299    0    0    0    0  299
Paul Moore              175    48    0    0    0    0  223
Reggie Johnson            0   219    0    0    0    0  219
Chris Parker            121    75    0    0    0    0  196
Dave Roberts              0   158    0    0    0    0  158
LeRoy Butler              0     0    0    0  139    0  139
Johnny Clower             0    27    0    0    0    0   27
Kirk Carruthers           0     0    0    0   21    0   21
Charlie Ward             21     0    0    0    0    0   21
Hayward Haynes           21     0    0    0    0    0   21
Bryce Abbott              0     0    0    0   12    0   12
Anthony Moss              0     0    0    0   10    0   10
Casey Weldon              9     0    0    0    0    0    9
Chris Hall                0     0    0    0    7    0    7
Corian Freeman            0     0    0    6    0    0    6
Maurice Pinckney          3     0    0    0    0    0    3
Brad Johnson            -11     0    0    0    0    0  -11
Peter Tom Willis       -120     0    0    0    0    0 -120

Total.........      11 1517  3448  313  770  233    0 6281 571.0
Opponent......      11 1496  2063   22 1209  168    0 4958 450.7


                        |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd
DEFENSIVE LEADERS   GP   UT   AT  Total   ForLoss     No - Yards  Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds  FF Kick Saf
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Kirk Carruthers          77   68   145   4.0-         4.0-          3- 21   5    .   1-  0   2   .   .
Odell Haggins            45   55   100   4.0-         5.5-           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
LeRoy Butler             53   41    94   2.0-         1.0-          7-139   9    .   1-  0   1   .   .
Dedrick Dodge            40   45    85      .            .          1-  0   4    .    .      .   .   .
Bill Ragans              34   42    76      .         1.0-          1-  0   4    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Eric Hayes               36   38    74   4.0-         6.0-           .      1    .   1-  0   1   .   .
Keith Carter             41   31    72   6.0-         0.5-           .      1    .    .      2   .   .
Henry Ostaszewski        21   44    65   2.0-         2.0-           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Kevin Grant              27   28    55   2.0-         2.0-          1-  0   2    .    .      .   .   .
Shelton Thompson         24   29    53   1.0-         8.5-           .      1    .    .      .   .   .
Kelvin Smith             24   22    46   1.0-         1.0-           .      1    .    .      .   .   .
Howard Dinkins           24   21    45   3.0-         3.0-           .      1    .   1-  0   .   .   .
John Wyche               21   21    42      .         1.0-           .      1    .    .      1   .   .
Leon Fowler              14   19    33      .            .           .      1    .    .      .   .   .
Oliver Strickland        12   20    32   3.0-         1.5-           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Anthony Moss             14   17    31   5.0-         5.5-          2- 10   2    .   2-  0   1   .   .
Errol McCorvey           16   10    26      .            .          2-  0   6    .    .      .   .   .
Reggie Freeman           17    8    25      .         2.0-           .      .    .    .      1   .   .
Terrell Buckley          17    7    24      .            .          3- 44   5    .    .      1   .   .
Joe Ostaszewski          10   12    22      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Bryce Abbott              8   12    20      .         0.5-          1- 12   1    .    .      .   .   .
Chris Hall               10    8    18      .            .          1-  7   1    .    .      .   .   .
Ed Clark                  6   10    16      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Lavon Brown              10    5    15      .            .           .      .    .    .      1   .   .
James Chaney              4    9    13      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Corian Freeman            8    4    12      .            .           .      1    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Deondri Clark             4    8    12      .         1.5-           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
John Davis                4    7    11      .            .          1-  0   .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
David Bassett             4    6    10      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Grady Ross                7    3    10      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
David Stallworth          3    6     9      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Brad Lundstrom            4    2     6   1.0-            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Sterling Palmer           1    5     6   1.0-            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Troy Sanders              1    3     4      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Alan Stewart              1    1     2      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .


Game Participation
##  Player                       GP-GS  USM     CU      LSU     TU      SU      VT      AU      UM      SC      UM      UF      UN      
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23  Bryce Abbott                  7- 0          xx              xx              xx      xx      xx                      xx      xx
20  Clyde Allen                   0- 0                                                                                           
72  Steve Allen                   0- 0                                                                                           
 9  Richie Andrews               10- 0  xx      xx              xx      xx      xx              xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
 8  Terry Anthony                12-12  O-SE    O-SE    O-SE    O-SE    O-SE    O-SE    O-SE    O-SE    O-SE    O-SE    O-SE    O-SE  
51  Robbie Baker                 12- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
 1  Shannon Baker                12- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
69  Tyrone Barber                 0- 0                                                                                           
38  David Bassett                 4- 0                                                  xx                      xx      xx      xx
61  Jim Bekas                     0- 0                                                                                           
46  Ray Bell                      0- 0                                                                                           
22  Edgar Bennett                12-12  O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB  
50  John Brown                   11-10          O-TT    O-TT    O-TT    O-TT    O-TT    O-TT    O-TT    O-TT    xx      O-TT    O-TT  
31  Lavon Brown                   7- 0  xx      xx      xx              xx      xx      xx                                      xx
27  Terrell Buckley              12- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
26  Tyrone Buckner                0- 0                                                                                           
 6  LeRoy Butler                 12-12  D-RCB   D-RCB   D-RCB   D-RCB   D-RCB   D-RC    D-RCB   D-RCB   D-RCB   D-RCB   D-RCB   D-RCB 
45  Kirk Carruthers              12-10  xx      D-WLB   xx      D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB 
13  Dexter Carter                11-10  O-TB    O-TB    O-TB    O-TB    O-TB    O-TB            O-TB    xx      O-TB    O-TB    O-TB  
59  Keith Carter                 12-12  D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB 
96  James Chaney                 11- 0  xx      xx      xx              xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
91  Deondri Clark                 4- 0  xx                      xx      xx                                                      xx
39  Ed Clark                      7- 0          xx                              xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx       
85  Johnny Clower                 4- 0                                          xx      xx                      xx              xx
16  Richard Coes                  0- 0                                                                                           
18  John Davis                    4- 0                          xx      xx                                      xx              xx
29  Lawrence Dawsey              12- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
33  David Dees                    0- 0                                                                                           
63  Jason Dillaberry              7- 0  xx              xx                      xx      xx      xx                      xx      xx
89  Howard Dinkins               12- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
73  Reggie Dixon                 12- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
28  Dedrick Dodge                12-12  D-FS    D-FS    D-FS    D-FS    D-FS    D-FS    D-FS    D-FS    D-FS    D-FS    D-FS    D-FS  
 8  Scott Edwards                 0- 0                                                                                           
58  Nick Ekonomou                10- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx                      xx
87  Tommy Fagan                   0- 0                                                                                           
 5  Kenny Felder                  0- 0                                                                                           
56  Matt Ferguson                 0- 0                                                                                           
92  Marvin Ferrell                0- 0                                                                                           
54  Phil Ferrell                  0- 0                                                                                           
94  John Flath                    0- 0                                                                                           
 3  Leon Fowler                   9- 0                          xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
10  Corian Freeman               10- 3  D-LCB   D-LCB   D-LCB   xx      xx      xx      xx                      xx      xx      xx
97  Reggie Freeman                9- 0          xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx              xx              xx
12  Matt Frier                    0- 0                                                                                           
61  Eric Gibbs                    2- 0                          xx      xx                                                       
47  Kevin Grant                  12-12  D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB 
53  Odell Haggins                12-12  D-NG    D-NG    D-NG    D-NG    D-NG    D-NG    D-NG    D-NG    D-NG    D-NG    D-NG    D-NG  
41  Chris Hall                   12- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
24  Felix Harris                  0- 0                                                                                           
84  Warren Hart                   0- 0                                                                                           
78  Eric Hayes                   11- 9  xx              xx      D-LT    D-LT    D-LT    D-LT    D-LT    D-LT    D-LT    D-LT    D-LT  
65  Hayward Haynes               12-12  O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG  
30  Tommy Henry                   1- 0  xx                                                                                       
79  Gene Houpe                   12- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
14  Brad Johnson                 11- 0          xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
80  Reggie Johnson               12- 7  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE  
57  Chris Keen                    1- 0                                                                                  xx       
37  Mack Knight                   0- 0                                                                                           
81  Kevin Knox                    0- 0                                                                                           
88  Bruce LaSane                 11- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx       
42  Amp Lee                       9- 2                          xx      xx      xx      O-TB    xx      O-TB    xx      xx      xx
 7  Ronald Lewis                 12-12  O-FL    O-FL    O-FL    O-FL    O-FL    O-FL    O-FL    O-FL    O-FL    O-FL    O-FL    O-FL  
77  Eric Luallen                  5- 0                                                  xx              xx      xx      xx      xx
82  Brad Lundstrom                2- 0                          xx                                                              xx
26  Efferin Macon                 0- 0                                                                                           
67  Kevin Mancini                12- 2  O-TT    xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      O-TT    xx      xx
43  Bill Mason                    7- 0  xx      xx      xx                      xx      xx                      xx              xx
26  Errol McCorvey               12- 9  xx      xx      xx      D-LCB   D-LCB   D-LC    D-LCB   D-LCB   D-LCB   D-LCB   D-LCB   D-LCB 
76  Eric McGill                   1- 0                                                                                          xx
71  Toddrick McIntosh             0- 0                                                                                           
37  Kevin Miller                  0- 0                                                                                           
32  Paul Moore                   12- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
60  Mike Morris                   4- 3  O-TG    O-TG    O-TG                                                                    xx
99  Anthony Moss                 12- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
56  John Nance                    0- 0                                                                                           
86  Darryl Newman                 0- 0                                                                                           
74  Henry Ostaszewski            12-12  D-RT    D-RT    D-RT    D-RT    D-RT    D-RT    D-RT    D-RT    D-RT    D-RT    D-RT    D-RT  
75  Joe Ostaszewski              12- 3  D-LT    D-LT    D-LT    xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
55  Sterling Palmer               1- 0                          xx                                                               
35  Chris Parker                  9- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx              xx      xx               
48  Willie Pauldo                 0- 0                                                                                           
49  Jason Peirce                  0- 0                                                                                           
90  Maurice Pinckney              2- 0                          xx                                              xx               
19  Pete Prinzi                   0- 0                                                                                           
15  Bill Ragans                  12-12  D-SS    D-SS    D-SS    D-SS    D-SS    D-SS    D-SS    D-SS    D-SS    D-SS    D-SS    D-SS  
83  Dave Roberts                 12- 5  O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
33  Dominique Ross                0- 0                                                                                           
 2  Grady Ross                    6- 0  xx      xx              xx      xx                      xx                              xx
62  Troy Sanders                  2- 0                          xx      xx                                                       
66  Scott Schilbrack              0- 0                                                                                           
86  Eric Shaw                     0- 0                                                                                           
95  Carl Simpson                  0- 0                                                                                           
36  Kelvin Smith                  8- 2  D-WLB   xx      D-WLB   xx      xx      xx      xx      xx                               
40  David Stallworth             10- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx                      xx      xx      xx      xx
52  Robert Stevenson             12-12  O-ST    O-ST    O-ST    O-ST    O-ST    O-ST    O-ST    O-ST    O-ST    O-ST    O-ST    O-ST  
12  Alan Stewart                  6- 0                  xx      xx      xx      xx                                      xx      xx
98  Oliver Strickland            12- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
68  Michael Tanks                12-12  O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C   
93  Shelton Thompson             12-12  D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB   D-OLB 
 2  Eric Turral                   0- 0                                                                                           
17  Charlie Ward                 11- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx       
76  Charles Washington            0- 0                                                                                           
11  Casey Weldon                  8- 0  xx      xx              xx      xx      xx                      xx      xx              xx
57  David Whittington             0- 0                                                                                           
64  Robert Williams               0- 0                                                                                           
 4  Peter Tom Willis             12-12  O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB  
19  John Wimberly                 4- 0                                                  xx                      xx      xx      xx
44  John Wyche                   12- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
70  Tony Yeomans                 12- 9  xx      xx      xx      O-TG    O-TG    O-TG    O-TG    O-TG    O-TG    O-TG    O-TG    O-TG  

SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI 30, FLORIDA STATE 26

09/02/1989, Jacksonville, Fl

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, September 3, 1989, page 41, by Bill McGrotha.

Southern Mishap.
FSU stumbles to a 30-26 defeat.

JACKSONVILLE, FL - Nobody said Bobby Bowden was a prophet, but maybe he has his moments.

"Right now we couldn't look past Vassar," said Florida State's coach. "I would say we are only about two-thirds where we were at this time a year ago."

He said that days before one of life's little shattering moments here Saturday afternoon. And if none of his players and fans listened then, they may now.

Before a sweat-soaked Gator Bowl crowd of 48,746 and millions more watching on WTBS, Southern Mississippi once again introduced FSU to adversity.

The score was 30-26, and yes it could have been - and very likely should have been - somewhat worse.

Curley Hallman, the exuberant winning coach, spoke of three kind of players.

"Those who wish to do something, those who really want to do something - and those who do something!" he said.

No question, Southern had the right kind Saturday as it beat Florida State for the eighth time in 21 meetings, but just the second in 10 attempts against Bowden-coached Seminoles.

Of course, Brett Favre looked like much more of the right kind than most.

In two previous games against FSU, he had thrown 66 times for a mere 18 completions and 198 yards. By halftime Saturday, he had 188 yards, and before this one was over, he had scuttled the Seminoles for 21 completions in 39 attempts, 282 yards and two touchdowns, the winning one included.

Trailing 26-24, Favre took Southern to a first down at the 9, then threw a 2-yard pass to tight end Anthony Harris for the touchdown with 23 seconds left.

In a duel of two superb quarterbacks each wearing No. 4, Favre outdid the Seminoles' Peter Tom Willis but not by much. Willis completed 25 of his 40 passes for 268 yards.

Maybe nothing was bigger in FSU's defeat, however, than a faulty kicking game.

Repeatedly, FSU kicked off poorly and covered them worse. Once the Seminoles fumbled away a kickoff, and once they missed a key extra point after a faulty snap. Another errant deep snap might have been disastrous on a punt, but freshman Charlie Ward leaped high to handle it.

Ward was the best part of the all-round kicking game; he punted four times for a 39-yard average. But he was better than that, with one of his short efforts downed on the Southern 2.

"I thought the kicking game was a major difference today," said Hallman. Florida State has had that reputation for many years, and I hoped that at some point we might reach their level with the kicking game."

Statistically, there surely wasn't that much difference. FSU, with 181 rushing yards as Dexter Carter got 118 on 19 runs, totaled 450, Southern 427. Southern ran just one more play, 76 to 75, and each team lost three fumbles.

FSU's defense was not as bad as some would have it, coming up with two interceptions off Favre - and it presented the offense with a total of three turnovers.

Kirk Carruthers, sophomore linebacker, had a spectacular Seminole day. In addition to an interception, he caused a fumble at the FSU 15, then teamed with Keith Carter to precipitate another Southern fumble deep in FSU territory. A pressbox accounting gave Carruthers a game-leading total of 10 tackles.

But repeatedly the defense found its back to the wall, on a combination of poor starting field position and Favre's clutch work.

If either team got the breaks, Florida State did. In the late going, Southern blocked a Florida State field-goal attempt, but it was rubbed out by a penalty against Southern's Bryant Medders for kicking the bouncing ball forward - toward the FSU goal. Given that reprieve, and a first down at the Southern 15, FSU went up 26-24 on Bill Mason's short field goal.

But in the end, Bowden was summing up:

"Just too many mistakes. This was like a home game for us - that is what's amazing. That was our crowd out there.

"But make no mistake, Southern is a good football team that deserved this victory today."

From the get-go, southern moved strongly, and it never really let up.

After FSU's game-opening kickoff - one of two that initially went out of bounds - Southern began at FSU's 27 following a 41-yard Tony Smith return. For the day, Smith averaged almost 30 yards on five returns.

But FSU repulsed Southern at its 15 after Carruthers stripped a receiver from Favre's pass and Corian Freeman recovered at the Seminole 15.

Whereupon, Willis took FSU to a 7-0 lead in six plays, Carter untouched on a scoring run from the 11.

Southern then drove to a first down at FSU's 16, but Carruthers and Carter knocked the ball out of a receiver's hands, Eric Hayes claiming it at FSU's 13.

FSU seemed to be moving at will as Willis quickly led to a first down at the 15, but the Seminoles settled for a 24-yard Mason field goal and 10-0.

Moments later, on perhaps the game's biggest play, Favre found Darryl Tillman with a pass that knocked off 64 yards to FSU's 10. Save for a shoestring tackle by LeRoy Butler, Tillman would have scored. A 22-yard field goal by Chuck Davis cut FSU's lead to 10-3.

Then, freshman Shannon Baker fumbled a kickoff, and Southern's Gerald Blake got it at FSU's 20.

In the second quarter's early moments, Southern tied it 10-10 on a 3-yard run with an option pitchout.

That abrupt 10-point burst altered the course of things. Suddenly, FSU found it not so easy to move the ball. Southern kept coming, with a Dedrick Dodge interception at FSU's 39 halting another threat.

Southern got another shot when Carter fumbled at the foe 39 following a 24-yard run. Seven plays put Southern ahead 17-10 as Favre set it up with a 43-yard pass to Eugene Rowell, then soon threw 4 yards to Alfred Williams for the touchdown that came with 11 seconds remaining in the half.

FSU seemed ready to take the game back. An 8-play drive quickly consumed 67 yards at the start of the third quarter, Willis throwing 24 yards to Lawrence Dawsey for the touchdown that tied it 17-17.

Soon FSU charged anew, to midfield where a Paul Moore fumble stopped it.

The defense was holding, and backing Southern up, and a fumbled exchange saw Joe Ostazewski claim it for FSU at Southern's 17.

On third down, Carter went wide right for the touchdown, but a faulty snap gave Mason little chance on the extra-point try and FSU's lead stayed 23-17.

On the second play of the last quarter, tailback Rickey Bradley capped a 76-yard drive with a 10-yard scoring run. Southern led 24-23 after a point kick.

They swapped punts before FSU got back on top 26-24 with 6:57 remaining. Southern had been unable to get out of a hole following a Ward punt to its 2, and FSU got position at the Eagles' 35 following an 11-yard punt return by freshman Terrell Buckley.

Sammie Carter seemed to save the day for Southern as he ripped through to block a Mason field goal, but officials rubbed it out after teammate Medders batted the ball forward. From the 15 after the unusual penalty, FSU got just 5 yards on three plays before Mason's 27-yard field goal provided a Florida State lead.

But an out-of-bounds kickoff followed by Smith's 34-yard runback to the 42 set a favorable stage for Favre's final dramatics. The drive was a beauty, consuming virtually all remaining time, taking a dozen plays to get to the 2, where Harris, on third down, grabbed the scoring pass that won it.

In the few seconds after a kickoff return to its 37, FSU had time for two wild lateral pass plays featuring three quarterbacks. First, Ward threw long and in vain, then Casey Weldon.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
3
14
0
13
30
FLORIDA STATE
10
0
13
3
26

1st   7- 0  Dexter Carter, 11, run (Bill Mason, kick), 10:59
     10- 0  Bill Mason, 24, field goal, 2:22 
     10- 3  Opp, 22, field goal, 0:17 
2nd  10-10  Opp, 3, run (kick), 13:43
     10-17  Opp, 4, pass (kick), 0:11 
3rd  17-17  Lawrence Dawsey, 24, pass from Peter Tom Willis (Bill Mason, kick), 12:08
     23-17  Dexter Carter, 9, run (Bill Mason, kick failed), 3:51 
4th  23-24  Opp, 10, run (kick), 14:52
     26-24  Bill Mason, 27, field goal, 6:57 
     26-30  Opp, 2, pass (pass failed), 0:23 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 24 20 Rushes-yards 33-188 37-145 Passing 269 282 Att-Comp-Int 42-25-0 39-21-2 Total Yards 75-457 76-427 Punt Returns 1-10 1-2 Kickoff Returns 6-117 6-166 Interception Ret. 2-18 0-0 Fumble Returns 3-0 3-0 Punts 4-39.0 3-42.3 Sacks By-Yds 0-0 0-0 Fumbles-Lost 3-3 3-3 Penalties-Yds 8-55 3-35 3rd Down Conversions 5-11 5-12 4th Down Conversions 1-1 0-0 Time of Posession 29:01 30:59 Attendance 48,746 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Dexter Carter 19- 118 Chris Parker 4- 30 Ronald Lewis 1- 21 Edgar Bennett 6- 16 Peter Tom Willis 1- 1 Paul Moore 1- 1 Lawrence Dawsey 1- -6 Receiving Dave Roberts 6- 57 Ronald Lewis 3- 48 Lawrence Dawsey 2- 45 Reggie Johnson 3- 36 Terry Anthony 3- 27 Edgar Bennett 3- 22 Dexter Carter 4- 20 Bruce LaSane 1- 14 Passing Peter Tom Willis 40-25-0-269 Charlie Ward 1- 0-0- 0 Casey Weldon 1- 0-0- 0 Punt Return Shannon Baker 4- 78 Terrell Buckley 1- 10 Kickoff Return Lawrence Dawsey 2- 39 Punting Charlie Ward 4- 156 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kirk Carruthers 5 5 10 . . 1- 18 . . . . . . LeRoy Butler 4 3 7 . . . . . . . . . Kelvin Smith 2 4 6 . . . . . . . . . Odell Haggins 3 2 5 . . . . . . . . . Howard Dinkins 3 2 5 1.0- . . . . . . . . Eric Hayes 2 2 4 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Bill Ragans 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Keith Carter 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . John Wyche 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Oliver Strickland 1 2 3 1.0- . . . . . . . . Terrell Buckley 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Corian Freeman 2 . 2 . . . 1 . 1- 0 . . . Grady Ross 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Kevin Grant 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Joe Ostaszewski . 2 2 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Shelton Thompson 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Dedrick Dodge 1 . 1 . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Tommy Henry 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Deondri Clark 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Errol McCorvey . . . . . . 1 . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB    4  Peter Tom Willis
FL    7  Ronald Lewis
SE    8  Terry Anthony
TB   13  Dexter Carter
FB   22  Edgar Bennett
ST   52  Robert Stevenson
TG   60  Mike Morris
SG   65  Hayward Haynes
TT   67  Kevin Mancini
C    68  Michael Tanks
TE   83  Dave Roberts
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RCB   6  LeRoy Butler
LCB  10  Corian Freeman
SS   15  Bill Ragans
FS   28  Dedrick Dodge
WLB  36  Kelvin Smith
OLB  47  Kevin Grant
NG   53  Odell Haggins
SLB  59  Keith Carter
RT   74  Henry Ostaszewski
LT   75  Joe Ostaszewski
OLB  93  Shelton Thompson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Shannon Baker
 2  Grady Ross
 9  Richie Andrews
11  Casey Weldon
17  Charlie Ward
21  Errol McCorvey
27  Terrell Buckley
29  Lawrence Dawsey
30  Tommy Henry
31  Lavon Brown
32  Paul Moore
35  Chris Parker
40  David Stallworth
41  Chris Hall
43  Bill Mason
44  John Wyche
##  NAME
-----------------------------
45  Kirk Carruthers
51  Robbie Baker
58  Nick Ekonomou
63  Jason Dillaberry
70  Tony Yeomans
73  Reggie Dixon
78  Eric Hayes
79  Gene Houpe
80  Reggie Johnson
88  Bruce LaSane
89  Howard Dinkins
91  Deondri Clark
96  James Chaney
98  Oliver Strickland
99  Anthony Moss

CLEMSON 34, FLORIDA STATE 23

09/09/1989, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, September 10, 1989, page 37, by Bill McGrotha.

Clemson conquers FSU 34-23.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Not since Bobby Bowden's first season of 1976.

That was the last time Florida State's football team started a season 0-2.

Ahead 21-0 early, Clemson's tough football team put the Seminoles in that unfamiliar hole here Saturday night with an emphatic 34-23 victory.

Danny Ford came into this game never having lost a game in this state, following five bowl excursions. As he stretched that record to 6-0, the Clemson coach never came close to getting that accomplishment blemished.

It was Florida State's first setback in a home opener after 10 straight triumphs in such, going back to 1977 and a 23-17 loss to Miami.

Terry Allen, a senior running back suspended for Clemson's opener last week following a drunken-driving charge, scored three Clemson touchdowns while picking up 130 yards on 20 carries.

Clearly the better team on this night, Clemson got a considerable assist from Seminole mistakes.

Again the Seminoles were afflicted with a troubled kicking game, but defensive breakdowns at vital times were notable.

Every time the Seminoles seemed to get something going behind Peter Tom Willis, they seemed to shoot themselves in the foot.

Clemson scored on a 73-yard Allen run in the final seconds before the half, and instead of going into intermission down by 21-7 the Seminoles found themselves in a 28-10 hole from which they could not escape.

This was one that saw Clemson strike early in its endeavor to quiet a loud home crowd.

On the game-opening kickoff, against a letterman-bolstered FSU coverage unit, Joe Henderson ripped for 45 yards on a runback to the Clemson 47.

Eight plays brought a 7-0 lead.

Starting it, quarterback Chris Morocco passed 15 yards to Rod Fletcher. Two plays later fullback Wesley McFadden got 21 to the 20 on a Morocco pass.

Here the Tigers turned to Terry Allen, the tough tailback suspended from last week's game following a drunken-driving charge. Allen got 8, soon after 5, then 4. He dived over from the 1 for the touchdown.

Third down at the FSU 32, and Peter Tom Willis went deep with a pass, with freshman Shannon Baker leaping between two defenders to pull it down at the Clemson 15. All for naught - the play was canceled by a holding penalty. Another pass fell harmlessly, and a punt left Clemson at its 35.

Three plays netted 6 before a booming punt to freshman Terrell Buckley. Recovering quickly after an initial fumble, Buckley sped up the sidelines 40 yards to midfield.

But Willis got nothing out of two passes before getting sacked on a third try, at his 38. Fielding a high snap, Charlie Ward got off the punt, and good coverage on the return placed Clemson at its 20.

Clipping on a fake reverse backed the Tigers to the 11, but Joe Henderson got them out of the hole with two runs that netted 18. Allen led on, to the 42. A third-down Morocco pass to Stacy Fields got 16 to FSU's 39.

After a run lost 2, Fletcher got behind cornerback LeRoy Butler to take a pass that picked up 37 to the 4.

As the first quarter ended, with Clemson at the one, FSU had run just six plays from scrimmage, Clemson 25. Another oddity was Clemson expended all three of its first-half timeouts in that opening quarter, apparently using them well.

Allen scored on another dive, and FSU trailed 14-0.

A start at the 30, then an interference call on a pass to Reggie Johnson soon staked FSU at its 45.

Dawsey's 20-yard reception put FSU in Clemson territory for the first time, at the 35. Chris Parker pounded to the 29.

And then disaster as Willis threw wide toward Dexter Carter.

Wayne Simmons, a freshman playing the bandit position, came up with the season's first interception off the Seminoles and sped unhindered down the left sideline on a 73-yard scoring run that made it 21-0.

On the kickoff return, Dawsey was hemmed up and downed at his 14.

Paul Moore whammed up the middle for 10. Terry Anthony pulled in a 12-yard pass that soon propelled the Seminoles to Clemson's 49.

But Clemson turned tough on defense again, bringing a punt - a 54-yarder by Ward dead at the 2.

On a pitchout, Henderson broke for 26 to the 28.

Allen's running led just over the 40, but a rare sack of a Clemson quarterback - Morocco by linebacker Kirk Carruthers - spurred a stand. All last season Clemson suffered just two sacks.

With 5:05 left in the half, FSU began at its 26 following a punt.

Dawsey got 20, the 16, on successive passes to the Clemson 38.

On a fumble-rooskie, center Robbie Baker laid the ball on the ground, guard Hayward Haynes then picked it up and carrying the ball and his 275 pounds for 21 yards to the 17. A screen and a Dexter Carter run reached the 4.

Pass interference brought a first down at the 2, but two Edgar Bennett runs got just a yard.

After a timeout, Dexter Carter took a pitchout and scored a touchdown that cut it to 21-7 with 1:34 left in the half.

It took Clemson one play, from its 27 after the kickoff, to go back up by 21.

On a sweep, Allen caught the FSU defense crowding too closely, got outside and sailed 73 yards down the sidelines for a touchdown that made it 28-7 with 1:16 to go.

Shannon Baker's 30-yard kickoff return staked FSU at its 39. Passes of 12 and 14 yards to Anthony and Dawsey gained the Clemson 35.

Fifteen seconds showed on the clock after a 12-yard pass to Reggie Johnson coupled with a roughing-the-passer penalty put FSU at the 11.

Time ran out on the scoreboard clock as a pass fell incomplete. Clemson players ran off the field toward their locker room. But officials ruled a second remained. Over the protests of Coach Danny Ford, Clemson was called back on the field.

Whereupon, Bill Mason kicked a 28-yard field goal that brought FSU within 18, at 28-10.

At this point, Allen had run a dozen times for 108 of Clemson's total 261 yards. Willis had hit just eight of his 21 passes but had accounted thereby for 112 of FSU's 171 yards.

But soon, in the last half, Willis was finding Ronald Lewis with passes of 23 and 12 yards that gained the Clemson 39. Bennett caught a pass for 6, then ran for 5 more. Anthony and Dawsey grabbed short passes that brought a first down at the 13.

When things stalled a bit at the 9, Lewis on a reverse, behind a Haynes block, got a first down at the 2.

Third down at the 1, following a timeout, saw Paul Moore score off the right side.

Going for two, trying to get within 10, Willis couldn't get a pass off under Clemson pressure, and it stood 28-16.

Thereupon, Doug Thomas got 39 yards out of a kickoff return, placing Clemson in good position at its 41.

FSU held at the 50, however, forcing a punt to its 18.

A third-down pass to Johnson got 7 to the 32. Then, Dawsey moved to the Clemson 44 on a 24-yarder.

After Bruce LaSane picked up 7 more on a pass, Moore broke on a 20-yard run but fumbled, Clemson safety James Lott claiming it at his 17.

From the 29, after Allen runs, Morocco got away on a keeper for 21 to the 50.

Soon, Morocco's pass to Fletcher netted 24 to the FSU 14, with Clemson standing third-down-at-the-12 as the quarter ended.

Allen got nothing on a draw, leaving Chris Gardocki to kick a 29-yard field goal that lifted Clemson to 31-16.

In no great position at its 21 following the kickoff, FSU was quickly in a worse one as Willis was sacked for minus-6 and Bennett lost a yard on a run. A Ward punt left the Tigers with a shot from FSU's 47.

On a wide run, Henderson gained 14, and a pass to Fletcher 17 to the 13. Stopped at the 9, Clemson settled for another Gardocki field goal, a 26-yarder that made it 34-16 with 9:11 left.

A Clemson personal foul on the kickoff return assisted FSU to its 35.

Another try at the fumble-rooskie got nothing, but two following short passes brought a first down at the 46.

Nothing came of that, and it was back and forth until the final minute when Terrell Buckley returned a punt 46 yards to Clemson's 45.

Casey Weldon came on at quarterback. With the help of an interference call, FSU got close, and in the last moments Chris Parker caught a 13-yard pass from the quarterback for a touchdown.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
CLEMSON
7
21
0
6
34
FLORIDA STATE
0
10
6
7
23

1st   0- 7  Opp, 1, run (kick), 10:59
2nd   0-14  Opp, 1, run (kick), 14:57
      0-21  Opp, 73, interception return (kick), 12:57
      7-21  Dexter Carter, 1, run (Bill Mason, kick), 1:34 
      7-28  Opp, 73, run (kick), 1:16 
     10-28  Bill Mason, 28, field goal, 0:00 
3rd  16-28  Paul Moore, 1, run (Peter Tom Willis, pass failed), 8:46 
4th  16-31  Opp, 29, field goal, 14:13
     16-34  Opp, 26, field goal, 9:11 
     23-34  Chris Parker, 13, pass from Casey Weldon (Bill Mason, kick), 0:05 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 25 16 Rushes-yards 29-106 45-255 Passing 272 134 Att-Comp-Int 44-24-1 10-8-0 Total Yards 73-378 55-389 Punt Returns 3-88 2--8 Kickoff Returns 7-142 3-97 Interception Ret. 0-0 1-73 Fumble Returns 0-0 1-0 Punts 4-42.0 4-42.5 Sacks By-Yds 0-0 2-17 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 0-0 Penalties-Yds 5-35 7-59 3rd Down Conversions 6-12 4-10 4th Down Conversions 1-2 0-0 Time of Posession 31:37 28:23 Attendance 61,897 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Paul Moore 6- 34 Chris Parker 6- 32 Hayward Haynes 1- 21 Dexter Carter 6- 15 Ronald Lewis 2- 11 Edgar Bennett 5- 10 Peter Tom Willis 3- -17 Receiving Lawrence Dawsey 7- 106 Ronald Lewis 3- 53 Terry Anthony 4- 41 Chris Parker 2- 20 Reggie Johnson 2- 20 Edgar Bennett 3- 19 Bruce LaSane 2- 10 Paul Moore 1- 3 Passing Peter Tom Willis 40-22-1-242 Casey Weldon 4- 2-0- 30 Punt Return Terrell Buckley 3- 88 Kickoff Return Shannon Baker 4- 88 Lawrence Dawsey 3- 54 Punting Charlie Ward 4- 168 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kirk Carruthers 7 3 10 2.0- . . 1 . . . . . Dedrick Dodge 6 2 8 . . . . . . . . . Kevin Grant 5 3 8 . . . . . . . . . Keith Carter 4 3 7 1.0- . . . . . . . . LeRoy Butler 4 1 5 . . . . . . . . . Odell Haggins 3 2 5 1.0- . . . . . . . . Henry Ostaszewski 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Oliver Strickland 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Howard Dinkins 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Errol McCorvey 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Terrell Buckley 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . John Wyche 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Reggie Freeman 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Grady Ross 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Bill Ragans 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Anthony Moss 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB    4  Peter Tom Willis
FL    7  Ronald Lewis
SE    8  Terry Anthony
TB   13  Dexter Carter
FB   22  Edgar Bennett
TT   50  John Brown
ST   52  Robert Stevenson
TG   60  Mike Morris
SG   65  Hayward Haynes
C    68  Michael Tanks
TE   83  Dave Roberts
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
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RCB   6  LeRoy Butler
LCB  10  Corian Freeman
SS   15  Bill Ragans
FS   28  Dedrick Dodge
WLB  45  Kirk Carruthers
OLB  47  Kevin Grant
NG   53  Odell Haggins
SLB  59  Keith Carter
RT   74  Henry Ostaszewski
LT   75  Joe Ostaszewski
OLB  93  Shelton Thompson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Shannon Baker
 2  Grady Ross
 9  Richie Andrews
11  Casey Weldon
14  Brad Johnson
17  Charlie Ward
23  Bryce Abbott
26  Errol McCorvey
27  Terrell Buckley
29  Lawrence Dawsey
31  Lavon Brown
32  Paul Moore
35  Chris Parker
36  Kelvin Smith
39  Ed Clark
40  David Stallworth
##  NAME
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41  Chris Hall
43  Bill Mason
44  John Wyche
51  Robbie Baker
58  Nick Ekonomou
67  Kevin Mancini
70  Tony Yeomans
73  Reggie Dixon
79  Gene Houpe
80  Reggie Johnson
88  Bruce LaSane
89  Howard Dinkins
96  James Chaney
97  Reggie Freeman
98  Oliver Strickland
99  Anthony Moss

FLORIDA STATE 31, LOUISIANA STATE 21

09/16/1989, BATON ROUGE, LA

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, September 17, 1989, page 41, by Bill McGrotha.

FSU gets past LSU for a "W"

BATON ROUGE, LA - Before the game they held a little ceremony on Tiger Field to present somebody an award.

After the game it would have been altogether fitting to hold another little ceremony and give Bobby Bowden title to the place.

Six straight times now he has brought his Florida State football team here, and five times he has gone home a winner.

This time, by virtue of a fourth-quarter rally, the score was 31-21.

The play that broke the hearts of most of the crowd of 75,524 on a pleasant, fair evening was a Peter Tom Willis pass with about 8 minutes remaining and FSU ahead 24-21.

On third down, needing much, Willis was chased to the sideline, from where he threw an off-balance pass that Dexter Carter converted into a 21-yard gain to LSU's 26. Three plays later, Edgar Bennett scored on a 7-yard run.

Just a bit earlier, Willis had scored a go-ahead touchdown on a bootleg from the 7. That capped a quick 8-play drive of 73 yards after LSU had grabbed a 21-17 lead in the first moments of the last quarter.

Winning the coin toss, choosing to receive, FSU found itself in an early hole at its 17 following a runback from the end zone.

A third-down draw play saw Dexter Carter scamper for 12 to the 29. Three plays later, it was Carter taking a screen pass for 10 to the 47. Soon, Edgar Bennett got 10 more, to LSU's 43.

But Carter was struck for a yard loss, and the Seminoles came up short at the 39. On a fake punt, Charlie Ward made as though to run, then passed incomplete when he found the run well defensed.

Immediately, Tommy Hodson passed to his hot receiver Tony Moss, getting 13. Two plays later, Moss pulled in a 16-yarder at the 26. A pair of shorter passes brought a first down at the 15.

A run got stuffed, and two passes fell harmlessly to the turf. In came David Browndyke, one of college football's top kickers, and his 32-yard field goal gave the home team a 3-0 lead.

From his 25, Peter Tom Willis went quickly to Terry Anthony at the 36. Carter's 8-yard run coupled with a pass-interference call led to the 50.

Bruce LaSane's 12-yard catch and Dave Roberts' 9-yard reception soon reached the 21, but a pass lost 5 and a draw got nothing. On fourth down, Bill Mason missed a 45-yard try for a field goal; the Seminoles were offside anyway.

Calvin Windham started an LSU bid with a 30-yard pickup on a Hodson pass.

FSU defenders tightened, but on third down Hodson, on a quarterback draw, ran for 10 to the 30 as the second quarter opened.

With tailback Harvey Williams on the bench with a groin pull, backup Eddie Fuller skipped to the 22. FSU held, and Browndyke booted his second 3-pointer, this one a 40-yarder, for 6-0.

From the 20, Paul Moore got five on a hard run, and on third down Reggie Johnson snared a 17-yard pass at the 42. Moore got 9 more on a pass, 12 more on a run. After a 12-yard catch by Lawrence Dawsey, the ball was at the LSU 25.

It came to fourth and two at the 17, with the Seminoles gambling.

Over the middle, Dawsey caught a 12-yard pass at the 5.

The 6-1, 245-pound Moore cracked to the two, then leaped over the line for the touchdown, Mason's point putting FSU up 7-6.

A pooch kickoff to the 29 brought an LSU start at its 32.

But when Hodson tried a quick, wide pass, outside linebacker Anthony Moss intercepted, giving FSU a shot from the LSU 23.

Carter got 7 on a run, but lost 4 on his next one. After an end-zone pass missed, FSU went for the field goal, Mason failing on his 37-yard effort.

In one play LSU vaulted to midfield, Fuller gaining 15 on a run, and 15 more on a personal foul.

A good pass rush helped stop that endeavor, and FSU got the ball back at its 20 following a punt.

Dawsey got 18 yards on a first-down pass. Carter got 8 more on a toss.

Anthony's 21-yard reception gained the 28, and Chris Parker's 14-yarder the 17.

Bennett was brought up short on a run. Two passes, well defended, got nothing.

Mason was true on a 24-yard field goal, and it became 10-6 with 2:14 left in the half.

Another relatively short kickoff saw LSU beginning at its 26.

Willie Williams whipped to the 43 on a Hodson pass. A 13-yard scramble by Hodson attained FSU's 40. Holding, however, cost LSU 10 and Howard Dinkins sacked Hodson for minus-8.

Eight seconds showed on the clock following a punt to FSU's 8, and the Seminoles let things go at that.

At this point, the Seminoles had outgained LSU, 233 yards to 142, with Willis hitting 15 of his 21 passes for 157.

By contrast, Hodson was just 6 for 16 in passing for 89 yards.

Dawsey and Anthony had each caught three Willis passes.

One second-quarter Seminole move saw LeRoy Butler shifting from his new cornerback spot to his old free-safety role.

One pleasing factor for FSU coaches was ball control. After halftime the Seminoles led 20_15 to 9:45 in possession time, and 46 to 38 in total plays.

From his 33, on the first play of the third quarter, Fuller bounced outside for an 8-yard run. But a pass was broken up, and Shelton Thompson sacked Hodson for minus-2.

A booming 55-yard punt by Rene Bourgeois was run back 29 to the FSU 35 by Terrell Buckley.

Anthony got 11 on a throw, and a 15-yard penalty on the heels of a short Parker run reached LSU's 32.

Suddenly, Anthony was free at about the 10, tucking in a Willis pass for a touchdown on a 32-yard play. Mason's point made it 17-6.

LSU's Moss provided the Tigers with some initial impetus with a 13-yard catch. After the Seminoles stopped two runs, Windham kept it going with a 20-yard catch at FSU's 30.

On the next play, Moss got 26 to the 4 on a Hodson shot. Fuller reached the 1 on a run.

Then Hodson got the 50th touchdown pass of his LSU time on an end-zone toss to Fuller. After which, Hodson passed to Windham for a 2-pointer that narrowed FSU's lead to 17-14.

Right away Willie hit Ronald Lewis with a 22-yard pass at FSU's 40.

Parker ran, fumbled, but LaSane recovered for a 14-yard gain to LSU's 46.

Carter got 6 after Willis was sacked for minus-4. After a futile pass, Ward got off his first punt - a beaut, 41 yards and dead at the LSU 3.

Fuller ran 3 times, getting 6 on his second carry, but finishing a yard short.

A punt, coupled with a personal foul gave FSU a crack from LSU's 38.

Dawsey caught successive passes for 4 and 10, to the 24.

But not much came of 3 more passes. On fourth down, Mason missed a 39-yard attempt for a field goal.

A defensive-holding call assisted LSU to its 34, and Windham runs gained the 44.

Whereupon, Moss broke loose with a Hodson pass for 30 yards to the FSU 26. Fuller ran for 11 to the 15 as the third quarter ended.

Two more Fuller runs gained a first down at the 4, from where he needed just one more effort - off the left side - for a touchdown that put LSU up 21-17.

Anthony caught first-down passes of 11 and 8 yards, gaining midfield. A 22-yard Lewis reception quickly reached the LSU 26.

Carter got to the 7 on two runs, the last for 14.

Moving to his left on a bootleg, Willis scored easily, and a Mason point regained the lead for FSU 24-21.

FSU checked the home team at the 30, bringing a punt that Buckley ran back 28 yards to the LSU 46. Nine minutes remained.

But Carter lost 4, then gained only 3.

Under heavy pressure, hemmed up on the sideline, Willis threw an off-balance pass that Carter carried for 21 yards to the 26.

Bennett pounded to the 13, ran again to the 7 - and one more time for a touchdown that put FSU up 31-21 with 6:16 left and a crowd of 75,524 quiet.

Clipping on the kickoff return backed LSU to its 13.

FSU held, got the ball at its 38 after a punt and started killing a little clock.

But a 23-yard Carter run gained LSU's 28, and the Seminoles moved on down.

With 42 seconds left, that bit played out at the 6 as a fourth-and-two failed.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
10
7
14
31
LOUISIANA STATE
3
3
8
7
21

1st   0- 3  Opp, 32, field goal, 6:46 
      0- 3  Bill Mason, 45, field goal failed, 1:11 
2nd   0- 6  Opp, 40, field goal, 14:07
      7- 6  Paul Moore, 2, run (Bill Mason, kick), 9:31 
      7- 6  Bill Mason, 37, field goal failed, 7:52 
     10- 6  Bill Mason, 34, field goal, 2:14 
3rd  17- 6  Terry Anthony, 32, pass from Peter Tom Willis (Bill Mason, kick), 12:18
     17-14  Opp, 1, pass (pass), 9:23 
     17-14  Bill Mason, 39, field goal failed, 2:45 
4th  17-21  Opp, 4, run (kick), 13:40
     24-21  Peter Tom Willis, 7, run (Bill Mason, kick), 10:55
     31-21  Edgar Bennett, 7, run (Bill Mason, kick), 6:16 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 31 22 Rushes-yards 50-221 30-140 Passing 301 222 Att-Comp-Int 36-25-0 30-14-1 Total Yards 86-522 60-362 Punt Returns 3-61 0-0 Kickoff Returns 4-68 6-72 Interception Ret. 1-6 0-0 Fumble Returns 0-0 0-0 Punts 1-41.0 6-44.2 Sacks By-Yds 2-11 1-4 Fumbles-Lost 2-0 1-0 Penalties-Yds 4-36 9-84 3rd Down Conversions 7-15 4-11 4th Down Conversions 1-3 0-0 Time of Posession 35:41 24:19 Attendance 75,524 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Dexter Carter 20- 95 Paul Moore 13- 59 Edgar Bennett 7- 41 Chris Parker 6- 27 Peter Tom Willis 4- -1 Receiving Terry Anthony 7- 101 Lawrence Dawsey 5- 57 Ronald Lewis 2- 44 Dexter Carter 3- 39 Reggie Johnson 1- 17 Dave Roberts 3- 14 Bruce LaSane 1- 12 Paul Moore 1- 9 Chris Parker 2- 8 Passing Peter Tom Willis 35-25-0-301 Charlie Ward 1- 0-0- 0 Punt Return Terrell Buckley 3- 61 Kickoff Return Shannon Baker 3- 55 Lawrence Dawsey 1- 13 Punting Charlie Ward 1- 41 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Keith Carter 1 5 6 . . . . . . . . . Odell Haggins 2 4 6 . . . . . . . . . Kirk Carruthers 2 4 6 . . . . . . . . . Dedrick Dodge 1 4 5 . . . 1 . . . . . Bill Ragans 1 4 5 . . . . . . . . . LeRoy Butler 1 4 5 . . . 1 . . . . . Anthony Moss 2 1 3 . . 1- 6 . . . . . . John Wyche 2 1 3 . . . 1 . . . . . Eric Hayes 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Howard Dinkins 2 1 3 1.0- 8.0 1.0- 8.0 . . . . . . . Kelvin Smith . 3 3 . . . . . . . . . Errol McCorvey . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Henry Ostaszewski 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Kevin Grant 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Terrell Buckley . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Shelton Thompson 1 . 1 1.0- 2.0 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . Lavon Brown 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Jason Dillaberry . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Alan Stewart 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Oliver Strickland 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    4  Peter Tom Willis
FL    7  Ronald Lewis
SE    8  Terry Anthony
TB   13  Dexter Carter
FB   22  Edgar Bennett
TT   50  John Brown
ST   52  Robert Stevenson
TG   60  Mike Morris
SG   65  Hayward Haynes
C    68  Michael Tanks
TE   83  Dave Roberts
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RCB   6  LeRoy Butler
LCB  10  Corian Freeman
SS   15  Bill Ragans
FS   28  Dedrick Dodge
WLB  36  Kelvin Smith
OLB  47  Kevin Grant
NG   53  Odell Haggins
SLB  59  Keith Carter
RT   74  Henry Ostaszewski
LT   75  Joe Ostaszewski
OLB  93  Shelton Thompson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Shannon Baker
12  Alan Stewart
14  Brad Johnson
17  Charlie Ward
26  Errol McCorvey
27  Terrell Buckley
29  Lawrence Dawsey
31  Lavon Brown
32  Paul Moore
35  Chris Parker
40  David Stallworth
41  Chris Hall
43  Bill Mason
44  John Wyche
45  Kirk Carruthers
##  NAME
-----------------------------
51  Robbie Baker
58  Nick Ekonomou
63  Jason Dillaberry
67  Kevin Mancini
70  Tony Yeomans
73  Reggie Dixon
78  Eric Hayes
79  Gene Houpe
80  Reggie Johnson
88  Bruce LaSane
89  Howard Dinkins
96  James Chaney
97  Reggie Freeman
98  Oliver Strickland
99  Anthony Moss

FLORIDA STATE 59, TULANE 9

09/23/1989, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, September 24, 1989, page 41, by Bill McGrotha.

Bombs Awaaaaay.
FSU soars over Tulane to reach 2-2.

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Peter Tom Willis needed 188 passing yards to reach the 1,000 level in just four games.

He got that, and more, in the first quarter alone as Florida State unveiled awesome offensive artillery in a 59-0 romp past Tulane here Saturday night.

After completing 18 of 33 passes for 324 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Willis turned the mop-up operation over to Tallahassee sophomore Casey Weldon – and mop up he did.

A 38-6 score soon became 59-6 as Weldon threw for three lightning touchdowns, including an 88-yarder to dazzling freshman Amp Lee. Whereupon, after completing three of his four tosses for 161 yards and three scores, Weldon turned things over to Thomasville freshman Charlie Ward with the fourth quarter half gone.

A surprising large crowd o61,613 whooped it up on a pleasant, clear evening as Florida State evened its record at 2-2.

With an open date ahead, Florida State now gears for an Oct. 7 date at Syracuse.

At the start, for the second straight game, Florida State chose, after winning the pre-game coin toss, to go against the grain – and receive the kickoff. Trouble evolved soon after.

Two runs and a pass netted just 5. When Charlie Ward went back to punt, he got a high snap, tipped it, brought the ball under control and maneuvered well enough to throw a pass to Kevin Grant near midfield. But by that time linemen were downfield illegally, and the penalty nullified the gain.

Whereupon, Ward punted for just the 10th time in four games – 41 yards to the Tulane 29.

Twice quarterback Deron Smith hit ace receiver Jerome McIntosh with passes, getting 13, then 21 to the FSU 41. But Shelton Thompson’s third-down sack of Smith for minus-8 brought a punt to FSU’s 15.

Willis threw three straight times – to Dexter Carter for 16, Reggie Johnson for 24 and Bruce LaSane for 13 – down to the Tulane 32.

FSU probed on to a first down at the 19, but a holding call cramped the effort. On fourth down, Richie Andrews made it 3-0 with a 29-yard field goal. Three plays were all Willis needed. After an incompletion, Terry Anthony got 43 yards out of the quarterback’s next plays. Then Lawrence Dawsey beat a defender down the sideline, grabbed a Willis toss and scored on a 30-yard play.

McIntosh caught passes of 21 and 5 yards to stake Tulane at FSY’s 47, but Terrance Strickland fumbled on a third-down run, and LeRoy Butler covered it for FSU at the 41.

Edgar Bennett ran for 11, Carter caught a pass for 14, Dave Roberts another for 11 as the Seminoles swiftly reached Tulane’s 18.

A personal foul, called on freshman linebacker Eric Gibbs, nullified an 18-yard touchdown pass to Roberts.

From the 33, Dawsey took a pass 21 yards to the 21. On the next play, Terry Anthony, breaking a tackle at the 5, scored on a 12-yard pass play, and the score jumped to 17-0.

Along about then, the dam burst.

Butler intercepted Smith’s firt-down pass and ran it back 17 yards to Tulane’s 17.

Bruce LaSane caught a 15-yarder at the 3, and two plays later Carter scored from the 1.

Again Smith threw on first down, this time from his 27 – and again Butler intercepted, this time at the Tulane 36.

Carter whipped to the 16 with a pass, but fumbled as he broke loose on a following play, and Mark Thornhill – a Pensacola boy and one of 15 Floridians on the other side – recovered at the 11.

Three plays got nothing, and here came Florida State again, this time from the Tulane 47 following a punt.

Shannon Baker picked up 28 on a Willis pass, and Paul Moore 13 more as FSU again threw.

From the 6, Chipley freshman Amp Lee, in at tailback, scored on his first-ever college run, shaking two tacklers in the process, and that touchdown brought the score to 31-0 with 11:50 remaining until halftime.

Stopping Tulane once again, FSU stood at its 32 after a punt.

After Baker lost 5 on a reverse, Ronald Lewis snared a Willis 23-yarder at the 50. But a holding call helped hold the Seminoles, and soon Ward punted to Tulane’s 25.

Four plays later, Tulane punted from its 25 following an Odell Haggins sack of Smith as FSU punt-rusher Alan Stewart found himself blocked into the kicker. But an official threw a flag, nevertheless, and called a roughing penalty that lifter the visitors to their 35. A screen pass, with fullback Stanley Barre getting 20 out of it, put Tulane at the 22.

A screen over the middle, Jerry Ursin catching, got 14 to the 8.

On the next play, quarterback Smith was leveled by onrushing Anthony Moss, producing a fumble that Haggins claimed at the 19.

Willis immediately threw 25 yards to LaSane at the 44, but his next pass was intercepted by linebacker Brad Guidry at the Green Wave 48 with 36 seconds left.

Nothing came of that, and nothing came of the Seminoles getting the ball back at their 20 with 9 seconds left – except that Amp Lee appeared to come very close to breaking away as he ran up the middle for 9 yards.

At halftime, FSU led in yardage, 370 to 139, with Willis hitting 18 of 29 passes for 324 and two touchdowns. Oddly, Tulane had held the ball for 18:49 on the clock, FSU only 11:11.

An early last-half opportunity came FSU’s way when Tulane, unable to move much from its 25 after the kickoff, punted for a mere 13 yards.

Willis, however, threw three incomplete. On the last one, FSU was flagged for a personal foul and freshman lineman Robert Stevenson ejected from the game for throwing a punch.

Ward punted to the Tulane 16. On third down, freshman safety Brice Abbott intercepted a Smith pass and placed FSU at Tulane’s 8.

Cart6er soon ran it in from there, Andrews adding an extra point for 38-0.

With Harold Dennis running well, getting 17 on one pop, Tulane gained the 50, then FSU’s 36 on a Smith keeper. A Strickland run for 9 followed by a Barre scamper for 15 soon reached FSU’s 10. Two plays later Smith threw 7 yards to flanker James Toney for a touchdown.

Dedrick Dodge blocked the point kick, and it stayed 38-6.

Casey Weldon replaced Willis at quarterback, and found himself backed to the 10 following an offensive pass-interference penalty.

On third down, Weldon retreated into the end zone, threw a short pass to Amp Lee at about FSU’s 8, and the sudden freshman tore away from a tackler on an 88-yard scoring play.

Again Tulane moved the ball on the ground, going from its 28 to FSU’s 48 before defenders threw the Greenies back. A 17-yard punt provided the Seminoles a shot from their 37.

Three plays later, Weldon het Dawsey with a pass over the line and the wide receiver sprinted on for a touchdown on a 56-yard play, and it became 52-6 with 57 seconds left in the quarter.

On the opening play of the last quarter, Terrell Buckley ran a Tulane punt back 49 yards to the foe 17.

This time Weldon needed just a single play for a touchdown – a 17-yard throw to Dawsey.

Not long after, FSU seemed to be set up again deep inside Tulane territory following freshman David Stallworth’s interception – but it was rubbed out by a pass-interference call.

That boosted Tulane to midfield, and a second interference penalty gained FSU’s 38. Backup quarterback Jerome Woods passed 20 yards to McIntosh at the 18. Soon the visitors settled for a 26-yard field goal that made it 59-9.

Ward replaced Weldon at quarterback, but couldn’t get much going. Tulane moved late following an interception at midfield, but FSU held at its 7 with 50 seconds left.

And the happy Seminoles let things go at that.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
TULANE
0
0
6
3
9
FLORIDA STATE
17
14
21
7
59

1st   3- 0  Richie Andrews, 28, field goal, 7:27 
     10- 0  Lawrence Dawsey, 30, pass from Peter Tom Willis (Richie Andrews, kick), 5:02 
     17- 0  Terry Anthony, 12, pass from Peter Tom Willis (Richie Andrews, kick), 0:55 
2nd  24- 0  Dexter Carter, 1, run (Richie Andrews, kick), 14:55
     31- 0  Amp Lee, 6, run (Richie Andrews, kick), 11:50
3rd  38- 0  Dexter Carter, 8, run (Richie Andrews, kick), 11:52
     38- 6  Opp, 7, pass (kick blocked by  Team), 7:20 
     45- 6  Amp Lee, 88, pass from Casey Weldon (Richie Andrews, kick), 6:12 
     52- 6  Lawrence Dawsey, 56, pass from Casey Weldon (Richie Andrews, kick), 0:57 
4th  59- 6  Dave Roberts, 17, pass from Casey Weldon (Richie Andrews, kick), 14:33
     59- 9  Opp, 26, field goal, 7:49 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 20 25 Rushes-yards 21- 93 60-191 Passing 485 139 Att-Comp-Int 40-21-2 39-14-4 Total Yards 61-578 99-330 Punt Returns 1-49 0-0 Kickoff Returns 2-48 9-187 Interception Ret. 4-34 2-20 Fumble Returns 2-0 1-0 Punts 4-35.8 8-31.1 Sacks By-Yds 4-27 0-0 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-2 Penalties-Yds 11-117 6-50 3rd Down Conversions 3-8 11-24 4th Down Conversions 0-0 0-1 Time of Posession 17:46 42:14 Attendance 61,613 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Amp Lee 5- 28 Dexter Carter 6- 26 Charlie Ward 2- 21 Edgar Bennett 5- 20 Maurice Pinckney 2- 3 Shannon Baker 1- -5 Receiving Lawrence Dawsey 3- 107 Amp Lee 1- 88 Bruce LaSane 4- 58 Terry Anthony 2- 55 Dexter Carter 3- 46 Reggie Johnson 2- 41 Dave Roberts 2- 28 Shannon Baker 1- 28 Ronald Lewis 1- 23 Paul Moore 2- 11 Passing Peter Tom Willis 33-18-1-324 Casey Weldon 4- 3-0-161 Charlie Ward 3- 0-1- 0 Punt Return Terrell Buckley 1- 49 Kickoff Return Shannon Baker 2- 48 Punting Charlie Ward 4- 143 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kelvin Smith 5 3 8 1.0- . . . . . . . . Kirk Carruthers 4 3 7 1.0- 5.0 1.0- 5.0 . 1 . . . . . Shelton Thompson 4 2 6 1.0- 7.0 1.0- 7.0 . . . . . . . Odell Haggins 3 3 6 1.0- 5.0 1.0- 5.0 . . . 1- 0 . . . Chris Hall 4 2 6 1.0- . . . . . . . . LeRoy Butler 5 . 5 . . 2- 17 . . 1- 0 . . . Kevin Grant 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Reggie Freeman 3 1 4 . . . 1 . . . . . Eric Hayes 3 1 4 1.0- . . . . . . . . Deondri Clark 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Bill Ragans 2 . 2 . . . 1 . . . . . John Davis 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Joe Ostaszewski 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Dedrick Dodge 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Brad Lundstrom 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Grady Ross 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Errol McCorvey 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Oliver Strickland 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Anthony Moss 1 . 1 1.0- 10.0 1.0- 10.0 . . . . . . . Leon Fowler 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Sterling Palmer 1 . 1 1.0- . . . . . . . . Keith Carter 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Troy Sanders 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Alan Stewart 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Bryce Abbott . . . . . 1- 12 . . . . . . Terrell Buckley . . . . . 1- 5 . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB    4  Peter Tom Willis
FL    7  Ronald Lewis
SE    8  Terry Anthony
TB   13  Dexter Carter
FB   22  Edgar Bennett
TT   50  John Brown
ST   52  Robert Stevenson
SG   65  Hayward Haynes
C    68  Michael Tanks
TG   70  Tony Yeomans
TE   83  Dave Roberts
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
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RCB   6  LeRoy Butler
SS   15  Bill Ragans
LCB  26  Errol McCorvey
FS   28  Dedrick Dodge
WLB  45  Kirk Carruthers
OLB  47  Kevin Grant
NG   53  Odell Haggins
SLB  59  Keith Carter
RT   74  Henry Ostaszewski
LT   78  Eric Hayes
OLB  93  Shelton Thompson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Shannon Baker
 2  Grady Ross
 3  Leon Fowler
 9  Richie Andrews
10  Corian Freeman
11  Casey Weldon
12  Alan Stewart
14  Brad Johnson
17  Charlie Ward
18  John Davis
23  Bryce Abbott
27  Terrell Buckley
29  Lawrence Dawsey
32  Paul Moore
35  Chris Parker
36  Kelvin Smith
40  David Stallworth
41  Chris Hall
42  Amp Lee
##  NAME
-----------------------------
44  John Wyche
51  Robbie Baker
55  Sterling Palmer
58  Nick Ekonomou
61  Eric Gibbs
62  Troy Sanders
67  Kevin Mancini
73  Reggie Dixon
75  Joe Ostaszewski
79  Gene Houpe
80  Reggie Johnson
82  Brad Lundstrom
88  Bruce LaSane
89  Howard Dinkins
90  Maurice Pinckney
91  Deondri Clark
97  Reggie Freeman
98  Oliver Strickland
99  Anthony Moss

FLORIDA STATE 41, SYRACUSE 10

10/07/1989, SYRACUSE, NY

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 8, 1989, page 41, by Bill McGrotha.

Orange Crushed.
Seminole defense paves 41-10 victory.

SYRACUSE, NY – Defense writes the check, but the offense cashes them in.

It was an old coaching saw Bobby Bowden mentioned to his players during the week. After his Florida State football team cut up Syracuse 41-10 here Saturday afternoon, the coach modified the words.

“Today the defense wrote the checks – and cashed ‘em in!” he declared.

The most dramatic cashing-in was perhaps not LeRoy Butler’s spectacular 87-yard scoring run with an intercepted pass, nor freshman Terrell Buckley’s eye-popping 69-yard touchdown scamper with a punt.

The most dramatic, surely, was the 10 sacks of two Syracuse quarterbacks. And from a coaching vantage point, tackle Eric Hayes’ work surely was something else. He had one sack, but all afternoon he appeared to be taking charge, heading off offenders one turn after another, playing like the All-American that many had expected.

“I told him I thought he might have played his best game,” said Bowden.

“Our defense was great, especially on the line of scrimmage. I thought our defense was not going to give our offense the ball in the second half.”

That offense may have thought likewise. In the third quarter FSU’s offense had the ball for just nine plays from scrimmage. Meanwhile, the defense got touchdowns on Butler’s interception and Buckley’s return.

But statistics lied a lot in this game. For example, in the final accounting FSU led in yardage just 391-to-343. And once again an opponent controlled the ball on the Seminoles. Syracuse led in total plays, 70-to-59, and in possession time, 35:34 to 24:16. What they did not reflect so well was FSU’s early dominance and the Seminoles playing so many reserves in the stretch.

“I appreciate Bobby laying off us at the end,” said losing coach Dick McPherson.

For Syracuse, the loss terminated its longest home winning streak in a 100-season history, 16 straight in the Carrier Dome. For FSU, it means a probable return to college football’s top 20, now that it is about as impressive as 3-2 teams get. The Carrier Dome and the crowd of 49,832 offered, by the way, no noise that presented a problem to FSU. Indeed, the crowd’s loudest noise was the boos for coaching decisions and a hard-pressed starting quarterback.

Florida State quickness, on both sides of the ball, seemed a broad difference.

“FSU has the best speed in the country,” said McPherson. “When they get prancing, they prance – they can strut, they have pizzazz!”

They also had a little good fortune in the early going.

Florida State’s first punt – it punted only three times all day – was fumbled away as one would-be returner bumped another. Grady Ross got it for FSU, and a clipping penalty on the same play gained the foe 32. After six plays, Richie Andrews kicked a 43-yard field goal.

Moments later, Florida State again got the ball at the Syracuse 32, this time on Butler’s first of two interceptions.

Peter Tom Willis directed a touchdown in five plays, Dexter Carter running for the final seven yards. And it was 10-0.

Once again, Willis was the smooth take-what-you-gimme quarterback. What the defense gave FSU this time was mainly shorter passes. For the day, he would hit 15 of 25 for 213 yards, just one interception.

“They were dropping back on the corners, respecting our wide receivers’ speed,” said Willis. “We were going with the high-percentage passes.”

And he had the time to deliver.

“Our offensive line played a great game,” he praised. “Syracuse linemen and linebackers are supposedly the strength of their team, and we just whipped them all day.”

It took a little while though, as FSU blew opportunity.

First, Terry Anthony – FSU’s top receiver with four catches for 87 yards and a touchdown – lost a fumble after a 35-yard pickup to the Orange 41, then Edgar Bennett lost one on the heels of an 18-yard gain to the foe 38. After which, freshman Charlie Ward shanked a punt – netting just 6 yards to the Syracuse 40.

FSU turned aside Syracuse after those first two miscues. But Syracuse got a 44-yard field goal from John Biskup after the shank, paved by Bill Scharr’s 28-yard pass, his longest of a day that saw him go 9-for-18 while getting twice intercepted and sacked seven times. Mark McDonald, who replaced him late to the cheers of the crowd, was intercepted once, sacked three times, but managed to complete 7 of the 8 throws he got off.

If Syracuse had thoughts of a rally, they were quickly subdued by a lightning 77-yard drive in 4 plays. Three were Willis passes, the last a 22-yarder to Anthony for the touchdown that made it 17-3 at halftime.

Early in the third quarter, a blitzing John Wyche knocked Scharr loose from the ball, teammate Anthony Moss recovering for FSU at the Syracuse 26. Three plays later, Andrews kicked his second field goal, a 39-yarder, for 20-3.

Syracuse moved, with the aid of a roughing-the-punter penalty as Alan Stewart got there too soon and leaped over the kicked ball. But successive sacks by Shelton Thompson and Odell Haggins stymied the Orange.

Then came the punt, and a return by Buckley the likes of which old coaching hands like Bowden had never seen.

Buckley stood there motionless after catching the ball, and many – Bowden included – thought he had signaled a fair catch. He hadn’t. Suddenly, Buckley took off and raced away from startled defenders – 69 yards to a touchdown.

A designed play?

“Yeah,” said Bowden. “He designed it!

“Funny thing, I looked up, and I just assumed he had called the fair catch. Next thing, I looked up and there he was running for a touchdown.”

Buckley said he had used that move – more like a non-move, perhaps – in high school a couple of times for touchdowns.

After the game Bowden couldn’t resist the impulse.

“Deion who?” he asked.

Syracuse pounced to FSU’s 25 before Butler pounded on a Scharr pass and high-stepped it 87 yards for the TD that made it 34-3.

“Butler is probably one of the best football players in the country,” said Bowden. “He was overshadowed by Deion, and then, in our first two games, he was over-anxious. Now he’s settled down, and he’s making some great plays.”

The Orangemen came back with a 91-yard scoring drive, taking just five plays behind newcomer McDonald. He got 49 yards on a pass to Rob Moore, then sent Michael Owens racing with a pitchout for the touchdown on a 25-yard play shortly before the last quarter began. A senior, Owens had the best game of his career with his 120 yards on 22 runs.

But a Chris Hall interception soon had FSU’s charging again. As Casey Weldon moved in at quarterback, he did a smart thing – giving the ball four times to hot-freshman Amp Lee. First he got 12 yards, then 11, got stopped once for a yard gain, after which he scooted 14 yards for the final touchdown in the game’s last minute.

Pleased also with the quarterbacking of Willis (“excellent again”), Bowden said he would have liked to have thrown a bit more but the circumstances did not permit.

McPherson would have preferred the home crowd booing a bit less, but said he was not surprised.

“We deserved to be booed,” he said. “The crowd had a high expectancy level, and we gave them a shoddy performance.

“Thank God, Penn State is coming up. We shouldn’t have any trouble getting up for them. They’re the perfect team for us to be playing next.”

For FSU, coming next is a trip to Blacksburg to meet Virginia Tech, which looks like a less perfect team to play following its 12-10 Saturday upset of West Virginia.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
10
7
17
7
41
SYRACUSE
0
3
7
0
10

1st   3- 0  Richie Andrews, 43, field goal, 10:55
     10- 0  Dexter Carter, 7, run (Richie Andrews, kick), 7:24 
2nd  10- 3  Opp, 44, field goal, 3:13 
     17- 3  Terry Anthony, 22, pass from Peter Tom Willis (Richie Andrews, kick), 1:53 
3rd  20- 3  Richie Andrews, 39, field goal, 10:05
     27- 3  Terrell Buckley, 69, punt return/blocked punt (Richie Andrews, kick), 6:02 
     34- 3  LeRoy Butler, 87, interception return (Richie Andrews, kick), 2:52 
     34-10  Opp, 26, run (kick), 0:08 
4th  41-10  Amp Lee, 14, run (Richie Andrews, kick), 0:55 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 19 19 Rushes-yards 34-178 44- 91 Passing 213 252 Att-Comp-Int 25-15-1 26-16-3 Total Yards 59-391 70-343 Punt Returns 3-88 1-0 Kickoff Returns 3-73 8-141 Interception Ret. 3-115 1-20 Fumble Returns 2-0 3-0 Punts 3-27.7 7-41.4 Sacks By-Yds 10-64 1-8 Fumbles-Lost 4-3 3-2 Penalties-Yds 6-55 7-55 3rd Down Conversions 4-10 4-14 4th Down Conversions 0-0 0-0 Time of Posession 24:16 35:34 Attendance 49,832 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Dexter Carter 14- 83 Amp Lee 4- 38 Edgar Bennett 6- 38 Chris Parker 4- 18 Paul Moore 4- 11 Peter Tom Willis 2- -10 Receiving Terry Anthony 4- 87 Lawrence Dawsey 2- 33 Chris Parker 1- 23 Paul Moore 1- 18 Ronald Lewis 2- 17 Reggie Johnson 1- 13 Edgar Bennett 2- 8 Bruce LaSane 1- 7 Shannon Baker 1- 7 Passing Peter Tom Willis 25-15-1-213 Punt Return Terrell Buckley 3- 88 Kickoff Return Shannon Baker 3- 73 Punting Charlie Ward 3- 83 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kirk Carruthers 4 8 12 1.5- 1.0- . . . . . . . Eric Hayes 1 5 6 1.0- 1.0- . . . . . . . Howard Dinkins 5 1 6 1.0- 1.0- . . . . . . . Odell Haggins 2 3 5 2.5- 1.5- . . . . . . . Kevin Grant 1 4 5 0.5- 0.5- . . . . . . . Lavon Brown . 5 5 . . . . . . . . . LeRoy Butler 4 . 4 . . 2-109 1 . . . . . Shelton Thompson 3 1 4 3.0- 2.0- . . . . . . . John Davis 1 3 4 . . . . . . . . . David Stallworth 1 3 4 . . . . . . . . . Keith Carter 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Bill Ragans 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Reggie Freeman 1 2 3 1.0- 1.0- . . . . . . . Kelvin Smith . 3 3 . . . 1 . . . . . Henry Ostaszewski 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Errol McCorvey 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Grady Ross 2 . 2 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Anthony Moss . 2 2 0.5- . . . . 1- 0 . . . Leon Fowler . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Oliver Strickland 2 . 2 1.0- . . . . . . . . Chris Hall . 1 1 . . 1- 7 . . . . . . Dedrick Dodge . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Richie Andrews 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . James Chaney . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Joe Ostaszewski . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . John Wyche 1 . 1 1.0- 1.0- . . . . . . . Deondri Clark . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Troy Sanders . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Alan Stewart . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Kevin Mancini . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB    4  Peter Tom Willis
FL    7  Ronald Lewis
SE    8  Terry Anthony
TB   13  Dexter Carter
FB   22  Edgar Bennett
TT   50  John Brown
ST   52  Robert Stevenson
SG   65  Hayward Haynes
C    68  Michael Tanks
TG   70  Tony Yeomans
TE   83  Dave Roberts
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RCB   6  LeRoy Butler
SS   15  Bill Ragans
LCB  26  Errol McCorvey
FS   28  Dedrick Dodge
WLB  45  Kirk Carruthers
OLB  47  Kevin Grant
NG   53  Odell Haggins
SLB  59  Keith Carter
RT   74  Henry Ostaszewski
LT   78  Eric Hayes
OLB  93  Shelton Thompson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Shannon Baker
 2  Grady Ross
 3  Leon Fowler
 9  Richie Andrews
10  Corian Freeman
11  Casey Weldon
12  Alan Stewart
14  Brad Johnson
17  Charlie Ward
18  John Davis
27  Terrell Buckley
29  Lawrence Dawsey
31  Lavon Brown
32  Paul Moore
35  Chris Parker
36  Kelvin Smith
40  David Stallworth
41  Chris Hall
##  NAME
-----------------------------
42  Amp Lee
44  John Wyche
51  Robbie Baker
58  Nick Ekonomou
61  Eric Gibbs
62  Troy Sanders
67  Kevin Mancini
73  Reggie Dixon
75  Joe Ostaszewski
79  Gene Houpe
80  Reggie Johnson
88  Bruce LaSane
89  Howard Dinkins
91  Deondri Clark
96  James Chaney
97  Reggie Freeman
98  Oliver Strickland
99  Anthony Moss

FLORIDA STATE 41, VIRGINIA TECH 7

10/14/1989, BLACKSBURG, VA

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 15, 1989, page 37, by Bill McGrotha.

Solid State, low Tech.
FSU defense and air game whack Hokies.

BLACKSBURG, VA - Once again, defenders threw quarterbacks around like rag dolls.

Once again, the astonishing arm of Peter Tom Willis threw the football around as if it had eyes.

And once again, Florida State, though a mere 4-2 now, looked to be among the best of college teams as it swept past startled Virginia Tech 41-7 on a warm, sunny Saturday afternoon.

Once again, too, it was as though Bobby Bowden owns Virginia Tech. He's 10-0 against these proud mountain folks now, including 7-0 in his FSU time.

Nine sacks FSU defenders got - for the second game in a row. With tackle Eric Hayes getting a third of those sacks here while again giving his superb imitation of the most mobile rock around, the Seminoles choked off Tech's running game and - well, the clock read 11:08 left to play when the home team managed to complete its second pass. Additionally, FSU partially blocked two punts.

Willis? Unbelievable, really.

After passing for three touchdowns and running a yard for another, he retired to the bench with 7:18 left in the third quarter, the score 31-0, his stat sheet showing also 18 completions of 27 passes for 338 yards. One interception. One sack.

"P.T. has surpassed anything I expected," said Bowden, weighing his words, striving perhaps not to overdo them. "He might have better accuracy than anybody I've seen in a long time."

No team ever threw for as many yards on Virginia Tech as the Seminoles' 408.

Casey Weldon came in and got 61 on a 6-for-9 showing, and Brad Johnson tacked on 9 with his 1-for-3 effort. Among nine Seminoles catching 'em, five plucked three or more, led by Lawrence Dawsey's five and Dexter Carter's four.

Bowden's exuberance was diminished by injuries.

In early action, Willis took a helmet to a forearm, and there was swelling. Bowden reflected concern over whether his ace would be fully ready for Auburn, but Willis himself minimized it. In addition, Carter and receiver Ronnie Lewis have shoulder injuries that leave them doubtful for Saturday-night action here against Auburn. Star cornerback LeRoy Butler has a shoulder injury, and fellow defensive back John Wyche seems questionable with a sprained ankle.

"We're beat up to a stinking pulp," said a distressed Bowden not long after the end of the 3-hour, 11-minute game.

The blowout was something Bowden had not anticipated.

Fresh from a 12-10 upset over West Virginia, Tech was ranked No. 14 overall in the New York Times Computer Poll and had gone in with the nation's third-ranked defense on an average yield of 193 yards per game. Not since FSU ran up 529 on them last year had the Gobblers given up anything like the 534 the Seminoles got Saturday.

Concerned over Tech's defensive style noted for well-disguised blitzing off an 8-man front, Florida State devised a little counter strategy that spread four receivers wide.

"Well, if they're gonna blitz when you spread 'em out, they are gonna show it," said Willis. "That way, we had a quick man to go to with the ball."

Florida State simply did not mess around the run with Tech inviting it to pass. Still, it ran enough to help control the ball, 77 plays to 61.

It was cornerback Butler who paved FSU's parade of touchdowns, presenting scoring opportunity from the Tech 20 with an interception on the game's third play.

Three plays later Willis hit Carter with a 14-yard pass for a touchdown.

And it would be Carter he would go to for his next two completions, for 28 and 33 yards that again put FSU at Tech's 20.

"We just feel like he's a great receiver, and people are trying to take away our wideouts," said Bowden.

The Gobblers' lone sack - by Jock Jones - produced a Willis fumble that blunted the bid at the 15. Tech, however, could move the ball not at all, with FSU four times sacking quarterback Cam Young in the first quarter alone.

Tech punted, again and again. Freshman return ace Terrell Buckley was unable to do much with them - he got just 4 yards on four returns - but rushing defenders did.

On an opening play of the second quarter, Chris Hall partially blocked one, giving FSU a shot from the Tech 41. Seven plays, after Dawsey got 27 on a Willis pass in third-and-21 circumstances, Richie Andrews kicked a 23-yard field goal.

On Tech's next series, Allen Stewart partially blocked another punt, giving FSU opportunity at the same point - the foe 42.

"They coached to stop returns - and we coached to block punts," said Bowden. Those two were the 64th and 65th blocked kicks of Bowden's FSU time.

A 13-yard Lewis catch followed by a pass-interference call soon had FSU at the two. On third down, Willis scored from the 1.

With 10 seconds left in the half, it became 24-0 on an 82-yard, nine-play drive featuring six Willis completions in seven throws, the last a 10-yarder to Lewis for the touchdown.

A Bill Ragans interception, early in the last half, stopped a Tech penetration inside FSU's 30.

Lewis hurt his shoulder on a 50-yard bomb he caught - as TV replays indicated - but an official ruled incomplete. Officiating seemed shaky, sometimes confused. FSU drew 112 penalty yards, Tech 53.

Butler was one not tolerant of reasons why.

"We can't do that against Auburn," said the cornerback. "We have to learn we can't do that. If we do that (against Auburn), we lose."

Three plays after the disputed Lewis catch, Willis was winging his last pass - one that freshman Amp Lee converted into a 67-yard touchdown romp.

In came Weldon, and quickly FSU moved from Tech's 43 to the 16, helped along by an unsportsman-like-conduct penalty. This time Andrews kicked a second field goal from 26 out.

The score jumped to 41-0 soon after the last quarter opened, Terry Anthony capping a 71-yard drive with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Weldon.

Tech's lone touchdown came with 6:04 left, wideout Kevin Bennett working a 32-yard pass play with tailback Lamar Smith.

With some late movement against reserves, FSU turned its halftime yardage sum of 40 into a final 174, throwing for 129.

"I don't know if it was our coaching or the way we played," said losing coach Frank Beamer. "But we were in the wrong sets and had the wrong reads all day. We didn't give ourselves a chance."

Neither did Florida State allow Tech's selves a chance, and Beamer had fully as many words of praise for the Seminoles.

"But I still think we have an outstanding defense," he said.

Despite the yardage and the points, Bowden seemed to concur, saying that Tech's defense had concerned him more than that of any prior for this year.

"Really, we felt they were about as tough as anybody we played," he said. "We caught 'em at a good time. It is hard to play two great games twice in a row, and they played a great one the game before in beating West Virginia."

But Bowden's team, behind Willis, has strung a few good ones together now.

His third 300-yard passing game of the season put him in a special category. Only two prior FSU quarterbacks - Kim Hammond, Gary Hiff - ever had that many such performances. None had more.

Bowden volunteered three notable reasons for his team's improvement after an 0-2 start.

"The defense is playing better than they're supposed," he said. "The offensive line is better than it ever figured.

"And Peter Tom."

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
7
17
10
7
41
VIRGINIA TECH
0
0
0
7
7

1st   7- 0  Dexter Carter, 14, pass from Peter Tom Willis (Richie Andrews, kick), 13:21
2nd  10- 0  Richie Andrews, 23, field goal, 11:10
     17- 0  Peter Tom Willis, 1, run (Richie Andrews, kick), 6:05 
     24- 0  Ronald Lewis, 10, pass from Peter Tom Willis (Richie Andrews, kick), 0:10 
3rd  31- 0  Amp Lee, 67, pass from Peter Tom Willis (Richie Andrews, kick), 7:18 
     34- 0  Richie Andrews, 26, field goal, 3:38 
4th  41- 0  Terry Anthony, 13, pass from Casey Weldon (Bill Mason, kick), 12:09
     41- 7  Opp, 32, pass (kick), 6:04 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 26 14 Rushes-yards 38-126 35- 45 Passing 408 129 Att-Comp-Int 39-25-1 26-11-3 Total Yards 77-534 61-174 Punt Returns 5-4 2-11 Kickoff Returns 1-21 4-89 Interception Ret. 3-11 1-14 Fumble Returns 0-0 2-0 Punts 4-43.5 8-37.8 Sacks By-Yds 9-49 1-5 Fumbles-Lost 3-2 1-0 Penalties-Yds 10-111 5-53 3rd Down Conversions 5-12 2-13 4th Down Conversions 1-1 1-3 Time of Posession 33:39 26:21 Attendance 41,832 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Dexter Carter 9- 48 Amp Lee 11- 46 Paul Moore 6- 21 Edgar Bennett 6- 10 Peter Tom Willis 3- 1 Chris Parker 3- 0 Receiving Lawrence Dawsey 5- 89 Amp Lee 3- 85 Dexter Carter 4- 72 Ronald Lewis 3- 61 Terry Anthony 2- 36 Reggie Johnson 3- 28 Johnny Clower 3- 19 Edgar Bennett 1- 15 Chris Parker 1- 3 Passing Peter Tom Willis 27-18-1-338 Casey Weldon 9- 6-0- 61 Brad Johnson 3- 1-0- 9 Punt Return Terrell Buckley 4- 4 Anthony Moss 1- 0 Kickoff Return Lawrence Dawsey 1- 21 Punting Charlie Ward 4- 174 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kirk Carruthers 4 4 8 2.0- 17.0 2.0- 17.0 . 1 . . . . . Keith Carter 3 3 6 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Dedrick Dodge 3 2 5 . . . 1 . . . . . Terrell Buckley 3 2 5 . . . 1 . . . . . Bill Ragans 3 1 4 . . 1- 0 1 . . . . . Kevin Grant 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . Kelvin Smith 2 2 4 1.0- 1.0 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . Chris Hall 1 3 4 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . 1 . LeRoy Butler 1 2 3 . . 1- 11 1 . . . . . Eric Hayes 3 . 3 3.0- 8.0 3.0- 8.0 . . . . . . . Shelton Thompson 3 . 3 2.0- 17.0 2.0- 17.0 . . . . . . . Odell Haggins . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Oliver Strickland . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Reggie Freeman 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Alan Stewart 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Ed Clark 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Errol McCorvey . 1 1 . . 1- 0 1 . . . . . Henry Ostaszewski 1 . 1 1.0- 6.0 1.0- 6.0 . . . . . . . Anthony Moss . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Bryce Abbott . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Corian Freeman . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Edgar Bennett 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Lavon Brown . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . James Chaney . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Howard Dinkins . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    4  Peter Tom Willis
FL    7  Ronald Lewis
SE    8  Terry Anthony
TB   13  Dexter Carter
FB   22  Edgar Bennett
TT   50  John Brown
ST   52  Robert Stevenson
SG   65  Hayward Haynes
C    68  Michael Tanks
TG   70  Tony Yeomans
TE   80  Reggie Johnson
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RC    6  LeRoy Butler
SS   15  Bill Ragans
LC   26  Errol McCorvey
FS   28  Dedrick Dodge
WLB  45  Kirk Carruthers
OLB  47  Kevin Grant
NG   53  Odell Haggins
SLB  59  Keith Carter
RT   74  Henry Ostaszewski
LT   78  Eric Hayes
OLB  93  Shelton Thompson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Shannon Baker
 3  Leon Fowler
 9  Richie Andrews
10  Corian Freeman
11  Casey Weldon
12  Alan Stewart
14  Brad Johnson
17  Charlie Ward
23  Bryce Abbott
27  Terrell Buckley
29  Lawrence Dawsey
31  Lavon Brown
32  Paul Moore
35  Chris Parker
36  Kelvin Smith
39  Ed Clark
40  David Stallworth
41  Chris Hall
##  NAME
-----------------------------
42  Amp Lee
43  Bill Mason
44  John Wyche
51  Robbie Baker
58  Nick Ekonomou
63  Jason Dillaberry
67  Kevin Mancini
73  Reggie Dixon
75  Joe Ostaszewski
79  Gene Houpe
83  Dave Roberts
85  Johnny Clower
88  Bruce LaSane
89  Howard Dinkins
96  James Chaney
97  Reggie Freeman
98  Oliver Strickland
99  Anthony Moss

FLORIDA STATE 22, AUBURN 14

10/21/1989, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 22, 1989, page 39, by Bill McGrotha.

FSU win is sweet as Sugar.
Defense holds off Auburn 22-14.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Ahead 22-3 early in the last half, Florida State fought off a frantic Auburn rally and won 22-14 here Saturday night.

With time running out, Auburn claimed an FSU fumble and drove to FSU's 16 with six seconds left. But on the game's last play, quarterback Reggie Slack was tackled by Odell Haggins as he tried to run up the middle for the touchdown.

As FSU boosted its record to 5-2, it became the first time in history ever to beat Auburn twice in one year.

This one followed a 13-6 Sugar Bowl victory over the Tigers on Jan. 2.

Florida State played this one without Richie Andrews, the kickoff specialist who was also perfect this season on extra-point and field-goal attempts. Sidelined with a stubborn hip-joint inflammation, Andrews was replaced as a kickoff man by John Wimberly, and Bill Mason handled placements.

Per its habit, Auburn chose to receive after winning the coin toss.

Wimberly booted the ball to the 2, but Herbert Casey sped 35 yards on the return, to a start at the 37.

Three downs, including two incompletions, netted a yard, and a 31-yard punt placed FSU at its 31.

It was a poor FSU beginning - linebacker Craig Ogletree sacking Peter Tom Willis on FSU's first play, back on the 22.

Amp Lee, starting for the injured Dexter Carter, ran for 11, then 6 before Charlie Ward punted to Auburn's 32.

On third down, James Joseph took a pitchout and got 7 to the 42.

Immediately, Slack passed to Casey for 16 at FSU's 42, then handed the ball to Stacy Danley for a 21-yard run to the 21. Victor Hall's 12-yard catch soon had Auburn at FSU's 6.

Danley, on two runs, gained the 1. But tight end Victor Hall jumped offside, pushing Auburn back to the 6, and on third down Kirk Carruthers caught Greg Taylor for a 9-yard loss.

Auburn settled for a 32-yard field goal by Win Lyle.

From its 31 again, FSU moved on the running of Lee.

On successive carries he got 24 yards, a dozen each time. On his third straight try, he hit the middle, cut wide, knocked off 22. A face-mask tackle brought a 15-yard penalty that leap-frogged FSU from its 44 to Auburn's 20.

But a pass missed and Lee was stopped short on two runs. Mason kicked a 35-yard field goal that tied it 3-3.

With Eric Hayes sacking Slack for minus-10 back on the 21, Auburn got nowhere. A 42-yard punt provided FSU with a start at its 37.

After an 11-yard pass to Lee, the quarter soon ended with the Chipley freshman already having run 9 times for 55.

Passes of 10 and 18 yards to Lawrence Dawsey gained Auburn's 20.

Edgar Bennett, on a short pass sandwiched between two runs, reached the 9. Bruce LaSane was tackled going for a Willis pass, and the resulting interference call had FSU at the 4. Lee pounded to the 1, and Bennett scored from there, making it 10-3.

With Mason kicking off this time, the ball rolled into the end zone. Two plays later, Hayes' pressure on Slack resulted in a 5-yard sack by Odell Haggins and Henry Ostaszewski.

Throwing under an all-out blitz, Slack got off a screen to Joseph for 10. Had not Hayes quickly recovered and run him down, it might have been 83 yards for a touchdown.

Short of a first down, however, Auburn punted under a heavy FSU rush - and the ball went a mere 13 yards. FSU had it at Auburn's 40.

Dawsey caught a 15-yard pass, and soon Terry Anthony grabbed a 12-yarder at the 7. Breaking a tackle at the line of scrimmage, Bennett scored on the next play. But the point-after snap seemed low, and Mason missed the kick, leaving it 16-3.

A 15-yard pass to Alexander Wright got Auburn going from its 23, and the Tigers struggled on to a first down at FSU's 46.

Whereupon Haggins sacked Slack for minus-7.

Two plays later, Hayes again sacked Slack, knocking out the ball in the process, and Anthony Moss covered the fumble for FSU at Auburn's 32.

After holding cost FSU 10, LaSane pulled in a 15-yard throw. Bennett fumbled on a run, but the ball was bouncing FSY's way, teammate Hayward Haynes recovering at the 15.

There Auburn called a halt, David Rocker sacking Willis for minus-7 on third down.

Mason's 37-yard field goal put FSU up 19-3 with 1:02 left in the half.

At its 19, Auburn lost 2 on a Hayes tackle of Danley, then 15 as Slack got sacked at the 2 by Shelton Thompson.

The clock showed a second left in the half after an Auburn punt trickled to its 41.

Willis threw a hail-mary pass into a pack of players in the end zone. The ball fell harmlessly to the ground.

At this interesting point, Florida State led in yardage, 165 to 55. Auburn's running game showed minus-8 yards, what with Slack's losses on five sacks credited to rushing.

Slack, however, was 7-for-10 on passes for 67 yards. Willis had gone 7-for-11 with 86 yards, Dawsey grabbing three for 44.

And it was Dawsey on the second-half kickoff return streaking 33 yards to provide position at FSU's 43.

But after Lee got to Auburn's 45 on a pass, linebacker Eltin Billinslea intercepted Willis at the 36.

But Slack twice threw incomplete, then got stopped short by Haggins as he tried to run on third down.

A punt placed FSU at its 38.

Lee ran to midfield and Dawsey snared an 11-yard toss at the Auburn 39. Lee got 9, and Bennett ran to the first down at the 27.

Auburn stopped the runs at the 22, and Mason came on with a 39-yard field goal for 22-3.

On third down at the Auburn 37, it was Haggins again tossing Slack for a small loss as he tried to run. And again a weak Auburn punt, 19 yards to the FSU 46.

Good Auburn tacking allowed FSU not much, and Ward drilled FSU's second punt to the 16.

Hard running by Danley got Auburn out of the hole, up to the 35, and similar carries by Joseph gained midfield. Three plays later, Slack threw wide to Joseph, who broke on a 23-yard pickup to the FSU 20.

On the last play of the quarter, a 7-yard Danley run brought a first down at the 9.

LeRoy Butler seemed to intercept - but his foot was on the boundary line as he came down. Just an incompletion. It was followed by two more. On fourth down, Lyle's 27-yard field goal brought a 22-6 score.

On a reverse, Dawsey slipped away for 18 to FSU's 43. Aroused Auburn allowed little more.

But when Ward punted, Shayne Wasden fumbled it, and Reggie Freeman recovered at the 17.

The Seminoles, after a pass missed a draw play was stuffed for a loss, settled for a fourth-down try for three that Mason missed from 29-yard range after what appeared to be a faulty hold.

Dedrick Dodge dropped a Slack pass after seemingly intercepting it, but the quarterback was not able to move his team beyond the 20.

Following a punt, however, a first-down Willis pass from the FSU 38 was intercepted by Live Oak's Frankie Stankunas at Auburn's 42, the clock showing 10:43.

After a 16-yard pass to Dale Overton, Auburn came to fourth down at FSU's 42. Slack threw incomplete, but a roughing-the-passer penalty gave Auburn new life at FSU's 26. Overton's 22-yard reception put Auburn at the 4.

On third down, Joseph swung wide to score on a 4-yard run, and a 2-point pass to Danley narrowed it to 22-14 with 7:10 to play.

From the 27, Willis got 8 on a pass to Lee, and tough Bennett runs extracted a first down at the 37. Another Dawsey reception, this one for 21, reached Auburn's 43. Lee ran it to the 30, and Bennett to the 22.

Lee running led on to a first down at the 5.

Then, on his last run of the night, Lee fumbled, Auburn's Eric Ramsey recovering at the 14 with 1:22 left.

A pass to Joseph was nullified by a clipping call, but Slack scrambled for 23 to his 36.

Another Slack run reached midfield on third down, and Taylor moved wide with a following pass to FSU's 34 with 12 seconds to go.

Overton caught a pass and stepped out of bounds at the 28. Six seconds.

Unable to pass, Slack tried to dash up the middle and was pulled down by Haggins at the 11 on the game's last frantic play.

And suddenly, Florida State was looking at next Saturday's heavy date with Miami.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
AUBURN
3
0
0
11
14
FLORIDA STATE
3
16
3
0
22

1st   0- 3  Opp, 32, field goal, 5:16 
      3- 3  Bill Mason, 35, field goal, 2:41 
2nd  10- 3  Edgar Bennett, 1, run (Bill Mason, kick), 11:12
     16- 3  Edgar Bennett, 7, run (Bill Mason, kick failed), 7:57 
     19- 3  Bill Mason, 37, field goal, 1:02 
3rd  22- 3  Bill Mason, 39, field goal, 8:43 
4th  22- 6  Opp, 27, field goal, 14:42
     22- 6  Bill Mason, 29, field goal failed, 11:46
     22-14  Opp, 4, run (pass), 7:10 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 19 17 Rushes-yards 43-162 43- 92 Passing 145 173 Att-Comp-Int 25-13-2 26-15-0 Total Yards 68-307 69-265 Punt Returns 1-10 1-2 Kickoff Returns 4-79 5-98 Interception Ret. 0-0 2-2 Fumble Returns 2-0 1-0 Punts 3-32.3 7-30.4 Sacks By-Yds 6-57 2-16 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-2 Penalties-Yds 3-30 4-38 3rd Down Conversions 7-14 6-14 4th Down Conversions 0-0 0-0 Time of Posession 29:43 30:17 Attendance 62,711 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Amp Lee 25- 110 Edgar Bennett 14- 48 Lawrence Dawsey 1- 18 Chris Parker 1- 2 Peter Tom Willis 2- -16 Receiving Lawrence Dawsey 6- 81 Amp Lee 3- 28 Bruce LaSane 1- 15 Terry Anthony 1- 12 Reggie Johnson 1- 5 Edgar Bennett 1- 4 Passing Peter Tom Willis 25-13-2-145 Punt Return Terrell Buckley 1- 10 Kickoff Return Lawrence Dawsey 4- 79 Punting Charlie Ward 3- 97 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kirk Carruthers 6 4 10 1.0- . . . . . . . . Kelvin Smith 4 3 7 . . . . . . . . . Kevin Grant 3 2 5 . . . . . . . . . Henry Ostaszewski 3 2 5 0.5- 2.5 0.5- 2.5 . . . . . . . Odell Haggins 3 2 5 1.0- 7.0 1.0- 7.0 . . . . . . . Eric Hayes 1 3 4 3.5- 32.5 3.5- 32.5 . . . . 1 . . LeRoy Butler 3 1 4 1.0- . . 1 . . . . . Dedrick Dodge 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Shelton Thompson 2 1 3 2.0- 1.0- 15.0 . . . . . . . Keith Carter 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Howard Dinkins 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . John Wyche 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Bryce Abbott 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Bill Ragans 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Reggie Freeman 1 . 1 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Anthony Moss . 1 1 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . David Bassett . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Corian Freeman 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Leon Fowler 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Lavon Brown 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Errol McCorvey 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    4  Peter Tom Willis
FL    7  Ronald Lewis
SE    8  Terry Anthony
FB   22  Edgar Bennett
TB   42  Amp Lee
TT   50  John Brown
ST   52  Robert Stevenson
SG   65  Hayward Haynes
C    68  Michael Tanks
TG   70  Tony Yeomans
TE   80  Reggie Johnson
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RCB   6  LeRoy Butler
SS   15  Bill Ragans
LCB  26  Errol McCorvey
FS   28  Dedrick Dodge
WLB  45  Kirk Carruthers
OLB  47  Kevin Grant
NG   53  Odell Haggins
SLB  59  Keith Carter
RT   74  Henry Ostaszewski
LT   78  Eric Hayes
OLB  93  Shelton Thompson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Shannon Baker
 3  Leon Fowler
10  Corian Freeman
14  Brad Johnson
17  Charlie Ward
19  John Wimberly
23  Bryce Abbott
27  Terrell Buckley
29  Lawrence Dawsey
31  Lavon Brown
32  Paul Moore
35  Chris Parker
36  Kelvin Smith
38  David Bassett
39  Ed Clark
41  Chris Hall
43  Bill Mason
##  NAME
-----------------------------
44  John Wyche
51  Robbie Baker
58  Nick Ekonomou
63  Jason Dillaberry
67  Kevin Mancini
73  Reggie Dixon
75  Joe Ostaszewski
77  Eric Luallen
79  Gene Houpe
83  Dave Roberts
85  Johnny Clower
88  Bruce LaSane
89  Howard Dinkins
96  James Chaney
97  Reggie Freeman
98  Oliver Strickland
99  Anthony Moss

FLORIDA STATE 24, MIAMI 10

10/28/1989, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 29, 1989, page 39, by Bill McGrotha.

Wire to Wired.
Seminoles lead the Hurricanes start to finish.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Twice denying Miami at its 1-yard line, Florida State moved to a stirring 24-10 victory here Saturday night.

The victory, with South Carolina and Memphis State left before bowl-picking time, very probably propelled the Seminoles into somebody's New Year's Day game.

Scouts of nine bowls - including the Fiesta, Sugar, Orange and Cotton - were among the 62,602 witnesses to one of Bobby Bowden's most satisfying triumphs.

The Seminoles, now 6-2, never trailed. It was 7-0 after less than a minute, 14-10 at the half.

Upon winning the pre-game coin choice, Florida State chose to defer its option until the last half, thereby leading with its defense.

Bingo!

After the kickoff, Miami got a start at its 22.

On the first play, quarterback Gino Torretta found himself under heavy pressure from Sheldon Thompson and Kirk Carruthers, and his pass was intercepted at Miami's 37 by cornerback LeRoy Butler.

And on FSU's first play, tailback Dexter Carter cut wide, got a big block from Terry Anthony and sprinted down the left sideline for the touchdown. Richie Andrews swung a foot, and it was 7-0.

A personal-foul after the kickoff return knocked Miami back to its 20.

Leonard Conley ran the middle for 10. Two plays later a similar Conley run got 12, and a holding call against FSU lifted the visitors to midfield. Shannon Crowell's 11-yard reception gained the 34.

Two Conley runs led to another first down at the 20, and an 11-yard pass to Randal Hill reached the 8.

Promptly, Torretta rolled wide and found Hill with an end-zone pass that tied it at 7-7.

A 14-yard pass to Carter lifted FSU from its 18 to 32, after which Ronnie Lewis hauled in a Peter Tom Willis throw at FSU's 49. Two Carter runs reached the Miami 29. Breaking a tackle, Lawrence Dawsey got 21 on a pass. Carter ran for 6, and a Miami offside placed the Seminoles at the 7.

After Reggie Johnson dropped a possible touchdown pass, a roughing-the-passer penalty put FSU at the 4. Edgar Bennett ran three straight times, scoring from the 1, and it became 14-7.

Sandwiching a short pass between two runs, Miami moved quickly across midfield. It came to fourth-and-inches at the FSU 45, and a dive over the middle got the first down.

A nifty Crowell catch got 19. But with Eric Hayes leading a stand, FSU called a halt at the 27.

A 43-yard Carlos Huerta field goal cut it to 14-10 with a minute left in the quarter.

From its 21, FSU got 28 on first down, 13 with a pass to Dave Roberts, 15 more on a foul. An Amp Lee run for 9 keyed a first down at Miami's 36 as the quarter ended.

Two plays later, however, Willis was sacked for minus-11 by Willis Peguese, bringing a fumble that Miami's Maurice Crum recovered at the FSU 43.

Chris Hall came close to an interception for a Florida State touchdown as he broke up a third-down pass at midfield.

The game's first punt, a 34-yarder, left FSU at its 18.

A reverse lost a yard as swift Miami defenders quickly recovered. Carter got just 3, and a Willis pass was batted down. Charlie Ward's booming punt got a good roll, 52 yards to Miami's 26.

Once again it was three downs and out for Miami. A clip on the punt return, however, again put FSU in poor position, at its 13.

As two passes missed, FSU got no further than its 18. This time Ward got off a 45-yard punt to Miami's 37.

Passes of 13 and 11 yards to Randy Bethel and Carroll gained FSU's 37.

Three penalties, two for defensive holding, soon had Miami at the 8 - and Dale Dawkins was out of bounds at the 1 after a Torretta pass.

But when Torretta threw again, outside linebacker Kevin Grant intercepted in the end zone.

After Carter got seven on two runs, Willis was again sacked by Peguese, back at the 15. Ward's punt was a mere 29-yarder this time, up to FSU's 44.

But a third-down Torretta pass was tipped by Terrell Buckley, paving a Kirk Carruthers interception at the 35.

Nothing came of that either, and after three plays Ward punted to Miami's 30.

But Conley fumbled, and Howard Dinkins got it for FSU at the Miami 33.

Once more the Seminoles were unable to move. Fourth down, the ball at the 28, and FSU lined up for a 45-yard try for a field goal. It was a fake, holder Brad Johnson rearing up and passing to Bennett - short of a first down at the 25 with 57 seconds left in the half.

Two plays later, Carruthers came up with another FSU interception, this one at FSU's 47.

Lewis caught a 15-yarder at Miami's 38 for the Seminoles' lone first down of the quarter. Three times Willis threw incomplete - and got flagged on the last for intentional grounding, knocking FSU back to its 40.

Ward punted 57 yards to the 3, and one play later time ran out.

At this point, Miami led in yardage 192 to 145, with Torretta hitting on 15 of 28 passes for 122 yards despite those four interceptions. Bigger perhaps, Miami had run 15 more plays, 47 to 32.

Pressured so, Willis was just 6-for-18 throwing, for 78 yards. Carter had run eight times for 62.

FSU had drawn 77 penalty yards, Miami 44.

At its 22 after the second-half kickoff, FSU turned to the run, Carter getting 8 and Bennett 13 in a quick push to the FSU 48.

But Roland Smith intercepted a Willis shot. After a confusing sequence of penalties, including clipping against Miami and a personal-foul call on Carter for placing an officials' flag on the head of Miami's Bernard Clark, the Hurricanes got the ball at FSU's 40. The 15-yarder on Carter was the second of two such against FSU on the play.

An 18-yard Dawkins catch placed Miami at the 12. Three plays later, Stephen McGuire scored from the 3 - but a holding call rubbed out the touchdown.

Back at the 13, Miami regained the two on an interference call against Buckley. On second down, McGuire was close to scoring, but officials ruled the ball dead about a foot away.

Whereupon, fullback Crowell fumbled when Keith Carter hit him, Carruthers recovering for FSU at the one.

Immediately, Willis went long, and found Lewis with a 51-yard pass at Miami's 48.

On a reverse, Dawsey soon got 16 to the 26. With Bennett and Lee alternating on runs, FSU soon had a first down at the Miami 3.

A holding call against Miami's Kenny Berry soon made it first down at the 2. Three plays later, Lee scored - barely. And another Andrews point put FSU up 21-10 with 2:20 left in the quarter.

From its 23, Miami got nothing, Carruthers and Odell Haggins spurring a stand. On the punt, Buckley called for a fair catch at FSU's 42.

A play later, the Seminoles were at Miami's 26, Carter getting 17 on a run, 15 more on a late hit.

On the second play of the last quarter Andrews kicked a 41-yard field goal for 24-10.

From its 21, a draw play got 13 for Miami, and Torretta on a keeper gained a dozen more, to his 46 as linebacker Kelvin Smith was carried off the field with shoulder injuries.

After Carroll caught a pass at FSU's 40, Torretta threw three incomplete. A punt rolled into the end zone.

On third-and-6, Carter sped for 17 on a fake reverse. Next play, Carter broke for 12 more to Miami's 48. When it came to third-and-2, Willis rolled out, got 6 to the 34 and a first down.

On third-and-3, Carter scampered for 6 to the 21 as the clock moved under 6 minutes.

It came to fourth down at the 20, however.

When Andrews came in for a field-goal try, Miami's Darrell Williams blocked it, giving the Hurricanes the ball at their 20 with 3:32 to play.

Torretta hit Carroll with a 20-yarder. After three misses, Torretta's fourth-down throw was intercepted by Errol McCorvey - but a holding penalty nullified the play, lifting Miami to the 50.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
MIAMI
10
0
0
0
10
FLORIDA STATE
14
0
7
3
24

1st   7- 0  Dexter Carter, 37, run (Richie Andrews, kick), 14:37
      7- 7  Opp, 8, pass (kick), 9:57 
     14- 7  Edgar Bennett, 1, run (Richie Andrews, kick), 5:11 
     14-10  Opp, 44, field goal, 1:09 
3rd  21-10  Amp Lee, 1, run (Richie Andrews, kick), 2:20 
4th  24-10  Richie Andrews, 41, field goal, 14:18
     24-10  Richie Andrews, 37, field goal blocked, 3:32 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 23 26 Rushes-yards 51-220 33-129 Passing 134 208 Att-Comp-Int 21-8-1 48-23-4 Total Yards 72-354 81-337 Punt Returns 1--5 2--1 Kickoff Returns 3-35 4-29 Interception Ret. 4-3 1-6 Fumble Returns 2-0 1-0 Punts 5-44.0 4-36.5 Sacks By-Yds 1-6 2-23 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 4-2 Penalties-Yds 14-143 11-94 3rd Down Conversions 4-12 5-14 4th Down Conversions 0-0 2-3 Time of Posession 34:34 25:26 Attendance 62,602 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Dexter Carter 21- 142 Edgar Bennett 13- 50 Amp Lee 7- 24 Lawrence Dawsey 1- 15 Paul Moore 2- 1 Ronald Lewis 1- -1 Peter Tom Willis 6- -11 Receiving Ronald Lewis 3- 77 Lawrence Dawsey 1- 21 Dave Roberts 2- 17 Dexter Carter 1- 14 Edgar Bennett 1- 5 Passing Peter Tom Willis 20- 7-1-129 Brad Johnson 1- 1-0- 5 Punt Return Dexter Carter 1- 15 Terrell Buckley 1- -5 Kickoff Return Lawrence Dawsey 1- 10 Shannon Baker 1- 10 Punting Charlie Ward 5- 220 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kirk Carruthers 11 5 16 . . 2- 3 . . 1- 0 . . . Odell Haggins 5 4 9 . . . . . . . . . LeRoy Butler 6 1 7 . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Eric Hayes 3 2 5 1.0- . . . . . . . . Dedrick Dodge 3 1 4 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Kelvin Smith 1 3 4 1.0- . . . . . . . . Henry Ostaszewski . 3 3 . . . . . . . . . Bill Ragans 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Shelton Thompson . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Kevin Grant . 1 1 1.0- 6.0 1.0- 6.0 1- 0 . . . . . . Grady Ross 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . John Wyche 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Reggie Freeman 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Chris Hall 1 . 1 . . . 1 . . . . . Bryce Abbott 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Errol McCorvey 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Terrell Buckley . . . . . . 2 . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    4  Peter Tom Willis
FL    7  Ronald Lewis
SE    8  Terry Anthony
TB   13  Dexter Carter
FB   22  Edgar Bennett
TT   50  John Brown
ST   52  Robert Stevenson
SG   65  Hayward Haynes
C    68  Michael Tanks
TG   70  Tony Yeomans
TE   80  Reggie Johnson
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RCB   6  LeRoy Butler
SS   15  Bill Ragans
LCB  26  Errol McCorvey
FS   28  Dedrick Dodge
WLB  45  Kirk Carruthers
OLB  47  Kevin Grant
NG   53  Odell Haggins
SLB  59  Keith Carter
RT   74  Henry Ostaszewski
LT   78  Eric Hayes
OLB  93  Shelton Thompson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Shannon Baker
 2  Grady Ross
 3  Leon Fowler
 9  Richie Andrews
14  Brad Johnson
17  Charlie Ward
23  Bryce Abbott
27  Terrell Buckley
29  Lawrence Dawsey
32  Paul Moore
36  Kelvin Smith
39  Ed Clark
41  Chris Hall
42  Amp Lee
44  John Wyche
##  NAME
-----------------------------
51  Robbie Baker
58  Nick Ekonomou
63  Jason Dillaberry
67  Kevin Mancini
73  Reggie Dixon
75  Joe Ostaszewski
79  Gene Houpe
83  Dave Roberts
88  Bruce LaSane
89  Howard Dinkins
96  James Chaney
97  Reggie Freeman
98  Oliver Strickland
99  Anthony Moss

FLORIDA STATE 35, SOUTH CAROLINA 10

11/04/1989, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, November 5, 1989, page 41, By Bill McGrotha.

Happy New Year.
Willis and FSU burn South Carolina 35-10 and wow the bowls.

TALLAHASSEE, FL – With visions of sugar plums dancing in at least some heads, Florida State’s football team continued its stirring roll here Saturday.

It is a roll that surely will gain a big-bowl bid, and a return date in the Sugar Bowl is prominent in speculation. Both the Sugar and the Fiesta seem mighty anxious to land the surging Seminoles – and the probability of playing Alabama, which could finish unbeaten, very likely makes the Sugar their best possible option on New Year’s Day.

Before 61,852 Homecoming fans in a packed Campbell Stadium on one of its golden autumn afternoons, the Seminoles brushed aside South Carolina 35-10 as Peter Tom Willis brushed aside a passing record.

Throwing for more than 300 yards for the fourth time this season, the Morris, Ala., senior thereby accomplished something no Seminole before him had. He got a 362 total on 25-for 38 figures that brought three touchdowns. Going in, Willis had shared with Kim Hammond and Gary Huff the record of three 300-yard games in a season.

Among those particularly impressed Saturday with Willis and his mates were committeemen representing eight bowls, at least two of whom shrugged off FSU’s 7-2 record with Memphis State and Florida still to play.

“They are probably the hottest team in the country right now,” Oliver Delery of the Sugar said of the sixth-ranked Seminoles.

“We really try to follow the rankings, as most bowls do,” said the Fiesta’s Tom Odisho. “So the two losses are really immaterial.”

Not so immaterial, in the book of Bobby Bowden, was the extension of his Homecoming coaching record here to 14-0. As FSU won its seventh straight game, Bowden also annexed his seventh victory over the Gamecocks in the last eight games between these two.

Bowden expressed pride in his team’s recovery from an 0-2 start, and relief that an open date lies ahead.

“We had a grueling October,” he said. “I just hope we can survive November, and maybe good things will happen.

“I really don’t have a (bowl) preference. I would like to get the best bowl we could for final national ranking.”

For the Seminoles’ first afternoon game in more than a year – since Louisiana Tech, Oct. 22, 1988 – South Carolina, now 5-3-1, might have been easy, but South Carolina wasn’t.

“We played a good team that just wouldn’t quit fighting and a team, I thought, that was very well coached,” said Bowden.

Determined much of the way not to let Florida State run the ball, South Carolina was confronted with passing from the start.

On an opening series, Willis threw six straight times in a drive from the FSU 13 to Carolina’s 15. He would complete each of his first nine throws. But, out of that, Florida State got just one touchdown.

The grudging Gamecocks repulsed that penetration to the 15, forcing a field-goal attempt that Richie Andrews missed from 36 yards out.

But on the second FSU series, it was sudden lightning – Lawrence Dawsey taking a Willis pass 49 yards to the 13, then Bruce LaSane on the next play latching onto a 13-yard touchdown throw.

Third time around, the game’s lone interception off Willis came when a throw popped out of the hands of Dave Roberts and into those of defender Leon Harris.

That presented opportunity at FSU’s 29, but Eric Hayes got the first of a half-dozen FSU sacks, and Colin Mackie was wide with a long field-goal try (50 yards).

“Our defense played real well,” noted Bowden.

Indeed, South Carolina managed only 237 yards, just 105 passing, as linebacker Kirk Carruthers, noseguard Odell Haggins and cornerback LeRoy Butler again played well, and Anthony Moss got two of those sacks. Butler checked in with his seventh interception of the season.

Going in, South Carolina had one of the nation’s lowest turnover totals, just 10. The Seminoles managed to extract two – Butler’s late interception plus Henry Ostaszewsi’s last-half fumble recovery.

On its first two turns in the second quarter, FSU stretched things to 21-0.

After a defense backed Carolina to its 6, a punt gave FSU a shot from the Gamecock 46. Seven plays later, Terry Anthony scored on an 18-yard pass play, breaking a tackle to get over the goal.

Then the Seminoles moved 68 yards in a half-dozen plays, Dawsey getting 30 yards out of two grabs, Paul Moore scoring on a wide run from 13 yards out.

Abruptly, Carolina came alive, cutting it to 21-7 on quarterback Dickie DeMasi’s 42-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Miller, as FSU blitzed and the receiver made a good move on cornerback Errol McCorvey.

“They made a great play,” said Bowden.

As receivers dropped three straight Willis passes on a following possession, FSU settled for that 14-point lead.

Early in the third quarter, South Carolina lost just its fourth fumble in nine games – Ostaszewski’s recovery setting up the Seminoles at Carolina’s 43. Nothing came of it, Andrews missing a 41-yard field goal.

“This was a great week to have a letdown, but I didn’t see too much indication of that,” commented Bowden later. “But we might have lacked a little killer instinct, and we missed some tackles and field goals.

Part of that, suggested Bowden, was due to sparse hitting in practice by a physically battered team.

Before the third quarter was over, however, Florida State put this one on ice.

Anthony got a second touchdown on a 6-yard Willis pass, capping a 57-yard drive. A series later, the score became 35-7, Moore scoring on a 12-yard run after Amp Lee got loose on a 26-yarder.

As the Seminoles totaled 501 yards of offense for the day, just 134 came on the ground, Dexter Carter leading with 52 on nine efforts. FSU’s rushing total was two more than the visitors managed as heralded tailback Harold Green got 79 on 16 runs.

Ronnie Lewis had six of the 26 receptions by 11 Seminoles, totaling 116 yards, that included a 56-yarder that took FSU to Carolina’s 32 early in the final quarter.

As Casey Weldon followed Willis at quarterback, Carolina continued to play tough in the clutch, and FSU seemed fairly content with what it had.

Backed on their 1 after a sack of Weldon, the Seminoles punted out of the hole, and Carolina got a chance from FSU’s 28. A pass gained the 13, but was repulsed as Carruthers and Bill Ragans teamed for a sack. With 4:43 remaining, Mackie kicked a 36-yard field goal.

“I thought we played hard, and gave good effort,” said South Carolina coach Sparky Woods.

“Florida State is big, strong – just an excellent team.”

South Carolina lost Todd Ellis, its outstanding passer, to a knee injury last week.

“I’m proud from the standpoint we battled after losing our quarterback,” said Woods. “I just told out team to concentrate on playing hard every down, and I thought they did.”

Bowden considered the remainder of a dwindling schedule that finds open dates sandwiched around a Nov. 18 game here with Memphis State, the latter open date preceding a Dec. 2 final at Florida.

“We badly need a week off to get healthy again,” said Bowden.

And maybe also to better check out its bowl options.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
SOUTH CAROLINA
0
7
0
3
10
FLORIDA STATE
7
14
14
0
35

1st   0- 0  Richie Andrews, 38, field goal failed, 11:11
      7- 0  Bruce LaSane, 13, pass from Peter Tom Willis (Richie Andrews, kick), 9:47 
      7- 0  Opp, 49, field goal failed, 4:34 
2nd  14- 0  Terry Anthony, 18, pass from Peter Tom Willis (Richie Andrews, kick), 13:12
     21- 0  Paul Moore, 13, run (Richie Andrews, kick), 8:58 
     21- 7  Opp, 42, pass (kick), 5:57 
3rd  21- 7  Richie Andrews, 40, field goal failed, 11:54
     28- 7  Terry Anthony, 6, pass from Peter Tom Willis (Richie Andrews, kick), 8:16 
     35- 7  Paul Moore, 12, run (Richie Andrews, kick), 4:41 
4th  35-10  Opp, 36, field goal, 4:34 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 28 12 Rushes-yards 31-134 43-132 Passing 367 105 Att-Comp-Int 44-26-2 26-12-1 Total Yards 75-501 69-237 Punt Returns 2-13 2-17 Kickoff Returns 2-32 6-96 Interception Ret. 1-3 2-0 Fumble Returns 1-0 0-0 Punts 4-35.3 9-38.0 Sacks By-Yds 6-45 2-15 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1 Penalties-Yds 5-35 4-49 3rd Down Conversions 3-13 3-15 4th Down Conversions 1-1 0-0 Time of Posession 27:32 32:28 Attendance 61,852 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Dexter Carter 9- 52 Amp Lee 7- 42 Paul Moore 5- 30 Edgar Bennett 3- 22 Casey Weldon 2- 7 Chris Parker 3- -1 Peter Tom Willis 2- -11 Receiving Ronald Lewis 6- 116 Lawrence Dawsey 3- 78 Bruce LaSane 4- 45 Reggie Johnson 2- 30 Terry Anthony 3- 29 Edgar Bennett 3- 27 Amp Lee 1- 14 Dave Roberts 1- 9 Dexter Carter 1- 8 Paul Moore 1- 6 Chris Parker 1- 5 Passing Peter Tom Willis 38-25-1-362 Casey Weldon 6- 1-1- 5 Punt Return Terrell Buckley 2- 13 Kickoff Return Shannon Baker 1- 19 Lawrence Dawsey 1- 13 Punting Charlie Ward 4- 141 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kirk Carruthers 6 3 9 1.5- 0.5- 6.0 . . . . . . . Odell Haggins 5 3 8 1.0- 7.0 1.0- 7.0 . . . . . . . Bill Ragans 5 2 7 0.5- 6.0 0.5- 6.0 . 1 . . . . . Shelton Thompson 4 3 7 . . . . . . . . . Keith Carter 2 3 5 0.5- 3.0 0.5- 3.0 . . . . . . . Howard Dinkins 1 4 5 . . . . . . . . . LeRoy Butler 4 . 4 . . 1- 3 . . . . . . Eric Hayes 2 2 4 0.5- 3.0 0.5- 3.0 . . . . . . . Kevin Grant 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Dedrick Dodge 2 . 2 1.0- . . . . . . . . Henry Ostaszewski . 2 2 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Joe Ostaszewski . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . John Brown 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . John Wyche 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Anthony Moss . 2 2 2.0- 8.0 2.0- 8.0 . . . . . . . Oliver Strickland . 1 1 1.0- 12.0 1.0- 12.0 . . . . . . . Leon Fowler 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . David Stallworth 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Errol McCorvey . . . . . . 1 . . . . . Chris Hall . . . . . . 1 . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    4  Peter Tom Willis
FL    7  Ronald Lewis
SE    8  Terry Anthony
FB   22  Edgar Bennett
TB   42  Amp Lee
TT   50  John Brown
ST   52  Robert Stevenson
SG   65  Hayward Haynes
C    68  Michael Tanks
TG   70  Tony Yeomans
TE   80  Reggie Johnson
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RCB   6  LeRoy Butler
SS   15  Bill Ragans
LCB  26  Errol McCorvey
FS   28  Dedrick Dodge
WLB  45  Kirk Carruthers
OLB  47  Kevin Grant
NG   53  Odell Haggins
SLB  59  Keith Carter
RT   74  Henry Ostaszewski
LT   78  Eric Hayes
OLB  93  Shelton Thompson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Shannon Baker
 3  Leon Fowler
 9  Richie Andrews
11  Casey Weldon
13  Dexter Carter
14  Brad Johnson
17  Charlie Ward
27  Terrell Buckley
29  Lawrence Dawsey
32  Paul Moore
35  Chris Parker
39  Ed Clark
40  David Stallworth
41  Chris Hall
##  NAME
-----------------------------
44  John Wyche
51  Robbie Baker
58  Nick Ekonomou
67  Kevin Mancini
73  Reggie Dixon
75  Joe Ostaszewski
77  Eric Luallen
79  Gene Houpe
83  Dave Roberts
88  Bruce LaSane
89  Howard Dinkins
96  James Chaney
98  Oliver Strickland
99  Anthony Moss

FLORIDA STATE 57, MEMPHIS STATE 20

11/18/1989, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, November 19, 1989, page 25, by Bill McGrotha.

Peter the Great.
Willis conquers all in FSU’s 57-20 victory.

TALLAHASSEE, FL – In a game not otherwise destined to be etched in anybody’s memory, Peter Terrific threw the football Saturday like none who saw will ever forget.

For a magical time there, he not only threw like no Florida State player ever, but just maybe like no one anywhere ever!

As the Seminoles sprinted to a 51-13 halftime lead, then sort of duck-walked the remainder of the way by Memphis State 57-20 here, Peter Terrific – alias Peter Tom Willis – passed for a school-record six touchdowns. And for the bigger part of the show, he was about as perfect as passers get.

Consider that in the second quarter, Florida State ran just 12 plays from scrimmage. All passes – and five for touchdowns!

Consider that on FSU’s first five plays of the quarter, Willis hit four passes for touchdowns – including touchdowns on each of the last three of that sequence!

“Boy, he threw some good passes today!” praised Coach Bobby Bowden.

By halftime on this rather wintery afternoon, this hot senior had thrown for six touchdowns, surpassing two legends of FSU history, Gary Huff and Bill Cappleman, each of whom threw for five in single games. As he finished with 23 completions in 31 passes – no interceptions – for 482 yards, Willis just missed the school-record 508 hung up by Cappleman against this same Memphis State here almost exactly 20 years ago (Nov. 15, 1969) in a game that FSU lost 28-26.

Aware of the yardage record, and Willis’ 423 halftime total, Bowden decided to leave him in for the first series of the last half, and then went with him for two plays of another.

“We had wanted him to get all he could get,” Bowden said. “When he had 200 we wanted him to get 300, and when he had 300 we wanted him to get 400 …

“Then, when we did pull him out, we just felt like it would not be right to put him back in there.”

It was the fifth time this season Willis has thrown for more than 300 yards – and that breaks a school single-season record that he set two weeks ago.

With sophomore Brad Johnson hitting 5 og 8 for 53 yards as his rest-of-the-way replacement, the scoring machine sputtered under a load of substitutions.

But Johnson had a share in a team single-game passing record of 535 yards.

“He played pretty well,” said Bowden of Johnson, then the coach alluded to reserves manning the offensive line. “Whatever he did, he had to do quick.”

Quick was the way Fiesta Bowl bound Florida State won this one – the eighth straight for the No. 5-ranked Seminoles following an 0-2 beginning, and their 31st victory in the last 35 games.

Memphis State, hard hit by injuries in a now-completed disappointing season of 2-9, made it interesting for much of the first quarter.

With Lawrence Dawsey providing FSU’s best kickoff returns of the season, running back four for 113 yards, FSU got splendid early position at the Tigers’ 34 following his 49-yard return of the game opening one. When Memphis State stopped its running game, FSU settled for Richie Andrews’ 21-yard field goal.

For the day, the Seminoles ran just 25 times, netting a mere 20 yards. “We didn’t need it,” said Bowden of the running game. “The passing game was going so good. Then, in the second half, we couldn’t run very well with our second-team line in there.”

Memphis State tied it 3-3 on John Butler’s 29-yard field goal, quarterback Tim Jones passing well in a drive to the FSU 3, helped along by an interference call. For the Seminoles, it was a day of heavy penalties – 11 for 144 yards. One 15-yarder came following a brief free-for-all after an FSU defender (Grady Ross) rather emphatically bounced a Tiger out of bounds.

“I was a little disappointed in those shenanigans,” said Bowden.

But, surely, he loved what he saw the second time FSU got the football.

Two plays saw Willis move the Seminoles 71 yards, a 45-yarder to Bruce LaSane followed by a 26-yard touchdown strike to Dawsey. As a dozen FSU receivers caught passes, LaSane led with six for 111, with Dawsey among five others pulling in three.

“They’ve got the Fab Four, and they put in two other kids – and you might call ‘em the Fab Six,” said losing coach Chuck Stobart.

“Today Florida State did nore things against us than anybody did all year. We couldn’t hold up against their passing game.”

It became 10-6 early after Willis fumbled under a blitz, presenting Memphis opportunity from the FSU 9, Butler getting a 25-yard field goal this time.

Then Memphis State’s own errors helped open the floodgates. For the day, FSU would grab seven turnovers – two interceptions by Terrell Buckley, singles by Anthony Moss and John Davis, plus fumble recoveries by Davis, Odell Haggins and David Bassett.

A short kickoff precipitated a 56-yard drive capped by Dexter Carter’s 1-yard touchdown run.

That 17-6 lead set the stage for the second-quarter Willis show.

On the opening play of that period, Willis threw 12 yards to a wide-open Ronnie Lewis for a touchdown. Following a fumbled kickoff, Willis hit Dawsey for 15 then LaSane – who bounced up after falling down – for 15 more and the touchdown.

And then two one-play “drives” for touchdowns!

First it was Willis to Lewis for 59 yards – and then Willis to Amp Lee for 51.

The quarterback’s fifth touchdown pass in that 12-play quarter was a bit less sudden, coming on a 12-yard toss to Anthony – the seventh play of an 84-yard drive.

In the last half, Memphis State ignored the scoreboard and kept coming, a considerable reason why FSU was denied a team scoring record.

“I think you have to hand it to Memphis State – they fought the whole ball game,” said Bowden. “They never quit. It was a good sign for them after the very tough year they’ve had.”

The Tigers ran up an unsettling total of 357 yards, 290 of it passing as Jones went 13 of 24 for 205, and freshman receiver Russell Copeland caught seven for 113, all in the first half. They also whacked out 28 first downs, same total as FSU.

Stobart thought speed accounted for a big part of Saturday’s difference.

“They have speed and showed what they can do with it,” said the coach. “We must recruit speed to compete with these guys.

“I thought our guys hung in there in a tough situation.”

His guys got a second-quarter touchdown on a well-executed drive of 74 yards sparked by Jones passes, Marvin Cox scoring from the 2. A fourth-quarter touchdown came on quarterback Gary Bouldin’s 28-yard pass to fellow-freshman John Bush.

Two last-quarter field goals of 44 and 21 yards by Bill Mason wrapped up FSU scoring. Earlier, penalties had rubbed out two FSU touchdowns, including a nifty 81-yard interception return by Buckley.

A Florida State crowd of 57,511 said farewell to a retiring Blue Moon Rises, the horse they’ve known as Renegade the past 10 years, and to 17 seniors playing their final Campbell Stadium game.

No departing senior may ever say goodbye with such a flourish as Peter Terrific did on this day.

Now Bowden’s team says “hello” again to a game many of its fans consider the biggest of any year – the one with rival Florida, in Gainesville on Dec. 2.

Each has an open date, the netter to implement extra planning, this Thanksgiving weekend. Not that plans always work out.

That second-quarter passing production was hardly by design, Bowden conceded.

“I just thought y’all would like it that way,” Bowden jested.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
MEMPHIS STATE
6
7
0
7
20
FLORIDA STATE
17
34
0
6
57

1st   3- 0  Richie Andrews, 21, field goal, 11:50
      3- 3  Opp, 29, field goal, 7:34 
     10- 3  Lawrence Dawsey, 26, pass from Peter Tom Willis (Richie Andrews, kick), 7:11 
     10- 6  Opp, 25, field goal, 2:47 
     17- 6  Dexter Carter, 1, run (Richie Andrews, kick), 0:23 
2nd  24- 6  Ronald Lewis, 12, pass from Peter Tom Willis (Richie Andrews, kick), 14:55
     31- 6  Bruce LaSane, 15, pass from Peter Tom Willis (Richie Andrews, kick), 14:15
     31-13  Opp, 2, run (kick), 9:40 
     37-13  Ronald Lewis, 59, pass from Peter Tom Willis (Richie Andrews, kick blocked), 9:08 
     44-13  Amp Lee, 51, pass from Peter Tom Willis (Richie Andrews, kick), 7:52 
     51-13  Terry Anthony, 12, pass from Peter Tom Willis (Richie Andrews, kick), 1:55 
3rd  51-13  Richie Andrews, 48, field goal failed, 5:50 
4th  54-13  Bill Mason, 44, field goal, 12:53
     54-20  Opp, 28, pass (kick), 11:47
     57-20  Bill Mason, 21, field goal, 7:13 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 28 28 Rushes-yards 25- 20 42- 67 Passing 535 290 Att-Comp-Int 39-28-0 33-18-4 Total Yards 64-555 75-357 Punt Returns 2--9 1--1 Kickoff Returns 5-119 10-156 Interception Ret. 4-43 0-0 Fumble Returns 3-0 1-0 Punts 2-30.0 3-38.0 Sacks By-Yds 2-23 3-44 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 6-3 Penalties-Yds 11-144 6-57 3rd Down Conversions 4-10 6-14 4th Down Conversions 0-0 1-1 Time of Posession 25:07 34:53 Attendance 57,511 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Paul Moore 3- 18 Chris Parker 5- 13 Edgar Bennett 2- 11 Casey Weldon 1- 9 Dexter Carter 6- 8 Amp Lee 2- 2 Maurice Pinckney 1- 0 Brad Johnson 3- -11 Peter Tom Willis 2- -30 Receiving Bruce LaSane 6- 111 Ronald Lewis 3- 87 Edgar Bennett 3- 64 Amp Lee 2- 57 Lawrence Dawsey 3- 56 Terry Anthony 3- 55 Dexter Carter 3- 39 Dave Roberts 1- 23 Shannon Baker 1- 18 Chris Parker 1- 16 Johnny Clower 1- 8 Paul Moore 1- 1 Passing Peter Tom Willis 31-23-0-482 Brad Johnson 8- 5-0- 53 Punt Return Terrell Buckley 2- -9 Kickoff Return Lawrence Dawsey 4- 113 Corian Freeman 1- 6 Punting John Wimberly 1- 33 Charlie Ward 1- 27 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kirk Carruthers 4 4 8 . . . . . . . . . Kevin Grant 3 2 5 1.0- . . . . . . . . Odell Haggins 3 2 5 1.0- . . . . 1- 0 . . . Bill Ragans 3 1 4 0.5- 4.5 0.5- 4.5 . . . . . . . Errol McCorvey 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . LeRoy Butler 2 2 4 0.5- 4.5 0.5- 4.5 . . . . . . . Keith Carter 1 3 4 . . . . . . . . . Chris Hall 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Reggie Freeman 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . James Chaney 2 1 3 1.0- . . . . . . . . Howard Dinkins 2 1 3 2.0- . . . . . . . . Terrell Buckley 2 . 2 . . 2- 39 . . . . . . Anthony Moss . 2 2 . . 1- 4 . . . . . . Eric Hayes 1 1 2 1.0- . . 1 . . . . . Joe Ostaszewski 2 . 2 2.0- . . . . . . . . Dedrick Dodge 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . John Wyche 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . David Stallworth 1 . 1 1.0- . . . . . . . . John Davis . . . . . 1- 0 . . 1- 0 . . . David Bassett . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    4  Peter Tom Willis
FL    7  Ronald Lewis
SE    8  Terry Anthony
TB   13  Dexter Carter
FB   22  Edgar Bennett
ST   52  Robert Stevenson
SG   65  Hayward Haynes
TT   67  Kevin Mancini
C    68  Michael Tanks
TG   70  Tony Yeomans
TE   80  Reggie Johnson
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RCB   6  LeRoy Butler
SS   15  Bill Ragans
LCB  26  Errol McCorvey
FS   28  Dedrick Dodge
WLB  45  Kirk Carruthers
OLB  47  Kevin Grant
NG   53  Odell Haggins
SLB  59  Keith Carter
RT   74  Henry Ostaszewski
LT   78  Eric Hayes
OLB  93  Shelton Thompson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Shannon Baker
 3  Leon Fowler
 9  Richie Andrews
10  Corian Freeman
11  Casey Weldon
14  Brad Johnson
17  Charlie Ward
18  John Davis
19  John Wimberly
27  Terrell Buckley
29  Lawrence Dawsey
32  Paul Moore
35  Chris Parker
38  David Bassett
39  Ed Clark
40  David Stallworth
41  Chris Hall
42  Amp Lee
##  NAME
-----------------------------
43  Bill Mason
44  John Wyche
50  John Brown
51  Robbie Baker
73  Reggie Dixon
75  Joe Ostaszewski
77  Eric Luallen
79  Gene Houpe
83  Dave Roberts
85  Johnny Clower
88  Bruce LaSane
89  Howard Dinkins
90  Maurice Pinckney
96  James Chaney
97  Reggie Freeman
98  Oliver Strickland
99  Anthony Moss

FLORIDA STATE 24, FLORIDA 17

12/02/1989, GAINESVILLE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, December 3, 1989, page 39, by Bill McGrotha.

Deliverance.
It gets a little ugly, but the Seminoles escape Gainesville 24-17.

GAINESVILLE, FL – Hamstrung by an aggravating bunch of penalties, and a battling opponent, Florida State’s football team struggled here Saturday night.

But the Seminoles got cranked up on the record-breaking passing arm of Peter Tom Willis and whacked out a 24-17 victory over rival Florida.

Willis broke three single-season records set by Gary Huff in 1972 – for passing yardage, total yardage, total completions.

As things often seemed on the border of getting out of control, Florida State was penalized a dozen times for 134 yards, 83 in the first quarter alone. Florida, too, was flagged heavily, 12 times for 124 yards.

Just before the kickoff, Florida, wearing blue jerseys for the first time since the Kentucky game in 1979, won the coin toss and reserved its option until the second half. It was a virtually windless but chilly (61 degrees) evening.

Huey Richardson, the tough defensive end, introduced himself on the first play from scrimmage at the 20, pulling FSU tailback Dexter Carter down for a loss of 3. But on third down Peter Tom Willis passed 11 yards to Edgar Bennett at the 32.

A procedure penalty helped check FSU, and Charlie Ward punted to the Florida 30.

After Emmitt Smith struck the middle for 8, quarterback Donald Douglas got 13 on a keeper, to the FSU 49. On third down, Douglas kept it going with an 11-yard pass to Stacey Simmons at the 36.

Three runs got nothing, with Eric Hayes stopping cold a reverse by Tony Lomack. A punt rolled into the end zone as defensive back Dedrick Dodge briefly tangled with a Gator, precipitating offsetting penalties after the kick.

Carter ran for 12, and Lawrence Dawsey caught a pass and dug for 9 to the 42.

Again a penalty – this one a personal foul – stymied a movement. Three plays later, Ward punted – shanking it 16 yards to Florida’s 48.

FSU defenders allowed nothing, tossing Douglas for a loss, stopping Smith for a yard gain.

On the punt to the 20, clipping was called on FSU and two dead-ball personal fouls on Florida. Officials placed the ball at FSU’s 42. Then, on second thought, officials decided on just one personal-foul penalty. Result: FSU started at its 27.

Ronald Lewis streaked deep, but Kerry Watkins defended well and a Willis bomb was incomplete. Next play saw Carter thrown for a loss – but a personal-foul penalty on Florida lifted FSU to its 38.

Whereupon, Willis went deep again, throwing to a wide-open Terry Anthony for a touchdown on a 62-yard play, and it became 7-0 late in the opening quarter.

Tony Lomack broke away on the kickoff return to FSU’s 22, but a holding call brought it back to Florida’s 27.

On third down from the 31, a pass fell incomplete – but FSU was flagged for roughing the passer.

Soon, as Smith got 7 to FSU’s 43, another personal-foul penalty vaulted Florida to the 28.

But Moss sacked Douglas for a loss of 5. Two plays later saw another sequence of penalties, and it came to fourth down at the 29.

John David Francis kicked a 46-yard field goal for 7-3.

As Carter was tackled at the 13 on the kickoff runback, FSU was again flagged, bringing a start at the 7.

Eventually, as the second quarter opened, it came to fourth down at the 21. John Wimberly punted poorly, but a holding call on Florida kept FSU’s bid going, at its 31.

Anthony caught a 21-yard pass at midfield. But on second and third downs, Willis was sacked by Gerald Odom for minus-18 and by Mark Murray for minus-7. On the Odom sack, an ensuing fumble was claimed by FSU’s Tony Yeomans.

Wimberly’s 36-yard punt gave Florida position at its 39.

And quickly Smith broke wide for 39 to FSU’s 22, John Wyche finally bringing him down.

Two plays later, Smith got 17 to the 4. On third down from the 3, Stacey Simmons scored on a reverse, and Florida went up 10-7.

On a draw from the 26, Bennett popped for 15. Passes of 9 and 12 yards to Lewis and Carter, coupled with an interference call on Florida gained the Florida 22.

Two passes to Reggie Johnson keyed a first down at the 6. Two runs got 4, but a third-down reverse by Dawsey had no chance – Florida defenders tossing him for a 6-yard loss.

A 24-yard Richie Andrews field goal tied it 10-10 with 2:38 left in the half.

Florida worked the ball up to its 41.

But Willie McClendon fumbled as he struck up the middle for 11, and Terrell Buckley recovered. And a foul penalty placed FSU at Florida’s 37 with 31 seconds left.

But FSU got knocked back to its 48 on a first-play penalty. Then with 14 seconds left in the half, Richard Fain intercepted at Florida’s 46.

Smith ran wide for a dozen. On the half’s last play Terence Barber pulled in a 35-yard Douglas throw at the 6, but immediately went down.

At the start of the second half, Florida had outgained the Seminoles 177 yards to 173. Of those totals, Florida had 123 on runs – 92 by Smith on 14 endeavors – and FSU 140 on passes as Willis completed 8 of 14.

After a first-half that saw Florida start series no deeper than its own 30, a Leon Fowler tackle of Lomack on the third-quarter kickoff put the Gators in a hole at their 12.

Three plays later Florida was still at its 12, as Keith Carter grabbed Smith for a third-down loss of 3.

A punt gave FSU fine position at Florida’s 49 – but not for long.

A run lost 2, a holding penalty lost 10, a pass and fumble lost 3, and another run lost 4 to push it all the way back to FSU’s 32. Wimberly’s punt was a 32-yarder to Florida’s 36.

Two Smith runs got nothing, and neither did a pass. Bad punting got contagious as a Florida 27-yarder died at FSU’s 37.

Two plays found the Seminoles at their 21 – another unusual penalty for an offensive player grabbing a face mask. But, on a screen pass, Bennett slipped past an early tackler and raced for 38 to Florida’s 41.

Johnson caught a 15-yard throw at the 22.

Next play Bruce LaSane pulled in a Willis shot across the middle, and powered into the end zone, dragging a couple of defenders with him, and FSU regained the lead 17-10.

A 17-yard Smith run, with a face-mask penalty, quickly got Florida to midfield. Smith got 8 more, McClendon 16 on two runs, to the 25.

A delay penalty gave Florida pause, just before Errol McCorvey intercepted a Douglas pass about 6 inches from the end zone.

Third down at the 5, and Anthony was held as he went wide for a pass – the penalty on Ephesians Bartley provided a first down at the 15. Carter snared a 15-yard pass, then a 12-yarder.

But on the last play of the quarter, Tallahasseean Brad Culpepper knocked the ball out of Bennett’s hand and Godfrey Myles recovered for Florida at FSU’s 30.

Florida moved in Lex Smith at quarterback, who simply dealt the ball to Emmitt Smith four straight times – down to the 15.

After a pass failed, it came to fourth down, with Francis missing a 23-yard attempt.

Right away, Carter cut left for 15 yards. Next play, he cut right for 15 more. Two plays later, he caught an 18-yard pass at the Florida 25. Carter soon ran for 6 and a first down at the 14.

It came to third and six at the 10, with Dave Roberts grabbing a pass over the middle and scoring, dragging defender Pat Moorer with him in the process. With 8:05 to go, FSU led 24-10.

Smith went to work with passes, hitting Ernie Mills for 15 and 24 to midfield, then Barber at the FSU 25, and Emmitt’s running led on to a first down at the 13. On a keeper, Lex scrambled to the 5, and Emmitt took it the rest of the way, scoring from the 2. With 4:08 to play FSU’s lead was down to 24-17.

From his 20, Willis threw to Anthony for 8 before Carter ran for 11. On third-and-eight, Anthony got 36 yards out of a Willis throw to the Florida 24.

But a procedure penalty rubbed out a pass to Johnson at the 7. On fourth down, Andrews missed a 41-yard try for a field goal.

Fifty-eight seconds remained. Florida had time for a half-dozen plays before Smith ran out of downs at the 35.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
7
3
7
7
24
FLORIDA
3
7
0
7
17

1st   7- 0  Terry Anthony, 62, pass from Peter Tom Willis (Richie Andrews, kick), 3:22 
      7- 3  Opp, 46, field goal, 0:20 
2nd   7-10  Opp, 3, run (kick), 8:21 
     10-10  Richie Andrews, 24, field goal, 2:50 
3rd  17-10  Bruce LaSane, 22, pass from Peter Tom Willis (Richie Andrews, kick), 8:00 
4th  17-10  Opp, 33, field goal failed, 12:20
     24-10  Dave Roberts, 10, pass from Peter Tom Willis (Richie Andrews, kick), 8:05 
     24-17  Opp, 2, run (kick), 4:08 
     24-17  Richie Andrews, 41, field goal failed, 0:58 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 24 20 Rushes-yards 37- 76 45-209 Passing 319 129 Att-Comp-Int 32-20-1 22-9-1 Total Yards 69-395 67-338 Punt Returns 1-4 0-0 Kickoff Returns 2-36 5-78 Interception Ret. 1-0 1-3 Fumble Returns 1-0 1-0 Punts 4-28.8 4-34.8 Sacks By-Yds 1-6 3-26 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-1 Penalties-Yds 12-134 12-124 3rd Down Conversions 7-14 7-15 Time of Posession 31:26 28:34 Attendance 75,154 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Dexter Carter 21- 97 Edgar Bennett 10- 11 Lawrence Dawsey 1- -6 Peter Tom Willis 5- -26 Receiving Terry Anthony 4- 126 Dexter Carter 6- 59 Edgar Bennett 2- 49 Reggie Johnson 3- 29 Bruce LaSane 2- 27 Dave Roberts 1- 10 Lawrence Dawsey 1- 10 Ronald Lewis 1- 9 Passing Peter Tom Willis 32-20-1-319 Punt Return Terrell Buckley 1- 4 Kickoff Return Dexter Carter 2- 36 Punting John Wimberly 2- 68 Charlie Ward 2- 47 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bill Ragans 6 2 8 . . . . . . . . . Kirk Carruthers 6 1 7 . . . . . . . . . LeRoy Butler 4 2 6 . . . 1 . . . . . Dedrick Dodge 3 2 5 . . . . . . . . . Anthony Moss 5 . 5 2.0- 7.0 1.0- 6.0 . . . . . . . Eric Hayes 4 . 4 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Keith Carter 4 . 4 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . . Leon Fowler 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Errol McCorvey 2 . 2 . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Shelton Thompson 2 . 2 2.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Henry Ostaszewski 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Kevin Grant . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Terrell Buckley 1 . 1 1.0- 1.0 . . . . 1- 0 . . . Chris Keen 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . John Wyche 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Bryce Abbott 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Richie Andrews 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . David Bassett 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Chris Hall 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Corian Freeman . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Alan Stewart . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB    4  Peter Tom Willis
FL    7  Ronald Lewis
SE    8  Terry Anthony
TB   13  Dexter Carter
FB   22  Edgar Bennett
TT   50  John Brown
ST   52  Robert Stevenson
SG   65  Hayward Haynes
C    68  Michael Tanks
TG   70  Tony Yeomans
TE   80  Reggie Johnson
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RCB   6  LeRoy Butler
SS   15  Bill Ragans
LCB  26  Errol McCorvey
FS   28  Dedrick Dodge
WLB  45  Kirk Carruthers
OLB  47  Kevin Grant
NG   53  Odell Haggins
SLB  59  Keith Carter
RT   74  Henry Ostaszewski
LT   78  Eric Hayes
OLB  93  Shelton Thompson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Shannon Baker
 3  Leon Fowler
 9  Richie Andrews
10  Corian Freeman
12  Alan Stewart
14  Brad Johnson
17  Charlie Ward
19  John Wimberly
23  Bryce Abbott
27  Terrell Buckley
29  Lawrence Dawsey
32  Paul Moore
38  David Bassett
39  Ed Clark
40  David Stallworth
41  Chris Hall
##  NAME
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42  Amp Lee
44  John Wyche
51  Robbie Baker
57  Chris Keen
63  Jason Dillaberry
67  Kevin Mancini
73  Reggie Dixon
75  Joe Ostaszewski
77  Eric Luallen
79  Gene Houpe
83  Dave Roberts
88  Bruce LaSane
89  Howard Dinkins
96  James Chaney
98  Oliver Strickland
99  Anthony Moss

FLORIDA STATE 41, NEBRASKA 17

01/01/1990, Fiesta Bowl, Tempe, Az

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, January 2, 1990, page 27, by Bill McGrotha.

That’s Fab, 4!
Willis wings it over the Huskers in a 41-17 Fiesta.

TEMPE, AR – If in fact Florida State is not the best college-football team in this land, please don’t tell Nebraska.

The pain of one of the nation’s proudest teams was severe aplenty Monday after a 41-17 embarrassment Saturday in the Fiesta Bowl before a national-television audience.

Bobby Bowden said defense would make the difference, and FSU’s coach was probably right. Led by noseguard Odell Haggins, FSU defenders seemed to play as though their souls were about to be possessed.

But, ah, was there ever a passer like Peter Tom Willis.

Putting a brilliant shine on a remarkable season in his last college game, Willis stung Nebraska with five touchdown passes, completing 25 of 40 for 422 yards.

Not only was it the best day of any passer in the 19-game history of the Fiesta Bowl, it topped the best of any ever against storied Nebraska. Both accomplishments were previously claimed by Danny McManus in FSU’s 31-28 victory in this bowl two years ago.

McManus, most valuable offensive player in that Fiesta Bowl as Willis was in this one, was among 75,953 spectators in Sun Devil Stadium, a guest of his alma mater.

For a happy Bowden, who had beaten off a virus assault that pestered him Sunday, it was a special moment.

As his team won its 10th straight, he registered the sixth 10-victory season of his 14 seasons. And who would have believed that a bunch that started 0-2 could finish 10-2?

Ranked No. 5 going in, Florida State is expected to finish among the nation’s top three for the third straight year, pending the outcome of final polls today.

Essentially, FSU defenders took everything away from high-scoring Nebraska, restricting the Cornhuskers to 322 yards, and only 115 of that from a running game that was acclaimed the nation’s most effective.

An opponent that prided itself in few turnovers counted only three in its previous five games. FSU had that many by halftime as it presented the offense with abundant opportunity throughout.

At the end, FSU had covered three Nebraska fumbles and grabbed two interceptions. In contrast to those five turnovers, FSU had none.

The Seminoles ran up 494 yards, averaging 7.6 yards per play. Of some aid to Nebraska were FSU’s stumbling start and 13 penalties for 135 yards.

“The biggest problem we had was those turnovers,” said Tom Osborne, a sorely disappointed coach who now finds himself trailing 4-2 in his series with FSU.

Osborne was wrong about his biggest problem. Very simply, his biggest problem was Florida State.

To hear Willis tell it, Nebraska’s biggest problem was not him.

“We’re just fortunate enough to have some great receivers,” he said. “I don’t really think this was my best game.”

“We played real good,” assesses Bowden of the overall effort. “I think this was just about as well as we could play – better than I thought we would play.

“It was a season in which we just kept going up, up, up – and Willis just kept getting better, better and better.

“Wait until he sees the films, he’s going to see how good he was.”

In the early going, Florida State seemed a team that was going up, up, up on nobody.

Nebraska took a 7-0 lead off the game-opening series. It had gotten just 5 yards in three opening runs.

Then, on fourth down, the Cornhuskers startled the Seminoles with a fake punt, kicker Mike Stigge passing 41 yards to wingback Mark Dowse at the FSU 23, a roughing-the-passer penalty moving the Huskers on to the 12. On third down, quarterback Gerry Gdowski threw 9 yards to Morgan Gregory for the touchdown.

After which, Florida State sputtered through the remainder of the quarter.

After a 38-yard Lawrence Dawsey kickoff return, off a Shannon Baker lateral, FSU moved on passes to the Nebraska 25, but four plays later Bill Mason badly missed on a 37-yard try for a field goal.

Then, after a 34-yard Dexter Carter run on a draw, FSU pushed to a first down at the Nebraska 13. But, after Carter got 9 to the 4, Nebraska stopped three runs short of the first down, Paul Moore coming up an inch or so short on fourth down.

Soon Kevin Grant’s interception placed FSU at the Nebraska 18. Nothing came of that either, Richie Andrews missing a field goal from 39 yards on the first play of the second quarter.

But when John Wyche clobbered Gdowski on a safety blitz, bringing a fumble that Odell Haggins claimed at the foe 31, FSU started its parade of points.

Two passes, one to Dawsey for 17 and a scoring one to Anthony for 14, tied it 7-7.

Anthony had quite a day, grabbing 6 throws for 88 yards. Ronald Lewis caught 5 for 106.

A 62-yard kickoff runback by freshman Tyrone Hughes put the Huskers in prompt position for a 39-yard Chris Drennan field goal as they regained the lead 10-7.

FSU seemed to be pressing when, on fourth and one at the Nebraska 38, it called a pass that fell incomplete. Nebraska moved, but Drennan missed a 49-yard try for a field goal.

Three straight Willis passes, the second to Baker for 44, put FSU up 14-10, tight end Reggie Johnson capping the quick 68-yard movement with a 5-yard catch.

Willis passed for his third touchdown of the quarter on a gem of a drive. It started at the Seminole 49 following the game’s first punt, a 30-yarder. After FSU attained the Husker 32, the holding penalties started. Three straight on the offensive line, pushing FSU back to its 35.

It came to first-down-and-40-to-go. On third down, Willis hit Bennet with a 30-yarder to the 17. Three times the ball went to Carter, and a touchdown came on a 10-yard pass to the quick tailback.

It became 27-10 on FSU’s second series of the last half. After the defense backed Nebraska to its 12, a 29-yard punt gave FSU a shot from the foe 44. Eight plays were enough, Paul Moore scoring from the 1. Nebraska blocked the point-after.

The score jumped to 34-10 when freshman John Davis ripped through to block a punt at the Nebraska 9. One play was enough this time, a 9-yard pass to tight-end Johnson, and with 3:37 left in the quarter, the thousands of Nebraska fans started leaving the stadium.

A final FSU touchdown came on the last play of the third quarter after Shelton Thompson jumped on a fumble at the FSU 38. A 37-yard pass to Lewis was soon followed by a 24-yard scoring one to Anthony, who made a sensational catch.

Surely, the score might well have climbed higher, but FSU was rushing in substitutes.

Nebraska scored in the last minute after blocking a punt and gaining the ball at FSU’s 2, Mickey Joseph running for the touchdown.

The Cornhuskers covered an onside kick, but nothing came of it.

In addition to Willis being acclaimed offensive MVP, Haggins won defensive MVP honors in a vote of pressboxers. But it was a game that saw magnificent defensive efforts by many, including linebacker Kirk Carruthers, credited with 11 unassisted tackles.

So it was that Bowden boosted his bowl record to 9-3-1, continuing to reign with the best winning percentage of any coach ever for these post-season affairs.

FSU is now 7-0-1 for its last eight, its last bowl loss to Oklahoma 18-17 on Jan. 1, 1981.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
NEBRASKA
7
3
0
7
17
FLORIDA STATE
0
21
20
0
41

1st   0- 7  Opp, 9, pass (kick), 11:19
      0- 7  Bill Mason, 37, field goal failed, 8:52 
2nd   0- 7  Richie Andrews, 39, field goal failed, 14:56
      7- 7  Terry Anthony, 14, pass from Peter Tom Willis (Richie Andrews, kick), 13:42
      7-10  Opp, 39, field goal, 12:15
      7-10  Opp, 49, field goal failed, 7:57 
     14-10  Reggie Johnson, 5, pass from Peter Tom Willis (Richie Andrews, kick), 6:55 
     21-10  Dexter Carter, 10, pass from Peter Tom Willis (Richie Andrews, kick), 0:24 
3rd  27-10  Paul Moore, 1, run (Richie Andrews, kick blocked), 5:59 
     34-10  Reggie Johnson, 8, pass from Peter Tom Willis (Richie Andrews, kick), 3:37 
     41-10  Terry Anthony, 24, pass from Peter Tom Willis (Richie Andrews, kick), 0:02 
4th  41-17  Opp, 2, run (kick), 1:16 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 18 18 Rushes-yards 24- 72 46-115 Passing 422 207 Att-Comp-Int 41-25-0 26-15-2 Total Yards 65-494 72-322 Punt Returns 0-0 2-5 Kickoff Returns 3-69 7-149 Interception Ret. 2-42 0-0 Fumble Returns 3-0 0-0 Punts 3-35.7 3-34.3 Sacks By-Yds 2-15 1-8 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 5-3 Penalties-Yds 13-135 6-48 3rd Down Conversions 7-16 7-18 4th Down Conversions 1-3 1-2 Time of Posession 27:30 32:30 Attendance 73,953 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Dexter Carter 13- 72 Amp Lee 2- 6 Paul Moore 4- 3 Edgar Bennett 3- 3 Lawrence Dawsey 1- -4 Peter Tom Willis 1- -8 Receiving Ronald Lewis 5- 106 Terry Anthony 6- 88 Lawrence Dawsey 4- 66 Shannon Baker 2- 49 Dexter Carter 3- 47 Edgar Bennett 1- 30 Reggie Johnson 3- 27 Amp Lee 1- 9 Passing Peter Tom Willis 40-25-0-422 Casey Weldon 1- 0-0- 0 Kickoff Return Lawrence Dawsey 3- 59 Punting John Wimberly 3- 107 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kirk Carruthers 11 1 12 2.0- 6.0 1.0- 5.0 . . . . . . . Dedrick Dodge 8 . 8 . . . . . . . . . Terrell Buckley 6 . 6 . . . . . . . . . Howard Dinkins 5 . 5 1.0- 4.0 . . . . . . . . Odell Haggins 4 1 5 . . . 1 . 1- 0 . . . Henry Ostaszewski 4 1 5 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Eric Hayes 3 1 4 2.0- 4.0 . . . . . . . . Grady Ross 4 . 4 . . . . . . . . . John Wyche 4 . 4 . . . . . . . . . LeRoy Butler 3 . 3 . . 1- 23 1 . . . . . Bill Ragans 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . David Bassett 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Keith Carter 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . James Chaney 1 . 1 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Leon Fowler 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Reggie Freeman . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Chris Hall . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Bill Mason 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Anthony Moss 1 . 1 1.0- 9.0 1.0- 9.0 . . . . . . . David Stallworth . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Shelton Thompson . 1 1 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . John Davis . . . . . . . . . . 1 . Kevin Grant . . . . . 1- 19 . . . . . . Errol McCorvey . . . . . . 1 . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    4  Peter Tom Willis
FL    7  Ronald Lewis
SE    8  Terry Anthony
TB   13  Dexter Carter
FB   22  Edgar Bennett
TT   50  John Brown
ST   52  Robert Stevenson
SG   65  Hayward Haynes
C    68  Michael Tanks
TG   70  Tony Yeomans
TE   80  Reggie Johnson
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RCB   6  LeRoy Butler
SS   15  Bill Ragans
LCB  26  Errol McCorvey
FS   28  Dedrick Dodge
WLB  45  Kirk Carruthers
OLB  47  Kevin Grant
NG   53  Odell Haggins
SLB  59  Keith Carter
RT   74  Henry Ostaszewski
LT   78  Eric Hayes
OLB  93  Shelton Thompson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Shannon Baker
 2  Grady Ross
 3  Leon Fowler
 9  Richie Andrews
10  Corian Freeman
11  Casey Weldon
12  Alan Stewart
14  Brad Johnson
18  John Davis
19  John Wimberly
23  Bryce Abbott
27  Terrell Buckley
29  Lawrence Dawsey
31  Lavon Brown
32  Paul Moore
38  David Bassett
40  David Stallworth
41  Chris Hall
42  Amp Lee
43  Bill Mason
##  NAME
-----------------------------
44  John Wyche
51  Robbie Baker
58  Nick Ekonomou
60  Mike Morris
63  Jason Dillaberry
67  Kevin Mancini
73  Reggie Dixon
75  Joe Ostaszewski
76  Eric McGill
77  Eric Luallen
79  Gene Houpe
82  Brad Lundstrom
83  Dave Roberts
85  Johnny Clower
89  Howard Dinkins
91  Deondri Clark
96  James Chaney
97  Reggie Freeman
98  Oliver Strickland
99  Anthony Moss