Florida State Football - 2002 Year In Review

Florida State Football - 2002 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Bobby Bowden, Head Coach
Jody Allen, Defensive Ends
Mickey Andrews, Associate Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator, Secondary
Jeff Bowden, Offensive Coordinator, Wide Receivers
Daryl Dickey, Quarterbacks
Odell Haggins, Defensive Tackles
Jimmy Heggins, Offensive Line
Jon Jost, Strength and Conditioning
Joe Kines, Linebackers
John Lilly, Tight Ends, Recruiting Coordinator
Joe Ostaszewski, Graduate Assistant
Billy Sexton, Assistant Head Coach, Running Backs
Kirby Smart, Graduate Assistant

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2002 FSU Football Media Guide

FSU Offensive Line and Chris Rix

2002 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

Lorenzo Booker, 5-11, 178, RB, Ventura, CA - One of the nation's top prospects...named a Parade All-American and to the PrepStar Dream Team...top-rated running back in the nation according to Parade...Rivals100.com's No. 3 rated prospect in the nation...earned USA Today All-USA First Team honors as a senior...No. 1 rated running back in the nation according to Rivals100.com ...Tom Lemming's No. 3 overall prospect and No. 2 running back in the country...ran for 2,878 yards and 50 touchdowns as a senior...added 16 receptions for 300 yards and three scores...rushed for 3,103 yards and 49 touchdowns as a junior...earned Junior Player of the Year honors for the state of California...runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4...selected Florida State over Notre Dame, USC and Washington.

Brodrick Bunkley, 6-3, 260, DL, Tampa - No. 2 rated defensive tackle according to Florida Times-Union...named to the Times-Union Super 75...selected to play in the 2002 Georgia-Florida All-Star game...was No. 14 overall on the Florida Kids top 100 list...rated as the No. 2 defensive lineman oy Florida Kids...also named to the 2001 Florida Kids All-Gridiron Football Dream Team...had 18 1/2 sacks as a senior...led team to the state finals as a senior...runs the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds and can bench press just over 350 pounds...selected Florida State over Florida and Miami.

Darrell Burston, 6-2, 210, DE, Fayetteville, GA - A standout defensive prospect who played both linebacker and defensive end...rated one of the top linebackers in the nation by TheInsiders.com...led team with 14 sacks...recorded 98 tackles as a senior, including 27 solo stops and 19 tackles for loss...grabbed national attention after posting a 4.45 40-yard dash at summer camps...showed outstanding athleticism, recording a 44" vertical leap at the Georgia Tech camp...selected Florida State over Georgia Tech, Duke, Auburn, Wake Forest and Maryland.

Thomas Clayton, 5-11, 194, RB, Alexandria, VA - A SuperPrep All-American...was also SuperPrep's eighth-ranked running back...named to the USA Today All-USA second team...possesses great speed, evidenced by his 4.32 40-yard dash...rushed for over 2,000 yards as a senior...found the end zone 26 times...Rivals100.com rates him as the No. 8 running back in nation...rated 15th-best running back by TheInsiders.com...ranked eighth in Tom Lemming's Top 25 running backs...led Mount Vernon to the AAA Division 5 title...selected Florida State over North Carolina, Penn State and Notre Dame...nicknamed "Hollywood".

Buster Davis, 5-11, 230, LB, Daytona Beach - A top-10 ranked linebacker in multiple publications... ranked as the nation's No. 5 linebacker by Rivals100.com...selected to the Prep StarDream Team...earned USA Today First Team All-American honors...TheInsiders.com ranked Davis as the nation's No. 8 linebacker prospect...ranked ninth-best linebacker in the nation by SchoolSports...ranked in the top 100 players nationally on several lists, including SuperPrep, Student Sports 100, and Tom Lemming's top 100..named to the SuperPrep All-America team...Florida Kids rated Davis as the No. 1 linebacker in Florida...ranked 30th prospect over-all in Florida by Florida Kids...earned a perfect 7.50 rating in Max Emfinger's Top 200...had over 140 tackles as senior...closed out his career with nearly 400 career tackles...recorded 101 solo stops and forced seven fumbles as a junior...selected Florida State over Nebraska, Ohio State, Tennessee and Syracuse.

Chris Davis, 6-0, 170, WR, Saint Petersburg - Played quarterback, defensive back and wide receiver in high school...one of the top athletes in this year's class...highly-recruited athlete who was named a PrepStar Dream Team member and Parade All-American... named best all-around athlete by Parade...a Rivals100.com five-star athlete...ranked as the No. 2 athlete in the country by Rivals100.com...selected to the USA Today All-USA squad...named to the Riddell Footwear All-American Team...No. 6 overall prospect according to Rivals100.com...Florida Times-Union Super 75 selection...No. 5 prospect from Florida according to the Orlando Sentinel...named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Super Southern 100...threw for 1,288 yards, 12 touchdowns and just four interceptions in his senior year...also rushed for 990 yards and 15 TDs...averaged 43 yards per kickoff return...returned two kickoffs and two punts for touchdowns...added 48 tackles and five interceptions...threw for 1,599 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior...also rushed for 1,587 yards as a junior, totaling over 3,000 yards in offense...has been clocked in the 40 at 4.3...selected Florida State over Florida, Miami, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame and USC.

Lonnie Davis, 6-4, 255, TE, Jacksonville - Highly recruited blocking tight end...rated as the No. 5 tight end nationally by TheInsiders.com...fifth-ranked tight end prospect nationally according to Max Emfinger...also named to Emfinger's top 200 list...named to the Florida Times-Union's Super 75...chosen to play in the CaliFlorida Bowl...named to the Orlando Sentinel's Florida Top 100 list...Florida Kids' No. 1 rated tight end in Florida... selected to the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Super Southern 100 team...ranked on SchoolSports Top 150...selected to the Athlon 200 for 2002 list...also named to the Alliance Sports 250 list...caught five passes as a senior while playing in a run-oriented offense...selected Florida State over Arkansas, Auburn and Michigan State.

Nate Hardage, 6-1, 230, LB, Sylvester, GA - Enrolled at Florida state as a junior college transfer in the spring...should battle Robert May for significant playing time...regarded as one of the top JUCO linebackers in the nation...currently listed behind starter Jerel Hudson and Robert May at middle line-backer...recorded 62 tackles in his sophomore season at Jones, including 12 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles...first-team all-state selection in class 3A as a high school senior...SuperPrep's No. 35 prospect nationally...made 144 tackles and had 16 sacks as a senior...stellar senior season included Tifton Gazette Defensive Player of the Year honors...also was selected to play in the 2000 Georgia-Florida All-Star game...selected FSU over Georgia, Auburn and Memphis...a social-science major...born December 2,1980.

Sam McGrew, 6-3, 230, LB, Crawfordville - The combination of strength and speed makes McGrew the best inside linebacker prospect in Florida according to many publications...SuperPrep's No. 38 prospect in the nation...No. 14 ranked linebacker prospect according to TheInsiders.com...rated the No. 4 linebacker from Florida and the No. 32 prospect in the nation according to Florida Kids...finished his senior season with over 150 tackles...represented Florida in the Georgia-Florida All-Star Game...Rivals100.com's No. 15 linebacker in the nation...a Florida Times-Union Super 75 selection...named to Max Emfinger's Top 250...selected Florida State over Florida, Alabama, Georgia Tech and Kentucky.

Cory Niblock, 6-4, 280, OL, Saint Augustine - A three-year starter at Nease...recorded 55 pancake blocks as a senior...anchored offensive line that led Panthers running back Matt O'Steen to a 5.8 yards-per-carry average...earned third-team All-State honors...also appeared in the North-South Shrine Bowl All-Star game...also played one season of basketball...will play either offensive guard or tackle for Florida State.

A.J. Nicholson, 6-2, 232, LB, Winston-Salem, NC - Highly recruited linebacker who was named a Parade All-American...Prep Star Dream Team selection...named to the USA Today All-USA Second Team...TheInsiders.com's No. 3 linebacker in the nation...No. 3 rated middle linebacker in the nation according to Max Emfinger...rated the eighth-best linebacker in the nation according to SchoolSports...Countdown to Signing Day First Team All-South selection...selected to Athlon Sports^op 100 High School Seniors and the Alliance Sports Top 100 lists...named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Super Southern 100 team...had 147 tackles as a senior...made 170 tackles and had 23 tackles for losses as a junior...selected Florida State over Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida and Texas.

Dishon Platt, 6-0, 180, WR, Punta Gorda - A highly sought after recruit with great speed and hands...earned Parade All-American honors...was also named Parade's No. 1 national wide receiver prospect...selected as the nation's top wide receiver prospect by several publications, including the Florida Times-Union's Super 75, Athlon Sports Top 100 High School Seniors, Alliance Sports Top 100 and Tom Lemming's Top 100...Florida Kids rates Platt as the No. 2 prospect from Florida...selected to the Prep SterDream Team...named to the Orlando Sentinel's Top 100 and the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Super Southern 100...TheInsiders.com's No. 2 wide receiver and No. 9 prospect overall...also named to Max Emfinger's 2001 National High School All America Team...selected to the USA Today All-USA First Team...Student Sports ranks Platt as the top wide receiver and No. 7 prospect overall in the nation...rated as the No. 3 player in state of Florida by SuperPrep and No. 14 on SuperPrep's Elite 50...SchoolSports' No. 3 wide receiver nationally and No. 24 overall prospect...named to Bill Buchalter's Florida Super 26...selected to Max Emfinger's Top 150...earned Pre-Season All-America status after standout junior season when he led the state with 64 receptions, 1,470 yards and 16 TDs...as a senior caught 59 passes for 912 yards and 15 touchdowns...also added two TDs on punt returns...plans to be a dual-sport star for FSU, as Platt averaged 20 points per game for the wants to play basketball for the Seminoles...selected Florida State over South Florida, Georgia, Clemson, NC State and Louisiana State.

Lorne Sam, 6-2, 180, WR, Buford, GA - Brother of current Seminole receiver P.K. Sam...a big wide receiver with good speed...ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at the Atlanta Nike camp...earned PrepStar All-American honors...completed 61 of 115 passes for 1,439 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior...lone pick of the season came on a Hail Mary pass at the end of the first half of the state title game...also ran for 548 yards and four TDs on 64 carries...earned all-state honors as a senior after leading Buford to a 15-0 record and a state title...ranked No. 22 in Rivals100.com athletes list...selected Florida State over Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech.

Wyatt Sexton, 6-3, 185, QB, Tallahassee - Rated the top quarterback prospect in state of Florida by Bill Buchalter and the Florida Times-Union...put up some of the best passing numbers in Tallahassee history...threw for 2,193 yards, 19 TDs and was intercepted only seven times as a senior...passed for over 2,900 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior...finished career with over 5,000 yards passing in two years...selected Florida State over Illinois, Auburn, NC State and North Carolina...is son of FSU assistant head coach Billy Sexton.

Chauncey Stovall, 6-2, 200, WR, Vero Beach - SuperPrep's No. 1 junior college prospect overall...ranked seventh on Rivalsl00.com's top non-high school athletes...earned JUCO All-American honors...also rated a five-star prospect by Rivals100.com...top wide receiver prospect from 2000...caught 78 passes for 700 yards and eight TDs in his first season at Hinds...had 1,450 all-purpose yards as a high school senior...also added 30 TDs...selected Florida State over Miami and West Virginia.

Chris Turner, 6-3, 270, DL, Jacksonville - A dominating run stuffer who has the speed to play defensive end or defensive tackle...led his team with 12 sacks and recorded 59 tackles as a senior...was selected to play in both the CaliFlorida and National All-Star games...was ranked the No. 1 defensive tackle in Florida by the Orlando Sentinel...a PrepStar Dream Team selection...ranked 30th on the Sentinel's Florida Top 100 list...Max Emfinger ranks Turner as the No. 6 noseguard in the country...ranked 14th-best noseguard nationally by Rivals100.com...named to the Florida Kids Top 100 team (No. 34 overall)...earned Florida Times-Union Super 75, Super 24 and Super 11 honors...also named to the Sunshine Network All-Gridiron First Team...made 82 tackles, including nine for loss...recorded 14 sacks as a senior...forced four fumbles and recovered two...ran the 40-yard dash in 4.65...has a 30" vertical leap...selected Florida State over Florida, Miami, Georgia, South Carolina and Michigan State

Leon Washington, 5-9, 180, RB, Jacksonville - Exceptional all-around athlete who spent time at running back, cornerback and wide receiver...named 2002 Mr. Florida in football after a senior season where he dominated on both sides of the ball...earned Florida Times Union Player of the Year honors...rated the No. 3 prospect overall from Florida by the Orlando Sentinel...Alliance Sports' No. 7 prospect overall in the nation...named to the Prep Star Dream Team...the No. 1 cornerback in the country as rated by Rivals100.com...the No. 7 cornerback in the country according to TheInsiders.com...Rivals100.com's No. 9 player overall...Florida Kids' No. 28 prospect from Florida...named to Bill Buchalter's Florida Super 26...also earned recognition on the Athlon Sports Top 100 High School Seniors, SuperPrep's Top 100 nationally, and Max Emfinger's Top 200...rushed for 2,437 yards and 28 TDs as a senior...was a threat on kick and punt returns, returning three punts and one kickoff for touchdowns...defensively, had 88 tackles (52 solos) and three interceptions...selected Florida State over Florida, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Maryland.

Torrance Washington, 6-1, 230, FB, Madison - A big physical back who can run over defenders or around them...rushed for 1,161 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior...led Madison to Class 2A state championship...ran a 4.52 40-yard dash...posted a vertical leap of 33 inches...chose Florida State over Mississippi State, Kentucky, West Virginia and Carolina...transferred to Madison from Bradenton Southeast, the school which produced Adrian McPherson, Todd Williams and Peter Warrick.

Pat Watkins, 6-4, 195, FS, Tallahassee - Hard-hitting safety with exceptional cover skills...defensive stalwart who led team to 40 victories and two state championships in three years as a starter...selected as a Parade All-American...named to USA Today's All-USA First Team...also named to the Florida Times-Union's Super 75...TheInsiders.com's No. 1 rated safety...Max Emfinger's No. 1 free safety prospect...Rivals100.com's No. 2 safety in the nation...No. 19 on the SuperPrep Elite 50 list...Rivals100.com's No. 26 prospect overall...named to Bill Buchalter's Florida Suoer 26 list...Florida Kids' No. 1 safety and # 14 player in Florida...ranked 21st on Tom Lemming's Top 100 nationally...also named to Lindy's 102 for 2002 list...racked up over 140 tackles, six interceptions and two fumble recoveries as a senior...added six kick returns for touchdowns...played at Lincoln with current Seminoles Craphonso Thorpe and Andrew Henry-Kennon...selected Florida State over Miami, Georgia, USC and Florida.

Kamerion Wimbley, 6-4, 225, DE, Wichita, KS - Enrolled at Florida State in the spring...strong, fast and athletic, Wimbley is considered to be one of the top athletes in the nation...highly recruited lineman earned Parade Magazine All-American honors...also earned SuperPrep All-American honors...SuperPrep's No 5. prospect from the state of Kansas...ranked on the SuperPrep top 100 list...the No. 4 rated defensive end prospect by Rival100.com...named to the PrepStar Dream Team...ranked No. 33 on the top 101 list by Thelnsiders.com...named to the Max Emfinger top 225 and Tom Lemming top 100 lists...ranked No. 12 among Lemmings's top 25 linebackers...played defensive end, linebacker, quarterback, receiver and punter in high school...selected Florida State over Notre Dame, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Tennessee.


2002 Roster - By Name

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T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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  76 Chris Anderson        DL      6-3   275  Fr        Jacksonville (Mandarin/Hargrave Military Academy)Did not meet academic requirements
* 40 Allen Augustin        LB      6-1   206  Jr   **   Miami (Miami Senior)
* 70 Alex Barron           OT      6-6   300  So-R      Orangeburg, SC (Wilkinson)
* 47 Xavier Beitia         PK      5-10  210  So   *    Tampa (Jesuit)
* 97 Tony Benford          DT      6-4   287  Sr-R ***  Denver, CO (Jefferson)
*  4 Anquan Boldin         WR      6-2   205  Jr-R **   Pahokee (Pahokee)
  28 Lorenzo Booker        RB      5-11  178  Fr        Ventura, CA (Saint Bonaventure)
* 58 Michael Boulware      LB      6-3   212  Jr   **   Columbia, SC (Spring Valley)
  92 Chris Bradwell        DL      6-5   255  Fr        Alpharetta, GA (Chattahoochee/Hargrave Military Academy)
                                                                                                         Did not meet academic requirements
  14 Anthony Bredwood      CB      5-10  180  So-R *    Palm Bay (Palm Bay)
* 65 Eric Broe             OG      6-6   318  Fr-R      Norcross, GA (Wesleyan)
  54 Milford Brown         OG      6-4   316  Sr   *    Montgomery, AL (Carver/East Mississippi CC)      NCAA Ruling - no eligibility
*  7 Rufus Brown           CB      5-9   185  Jr-R **   El Paso, TX (Austin)
  36 James Buchanan        FB      6-2   238  Fr-R      Sarasota (Cardinal Mooney)
* 18 Yohance Buchanan      FS      6-1   200  Jr   *    Atlanta, GA (Douglass)
* 98 Brodrick Bunkley      DL      6-3   260  Fr        Tampa (Chamberlain)
  92 Darrell Burston       DE      6-2   210  Fr        Fayetteville, GA (Starr's Mill)
* 96 Donnie Carter         DT      6-4   252  Fr-R      Waycross, GA (Ware County)
* 23 Jerome Carter         RV      6-0   216  So   *    Lake City (Columbia)
* 63 David Castillo        C       6-2   300  So-R      Palm Beach (Palm Beach Gardens)
* 15 Robin Charles         LB      6-1   210  Sr        Green Cove Springs (Clay)
  39 Marcello Church       LB      6-1   215  So   *    Saint Petersburg (Lakewood)
  49 Brett Cimorelli       PK      6-4   220  Jr   *    Zephyrhills (Zephyrhills)
  31 Thomas Clayton        RB      5-11  194  Fr        Alexandria, VA (Mount Vernon)
  46 James Coleman         FB      6-0   220  Fr        Tallahassee (Florida)
   5 Cornelius Collier     LB      6-1   226  Jr-R      Miami (Palmetto)
  51 Buster Davis          LB      5-11  230  Fr        Daytona Beach (Mainland)
  15 Chris Davis           WR      6-0   170  Fr        Saint Petersburg (Saint Petersburg Catholic)     Torn ACL
  88 Lonnie Davis          TE      6-4   255  Fr        Jacksonville (Ed White)                          Did not meet academic requirements
* 35 B.J. Dean             FB      5-11  250  Fr-R      Tuscaloosa, AL (Central)
* 45 Darnell Dockett       DT      6-4   280  Jr-R **   Burtonsville, MD (Paint Branch)
* 90 Kevin Emanuel         DE      6-4   240  Jr-R **   Waco, TX (Waco)
* 21 Talman Gardner        WR      6-2   200  Sr-R ***  New Orleans, LA (McDonough 35)
* 37 Chance Gwaltney       P       5-10  172  Sr-R **   Cairo, GA (Cairo)
  83 Chris Hall            P       5-10  204  Fr-R      Centreville, VA (Centerville)
* 41 Kyler Hall            FS      6-1   190  So   *    Live Oak (Suwannee)
  46 Nate Hardage          LB      6-1   230  Jr        Sylvester, GA (Worth County/Jones County JC)
* 57 Matt Heinz            C       6-4   270  Fr-R      Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)
  60 Andrew Henry-Kennon   C       6-4   300  Fr-R      Tallahassee (Lincoln)
* 14 Matt Henshaw          TE      6-4   205  Fr-R      Brentwood, TN (Brentwood)
* 13 Jared Hetzel          CB      5-10  170  Sr   *    Belleview (Belleview)
* 61 Montrae Holland       OG      6-3   336  Sr-R ***  Ore City, TX (Jefferson)
  59 Charles Howard        DE      6-3   233  Jr   **   Lake Butler (Union County)
* 42 Jerel Hudson          LB      6-3   267  Sr-R ***  Homestead (South Dade)
* 82 Patrick Hughes        TE      6-5   265  Sr-R ***  Nacogdoches, TX (Nacogdoches)
* 38 Paul Irons            TE      6-2   250  So   *    New Orleans, LA (Saint Augustine)
* 48 Alonzo Jackson        DE      6-4   250  Sr   ***  Americus, GA (Americus)
  94 O.J. Jackson          DE      6-2   220  Sr-R ***  Miami (Carol City)
* 99 Travis Johnson        NG      6-5   275  So-R *    Sherman Oaks, CA (Notre Dame)
*  6 Greg Jones            TB      6-1   248  Jr   **   Beaufort, SC (Battery Creek)
* 29 Willie Jones          DE      6-1   233  Fr-R      Miami (Carol City)
* 86 Joey Kaleikini        WR      6-0   195  Jr-R *    Niceville (Niceville)
  78 Ron Lunford           OL      6-5   330  Fr-R      Jacksonville (Ed White)
* 20 Nick Maddox           RB      6-0   196  Sr   ***  Kannapolis, NC (A.L. Brown)
* 57 Robert May            LB      6-0   230  Sr   *    Waukegan, IL (Mount San Antonio JC)
*  8 Bryant McFadden       CB      6-0   182  So-R *    Hollywood (McArthur)
* 44 Sam McGrew            LB      6-3   230  Fr        Crawfordville (Wakulla)
   5 Adrian McPherson      QB      6-4   180  So   *    Bradenton (Bradenton Southeast)
* 73 Bobby Meeks           OG      6-3   290  So-R      Aldine, TX (Nimitz)
* 64 Matt Meinrod          OL      6-4   284  Fr-R      Tarpon Springs (East Lake)
* 52 Antoine Mirambeau     C       6-4   300  Sr-R ***  Miami (Miami Beach)
* 55 Eric Moore            DE      6-4   245  So   *    Pahokee (Pahokee)
* 87 Robert Morgan         WR      6-0   195  Sr-R ***  Atlanta, GA (Tri-Cities)
  49 Brandon Myers         RV      5-11  200  Sr   ***  Tallahassee (Lincoln)
* 30 Patrick Newton        RV      5-9   180  Sr-R **   Saint Petersburg (Shorecrest Prep)
  62 Cory Niblock          OL      6-4   280  Fr        Saint Augustine (Nease)
* 54 A.J. Nicholson        LB      6-2   232  Fr        Winston-Salem, NC (Mount Tabor)
* 27 Claudius Osei         RV      6-0   195  So-R *    Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)
  19 Lemar Parrish         RB      6-1   185  Sr   *    Miami (North Miami Beach)
* 56 Ray Piquion           LB      6-0   215  So        Miami (Miami Lakes)
  83 Dishon Platt          WR      6-0   180  Fr        Punta Gorda (Charlotte)                          Did not meet academic requirements
*  9 Kendyll Pope          LB      6-2   210  Jr   **   Fort White (Columbia)
* 93 Eric Powell           DE      6-4   275  Sr-R *    Orlando (Southwest Mississippi CC)
* 26 Willie Reid           RB      5-10  185  Fr-R      Kathleen, GA (Warner Robins)
  22 Ryan Reynolds         FS      5-11  187  So        Fort Lauderdale (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
* 16 Chris Rix             QB      6-4   210  So-R *    Santa Margarita, CA (Rancho Santa Margarita)
* 83 Dominic Robinson      WR      6-1   190  So   *    Diamond Bar, CA (Diamond Bar)
  71 Brian Ross            DT      6-2   300  So-R      Raleigh, NC (Enloe)
  11 Gerard Ross           CB      6-2   185  Fr-R      Jacksonville (Trinity Christian Academy)
  80 Lorne Sam             WR      6-2   180  Fr        Buford, GA (Buford)
* 81 P.K. Sam              WR      6-3   195  So   *    Buford, GA (Buford)
* 10 Stanford Samuels      CB      5-10  190  Jr-R **   Miami (Carol City)
* 89 Brian Sawyer          DS      6-2   245  Jr-R **   Cordele, GA (Crisp County)
* 36 P.J. Selvidio         FB      6-2   235  Jr        West Palm Beach (Wellington)
  19 Wyatt Sexton          QB      6-3   185  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 69 Mike Shaw             DT      6-3   277  Sr   *    Jacksonville (Terry Parker)
* 32 Leroy Smith           CB      5-10  190  So-R *    Quincy (Shanks)
* 84 Travis Smith          WR      6-0   190  Sr        Miami (Palmetto)
  85 Jesse Stein           PK      6-2   200  Jr        Saint Petersburg (Shorecrest Prep)
  85 Chauncey Stovall      WR      6-2   200  Jr        Vero Beach (Vero Beach/Hinds CC)
*  3 Malcolm Tatum         CB      6-1   175  Sr-R ***  Miami (Killian)
*  1 Craphonso Thorpe      WR      6-2   175  So   *    Tallahassee (Lincoln)
  51 Chris Turner          DL      6-3   270  Fr        Jacksonville (Ed White)                          Did not meet academic requirements
* 12 Fabian Walker         QB      6-2   216  So-R      Americus, GA (Americus/Jones County JC)
* 24 B.J. Ward             FS      6-3   210  So-R *    Dallas, TX (Kimball)
* 33 Leon Washington       RB      5-9   180  Fr        Jacksonville (Jackson)
* 43 Torrance Washington   FB      6-1   230  Fr        Madison (Madison County)
* 22 Pat Watkins           FS      6-4   195  Fr        Tallahassee (Lincoln)
  51 Lee Weaver            LB      6-2   212  Sr-R **   Live Oak (Suwannee)
  68 Blake Williams        OL      6-4   285  Fr-R      Kissimmee (Osceola)                              Left team for medical reasons
* 72 Brett Williams        OT      6-6   310  Sr-R ***  Kissimmee (Osceola)
* 79 Todd Williams         OT      6-6   325  Sr-R ***  Bradenton (Bradenton Southeast)
* 77 Ray Willis            OT      6-6   295  So-R *    Angleton, TX (Angleton)
* 95 Kamerion Wimbley      DE      6-4   225  Fr        Wichita, KS (Northwest)
* 91 Jeff Womble           NG      6-3   290  Jr-R **   Dunwoody, GA (Dunwoody)

2002 Roster - By Number

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T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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*  1 Craphonso Thorpe      WR      6-2   175  So   *    Tallahassee (Lincoln)
*  3 Malcolm Tatum         CB      6-1   175  Sr-R ***  Miami (Killian)
*  4 Anquan Boldin         WR      6-2   205  Jr-R **   Pahokee (Pahokee)
   5 Cornelius Collier     LB      6-1   226  Jr-R      Miami (Palmetto)
   5 Adrian McPherson      QB      6-4   180  So   *    Bradenton (Bradenton Southeast)
*  6 Greg Jones            TB      6-1   248  Jr   **   Beaufort, SC (Battery Creek)
*  7 Rufus Brown           CB      5-9   185  Jr-R **   El Paso, TX (Austin)
*  8 Bryant McFadden       CB      6-0   182  So-R *    Hollywood (McArthur)
*  9 Kendyll Pope          LB      6-2   210  Jr   **   Fort White (Columbia)
* 10 Stanford Samuels      CB      5-10  190  Jr-R **   Miami (Carol City)
  11 Gerard Ross           CB      6-2   185  Fr-R      Jacksonville (Trinity Christian Academy)
* 12 Fabian Walker         QB      6-2   216  So-R      Americus, GA (Americus/Jones County JC)
* 13 Jared Hetzel          CB      5-10  170  Sr   *    Belleview (Belleview)
  14 Anthony Bredwood      CB      5-10  180  So-R *    Palm Bay (Palm Bay)
* 14 Matt Henshaw          TE      6-4   205  Fr-R      Brentwood, TN (Brentwood)
* 15 Robin Charles         LB      6-1   210  Sr        Green Cove Springs (Clay)
  15 Chris Davis           WR      6-0   170  Fr        Saint Petersburg (Saint Petersburg Catholic)     Torn ACL
* 16 Chris Rix             QB      6-4   210  So-R *    Santa Margarita, CA (Rancho Santa Margarita)
* 18 Yohance Buchanan      FS      6-1   200  Jr   *    Atlanta, GA (Douglass)
  19 Lemar Parrish         RB      6-1   185  Sr   *    Miami (North Miami Beach)
  19 Wyatt Sexton          QB      6-3   185  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 20 Nick Maddox           RB      6-0   196  Sr   ***  Kannapolis, NC (A.L. Brown)
* 21 Talman Gardner        WR      6-2   200  Sr-R ***  New Orleans, LA (McDonough 35)
  22 Ryan Reynolds         FS      5-11  187  So        Fort Lauderdale (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
* 22 Pat Watkins           FS      6-4   195  Fr        Tallahassee (Lincoln)
* 23 Jerome Carter         RV      6-0   216  So   *    Lake City (Columbia)
* 24 B.J. Ward             FS      6-3   210  So-R *    Dallas, TX (Kimball)
* 26 Willie Reid           RB      5-10  185  Fr-R      Kathleen, GA (Warner Robins)
* 27 Claudius Osei         RV      6-0   195  So-R *    Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)
  28 Lorenzo Booker        RB      5-11  178  Fr        Ventura, CA (Saint Bonaventure)
* 29 Willie Jones          DE      6-1   233  Fr-R      Miami (Carol City)
* 30 Patrick Newton        RV      5-9   180  Sr-R **   Saint Petersburg (Shorecrest Prep)
  31 Thomas Clayton        RB      5-11  194  Fr        Alexandria, VA (Mount Vernon)
* 32 Leroy Smith           CB      5-10  190  So-R *    Quincy (Shanks)
* 33 Leon Washington       RB      5-9   180  Fr        Jacksonville (Jackson)
* 35 B.J. Dean             FB      5-11  250  Fr-R      Tuscaloosa, AL (Central)
  36 James Buchanan        FB      6-2   238  Fr-R      Sarasota (Cardinal Mooney)
* 36 P.J. Selvidio         FB      6-2   235  Jr        West Palm Beach (Wellington)
* 37 Chance Gwaltney       P       5-10  172  Sr-R **   Cairo, GA (Cairo)
* 38 Paul Irons            TE      6-2   250  So   *    New Orleans, LA (Saint Augustine)
  39 Marcello Church       LB      6-1   215  So   *    Saint Petersburg (Lakewood)
* 40 Allen Augustin        LB      6-1   206  Jr   **   Miami (Miami Senior)
* 41 Kyler Hall            FS      6-1   190  So   *    Live Oak (Suwannee)
* 42 Jerel Hudson          LB      6-3   267  Sr-R ***  Homestead (South Dade)
* 43 Torrance Washington   FB      6-1   230  Fr        Madison (Madison County)
* 44 Sam McGrew            LB      6-3   230  Fr        Crawfordville (Wakulla)
* 45 Darnell Dockett       DT      6-4   280  Jr-R **   Burtonsville, MD (Paint Branch)
  46 James Coleman         FB      6-0   220  Fr        Tallahassee (Florida)
  46 Nate Hardage          LB      6-1   230  Jr        Sylvester, GA (Worth County/Jones County JC)
* 47 Xavier Beitia         PK      5-10  210  So   *    Tampa (Jesuit)
* 48 Alonzo Jackson        DE      6-4   250  Sr   ***  Americus, GA (Americus)
  49 Brett Cimorelli       PK      6-4   220  Jr   *    Zephyrhills (Zephyrhills)
  49 Brandon Myers         RV      5-11  200  Sr   ***  Tallahassee (Lincoln)
  51 Buster Davis          LB      5-11  230  Fr        Daytona Beach (Mainland)
  51 Chris Turner          DL      6-3   270  Fr        Jacksonville (Ed White)                          Did not meet academic requirements
  51 Lee Weaver            LB      6-2   212  Sr-R **   Live Oak (Suwannee)
* 52 Antoine Mirambeau     C       6-4   300  Sr-R ***  Miami (Miami Beach)
  54 Milford Brown         OG      6-4   316  Sr   *    Montgomery, AL (Carver/East Mississippi CC)      NCAA Ruling - no eligibility
* 54 A.J. Nicholson        LB      6-2   232  Fr        Winston-Salem, NC (Mount Tabor)
* 55 Eric Moore            DE      6-4   245  So   *    Pahokee (Pahokee)
* 56 Ray Piquion           LB      6-0   215  So        Miami (Miami Lakes)
* 57 Matt Heinz            C       6-4   270  Fr-R      Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)
* 57 Robert May            LB      6-0   230  Sr   *    Waukegan, IL (Mount San Antonio JC)
* 58 Michael Boulware      LB      6-3   212  Jr   **   Columbia, SC (Spring Valley)
  59 Charles Howard        DE      6-3   233  Jr   **   Lake Butler (Union County)
  60 Andrew Henry-Kennon   C       6-4   300  Fr-R      Tallahassee (Lincoln)
* 61 Montrae Holland       OG      6-3   336  Sr-R ***  Ore City, TX (Jefferson)
  62 Cory Niblock          OL      6-4   280  Fr        Saint Augustine (Nease)
* 63 David Castillo        C       6-2   300  So-R      Palm Beach (Palm Beach Gardens)
* 64 Matt Meinrod          OL      6-4   284  Fr-R      Tarpon Springs (East Lake)
* 65 Eric Broe             OG      6-6   318  Fr-R      Norcross, GA (Wesleyan)
  68 Blake Williams        OL      6-4   285  Fr-R      Kissimmee (Osceola)                              Left team for medical reasons
* 69 Mike Shaw             DT      6-3   277  Sr   *    Jacksonville (Terry Parker)
* 70 Alex Barron           OT      6-6   300  So-R      Orangeburg, SC (Wilkinson)
  71 Brian Ross            DT      6-2   300  So-R      Raleigh, NC (Enloe)
* 72 Brett Williams        OT      6-6   310  Sr-R ***  Kissimmee (Osceola)
* 73 Bobby Meeks           OG      6-3   290  So-R      Aldine, TX (Nimitz)
  76 Chris Anderson        DL      6-3   275  Fr        Jacksonville (Mandarin/Hargrave Military Academy)Did not meet academic requirements
* 77 Ray Willis            OT      6-6   295  So-R *    Angleton, TX (Angleton)
  78 Ron Lunford           OL      6-5   330  Fr-R      Jacksonville (Ed White)
* 79 Todd Williams         OT      6-6   325  Sr-R ***  Bradenton (Bradenton Southeast)
  80 Lorne Sam             WR      6-2   180  Fr        Buford, GA (Buford)
* 81 P.K. Sam              WR      6-3   195  So   *    Buford, GA (Buford)
* 82 Patrick Hughes        TE      6-5   265  Sr-R ***  Nacogdoches, TX (Nacogdoches)
  83 Chris Hall            P       5-10  204  Fr-R      Centreville, VA (Centerville)
  83 Dishon Platt          WR      6-0   180  Fr        Punta Gorda (Charlotte)                          Did not meet academic requirements
* 83 Dominic Robinson      WR      6-1   190  So   *    Diamond Bar, CA (Diamond Bar)
* 84 Travis Smith          WR      6-0   190  Sr        Miami (Palmetto)
  85 Jesse Stein           PK      6-2   200  Jr        Saint Petersburg (Shorecrest Prep)
  85 Chauncey Stovall      WR      6-2   200  Jr        Vero Beach (Vero Beach/Hinds CC)
* 86 Joey Kaleikini        WR      6-0   195  Jr-R *    Niceville (Niceville)
* 87 Robert Morgan         WR      6-0   195  Sr-R ***  Atlanta, GA (Tri-Cities)
  88 Lonnie Davis          TE      6-4   255  Fr        Jacksonville (Ed White)                          Did not meet academic requirements
* 89 Brian Sawyer          DS      6-2   245  Jr-R **   Cordele, GA (Crisp County)
* 90 Kevin Emanuel         DE      6-4   240  Jr-R **   Waco, TX (Waco)
* 91 Jeff Womble           NG      6-3   290  Jr-R **   Dunwoody, GA (Dunwoody)
  92 Chris Bradwell        DL      6-5   255  Fr        Alpharetta, GA (Chattahoochee/Hargrave Military Academy)
                                                                                                         Did not meet academic requirements
  92 Darrell Burston       DE      6-2   210  Fr        Fayetteville, GA (Starr's Mill)
* 93 Eric Powell           DE      6-4   275  Sr-R *    Orlando (Southwest Mississippi CC)
  94 O.J. Jackson          DE      6-2   220  Sr-R ***  Miami (Carol City)
* 95 Kamerion Wimbley      DE      6-4   225  Fr        Wichita, KS (Northwest)
* 96 Donnie Carter         DT      6-4   252  Fr-R      Waycross, GA (Ware County)
* 97 Tony Benford          DT      6-4   287  Sr-R ***  Denver, CO (Jefferson)
* 98 Brodrick Bunkley      DL      6-3   260  Fr        Tampa (Chamberlain)
* 99 Travis Johnson        NG      6-5   275  So-R *    Sherman Oaks, CA (Notre Dame)
Lettermen listed in the 2003 FSU Football Media Guide on page 39.

2002 All-Americans

Name                     Organization
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Montrae Holland          cnnsi.com - 2nd Team All-American
                         Associated Press - 3rd Team All-American
                         The Sporting News - 3rd Team All-American

Alonzo Jackson           College Football News - 2nd Team All-American

Brett Williams           American Football Coaches Association - 1st Team All-American
                         College Football News - 1st Team All-American
                         The Sporting News - 1st Team All-American
                         Associated Press - 2nd Team All-American
                         cnnsi.com - 2nd Team All-American

All-Americans -  3

2002 Noles in the Pros

Name                     No      Pos                Team
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Brian Allen              52      LB                 Carolina Panthers
Peter Boulware           58      LB                 Baltimore Ravens
Derrick Brooks           55      LB                 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Milford Brown            67      OG                 Houston Texans
Tony Bryant              94      DE                 Oakland Raiders
Terrell Buckley          22      CB                 New England Patroits
Devin Bush               23      S                  Cleveland Browns
Tay Cody                 27      CB                 San Diego Chargers
Laveranues Coles         87      WR                 New York Jets
Sam Cowart               56      LB                 New York Jets
Henri Crockett           52      LB                 Minnesota Vikings
Zack Crockett            32      RB                 Oakland Raiders
Char-ron Dorsey          66      OT                 Houston Texans
Ron Dugans               81      WR                 Cincinnati Bengals
Warrick Dunn             28      RB                 Atlanta Falcons
Mario Edwards            27      DB                 Dallas Cowboys
Todd Fordham             78      OG                 Jacksonville Jaguars
Corey Fuller             24      CB                 Cleveland Browns
Derrick Gibson           36      S                  Oakland Raiders
Bill Gramatica            7      K                  Arizona Cardinals
Chris Hope               28      FS                 Pittsburgh Steelers
Dexter Jackson           34      FS                 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sebastian Janikowski     11      K                  Oakland Raiders
Brad Johnson             14      QB                 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Marvin Jones             55      LB                 New York Jets
Walter Jones             71      OT                 Seattle Seahawks
Snoop Minnis             81      WR                 Kansas City Chiefs
Travis Minor             28      RB-KR              Miami Dolphins
Scott Player             10      P                  Arizona Cardinals
Tommy Polley             52      LB                 St. Louis Rams
Jamal Reynolds           99      DE                 Green Bay Packers
Samari Rolle             21      CB                 Tennessee Titans
Orpheus Roye             99      DE                 Cleveland Browns
Corey Simon              90      DT                 Philadelphia Eagles
Larry Smith              94      DT                 Jacksonville Jaguars
Greg Spires              94      DE                 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tarlos Thomas            77      OT                 Houston Texans
Tra Thomas               72      OT                 Philadelphia Eagles
Tamarick Vanover         87      PR-KR              San Diego Chargers
Javon Walker             84      WR                 Green Bay Packers
Peter Warrick            80      WR-PR              Cincinnati Bengals
Chris Weinke             16      QB                 Carolina Panthers
Reinard Wilson           57      LB                 Cincinnati Bengals

Noles in the Pros - 43

2002 Schedule and Results

         
GAME DAY
 
         
FSU
OPP
OPP EOY
DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
AP
USA
AP
USA
AP
USA
REC
08/24
Ref
N
IOWA STATE
Eddie Robinson Classic, Kansas City, Mo
W 38-31
3
4
 
 
 
 
7-7
08/31
Ref
H
VIRGINIA
W 40-19
5
5
 
 
22
25
9-5
09/14
Ref
A
MARYLAND
W 37-10
5
5
 
 
13
13
11-3
09/21
Ref
H
DUKE
W 48-17
5
5
 
 
 
 
2-10
09/26
Ref
A
LOUISVILLE
OT
L 20-26
4
4
 
 
 
 
7-6
10/03
Ref
H
CLEMSON
W 48-31
11
11
 
 
 
 
7-6
10/12
Ref
A
MIAMI
L 27-28
9
12
1
1
2
2
12-1
10/26
Ref
H
NOTRE DAME
L 24-34
11
13
6
6
17
17
10-3
11/02
Ref
A
WAKE FOREST
W 34-21
18
20
 
 
 
 
7-6
11/09
Ref
A
GEORGIA TECH
W 21-13
17
18
 
 
 
 
7-6
11/16
Ref
H
NORTH CAROLINA
W 40-14
15
15
 
 
 
 
3-9
11/23
Ref
A
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
ACC Champ
L 7-17
14
14
 
 
12
11
11-3
11/30
Ref
H
FLORIDA
W 31-14
23
22
15
11
 
24
8-5
01/01
Ref
N
GEORGIA
Sugar Bowl, New Orleans, La
L 13-26
16
16
4
4
3
3
13-1
Conference games in bold

                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
------------------------------------------------
FSU RECORD IS    9- 5     5-1     3-3     1-1
AGAINST ACC      7- 1     4-0     3-1     0-0
AGAINST TOP 25   1- 3     1-1     0-1     0-1

FINAL  AP - 21
FINAL USA - 23


2002 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE RESULTS
 1  FLORIDA STATE         7- 1     9- 5 
 2t MARYLAND              6- 2    11- 3 
 2t VIRGINIA              6- 2     9- 5 
 4  NORTH CAROLINA STATE  5- 3    11- 3 
 5t CLEMSON               4- 4     7- 6 
 5t GEORGIA TECH          4- 4     7- 6 
 7  WAKE FOREST           3- 5     7- 6 
 8  NORTH CAROLINA        1- 7     3- 9 
 9  DUKE                  0- 8     2-10 

2002 - 100 Yard Rushing Club

Name Date Opponent Att Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Greg Jones 10/12/2002 MIAMI 31 189 6.10 1 Greg Jones 08/31/2002 VIRGINIA 21 173 8.24 2 Greg Jones 10/03/2002 CLEMSON 22 165 7.50 3 Leon Washington 11/30/2002 FLORIDA 26 134 5.15 1 Nick Maddox 11/02/2002 WAKE FOREST 19 122 6.42 2 Nick Maddox 11/09/2002 GEORGIA TECH 22 122 5.55 0 Greg Jones 08/24/2002 IOWA STATE 22 113 5.14 1 Greg Jones 09/14/2002 MARYLAND 21 106 5.05 1

2002 - 100 Yard Receiving Club

Name Date Opponent Rec Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Anquan Boldin 10/26/2002 NOTRE DAME 9 175 19.44 1 Talman Gardner 09/26/2002 LOUISVILLE 8 130 16.25 2 Anquan Boldin 09/21/2002 DUKE 7 110 15.71 1 Talman Gardner 09/14/2002 MARYLAND 4 109 27.25 1 Anquan Boldin 11/16/2002 NORTH CAROLINA 5 104 20.80 3 Anquan Boldin 11/30/2002 FLORIDA 8 101 12.63 2

2002 - 300 Yard Passing Club

Name Date Opponent Att Cmp Yds Int Avg TDs --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- None

2002 EOY Stats

Overall Team Statistics TEAM STATISTICS FSU OPP -------------------------------------------------------- SCORING....................... 428 301 Points Per Game............. 30.6 21.5 TOUCHDOWNS.................... 53 35 TDs Rushing................. 20 13 TDs Passing................. 27 21 TDs Fumble Return........... 2 0 TDs Punt Return............. 0 0 TDs Interception............ 3 1 TDs Kickoff Return.......... 1 0 TDs Lateral................. 0 0 TDs Free Kick............... 0 0 PAT-ATTEMPTS.................. 51-53 32-34 Kick........................ 51-51 31-33 Pass........................ 0- 1 1- 1 Run......................... 0- 1 0- 0 FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS.......... 19-28 18-26 SAFETY........................ 1 2 FIRST DOWNS................... 299 254 Rushing..................... 143 98 Passing..................... 130 138 Penalty..................... 26 18 RUSHING YARDAGE............... 2618 1831 Yards gained rushing........ 2939 2257 Yards lost rushing.......... 321 426 Rushing Attempts............ 562 497 Average Per Rush............ 4.7 3.7 Average Per Game............ 187.0 130.8 PASSING YARDAGE............... 2955 3293 Att-Comp-Int................ 419-217-10 465-249-16 Efficiency.................. 127.52 121.06 Average Per Pass............ 7.1 7.1 Average Per Catch........... 13.6 13.2 Average Per Game............ 211.1 235.2 TOTAL OFFENSE................. 5573 5124 Total Plays................. 981 962 Average Per Play............ 5.7 5.3 Average Per Game............ 398.1 366.0 KICK RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 43- 921 51-1005 Average Per Return.......... 21.4 19.7 PUNT RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 45-477 45-399 Average Per Return.......... 10.6 8.9 INT RETURNS: #-YARDS.......... 16-216 10-142 Average Per Return.......... 13.5 14.2 FUMBLE RETURNS: #-YARDS....... 16-105 11- 10 Average Per Return.......... 6.6 0.9 FUMBLES-LOST.................. 22-11 30-16 PENALTIES-YARDS............... 109- 935 104- 900 Average Per Game............ 66.8 64.3 PUNTS-YARDS................... 76-2932 81-3123 Average Per Punt............ 38.6 38.6 Net punt average............ 33.3 32.7 TIME OF POSSESSION/GAME....... 30:24 29:34 3RD DOWN CONVERSIONS-3RD DOWN. 75-198 71-208 3rd-Down Pct................ .379 .341 4TH DOWN CONVERSIONS-4TH DOWN. 8-14 11-25 4th-Down Pct................ .571 .440 SACKS BY-YARDS................ 34-202 32-184 MISC YARDS.................... 105 10
 1st2nd3rd4th OT Total
Florida State
51
204
87
86
0
428
Opponents
64
74
58
99
6
301
Overall Individual Statistics

RUSHING              G  Att Gain  Loss  Net   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Greg Jones          10  161  968   30   938   5.8   8  64    93.8
Nick Maddox         12  106  623   21   602   5.7   4  34t   50.2
Chris Rix           11   86  386   97   289   3.4   3  27    26.3
Leon Washington     14   60  291   18   273   4.6   1  18    19.5
Adrian McPherson     9   48  243   63   180   3.8   0  21    20.0
Willie Reid         10   27  140   10   130   4.8   1  28    13.0
Torrance Washington 12   18   86    0    86   4.8   3  20     7.2
Anquan Boldin       14   21  116   30    86   4.1   0  20     6.1
Thomas Clayton       4   13   46    1    45   3.5   0  10    11.3
B.J. Dean           12    1    5    0     5   5.0   0   5     0.4
P.J. Selvidio       12    1    4    0     4   4.0   0   4     0.3
P.K. Sam            11    1    3    0     3   3.0   0   3     0.3
Talman Gardner      14    1    0    0     0   0.0   0   0     0.0
Fabian Walker        4   10   28   28     0   0.0   0  14     0.0
Craphonso Thorpe    14    1    0    3    -3  -3.0   0  -3    -0.2
 Team               14    6    0   10   -10  -1.7   0   0    -0.7
Chance Gwaltney     14    1    0   10   -10 -10.0   0 -10    -0.7

Total.........      14  562 2939  321  2618   4.7  20  64   187.0
Opponents.....      14  497 2257  426  1831   3.7  13  60   130.8


PASSING              G   Effic Att-Cmp-Int   Pct  Yds  TD Long  Avg/G
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Chris Rix           11  128.16 225-118- 7   .524 1684  13  56t  153.1
Adrian McPherson     9  130.99 155- 80- 1   .516 1017  12  72t  113.0
Fabian Walker        4  116.56  20- 12- 2   .600  143   1  39    35.8
Anquan Boldin       14  122.65  16-  7- 0   .438  111   1  40t    7.9
Nick Maddox         12    0.00   1-  0- 0   .000    0   0   0     0.0
 Team               14    0.00   2-  0- 0   .000    0   0   0     0.0

Total.........      14  127.52 419-217-10   .518 2955  27  72t  211.1
Opponents.....      14  121.06 465-249-16   .535 3293  21  68   235.2


RECEIVING            G  No   Yds   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
------------------------------------------------------
Anquan Boldin       14  65  1011  15.6  13  51    72.2
Talman Gardner      14  38   625  16.4   8  56t   44.6
Craphonso Thorpe    14  17   377  22.2   4  72t   26.9
Nick Maddox         12  23   197   8.6   1  29t   16.4
Robert Morgan       14  17   178  10.5   1  19    12.7
P.K. Sam            11  15   173  11.5   0  19    15.7
Dominic Robinson    11   9   143  15.9   0  22    13.0
Greg Jones          10  10    74   7.4   0  16     7.4
Patrick Hughes      14   5    50  10.0   0  14     3.6
Travis Smith        10   3    43  14.3   0  19     4.3
Willie Reid         10   6    37   6.2   0  14     3.7
Leon Washington     14   6    34   5.7   0   9     2.4
Thomas Clayton       4   1     7   7.0   0   7     1.8
Torrance Washington 12   1     5   5.0   0   5     0.4
Paul Irons          13   1     1   1.0   0   1     0.1

Total.........      14 217  2955  13.6  27  72t  211.1
Opponents.....      14 249  3293  13.2  21  68   235.2


PUNT RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Leon Washington      34  392  11.5  0  32 
Dominic Robinson      6   35   5.8  0  16 
P.K. Sam              2   19   9.5  0  15 
Jared Hetzel          1   18  18.0  0  18 
Nick Maddox           2   13   6.5  0   8 

Total.........       45  477  10.6  0  32 
Opponent......       45  399   8.9  0  46 


INTERCEPTIONS        No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Stanford Samuels      3   91  30.3  1  82t
Bryant McFadden       3    8   2.7  0   8 
Kendyll Pope          2   17   8.5  1  13t
Rufus Brown           2   33  16.5  0  33 
Michael Boulware      2    1   0.5  0   1 
Alonzo Jackson        1   48  48.0  1  48t
Jerel Hudson          1   18  18.0  0  18 
Kyler Hall            1    0   0.0  0   0 
Leroy Smith           1    0   0.0  0   0 

Total.........       16  216  13.5  3  82t
Opponent......       10  142  14.2  1  71t


KICK RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Leon Washington      13   368 28.3  1  97t
Talman Gardner       12   261 21.8  0  50 
Craphonso Thorpe     11   222 20.2  0  38 
Donnie Carter         3    40 13.3  0  17 
Willie Reid           1    12 12.0  0  12 
P.J. Selvidio         1    10 10.0  0  10 
Thomas Clayton        1     8  8.0  0   8 
Paul Irons            1     0  0.0  0   0 

Total.........       43   921 21.4  1  97t
Opponent......       51  1005 19.7  0  64 


                                            Fum
FUMBLE RETURNS       No  Yds   Avg TD Long  For
-----------------------------------------------
Jared Hetzel          3    0   0.0  0   0    0
Kamerion Wimbley      2   12   6.0  0  12    0
Kyler Hall            2    9   4.5  0   9    0
Michael Boulware      1   84  84.0  1  84t   0
Leon Washington       1    0   0.0  1   0t   2
Travis Johnson        1    0   0.0  0   0    3
Stanford Samuels      1    0   0.0  0   0    2
Eric Moore            1    0   0.0  0   0    2
Kevin Emanuel         1    0   0.0  0   0    1
Darnell Dockett       1    0   0.0  0   0    0
Joey Kaleikini        1    0   0.0  0   0    0
Bryant McFadden       1    0   0.0  0   0    0
Patrick Newton        1    0   0.0  0   0    0
Alonzo Jackson        0    0    .   0   .    4
B.J. Ward             0    0    .   0   .    2
Kendyll Pope          0    0    .   0   .    1
Allen Augustin        0    0    .   0   .    1
Rufus Brown           0    0    .   0   .    1
Yohance Buchanan      0    0    .   0   .    1
Leroy Smith           0    0    .   0   .    1
Malcolm Tatum         0    0    .   0   .    1
Jeff Womble           0    0    .   0   .    1
Pat Watkins           0    0    .   0   .    1

Total.........       16  105   6.6  2  84t  24
Opponent......       11   10   0.9  0  10 


                               |-------- PATs --------|
Name                 TD   FGs    Kick   Rush  Rcv Pass  DXP Saf Points
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Xavier Beitia         0  19-28   51-51   0-0   0   0-0   0   0   108
Anquan Boldin        13   0-0     0-0    0-1   0   0-0   0   0    78
Talman Gardner        8   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    48
Greg Jones            8   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    48
Nick Maddox           5   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    30
Craphonso Thorpe      4   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    24
Chris Rix             3   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    18
Leon Washington       3   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    18
Torrance Washington   3   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    18
Michael Boulware      1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Alonzo Jackson        1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Robert Morgan         1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Kendyll Pope          1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Stanford Samuels      1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Willie Reid           1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Jared Hetzel          0   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   1     2
Adrian McPherson      0   0-0     0-0    0-1   0   0-0   0   0     0
====================================================================
FSU                  53  19-28   51-51   0-2   0   0-0   0   1   428
Opponent             35  18-26   31-33   0-0   1   1-1   0   2   301
Touchdowns
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Greg Jones
8
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Nick Maddox
4
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Craphonso Thorpe
.
4
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Chris Rix
3
.
13
.
.
.
.
.
.
Leon Washington
1
.
.
.
1
.
1
.
.
Torrance Washington
3
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Michael Boulware
.
.
.
.
1
.
.
.
.
Alonzo Jackson
.
.
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
Robert Morgan
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Kendyll Pope
.
.
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
Stanford Samuels
.
.
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
Willie Reid
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Adrian McPherson
.
.
12
.
.
.
.
.
.
Fabian Walker
.
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
Total
20
27
27
3
2
.
1
.
.
Opponents
13
21
21
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
--------------------------------------------------
Chris Rix           11  311   289 1684  1973 179.4
Adrian McPherson     9  203   180 1017  1197 133.0
Greg Jones          10  161   938    0   938  93.8
Nick Maddox         12  107   602    0   602  50.2
Leon Washington     14   60   273    0   273  19.5
Anquan Boldin       14   37    86  111   197  14.1
Fabian Walker        4   30     0  143   143  35.8
Willie Reid         10   27   130    0   130  13.0
Torrance Washington 12   18    86    0    86   7.2
Thomas Clayton       4   13    45    0    45  11.3
B.J. Dean           12    1     5    0     5   0.4
P.J. Selvidio       12    1     4    0     4   0.3
P.K. Sam            11    1     3    0     3   0.3
Craphonso Thorpe    14    1    -3    0    -3  -0.2
 Team               14    8   -10    0   -10  -0.7
Chance Gwaltney     14    1   -10    0   -10  -0.7

Total.........      14  981  2618 2955  5573 398.1
Opponent......      14  962  1831 3293  5124 366.0


FIELD GOALS         FGM-FGA  Pct 01-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 Lg
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Xavier Beitia        19-28  .679  0- 0  7-10  5- 7  7-11  0- 0 47
FG SEQUENCE Xavier Beitia
IOWA STATE
(35)
VIRGINIA
26, (42)
MARYLAND
(44), (23), (26)
DUKE
24, (37), (46)
LOUISVILLE
(40), (20)
CLEMSON
(22), (22)
MIAMI
(45), (42), 43
NOTRE DAME
(24)
WAKE FOREST
47, (32), 38, 45, (28)
GEORGIA TECH
None
NORTH CAROLINA
37, (47), 27, (31)
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
None
FLORIDA
(36), 41
GEORGIA
None
() For made field goals


PUNTING             No  Yds   Avg Long  TB  FC I20 Blkd
-------------------------------------------------------
Chance Gwaltney     72 2862  39.8  55    4  11  25   1
Chris Hall           2   70  35.0  36    0   0   0   0
 Team                2    0   0.0   0    0   0   0   2

Total.........      76 2932  38.6  55    4  11  25   3
Opponent......      81 3123  38.6  61    2   8  18   1


ALL PURPOSE          G Rush   Rec   PR   KR   IR   FR  Tot Avg/G
----------------------------------------------------------------
Anquan Boldin       14   86  1011    0    0    0    0 1097  78.4
Leon Washington     14  273    34  392  368    0    0 1067  76.2
Greg Jones          10  938    74    0    0    0    0 1012 101.2
Talman Gardner      14    0   625    0  261    0    0  886  63.3
Nick Maddox         12  602   197   13    0    0    0  812  67.7
Craphonso Thorpe    14   -3   377    0  222    0    0  596  42.6
Chris Rix           11  289     0    0    0    0    0  289  26.3
P.K. Sam            11    3   173   19    0    0    0  195  17.7
Adrian McPherson     9  180     0    0    0    0    0  180  20.0
Willie Reid         10  130    37    0   12    0    0  179  17.9
Robert Morgan       14    0   178    0    0    0    0  178  12.7
Dominic Robinson    11    0   143   35    0    0    0  178  16.2
Stanford Samuels    13    0     0    0    0   91    0   91   7.0
Torrance Washington 12   86     5    0    0    0    0   91   7.6
Michael Boulware    14    0     0    0    0    1   84   85   6.1
Thomas Clayton       4   45     7    0    8    0    0   60  15.0
Patrick Hughes      14    0    50    0    0    0    0   50   3.6
Alonzo Jackson      14    0     0    0    0   48    0   48   3.4
Travis Smith        10    0    43    0    0    0    0   43   4.3
Donnie Carter       13    0     0    0   40    0    0   40   3.1
Rufus Brown         14    0     0    0    0   33    0   33   2.4
Jared Hetzel        13    0     0   18    0    0    0   18   1.4
Jerel Hudson        13    0     0    0    0   18    0   18   1.4
Kendyll Pope        14    0     0    0    0   17    0   17   1.2
P.J. Selvidio       12    4     0    0   10    0    0   14   1.2
Kamerion Wimbley    13    0     0    0    0    0   12   12   0.9
Kyler Hall          14    0     0    0    0    0    9    9   0.6
Bryant McFadden     14    0     0    0    0    8    0    8   0.6
B.J. Dean           12    5     0    0    0    0    0    5   0.4
Paul Irons          13    0     1    0    0    0    0    1   0.1
Fabian Walker        4    0     0    0    0    0    0    0   0.0
 Team               14  -10     0    0    0    0    0  -10  -0.7
Chance Gwaltney     14  -10     0    0    0    0    0  -10  -0.7

Total.........      14 2618  2955  477  921  216  105 7292 520.9
Opponent......      14 1831  3293  399 1005  142   10 6680 477.1


                        |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd
DEFENSIVE LEADERS   GP   UT   AT  Total   ForLoss     No - Yards  Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds  FF Kick Saf
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Kendyll Pope        14   68   63   131  12.0- 30.0       .          2- 17   5    5    .      1   .   .
Michael Boulware    14   67   60   127   4.0- 12.0    1.0-  5.0     2-  1   .    .   1- 84   .   .   .
Jerome Carter       14   60   34    94   1.5-  7.0    1.0-  8.0      .      3    .    .      .   .   .
Allen Augustin      14   40   43    83   3.0- 13.0    2.0-  6.0      .      2    4    .      1   .   .
Darnell Dockett     13   29   28    57   7.0- 28.0    2.0- 14.0      .      .   17   1-  0   .   .   .
Jerel Hudson        13   24   31    55   3.5- 11.0    1.0-  6.0     1- 18   3    1    .      .   .   .
Stanford Samuels    13   35   18    53   2.0-  4.0       .          3- 91  14    2   1-  0   2   .   .
B.J. Ward           14   26   25    51      .            .           .      2    .    .      2   4   .
Travis Johnson      14   21   29    50  13.5- 37.0    4.0- 20.0      .      .    9   1-  0   3   .   .
Alonzo Jackson      14   34    8    42  18.5-104.0   13.0- 79.0     1- 48   3   19    .      4   .   .
Claudius Osei       12   19   22    41      .            .           .      1    .    .      .   .   .
Kevin Emanuel       13   33    7    40  15.0- 50.0    4.0- 17.0      .      .    5   1-  0   1   .   .
Tony Benford        14   17   21    38   6.0- 29.0    2.0- 17.0      .      1    7    .      .   .   .
Jeff Womble         11   19   18    37  11.0- 17.0    1.0-  3.0      .      .    4    .      1   .   .
Kyler Hall          14   23   13    36      .            .          1-  0   1    .   2-  9   .   .   .
Eric Powell         14   23   11    34   5.5- 20.0    2.0-  6.0      .      .   10    .      .   .   .
Rufus Brown         14   25    6    31   1.0-  2.0       .          2- 33   8    .    .      1   .   .
Eric Moore           9   20    5    25  11.0- 45.0    3.0- 20.0      .      1    9   1-  0   2   .   .
Jared Hetzel        13   15   10    25      .            .           .      .    .   3-  0   .   1   1
A.J. Nicholson      13   14    9    23   1.0-  1.0    1.0-  1.0      .      .    1    .      .   .   .
Leroy Smith         13   20    2    22      .            .          1-  0   9    .    .      1   .   .
Patrick Newton      14   16    5    21      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Bryant McFadden     14   18    3    21      .            .          3-  8   4    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Kamerion Wimbley    13   13    4    17      .            .           .      1    .   2- 12   .   .   .
Robert May          12    6    8    14   0.5-  4.0    1.0-  4.0      .      .    1    .      .   .   .
Brodrick Bunkley     8    6    7    13   1.0-  3.0       .           .      .    3    .      .   .   .
Robin Charles       14    6    5    11      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Leon Washington     14    8    3    11      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   2   .   .
Ray Piquion         12    1   10    11      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Pat Watkins         11    4    6    10      .            .           .      .    .    .      1   .   .
Donnie Carter       13    3    7    10   2.0-  3.0    1.0-  1.0      .      1    .    .      .   .   .
Sam McGrew          13    3    5     8      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Yohance Buchanan     9    5    3     8      .            .           .      .    .    .      1   .   .
Malcolm Tatum        9    5    1     6      .            .           .      .    .    .      1   .   .
Mike Shaw            5    3    2     5   1.0-  2.0       .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Willie Jones         6    4    .     4   2.0-  6.0    1.0-  5.0      .      .    1    .      .   .   .
Brian Ross           6    2    2     4   0.5-  4.0    1.0-  4.0      .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Brian Sawyer        13    .    3     3      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
 Team               14    2    .     2      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Chance Gwaltney     14    2    .     2      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Anthony Bredwood    10    2    .     2      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Gerard Ross         10    2    .     2      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Brett Cimorelli      2    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Marcello Church      2    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Montrae Holland     10    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Xavier Beitia       14    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Torrance Washington 12    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Talman Gardner      14    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Greg Jones          10    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Paul Irons          13    .    1     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Charles Howard       2    .    .     .      .            .           .      .    1    .      .   .   .
Joey Kaleikini      13    .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Alex Barron               .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Chris Bradwell            .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Eric Broe                 .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Matt Heinz                .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Bobby Meeks               .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Chris Rix           11    .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Dominic Robinson    11    .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Lorne Sam                 .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Chauncey Stovall          .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Craphonso Thorpe    14    .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Ray Willis                .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
David Castillo            .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
James Coleman             .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
B.J. Dean           12    .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Chris Hall           2    .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Matt Henshaw              .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Ron Lunford               .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Matt Meinrod              .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Willie Reid         10    .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Wyatt Sexton              .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Lorenzo Booker            .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Darrell Burston           .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Chris Davis               .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Buster Davis              .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Cory Niblock              .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .


Game Participation
##  Player                       GP-GS  IaSt    UVa     UMd     DU      UL      CU      UM      ND      WF      GT      UNC     NCS     UF      UGA     
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
76  Chris Anderson                0- 0                                                                                                           
40  Allen Augustin               13- 7  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx              xx      D-MLB   D-MLB   D-LB    D-MLB   D-MLB   D-MLB   D-MLB 
70  Alex Barron                   3- 1  xx                                              xx                      O-ST                             
47  Xavier Beitia                14- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
97  Tony Benford                 12- 0  xx      xx              xx      xx              xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
 4  Anquan Boldin                14- 7  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      O-SE    O-SE    O-SE    O-FLK   O-SE    O-SE    O-SE  
28  Lorenzo Booker                1- 0                                                                                                  xx       
58  Michael Boulware             14-14  D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-LB    D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB 
92  Chris Bradwell                0- 0                                                                                                           
14  Anthony Bredwood              1- 0                                                                  xx                                       
65  Eric Broe                     1- 0  xx                                                                                                       
54  Milford Brown                 0- 0                                                                                                           
 7  Rufus Brown                  14-14  D-RCB   D-RCB   D-RCB   D-RCB   D-RCB   D-RCB   D-RCB   D-RC    D-RC    D-RC    D-RC    D-RCB   D-RCB   D-RCB 
36  James Buchanan                0- 0                                                                                                           
18  Yohance Buchanan              5- 0          xx              xx                      xx                      xx      xx                       
98  Brodrick Bunkley              4- 0  xx                                                                      xx      xx              xx       
92  Darrell Burston               0- 0                                                                                                           
96  Donnie Carter                 7- 0  xx                      xx              xx      xx              xx      xx      xx                       
23  Jerome Carter                14-13  D-ROV   D-ROV   D-ROV   D-ROV   D-ROV   D-ROV   D-ROV   D-RV    D-RV    xx      D-RV    D-RV    D-RV    D-ROV 
63  David Castillo                0- 0                                                                                                           
15  Robin Charles                 8- 0  xx      xx                      xx              xx              xx      xx      xx                      xx
39  Marcello Church               1- 0          xx                                                                                               
49  Brett Cimorelli               1- 0  xx                                                                                                       
31  Thomas Clayton                4- 0          xx      xx      xx                                                      xx                       
46  James Coleman                 0- 0                                                                                                           
 5  Cornelius Collier             0- 0                                                                                                           
51  Buster Davis                  0- 0                                                                                                           
15  Chris Davis                   0- 0                                                                                                           
88  Lonnie Davis                  0- 0                                                                                                           
35  B.J. Dean                    14-14  O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB  
45  Darnell Dockett              14-14  D-DT    D-DT    D-DT    D-DT    D-DT    D-DT    D-DT    D-DT    D-DT    D-DT    D-DT    D-DT    D-DT    D-DT  
90  Kevin Emanuel                14-14  D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE  
21  Talman Gardner               14- 7  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      O-FL    O-FL    O-FL    O-SE    O-FLK   O-FLK   O-FLK 
37  Chance Gwaltney              14- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
83  Chris Hall                    2- 0                  xx                                                              xx                       
41  Kyler Hall                   12- 3  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx              xx              xx      D-FS    xx      D-FS    D-FS    xx
46  Nate Hardage                  0- 0                                                                                                           
57  Matt Heinz                    1- 0                                                                  xx                                       
60  Andrew Henry-Kennon           0- 0                                                                                                           
14  Matt Henshaw                  1- 0                                                  xx                                                       
13  Jared Hetzel                 13- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx       
61  Montrae Holland              13-13  O-TG    O-TG    O-TG    O-TG    O-TG    O-TG    O-TG    O-TG    O-TG    O-TG            O-TG    O-TG    O-TG  
59  Charles Howard                1- 0          xx                                                                                               
42  Jerel Hudson                 14- 7  D-MLB   D-MLB   D-MLB   D-MLB   D-MLB   D-MLB   D-MLB   xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
82  Patrick Hughes               14-14  O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE  
38  Paul Irons                    6- 0  xx                                      xx      xx              xx      xx              xx               
48  Alonzo Jackson               14-13  D-RE    D-RE    D-RE    D-RE    D-RE    D-RE    D-RE    D-RE    D-RE    D-RE    xx      D-RE    D-RE    D-RE  
94  O.J. Jackson                  2- 0  xx                                              xx                                                       
99  Travis Johnson               14-14  D-NG    D-NG    D-NG    D-NG    D-NG    D-NG    D-NG    D-NG    D-NG    D-NG    D-NG    D-NG    D-NG    D-NG  
 6  Greg Jones                    9- 9  O-TB    O-TB    O-TB    O-TB    O-TB    O-TB    O-TB    O-TB    O-TB                                     
29  Willie Jones                  3- 0                          xx                      xx                              xx                       
86  Joey Kaleikini               10- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx                               
78  Ron Lunford                   0- 0                                                                                                           
20  Nick Maddox                  13- 4  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      O-TB            O-TB    O-TB    O-TB  
57  Robert May                    7- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx              xx                      xx                               
 8  Bryant McFadden              14- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
44  Sam McGrew                    7- 0  xx                      xx                      xx              xx      xx      xx              xx       
 5  Adrian McPherson              9- 3          xx              xx              xx      xx      xx      O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    xx               
73  Bobby Meeks                   4- 1                                                                          xx      O-TG            xx      xx
64  Matt Meinrod                  1- 0  xx                                                                                                       
52  Antoine Mirambeau            14-14  O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C   
55  Eric Moore                    9- 0  xx      xx      xx              xx      xx                              xx      xx      xx      xx       
87  Robert Morgan                11- 7  O-SE    O-SE    O-SE    O-SE    O-SE    O-SE    O-SE    xx      xx      xx                              xx
49  Brandon Myers                 0- 0                                                                                                           
30  Patrick Newton               12- 0  xx              xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx              xx      xx
62  Cory Niblock                  0- 0                                                                                                           
54  A.J. Nicholson                9- 0                  xx      xx              xx      xx              xx      xx      xx      xx              xx
27  Claudius Osei                12- 1  xx      xx              xx              xx      xx      xx      xx      D-RV    xx      xx      xx      xx
19  Lemar Parrish                 0- 0                                                                                                           
56  Ray Piquion                   5- 0                  xx      xx              xx                      xx      xx                               
83  Dishon Platt                  0- 0                                                                                                           
 9  Kendyll Pope                 14-14  D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB   D-LB    D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB 
93  Eric Powell                  12- 1  xx              xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      D-RE    xx              xx
26  Willie Reid                   9- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx              xx      xx      xx              xx                              xx
22  Ryan Reynolds                 0- 0                                                                                                           
16  Chris Rix                    11-10  O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB                    xx      O-QB    O-QB     
83  Dominic Robinson              6- 0  xx      xx      xx                                              xx                      xx      xx       
71  Brian Ross                    3- 0  xx                      xx                                      xx                                       
11  Gerard Ross                   3- 0                                                                  xx      xx      xx                       
80  Lorne Sam                     1- 0  xx                                                                                                       
81  P.K. Sam                      9- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx              xx                      xx      xx                      xx
10  Stanford Samuels             12-11  D-LCB   D-LCB   D-LCB   D-LCB   D-LCB   D-LCB   D-LCB                   xx      D-LC    D-LCB   D-LCB   D-LCB 
89  Brian Sawyer                  9- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx              xx      xx      xx      xx                               
36  P.J. Selvidio                 4- 0  xx      xx                                                      xx      xx                               
19  Wyatt Sexton                  0- 0                                                                                                           
69  Mike Shaw                     2- 0                                                                  xx                                      xx
32  Leroy Smith                  12- 3  xx              xx      xx              xx      xx      D-LC    D-LC    D-LC    xx      xx      xx      xx
84  Travis Smith                  3- 0          xx              xx                      xx                                                       
85  Jesse Stein                   0- 0                                                                                                           
85  Chauncey Stovall              0- 0                                                                                                           
 3  Malcolm Tatum                 7- 0  xx      xx              xx              xx      xx              xx      xx                               
 1  Craphonso Thorpe             14- 7  O-WR    O-WR    O-WR    O-WR    O-WR    O-WR    O-WR    xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
51  Chris Turner                  0- 0                                                                                                           
12  Fabian Walker                 3- 1                  xx      xx                                                                              O-QB  
24  B.J. Ward                    14-11  D-FS    D-FS    D-FS    D-FS    D-FS    D-FS    D-FS    D-FS    D-FS    xx      D-FS    xx      xx      D-FS  
33  Leon Washington              13- 1          xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      O-TB    xx      xx      xx
43  Torrance Washington          12- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx              xx      xx      xx      xx       
22  Pat Watkins                   7- 0                          xx                      xx              xx      xx              xx      xx      xx
51  Lee Weaver                    0- 0                                                                                                           
68  Blake Williams                0- 0                                                                                                           
72  Brett Williams               14-14  O-ST    O-ST    O-ST    O-ST    O-ST    O-ST    O-ST    O-ST    O-ST    O-TT    O-ST    O-ST    O-ST    O-ST  
79  Todd Williams                14-14  O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG  
77  Ray Willis                   14-13  O-TT    O-TT    O-TT    O-TT    O-TT    O-TT    O-TT    O-TT    O-TT    xx      O-TT    O-TT    O-TT    O-TT  
95  Kamerion Wimbley              9- 0  xx                      xx              xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx              xx       
91  Jeff Womble                  10- 0          xx              xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx               

FLORIDA STATE 38, IOWA STATE 31

08/24/2002, Eddie Robinson Classic, Kansas City, Mo

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KANSAS CITY, MO - If they'd all been this scary, Bobby Bowden might never have stuck around to win 324 games.

Kendyll Pope and Jerel Hudson stopped Iowa State's Seneca Wallace at the goal line on the final play Saturday night, giving No. 3 Florida State a wild 38-31 victory and nudging Bowden past Bear Bryant on the career victory list with 324.

"I feel like we lost this game," said Bowden, who trails only Penn State's Joe Paterno (327) on the Division I-A victory list. "That's how I feel right now."

Wallace, the senior quarterback who led Iowa State back from a 24-0 hole, scrambled 20 yards to the 1 with 4 seconds left. With the partisan Iowa State crowd of more than 55,000 roaring, he took the ball and rolled right.

But Pope and Hudson made the play.

"We put the ball with the best player on our team," Iowa State coach Dan McCarney said.

If the Cyclones had won, many would have proclaimed it the biggest victory in the school's 110-year football history. Iowa State has never beaten a team ranked as high as No. 3 and has lost 30 in a row to ranked teams.

"We wanted to see if he could make something happen. If we had to do it again, we'd still put the ball in his hands," McCarney said.

Hudson said he recognized the play at once.

"As soon as I saw the fullback go in motion, I knew it was coming. They ran it before and I guess they thought they could run it again on us," he said. "I just tried to stay behind the ball. I got him inside-out. Kendyll got him outside-in and we got him stopped."

Chris Rix threw two TD passes and engineered two other first-half scoring drives as the Seminoles took charge early in the Eddie Robinson Classic.

Bryant who was just beginning to build Alabama into a national power 37 years ago when Bowden began his career at Howard, 45 miles away in Birmingham.

"He was my idol," Bowden said. "He still is. I can't believe that he's gone."

The Seminoles, who return 17 starters from an 8-4 campaign that marked Bowden's worst in 15 years, scored on both teams' initial possession and appeared en route to a rout until Wallace began stunning them with big plays.

"I thought man, this just might be our year," Bowden said. "Then the second half it was just the opposite. We couldn't stop them. We went out there and we could not do what we wanted to do to save our lives."

Adam Benike's 33-yard field goal - after Wallace lost 15 yards on third-and-goal from the 1 - drew the Cyclones to 31-17 with 1:23 left in the third.

Then Atif Austin returned an interception 39 yards to the Florida State 25 and brought the pro-Iowa State crowd of 55,132 roaring to its feet.

Four plays later, Wallace made it 31-24 with 13:01 left when he scored on a 1-yard run as Iowa State coaches tried frantically to call a timeout.

Back came the Seminoles, with Rix hitting Anquan Boldin on a 31-yard TD pass for a 38-24 lead with 8:15 left. But Wallace needed only nine plays to drive his team 91 yards, hitting Jamaul Montgomery on a 39-yard TD pass that made it 38-31 with 5:26 left.

Wallace finished 22-of-33 for 313 yards and two touchdowns. Rix was 17-of-25 for 210.

At first, it looked easy for the Seminoles. On their first possession, Nick Maddux capped an 80-yard march with a 5-yard run.

Then three minutes later, pressured by Donnie Carter and Michael Boulware, Wallace hurried a screen pass right into the hands of defensive end Alonzo Jackson. The 250-pounder juggled the ball a moment, then rambled 48 yards into the end zone.

Another Cyclones turnover led to Rix's 2-yard TD pass to Anquan Boldin on the first play of the second period. Then Iowa State got a 54-yard kickoff return by Lance Young and two plays later, Hiawatha Rutland broke free over the middle and fled 36 yards into the end zone, making it 24-7.

Trailing 31-7 in the final minute of the half, Wallace engineered a six-play, 70-yard drive, capped by a 29-yard scoring pass to tight end Kyle Knock. It was the first career TD by the senior tight end whose father, Don, is director of football operations for the Cyclones.

On the Cyclones' second possession, Florida State's B.J. Ward blocked a 50-yard field-goal attempt. The Seminoles, with Robert Morgan getting 18 yards on a pass from Rix, drove 63 yards on 8 plays to set up Xavier Beitia's 35-yard field goal for a 17-0 lead.

On the ensuing kickoff, Ward knocked the ball loose from Bob Montgomery and Kameron Wimbley snatched it out of the air and ran 12 yards to the 10, setting up Boldin's 2-yard TD catch.

The Seminoles went up 31-7 with 1:05 left in the half when Jones broke three tackles on a 9-yard TD run right through the middle.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
IOWA STATE
0
14
3
14
31
FLORIDA STATE
17
14
0
7
38

1st   7- 0  Nick Maddox, 5, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 9:11 
     14- 0  Alonzo Jackson, 48, interception return (Xavier Beitia, kick), 6:29 
     14- 0  Opp, 50, field goal blocked by B.J. Ward, 3:49 
     17- 0  Xavier Beitia, 35, field goal, 1:21 
2nd  24- 0  Anquan Boldin, 2, pass from Chris Rix (Xavier Beitia, kick), 14:54
     24- 7  Opp, 36, run (kick), 14:03
     31- 7  Greg Jones, 9, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 1:05 
     31-14  Opp, 29, pass (kick), 0:09 
3rd  31-17  Opp, 33, field goal, 1:23 
4th  31-24  Opp, 1, run (kick), 13:01
     38-24  Anquan Boldin, 31, pass from Chris Rix (Xavier Beitia, kick), 8:15 
     38-31  Opp, 39, pass (kick), 5:26 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 22 23 Rushes-yards 43-239 38-130 Passing 210 313 Att-Comp-Int 25-17-1 33-22-1 Total Yards 68-449 71-443 Punt Returns 3-14 1-12 Kickoff Returns 3-60 7-131 Interception Ret. 1-48 1-39 Fumble Returns 1-12 0-0 Punts 4-40.5 3-46.7 Sacks By-Yds 2-22 3-4 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1 Penalties-Yds 8-81 5-34 3rd Down Conversions 8-14 10-17 4th Down Conversions 1-1 2-2 Time of Posession 30:46 29:14 Attendance 55,132 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Greg Jones 22- 113 Nick Maddox 6- 57 Chris Rix 9- 33 Willie Reid 5- 30 Torrance Washington 1- 6 Receiving Anquan Boldin 7- 89 Robert Morgan 4- 57 Greg Jones 3- 30 P.K. Sam 2- 22 Talman Gardner 1- 12 Passing Chris Rix 25-17-1-210 Punt Return Nick Maddox 1- 5 Dominic Robinson 1- 5 P.K. Sam 1- 4 Kickoff Return Talman Gardner 3- 60 Punting Chance Gwaltney 4- 162 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kendyll Pope 5 5 10 . . . . . . . . . Stanford Samuels 5 1 6 . . . 2 . . 1 . . Allen Augustin 4 2 6 1.0- 6.0 . . . . . . . . Alonzo Jackson 3 2 5 1.0- 7.0 1.0- 7.0 1- 48 1 . . . . . Michael Boulware 5 . 5 . . . . . . . . . Eric Powell 4 1 5 . . . 1 . . . . . Jerel Hudson 1 4 5 . . . . . . . . . Jerome Carter 1 4 5 1.0- 8.0 1.0- 8.0 . . . . . . . Claudius Osei 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Darnell Dockett 1 3 4 1.0- 7.0 1.0- 7.0 . . . . . . . Patrick Newton 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Travis Johnson 1 2 3 1.0- 4.0 . . . . . . . . Robert May 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Tony Benford . 3 3 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . . Kamerion Wimbley 1 1 2 . . . . . 1- 12 . . . B.J. Ward 2 . 2 . . . . . . 1 1 . Rufus Brown 2 . 2 . . . 2 . . . . . Kevin Emanuel 1 1 2 2.0- 11.0 . . . . . . . . Brett Cimorelli 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Sam McGrew 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Kyler Hall 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Leroy Smith 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Montrae Holland 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Brodrick Bunkley . 1 1 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . . Donnie Carter . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Brian Sawyer . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Brian Ross . 1 1 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
WR    1  Craphonso Thorpe
TB    6  Greg Jones
QB   16  Chris Rix
FB   35  B.J. Dean
C    52  Antoine Mirambeau
TG   61  Montrae Holland
ST   72  Brett Williams
TT   77  Ray Willis
SG   79  Todd Williams
TE   82  Patrick Hughes
SE   87  Robert Morgan
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RCB   7  Rufus Brown
WLB   9  Kendyll Pope
LCB  10  Stanford Samuels
ROV  23  Jerome Carter
FS   24  B.J. Ward
MLB  42  Jerel Hudson
DT   45  Darnell Dockett
RE   48  Alonzo Jackson
SLB  58  Michael Boulware
LE   90  Kevin Emanuel
NG   99  Travis Johnson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 3  Malcolm Tatum
 4  Anquan Boldin
 8  Bryant McFadden
13  Jared Hetzel
15  Robin Charles
20  Nick Maddox
21  Talman Gardner
26  Willie Reid
27  Claudius Osei
30  Patrick Newton
32  Leroy Smith
36  P.J. Selvidio
37  Chance Gwaltney
38  Paul Irons
40  Allen Augustin
41  Kyler Hall
43  Torrance Washington
44  Sam McGrew
47  Xavier Beitia
##  NAME
-----------------------------
49  Brett Cimorelli
55  Eric Moore
57  Robert May
64  Matt Meinrod
65  Eric Broe
70  Alex Barron
71  Brian Ross
80  Lorne Sam
81  P.K. Sam
83  Dominic Robinson
86  Joey Kaleikini
89  Brian Sawyer
93  Eric Powell
94  O.J. Jackson
95  Kamerion Wimbley
96  Donnie Carter
97  Tony Benford
98  Brodrick Bunkley

FLORIDA STATE 40, VIRGINIA 19

08/31/2002, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State is taking on a new look. The pass-loving Seminoles appear to be running the ball more this season, and it paid off Saturday against Virginia.

Tailback Greg Jones ran for a career-high 173 yards Saturday as the fifth-ranked Seminoles racked up 397 yards rushing in a 40-19 victory.

"We're checking with Ohio State and Nebraska on how to do rushing notes," Florida State publicist Rob Wilson joked afterward. "We don't know how to do them."

Florida State's big, experienced offensive line lends itself to a strong ground game, and so does the 240-pound Jones and his smaller, quicker backups.

"You can mess up on a block, and he's still going to take the guy you missed three yards down the field," Florida State offensive tackle Brett Williams said of Jones. "You pound them with Greg, and then bring in the fast guys."

Jones, who has surpassed 100 yards in four straight games, scored two touchdowns and averaged more than eight yards a carry.

"Size, strength and speed," Virginia coach Al Groh said when asked to describe him.

Bowden said Jones is just getting started. "It's all in front of him," Bowden said. "He's just learning how to change direction, dance around a little."

Jones' 173 yards were the most by a Florida State back since 1996, when Warrick Dunn gained 185 yards against Florida.

The Seminoles (2-0, 1-0 ACC) dropped from No. 3 after narrowly defeating Iowa State last week, but they jumped to a 33-0 lead Saturday. And it could've been worse.

Florida State blew two other scoring opportunities inside Virginia's 2-yard line during the final three minutes of the first half. The Seminoles lost a fumble at the 1, and Chris Rix was intercepted in the end zone as the half ended.

For the first time in his 14-game career, Rix did not throw a touchdown pass. He had 117 yards and was intercepted twice.

Virginia's Matt Schaub, who completed 19 of 25 passes for 247 yards, threw three fourth-quarter touchdowns to make the score respectable for the Cavaliers (0-2, 0-1).

"There have been a lot of teams that came into this place that when the score was 33-0 it finished up 68-3," Groh said.

Last week, Florida State blew a pair of 24-point leads in a 38-31 victory over Iowa State. The Seminoles, who have a week off before playing at Maryland, also gained more yards on the ground than in the air against the Cyclones.

Bowden recorded his 325th career coaching victory, leaving him three behind all-time leader Penn State's Joe Paterno, who also won Saturday.

Florida State has won all 11 of its league openers since joining the ACC in 1992, while Virginia had won its four previous league openers.

In the inaugural game of the ACC's 50th anniversary season, Virginia scored its first touchdown on an 11-yard pass from Schaub to Heath Miller with 13:43 left. Patrick Estes added a 9-yard TD catch with 4:21 to go and Ottawa Anderson caught a 4-yard touchdown pass with 24 seconds left.

Freshman Marques Hagans started the game for Virginia but was ineffective, completing only 1 pass in 7 attempts for 4 yards.

Florida State's special teams got the scoring started midway through the first quarter when Jared Hetzel broke free to block a punt through the end zone for a safety.

After the free kick, Florida State went 60 yards in nine plays, scoring on a 4-yard run by freshman fullback Torrance Washington for a 9-0 lead 12 minutes into the game.

Jones' 19-yard TD run and a 1-yard sneak by Rix closed out Florida State's first-half scoring.

Jones scored his second touchdown in the third quarter and Xavier Beitia added a 42-yard field goal before third-team tailback Willie Reid completed the Florida State scoring on a 5-yard run with 6:40 left in the game.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
VIRGINIA
0
0
0
19
19
FLORIDA STATE
9
14
10
7
40

1st   2- 0  Jared Hetzel, safety, 8:01 
            Note: Hetzel blocked a punt and UVa recovered it in the     
                  end zone.                                             
      9- 0  Torrance Washington, 4, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 3:20 
2nd  16- 0  Greg Jones, 19, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 10:38
     23- 0  Chris Rix, 1, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 7:46 
3rd  30- 0  Greg Jones, 5, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 11:35
     30- 0  Xavier Beitia, 26, field goal failed, 6:51 
     33- 0  Xavier Beitia, 42, field goal, 3:25 
4th  33- 7  Opp, 11, pass (kick), 13:43
     40- 7  Willie Reid, 5, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 6:40 
     40-13  Opp, 9, pass (kick failed), 4:21 
     40-19  Opp, 4, pass (kick failed), 0:24 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 27 16 Rushes-yards 60-397 33- 62 Passing 157 251 Att-Comp-Int 23-14-2 32-20-0 Total Yards 83-554 65-313 Punt Returns 6-91 3-39 Kickoff Returns 4-75 5-107 Interception Ret. 0-0 2-0 Fumble Returns 3-0 2-0 Punts 4-45.3 8-32.3 Sacks By-Yds 1-9 2-11 Fumbles-Lost 3-2 5-3 Penalties-Yds 13-113 5-38 3rd Down Conversions 5-12 1-13 4th Down Conversions 1-1 1-2 Time of Posession 33:58 26:02 Attendance 79,406 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Greg Jones 21- 173 Nick Maddox 7- 61 Chris Rix 11- 58 Willie Reid 9- 51 Anquan Boldin 1- 17 Leon Washington 1- 17 Thomas Clayton 3- 13 Torrance Washington 2- 7 P.J. Selvidio 1- 4 Talman Gardner 1- 0 Adrian McPherson 3- -4 Receiving Willie Reid 4- 35 P.K. Sam 2- 25 Anquan Boldin 1- 24 Nick Maddox 3- 20 Craphonso Thorpe 2- 20 Travis Smith 1- 19 Greg Jones 1- 14 Passing Chris Rix 18-10-2-117 Adrian McPherson 5- 4-0- 40 Punt Return Dominic Robinson 2- 26 Leon Washington 1- 24 Jared Hetzel 1- 18 P.K. Sam 1- 15 Nick Maddox 1- 8 Kickoff Return Talman Gardner 1- 29 Leon Washington 1- 19 Craphonso Thorpe 1- 19 Thomas Clayton 1- 8 Punting Chance Gwaltney 4- 181 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kendyll Pope 4 3 7 2.0- 8.0 . . . . . . . . Michael Boulware 4 2 6 . . . 1 . . . . . Jerome Carter 3 3 6 . . . . . . . . . Rufus Brown 2 3 5 . . . 1 . . . . . Jared Hetzel 2 1 3 . . . . . . . 1 1 Stanford Samuels 3 . 3 . . . 3 . . 1 . . Kevin Emanuel 3 . 3 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . 1 . . B.J. Ward 2 1 3 . . . . . . 1 . . Claudius Osei 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Eric Moore 1 1 2 1.0- 5.0 . . . . 1- 0 . . . Allen Augustin 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Jeff Womble 2 . 2 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Kyler Hall 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Bryant McFadden 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Robert May 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Robin Charles 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Darnell Dockett 1 . 1 1.0- 6.0 . . . . 1- 0 . . . Tony Benford 1 . 1 1.0- 9.0 1.0- 9.0 . . . . . . . Yohance Buchanan 1 . 1 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Malcolm Tatum 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Jerel Hudson 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Marcello Church 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Leon Washington . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Charles Howard . . . . . . 1 . . . . . Joey Kaleikini . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
WR    1  Craphonso Thorpe
TB    6  Greg Jones
QB   16  Chris Rix
FB   35  B.J. Dean
C    52  Antoine Mirambeau
TG   61  Montrae Holland
ST   72  Brett Williams
TT   77  Ray Willis
SG   79  Todd Williams
TE   82  Patrick Hughes
SE   87  Robert Morgan
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RCB   7  Rufus Brown
WLB   9  Kendyll Pope
LCB  10  Stanford Samuels
ROV  23  Jerome Carter
FS   24  B.J. Ward
MLB  42  Jerel Hudson
DT   45  Darnell Dockett
RE   48  Alonzo Jackson
SLB  58  Michael Boulware
LE   90  Kevin Emanuel
NG   99  Travis Johnson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 3  Malcolm Tatum
 4  Anquan Boldin
 5  Adrian McPherson
 8  Bryant McFadden
13  Jared Hetzel
15  Robin Charles
18  Yohance Buchanan
20  Nick Maddox
21  Talman Gardner
26  Willie Reid
27  Claudius Osei
31  Thomas Clayton
33  Leon Washington
36  P.J. Selvidio
37  Chance Gwaltney
##  NAME
-----------------------------
39  Marcello Church
40  Allen Augustin
41  Kyler Hall
43  Torrance Washington
47  Xavier Beitia
55  Eric Moore
57  Robert May
59  Charles Howard
81  P.K. Sam
83  Dominic Robinson
84  Travis Smith
86  Joey Kaleikini
89  Brian Sawyer
91  Jeff Womble
97  Tony Benford

FLORIDA STATE 37, MARYLAND 10

09/14/2002, COLLEGE PARK, MD

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COLLEGE PARK, MD - Step One in Florida State's effort to regain the Atlantic Coast Conference championship is complete.

Chris Rix threw two touchdowns passes and ran for another score as the fifth-ranked Seminoles took a 30-point halftime lead and rolled past Maryland 37-10 Saturday night.

After having their nine-year run as ACC champions halted by Maryland last season, the Seminoles (3-0, 2-0) re-established their superiority in authoritative fashion.

"Even though they didn't beat us, they earned the ACC title and we want that back," Rix said. "Obviously we had to go through them, being the defending champion. It's definitely a good feeling to get the win here."

Turning three turnovers into touchdowns, Florida State went up 30-0 at halftime and improved to 13-0 against Maryland (1-2, 0-1). Since joining the ACC in 1992, the Seminoles have won 11 straight over the Terrapins by an average score of 50-15.

This one was sweeter than most.

"One thing I have never done is talk about paybacks or getting even, because it always comes back and works against you," Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said. "I never talked to our team about that. But there's no doubt about it, we lost a little of our mystique last year and we'd like to get it back."

Unlike last year, when the Seminoles fell behind 14-0 and needed a late surge to beat the Terrapins, this one was decided when Florida State scored 24 points in the second quarter.

Rix followed a Terrapins fumble with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin to make it 13-0. The quarterback also scored from the 1 after a Florida State interception, and 31 seconds later Rix hit Talman Gardner with a 56-yard touchdown pass following a Maryland fumble.

"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that you can't turn the ball over against Florida State and expect to win," Terrapins coach Ralph Friedgen said.

Maryland finally got a field goal in the third quarter, but by that time the crowd of 51,758 had thinned considerably.

"I'm disappointed that we don't play our best against a team that is as talented as Florida State," Friedgen said. "I'm waiting for us to be able to punch through that barrier right now."

Rix went 13-of-25 for 227 yards, leaving after absorbing a hard hit in the fourth quarter. Greg Jones ran for 106 yards and a touchdown, and Gardner had four catches for 109 yards.

Maryland's Scott McBrien was 14-of-26 for 187 yards and two interceptions. Backup Chris Kelley also threw two interceptions, giving the Terrapins six turnovers in the game.

On the game's first play from scrimmage, Maryland fullback Chad Killian thrilled the crowd by taking a short pass 39 yards to the Florida State 41. The Terrapins got to the 21, but B.J. Ward blocked a field-goal try - the first indication that it wasn't going to be Maryland's night.

The Seminoles then moved 45 yards in 11 plays before Xavier Beitia kicked a 45-yard field goal.

A torrential downpour began during the Terrapins' next series, a three-and-out. Beitia followed with a field goal for a 6-0 lead.

The rain let up late in the first quarter, but the Seminoles did not. After Maryland's Mario Merrills lost a fumble on the final play of the period, Boldin made a fingertip grab in the end zone to make it 13-0.

Minutes later, Maryland made its most costly mistake of the night. Chris Downs burst over left tackle on a 61-yard TD run, but the score was called back because of an illegal block.

"The touchdown that was called back was really crucial because we were right back in the game at a really competitive time. Not only did we not get points out of it, but it killed the drive for us," Friedgen said.

The Terrapins then punted, and Rix took the Seminoles from their own 1 to the Maryland 9 before Beitia added another field goal.

On the first play after the kickoff, Florida State's Rufus Brown returned an interception 33 yards to the Maryland 4, setting up a fourth-down run by Rix for a 23-0 lead.

Downs lost a fumble on the Terrapins' next series, and Rix hit Gardner for a score on the first play.

Game over.

"This was an important win for us," Boldin said. "They had something that we wanted. They won the ACC championship last year, and we wanted to come out tonight and take it back."

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
6
24
0
7
37
MARYLAND
0
0
3
7
10

1st   0- 0  Opp, 41, field goal blocked by B.J. Ward, 12:39
      3- 0  Xavier Beitia, 44, field goal, 8:18 
      6- 0  Xavier Beitia, 23, field goal, 1:51 
2nd  13- 0  Anquan Boldin, 19, pass from Chris Rix (Xavier Beitia, kick), 13:27
     16- 0  Xavier Beitia, 26, field goal, 4:28 
     23- 0  Chris Rix, 1, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 2:10 
     30- 0  Talman Gardner, 56, pass from Chris Rix (Xavier Beitia, kick), 1:39 
3rd  30- 3  Opp, 44, field goal, 4:23 
4th  30-10  Opp, 6, run (kick), 7:27 
     37-10  Greg Jones, 10, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 6:15 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 20 15 Rushes-yards 43-169 28- 57 Passing 266 241 Att-Comp-Int 27-14-0 37-20-4 Total Yards 70-435 65-298 Punt Returns 3-43 4-20 Kickoff Returns 2-60 3-67 Interception Ret. 4-37 0-0 Fumble Returns 2-0 2-0 Punts 5-38.4 6-47.5 Sacks By-Yds 3-15 2-16 Fumbles-Lost 4-2 2-2 Penalties-Yds 10-71 7-65 3rd Down Conversions 6-16 2-12 4th Down Conversions 2-2 1-2 Time of Posession 31:58 28:02 Attendance 51,758 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Greg Jones 21- 106 Chris Rix 9- 23 Nick Maddox 6- 17 Willie Reid 1- 12 Fabian Walker 2- 7 Thomas Clayton 1- 5 Leon Washington 1- 1 Torrance Washington 1- 0 Team 1- -2 Receiving Talman Gardner 4- 109 Anquan Boldin 5- 91 Craphonso Thorpe 1- 39 P.K. Sam 1- 14 Patrick Hughes 1- 8 Nick Maddox 1- 4 Willie Reid 1- 1 Passing Chris Rix 25-13-0-227 Fabian Walker 1- 1-0- 39 Nick Maddox 1- 0-0- 0 Punt Return Leon Washington 2- 41 Dominic Robinson 1- 2 Kickoff Return Craphonso Thorpe 1- 36 Talman Gardner 1- 24 Punting Chance Gwaltney 4- 156 Chris Hall 1- 36 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kendyll Pope 7 . 7 1.0- 2.0 . 1- 4 1 . . . . . Stanford Samuels 4 . 4 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Robert May 4 . 4 2.0- 8.0 1.0- 4.0 . . . . . . . Rufus Brown 2 1 3 . . 1- 33 1 . . 1 . . Eric Moore 3 . 3 2.0- 9.0 1.0- 8.0 . . . . . . . Jerel Hudson 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Patrick Newton 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Michael Boulware 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Kyler Hall 2 . 2 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . B.J. Ward 1 1 2 . . . . . . . 1 . Travis Johnson 2 . 2 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . 1 . . Leon Washington 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Kevin Emanuel 2 . 2 1.0- 3.0 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . A.J. Nicholson 2 . 2 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Darnell Dockett 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Jerome Carter 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Bryant McFadden 1 . 1 . . 2- 0 2 . . . . . Allen Augustin 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Jared Hetzel 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Leroy Smith 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Alonzo Jackson 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Eric Powell . 1 1 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Ray Piquion . 1 1 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
WR    1  Craphonso Thorpe
TB    6  Greg Jones
QB   16  Chris Rix
FB   35  B.J. Dean
C    52  Antoine Mirambeau
TG   61  Montrae Holland
ST   72  Brett Williams
TT   77  Ray Willis
SG   79  Todd Williams
TE   82  Patrick Hughes
SE   87  Robert Morgan
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RCB   7  Rufus Brown
WLB   9  Kendyll Pope
LCB  10  Stanford Samuels
ROV  23  Jerome Carter
FS   24  B.J. Ward
MLB  42  Jerel Hudson
DT   45  Darnell Dockett
RE   48  Alonzo Jackson
SLB  58  Michael Boulware
LE   90  Kevin Emanuel
NG   99  Travis Johnson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 4  Anquan Boldin
 8  Bryant McFadden
12  Fabian Walker
13  Jared Hetzel
20  Nick Maddox
21  Talman Gardner
26  Willie Reid
30  Patrick Newton
31  Thomas Clayton
32  Leroy Smith
33  Leon Washington
37  Chance Gwaltney
40  Allen Augustin
##  NAME
-----------------------------
41  Kyler Hall
43  Torrance Washington
47  Xavier Beitia
54  A.J. Nicholson
55  Eric Moore
56  Ray Piquion
57  Robert May
81  P.K. Sam
83  Chris Hall
83  Dominic Robinson
86  Joey Kaleikini
89  Brian Sawyer
93  Eric Powell

FLORIDA STATE 48, DUKE 17

09/21/2002, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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TALLAHASSEE, FL - Duke played Florida State even for about 20 minutes Saturday. Then it got ugly.

Chris Rix threw two touchdown passes during Florida State's 21-point burst in the second quarter, helping the fifth-ranked Seminoles break open a tight game on the way to a 48-17 victory.

Florida State (4-0, 3-0 ACC) ignored its running game to work on its passing attack, throwing for 404 of its 510 yards. The Seminoles led 45-3 at one point.

"We had a feeling that we could come out and be able to sling it around a little bit," said Florida State's Anquan Boldin, who caught seven passes for 110 yards and a touchdown.

Three Florida State quarterbacks combined to throw to 10 different receivers for 404 yards and four touchdowns.

"The passing game was really clicking," said Rix, who threw for 244 yards in his shortest stint in 16 starts. "They were probably more concerned about the run and we took advantage of that."

Duke (1-3, 0-1 ACC ) outgained the 'Noles in the opening quarter and tied the game at 3-all two minutes into the second period, on a 23-yard field goal by Brent Garber. But that was it for the Blue Devils, who have lost 18 straight conference games and are winless in 11 tries against the Seminoles.

"We had a problem defending their wide receivers," Duke coach Carl Franks said. "They're great athletes and made some big plays."

Rix's backup, Adrian McPherson, played most of the second half and threw for two more TDs as coach Bobby Bowden got many of his young reserves some extended playing time. Bowden got his 327th career victory, second only to Penn State's Joe Paterno (330).

It ended up being an unusually eventful night for the 72-year-old Bowden, who was bowled over on the sidelines by Duke tight end Calen Powell. The 235-pound Powell crashed into an official after being pushed out of bounds, and the official then knocked over Bowden, who got up quickly with a grin on his face.

"I haven't take a hit like that since college," Bowden said. "It wasn't a glancing blow. The guy nailed me, and it still didn't hurt."

Powell said he didn't realize that it was Bowden who ended up on the end of the collision.

"I remember I hit a ref and someone," he said. "I really didn't know who it was."

Florida State's Greg Jones, who had five straight games of more than 100 yards rushing, had just 44 yards.

Duke scored the game's final two touchdowns - on passes from Chris Dapolito to Santerrio Landrum and Lance Johnson - to make the final margin more respectable.

Bowden was delighted he could play so many of his youngsters, and he praised his starting quarterback.

"Rix played one of his best games," Bowden said. "He is still learning. What do you expect from a kid who is still only a sophomore?"

After the early tie game, Florida State ran off 42 straight points. Rix, who threw for 180 yards in the first half, threw a pair of 14-yard touchdown passes - to Talman Gardner and Robert Morgan - to make it 17-3.

Florida State's freshmen then got into the act. Fullback Torrance Washington's 3-yard touchdown run with 2:54 left gave Florida State a 24-3 halftime lead. That score was set up by freshman Leon Washington's 32-yard punt return.

The Seminoles built the lead to 31-7 when Leon Washington pounced on a botched punt in the end zone. The ball glanced off Duke's John Paul Kimbrough, who was not trying to field it while standing on his 1-yard line.

Rix left the game after the first series of the third quarter, having completed 16 of 22 passes for 244 yards.

Duke's Alex Wade gained 114 yards on 25 carries.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
DUKE
0
3
0
14
17
FLORIDA STATE
3
21
14
10
48

1st   0- 0  Xavier Beitia, 24, field goal failed, 7:57 
      0- 0  Opp, 45, field goal blocked by B.J. Ward, 5:21 
      3- 0  Xavier Beitia, 37, field goal, 2:35 
2nd   3- 3  Opp, 23, field goal, 12:58
     10- 3  Robert Morgan, 14, pass from Chris Rix (Xavier Beitia, kick), 8:56 
     17- 3  Talman Gardner, 14, pass from Chris Rix (Xavier Beitia, kick), 6:12 
     24- 3  Torrance Washington, 3, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 2:54 
3rd  31- 3  Leon Washington, 0, fumble recovery/return (Xavier Beitia, kick), 9:02 
            Note: Ball fumbled in the end zone by Duke, recovered by    
                  Washington                                            
     38- 3  Craphonso Thorpe, 17, pass from Adrian McPherson (Xavier Beitia, kick), 1:30 
4th  45- 3  Anquan Boldin, 11, pass from Adrian McPherson (Xavier Beitia, kick), 14:17
     45-10  Opp, 4, pass (kick), 11:40
     48-10  Xavier Beitia, 46, field goal, 6:41 
     48-17  Opp, 26, pass (kick), 1:12 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 30 16 Rushes-yards 32-113 35-147 Passing 404 239 Att-Comp-Int 44-29-0 32-16-1 Total Yards 76-517 67-386 Punt Returns 3-47 1--1 Kickoff Returns 4-93 5-83 Interception Ret. 1-0 0-0 Fumble Returns 1-0 1-0 Punts 1-41.0 5-36.8 Sacks By-Yds 2-13 4-20 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-1 Penalties-Yds 2-19 7-50 3rd Down Conversions 6-13 5-16 4th Down Conversions 1-2 2-3 Time of Posession 31:05 28:55 Attendance 82,397 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Greg Jones 9- 44 Willie Reid 5- 35 Adrian McPherson 5- 21 Torrance Washington 2- 8 Leon Washington 2- 3 Thomas Clayton 1- 3 Chris Rix 5- 2 Fabian Walker 1- -1 Nick Maddox 2- -2 Receiving Anquan Boldin 7- 110 P.K. Sam 7- 96 Craphonso Thorpe 3- 70 Talman Gardner 2- 45 Robert Morgan 3- 29 Travis Smith 2- 24 Nick Maddox 1- 11 Leon Washington 2- 7 Thomas Clayton 1- 7 Greg Jones 1- 5 Passing Chris Rix 22-16-0-244 Adrian McPherson 15- 9-0-125 Fabian Walker 7- 4-0- 35 Punt Return Leon Washington 3- 47 Kickoff Return Craphonso Thorpe 1- 38 Leon Washington 1- 26 Donnie Carter 1- 17 Willie Reid 1- 12 Punting Chance Gwaltney 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 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael Boulware 2 5 7 0.5- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Jerome Carter 1 5 6 . . . . . . . . . B.J. Ward 1 4 5 . . . . . . . 1 . Kyler Hall 2 3 5 . . . . . . . . . Kendyll Pope 2 3 5 . . . . . . . . . Stanford Samuels 2 3 5 . . . . . . . . . Allen Augustin . 5 5 . . . . . . . . . Travis Johnson 2 1 3 0.5- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Rufus Brown 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Pat Watkins 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Eric Powell 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Alonzo Jackson 1 2 3 0.5- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Robert May . 3 3 . . . . . . . . . Patrick Newton 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Jeff Womble 1 1 2 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Kamerion Wimbley 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Donnie Carter . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Darnell Dockett 2 . 2 0.5- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Malcolm Tatum . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Yohance Buchanan . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Leon Washington 1 . 1 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Tony Benford 1 . 1 1.0- 8.0 1.0- 8.0 . . . . . . . Claudius Osei 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Bryant McFadden 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Brian Ross 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Willie Jones 1 . 1 1.0- 5.0 1.0- 5.0 . . . . . . . Kevin Emanuel . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Jared Hetzel . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Ray Piquion . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . A.J. Nicholson . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Sam McGrew . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Leroy Smith . . . . . 1- 0 1 . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
WR    1  Craphonso Thorpe
TB    6  Greg Jones
QB   16  Chris Rix
FB   35  B.J. Dean
C    52  Antoine Mirambeau
TG   61  Montrae Holland
ST   72  Brett Williams
TT   77  Ray Willis
SG   79  Todd Williams
TE   82  Patrick Hughes
SE   87  Robert Morgan
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RCB   7  Rufus Brown
WLB   9  Kendyll Pope
LCB  10  Stanford Samuels
ROV  23  Jerome Carter
FS   24  B.J. Ward
MLB  42  Jerel Hudson
DT   45  Darnell Dockett
RE   48  Alonzo Jackson
SLB  58  Michael Boulware
LE   90  Kevin Emanuel
NG   99  Travis Johnson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 3  Malcolm Tatum
 4  Anquan Boldin
 5  Adrian McPherson
 8  Bryant McFadden
12  Fabian Walker
13  Jared Hetzel
18  Yohance Buchanan
20  Nick Maddox
21  Talman Gardner
22  Pat Watkins
26  Willie Reid
27  Claudius Osei
29  Willie Jones
30  Patrick Newton
31  Thomas Clayton
32  Leroy Smith
33  Leon Washington
37  Chance Gwaltney
##  NAME
-----------------------------
40  Allen Augustin
41  Kyler Hall
43  Torrance Washington
44  Sam McGrew
47  Xavier Beitia
54  A.J. Nicholson
56  Ray Piquion
57  Robert May
71  Brian Ross
81  P.K. Sam
84  Travis Smith
86  Joey Kaleikini
89  Brian Sawyer
91  Jeff Womble
93  Eric Powell
95  Kamerion Wimbley
96  Donnie Carter
97  Tony Benford

LOUISVILLE 26, FLORIDA STATE 20

09/26/2002, LOUISVILLE, KY, OT

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LOUISVILLE, KY - Florida State coach Bobby Bowden worried for months about playing Louisville. It turned out his fears were warranted.

Henry Miller ran 25 yards for a touchdown on the second play of overtime as Louisville upset the fourth-ranked Seminoles 26-20 in a steady downpour Thursday night.

"They were better than we were," said Bowden, who was denied his 328th career victory. "Before the season, I was very concerned about this game because they were playing as good as anybody last season."

Anthony Floyd intercepted a pass by Chris Rix near the goal line a play earlier to set up Miller's run.

The Seminoles (4-1) were the highest-ranked team to play in the 4-year-old Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, and Bowden knew the game would be tough.

"We came in here 4-0, but they could have been 4-0 just as easily," Bowden said.

Florida State was playing its first overtime game and lost to an unranked team for the second time in two seasons. North Carolina State beat the Seminoles 34-28 last year.

"It's kind of like playing golf - you come to the last hole even and then you hit your drive out of bounds," Bowden said.

The Cardinals (3-2) spilled onto the field after finishing one of the biggest wins in school history. Most of the rain-soaked crowd of 38,109 followed them and carried off the goal posts behind each end zone.

"To have these guys come to our house was big," Louisville coach John L. Smith said. "To beat them was even bigger."

Dave Ragone's 1-yard touchdown pass to Damien Dorsey tied it at 20-20 for Louisville with 11:37 left. Neither team threatened to score again in the fourth quarter.

The Cardinals won the coin toss, but chose to play defense first in overtime.

Remnants of Tropical Storm Isidore soaked Louisville throughout the day and the showers never subsided after the game began. Most of the crowd stayed until the end.

"We fed off an unbelievable crowd in a torrential downpour," Ragone said. "They started ripping down the goal posts, ripping off my helmet, ripping off everything."

The Cardinals trailed 13-6 at halftime, finishing the first half with more penalties (eight) than first downs (six) - and more penalty yards (100) than total yards (77).

Ragone, 2-of-8 in the first half, finished a seven-play, 51-yard drive in the third quarter with one of his best throws of the night - a 30-yard touchdown pass down the sideline to Joshua Tinch with 4:05 left.

Rix was just 2-for-12 in the first half, but was 5-for-5 on Florida State's answering drive. Talman Gardner's 21-yard touchdown catch was his fourth reception of the drive and temporarily silenced the crowd.

A holding penalty nullified a 43-yard touchdown pass from Ragone to Dorsey early in the fourth quarter. Unfazed, Ragone found Tinch for 23 yards on the next play. Two passes to running back T.J. Patterson drove the Cardinals to the Seminoles 2.

A penalty on Florida State moved the ball to the 1 and Ragone rolled right and found Dorsey for the tying touchdown.

Ragone finished 15-for-27 for 182 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 43 yards.

"I couldn't take him down enough," Florida State defensive end Alonzo Jackson said. "He's a great player. We just couldn't contain him enough. We had opportunities to make plays that would've enabled us to win and we just couldn't do it."

The Seminoles gave up their first first-quarter points of the season on a 45-yard field goal by Nate Smith 1:42 into the game.

Florida State trailed for the first time this season, but weren't behind for long. A 33-yard pass from receiver Anquan Boldin to Gardner set up Xavier Beitia's 40-yard field goal with 10:21 left in the opening quarter.

Louisville linebacker James Greene blocked Chance Gwaltney's punt and gave Louisville its initial first-and-goal at the Seminoles 2.

Florida State's defense stuffed three Louisville runs before linebacker Jerel Hudson intercepted a pass by Ragone at the goal line.

A personal foul on Louisville cornerback Laroni Gallishaw kept alive Florida State's first touchdown drive early in the second quarter. Rix found Gardner on a slant route for a 23-yard touchdown with 11:08 left.

The Cardinals drove to the Florida State 2 again on their ensuing drive. But a delay of game penalty and Jackson's sack of Ragone pushed Louisville back to the 16. The Cardinals settled for a 26-yard field goal by Smith.

A personal foul on Dewayne White and a pass interference call on Gallishaw aided Florida State on its closing drive of the first half. Beitia kicked a 20-yard field goal as time expired.

The Seminoles, fourth in the nation in scoring defense coming into the game, had only 335 yards. Rix finished 14-of-33 for 173 yards with an interception.

Dontay Spillman, Louisville's leading receiver this season with 19 catches for 352 yards, did not play. He was suspended for disciplinary reasons by Smith.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Total
FLORIDA STATE
3
10
7
0
0
20
LOUISVILLE
3
3
7
7
6
26

1st   0- 3  Opp, 45, field goal, 13:18
      3- 3  Xavier Beitia, 40, field goal, 10:21
2nd  10- 3  Talman Gardner, 23, pass from Chris Rix (Xavier Beitia, kick), 11:08
     10- 6  Opp, 26, field goal, 4:30 
     13- 6  Xavier Beitia, 20, field goal, 0:00 
3rd  13-13  Opp, 30, pass (kick), 4:05 
     20-13  Talman Gardner, 21, pass from Chris Rix (Xavier Beitia, kick), 0:21 
4th  20-20  Opp, 1, pass (kick), 11:37
OT   20-26  Opp, 25, run


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 20 20 Rushes-yards 32-129 39-121 Passing 206 182 Att-Comp-Int 34-15-1 27-15-1 Total Yards 66-335 66-303 Punt Returns 2-7 6-78 Kickoff Returns 4-78 4-117 Interception Ret. 1-18 1-5 Fumble Returns 0-0 0-0 Punts 8-34.1 7-35.6 Sacks By-Yds 6-35 3-14 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-0 Penalties-Yds 9-79 10-120 3rd Down Conversions 3-13 4-14 4th Down Conversions 0-0 1-2 Time of Posession 28:36 31:04 Attendance 38,109 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Nick Maddox 7- 59 Greg Jones 13- 32 Torrance Washington 1- 20 Anquan Boldin 1- 9 Chris Rix 10- 9 Receiving Talman Gardner 8- 130 Anquan Boldin 4- 62 Robert Morgan 1- 9 P.K. Sam 1- 5 Greg Jones 1- 0 Passing Chris Rix 33-14-1-173 Anquan Boldin 1- 1-0- 33 Punt Return Leon Washington 2- 7 Kickoff Return Talman Gardner 2- 32 Leon Washington 1- 24 Craphonso Thorpe 1- 22 Punting Chance Gwaltney 7- 273 Team 1- 0 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jerome Carter 5 4 9 . . . . . . . . . Michael Boulware 4 4 8 . . . . . . . . . Jerel Hudson 4 2 6 1.0- 6.0 1.0- 6.0 1- 18 . . . . . . Alonzo Jackson 5 1 6 5.0- 30.0 5.0- 30.0 . . . . 1 . . Kendyll Pope 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Kevin Emanuel 2 2 4 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . B.J. Ward 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Allen Augustin 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Stanford Samuels 2 . 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Jared Hetzel 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Patrick Newton 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Jeff Womble 2 . 2 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Eric Powell 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Tony Benford 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Rufus Brown . 1 1 . . . 1 . . . . . Bryant McFadden . 1 1 . . . 1 . . . . . Robin Charles 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Talman Gardner 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Leon Washington . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Kyler Hall . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Darnell Dockett 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Eric Moore 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Robert May 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Brian Sawyer . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
WR    1  Craphonso Thorpe
TB    6  Greg Jones
QB   16  Chris Rix
FB   35  B.J. Dean
C    52  Antoine Mirambeau
TG   61  Montrae Holland
ST   72  Brett Williams
TT   77  Ray Willis
SG   79  Todd Williams
TE   82  Patrick Hughes
SE   87  Robert Morgan
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RCB   7  Rufus Brown
WLB   9  Kendyll Pope
LCB  10  Stanford Samuels
ROV  23  Jerome Carter
FS   24  B.J. Ward
MLB  42  Jerel Hudson
DT   45  Darnell Dockett
RE   48  Alonzo Jackson
SLB  58  Michael Boulware
LE   90  Kevin Emanuel
NG   99  Travis Johnson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 4  Anquan Boldin
 8  Bryant McFadden
13  Jared Hetzel
15  Robin Charles
20  Nick Maddox
21  Talman Gardner
30  Patrick Newton
33  Leon Washington
37  Chance Gwaltney
40  Allen Augustin
41  Kyler Hall
##  NAME
-----------------------------
43  Torrance Washington
47  Xavier Beitia
55  Eric Moore
57  Robert May
81  P.K. Sam
86  Joey Kaleikini
89  Brian Sawyer
91  Jeff Womble
93  Eric Powell
97  Tony Benford

FLORIDA STATE 48, CLEMSON 31

10/03/2002, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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TALLAHASSEE, FL - Bobby Bowden defeated his son one more time Thursday night and said this time it hurt.

"I had to win the stinking game and I had to whip him to do it," Bowden said after No. 11 Florida State beat son Tommy's Clemson Tigers 48-31. "It's not fun when you whip your son. (But) I didn't tell him to get into coaching."

The 72-year-old Bowden has won 328 games, including four straight over his 48-year-old son. The 328 wins are two fewer than all time-leader Joe Paterno of Penn State.

The Seminoles (5-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) showed little confidence in their passing game and benched sophomore quarterback Chris Rix for most of the second quarter, capitalizing on four Clemson turnovers and a punishing ground game for the victory.

And their schedule gets tougher with No. 1 Miami next on Oct. 12.

"From what I see, it's Miami and the rest of the world," Bowden said. "We're not at that level yet."

But he was glad to bounce back from last week's 26-20 defeat at Louisville.

"Clemson is playing with a lot of confidence and enthusiasm," Bobby Bowden said. "They scared us."

Greg Jones ran for three touchdowns, breaking eight tackles on the final one, and set up a fourth with a long run that helped the Seminoles take a 28-24 halftime lead.

"I was just wanted to play good against the home team," said Jones, who is from South Carolina and visited many of his former high school acquaintances in the Clemson locker room after the game.

"I don't know how many tackles I broke," Jones said. "I was just trying to make it look good."

The Seminoles took advantage of poor special teams play by Clemson (3-2, 1-1) to take the lead at halftime. They took control behind Jones and a punishing running game in the second half.

Jones, who gained 160 yards last year at Clemson, finished with 165 yards on 22 carries to give the Seminoles their 11th straight win over Clemson since they joined the ACC in 1992.

Florida State's go-ahead touchdown was set up by Jones' 64-yard run on Florida State's first play after Clemson took its last lead, 24-21, on Willie Simmons' second touchdown pass of the half.

Jones, a 240-pound junior, scored on runs of 20, 1 and 21 yards. His second TD gave Florida State a 35-24 lead midway through the third quarter. He ripped through virtually the entire Clemson team on his final TD which sealed the Florida State victory.

Clemson dominated the first half statistically, but trailed.

Rix rifled a 5-yard touchdown pass to Talman Gardner to give Florida State the halftime lead with only 6 seconds left in a wild 30 minutes highlighted by an onside kick, a kickoff return for a touchdown and a pass play off a fake double reverse that led to a Clemson field goal.

Although the Seminoles had the ball for only a little more than four minutes in the second quarter, they scored 21 points.

Clemson dominated the half, amassing 341 yards while Florida State stumbled on offense, using backup quarterback Adrian McPherson for most of the second quarter.

Aaron Hunt's 20-yard field goal with 6:20 left in the half gave Clemson a 17-14 lead. Leon Washington, Florida's Mr. Football last year, returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards and Florida State led 21-17.

"We couldn't get it done in the end," said Simmons, who was 17-of-27 for 293 yards and two touchdowns, but was intercepted twice.

Clemson guard Nick Black was taken out on a stretcher after he broke his right leg in the first half.

Florida State called off classes for Thursday and Friday, anticipating campus traffic problems because of the weeknight game. Fans would be coming into the stadium just as state workers would be leaving their jobs only a few blocks away.

School officials claimed the early "fall break" has been in the works for several years and this was a good opportunity to get it started.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
CLEMSON
14
10
7
0
31
FLORIDA STATE
7
21
10
10
48

1st   7- 0  Chris Rix, 1, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 11:37
      7- 7  Opp, 28, pass (kick), 5:29 
      7-14  Opp, 2, run (kick), 3:13 
2nd  14-14  Greg Jones, 20, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 14:52
     14-17  Opp, 20, field goal, 6:20 
     21-17  Leon Washington, 97, kickoff return (Xavier Beitia, kick), 6:02 
     21-24  Opp, 9, pass (kick), 0:27 
     28-24  Talman Gardner, 5, pass from Chris Rix (Xavier Beitia, kick), 0:06 
3rd  35-24  Greg Jones, 1, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 8:57 
     35-31  Opp, 9, run (kick), 4:03 
     38-31  Xavier Beitia, 22, field goal, 1:20 
4th  41-31  Xavier Beitia, 22, field goal, 9:21 
     48-31  Greg Jones, 21, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 7:26 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 19 18 Rushes-yards 49-272 33-107 Passing 114 334 Att-Comp-Int 20-8-0 28-18-2 Total Yards 69-386 61-441 Punt Returns 1-18 3-40 Kickoff Returns 5-170 5-115 Interception Ret. 2-9 0-0 Fumble Returns 2-0 0-0 Punts 6-40.2 4-39.3 Sacks By-Yds 2-16 3-9 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 5-2 Penalties-Yds 6-45 5-34 3rd Down Conversions 5-13 4-12 4th Down Conversions 0-0 0-2 Time of Posession 33:07 26:53 Attendance 78,841 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Greg Jones 22- 165 Nick Maddox 8- 48 Torrance Washington 6- 38 Adrian McPherson 2- 15 Willie Reid 3- 8 Anquan Boldin 1- 1 Chris Rix 7- -3 Receiving Anquan Boldin 3- 55 Talman Gardner 2- 24 Craphonso Thorpe 1- 18 Patrick Hughes 1- 12 Robert Morgan 1- 5 Passing Chris Rix 13- 8-0-114 Adrian McPherson 6- 0-0- 0 Team 1- 0-0- 0 Punt Return Leon Washington 1- 18 Kickoff Return Leon Washington 1- 97 Talman Gardner 1- 50 Donnie Carter 2- 23 Joey Kaleikini 1- 8 Paul Irons 1- 0 Punting Chance Gwaltney 6- 241 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael Boulware 3 4 7 . . . . . . . . . Kevin Emanuel 3 3 6 1.5- 6.0 1.0- 6.0 . . . . . . . Rufus Brown 2 2 4 . . 1- 0 1 . . . . . Kendyll Pope 4 . 4 . . . . . . . . . A.J. Nicholson 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . Claudius Osei 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . B.J. Ward 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Eric Powell 2 1 3 1.0- 6.0 . . . . . . . . Bryant McFadden 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Jeff Womble 1 2 3 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Darnell Dockett 1 2 3 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Jerome Carter 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Stanford Samuels 1 1 2 . . 1- 9 2 . . . . . Leroy Smith 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Malcolm Tatum 2 . 2 . . . . . . 1 . . Travis Johnson 1 1 2 . . . . . . 1 . . Eric Moore 1 1 2 1.0- 10.0 1.0- 10.0 . . . . 1 . . Ray Piquion . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Jerel Hudson . 1 1 0.5- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Kamerion Wimbley 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Patrick Newton 1 . 1 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Chance Gwaltney 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Leon Washington 1 . 1 . . . . . . 1 . . Alonzo Jackson . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Jared Hetzel . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
WR    1  Craphonso Thorpe
TB    6  Greg Jones
QB   16  Chris Rix
FB   35  B.J. Dean
C    52  Antoine Mirambeau
TG   61  Montrae Holland
ST   72  Brett Williams
TT   77  Ray Willis
SG   79  Todd Williams
TE   82  Patrick Hughes
SE   87  Robert Morgan
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RCB   7  Rufus Brown
WLB   9  Kendyll Pope
LCB  10  Stanford Samuels
ROV  23  Jerome Carter
FS   24  B.J. Ward
MLB  42  Jerel Hudson
DT   45  Darnell Dockett
RE   48  Alonzo Jackson
SLB  58  Michael Boulware
LE   90  Kevin Emanuel
NG   99  Travis Johnson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 3  Malcolm Tatum
 4  Anquan Boldin
 5  Adrian McPherson
 8  Bryant McFadden
13  Jared Hetzel
20  Nick Maddox
21  Talman Gardner
26  Willie Reid
27  Claudius Osei
30  Patrick Newton
32  Leroy Smith
33  Leon Washington
##  NAME
-----------------------------
37  Chance Gwaltney
38  Paul Irons
43  Torrance Washington
47  Xavier Beitia
54  A.J. Nicholson
55  Eric Moore
56  Ray Piquion
86  Joey Kaleikini
91  Jeff Womble
93  Eric Powell
95  Kamerion Wimbley
96  Donnie Carter

MIAMI 28, FLORIDA STATE 27

10/12/2002, CORAL GABLES, FL

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MIAMI, FL - Wide left. Can you believe it?

Top-ranked Miami was helped by yet another last-second missed field goal by No. 9 Florida State, hanging on for a 28-27 victory Saturday over the Seminoles to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 28 games.

For the fourth time since 1991 in this glorious rivalry, the Seminoles failed to connect on a field goal that would have tied or won the game. But unlike the first three that sailed wide right, Xavier Beitia's 43-yard attempt went in the other direction.

"I simply can't believe we lost the game like that again," Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said. "I thought we had it. I went out to shake his hand. I thought he hit it. I've had that picture so many times before in my career. I can't stand it. Our kids did not deserve to lose this game."

When the officials signaled that the kick was no good, the Hurricanes rushed the field and celebrated as a record Orange Bowl crowd of 81,927 stood and cheered. The Seminoles hung their heads and trudged off.

"I'm an old man, and it's the best football game I've ever seen," Miami coach Larry Coker said.

Until the final minutes, Florida State (5-2) had outplayed the defending national champions, but the Seminoles now find themselves out of the national title chase. Even though Miami (6-0) was pounded by the running of Greg Jones - who had 189 yards and a touchdown - and was penalized 14 times for 109 yards, the Hurricanes showed why they are champs in every way.

Ken Dorsey bounced back from what would have been the worst game of his career by leading the Hurricanes to a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns as they rallied from a 27-14 deficit.

After Jones gave the Seminoles a 13-point lead with an 11-yard touchdown run, Dorsey began hitting his targets. He finished a 70-yard drive with a 2-yard TD pass to Kevin Beard with 8:10 left. The Seminoles were forced to punt, and Miami needed all of two plays to take the lead. Dorsey found Willis McGahee on a screen pass, and the running back turned it into a 68-yard gain to the Florida State 11. On the next play, Jason Geathers ran 11 yards up the middle for a score with 5:17 left. Todd Sievers kicked the extra point, and the Hurricanes held on for dear life.

When Freddie Capshaw's 3-yard punt gave the ball to the Seminoles at the FSU 46, Chris Rix went to work. He hooked up with Talman Gardner for completions of 8 and 15 yards. After two running plays failed to gain a yard, Rix spiked the ball as time ran down to a second left.

Beitia, a sophomore, had kicked field goals of 45 and 42 yards earlier in the game, but now he'll go down in Florida State lore - along with Gerry Thomas, Dan Mowrey and Matt Munyon - for his errant field-goal try.

"I was not nervous," Beitia said. " I was thinking, 'Just make the kick, just make the kick.' Was it a bad snap or a bad hold? I don't know the answer. It was a blur."

McGahee stood and watched from the sideline.

"I was saying, 'Please let it be blocked or something,'" McGahee said. "Dorsey wasn't looking. I said, 'Dorsey, he missed it!' I gave him a kiss on the cheek, and we were dancing around together for a long time."

Dorsey, his Heisman hopes still alive, completed 20 of 45 passes for 362 yards and two TDs. He also threw two interceptions and lost a fumble that led to Florida State's first touchdown.

"We proved that when we play, we can beat anybody," Florida State nose tackle Darnell Dockett said. "They say the best team wins, but I believe we were the best team. On the breaks, Miami has all of them. They've been getting them here for a long time. It's hard to believe we lost again the same way."

Miami is now 7-0 in one-point games against Florida State, and the 'Canes lead the series 26-20. They also have won 20 straight at home.

Dorsey improved to 32-1 as a starter and gave Coker an 18-0 record as Miami's coach - the best start by any coach since Walter Camp won 28 in a row at Yale in the the 1880s.

With Jones running for 134 of his 189 yards in the first half against Miami's vaunted front seven, the Seminoles took a 17-14 halftime lead as the Hurricanes made enough mistakes to last the rest of the season.

McGahee, who carried 26 times for 95 yards, gave Miami a 7-0 lead on a 4-yard run 7:02 into the game. But then the Hurricanes - Dorsey in particular - nearly self-destructed in the second period.

Miami was called for six penalties, and Dorsey was intercepted once and lost a fumble as Florida State took a 17-7 lead on a 30-yard run by Nick Maddox, Beitia's 45-yard field goal and Rix's 10-yard TD pass to Gardner.

Miami was set to go ahead by two TDs after Antrel Rolle recovered a fumbled punt by the Seminoles' Leon Washington at the Miami 15. But the 'Canes tried a quick snap, and Dorsey fumbled. Florida State's Allen Augustin recovered at the 15.

The Seminoles took charge, and Miami helped them. Maddox ran 30 yards for a touchdown with 9:29 left in the half, capping an 85-yard drive that was aided by two pass-interference calls and an offsides penalty against the 'Canes.

Miami was unable to move on its next possession, and the Seminoles were on the move again. Jones put together runs of 15 and 16 yards to set up Beitia's 45-yard field goal, which gave Florida State a 10-7 lead.

It was three plays and a punt for Miami. Rix capped a 50-yard drive with a 10-yard TD pass to Gardner with 2:34 left, and the 'Noles were ahead 17-7.

But Dorsey regained his touch and led Miami to a TD with 26 seconds left in the half. He completed passes of 16 and 20 yards to Beard, then hooked up on a 5-yard scoring pass to Kellen Winslow Jr.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
17
3
7
27
MIAMI
7
7
0
14
28

1st   0- 7  Opp, 4, run (kick), 7:58 
2nd   7- 7  Nick Maddox, 30, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 9:29 
     10- 7  Xavier Beitia, 45, field goal, 6:12 
     17- 7  Talman Gardner, 10, pass from Chris Rix (Xavier Beitia, kick), 2:34 
     17-14  Opp, 5, pass (kick), 0:26 
3rd  20-14  Xavier Beitia, 42, field goal, 3:25 
4th  27-14  Greg Jones, 11, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 11:44
     27-21  Opp, 2, pass (kick), 8:10 
     27-28  Opp, 11, run (kick), 5:17 
     27-28  Xavier Beitia, 43, field goal failed, 0:00 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 25 19 Rushes-yards 52-296 30-115 Passing 83 362 Att-Comp-Int 20-8-0 45-20-2 Total Yards 72-379 75-477 Punt Returns 4-42 4-12 Kickoff Returns 1-5 3-66 Interception Ret. 2-1 0-0 Fumble Returns 1-0 1-0 Punts 8-42.3 8-35.6 Sacks By-Yds 0-0 1-4 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-1 Penalties-Yds 4-35 14-109 3rd Down Conversions 5-17 9-17 4th Down Conversions 0-0 0-0 Time of Posession 34:02 25:58 Attendance 81,927 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Greg Jones 31- 189 Nick Maddox 12- 74 Chris Rix 8- 33 Willie Reid 1- 0 Receiving Talman Gardner 3- 33 Anquan Boldin 2- 33 Robert Morgan 1- 14 Nick Maddox 2- 3 Passing Chris Rix 19- 8-0- 83 Team 1- 0-0- 0 Punt Return Leon Washington 4- 42 Kickoff Return Craphonso Thorpe 1- 5 Punting Chance Gwaltney 8- 338 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jerome Carter 5 1 6 . . . . . . . . . Bryant McFadden 5 . 5 . . . . . . . . . Claudius Osei 2 2 4 . . . 1 . . . . . Michael Boulware 1 2 3 . . 1- 1 1 . . . . . Kevin Emanuel 3 . 3 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Leon Washington 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . B.J. Ward 2 1 3 . . . 1 . . . . . Alonzo Jackson 1 2 3 . . . 2 . . . . . Jerel Hudson 1 2 3 . . . 1 . . . . . Kyler Hall . 2 2 . . 1- 0 1 . . . . . Allen Augustin 2 . 2 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Darnell Dockett 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Rufus Brown 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Kendyll Pope 2 . 2 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Yohance Buchanan 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Stanford Samuels 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Eric Powell 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Tony Benford 1 . 1 1.0- 4.0 . . . . . . . . Matt Henshaw 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Travis Johnson 1 . 1 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . . Leroy Smith 1 . 1 . . . 2 . . . . . Malcolm Tatum 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Sam McGrew 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Jeff Womble 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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WR    1  Craphonso Thorpe
TB    6  Greg Jones
QB   16  Chris Rix
FB   35  B.J. Dean
C    52  Antoine Mirambeau
TG   61  Montrae Holland
ST   72  Brett Williams
TT   77  Ray Willis
SG   79  Todd Williams
TE   82  Patrick Hughes
SE   87  Robert Morgan
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RCB   7  Rufus Brown
WLB   9  Kendyll Pope
LCB  10  Stanford Samuels
ROV  23  Jerome Carter
FS   24  B.J. Ward
MLB  42  Jerel Hudson
DT   45  Darnell Dockett
RE   48  Alonzo Jackson
SLB  58  Michael Boulware
LE   90  Kevin Emanuel
NG   99  Travis Johnson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 3  Malcolm Tatum
 4  Anquan Boldin
 5  Adrian McPherson
 8  Bryant McFadden
13  Jared Hetzel
14  Matt Henshaw
15  Robin Charles
18  Yohance Buchanan
20  Nick Maddox
21  Talman Gardner
22  Pat Watkins
26  Willie Reid
27  Claudius Osei
29  Willie Jones
30  Patrick Newton
32  Leroy Smith
33  Leon Washington
37  Chance Gwaltney
38  Paul Irons
##  NAME
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40  Allen Augustin
41  Kyler Hall
43  Torrance Washington
44  Sam McGrew
47  Xavier Beitia
54  A.J. Nicholson
57  Robert May
70  Alex Barron
81  P.K. Sam
84  Travis Smith
86  Joey Kaleikini
89  Brian Sawyer
91  Jeff Womble
93  Eric Powell
94  O.J. Jackson
95  Kamerion Wimbley
96  Donnie Carter
97  Tony Benford

NOTRE DAME 34, FLORIDA STATE 24

10/26/2002, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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TALLAHASSEE, FL - Carlyle Holiday stepped out of the tunnel, back onto the field and was immediately surrounded by a reporters. The band was still playing, fans were still cheering and Holiday was still smiling.

This one felt good, maybe better than all the rest.

Holiday threw for 185 yards and two touchdowns as No. 6 Notre Dame took its turnaround to a new plateau Saturday, beating No. 11 Florida State 34-24 to remain unbeaten and in the hunt for the national championship.

The victory solidified Notre Dame's return to national prominence under first-year coach Tyrone Willingham.

"To come in here and win was a big thing for our program," Holiday said. "Now we just have to keep on moving."

Despite its best start since 1993 and three wins over ranked opponents, Notre Dame entered the game as a double-digit underdog. The Irish needed a win over perennial powerhouse Florida State to prove that their fast start was no mirage.

Done.

"I think it says we're back," center Jeff Faine said.

Much like Oklahoma and Miami reclaimed their place among college football's elite teams after several rebuilding years, the Fighting Irish (8-0) are on track to do the same this season.

With their next three games against Boston College, Navy and Rutgers, the Irish could be 11-0 when they play at Southern California on Nov. 30. They have a legitimate shot to make the national championship game, especially if they keep playing like they have this season - with a solid defense and an opportunistic offense.

It's the same way they beat Purdue, Michigan and Michigan State earlier in the season. Now add Florida State (5-3) to the list.

The Irish capitalized on three turnovers during a four-minute span in the third quarter and shut down Florida State's productive running game. The Seminoles finished with 93 yards rushing, becoming the sixth team Notre Dame has held under 100 yards on the ground this season.

"When you watch film on Notre Dame like we did last week, you see how they win games," FSU coach Bobby Bowden said. "Then you wonder how you lose the very same way. Notre Dame doesn't make any turnovers, and they win. The biggest risk when you play Notre Dame is turnovers...They beat everybody the same way."

The 'Noles, meanwhile, continued to struggle with Chris Rix at quarterback, losing for the seventh time in 20 games.

Rix was 13-of-32 passing for 207 yards with two interceptions and a fumble. He looked sharp at times, making crisp throws and smart decisions to scramble out of the pocket for big gains. But he also threw two more passes that could have been picked off.

"They kept us bumfuzzled all day with their alignments and things," Bowden said.

With a week off following Florida State's one-point loss at Miami, many thought the Seminoles had found an identity as a running team and might be successful behind Jones and one of the best offensive lines in the country. Notre Dame didn't let it happen.

The Irish kept several defenders near the line of scrimmage, stopping Greg Jones and forcing Florida State to beat them with the pass. It worked perfectly. A week after stopping Air Force's ground attack, Notre Dame held Jones - who was coming off a 189-yard performance against No. 1 Miami - to 34 yards on 14 carries.

"If you can shut down the running game, which I think we were able to do and not allow them to have any big plays, then you make it difficult for them to sustain a drive," Willingham said. "If you can eliminate them sustaining a drive, then eventually at some point a team stops themselves."

Florida State stopped itself on three straight drives in the third quarter, turning the ball over three times in what proved to be the difference in the game.

On the Seminoles' second drive of the third quarter and with the game tied at 10, Rix threw his first interception since an overtime loss to Louisville. Notre Dame turned it into a field goal and a 13-10 lead.

Two plays later, Glenn Earl hit Rix as he tried to scramble and caused a fumble. Ryan Grant scored on the next play, taking a pitch from Holiday and cutting back for the touchdown and a 20-10 lead.

Leon Washington botched the kickoff, and Brandon Hoyte recovered at the Florida State 17. Holiday found Omar Jenkins in the corner of the end zone two plays later for a 27-10 lead.

When the flurry was over, the Irish had scored 17 points in just 4:23 - plenty of cushion for a defense that hasn't given up more than 23 points in any game this season.

Grant sealed the victory with a 31-yard touchdown run in the fourth. He finished with 19 carries for 94 yards and two touchdowns.

In all, the Irish used six big plays to score six times - the biggest of which were the three turnovers. But not to be overlooked was Notre Dame's first play from scrimmage, when Holiday faked a handoff, rolled right and hit Arnaz Battle for a 65-yard touchdown.

That was when Holiday started smiling.

Now those days as underdogs and overachievers probably are over for Notre Dame. But Willingham doesn't want to overstate the victory.

"It means an eighth victory and one more step. That's all," he said. "If you don't get the next one, what does it mean? Anytime you're undefeated, it's a good thing."

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
NOTRE DAME
10
0
17
7
34
FLORIDA STATE
3
7
0
14
24

1st   0- 7  Opp, 65, pass (kick), 12:40
      3- 7  Xavier Beitia, 24, field goal, 7:05 
      3-10  Opp, 39, field goal, 1:16 
2nd  10-10  Torrance Washington, 1, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 4:14 
3rd  10-13  Opp, 35, field goal, 5:26 
     10-20  Opp, 2, run (kick), 4:09 
     10-27  Opp, 16, pass (kick), 3:05 
4th  10-34  Opp, 31, run (kick), 10:14
     17-34  Anquan Boldin, 5, pass from Adrian McPherson (Xavier Beitia, kick), 1:12 
     24-34  Nick Maddox, 29, pass from Adrian McPherson (Xavier Beitia, kick), 0:12 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 20 13 Rushes-yards 32- 93 32-116 Passing 325 185 Att-Comp-Int 43-21-2 21-13-0 Total Yards 75-418 53-301 Punt Returns 2-8 4-26 Kickoff Returns 5-103 2-44 Interception Ret. 0-0 2-21 Fumble Returns 0-0 2-0 Punts 6-44.8 6-42.0 Sacks By-Yds 2-9 1-9 Fumbles-Lost 3-2 1-0 Penalties-Yds 11-98 4-40 3rd Down Conversions 8-17 6-14 4th Down Conversions 1-1 0-0 Time of Posession 30:53 29:07 Attendance 84,106 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Greg Jones 14- 34 Chris Rix 10- 28 Adrian McPherson 3- 25 Nick Maddox 2- 8 Torrance Washington 1- 1 Anquan Boldin 1- 1 Willie Reid 1- -4 Receiving Anquan Boldin 9- 175 Nick Maddox 4- 90 Robert Morgan 4- 33 Greg Jones 3- 22 Talman Gardner 1- 5 Passing Chris Rix 32-13-2-207 Adrian McPherson 11- 8-0-118 Punt Return Leon Washington 2- 8 Kickoff Return Leon Washington 3- 63 Craphonso Thorpe 1- 29 Talman Gardner 1- 11 Punting Chance Gwaltney 6- 269 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael Boulware 4 4 8 . . . . . . . . . Rufus Brown 5 1 6 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Jared Hetzel 4 1 5 . . . . . . . . . Kendyll Pope 3 2 5 1.0- 4.0 . . 1 . . . . . Alonzo Jackson 4 . 4 3.0- 11.0 2.0- 9.0 . . . . 1 . . Tony Benford 2 1 3 2.0- 5.0 . . . . . . . . Bryant McFadden 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Jeff Womble 1 2 3 0.5- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Eric Powell 1 2 3 0.5- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Kevin Emanuel 1 2 3 2.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . . Leroy Smith 2 . 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Jerel Hudson 1 1 2 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . . Darnell Dockett 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Travis Johnson . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . B.J. Ward . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Claudius Osei . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Patrick Newton 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Greg Jones 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Jerome Carter . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Leon Washington . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Kamerion Wimbley . . . . . . 1 . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
SE    4  Anquan Boldin
TB    6  Greg Jones
QB   16  Chris Rix
FL   21  Talman Gardner
FB   35  B.J. Dean
C    52  Antoine Mirambeau
TG   61  Montrae Holland
ST   72  Brett Williams
TT   77  Ray Willis
SG   79  Todd Williams
TE   82  Patrick Hughes
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RC    7  Rufus Brown
WLB   9  Kendyll Pope
RV   23  Jerome Carter
FS   24  B.J. Ward
LC   32  Leroy Smith
MLB  40  Allen Augustin
DT   45  Darnell Dockett
RE   48  Alonzo Jackson
SLB  58  Michael Boulware
LE   90  Kevin Emanuel
NG   99  Travis Johnson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Craphonso Thorpe
 5  Adrian McPherson
 8  Bryant McFadden
13  Jared Hetzel
20  Nick Maddox
26  Willie Reid
27  Claudius Osei
30  Patrick Newton
33  Leon Washington
37  Chance Gwaltney
##  NAME
-----------------------------
42  Jerel Hudson
43  Torrance Washington
47  Xavier Beitia
86  Joey Kaleikini
87  Robert Morgan
89  Brian Sawyer
91  Jeff Womble
93  Eric Powell
95  Kamerion Wimbley
97  Tony Benford

FLORIDA STATE 34, WAKE FOREST 21

11/02/2002, WINSTON-SALEM, NC

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WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Bobby Bowden admitted he would have been speechless had Florida State lost three in a row, something that hadn't happened since 1983.

Adrian McPherson and Nick Maddox made sure Bowden didn't have to face the music six days shy of his 73rd birthday.

McPherson threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns in his first start and Maddox added a career-high 122 yards rushing as the 18th-ranked Seminoles regrouped after losses to Miami and Notre Dame with a 34-21 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday.

"This is big for this team, just to show everybody else that the comments that people are making in the papers about us being a team in turmoil aren't true," wide receiver Anquan Boldin said. "We're a team, and I think we showed that tonight."

The Seminoles (6-3, 5-0 ACC) moved into sole possession of first place in the conference after North Carolina State lost to Georgia Tech. Florida State plays at N.C. State on Nov. 23 to close out the ACC season.

"If we play the best we can, we can go to a major bowl, but anything less than that, there are still people (in the ACC) that can beat us," Bowden said.

Conference rushing leader Greg Jones had 82 yards, but he left twice with a right knee sprain, and the Seminoles played most of the second half without him.

Maddox, a senior and ex-starter, was more than a capable sub, scoring on runs of 3 and 34 yards. The final score by Maddox came with 1:58 left to seal it for the Seminoles.

A former prep All-American from North Carolina, Maddox was named a captain for this game. He also turned down the honor.

"I wanted to go to coach Bowden and tell him I didn't deserve it," Maddox said. "Coming out of high school I had a lot of hype, and I don't feel like until this year I've lived up to it. I didn't do it because I thought it would be very disrespectful. I just came out and tried to show the world that I am still a good back."

Tarence Williams ran for a season-high 149 yards, but Wake Forest (5-5, 3-4) lost for the 11th straight time to Florida State.

Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe said there was no moral victory for hanging close to the Seminoles for 58 minutes.

"If we had been down and come back to finish with that score we might feel better," Grobe said. "But to be ahead and to be in a position to win right up until the end, it really hurts."

Bowden benched starting QB Chris Rix after losing three of the last four. The moved paid dividends as McPherson completed 28 of 44 passes, and Florida State gained 533 total yards.

Florida State's receivers dropped five of Rix's passes in last weekend's loss to Notre Dame, but they were spectacular this time for McPherson, who also ran for 53 yards.

"Some guys have a little bit of composure about them - Charlie Ward had it - and I think A.D. has got it," Bowden said of McPherson. "He doesn't frustrate very easily, he doesn't worry very much. He's one of those guys, if he starts to worry too much, he'll fall asleep."

The Florida State defense allowed 155 yards on Wake Forest's first two drives but shut out the Demon Deacons in the second half and held them to 383 total yards.

"We didn't get the push we needed in the second half," Grobe said. "They crowded the line of scrimmage, and we needed to throw the ball a little bit better."

Wake Forest's poor kicking game also resurfaced as Matt Wisnosky missed three field goals, the last one a 41-yarder with 9:03 left that could have tied it at 24.

The Seminoles trailed 14-0 midway through the first quarter and 21-17 at halftime but took the lead for good on a 3-yard run by Maddox on the opening drive of the second half.

The Seminoles got in an early hole when Wake Forest drove 80 and 75 yards on its opening two possessions.

The Florida State defensive coaches were scrambling on the sideline to find a solution for the Wake Forest ground attack as the Demon Deacons rushed for 145 yards less than eight minutes into the game.

"I was just wondering how bad it was going to be because we just couldn't slow them down," Bowden said. "And they should have had two more (TDs). It could have been bad."

Ovie Mughelli scored from the 3 for his 11th TD of the season and Chris Barclay added another from the 13 before the Seminoles responded with a 17-point second quarter.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
17
7
10
34
WAKE FOREST
14
7
0
0
21

1st   0- 7  Opp, 3, run (kick), 12:56
      0-14  Opp, 13, run (kick), 8:25 
      0-14  Xavier Beitia, 47, field goal failed, 4:34 
      0-14  Opp, 37, field goal blocked by B.J. Ward, 1:00 
2nd   7-14  Talman Gardner, 19, pass from Adrian McPherson (Xavier Beitia, kick), 12:40
      7-14  Opp, 32, field goal failed, 8:54 
      7-21  Opp, 12, pass (kick), 5:50 
     10-21  Xavier Beitia, 32, field goal, 2:32 
     17-21  Anquan Boldin, 9, pass from Adrian McPherson (Xavier Beitia, kick), 0:13 
3rd  24-21  Nick Maddox, 3, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 10:50
     24-21  Xavier Beitia, 38, field goal failed, 6:48 
4th  24-21  Xavier Beitia, 45, field goal failed, 14:05
     24-21  Opp, 41, field goal failed, 9:03 
     27-21  Xavier Beitia, 28, field goal, 3:16 
     34-21  Nick Maddox, 34, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 1:58 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 28 19 Rushes-yards 43-255 48-237 Passing 278 146 Att-Comp-Int 44-28-1 24-12-0 Total Yards 87-533 72-383 Punt Returns 4-43 2-9 Kickoff Returns 4-60 2-26 Interception Ret. 0-0 1-0 Fumble Returns 2-0 2-10 Punts 2-33.0 5-42.4 Sacks By-Yds 1-4 0-0 Fumbles-Lost 4-2 2-2 Penalties-Yds 4-34 4-30 3rd Down Conversions 6-16 5-14 4th Down Conversions 1-1 0-1 Time of Posession 31:32 28:28 Attendance 24,710 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Nick Maddox 19- 122 Greg Jones 8- 82 Adrian McPherson 11- 53 Anquan Boldin 1- 3 Leon Washington 1- 1 Team 3- -6 Receiving Talman Gardner 6- 94 Anquan Boldin 5- 60 Dominic Robinson 4- 51 Nick Maddox 6- 22 Patrick Hughes 2- 16 Robert Morgan 2- 13 Craphonso Thorpe 1- 13 Leon Washington 1- 6 Greg Jones 1- 3 Passing Adrian McPherson 44-28-1-278 Punt Return Leon Washington 4- 43 Kickoff Return Craphonso Thorpe 3- 50 P.J. Selvidio 1- 10 Punting Chance Gwaltney 2- 66 Craphonso Thorpe 3- 50 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael Boulware 8 6 14 1.0- 4.0 . . 1 . . . . . Kendyll Pope 3 6 9 3.0- 3.0 . . 1 . . . . . Allen Augustin 5 3 8 . . . . . . . . . Jerome Carter 4 4 8 1.0- 6.0 . . . . . . . . B.J. Ward 3 4 7 . . . . . . . 1 . Alonzo Jackson 2 3 5 2.0- 17.0 . . . . . . . . Kevin Emanuel 2 3 5 1.0- 0.0 . . . . . . . . Rufus Brown 2 1 3 . . . 1 . . . . . Jeff Womble 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Jared Hetzel 2 . 2 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Leroy Smith 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Travis Johnson 1 1 2 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Claudius Osei 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Brian Ross 1 . 1 1.0- 4.0 1.0- 4.0 . . . . . . . Pat Watkins 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Tony Benford . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Eric Powell . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Anquan Boldin . 1 1 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Bryant McFadden . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
SE    4  Anquan Boldin
QB    5  Adrian McPherson
TB    6  Greg Jones
FL   21  Talman Gardner
FB   35  B.J. Dean
C    52  Antoine Mirambeau
TG   61  Montrae Holland
ST   72  Brett Williams
TT   77  Ray Willis
SG   79  Todd Williams
TE   82  Patrick Hughes
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RC    7  Rufus Brown
WLB   9  Kendyll Pope
RV   23  Jerome Carter
FS   24  B.J. Ward
LC   32  Leroy Smith
MLB  40  Allen Augustin
DT   45  Darnell Dockett
RE   48  Alonzo Jackson
SLB  58  Michael Boulware
LE   90  Kevin Emanuel
NG   99  Travis Johnson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Craphonso Thorpe
 3  Malcolm Tatum
 8  Bryant McFadden
11  Gerard Ross
13  Jared Hetzel
14  Anthony Bredwood
15  Robin Charles
20  Nick Maddox
22  Pat Watkins
27  Claudius Osei
30  Patrick Newton
33  Leon Washington
36  P.J. Selvidio
37  Chance Gwaltney
38  Paul Irons
41  Kyler Hall
42  Jerel Hudson
##  NAME
-----------------------------
44  Sam McGrew
47  Xavier Beitia
54  A.J. Nicholson
56  Ray Piquion
57  Matt Heinz
69  Mike Shaw
71  Brian Ross
83  Dominic Robinson
86  Joey Kaleikini
87  Robert Morgan
89  Brian Sawyer
91  Jeff Womble
93  Eric Powell
95  Kamerion Wimbley
96  Donnie Carter
97  Tony Benford

FLORIDA STATE 21, GEORGIA TECH 13

11/09/2002, ATLANTA, GA

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ATLANTA, GA - Stanford Samuels followed his instincts, and because of that, Florida State is closing in on another ACC championship.

Samuels had two interceptions, including a game-saving pick in the end zone with 20 seconds left, as the 17th-ranked Seminoles held off Georgia Tech 21-13 Saturday.

Adrian McPherson threw two touchdown passes, including a 72-yarder to Craphonso Thorpe, and tailback Nick Maddox tied his career high with 122 yards, but Samuels' interceptions proved to be the difference. He returned his other one 82 yards for a tying touchdown in the first quarter.

"As a football player, sometimes you get that gut feeling," Samuels said. "I really had a gut feeling about that last play."

Samuels was suspended from last week's victory over Wake Forest for breaking unspecified team rules, and he got back into the lineup just in time.

"He made those two plays tonight, and he's deserving of it because he's worked hard," Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden said.

Florida State (7-3, 6-0 ACC) has won 11 straight in the series and hasn't lost to Georgia Tech since joining the ACC in 1992. With two conference games left, they can clinch their 10th title in 11 years.

"Every year that I've been here, we've played them pretty hard," Yellow Jackets linebacker Daryl Smith said. "They always seem to make more plays than we do."

The victory was a belated birthday present for Bowden, who turned 73 on Friday.

Maddox, starting in place of injured tailback Greg Jones, gained 59 yards in the fourth quarter when Florida State played conservatively. He appeared to get stronger late in the game, often slipping through arm tackles for extra yards.

A senior who's never seemed to play to his potential, Maddox is taking advantage of his chance now.

"I just really wanted to contribute, and not try to overdo it, but just do what I can," he said. "It's something I'm ready to take on, being the featured back of this program."

The Yellow Jackets (6-4, 3-4), looking for their third straight victory and second over a Top 25 opponent, drove to the Seminoles' 9-yard line before Samuels' interception. Quarterback A.J. Suggs was trying to get the ball to Jonathan Smith in the back of the end zone, but he under threw the pass.

"There wasn't much room to work in," Suggs said. "There were 22 bodies packed into 20 yards of real estate."

McPherson was making just the second start of his career and was ineffective for much of the game, often throwing well off-target. He finished 8-of-24 for 139 yards.

But he found Thorpe a step ahead of a defender on the left sideline, throwing a perfect spiral that hit Thorpe in stride for the Seminoles' longest play of the season. The catch and run gave Florida State its first lead at 14-7.

"I just made some bad throws, and that was on me," McPherson said. "It's something I'll have to learn from, and it's something I'll have to pick up the rest of the season."

After Georgia Tech closed to 14-13 on two field goals by Luke Manget, McPherson threw a 32-yard TD pass to Anquan Boldin near the end of the third quarter. Boldin caught the ball in the middle of the field at the 20 and used two crushing blocks to reach the corner of the end zone.

The Yellow Jackets took a 7-0 lead on a 20-yard touchdown pass from A.J. Suggs to Levon Thomas. They were driving for another score early in the second quarter, but Samuels stepped in front of Jonathan Smith and ran it back for the tying score.

Samuels broke an attempted tackle by Suggs at midfield and went the rest of the way untouched.

"I was not going down," Samuels said. "I would've dragged him into that end zone, even if was 50 yards, if I had to."

Suggs threw another interception in the third quarter and finished 22-of-44 for 211 yards. Gordon Clinkscale ran for 89 yards on just 10 carries.

"A close second doesn't get it done in our business," Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey said. "It doesn't get it in most businesses."

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
14
7
0
21
GEORGIA TECH
7
6
0
0
13

1st   0- 7  Opp, 20, pass (kick), 6:49 
2nd   7- 7  Stanford Samuels, 82, interception return (Xavier Beitia, kick), 10:09
     14- 7  Craphonso Thorpe, 72, pass from Adrian McPherson (Xavier Beitia, kick), 6:29 
     14-10  Opp, 39, field goal, 3:12 
     14-13  Opp, 28, field goal, 0:32 
3rd  21-13  Anquan Boldin, 32, pass from Adrian McPherson (Xavier Beitia, kick), 2:08 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 12 24 Rushes-yards 33-140 42-185 Passing 139 211 Att-Comp-Int 24-8-0 45-22-3 Total Yards 57-279 87-396 Punt Returns 4-30 8-80 Kickoff Returns 1-8 3-43 Interception Ret. 3-82 0-0 Fumble Returns 0-0 0-0 Punts 10-40.5 7-40.1 Sacks By-Yds 3-16 1-3 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0 Penalties-Yds 7-69 7-68 3rd Down Conversions 3-13 7-19 4th Down Conversions 0-0 1-2 Time of Posession 24:26 35:34 Attendance 43,719 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Nick Maddox 22- 122 Adrian McPherson 6- 22 Leon Washington 2- 1 Torrance Washington 1- 0 Team 1- -1 Willie Reid 1- -4 Receiving Craphonso Thorpe 2- 75 Anquan Boldin 3- 38 Nick Maddox 1- 16 Talman Gardner 1- 9 Willie Reid 1- 1 Passing Adrian McPherson 24- 8-0-139 Punt Return Leon Washington 4- 30 Kickoff Return Craphonso Thorpe 1- 8 Punting Chance Gwaltney 10- 405 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jerome Carter 6 5 11 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Michael Boulware 6 3 9 1.0- 2.0 . 1- 0 . . . . . . Allen Augustin 5 4 9 1.0- 2.0 1.0- 2.0 . . . . 1 . . Kendyll Pope 2 6 8 2.0- 4.0 . . 1 . . . . . Alonzo Jackson 1 6 7 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Kamerion Wimbley 5 . 5 . . . . . . . . . B.J. Ward 3 2 5 . . . . . . . . . Stanford Samuels 2 2 4 . . 2- 82 2 . . . . . Leroy Smith 4 . 4 . . . 1 . . . . . Kevin Emanuel 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Claudius Osei 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Bryant McFadden 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Jeff Womble 2 1 3 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Eric Moore 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Pat Watkins 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Darnell Dockett 1 1 2 2.0- 13.0 2.0- 13.0 . . . . . . . A.J. Nicholson . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Eric Powell 1 . 1 1.0- 5.0 . . . . . . . . Kyler Hall 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Gerard Ross 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Donnie Carter 1 . 1 1.0- 1.0 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . Leon Washington 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Jared Hetzel . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Travis Johnson . 1 1 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Brodrick Bunkley . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Brian Sawyer . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Sam McGrew . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Paul Irons . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
SE    4  Anquan Boldin
QB    5  Adrian McPherson
TB   20  Nick Maddox
FL   21  Talman Gardner
FB   35  B.J. Dean
C    52  Antoine Mirambeau
TG   61  Montrae Holland
ST   70  Alex Barron
TT   72  Brett Williams
SG   79  Todd Williams
TE   82  Patrick Hughes
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RC    7  Rufus Brown
LB    9  Kendyll Pope
RV   27  Claudius Osei
LC   32  Leroy Smith
LB   40  Allen Augustin
FS   41  Kyler Hall
DT   45  Darnell Dockett
RE   48  Alonzo Jackson
LB   58  Michael Boulware
LE   90  Kevin Emanuel
NG   99  Travis Johnson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Craphonso Thorpe
 3  Malcolm Tatum
 8  Bryant McFadden
10  Stanford Samuels
11  Gerard Ross
13  Jared Hetzel
15  Robin Charles
18  Yohance Buchanan
22  Pat Watkins
23  Jerome Carter
24  B.J. Ward
26  Willie Reid
30  Patrick Newton
33  Leon Washington
36  P.J. Selvidio
37  Chance Gwaltney
38  Paul Irons
42  Jerel Hudson
43  Torrance Washington
##  NAME
-----------------------------
44  Sam McGrew
47  Xavier Beitia
54  A.J. Nicholson
55  Eric Moore
56  Ray Piquion
57  Robert May
73  Bobby Meeks
77  Ray Willis
81  P.K. Sam
86  Joey Kaleikini
87  Robert Morgan
89  Brian Sawyer
91  Jeff Womble
93  Eric Powell
95  Kamerion Wimbley
96  Donnie Carter
97  Tony Benford
98  Brodrick Bunkley

FLORIDA STATE 40, NORTH CAROLINA 14

11/16/2002, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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TALLAHASSEE, FL - Nearing the end of a tumultuous season, the Florida State Seminoles know that they've at least claimed a share of the ACC title.

Adrian McPherson threw four touchdown passes as the 15th-ranked Seminoles defeated North Carolina 40-14.

Making only his third start and first at home, McPherson threw three scoring passes to Anquan Boldin - two in the second quarter as Florida State took a 17-0 halftime lead.

"They were blitzing on obvious pass downs," McPherson explained. "My job is just get the ball to the open guy."

The Seminoles (8-3, 7-0 ACC) can earn a Bowl Championship Series berth and outright win their 10th conference title in 11 seasons with a win next Saturday at North Carolina State or if Maryland loses any of its final three league games.

Boldin, who caught five passes for 104 yards, got the Seminoles a little breathing room when he turned what looked like a routine first-down pass into a 43-yard touchdown, cutting back to the middle of the field and sprinting past the Tar Heels' secondary.

"Last year we said that Anquan was our playmaker, then we lost him" to a knee injury, Bowden said. "He is still our playmaker. We just have to get him the ball more."

Boldin said Florida State opponents will soon learn that it's risky business to blitz McPherson.

"He keeps his composure," Boldin said. "The blitzing left one-on-one coverage outside which gave us a lot of opportunities."

After losing three of four games midway through the season, McPherson replaced Chris Rix at quarterback, and the Seminoles are 3-0 since the change.

With tailbacks Greg Jones and Nick Maddox out with injuries, Florida State relied on its passing game against North Carolina.

McPherson completed 5 of 9 passes for 112 yards in the second quarter, teaming with Boldin on touchdown plays covering 43 and 19 yards.

Xavier Beitia began the scoring with a 47-yard field goal in the second quarter and added a 31-yard kick midway through the third quarter that gave Florida State a 20-0 lead.

North Carolina (2-9, 0-7) cut the deficit to 20-7 in the third quarter when C.J. Stephens threw a 14-yard scoring pass to tight end Bobby Blizzard.

But the Seminoles countered immediately with two touchdowns. McPherson lobbed a 4-yard scoring throw to Boldin for a 26-7 lead, and on the next drive connected with Talman Gardner for a 20-yard scoring pass.

"It wasn't pretty," said North Carolina coach John Bunting. "We'll learn from this experience. When we come back here in two years, a lot of those guys have the understanding of what the environment is down here."

"It's the type of program we want to be someday," Stephens said about Florida State. "It's a model for us to look at."

McPherson completed 15 of 30 passes for 237 yards, while freshman Leon Washington made his first start at tailback and picked up 56 yards and 13 carries. He was backed up by another true freshman, Thomas Clayton, who added 24 yards on eight carries.

"They got some good experience," Bowden said. "When you're playing your number four tailback, your second-team center and guard, things were not that bad."

Rix, who lost the starting job after a loss to Notre Dame last month, came into the game in the fourth quarter and threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Craphanso Thorpe on his first play, giving the Seminoles a 40-7 lead.

North Carolina added a late score on a 14-yard pass from Matt Baker to Danny Rumley with just 40 seconds left in the game.

North Carolina will try to avoid its first winless season in the league since 1989 next Saturday at Duke, which has lost 24 straight ACC games.

"It's very frustrating for all of us," Bunting said. "A couple plays...that's the difference sometimes in a great team and a bad team. Right now, I guess you can say we're a bad team."

The Tar Heels have been outscored 172-33 in their last four games.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
NORTH CAROLINA
0
0
7
7
14
FLORIDA STATE
0
17
16
7
40

1st   0- 0  Xavier Beitia, 37, field goal failed, 10:53
2nd   3- 0  Xavier Beitia, 47, field goal, 10:26
     10- 0  Anquan Boldin, 43, pass from Adrian McPherson (Xavier Beitia, kick), 7:06 
     10- 0  Xavier Beitia, 27, field goal failed, 5:48 
     17- 0  Anquan Boldin, 19, pass from Adrian McPherson (Xavier Beitia, kick), 0:46 
     17- 0  Opp, 53, field goal failed, 0:01 
3rd  20- 0  Xavier Beitia, 31, field goal, 7:37 
     20- 7  Opp, 14, pass (kick), 5:33 
     26- 7  Anquan Boldin, 4, pass from Adrian McPherson (Adrian McPherson, run failed), 2:50 
     33- 7  Talman Gardner, 20, pass from Adrian McPherson (Xavier Beitia, kick), 0:30 
4th  40- 7  Craphonso Thorpe, 52, pass from Chris Rix (Xavier Beitia, kick), 14:18
     40-14  Opp, 14, pass (kick), 0:40 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 23 19 Rushes-yards 38-141 30-129 Passing 289 230 Att-Comp-Int 32-16-0 50-19-1 Total Yards 70-430 80-359 Punt Returns 2-15 3-37 Kickoff Returns 0-0 5-70 Interception Ret. 1-8 0-0 Fumble Returns 2-0 0-0 Punts 4-44.3 6-38.8 Sacks By-Yds 2-15 2-17 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 3-2 Penalties-Yds 9-80 9-75 3rd Down Conversions 5-13 7-18 4th Down Conversions 0-0 1-4 Time of Posession 28:36 31:24 Attendance 81,910 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Leon Washington 13- 56 Adrian McPherson 11- 46 Thomas Clayton 8- 24 Anquan Boldin 1- 12 P.K. Sam 1- 3 Torrance Washington 1- 3 Chris Rix 1- 1 Team 1- -1 Craphonso Thorpe 1- -3 Receiving Anquan Boldin 5- 104 Talman Gardner 6- 96 Craphonso Thorpe 3- 74 Leon Washington 2- 15 Passing Adrian McPherson 30-15-0-237 Chris Rix 2- 1-0- 52 Punt Return Leon Washington 2- 15 Punting Chance Gwaltney 3- 143 Chris Hall 1- 34 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jerome Carter 2 4 6 . . . . . . . . . Michael Boulware 2 4 6 . . . 1 . . . . . A.J. Nicholson 4 1 5 . . . . . . . . . Allen Augustin 2 3 5 0.5- 1.0 . . 1 . . . . . Kendyll Pope 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . Claudius Osei 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Kyler Hall 3 1 4 0.5- 1.0 . . 2 . . . . . Travis Johnson 1 3 4 0.5- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Kamerion Wimbley 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Stanford Samuels 2 1 3 . . . 2 . . . . . Alonzo Jackson 2 1 3 1.5- 12.0 1.5- 12.0 . . . . . . . Brodrick Bunkley 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Leroy Smith 2 . 2 . . . . . . 1 . . Jeff Womble 1 1 2 0.5- 3.0 0.5- 3.0 . . . . 1 . . Donnie Carter 1 1 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Jerel Hudson 2 . 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Rufus Brown . 2 2 0.5- 2.0 . . 1 . . . . . Jared Hetzel . 1 1 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Robin Charles 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Gerard Ross 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Chance Gwaltney 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Yohance Buchanan 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Eric Moore 1 . 1 . . . 1 . . . . . Willie Jones 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Torrance Washington 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . B.J. Ward 1 . 1 . . . 1 . . . . . Patrick Newton 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Tony Benford . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Eric Powell . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Sam McGrew . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Kevin Emanuel . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Bryant McFadden . . . . . 1- 8 1 . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
FLK   4  Anquan Boldin
QB    5  Adrian McPherson
SE   21  Talman Gardner
TB   33  Leon Washington
FB   35  B.J. Dean
C    52  Antoine Mirambeau
ST   72  Brett Williams
TG   73  Bobby Meeks
TT   77  Ray Willis
SG   79  Todd Williams
TE   82  Patrick Hughes
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RC    7  Rufus Brown
WLB   9  Kendyll Pope
LC   10  Stanford Samuels
RV   23  Jerome Carter
FS   24  B.J. Ward
MLB  40  Allen Augustin
DT   45  Darnell Dockett
SLB  58  Michael Boulware
LE   90  Kevin Emanuel
RE   93  Eric Powell
NG   99  Travis Johnson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Craphonso Thorpe
 8  Bryant McFadden
11  Gerard Ross
13  Jared Hetzel
15  Robin Charles
16  Chris Rix
18  Yohance Buchanan
27  Claudius Osei
29  Willie Jones
30  Patrick Newton
31  Thomas Clayton
32  Leroy Smith
37  Chance Gwaltney
41  Kyler Hall
##  NAME
-----------------------------
42  Jerel Hudson
43  Torrance Washington
44  Sam McGrew
47  Xavier Beitia
48  Alonzo Jackson
54  A.J. Nicholson
55  Eric Moore
81  P.K. Sam
83  Chris Hall
91  Jeff Womble
95  Kamerion Wimbley
96  Donnie Carter
97  Tony Benford
98  Brodrick Bunkley

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 17, FLORIDA STATE 7

11/23/2002, RALEIGH, NC, ACC Champ

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RALEIGH, NC - T.A. McLendon rushed for 114 yards and one touchdown and North Carolina State's defense held No. 14 Florida State to 162 total yards for a 17-7 victory Saturday.

The Wolfpack (10-3, 5-3 ACC) became the first team in the Atlantic Coast Conference to beat the Seminoles two years in a row, winning 34-28 last season in Tallahassee, Fla.

N.C. State also snapped its three-game losing streak with a stunning defensive performance to win 10 games for the first time in 111 years of Wolfpack football.

Florida State (8-4, 7-1) can do no worse than tie Maryland for the ACC crown, but would have to finish more than five spots higher than the Terrapins in the final BCS standings to gain the league's major bowl bid. That's if Maryland wins its last two ACC games.

Florida State's offensive output was the lowest in Bobby Bowden's 325 games with the Seminoles. The previous worst was 173 yards at Nebraska in 1986.

Florida State, seeking its eighth undefeated mark in ACC play in 11 years, came into the game averaging an ACC-best 428.6 yards a game, but couldn't move it at all as Adrian McPherson fell to 3-1 since replacing Chris Rix at quarterback.

Rix didn't get into the game until there was 2:29 left.

McLendon had 82 yards rushing by the end of the third quarter, while the Seminoles had just 88 total yards in the worst offensive showing in Bowden's 27 seasons.

The Wolfpack led 10-7 and drove to the Florida State 2 before failing on a fourth-down pass from Philip Rivers to tight end Sean Berton.

But Florida State was called for a holding penalty in the end zone on its first play for a safety.

Jerricho Cotchery's 49-yard return of the free kick helped set up Adam Kiker's career-best 44-yard field goal that forced the Seminoles to score a TD and a two-point conversion just to tie.

That was before Manny Lawson blocked a punt out of the end zone for another safety with 5:43 left to seal it.

The Seminoles fell to 16-8 the last two seasons since going 99-11 the previous nine seasons in the ACC.

The Florida State offense was limited when running back Nick Maddox reinjured his right ankle on the first play of the game. Maddox, averaging an ACC-best 6.2 yards a carry, returned later in the first quarter but was ineffective on the sore ankle.

N.C. State dominated the first half, controlling the ball for 19 of the opening 30 minutes while limiting the Seminoles to 64 yards of offense.

The Seminoles drove to the Wolfpack 16 on the opening possession of the game, but after an illegal procedure penalty, McPherson was sacked twice to take Florida State out of field goal range.

Chance Gwaltney then had his punt blocked at midfield when he dropped the snap, leading to a 21-yard field goal by Kiker.

Florida State did little else on offense the rest of the half.

Kiker was set to try a 37-yarder midway through the second quarter that could have given N.C. State a 6-0 lead, but Amato called for a fake. The trick play backfired when holder Chris Young was stripped by Alonzo Jackson and Michael Boulware returned it 84 yards to give Florida State a 7-3 lead.

Boulware, a linebacker, now has a touchdown in each of his first three seasons.

Late in the quarter, Rivers threw a key block as Josh Brown took a direct snap and raced 60 yards to the Florida State 1. After a 5-yard penalty, McLendon burst up the middle from 6 yards out to give the Wolfpack the lead at the break.

Rivers threw for 95 yards in the first half to become the third ACC quarterback to throw for at least 3,000 in two seasons. And McLendon's 16th rushing TD tied the league mark set in 1993 by North Carolina's Leon Johnson.

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

1st   0- 3  Opp, 21, field goal, 4:38 
2nd   7- 3  Michael Boulware, 84, fumble recovery/return (Xavier Beitia, kick), 7:35 
      7-10  Opp, 6, run (kick), 1:25 
4th   7-12  Opp, safety, 9:53 
            Note: Holding called in the end zone.                       
      7-15  Opp, 44, field goal, 7:36 
      7-17  Opp, safety, 5:43 
            Note: punt blocked out of the end zone                      


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 13 20 Rushes-yards 21- 34 46-191 Passing 143 171 Att-Comp-Int 27-13-1 29-18-0 Total Yards 48-177 75-362 Punt Returns 2-12 3-14 Kickoff Returns 4-95 1-49 Interception Ret. 0-0 1-0 Fumble Returns 1-84 0-0 Punts 7-23.3 5-33.6 Sacks By-Yds 2-11 4-32 Fumbles-Lost 2-0 2-1 Penalties-Yds 12-104 12-94 3rd Down Conversions 3-10 6-16 4th Down Conversions 0-1 2-4 Time of Posession 19:34 40:26 Attendance 51,500 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Chris Rix 2- 22 Leon Washington 4- 12 Nick Maddox 6- 4 Anquan Boldin 1- 4 Adrian McPherson 7- 2 Chance Gwaltney 1- -10 Receiving Dominic Robinson 4- 70 Anquan Boldin 3- 35 Craphonso Thorpe 2- 19 Nick Maddox 1- 7 Leon Washington 1- 6 Torrance Washington 1- 5 Paul Irons 1- 1 Passing Adrian McPherson 20- 8-0- 80 Chris Rix 7- 5-1- 63 Punt Return Leon Washington 2- 12 Kickoff Return Leon Washington 3- 80 Craphonso Thorpe 1- 15 Punting Chance Gwaltney 5- 163 Team 2- 0 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael Boulware 5 6 11 . . . 1 . 1- 84 . . . Kendyll Pope 6 1 7 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . . Jerome Carter 3 3 6 . . . . . . . . . Allen Augustin 4 1 5 . . . . . . . . . Eric Moore 3 1 4 2.0- 9.0 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . Jeff Womble 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . Eric Powell 1 3 4 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Alonzo Jackson 2 1 3 1.0- 9.0 1.0- 9.0 . . . . 1 . . Bryant McFadden 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Kyler Hall 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . A.J. Nicholson 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Rufus Brown 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Travis Johnson 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Jerel Hudson 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Jared Hetzel 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Stanford Samuels 2 . 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Claudius Osei 1 . 1 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . . B.J. Ward 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Leroy Smith 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Kevin Emanuel 1 . 1 1.0- 8.0 . . . . . . . . Tony Benford 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Pat Watkins 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
SE    4  Anquan Boldin
QB   16  Chris Rix
TB   20  Nick Maddox
FLK  21  Talman Gardner
FB   35  B.J. Dean
C    52  Antoine Mirambeau
TG   61  Montrae Holland
ST   72  Brett Williams
TT   77  Ray Willis
SG   79  Todd Williams
TE   82  Patrick Hughes
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RCB   7  Rufus Brown
WLB   9  Kendyll Pope
LCB  10  Stanford Samuels
RV   23  Jerome Carter
MLB  40  Allen Augustin
FS   41  Kyler Hall
DT   45  Darnell Dockett
RE   48  Alonzo Jackson
SLB  58  Michael Boulware
LE   90  Kevin Emanuel
NG   99  Travis Johnson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Craphonso Thorpe
 5  Adrian McPherson
 8  Bryant McFadden
13  Jared Hetzel
22  Pat Watkins
24  B.J. Ward
27  Claudius Osei
32  Leroy Smith
33  Leon Washington
37  Chance Gwaltney
##  NAME
-----------------------------
38  Paul Irons
42  Jerel Hudson
43  Torrance Washington
47  Xavier Beitia
54  A.J. Nicholson
55  Eric Moore
83  Dominic Robinson
91  Jeff Womble
93  Eric Powell
97  Tony Benford

FLORIDA STATE 31, FLORIDA 14

11/30/2002, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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TALLAHASSEE, FL - All of a sudden, the season doesn't seem so bad for Florida State.

Taking advantage of his second chance, Chris Rix ran for 83 yards and threw two touchdowns to Anquan Boldin to help the No. 23 Seminoles earn their biggest win of the year, 31-14 over No. 15 Florida on Saturday night.

"We finally looked like Florida State," relieved coach Bobby Bowden said.

Freshman tailback Leon Washington ran for 134 yards. Linebacker Kendyll Pope returned an interception for a touchdown. A week of turmoil melted away with a big post-game celebration, and a season of disappointments took a long-awaited positive turn for the Seminoles (9-4).

"We knew we had the receivers, we knew we had the quarterbacks, we knew we had the runners," Bowden said. "But it just wasn't happening. Tonight was the first night it happened."

The Seminoles beat their biggest rival for the fourth time in five years, and now they have a month to get ready for a trip to a major bowl - probably the Sugar.

"It doesn't get much better than that," Pope said.

On the other side, Ron Zook had no more luck in his first year than Steve Spurrier did in 12 seasons when it comes to winning at Doak Campbell Stadium. The Gators (8-4) still haven't won in Tallahassee since 1986.

"I guess the streak continues," Florida offensive lineman Shannon Snell said.

Coming into the week, Zook still had a chance to salvage a disappointing season of his own by winning 10 games. But that won't happen, and now it's Florida, not Florida State, that will spend an uncomfortable month stewing before its bowl trip, very likely to the Outback.

"It hurts," Zook said. "It hurts our players bad. It hurts our coaches bad. But they were the better team today."

Rix won the starting job by default when Adrian McPherson was kicked off the team last week after a police investigation led to his arrest on a charge of felony grand theft. McPherson's final game was a dreadful 17-7 loss to North Carolina State last Saturday that had Seminoles fans howling.

"A situation like that can make you or break you," Boldin said. "We've been battling this stuff all year. It was just a matter of pride. We wanted this bad."

Even though the trouble was in Tallahassee, Zook was the one who put a gag order on his players during the buildup to the game. He did it because he thought it would help the Gators win. The ploy didn't work, but Zook said he had no regrets about the decision.

"If I had to do it over again, I'd do the same thing," he said. "I thought we were focused, zeroed in on what we had to do."

Florida's hopes grew dim with 10 minutes left in the third quarter when Grossman flipped a pass to tight end Aaron Walker. Walker tipped it into the hands of Pope, whose 13-yard interception return gave the Seminoles a 24-6 lead.

A little later, Grossman, who finished with 303 yards, led the Gators on an 84-yard touchdown drive to cut the deficit to 10.

But Rix and Boldin answered with what might have been Florida State's best drive of the season. They connected for a 26-yard gain and for a 19-yard touchdown as part of an 80-yard drive that made the score 31-14 and turned the rest of the night into a Seminole celebration.

It was an odd combination, considering Boldin was in McPherson's corner when Rix struggled earlier this season and several Seminoles were calling for a change.

"He's a fighter," Boldin said of Rix. "He is one of those guys who never would quit."

The Gators blew their chance to make this a game in the first half, when two trips inside the 20 netted only two field goals. Elsewhere, Ingle Martin's short punts - he averaged 32 yards on seven kicks - gave FSU the field-position advantage, and 84 yards in penalties short-circuited a number of drives.

Gators tailback Earnest Graham (82 yards) didn't appear to have any more run-ins with Darnell Dockett, the FSU lineman accused of intentionally hurting Graham in last year's meeting.

But clearly, memories of the play lingered. Florida got called for three personal fouls. At one point, the Gators threw a dive block on FSU defender Brodrick Bunkley that sent him out of the game with a knee injury. FSU's Eric Powell drew a personal foul after cheap-shotting Grossman after a handoff.

Midway through the second quarter, officals stopped play, gathered linemen from both teams into the huddle and told them the cheap stuff had to stop.

"You can't say anything bad about them," Snell said. "They played rough, but they played fair."

Rix, an early Heisman candidate whose season quickly went south, threw a pair of gorgeous 22-yard strikes on a second-quarter scoring drive. The second pass was to Boldin, who fought off coverage to get himself open for a 17-6 lead.

Rix's passing stats - 13-for-29 for 194 yards - weren't incredible. But most important, he avoided the mistakes that cost Florida State games early in the year and landed him on the bench, as a season that began with dreams of a national title turned into something much less.

"I can't even describe how it feels," Rix said. "From playing, to not playing, to going out tonight and beating Florida. I've never been happier."

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

1st   0- 3  Opp, 27, field goal, 10:35
      3- 3  Xavier Beitia, 36, field goal, 6:35 
2nd  10- 3  Leon Washington, 7, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 14:54
     10- 6  Opp, 37, field goal, 10:56
     17- 6  Anquan Boldin, 22, pass from Chris Rix (Xavier Beitia, kick), 5:37 
3rd  24- 6  Kendyll Pope, 13, interception return (Xavier Beitia, kick), 10:00
     24-14  Opp, 9, pass (pass), 1:07 
4th  31-14  Anquan Boldin, 19, pass from Chris Rix (Xavier Beitia, kick), 13:09
     31-14  Xavier Beitia, 41, field goal failed, 9:15 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 22 21 Rushes-yards 43-225 27- 83 Passing 194 303 Att-Comp-Int 30-13-0 47-24-1 Total Yards 73-419 74-386 Punt Returns 5-39 1-4 Kickoff Returns 3-57 5-80 Interception Ret. 1-13 0-0 Fumble Returns 0-0 0-0 Punts 6-37.0 7-32.3 Sacks By-Yds 2-14 0-0 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-0 Penalties-Yds 9-70 9-84 3rd Down Conversions 7-17 2-14 4th Down Conversions 1-2 0-1 Time of Posession 33:16 26:44 Attendance 83,938 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Leon Washington 26- 134 Chris Rix 14- 83 Anquan Boldin 1- 5 Torrance Washington 2- 3 Receiving Anquan Boldin 8- 101 Talman Gardner 3- 62 Dominic Robinson 1- 22 Craphonso Thorpe 1- 9 Passing Chris Rix 29-13-0-194 Anquan Boldin 1- 0-0- 0 Punt Return Leon Washington 3- 37 Dominic Robinson 2- 2 Kickoff Return Leon Washington 2- 45 Talman Gardner 1- 12 Punting Chance Gwaltney 6- 222 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kendyll Pope 2 6 8 1.0- 1.0 . 1- 13 1 . . . . . Michael Boulware 4 3 7 1.0- 2.0 . . 2 . . . . . Stanford Samuels 3 4 7 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Darnell Dockett 1 5 6 0.5- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Travis Johnson 4 1 5 4.0- 27.0 2.0- 14.0 . . . . . . . Jared Hetzel 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Eric Moore 2 2 4 1.0- 6.0 . . . . . . . . Kyler Hall 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Bryant McFadden 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Claudius Osei 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . B.J. Ward 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Leroy Smith 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Allen Augustin . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Jerome Carter . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Brodrick Bunkley 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Patrick Newton 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Alonzo Jackson 1 . 1 . . . 1 . . . . . Kamerion Wimbley . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Kevin Emanuel . 1 1 0.5- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Sam McGrew . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Jerel Hudson . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Lorenzo Booker . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Pat Watkins . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Tony Benford . . . . . . 1 . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
SE    4  Anquan Boldin
QB   16  Chris Rix
TB   20  Nick Maddox
FLK  21  Talman Gardner
FB   35  B.J. Dean
C    52  Antoine Mirambeau
TG   61  Montrae Holland
ST   72  Brett Williams
TT   77  Ray Willis
SG   79  Todd Williams
TE   82  Patrick Hughes
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RCB   7  Rufus Brown
WLB   9  Kendyll Pope
LCB  10  Stanford Samuels
RV   23  Jerome Carter
MLB  40  Allen Augustin
FS   41  Kyler Hall
DT   45  Darnell Dockett
RE   48  Alonzo Jackson
SLB  58  Michael Boulware
LE   90  Kevin Emanuel
NG   99  Travis Johnson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Craphonso Thorpe
 8  Bryant McFadden
13  Jared Hetzel
22  Pat Watkins
24  B.J. Ward
27  Claudius Osei
28  Lorenzo Booker
30  Patrick Newton
32  Leroy Smith
33  Leon Washington
37  Chance Gwaltney
##  NAME
-----------------------------
42  Jerel Hudson
43  Torrance Washington
44  Sam McGrew
47  Xavier Beitia
55  Eric Moore
73  Bobby Meeks
83  Dominic Robinson
95  Kamerion Wimbley
97  Tony Benford
98  Brodrick Bunkley

GEORGIA 26, FLORIDA STATE 13

01/01/2003, Sugar Bowl, New Orleans, La

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - Georgia wasn't satisfied just making it to the Sugar Bowl. The Bulldogs wanted to finish their memorable season in style.

Consider it done.

Bruce Thornton returned an interception for a touchdown, backup quarterback D.J. Shockley tossed a scoring pass and No. 4 Georgia stymied a shorthanded Florida State team for a 26-13 victory Wednesday night.

Billy Bennett kicked four field goals and MVP Musa Smith rushed for 145 yards as the Bulldogs went conservative, throwing a season-low 15 passes. All they had to do was let Fabian Walker, making his first start at quarterback for the 16th-ranked Seminoles, beat himself.

Walker obliged, throwing two interceptions and also losing a fumble. The Seminoles had only one turnover in their last four regular-season games.

The Bulldogs (13-1) became the first team in school history to win 13 games, capping a breakthrough season in which sophomore coach Mark Richt steered the program back to national prominence.

Richt even got the satisfaction of beating his former boss. He served 14 years on Bobby Bowden's staff at Florida State before moving to Georgia in 2001.

"I'm thankful for the victory," Richt said. "I'm just thankful to Bobby Bowden still. He's still the teacher. I love him dearly, but I love Georgia and I'm real proud of these guys."

Plenty of Georgia fans were on hand to savor the moment. Red and black dominated the Superdome as the Bulldogs made their first Sugar Bowl appearance since the 1982 season - also the year of their last Southeastern Conference championship.

Florida State (9-5), playing in the Sugar Bowl for the sixth time in 15 years, was viewed as the most unworthy team in the Bowl Championship Series. Their performance did little to change that perception, handing Bowden his first five-loss season since 1981.

"Our offense was not very structured," Bowden said. "The split-second timing definitely wasn't there. We were just kind of hoping someone could make some plays."

In all fairness, the Seminoles might have given a better showing at full strength. But they lost their top two quarterbacks and had to go with third choice Walker, who had thrown only eight passes in his career.

Why was Walker playing? Adrian McPherson was kicked off the team in late November for allegedly stealing a check, while Chris Rix was suspended from the bowl after he overslept and missed a final exam.

Walker, a Georgia native, threw both interceptions when trying to force passes to well-covered receivers. Thornton took his interception 71 yards for a touchdown, putting the Bulldogs ahead for good with 6 1/2 minutes left in the first half.

On Florida State's first offensive play of the second half, Walker was stripped of the ball by Will Thompson and Ken Veal recovered for the Bulldogs, setting up Bennett's third field goal of the night and a comfortable 23-7 lead.

The Seminoles gave star receiver Anquan Boldin a shot at quarterback, hoping he could spark the offense. It might have worked, too, if Talman Gardner had not dropped a perfectly thrown deep pass near the goal line.

Boldin hopped up and down in dismay after the ball slipped through Gardner's hands. On the next play, Boldin bruised his left hand when dragged down behind the line, knocking him out for the rest of the first half.

After getting his hand checked out, Boldin came back to throw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Craphonso Thorpe on the final play of the third quarter. It wasn't enough.

Boldin also caught a touchdown pass, hauling down a 5-yarder from Walker early in the second quarter to give the Seminoles a short-lived 7-3 lead.

Georgia's offense didn't do much, managing just one touchdown on its own - and even that score was set up by Damian Gary's 26-yard punt return.

Shockley, who played four series in relief of starter David Greene, took advantage of Gary's long return right away, lofting a 37-yard touchdown pass to Terrence Edwards on his only throw of the night.

On his way down the field to celebrate, Shockley jawed with a couple of Florida State players, undoubtedly a holdover from a fumble on his first possession.

That was Georgia's only turnover. The Bulldogs went conservative, relying on one of the nation's top-ranked defenses to shut down the Seminoles.

Smith had 18 of his 23 carries in the second half, rushing for 108 yards over the final two quarters.

"We started to pound the ball down their throat," he said. "At halftime, coach Richt said he was going to run it in the third and fourth quarters."

With Richt at the helm, the Bulldogs are certainly a program on the rise.

"The greatest thing he did, he brought us the blueprint of working hard," Smith said. "All of us came together as a team. I'm looking forward to great things next year."

Bennett connected on field goals of 23, 42, 25 and 35 yards to give him 130 points for the season, breaking Garrison Heart's school record of 126 in 1992.

Florida State, which earned an automatic BCS bid by winning the Atlantic Coast Conference, was the only team playing in a major bowl with more than two losses.

For the second year in a row, the Seminoles failed to win 10 games - a standard that used to be automatic in Tallahassee.

In fact, Florida State has lost nine games the last two years - equaling its total number of defeats from 1992-99.

The game was sponsored by Nokia.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
GEORGIA
3
14
6
3
26
FLORIDA STATE
0
7
6
0
13

1st   0- 3  Opp, 23, field goal, 4:19 
      0- 3  Opp, 47, field goal failed, 2:23 
2nd   7- 3  Anquan Boldin, 5, pass from Fabian Walker (Xavier Beitia, kick), 13:41
      7-10  Opp, 71, interception return (kick), 6:24 
      7-17  Opp, 37, pass (kick), 3:43 
3rd   7-20  Opp, 42, field goal, 11:06
      7-23  Opp, 25, field goal, 8:49 
     13-23  Craphonso Thorpe, 40, pass from Anquan Boldin (Anquan Boldin, run failed), 0:00 
4th  13-26  Opp, 35, field goal, 10:17


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 18 11 Rushes-yards 47- 70 40-134 Passing 192 142 Att-Comp-Int 26-13-2 15-10-0 Total Yards 73-262 55-276 Punt Returns 4-68 2-29 Kickoff Returns 3-57 1-7 Interception Ret. 0-0 2-77 Fumble Returns 1-8 1-0 Punts 5-40.4 4-48.3 Sacks By-Yds 4-17 6-45 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-1 Penalties-Yds 5-37 6-59 3rd Down Conversions 5-14 3-12 4th Down Conversions 0-3 0-0 Time of Posession 33:51 26:09 Attendance 74,269 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Leon Washington 10- 48 Anquan Boldin 13- 34 Nick Maddox 9- 32 B.J. Dean 1- 5 Willie Reid 1- 2 Fabian Walker 7- -6 Receiving Craphonso Thorpe 1- 40 Anquan Boldin 3- 34 Nick Maddox 4- 24 Robert Morgan 1- 18 Patrick Hughes 1- 14 P.K. Sam 2- 11 Talman Gardner 1- 6 Passing Anquan Boldin 14- 6-0- 78 Fabian Walker 12- 7-2- 69 Punt Return Leon Washington 4- 68 Kickoff Return Talman Gardner 2- 43 Leon Washington 1- 14 Punting Chance Gwaltney 5- 202 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Allen Augustin 5 1 6 . . . . . . . . . Alonzo Jackson 3 2 5 1.0- 1.0- . . . . . . . Travis Johnson 2 3 5 . . . . . . . . . Michael Boulware 4 . 4 1.0- 1.0- . . . . . . . Kendyll Pope 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Leroy Smith 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Jerome Carter 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Jerel Hudson 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Stanford Samuels 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Mike Shaw 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Bryant McFadden 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Tony Benford 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Claudius Osei 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Kyler Hall 1 . 1 . . . . . 1- 8 . . . Eric Powell 1 . 1 1.0- 1.0- . . . . . . . Robin Charles 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Rufus Brown 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Pat Watkins 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . B.J. Ward 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . A.J. Nicholson 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Patrick Newton 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
SE    4  Anquan Boldin
QB   12  Fabian Walker
TB   20  Nick Maddox
FLK  21  Talman Gardner
FB   35  B.J. Dean
C    52  Antoine Mirambeau
TG   61  Montrae Holland
ST   72  Brett Williams
TT   77  Ray Willis
SG   79  Todd Williams
TE   82  Patrick Hughes
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RCB   7  Rufus Brown
WLB   9  Kendyll Pope
LCB  10  Stanford Samuels
ROV  23  Jerome Carter
FS   24  B.J. Ward
MLB  40  Allen Augustin
DT   45  Darnell Dockett
RE   48  Alonzo Jackson
SLB  58  Michael Boulware
LE   90  Kevin Emanuel
NG   99  Travis Johnson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Craphonso Thorpe
 8  Bryant McFadden
15  Robin Charles
22  Pat Watkins
26  Willie Reid
27  Claudius Osei
30  Patrick Newton
32  Leroy Smith
33  Leon Washington
37  Chance Gwaltney
##  NAME
-----------------------------
41  Kyler Hall
42  Jerel Hudson
47  Xavier Beitia
54  A.J. Nicholson
69  Mike Shaw
73  Bobby Meeks
81  P.K. Sam
87  Robert Morgan
93  Eric Powell
97  Tony Benford