Florida State Football - 2004 Year In Review

Florida State Football - 2004 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
James Colzie, Graduate Assistant, Defensive Backs
Daryl Dickey, Quarterbacks
Odell Haggins, Defensive Tackles
Jimmy Heggins, Offensive Line
Jon Jost, Strength and Conditioning
John Lilly, Tight Ends, Recruiting Coordinator
Ben Odom, Graduate Assistant, Offensive Assistant
Billy Sexton, Assistant Head Coach, Running Backs
Kevin Steele, Linebackers

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2004 FSU Football Media Guide

Top: Bryant McFadden, Alex Barron and Craphonso Thorpe
Bottom: Eric Moore, David Castillo, Chris Rix and Ray Willis

On July 1, 2004, Miami and Virginia Tech officially joined the ACC. Boston College will join in 2005. The ACC will split into the two six-team divisions. Teams will play all five opponents in their own division plus one primary crossover (directly across on the grid in the opposite division and two rotating opponents in the opposite division.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Atlantic:                     Coastal:                                                                                                                                                                  
Boston College                Virginia Tech                                                                                                                                                             
Clemson                       Georgia Tech                                                                                                                                                              
Florida State                 Miami                                                                                                                                                                     
Maryland                      Virginia                                                                                                                                                                  
North Carolina State          North Caolina                                                                                                                                                             
Wake Forest                   Duke                                                                                                                                                                      

2004 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

From the 2004 FSU Football Media Guide, page 111.

Courtney Abbott, 6-9, 335, OL, Atlanta, GA - A three-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 29 ranked offensive tackle in the nation...can squat over 500 lbs. and benches from 300 to 360 lbs...nickname is "Baby Shaq"...has great speed for a player his size...also played basketball for Westlake...picked Florida State over Florida, LSU, Virginia and Kentucky.

Dumaka Atkins, 6-4, 280, OL, Sarasota - A four-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 11 rated offensive guard in the nation...as a junior, he graded out at 93 % on the offensive line and earned all-area and all-district honors...earned honorable mention all-state for class 3A...named first-team all-state as a senior...has a 300 lb. bench press and can squat 475 lbs...was a member of team Florida in the 2004 California-Florida Bowl played on January 2... older brother, Baraka, plays defensive end for the Miami Hurricanes...picked Florida State over Michigan, Florida, LSU, Iowa and Ohio State.

Geoff Berniard, 6-8, 320, OL, Lafayette, LA - A three-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 46 rated offensive tackle in the country...earned first-team all-state honors, all-district for 5-AAAA, first-team all-Lafayette parish, and first-team all-Acadiana area as a junior...has tremendous size, quickness, and strength...can develop into a very good offensive lineman...would like to major in Business at FSU...picked Florida State over South Carolina, Tennessee and Tulane.

J.R. Bryant, 6-1, 170, CB, Miami - A four-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 3 rated cornerback in the country...named to the Riddell Footwear all-america team...PrepStar Top 100 Dream Team member...No. 2 rated defensive back on the Tallahassee Democrat Sunshine 75...played both wide receiver and cornerback during his senior season...had 10 catches and two TD's as well as 37 tackles and four INT's...as a junior, he rushed for 168 yards and three TD's, returned 12 kickoffs (two for touchdowns) and also returned 15 punts (two for touchdowns)...on defense from his cornerback position, he had 34 tackles, six pass break-ups and one interception...was a member of the Florida squad in the 2004 California-Florida Bowl, returning a third quarter interception for a touchdown...has been timed at 4.50 in the 40...picked Florida State over Miami, Florida, Ohio State and NC State.

Tony Carter, 5-9, 175, CB, Jacksonville - A four-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 2 rated cornerback in the nation...named to the Tallahassee Democrat Sunshine 75...one of the fastest players in the state of Florida with a consistent 4.30 in the 40-yard dash...had 4 INT's, blocked 2 kicks, and scored 5 TD's all while splitting time at quarterback and wide receiver in addition to his regular cornerback duties his senior year...earned third-team all-state honors for class 6A after tallying 43 tackles and 9 INT's...was the MVP of the Nike camp held in Gainesville in the spring of 2003...as a junior he made it to the state finals in the 110-M hurdles...was also a member of the East squad in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio played on January 3...picked Florida State over Tennessee and North Carolina.

Gary Cismesia, 5-11, 209, PK, Bradenton - A two-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 15 rated kicker in the nation...garnered first-team All-American from Kicking.com...was the Manatee County MVP and was named all-area for Manatee and Sarasota counties...made 12-of-14 field goals, including all five attempts from over 50 yards...in addition, 89% of his kickoffs went for touchbacks...earned first-team all-state honors as a junior...picked Florida State over Georgia Tech.

Jacky Claude, 6-4, 290, OL, Miami - A four-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 8 rated offensive guard in the nation...fifth rated offensive lineman on the Tallahassee Democrat Sunshine 75...an extremely talented lineman who moves very well...did not give up a sack and had 35 pancake blocks during his senior season...earned All-Dade County honors and was also named first-team all-state for class 5A...helped his team to an 11-2 record as a senior...again did not allow a sack and had 29 intimidation blocks as a junior...earned first-team All-Dade County and second-team all-state honors...played for team Florida in the 2004 California-Florida Bowl on January 2...has been timed at a 4.90 in the 40...picked Florida State over Miami, Auburn, Ohio State and NC State.

Emmanuel Dunbar, 6-5, 265, DL, Deerfield Beach - A four-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 12 rated strongside defensive end in the country in 2004...originally signed with Florida State a year ago...the No. 4 rated defensive lineman according to the Tallahassee Democrat Sunshine 75...had 112 tackles and 16 sacks as a senior at Deerfield Beach HS...earned first team 6A all-state honors as a senior after earning all-area as a junior...member of the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel Super 11 (top 11 players in Broward Country) as a senior...played for Team Florida in the 2004 CaliFlorida Bowl and was also a participant in the Dade-Broward All-Star game...an outstanding talent who can play defensive end or defensive tackle...has excellent size and mobility...has been timed at 4.7 in the 40....roommates with linebacker Anthony Kelly...joined Kelly and Greg Carr as one of three players to enroll in January...would like to earn his degree in leadership education and criminal justice.

Jamaal Edwards, 6-0, 202, RB, Greensboro, NC - A four-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 7 rated running back in the nation...named to the Superprep Elite 50...PrepStar Top 100 Dream Team member...the No. 2 rated player on the North Carolina Top 25...earned his first recognition at age 13 when he became the National Junior Champion in the 100-yard dash...has a time of 10.7 seconds in the 100 meters...as a senior he rushed for 2,000 yards and 22 TD's...rushed for 2,387 yards on 346 carries (6.9 average) and 31 TD's in leading his team to the 3A championship game his junior season...was a member of the North Carolina squad in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, pitting all-stars from North Carolina against all-stars from South Carolina...the North Carolina team won 21-12 as Jamaal had 11 carries for 88 yards in the game...has been timed at 4.40 in the 40...would like to major in Physical Education/Sports Medicine at FSU...picked Florida State over North Carolina, Tennessee and Clemson.

De'Cody Fagg, 6-3, 192, WR, Quincy - Enrolled at Florida State in the spring of 2004...attended Shanks High School...originally committed to Florida State in 2003 before going to Hawgrave Military Academy...broke his leg at the beginning of the season at Hargrave...a four-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 15 rated wide receiver in the nation...voted one of Florida's Super 75 by the Florida Times Union...ranked in Rivals Southeast Top 100...one of Florida's Top 100 by the Orlando Sentinel...also ranked No. 27 in Rivals.com Florida Top 100...as a senior, recorded 41 catches for 808 yards and 11 TD's...made class 2A first-team all-state and was named the class 2A Player of the Year...scored four TD's in Shanks' first round playoff loss to Walton 49-48 (OT)...was selected to play in the 2003 California-Florida Bowl...earned all-conference and all-county honors as a junior...tallied 29 catches for 585 yards...has been timed at 4.40 in the 40...picked Florida State over Florida and Georgia.

Trevor Ford, 6-1, 187, DB, Miami - A four-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 6 rated cornerback in the nation... PrepStar Top 100 Dream Team member...finished with 48 tackles, 5 INT's and 11 pas break-ups his senior season...was named all-Dade honorable mention as a junior after totaling 75 tackles, 3 INT's and 15 pass break-ups...was a member of team Florida in the 2004 California-Florida Bowl and recorded the game ending interception that helped preserve the win for team Florida...has been timed at 4.40 in the 40...picked Florida State over Miami and Kansas State.

Rodney Gallon, 6-0, 210, LB, Tallahassee - A four-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 9 rated outside linebacker in the nation...named to the Tallahassee Democrat Sunshine 75...as a senior he had 135 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks and 3 fumble recoveries...earned first-team all-state honors for class 4A...had 106 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 3 sacks and 4 fumble recoveries during his junior season...a member of team Florida in the California-Florida Bowl played on January 2, where he tallied 8 tackles as team Florida beat team California 24-22...has the speed to play sideline to sideline...has been timed at 4.50 in the 40...would like to major in Sport Management at FSU...picked Florida State over Auburn, Tennessee and Nebraska.

Kenny Ingram, 6-6, 200, DB, Orlando - A three-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 14 rated safety in the nation...a two-sport athlete who also played basketball at Edgewater...helped lead his team to the 6A State Championship in 2003...totaled 60 tackles and five INT's as a senior...as a junior, he recorded 60 tackles (35 unassisted tackles and 25 assisted) along with six INT's...was a member of team Florida in the 2004 California-Florida Bowl...has been timed at 4.51 in the 40...picked Florida State over Miami, Florida and Georgia.

Aaron Jones, 6-3, 270, DT, Orlando - A five-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 10 rated defensive tackle in the nation... USA Today second-team defense all-american...regarded as the top defensive tackle in the state of Florida...earned all-league, all-area and all-state honors while racking up 80 tackles and five sacks his senior season...as a junior, he earned all-league, all-area and all-state honors...totaled 69 tackles, including 49 unassisted, 15 tackles for loss and 11 sacks...has a great combination of size and speed...has been timed at 4.80 in the 40...was starter for the East squad in the 2004 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, TX...his father, Aaron Sr., was a first round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers and played nine seasons in the NFL...would like to major in Business/Criminology at FSU...picked Florida State over Miami, Georgia and NC State.

Xavier Lee, 6-4, 200, QB, Daytona Beach - A five-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 1 rated dual threat quarterback in the nation...Parade All-American as the No. 1 quarterback in the nation...named to the Superprep Elite 50...PrepStar Top 100 Dream Team member...regarded by some as the top quarterback prospect in the country...holds Florida's all-time record for passing yards (9,082), completions (549) and TD's (98)...named Florida's Mr. Football for 2003...earned first-team all-state and 3A Player of the Year...in 10 games during the 2003 season he rushed for 567 yards on 104 carries with 10 TD's...was 198-for-361 (54%) for 3,133 yards, 37 TD's and only 7 INT's...was again named first-team all-state as a junior and was named 3A Player of the Year for the second straight year...rushed for 461 yards and 13 TD's and was 188-for-304 (62%) passing for 3,075 yards with 33 TD's and 10 INT's...was a member of the East squad in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl played on January 3, 2004 in San Antonio, TX...has been timed at 4.50 in the 40...picked Florida State over Texas and Auburn.

Cornelius Lewis, 6-4, 305, OL, Jacksonville - A three-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 20 rated offensive guard prospect in the nation...named to the Florida Times Union Super 24 team...very strong, quick and agile for a player his size...garnered all-Gateway conference honors in 2003...helped lead his team to a 9-1 record in 2003 as they advanced to the second round of the state playoffs...earned all-Gateway conference, all-First Coast and third team all-state honors as a junior...picked Florida State over Tennessee and North Carolina.

Lamar Lewis, 5-9, 188, RB, Jacksonville - A three-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 24 rated all-purpose back in the country...fourth rated running back in the Tallahassee Democrat Sunshine 75... as a senior he had 1,600 yards and 22 TD's in helping his Trinity Christian team to the 1A state championship, defeating Ft. Meade 17-7...earned all-state honors as a junior after tallying 1,900 yards and 27 TD's...from his DB spot he had 50 unassisted tackles, 31 assisted tackles, 5 INT's and 12 pass breakups...has been timed at 4.40 in the 40...picked Florida State over Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Florida.

Joe Manning, 6-0, 175, DB, Tallahassee - A three-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 29 rated cornerback in the country...another in the long line of talented players coming out of Lincoln High School...as a senior he had 71 tackles, 5 INT's and 7 pass breakups...also blocked 3 punts and 2 extra points on special teams...earned all-Big Bend honors and second-team all-state honors for class 4A...was also a member of team Florida in the 2004 California-Florida Bowl played on January 2...a ferocious hitter and plays the game extremely hard...has been timed at 4.50 in the 40...would like to major in Sport Management at FSU...picked Florida State over Auburn, Tennessee, Nebraska and Syracuse.

Darius McClure, 5-11, 188, DB, Birmingham, AL - A three-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 36 rated cornerback in the county...as a senior he had 49 tackles, 1 INT and 3 forced fumbles...also returned 3 punts for TD's and blocked a FG for a TD....on offense, he rushed for 265 yards on 12 carries and had 3 TD's...caught 4 passes for 104 yards and 1 TD...is a hard hitting safety who can run extremely well...has been timed at 4.50 in the 40...would like to major in Business Management at FSU...picked Florida State over Auburn.

Kenny O'Neal, 6-1, 195, WR, Oakland, CA - A four-star player by Rivals.com and some feel he is a top five wide receiver nationally...named to the Superprep Elite 50...originally from Georgia as he transferred to Oakland from Benedictine Military School...as a senior, he caught 35 passes for 850 yards and 24 TD's which included four kickoff returns for TD's...was the Georgia state 5A champ in the 100M as a sophomore and his best time in the 100M is 10.3 seconds...has been timed at 4.30 in the 40...his dad, Kenny O'Neal, Sr. was a tight end for the New Orleans Saints...picked Florida State over Georgia, Florida, LSU and Oregon.

Joe Surratt, 6-1, 255, FB, Pace - A two-star player by Rivals.com...a big bruising fullback with good speed...rushed for 958 yards on 176 attempts (5.4 average) with 13 TD's in just nine games during his senior season...also had nine receptions for 109 yards...earned honorable mention all-Northwest Florida honors...has been timed at 4.70 in the 40...picked Florida State over Auburn, Clemson, Southern Mississippi and South Florida.

Jae Thaxton, 6-3, 225, LB, Hartwell, GA - A four-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 9 rated inside linebacker in the nation...also the No. 75 player in the Rivals Top 100 as well as the No. 8 player in the Georgia Top 50...averaged 20 tackles per game for his career at Hart Co., set the school record tackles with more than 500 for his career...as a senior he amassed over 160 tackles, four sacks and two fumble recoveries...tallied over 150 tackles his junior season earning all-state and all-area honors...his sophomore season he totaled 201 tackles...very quick and has great size for a linebacker...has been timed at 4.60 in the 40...picked Florida State over Georgia, LSU and Florida.

Lawrence Timmons, 6-3, 225, LB, Florence, SC - Named a Parade All-American at linebacker...a three-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 4 rated outside linebacker in the nation...named to the Superperp Elite 50... PrepStar Top 100 Dream Team member...named South Carlina's Defensive Player of the Year...earned all-state honors at linebacker his senior season after tallying over 150 tackles and two sacks...also had 47 catches for over 800 yards and five TD's at tight end...selected all-state as a tight end his junior season...had 42 reception for 680 yards and 14 TD's...on defense he had 95 tackles and four sacks...was selected to play in the 2003 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas pitting North Carolina All-Stars against the South Carolina All-Stars...has been timed at 4.60 in the 40...picked Florida State over Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia.

Drew Weatherford, 6-3, 205, QB, Land O' Lakes - A four-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 6 rated pro-style quarterback in the country...No. 2 quarterback on the Tallahassee Democrat Sunshine 75...as a junior he earned all state honors after going 151-215 (70 %) for 2,494 yards, 37 TD's and 2 INT's...was the Tampa Tribune's Pasco County Player of the Year...completed 172 passes on 341 (50%) attempts for 2,639 yards and 20 TD's as a senior...also rushed for 470 yards and 10 TD's...played safety as well and had 120 tackles and 8 INT's as his team finished 8-5 in 2003...was named Florida's 4A Player of the Year as well as the St. Pete Times 2003 All Suncoast Player of the Year...was one of the QB's for Team Florida in the California-Florida Bowl played on January 2...originally from Texas, his father and grandfather played for SMU...a classic pro-style quarterback who has a great arm and very good skills...has been timed at 4.70 in the 40...picked Florida State over Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and NC State.

Barry Wright, 6-1, 215, LB, Pensacola - Enrolled at FSU in the spring of 2004...a four-star player by Rivals.com...a native of Pensacola, Fla. (Woodham High School)...had an outstanding senior season as he totaled 156 tackles and 14 sacks...in 2003 at Coffeyville CC, he tallied 89 tackles and four sacks in leading his team to a 9-2 record...earned all-conference and JUCO all-american honors...extremely fast linebacker with the speed to cover the field side to side...has been timed at a 4.40/40...picked Florida State over South Carolina and West Virginia.


2004 Roster - By Name

From the 2004 FSU Football Media Guide, page 38.
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T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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  76 Courtney Abbott       OL      6-9   335  Fr        Atlanta, GA (Westlake)
  58 Dumaka Atkins         OL      6-4   280  Fr        Sarasota (Booker)
* 70 Alex Barron           OT      6-6   308  Sr-R **   Orangeburg, SC (Wilkinson)
* 47 Xavier Beitia         PK      5-10  198  Sr   ***  Tampa (Jesuit)
  74 Geoff Berniard        OL      6-8   320  Fr        Lafayette, LA (Saint Thomas More)
* 28 Lorenzo Booker        RB      5-11  192  So-R *    Ventura, CA (Saint Bonaventure)
* 98 Alex Boston           DE      6-3   225  Fr-R      Bartow (Bartow)
* 93 Chris Bradwell        DT      6-5   265  Fr-R      Alpharetta, GA (Chattahoochee/Hargrave Military Academy)
  65 Eric Broe             OG      6-6   316  Jr-R **   Norcross, GA (Wesleyan)                          Gave up football due to knee injury
  69 Cory Brookins         OG      6-3   271  So        Panama City (Mosley)
* 18 J.R. Bryant           CB      6-1   170  Fr        Miami (Killian)
* 52 Brodrick Bunkley      DT      6-3   291  Jr   **   Tampa (Chamberlain)
  92 Darrell Burston       DE      6-2   228  So-R *    Fayetteville, GA (Starr's Mill)
  45 Chad Canfield         FB      5-10  236  Jr   *    Apopka (Apopka)                                  Gave up football because of injury
  89 Greg Carr             WR      6-6   200  Fr        Citra (North Marion)                             Enrolled in January 2005
  88 Donnie Carter         TE      6-4   255  Jr-R **   Waycross, GA (Ware County)
* 23 Jerome Carter         RV      6-0   219  Sr   ***  Lake City (Columbia)
  29 Tony Carter           CB      5-9   175  Fr        Jacksonville (Mandarin)
* 63 David Castillo        C       6-2   304  Jr-R **   Palm Beach (Palm Beach Gardens)                  Awarded 2nd medical redshirt year
* 39 Marcello Church       LB      6-1   233  Jr-R **   Saint Petersburg (Lakewood)
  85 Brett Cimorelli       P-PK    6-3   220  Sr-R *    Zephyrhills (Zephyrhills)
* 12 Gary Cismesia         PK      5-11  209  Fr        Bradenton (Lakewood Ranch)
* 68 Jacky Claude          OL      6-4   290  Fr        Miami (Edison)
  57 Jesse Cole            LB      6-1   215  Fr        Avon Lake, OH (Avon Lake)
* 36 James Coleman         FB      6-0   245  Jr   *    Tallahassee (Florida)
* 13 Antonio Cromartie     CB      6-3   197  So   *    Tallahassee (Lincoln)
*  7 Buster Davis          LB      5-11  248  So-R *    Daytona Beach (Mainland)
* 94 Chauncey Davis        DE      6-2   258  Sr   *    Auburndale (Auburndale/Jones CC)
*  5 Chris Davis           WR      6-0   176  So-R *    Saint Petersburg (Saint Petersburg Catholic)
* 35 B.J. Dean             FB      5-11  258  Jr-R **   Tuscaloosa, AL (Central)
* 97 Clifton Dickson       DT      6-4   308  So   *    Miami (Northwestern)
  57 Dennis Disbrow        LB      6-1   201  Jr-R      Miami (Palmetto)
  91 Emmanuel Dunbar       DL      6-5   265  Fr        Deerfield Beach (Deerfield Beach)                Did not qualify
  33 Jamaal Edwards        RB      6-0   202  Fr        Greensboro, NC (Dudley)
  81 De'Cody Fagg          WR      6-3   192  Fr        Quincy (Shanks/Hargrave Military Academy)
* 96 Andre Fluellen        DT      6-4   270  Fr-R      Cartersville, GA (Cartersville)
  21 Trevor Ford           DB      6-1   187  Fr        Miami (Northwestern)
  67 John Frady            OL      6-4   298  So   *    Jacksonville (Bolles)
  37 Rodney Gallon         LB      6-0   210  Fr        Tallahassee (Lincoln)
  37 Chase Goggans         PK      5-9   162  So        Douglas, GA (Coffee County)
* 48 Chris Hall            P       5-10  220  Jr-R *    Centreville, VA (Centerville)
  41 Kyler Hall            S       6-0   194  Sr   ***  Live Oak (Suwannee)
* 84 Robert Hallback       WR      5-9   171  So        Plant City (Plant City)
  57 Matt Heinz            OG      6-4   268  Jr-R *    Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)            Chronic Back Problems
* 75 Mario Henderson       OL      6-7   307  So   *    Lehigh Acres (Lehigh)
* 14 Matt Henshaw          TE      6-4   231  Jr-R **   Brentwood, TN (Brentwood)
* 76 Myles Hodish          DS      6-0   229  Jr-R      Fort Lauderdale (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
* 20 Anthony Houllis       S       6-0   204  Fr-R      Tarpon Springs (Tarpon Springs)
* 59 Charles Howard        DT      6-3   265  Sr-R ***  Lake Butler (Union County)
  42 Kenny Ingram          DB      6-6   200  Fr        Orlando (Edgewater/East Central CC)
* 38 Paul Irons            TE      6-2   242  Sr   ***  New Orleans, LA (Saint Augustine)
* 99 Travis Johnson        DT      6-5   290  Sr-R ***  Sherman Oaks, CA (Notre Dame)
  90 Aaron Jones           DT      6-3   270  Fr        Orlando (Edgewater)
*  6 Willie Jones          DE      6-1   242  Jr-R *    Miami (Carol City)
  13 Tommy Keane           QB      6-2   200  So        Miami (Archbishop Carroll)
* 29 Mikhal Kornegay       CB      5-8   172  Fr-R      Madison (Madison County/Tennessee Tech)
   9 Xavier Lee            QB      6-4   200  Fr        Daytona Beach (Seabreeze)
  66 Cornelius Lewis       OL      6-4   305  Fr        Jacksonville (Raines)
  30 Lamar Lewis           RB      5-9   188  Fr        Jacksonville (Trinity Christian Academy)
* 72 Ron Lunford           OL      6-5   358  Jr-R *    Jacksonville (Ed White)
  43 Joe Manning           DB      6-0   175  Fr        Tallahassee (Lincoln)
  29 Chris Martin          DB      6-0   193  Fr        Tallahassee (Rickards)
  33 Jhermaine McAroy      DB      6-1   168  Fr-R      Pensacola (Pensacola)                            Academically ineligible
  40 Darius McClure        DB      5-11  188  Fr        Birmingham, AL (Minor)
*  8 Bryant McFadden       CB      6-0   186  Sr-R ***  Hollywood (McArthur)
* 44 Sam McGrew            LB      6-3   226  Jr   **   Crawfordville (Wakulla)
* 73 Bobby Meeks           OG      6-3   299  Sr-R **   Houston, TX (Nimitz)
  64 Matt Meinrod          OG      6-4   297  Jr-R **   Tampa (East Lake)
* 55 Eric Moore            DE      6-4   244  Sr   ***  Pahokee (Pahokee)
  22 Marlon Napier         RB      5-9   211  Sr   *    Tallahassee (Rickards)
* 62 Cory Niblock          OL      6-4   301  So-R *    Saint Augustine (Nease)
* 54 A.J. Nicholson        LB      6-2   235  Jr   **   Winston-Salem, NC (Mount Tabor)
* 82 D.J. Norris           DE      6-3   252  Fr-R      Pace (Pace)
   4 Kenny O'Neal          WR      6-1   195  Fr        Oakland, CA (Skyline)
* 27 Claudius Osei         RV      6-0   197  Sr-R ***  Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)
* 79 David Overmyer        OT      6-5   284  Fr-R      Lilburn, GA (Parkview)
  52 John Peacock          LB      6-2   220  Sr        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 56 Ray Piquion           LB      6-0   212  Sr   **   Miami (Miami Lakes)
* 26 Willie Reid           WR      5-10  186  Jr-R **   Kathleen, GA (Warner Robins)
* 16 Chris Rix             QB      6-4   210  Sr-R ***  Santa Margarita, CA (Rancho Santa Margarita)
* 21 Dominic Robinson      WR      6-1   205  Sr   ***  Diamond Bar, CA (Diamond Bar)
* 87 Matt Root             TE      6-6   249  Jr        Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)
* 71 Brian Ross            C       6-2   290  Sr-R      Raleigh, NC (Enloe)
* 11 Gerard Ross           CB      6-2   190  Jr-R *    Jacksonville (Trinity Christian Academy)
* 10 Lorne Sam             WR      6-2   206  So-R *    Buford, GA (Buford)
  61 Garrison Sanborn      DS      6-1   223  So        Tampa (Jesuit)
* 19 Wyatt Sexton          QB      6-3   206  So-R *    Tallahassee (Leon)
  83 Joslin Shaw           WR      5-10  183  Fr-R      Plant City (Plant City)
   4 Jarrel Simpson        CB      5-11  161  Jr        Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale Preparatory)
* 34 Ernie Sims            LB      6-0   220  So   *    Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)
* 32 Leroy Smith           CB      5-10  190  Sr-R ***  Quincy (Shanks)
  74 Dontrell Stills       OL      6-1   268  Jr        Lakeland (Lakeland)
* 15 Chauncey Stovall      WR      6-2   216  Sr-R *    Gifford (Vero Beach/Hinds CC)
  49 Joe Surratt           FB      6-1   255  Fr        Pace (Pace)
* 51 Jae Thaxton           LB      6-3   225  Fr        Hartwell, GA (Hart County)
*  1 Craphonso Thorpe      WR      6-2   200  Sr   ***  Tallahassee (Lincoln)
* 83 Lawrence Timmons      LB      6-3   225  Fr        Florence, SC (Wilson)
  24 B.J. Ward             FS      6-3   208  Sr-R ***  Dallas, TX (Kimball)
*  3 Leon Washington       RB      5-9   202  Jr   **   Jacksonville (Jackson)
  20 Torrance Washington   FB      6-1   241  So-R *    Madison (Madison County)                         Medically disqualified-knee injury
* 22 Pat Watkins           FS      6-4   204  Jr   **   Tallahassee (Lincoln)
  11 Drew Weatherford      QB      6-3   205  Fr        Land O' Lakes (Land O' Lakes)
* 31 Roger Williams        RV      6-1   192  Fr-R      Warner Robins, GA (Northside)
  29 Ronnie Williams       RB      5-10  180  Sr        Little Rock, AR (Central)
* 77 Ray Willis            OT      6-6   320  Sr-R ***  Angleton, TX (Angleton)
* 95 Kamerion Wimbley      DE      6-4   228  Jr   **   Wichita, KS (Northwest)
  46 Barry Wright          LB      6-1   215  So        Pensacola (Woodham/Coffeyville CC)

2004 Roster - By Number

From the 2004 FSU Football Media Guide, page 38.
L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
*  1 Craphonso Thorpe      WR      6-2   200  Sr   ***  Tallahassee (Lincoln)
*  3 Leon Washington       RB      5-9   202  Jr   **   Jacksonville (Jackson)
   4 Kenny O'Neal          WR      6-1   195  Fr        Oakland, CA (Skyline)
   4 Jarrel Simpson        CB      5-11  161  Jr        Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale Preparatory)
*  5 Chris Davis           WR      6-0   176  So-R *    Saint Petersburg (Saint Petersburg Catholic)
*  6 Willie Jones          DE      6-1   242  Jr-R *    Miami (Carol City)
*  7 Buster Davis          LB      5-11  248  So-R *    Daytona Beach (Mainland)
*  8 Bryant McFadden       CB      6-0   186  Sr-R ***  Hollywood (McArthur)
   9 Xavier Lee            QB      6-4   200  Fr        Daytona Beach (Seabreeze)
* 10 Lorne Sam             WR      6-2   206  So-R *    Buford, GA (Buford)
* 11 Gerard Ross           CB      6-2   190  Jr-R *    Jacksonville (Trinity Christian Academy)
  11 Drew Weatherford      QB      6-3   205  Fr        Land O' Lakes (Land O' Lakes)
* 12 Gary Cismesia         PK      5-11  209  Fr        Bradenton (Lakewood Ranch)
* 13 Antonio Cromartie     CB      6-3   197  So   *    Tallahassee (Lincoln)
  13 Tommy Keane           QB      6-2   200  So        Miami (Archbishop Carroll)
* 14 Matt Henshaw          TE      6-4   231  Jr-R **   Brentwood, TN (Brentwood)
* 15 Chauncey Stovall      WR      6-2   216  Sr-R *    Gifford (Vero Beach/Hinds CC)
* 16 Chris Rix             QB      6-4   210  Sr-R ***  Santa Margarita, CA (Rancho Santa Margarita)
* 18 J.R. Bryant           CB      6-1   170  Fr        Miami (Killian)
* 19 Wyatt Sexton          QB      6-3   206  So-R *    Tallahassee (Leon)
* 20 Anthony Houllis       S       6-0   204  Fr-R      Tarpon Springs (Tarpon Springs)
  20 Torrance Washington   FB      6-1   241  So-R *    Madison (Madison County)                         Medically disqualified-knee injury
  21 Trevor Ford           DB      6-1   187  Fr        Miami (Northwestern)
* 21 Dominic Robinson      WR      6-1   205  Sr   ***  Diamond Bar, CA (Diamond Bar)
  22 Marlon Napier         RB      5-9   211  Sr   *    Tallahassee (Rickards)
* 22 Pat Watkins           FS      6-4   204  Jr   **   Tallahassee (Lincoln)
* 23 Jerome Carter         RV      6-0   219  Sr   ***  Lake City (Columbia)
  24 B.J. Ward             FS      6-3   208  Sr-R ***  Dallas, TX (Kimball)
* 26 Willie Reid           WR      5-10  186  Jr-R **   Kathleen, GA (Warner Robins)
* 27 Claudius Osei         RV      6-0   197  Sr-R ***  Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)
* 28 Lorenzo Booker        RB      5-11  192  So-R *    Ventura, CA (Saint Bonaventure)
  29 Tony Carter           CB      5-9   175  Fr        Jacksonville (Mandarin)
* 29 Mikhal Kornegay       CB      5-8   172  Fr-R      Madison (Madison County/Tennessee Tech)
  29 Chris Martin          DB      6-0   193  Fr        Tallahassee (Rickards)
  29 Ronnie Williams       RB      5-10  180  Sr        Little Rock, AR (Central)
  30 Lamar Lewis           RB      5-9   188  Fr        Jacksonville (Trinity Christian Academy)
* 31 Roger Williams        RV      6-1   192  Fr-R      Warner Robins, GA (Northside)
* 32 Leroy Smith           CB      5-10  190  Sr-R ***  Quincy (Shanks)
  33 Jamaal Edwards        RB      6-0   202  Fr        Greensboro, NC (Dudley)
  33 Jhermaine McAroy      DB      6-1   168  Fr-R      Pensacola (Pensacola)                            Academically ineligible
* 34 Ernie Sims            LB      6-0   220  So   *    Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)
* 35 B.J. Dean             FB      5-11  258  Jr-R **   Tuscaloosa, AL (Central)
* 36 James Coleman         FB      6-0   245  Jr   *    Tallahassee (Florida)
  37 Rodney Gallon         LB      6-0   210  Fr        Tallahassee (Lincoln)
  37 Chase Goggans         PK      5-9   162  So        Douglas, GA (Coffee County)
* 38 Paul Irons            TE      6-2   242  Sr   ***  New Orleans, LA (Saint Augustine)
* 39 Marcello Church       LB      6-1   233  Jr-R **   Saint Petersburg (Lakewood)
  40 Darius McClure        DB      5-11  188  Fr        Birmingham, AL (Minor)
  41 Kyler Hall            S       6-0   194  Sr   ***  Live Oak (Suwannee)
  42 Kenny Ingram          DB      6-6   200  Fr        Orlando (Edgewater/East Central CC)
  43 Joe Manning           DB      6-0   175  Fr        Tallahassee (Lincoln)
* 44 Sam McGrew            LB      6-3   226  Jr   **   Crawfordville (Wakulla)
  45 Chad Canfield         FB      5-10  236  Jr   *    Apopka (Apopka)                                  Gave up football because of injury
  46 Barry Wright          LB      6-1   215  So        Pensacola (Woodham/Coffeyville CC)
* 47 Xavier Beitia         PK      5-10  198  Sr   ***  Tampa (Jesuit)
* 48 Chris Hall            P       5-10  220  Jr-R *    Centreville, VA (Centerville)
  49 Joe Surratt           FB      6-1   255  Fr        Pace (Pace)
* 51 Jae Thaxton           LB      6-3   225  Fr        Hartwell, GA (Hart County)
* 52 Brodrick Bunkley      DT      6-3   291  Jr   **   Tampa (Chamberlain)
  52 John Peacock          LB      6-2   220  Sr        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 54 A.J. Nicholson        LB      6-2   235  Jr   **   Winston-Salem, NC (Mount Tabor)
* 55 Eric Moore            DE      6-4   244  Sr   ***  Pahokee (Pahokee)
* 56 Ray Piquion           LB      6-0   212  Sr   **   Miami (Miami Lakes)
  57 Jesse Cole            LB      6-1   215  Fr        Avon Lake, OH (Avon Lake)
  57 Dennis Disbrow        LB      6-1   201  Jr-R      Miami (Palmetto)
  57 Matt Heinz            OG      6-4   268  Jr-R *    Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)            Chronic Back Problems
  58 Dumaka Atkins         OL      6-4   280  Fr        Sarasota (Booker)
* 59 Charles Howard        DT      6-3   265  Sr-R ***  Lake Butler (Union County)
  61 Garrison Sanborn      DS      6-1   223  So        Tampa (Jesuit)
* 62 Cory Niblock          OL      6-4   301  So-R *    Saint Augustine (Nease)
* 63 David Castillo        C       6-2   304  Jr-R **   Palm Beach (Palm Beach Gardens)                  Awarded 2nd medical redshirt year
  64 Matt Meinrod          OG      6-4   297  Jr-R **   Tampa (East Lake)
  65 Eric Broe             OG      6-6   316  Jr-R **   Norcross, GA (Wesleyan)                          Gave up football due to knee injury
  66 Cornelius Lewis       OL      6-4   305  Fr        Jacksonville (Raines)
  67 John Frady            OL      6-4   298  So   *    Jacksonville (Bolles)
* 68 Jacky Claude          OL      6-4   290  Fr        Miami (Edison)
  69 Cory Brookins         OG      6-3   271  So        Panama City (Mosley)
* 70 Alex Barron           OT      6-6   308  Sr-R **   Orangeburg, SC (Wilkinson)
* 71 Brian Ross            C       6-2   290  Sr-R      Raleigh, NC (Enloe)
* 72 Ron Lunford           OL      6-5   358  Jr-R *    Jacksonville (Ed White)
* 73 Bobby Meeks           OG      6-3   299  Sr-R **   Houston, TX (Nimitz)
  74 Geoff Berniard        OL      6-8   320  Fr        Lafayette, LA (Saint Thomas More)
  74 Dontrell Stills       OL      6-1   268  Jr        Lakeland (Lakeland)
* 75 Mario Henderson       OL      6-7   307  So   *    Lehigh Acres (Lehigh)
  76 Courtney Abbott       OL      6-9   335  Fr        Atlanta, GA (Westlake)
* 76 Myles Hodish          DS      6-0   229  Jr-R      Fort Lauderdale (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
* 77 Ray Willis            OT      6-6   320  Sr-R ***  Angleton, TX (Angleton)
* 79 David Overmyer        OT      6-5   284  Fr-R      Lilburn, GA (Parkview)
  81 De'Cody Fagg          WR      6-3   192  Fr        Quincy (Shanks/Hargrave Military Academy)
* 82 D.J. Norris           DE      6-3   252  Fr-R      Pace (Pace)
  83 Joslin Shaw           WR      5-10  183  Fr-R      Plant City (Plant City)
* 83 Lawrence Timmons      LB      6-3   225  Fr        Florence, SC (Wilson)
* 84 Robert Hallback       WR      5-9   171  So        Plant City (Plant City)
  85 Brett Cimorelli       P-PK    6-3   220  Sr-R *    Zephyrhills (Zephyrhills)
* 87 Matt Root             TE      6-6   249  Jr        Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)
  88 Donnie Carter         TE      6-4   255  Jr-R **   Waycross, GA (Ware County)
  89 Greg Carr             WR      6-6   200  Fr        Citra (North Marion)                             Enrolled in January 2005
  90 Aaron Jones           DT      6-3   270  Fr        Orlando (Edgewater)
  91 Emmanuel Dunbar       DL      6-5   265  Fr        Deerfield Beach (Deerfield Beach)                Did not qualify
  92 Darrell Burston       DE      6-2   228  So-R *    Fayetteville, GA (Starr's Mill)
* 93 Chris Bradwell        DT      6-5   265  Fr-R      Alpharetta, GA (Chattahoochee/Hargrave Military Academy)
* 94 Chauncey Davis        DE      6-2   258  Sr   *    Auburndale (Auburndale/Jones CC)
* 95 Kamerion Wimbley      DE      6-4   228  Jr   **   Wichita, KS (Northwest)
* 96 Andre Fluellen        DT      6-4   270  Fr-R      Cartersville, GA (Cartersville)
* 97 Clifton Dickson       DT      6-4   308  So   *    Miami (Northwestern)
* 98 Alex Boston           DE      6-3   225  Fr-R      Bartow (Bartow)
* 99 Travis Johnson        DT      6-5   290  Sr-R ***  Sherman Oaks, CA (Notre Dame)
Lettermen from the 2005 FSU Football Media Guide, page 19.
Matt Meinrod sustained a season-ending injury against Miami.

2004 All-Americans

Name                     Organization
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Alex Barron              American Football Coaches Association - 1st Team All-American
                         Associated Press - 1st Team All-American
                         Walter Camp - 1st Team All-American
                         CBS Sports - 1st Team All-American
                         College Football News - 1st Team All-American
                         espn.com - 1st Team All-American
                         Football Writers Association - 1st Team All-American
                         Rivals.Com - 1st Team All-American
                         The Sporting News - 1st Team All-American
                         cnnsi.com - 2nd Team All-American
                         NCAA - Concensus All-American

Antonio Cromartie        College Football News - 1st Team Sophomore All-American

Travis Johnson           CBS Sports - 1st Team All-American
                         espn.com - 1st Team All-American
                         Rivals.Com - 1st Team All-American
                         College Football News - 2nd Team All-American
                         Associated Press - 3rd Team All-American
                         cnnsi.com - All-American - Honorable Mention

Ernie Sims               espn.com - 1st Team All-American
                         College Football News - 1st Team Sophomore All-American

All-Americans -  4

2004 Noles in the Pros

Name                     No      Pos                Team
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Brian Allen              52      OLB                Carolina Panthers
Allen Augustin           57      LB                 Cincinnati Bengals
Anquan Boldin            81      WR                 Arizona Cardinals
Michael Boulware         28      SS                 Seattle Seahawks
Peter Boulware           58      OLB                Baltimore Ravens
Derrick Brooks           55      LB                 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Milford Brown            67      OG                 Houston Texans
Rufus Brown              37      CB                 Washington Redskins
Tony Bryant              92      DE                 New Orleans Saints
Terrell Buckley          27      CB                 New York Jets
Laveranues Coles         80      WR                 Washington Redskins
Sam Cowart               56      OLB                New York Jets
Zack Crockett            32      RB                 Oakland Raiders
Devard Darling           81      WR                 Baltimore Ravens
Darnell Dockett          90      DT                 Arizona Cardinals
Warrick Dunn             28      RB                 Atlanta Falcons
Mario Edwards            27      CB                 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kevin Emanuel            68      DE                 Seattle Seahawks
Todd Fordham             78      OT                 Carolina Panthers
Corey Fuller             24      CB                 Baltimore Ravens
Talman Gardner           88      WR                 New Orleans Saints
Derrick Gibson           36      SS                 Oakland Raiders
Bill Gramatica           11      K                  Miami Dolphins
Montrae Holland          61      OG                 New Orleans Saints
Chris Hope               28      FS                 Pittsburgh Steelers
Alonzo Jackson           95      OLB                Pittsburgh Steelers
Dexter Jackson           31      FS                 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sebastian Janikowski     11      K                  Oakland Raiders
Brad Johnson             14      QB                 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Greg Jones               33      RB                 Jacksonville Jaguars
Walter Jones             71      OT                 Seattle Seahawks
Danny Kanell             13      QB                 Denver Broncos
Nick Maddox              29      RB                 Carolina Panthers
Travis Minor             28      RB                 Miami Dolphins
Scott Player             10      P                  Arizona Cardinals
Tommy Polley             52      OLB                St. Louis Rams
Kendyll Pope             55      LB                 Indianapolis Colts
Samari Rolle             21      CB                 Tennessee Titans
Orpheus Roye             99      DT                 Cleveland Browns
P.K. Sam                 14      WR                 New England Patroits
Deion Sanders            37      CB                 Baltimore Ravens
Corey Simon              90      DT                 Philadelphia Eagles
Larry Smith              96      DT                 Green Bay Packers
Greg Spires              94      DE                 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tra Thomas               72      OT                 Philadelphia Eagles
Javon Walker             84      WR                 Green Bay Packers
Peter Warrick            80      WR                 Cincinnati Bengals
Chris Weinke             16      QB                 Carolina Panthers
Brett Williams           74      OT                 Kansas City Chiefs
Todd Williams            78      OG                 Tennessee Titans

Noles in the Pros - 50

2004 Schedule and Results

       
GAME DAY
 
       
FSU
OPP
OPP EOY
DATE
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
AP
USA
AP
USA
AP
USA
REC
09/10
A
MIAMI
OT
L 10-16
4
6
5
5
11
11
9-3
09/18
H
ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM W 34- 7
8
11
 
 
 
 
7-5
09/25
H
CLEMSON
Dedicated Bobby Bowden statue before the game.
W 41-22
8
11
 
 
 
 
6-5
10/02
H
NORTH CAROLINA W 38-16
9
11
 
 
 
 
6-6
10/09
A
SYRACUSE W 17-13
8
8
 
 
 
 
6-6
10/16
H
VIRGINIA W 36- 3
7
7
6
6
23
23
8-4
10/23
A
WAKE FOREST W 20-17
5
5
 
 
 
 
4-7
10/30
A
MARYLAND L 17-20
5
5
 
 
 
 
5-6
11/06
H
DUKE W 29- 7
13
13
 
 
 
 
2-9
11/11
A
NORTH CAROLINA STATE W 17-10
11
12
 
 
 
 
5-6
11/20
H
FLORIDA
Renamed football field to Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium.
L 13-20
10
8
 
 
 
25
7-5
01/01
N
WEST VIRGINIA
Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, Fl
W 30-18
17
15
 
23
 
 
8-4
Conference games in bold

                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
------------------------------------------------
FSU RECORD IS    9- 3     5-1     3-2     1-0
AGAINST ACC      6- 2     4-0     2-2     0-0
AGAINST TOP 25   2- 1     1-0     0-1     1-0

FINAL  AP - 15
FINAL USA - 14


2004 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE RESULTS
 1  VIRGINIA TECH         7- 1    10- 3 
 2  FLORIDA STATE         6- 2     9- 3 
 3t MIAMI                 5- 3     9- 3 
 3t VIRGINIA              5- 3     8- 4 
 3t NORTH CAROLINA        5- 3     6- 6 
 6t GEORGIA TECH          4- 4     7- 5 
 6t CLEMSON               4- 4     6- 5 
 8t MARYLAND              3- 5     5- 6 
 8t NORTH CAROLINA STATE  3- 5     5- 6 
10t WAKE FOREST           1- 7     4- 7 
10t DUKE                  1- 7     2- 9 

2004 - 100 Yard Rushing Club

Name Date Opponent Att Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Leon Washington 01/01/2005 WEST VIRGINIA 12 193 16.08 1 Leon Washington 10/09/2004 SYRACUSE 21 164 7.81 2 Leon Washington 10/02/2004 NORTH CAROLINA 10 153 15.30 1 Lorenzo Booker 11/06/2004 DUKE 15 130 8.67 0 Lorenzo Booker 10/16/2004 VIRGINIA 15 123 8.20 2 Lorenzo Booker 01/01/2005 WEST VIRGINIA 20 105 5.25 0 Leon Washington 09/18/2004 ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM 11 104 9.45 1

2004 - 100 Yard Receiving Club

Name Date Opponent Rec Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Chauncey Stovall 11/20/2004 FLORIDA 11 181 16.45 1 Chauncey Stovall 11/06/2004 DUKE 8 138 17.25 0

2004 - 300 Yard Passing Club

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

2004 EOY Stats

From the 2005 FSU Football Media Guide, page 83
Overall Team Statistics TEAM STATISTICS FSU OPP -------------------------------------------------------- SCORING....................... 302 169 Points Per Game............. 25.2 14.1 TOUCHDOWNS.................... 33 18 TDs Rushing................. 19 5 TDs Passing................. 11 8 TDs Fumble Return........... 1 1 TDs Punt Return............. 0 1 TDs Interception............ 2 1 TDs Kickoff Return.......... 0 1 TDs Lateral................. 0 0 TDs Free Kick............... 0 1 PAT-ATTEMPTS.................. 33-33 14-17 Kick........................ 33-33 14-16 Pass........................ 0- 0 0- 0 Run......................... 0- 0 0- 1 FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS.......... 23-34 15-21 SAFETY........................ 1 1 FIRST DOWNS................... 232 186 Rushing..................... 109 65 Passing..................... 99 95 Penalty..................... 24 26 RUSHING YARDAGE............... 1944 997 Yards gained rushing........ 2338 1471 Yards lost rushing.......... 394 474 Rushing Attempts............ 460 418 Average Per Rush............ 4.2 2.4 Average Per Game............ 162.0 83.1 PASSING YARDAGE............... 2526 2409 Att-Comp-Int................ 402-215-15 380-204-16 Efficiency.................. 107.83 105.46 Average Per Pass............ 6.3 6.3 Average Per Catch........... 11.7 11.8 Average Per Game............ 210.5 200.8 TOTAL OFFENSE................. 4470 3406 Total Plays................. 862 798 Average Per Play............ 5.2 4.3 Average Per Game............ 372.5 283.8 KICK RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 31- 629 38- 906 Average Per Return.......... 20.3 23.8 PUNT RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 53-597 35-274 Average Per Return.......... 11.3 7.8 INT RETURNS: #-YARDS.......... 16-164 15-116 Average Per Return.......... 10.3 7.7 FUMBLE RETURNS: #-YARDS....... 13- 70 7- 66 Average Per Return.......... 5.4 9.4 FUMBLES-LOST.................. 16- 7 22-13 PENALTIES-YARDS............... 116-1034 82- 689 Average Per Game............ 86.2 57.4 PUNTS-YARDS................... 70-2914 87-3535 Average Per Punt............ 41.6 40.6 Net punt average............ 37.7 33.8 TIME OF POSSESSION/GAME....... 30:36 29:24 3RD DOWN CONVERSIONS-3RD DOWN. 42-177 46-179 3rd-Down Pct................ .237 .257 4TH DOWN CONVERSIONS-4TH DOWN. 15-20 4-13 4th-Down Pct................ .750 .308 SACKS BY-YARDS................ 39-249 29-211 MISC YARDS.................... 70 66 ATTENDANCE.................... 497,047 259,567 Games-Avg Per Game.......... 6-82,841 5-51,913 ATTENDANCE-NEUTRAL FIELD...... 70,112 Games-Avg Per Game.......... 1-70,112
 1st2nd3rd4th OT Total
Florida State
47
71
92
92
0
302
Opponents
49
57
25
32
6
169
Overall Individual Statistics

RUSHING              G  Att Gain  Loss  Net   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Leon Washington     10  138  988   37   951   6.9   7  69t   95.1
Lorenzo Booker      12  173  948   61   887   5.1   4  53    73.9
James Coleman       12   28   88    1    87   3.1   4  12     7.3
Lamar Lewis          7   14   47   13    34   2.4   1  17     4.9
Jamaal Edwards       5    8   37    9    28   3.5   0  11     5.6
B.J. Dean           11    9   26    0    26   2.9   2  13     2.4
Chris Rix            8   32   87   72    15   0.5   1  28     1.9
Willie Reid         11    1   15    0    15  15.0   0  15     1.4
Chris Davis         12    8   29   23     6   0.8   0  17     0.5
Joe Surratt          4    2    6    0     6   3.0   0   4     1.5
Chauncey Stovall    12    1    0    2    -2  -2.0   0  -2    -0.2
Drew Weatherford     1    1    0    5    -5  -5.0   0  -5    -5.0
 Team               12    4    0   10   -10  -2.5   0   0    -0.8
Wyatt Sexton        10   41   67  161   -94  -2.3   0  10    -9.4

Total.........      12  460 2338  394  1944   4.2  19  69t  162.0
Opponents.....      12  418 1471  474   997   2.4   5  35    83.1


PASSING              G   Effic Att-Cmp-Int   Pct  Yds  TD Long  Avg/G
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Wyatt Sexton        10  114.65 252-139- 8   .552 1661   8  48   166.1
Chris Rix            8   97.02 149- 76- 7   .510  865   3  50   108.1
 Team               12    0.00   1-  0- 0   .000    0   0   0     0.0
Drew Weatherford     1           0-  0- 0   .000    0   0   0     0.0
Tommy Keane          1           0-  0- 0   .000    0   0   0     0.0

Total.........      12  107.83 402-215-15   .535 2526  11  50   210.5
Opponents.....      12  105.46 380-204-16   .537 2409   8  72t  200.8


RECEIVING            G  No   Yds   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
------------------------------------------------------
Chauncey Stovall    12  53   780  14.7   6  48    65.0
Craphonso Thorpe    11  40   496  12.4   2  32    45.1
Dominic Robinson    12  17   252  14.8   1  46t   21.0
Chris Davis         12  14   228  16.3   1  50    19.0
Willie Reid         11  15   186  12.4   1  35    16.9
Lorenzo Booker      12  24   160   6.7   0  25    13.3
Leon Washington     10  14    90   6.4   0  14     9.0
Paul Irons          11   8    89  11.1   0  28     8.1
Lorne Sam           11   6    71  11.8   0  17     6.5
James Coleman       12   7    53   7.6   0  14     4.4
De'Cody Fagg         6   6    53   8.8   0  13     8.8
Matt Henshaw        11   5    43   8.6   0  13     3.9
B.J. Dean           11   3    16   5.3   0   6     1.5
Robert Hallback      9   2     6   3.0   0   6     0.7
Matt Root           11   1     3   3.0   0   3     0.3

Total.........      12 215  2526  11.7  11  50   210.5
Opponents.....      12 204  2409  11.8   8  72t  200.8


PUNT RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Willie Reid          38  522  13.7  0  48 
Jae Thaxton           2   30  15.0  0   0 
Chris Davis           8   26   3.3  0  21 
Ernie Sims            1   17  17.0  0  17 
Leon Washington       1    3   3.0  0   3 
Dominic Robinson      3   -1  -0.3  0   6 

Total.........       53  597  11.3  0  48 
Opponent......       35  274   7.8  1  87t


INTERCEPTIONS        No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Antonio Cromartie     4   40  10.0  1  40t
Pat Watkins           4   63  15.8  0  31 
Leroy Smith           2   41  20.5  1  41t
Ray Piquion           1   17  17.0  0  17 
Jerome Carter         1    3   3.0  0   3 
Bryant McFadden       1    0   0.0  0   0 
Sam McGrew            1    0   0.0  0   0 
A.J. Nicholson        1    0   0.0  0   0 
Roger Williams        1    0   0.0  0   0 

Total.........       16  164  10.3  2  41t
Opponent......       15  116   7.7  1  44 


KICK RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Antonio Cromartie    19   435 22.9  0  61 
Leon Washington       4    81 20.3  0  22 
Willie Reid           4    67 16.8  0  25 
Alex Boston           2    23 11.5  0  13 
Lamar Lewis           1    17 17.0  0  17 
Matt Root             1     6  6.0  0   6 

Total.........       31   629 20.3  0  61 
Opponent......       38   906 23.8  1  97t


                                            Fum
FUMBLE RETURNS       No  Yds   Avg TD Long  For
-----------------------------------------------
Pat Watkins           2    3   1.5  0   3    2
A.J. Nicholson        2    0   0.0  0   0    1
Antonio Cromartie     1   61  61.0  1  61t   0
Eric Moore            1    6   6.0  0   6    1
Sam McGrew            1    0   0.0  0   0    2
Charles Howard        1    0   0.0  0   0    1
Travis Johnson        1    0   0.0  0   0    1
Chauncey Davis        1    0   0.0  0   0    1
Bryant McFadden       1    0   0.0  0   0    0
Gerard Ross           1    0   0.0  0   0    0
Buster Davis          1    0   0.0  0   0    0
Ernie Sims            0    0    .   0   .    2
Jerome Carter         0    0    .   0   .    1
Kyler Hall            0    0    .   0   .    1
Claudius Osei         0    0    .   0   .    1
Kamerion Wimbley      0    0    .   0   .    1

Total.........       13   70   5.4  1  61t  15
Opponent......        7   66   9.4  1  36t


                               |-------- PATs --------|
Name                 TD   FGs    Kick   Rush  Rcv Pass  DXP Saf Points
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Xavier Beitia         0  16-25   29-29   0-0   0   0-0   0   0    77
Leon Washington       7   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    42
Chauncey Stovall      6   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    36
Gary Cismesia         0   7-9     4-4    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    25
Lorenzo Booker        4   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    24
James Coleman         4   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    24
Craphonso Thorpe      2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    12
B.J. Dean             2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    12
Antonio Cromartie     2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    12
Chris Rix             1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Dominic Robinson      1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Leroy Smith           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
Chris Davis           1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Lamar Lewis           1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Ernie Sims            0   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   1     2
====================================================================
FSU                  33  23-34   33-33   0-0   0   0-0   0   1   302
Opponent             18  15-21   14-16   0-1   0   0-0   0   1   169
Touchdowns
R
C
P
I
FR
PR
KR
L
FK
Leon Washington
7
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Chauncey Stovall
.
6
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Lorenzo Booker
4
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
James Coleman
4
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Craphonso Thorpe
.
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
B.J. Dean
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Antonio Cromartie
.
.
.
1
1
.
.
.
.
Chris Rix
1
.
3
.
.
.
.
.
.
Dominic Robinson
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Leroy Smith
.
.
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
Willie Reid
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Chris Davis
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Lamar Lewis
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Wyatt Sexton
.
.
8
.
.
.
.
.
.
Total
19
11
11
2
1
.
.
.
.
Opponents
5
8
8
1
1
1
1
.
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
--------------------------------------------------
Wyatt Sexton        10  293   -94 1661  1567 156.7
Leon Washington     10  138   951    0   951  95.1
Lorenzo Booker      12  173   887    0   887  73.9
Chris Rix            8  181    15  865   880 110.0
James Coleman       12   28    87    0    87   7.3
Lamar Lewis          7   14    34    0    34   4.9
Jamaal Edwards       5    8    28    0    28   5.6
B.J. Dean           11    9    26    0    26   2.4
Willie Reid         11    1    15    0    15   1.4
Chris Davis         12    8     6    0     6   0.5
Joe Surratt          4    2     6    0     6   1.5
Chauncey Stovall    12    1    -2    0    -2  -0.2
Drew Weatherford     1    1    -5    0    -5  -5.0
 Team               12    5   -10    0   -10  -0.8

Total.........      12  862  1944 2526  4470 372.5
Opponent......      12  798   997 2409  3406 283.8


FIELD GOALS         FGM-FGA  Pct 01-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 Lg
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Xavier Beitia        16-25  .640  0- 0  7- 7  4- 7  4- 9  1- 2 52
Gary Cismesia         7- 9  .778  0- 0  4- 4  0- 2  3- 3  0- 0 44
FG SEQUENCE Xavier Beitia Gary Cismesia
MIAMI
(45), 34
None
ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM
49, (30), (22)
None
CLEMSON
(21), (38)
None
NORTH CAROLINA
(44)
None
SYRACUSE
(28), 38, 46
None
VIRGINIA
43, (26), (32)
None
WAKE FOREST
38, (44), (22)
None
MARYLAND
(48), 41, 52, 45
None
DUKE
None
(23), (29), (27), (40), (43)
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
None
(44)
FLORIDA
(52)
(20), 32, 39
WEST VIRGINIA
(32), (28), (28)
None
() For made field goals


PUNTING             No  Yds   Avg Long  TB  FC I20 Blkd
-------------------------------------------------------
Chris Hall          67 2820  42.1  61    7   7  21   1
Brett Cimorelli      2   94  47.0  48    0   1   1   0
 Team                1    0   0.0   0    0   0   0   0

Total.........      70 2914  41.6  61    7   8  22   1
Opponent......      87 3535  40.6  66    7   6  25   3


ALL PURPOSE          G Rush   Rec   PR   KR   IR   FR  Tot Avg/G
----------------------------------------------------------------
Leon Washington     10  951    90    3   81    0    0 1125 112.5
Lorenzo Booker      12  887   160    0    0    0    0 1047  87.3
Willie Reid         11   15   186  522   67    0    0  790  71.8
Chauncey Stovall    12   -2   780    0    0    0    0  778  64.8
Antonio Cromartie   12    0     0    0  435   40   61  536  44.7
Craphonso Thorpe    11    0   496    0    0    0    0  496  45.1
Chris Davis         12    6   228   26    0    0    0  260  21.7
Dominic Robinson    12    0   252   -1    0    0    0  251  20.9
James Coleman       12   87    53    0    0    0    0  140  11.7
Paul Irons          11    0    89    0    0    0    0   89   8.1
Lorne Sam           11    0    71    0    0    0    0   71   6.5
Pat Watkins         12    0     0    0    0   63    3   66   5.5
De'Cody Fagg         6    0    53    0    0    0    0   53   8.8
Lamar Lewis          7   34     0    0   17    0    0   51   7.3
Matt Henshaw        11    0    43    0    0    0    0   43   3.9
B.J. Dean           11   26    16    0    0    0    0   42   3.8
Leroy Smith         11    0     0    0    0   41    0   41   3.7
Jae Thaxton         12    0     0   30    0    0    0   30   2.5
Jamaal Edwards       5   28     0    0    0    0    0   28   5.6
Alex Boston         12    0     0    0   23    0    0   23   1.9
Ernie Sims          12    0     0   17    0    0    0   17   1.4
Ray Piquion         11    0     0    0    0   17    0   17   1.5
Chris Rix            8   15     0    0    0    0    0   15   1.9
Matt Root           11    0     3    0    6    0    0    9   0.8
Eric Moore          10    0     0    0    0    0    6    6   0.6
Robert Hallback      9    0     6    0    0    0    0    6   0.7
Joe Surratt          4    6     0    0    0    0    0    6   1.5
Jerome Carter       12    0     0    0    0    3    0    3   0.3
Drew Weatherford     1   -5     0    0    0    0    0   -5  -5.0
 Team               12  -10     0    0    0    0    0  -10  -0.8
Wyatt Sexton        10  -94     0    0    0    0    0  -94  -9.4

Total.........      12 1944  2526  597  629  164   70 5930 494.2
Opponent......      12  997  2409  274  906  116   66 4768 397.3


                        |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd
DEFENSIVE LEADERS   GP   UT   AT  Total   ForLoss     No - Yards  Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds  FF Kick Saf
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A.J. Nicholson      12   39   49    88  11.5- 35.0    4.0- 16.0     1-  0   2    4   2-  0   1   .   .
Ernie Sims          12   41   45    86   9.0- 43.0    4.5- 38.0      .      5    9    .      2   1   1
Jerome Carter       12   40   34    74   5.5- 24.0    1.0-  2.0     1-  3   5    2    .      1   .   .
Buster Davis        12   28   32    60   8.0- 23.0    1.0- 13.0      .      4    8   1-  0   .   .   .
Pat Watkins         12   32   24    56   4.0- 11.0       .          4- 63  10    1   2-  3   2   .   .
Travis Johnson      12   22   28    50  18.0- 47.0    2.5- 18.0      .      3   12   1-  0   1   .   .
Sam McGrew          12   15   29    44   4.0- 21.0    1.5- 16.0     1-  0   1    2   1-  0   2   .   .
Bryant McFadden     12   20   16    36   2.0- 10.0       .          1-  0  11    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Claudius Osei       12   26   10    36   1.0-  3.0       .           .      1    .    .      1   .   .
Ray Piquion         11   13   17    30   4.5- 25.0    2.5- 21.0     1- 17   1    5    .      .   .   .
Kamerion Wimbley    12   13   14    27   5.5- 22.0    2.0- 13.0      .      1    7    .      1   .   .
Marcello Church     11   14   12    26   4.5- 12.0    1.0-  1.0      .      1    2    .      .   .   .
Roger Williams      12   10   14    24      .            .          1-  0   .    .    .      .   .   .
Antonio Cromartie   12   18    4    22   1.0-  5.0       .          4- 40   6    .   1- 61   .   .   .
Chauncey Davis      11   12   10    22  10.0- 56.0    5.0- 41.0      .      1   21   1-  0   1   .   .
Leroy Smith         11   16    5    21   1.0-  1.0       .          2- 41   6    .    .      .   .   .
Jae Thaxton         12    6   13    19   1.0-  1.0       .           .      .    .    .      .   2   .
Eric Moore          10    8    9    17   5.5- 18.0    2.5- 14.0      .      3    8   1-  6   1   .   .
Charles Howard      12    9    8    17   7.5- 32.0    5.0- 25.0      .      2    9   1-  0   1   .   .
Clifton Dickson     12   11    6    17   6.0- 26.0    2.5- 14.0      .      1    6    .      .   .   .
Anthony Houllis     12    6    7    13      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Brodrick Bunkley    10    2   10    12   3.0- 10.0    1.0-  2.0      .      .    1    .      .   .   .
Lawrence Timmons    12   11    1    12   1.0-  2.0       .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
D.J. Norris          9    5    2     7   1.5- 16.0    1.5- 16.0      .      .    1    .      .   .   .
Kyler Hall           4    5    2     7   0.5-  1.0       .           .      .    .    .      1   .   .
Willie Jones         7    2    4     6   2.0- 11.0    2.0- 11.0      .      .    2    .      .   .   .
Andre Fluellen      11    4    2     6   1.0-  1.0       .           .      2    .    .      .   .   .
Jarrel Simpson       6    1    2     3   1.0-  1.0       .           .      1    .    .      .   .   .
Alex Boston         11    1    2     3   0.5-  1.0       .           .      .    3    .      .   .   .
B.J. Ward            2    .    3     3      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Paul Irons          11    1    1     2      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Darrell Burston     12    1    1     2   1.0-  6.0       .           .      .    1    .      .   .   .
Craphonso Thorpe    11    2    .     2      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Chris Rix            8    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Jesse Cole          11    .    1     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Chauncey Stovall    12    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Brett Cimorelli      2    .    1     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
James Coleman       12    .    1     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Chris Bradwell       4    .    1     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Lorne Sam           11    .    1     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Robert Hallback      9    .    1     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
John Peacock         1    .    1     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Bobby Meeks         10    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Alex Barron         11    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
De'Cody Fagg         6    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Myles Hodish        11    .    1     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Xavier Beitia       12    .    1     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
J.R. Bryant          9    .    1     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Barry Wright         6    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Gerard Ross         11    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .

MIAMI 16, FLORIDA STATE 10

09/10/2004, CORAL GABLES, FL, OT

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MIAMI, FL - Frank Gore's 18-yard touchdown run in overtime gave No. 5 Miami a 16-10 victory over No. 4 Florida State on Friday night.

The Hurricanes, playing their first game as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, extended their winning streak over the Seminoles to six games.

"Are all the games like this in the ACC?" Miami coach Larry Coker said. "I may not like this league."

The Hurricanes, who used to be in the Big East, won this one with defense.

The Seminoles' offense did little during regulation and even less in overtime. After a holding call put Florida State in a first-and-20, Antrel Rolle sniffed out a screen pass for an 8-yard loss. Chris Rix connected with Craphonso Thorpe for a 15-yard gain on second down, but Rix fumbled on third down and Miami's Thomas Carroll recovered.

Gore scored on Miami's second play.

"We never got tired; we were hungry all the way to the end," Coker said. "It's a monumental experience, a game you'll remember for the rest of your life. It was just a great finish, a great finish."

The game was originally scheduled to be played last Monday but was postponed four days because of Hurricane Frances. A grandson and a former son-in-law of Florida State coach Bobby Bowden were killed last Sunday when their car was hit a by a utility truck that was helping to restore power outages caused by the hurricane.

Miami (1-0) scored 16 straight points in the fourth quarter and overtime after Florida State (0-1) took a 10-0 lead by capitalizing on two turnovers.

The Hurricanes also got some help from a missed field goal - something that has defined this rivalry.

Florida State's Xavier Beitia had a 34-yarder blocked with 3:58 to play. The kick would have sealed a victory for the Seminoles. Instead, it gave Miami the ball back with a chance to tie the game.

"We had our chance to put them away and we didn't," Bowden said. "They had a chance to put us away and they did."

Brock Berlin drove the Hurricanes 80 yards in five plays and 52 seconds. He connected with Sinorice Moss for a 30-yard touchdown with 30 seconds to play, and the extra point tied the game at 10.

After Miami tied the game, the Seminoles took a few shots deep, but the game went to overtime.

It was the third meeting in less than 11 months for the in-state rivals.

Rix threw two interceptions and fumbled twice, including the crucial one in overtime. He finished 12-of-28 for 108 yards - and Bowden hinted that he might make a change.

"It wasn't good, it wasn't the performance I expected," Bowden said of Rix. "But you don't want to blame it on one guy. It's going to fall on the responsibility of the coaching staff to do the right thing in regards to his play tonight."

Florida State couldn't run the ball, either, gaining just 57 yards - the lowest in the series since 1994.

The Hurricanes had plenty of chances to win this one in regulation.

Following Rix's second interception, Berlin hooked up with Moss for a 63-yard gain early in the fourth quarter. Then Berlin connected with Greg Olsen for another 22 yards, setting up a first-and-goal at the 2. But the Hurricanes couldn't punch it in.

Gore was stuffed for no gain on first down, Berlin scrambled for a yard on second and then misfired on third.

Jon Peattie hit the 19-yard chip shot early in the fourth for Miami's first points.

Peattie also missed two field goal attempts earlier in the game. He missed a 52-yarder as time expired in the first half and was wide right on a 42-yarder late in the third quarter.

The Hurricanes had a chance to try another field goal in the third, but Coker opted to go for it on fourth-and-4 from the 32. Berlin threw an incomplete pass. It was something Miami saw much of the night as Berlin misfired short and deep.

He finished 20-of-36 for 255 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Gore ran 18 times for 89 yards.

Florida State's offense, meanwhile, was outmatched against Miami's defense. The Seminoles lost for just the seventh time in ACC play.

"Our defense just stayed with it, and our offense finally made some big plays to give us a chance to win," Coker said.

No rivalry has affected the national championship picture as much as Florida State-Miami over the last two decades.

Either the Seminoles or Hurricanes have played for the title 13 times in the last 21 years, including six of the last eight. And only twice - Miami in 1989 and Florida State in 2000 - has the series loser been able to play for it all.

Now the game could decide the ACC, too.

The Seminoles have won 11 of 12 league titles since joining the conference in 1992. But they could find it tough to win this season. They probably will need the Hurricanes to lose twice to have a chance.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Total
FLORIDA STATE
3
7
0
0
0
10
MIAMI
0
0
0
10
6
16

1st   3- 0  Xavier Beitia, 45, field goal, 3:50 
2nd  10- 0  Antonio Cromartie, 61, fumble recovery/return (Xavier Beitia, kick), 7:18 
     10- 0  Opp, 52, field goal failed, 0:00 
3rd  10- 0  Opp, 42, field goal failed, 2:14 
4th  10- 3  Opp, 18, field goal, 12:39
     10- 3  Xavier Beitia, 34, field goal blocked, 3:58 
     10-10  Opp, 30, pass (kick), 0:30 
OT   10-16  Opp, 18, run


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 10 16 Rushes-yards 35- 57 32-109 Passing 108 255 Att-Comp-Int 28-12-2 36-20-1 Total Yards 63-165 68-364 Punt Returns 2-9 5-35 Kickoff Returns 3-52 1-21 Interception Ret. 1--3 2-1 Fumble Returns 2-61 2-0 Punts 8-45.4 7-42.6 Fumbles-Lost 2-2 2-2 Penalties-Yds 6-45 4-41 3rd Down Conversions 4-15 4-17 4th Down Conversions 0-0 0-1 Time of Posession 29:05 30:55 Attendance 78,622 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Leon Washington 13- 44 Lorenzo Booker 11- 39 James Coleman 1- 2 Chris Rix 8- -12 Chris Davis 2- -16 Receiving Craphonso Thorpe 5- 42 Chris Davis 2- 25 Lorne Sam 1- 17 Chauncey Stovall 1- 14 Lorenzo Booker 3- 10 Passing Chris Rix 28-12-2-108 Punt Return Willie Reid 2- 9 Kickoff Return Leon Washington 2- 41 Willie Reid 1- 11 Punting Chris Hall 8- 363 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A.J. Nicholson 1 8 9 2.0- 0.0 . . . . 1- 0 . . . Pat Watkins 4 4 8 . . . . . . . . . Buster Davis 3 4 7 2.0- 0.0 . . 1 . . . . . Kyler Hall 5 1 6 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . 1 . . Travis Johnson 2 4 6 3.0- 7.0 . . . . . . . . Eric Moore 1 3 4 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Ray Piquion . 4 4 2.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Kamerion Wimbley . 4 4 . . . . . . . . . Brodrick Bunkley . 3 3 0.5- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Bryant McFadden 2 1 3 2.0- 9.0 . . 1 . . . . . Sam McGrew 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Ernie Sims . 3 3 . . . . . . . . . Andre Fluellen 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Claudius Osei 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Jae Thaxton . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Jerome Carter 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Marcello Church . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Antonio Cromartie . 1 1 . . 1- -3 1 . 1- 61 . . . Chauncey Davis . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Clifton Dickson 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Myles Hodish . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Charles Howard 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Willie Jones . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Leroy Smith 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Craphonso Thorpe 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . .

FLORIDA STATE 34, ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM 7

09/18/2004, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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TALLAHASSEE, FL - Leon Washington ran for 104 yards and a touchdown and Florida State sacked Darrell Hackney eight times Saturday night to rebound from a disappointing loss to Miami with a 34-7 victory.

B.J. Dean, James Coleman and Chris Rix scored on 1-yard runs and Xavier Beitia kicked two field goals for Florida State.

After the offense failed to score a touchdown against the Hurricanes in a 16-10 loss, the Seminoles went 74 yards on their opening drive for a score. The big play was Washington's career-best 48-yard run on the game's second play.

Florida State (1-1) had 489 offense and didn't punt until late in the fourth quarter.

In addition to getting to Hackney for 54 yards in losses, the Florida State defense limited UAB to 144 total yards and a minus-24 yards rushing.

The Blazers' lone touchdown came in the final minute of the first half on a 21-yard pass from Hackney to Reggie Lindsey.

Leading 17-7 at halftime, the Seminoles appeared ready to take command of the contest on their first drive of the second half but the erratic Rix was intercepted at the goal line by UAB safety Justin Whitmore.

However, Florida State was back in business moments later when Pat Watkins 31-yard return with an interception set up Dean's 1-yard scoring run to give the Seminoles a 24-7 lead.

Washington's 2-yard TD run on the first play of the fourth quarter made it 31-7.

Rix was 18-for-29 for 191 yards before leaving in favor of little-used backup Wyatt Sexton in the fourth quarter.

After missing a 49-yard try midway through the first quarter, Beitia connected from 30 yards on the first play of the second quarter as Florida State built a 10-0 advantage. His 22-yard kick completed the scoring in the fourth period.

Jae Thaxton blocked a punt by UAB's Parker Mullins to set up Coleman's 1-yard scoring run and give the Seminoles a 17-0 lead three minutes into the second quarter.

UAB (1-1) rolled up 516 yards offense in its 56-14 win over Baylor in its opener, but couldn't gain a yard or first down in the first quarter, managing only six plays.

Saturday's announced crowd of 81,825 included 1,400 victims of Hurricane Ivan who were given tickets by Florida State.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM
0
7
0
0
7
FLORIDA STATE
7
10
7
10
34

1st   7- 0  Chris Rix, 1, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 13:03
      7- 0  Xavier Beitia, 49, field goal failed, 9:25 
2nd  10- 0  Xavier Beitia, 30, field goal, 14:56
     17- 0  James Coleman, 1, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 11:57
     17- 7  Opp, 21, pass (kick), 0:36 
3rd  24- 7  B.J. Dean, 1, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 4:49 
4th  31- 7  Leon Washington, 2, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 14:55
     34- 7  Xavier Beitia, 22, field goal, 8:15 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 26 11 Rushes-yards 47-251 28--24 Passing 238 168 Att-Comp-Int 38-24-1 22-10-1 Total Yards 85-489 50-144 Punt Returns 5-73 1-5 Kickoff Returns 1-25 2-47 Interception Ret. 1-31 1-14 Fumble Returns 0-0 0-0 Punts 1-43.0 9-38.0 Sacks By-Yds 8-54 1-10 Fumbles-Lost 2-0 0-0 Penalties-Yds 15-145 6-50 3rd Down Conversions 2-15 3-14 4th Down Conversions 7-8 0-0 Time of Posession 33:49 26:11 Attendance 81,825 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Leon Washington 11- 104 Lorenzo Booker 16- 71 Chris Rix 7- 45 Willie Reid 1- 15 James Coleman 4- 12 Jamaal Edwards 1- 11 B.J. Dean 4- 6 Lamar Lewis 1- 1 Wyatt Sexton 2- -11 Receiving Chauncey Stovall 3- 53 Craphonso Thorpe 3- 48 Lorenzo Booker 5- 31 Dominic Robinson 1- 20 Lorne Sam 2- 18 Leon Washington 2- 18 Willie Reid 4- 16 Chris Davis 1- 11 De'Cody Fagg 1- 10 Paul Irons 1- 8 Matt Henshaw 1- 5 Passing Chris Rix 29-18-1-191 Wyatt Sexton 9- 6-0- 47 Punt Return Willie Reid 4- 55 Jae Thaxton 1- 18 Kickoff Return Willie Reid 1- 25 Punting Chris Hall 1- 43 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Travis Johnson 2 4 6 3.5- 5.0 . . . . . . . . A.J. Nicholson 2 3 5 2.5- 9.0 1.0- 4.0 . . . . . . . Ernie Sims 3 2 5 0.5- 0.0 . . 1 . . . . . Brodrick Bunkley 1 3 4 1.5- 3.0 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . Buster Davis 1 2 3 0.5- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Willie Jones 2 1 3 2.0- 11.0 2.0- 11.0 . . . . . . . Sam McGrew 2 1 3 0.5- 3.0 0.5- 3.0 . . . . . . . Lawrence Timmons 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Marcello Church 1 1 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Antonio Cromartie 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Chauncey Davis 1 1 2 1.0- 10.0 1.0- 10.0 . . . . . . . Bryant McFadden 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Eric Moore 1 1 2 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . D.J. Norris 1 1 2 1.5- 16.0 1.5- 16.0 . . . . . . . Jae Thaxton 1 1 2 0.5- 0.0 . . . . . . 1 . Alex Barron 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Alex Boston . 1 1 0.5- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Jerome Carter 1 . 1 . . . 1 . . . . . Charles Howard . 1 1 0.5- 5.0 0.5- 5.0 . . . . . . . Claudius Osei 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Ray Piquion . 1 1 0.5- 3.0 0.5- 3.0 . 1 . . . . . Leroy Smith 1 . 1 . . . 1 . . . . . Pat Watkins . . . . . 1- 31 . . . . . .

FLORIDA STATE 41, CLEMSON 22

09/25/2004, TALLAHASSEE, FL, Dedicated Bobby Bowden statue before the game.

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TALLAHASSEE, FL - Wyatt Sexton threw for 162 yards and a touchdown after replacing an injured Chris Rix, and No. 8 Florida State forced five turnovers in a 41-22 victory over Clemson on Saturday.

Rix sprained his right ankle late in the first quarter and was able to return, but spent the rest of the game on the sideline watching Sexton direct the offense.

Sexton, a redshirt sophomore, completed 17 of 26 passes with a 47-yard scoring pass to Chauncey Stovall - the Seminoles' first TD pass of the season.

Justin Miller matched a school record with two kickoff return touchdowns for Clemson (1-3, 0-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), which has lost three straight.

The Seminoles (2-1, 1-1) avenged last year's 26-10 loss at Clemson and gave Florida State coach Bobby Bowden a 5-1 record in matchups against his son, Tigers coach Tommy Bowden.

It was also elder Bowden's 344th career victory, the most ever by a Division I-A coach.

The Tigers managed only 173 yards offense, just 23 in the second half.

The Seminoles' defense, ranked ninth nationally going into the game, intercepted Charlie Whitehurst three times and forced two fumbles. The defense scored one touchdown and set up another just 18 seconds apart in the second quarter.

The Seminoles took the lead 10-7 on B.J. Dean's 1-yard TD run, three plays after Charles Howard recovered a fumble by Whitehurst at the 18.

Whitehurst, on Clemson's next offensive play, was intercepted by Leroy Smith, who ran in 31 yards right past the quarterback to give the Seminoles a 17-7 lead.

This time Clemson countered as Curtis Baham - wide open in the end zone - pulled in a 12-yard TD from Whitehurst to make it 17-14 with 1:47 left in the half.

Miller's two TDs covered 97 and 86 yards and he set an ACC record with 282 yards on six returns. His second touchdown brought Clemson to within 24-22 midway through the third period.

Whitehurst, who has struggled all season, completed 10 of 24 passes for just 88 yards and lost two fumbles. He has 13 turnovers in Clemson's first four games, including 10 interceptions.

Five different players scored touchdowns for the Seminoles and Xavier Beitia kicked field goals of 29 and 38 yards.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
CLEMSON
7
7
8
0
22
FLORIDA STATE
3
14
14
10
41

1st   3- 0  Xavier Beitia, 21, field goal, 11:00
      3- 7  Opp, 97, kickoff return (kick), 10:48
2nd  10- 7  B.J. Dean, 2, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 4:06 
     17- 7  Leroy Smith, 41, interception return (Xavier Beitia, kick), 3:48 
     17-14  Opp, 12, pass (kick), 1:47 
3rd  24-14  Chauncey Stovall, 47, pass from Wyatt Sexton (Xavier Beitia, kick), 11:14
     24-16  Opp, safety, 7:42 
     24-22  Opp, 86, free kick (run failed), 7:30 
     31-22  Leon Washington, 35, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 3:20 
4th  38-22  James Coleman, 1, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 8:45 
     41-22  Xavier Beitia, 38, field goal, 2:10 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 20 11 Rushes-yards 51-186 26- 85 Passing 184 88 Att-Comp-Int 34-20-0 26-10-3 Total Yards 85-370 52-173 Punt Returns 5-70 1-5 Kickoff Returns 1-20 7-286 Interception Ret. 3-45 0-0 Fumble Returns 2-0 0-0 Punts 7-32.4 7-39.6 Sacks By-Yds 4-21 4-22 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 3-2 Penalties-Yds 7-61 3-19 3rd Down Conversions 9-20 3-12 4th Down Conversions 2-2 0-0 Time of Posession 38:33 21:27 Attendance 83,538 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Lorenzo Booker 20- 92 Leon Washington 14- 76 B.J. Dean 2- 15 James Coleman 3- 14 Lamar Lewis 2- 6 Jamaal Edwards 1- 4 Chris Rix 4- -5 Wyatt Sexton 5- -16 Receiving Chauncey Stovall 7- 96 Craphonso Thorpe 4- 20 James Coleman 1- 14 Lorne Sam 1- 14 Dominic Robinson 1- 10 Willie Reid 1- 9 Lorenzo Booker 2- 8 Leon Washington 2- 7 B.J. Dean 1- 6 Passing Wyatt Sexton 26-17-0-162 Chris Rix 8- 3-0- 22 Punt Return Willie Reid 3- 41 Chris Davis 2- 29 Kickoff Return Antonio Cromartie 1- 20 Punting Chris Hall 6- 227 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 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sam McGrew . 5 5 . . . . . . . . . Kamerion Wimbley . 5 5 . . . . . . . . . Jerome Carter 2 2 4 . . . 1 . . . . . Buster Davis 1 3 4 1.0- 2.0 . . 1 . . . . . Bryant McFadden 2 2 4 . . . 1 . . . . . Eric Moore 1 3 4 1.5- 7.0 1.5- 7.0 . 1 . . 1 . . A.J. Nicholson 1 3 4 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Ray Piquion 2 2 4 1.0- 4.0 . . . . . . . . Ernie Sims 1 3 4 . . . 1 . . . . . Antonio Cromartie 1 2 3 . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Chauncey Davis 1 2 3 1.5- 13.0 1.5- 13.0 . . . . . . . Travis Johnson . 3 3 0.5- 4.0 0.5- 4.0 . . . . . . . B.J. Ward . 3 3 . . . . . . . . . Charles Howard . 2 2 0.5- 0.0 0.5- 0.0 . . . 1- 0 . . . Claudius Osei . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Leroy Smith 1 1 2 . . 1- 41 . . . . . . Brodrick Bunkley . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Marcello Church . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Jesse Cole . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . James Coleman . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Clifton Dickson . 1 1 0.5- 1.0 0.5- 1.0 . . . . . . . Andre Fluellen 1 . 1 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Kyler Hall . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Jae Thaxton . 1 1 . . . . . . . 1 . Pat Watkins 1 . 1 . . 1- 4 1 . . . . . Roger Williams . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Jarrel Simpson . . . . . . 1 . . . . .

FLORIDA STATE 38, NORTH CAROLINA 16

10/02/2004, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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TALLAHASSEE, FL - Just like in the classroom, Florida State's Wyatt Sexton keeps on passing his on-field tests with style.

Sexton, who earlier this week was inducted into the university's prestigious Golden Key International Honor Society in recognition of his team-best 3.77 grade point average, threw three touchdown passes in his starting debut Saturday as No. 9 Florida State defeated North Carolina 38-16.

Florida State (3-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) built a 24-6 lead early in the third quarter, but didn't put the game out of reach until Sexton's 15-yard TD pass to Chauncey Stovall completed the scoring with 6:53 left.

Stovall also caught a 5-yard scoring pass in the final minute of the first half that gave Florida State a 21-6 lead at halftime over North Carolina (2-3, 1-2).

Sexton, the son of Florida State assistant coach Billy Sexton, showed no signs of the nervousness he said followed him onto the field when he replaced Chris Rix last week.

"I felt comfortable and real at ease with everything today," Sexton said. "I've been waiting my whole life."

Sexton hit 10 of 11 passes to open the game as he took the Seminoles to touchdowns on their first two drives.

"You can't ask for much more than leading us to touchdowns on our first two drives," Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said.

Sexton completed 6 of 7 passes for 48 yards and drove the Seminoles 81 yards on their opening drive of the game, climaxed by Leon Washington's 18-yard run for a touchdown on a fourth-and-1 play.

Washington ran for 153 yards on just 10 carries and Lorenzo Booker added 84 yards, including a 12-yard scoring run in the second quarter.

"Both can do the same thing, just in different ways," Bowden said. "One throws a fastball and the other a curve."

Washington said the Seminoles respond well to Sexton's leadership.

"A lot of guys feed off the energy he has," Washington said. "Maybe he has to be calm, because he can't run the ball."

Florida State ignored the running game for most of the first half, but picked up 190 of its 249 yards rushing in the second half.

In the last two games, Sexton has hooked up with Stovall to complete 13 passes for 167 yards and three touchdowns.

Sexton is 43 for 66 for 406 yards this season, with four touchdowns and an interception.

"I think he's a heck of a player," said North Carolina coach John Bunting, who tried unsuccessfully to recruit Sexton. "I've said that before and he reinforced that today."

North Carolina managed 363 yards against Florida State's tough defense, but had difficulty reaching the end zone.

"When you play against a team like this, you've got to get seven points," North Carolina quarterback Darian Durant said. "We didn't capitalize like we needed to."

Durant passed for 254 yards and the Tar Heels' lone touchdown, an 8-yard scoring toss to Jawarski Pollock in the third quarter that cut Florida State's lead to 24-13.

Connor Barth kicked field goals of 20, 32 and 37 yards to round out North Carolina's scoring.

Sexton also teamed with Craphanso Thorpe on an 11-yard touchdown in the third quarter, and Lorenzo Booker added a 12-yard scoring run.

Sexton, who completed 20 of 31 passes for 191 yards, came off the bench last week and rallied Florida State from a 7-3 deficit to a 41-22 victory over Clemson after Rix sprained his right ankle.

Rix was on the sideline Saturday with a soft cast on his ankle and said he wasn't sure when he'll be able to return.

"They said I'm ahead of schedule," said Rix, who is out at least another week. "I'm focusing on getting back healthy."

But whether or not he has the starting job is another matter in the wake of consecutive strong performances by Sexton.

"I wouldn't touch that with a 10-foot pole," Bowden said when asked who would start after Rix heals.

Florida State put freshman quarterback Drew Weatherford into the game in the fourth quarter, but he sprained his right ankle on an bootleg to his left on his first college play, a call Sexton criticized afterward as "crazy."

His coach agreed.

"I wish we hadn't called it," Bowden said. "It was a bad way to break him in."

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
NORTH CAROLINA
3
3
7
3
16
FLORIDA STATE
7
14
10
7
38

1st   7- 0  Leon Washington, 18, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 7:29 
      7- 3  Opp, 20, field goal, 2:22 
2nd  14- 3  Lorenzo Booker, 12, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 14:14
     14- 6  Opp, 32, field goal, 8:48 
     21- 6  Chauncey Stovall, 5, pass from Wyatt Sexton (Xavier Beitia, kick), 0:40 
3rd  24- 6  Xavier Beitia, 44, field goal, 12:33
     24-13  Opp, 8, pass (kick), 10:42
     31-13  Craphonso Thorpe, 11, pass from Wyatt Sexton (Xavier Beitia, kick), 1:27 
4th  31-16  Opp, 37, field goal, 12:07
     38-16  Chauncey Stovall, 15, pass from Wyatt Sexton (Xavier Beitia, kick), 6:53 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 22 18 Rushes-yards 37-249 35-100 Passing 193 263 Att-Comp-Int 31-20-1 33-20-1 Total Yards 68-442 68-363 Punt Returns 5-13 3-32 Kickoff Returns 3-65 2-37 Interception Ret. 1-28 1-0 Fumble Returns 0-0 0-0 Punts 5-45.0 6-29.7 Sacks By-Yds 2-17 2-18 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-0 Penalties-Yds 10-84 7-51 3rd Down Conversions 5-14 0-11 4th Down Conversions 2-3 0-1 Time of Posession 28:48 31:12 Attendance 82,708 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Leon Washington 10- 153 Lorenzo Booker 13- 84 James Coleman 2- 7 Lamar Lewis 3- 6 Joe Surratt 2- 6 Chris Davis 1- 4 Jamaal Edwards 3- 2 Drew Weatherford 1- -5 Wyatt Sexton 2- -8 Receiving Chauncey Stovall 7- 78 Craphonso Thorpe 4- 43 Willie Reid 2- 28 Leon Washington 2- 22 Dominic Robinson 1- 10 Chris Davis 1- 7 B.J. Dean 1- 4 De'Cody Fagg 1- 4 Lorenzo Booker 1- -3 Passing Wyatt Sexton 31-20-1-193 Drew Weatherford 0- 0-0- 0 Tommy Keane 0- 0-0- 0 Punt Return Jae Thaxton 1- 12 Leon Washington 1- 3 Chris Davis 3- -2 Kickoff Return Antonio Cromartie 3- 65 Punting Chris Hall 5- 225 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Buster Davis 5 6 11 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . . Ernie Sims 2 8 10 1.0- 0.0 . . . . . . . . Sam McGrew 2 6 8 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . 1 . . Jerome Carter 3 4 7 . . . 1 . . . . . Roger Williams 2 5 7 . . . . . . . . . Ray Piquion 2 3 5 1.0- 14.0 1.0- 14.0 . . . . . . . Pat Watkins 2 3 5 . . 1- 28 . . . . . . Bryant McFadden 1 3 4 . . . 2 . . . . . A.J. Nicholson 1 3 4 . . . . . . . . . Kamerion Wimbley 2 2 4 1.0- 3.0 1.0- 3.0 . . . . 1 . . Marcello Church . 3 3 . . . . . . . . . Chauncey Davis 1 2 3 1.0- 4.0 . . . . . . . . Anthony Houllis . 3 3 . . . . . . . . . Jae Thaxton . 3 3 . . . . . . . . . Brodrick Bunkley . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Travis Johnson . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Kenny O'Neal 1 1 2 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Leroy Smith 1 1 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Dumaka Atkins . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Chris Bradwell . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Clifton Dickson . 1 1 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Paul Irons . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Willie Jones . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Claudius Osei 1 . 1 . . . 1 . . . . .

FLORIDA STATE 17, SYRACUSE 13

10/09/2004, SYRACUSE, NY

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SYRACUSE, NY - Leon Washington rushed for a career-high 164 yards and scored on runs of 21 and 45 yards in the second half, and No. 8 Florida State survived a major scare, rallying past Syracuse 17-13 on Saturday night.

It was the third game against a ranked team for Syracuse (3-3), and unlike the previous two - a 51-0 loss at No. 9 Purdue and a 31-10 loss at No. 10 Virginia - the Orange made it difficult for the Seminoles (4-1) and quarterback Wyatt Sexton, who was making his first road start.

Syracuse wasted two brilliant plays by safety Diamond Ferri. He put the Orange in terrific scoring position twice - with a fumble return and an interception - and they failed to score both times.

Against Florida State, that is a recipe for disaster, and the tide began to turn late in the third quarter with Syracuse clinging to a 10-3 lead.

Last week Sexton was 20-for-31 for 193 yards and three TDs in a win over North Carolina in his first career start. Against the Orange, he was 15-for-26 for 169 yards and maintained his poise in the face of a raucous Carrier Dome crowd.

Sexton kept his passes short for most of the game. But he opened up with time winding down in the third, putting Syracuse on its heels with a 24-yard completion to Craphonso Thorpe and a 12-yarder to Chauncey Stovall.

Facing a third-and-2 at the Syracuse 21, Washington scored on a run around the right side to tie it 10 with 2:41 left. It was the only third-down conversion of the game for the Seminoles.

The Orange went nowhere after the ensuing kickoff and the Seminoles struck again in only 34 seconds. Sexton hit Thorpe with a 15-yard sideline pass and on the next play Washington made a nifty cut between two blocks and scored untouched on a 45-yard run down the left side with 13:29 left in the game to make it 17-10.

Syracuse closed to 17-13 on a 39-yard field goal by Collin Barber with 10 minutes left and drove to the Florida State 30 in the final minute. But linebacker Sam McGrew intercepted Perry Patterson's pass with 5 seconds left to end it.

Patterson, who was brilliant in the first half, sputtered in the second and finished 19-for-28 for a career-high 207 yards. And with his passes not connecting, the Orange couldn't come back against the Seminoles defense.

Florida State held Syracuse to only 58 yards rushing a week after the Orange ran for 360 yards against Rutgers. Walter Reyes, who rushed for 237 yards last week, was held to 27 on 14 carries.

Syracuse took the opening kickoff and drove to the Florida State 30 before the drive stalled, and Barber kicked a 44-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead. Wide receiver Landel Bembo, who grew up in the shadow of Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee and always wanted to be a Seminole, keyed the drive with a 32-yard run off a reverse.

The Seminoles tied it on Xavier Beitia's 28-yard field goal with 1:04 left in the first. The fired-up Orange defense, which limited the Seminoles to 75 yards passing and 76 rushing in the first half, held after Florida State moved to a first-and-10 at the Syracuse 11-yard line.

After the ensuing kickoff, a roughing-the-passer penalty against the Seminoles gave Syracuse a first down just past midfield, and Patterson quickly took advantage, hitting Jared Jones with a 44-yard touchdown pass.

Unlike last week, when he overthrew several wide-open receivers before rallying Syracuse past Rutgers, Patterson was nearly flawless in the first half, going 10-for-12 for 145 yards and his third career TD pass.

Syracuse led 10-3 at halftime, and the lead could have been larger. Ferri ripped the ball out of Lorenzo Booker's hands at the Syracuse 25 and returned it 30 yards, but Barber missed wide right on a 42-yard field goal try with 4:53 left in the second.

After Florida State went three and out, Patterson hit Andre Fontenette for 33 yards and Reyes gained another 24 on a screen pass. But three plays later Reyes fumbled on a first-and-goal play from the 5 and Bryant McFadden recovered for Florida State.

Syracuse missed another great opportunity at the start of the second half. The Seminoles drove to midfield, but Ferri intercepted a pass over the middle and returned it 45 yards to the Florida State 23. When the Orange offense faltered, Barber missed wide left on a 37-yard field goal, this one from 37 yards. Barber was 7-for-9 entering the game, and both misses had come from beyond 40 yards.

Beitia also missed a 38-yard field goal try on the Seminoles' next possession.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
3
0
7
7
17
SYRACUSE
10
0
0
3
13

1st   0- 3  Opp, 44, field goal, 10:26
      3- 3  Xavier Beitia, 28, field goal, 1:04 
      3-10  Opp, 44, pass (kick), 0:00 
2nd   3-10  Opp, 42, field goal failed, 4:53 
3rd   3-10  Opp, 37, field goal failed, 10:35
      3-10  Xavier Beitia, 38, field goal failed, 7:08 
     10-10  Leon Washington, 21, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 2:41 
4th  17-10  Leon Washington, 45, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 13:29
     17-13  Opp, 39, field goal, 10:00
     17-13  Xavier Beitia, 46, field goal failed, 6:10 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 23 14 Rushes-yards 43-258 31- 58 Passing 169 207 Att-Comp-Int 26-15-1 28-19-1 Total Yards 69-427 59-265 Punt Returns 4-5 2--4 Kickoff Returns 3-59 0-0 Interception Ret. 1-0 1-44 Fumble Returns 1-0 2-30 Punts 4-41.0 6-46.8 Sacks By-Yds 2-17 1-2 Fumbles-Lost 2-2 1-1 Penalties-Yds 10-77 5-50 3rd Down Conversions 1-10 2-13 4th Down Conversions 1-1 0-0 Time of Posession 29:15 30:45 Attendance 40,539 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Leon Washington 21- 164 Lorenzo Booker 15- 85 Wyatt Sexton 3- 8 James Coleman 2- 5 Chris Davis 1- -2 Team 1- -2 Receiving Craphonso Thorpe 6- 84 Lorenzo Booker 2- 30 Leon Washington 4- 24 De'Cody Fagg 1- 13 Chauncey Stovall 1- 12 B.J. Dean 1- 6 Passing Wyatt Sexton 26-15-1-169 Punt Return Dominic Robinson 1- 6 Chris Davis 3- -1 Kickoff Return Antonio Cromartie 3- 59 Punting Chris Hall 4- 164 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A.J. Nicholson 9 . 9 2.0- 6.0 . . . . . . . . Travis Johnson 6 2 8 3.0- 6.0 . . . . . . . . Jerome Carter 7 . 7 1.0- 13.0 . . . . . . . . Buster Davis 3 3 6 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Ernie Sims 4 1 5 . . . . . . . . . Antonio Cromartie 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . Marcello Church 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Charles Howard 3 . 3 1.0- 8.0 1.0- 8.0 . . . . 1 . . Pat Watkins 3 . 3 1.0- 1.0 . . 1 . . . . . Chauncey Davis 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Lawrence Timmons 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Darrell Burston 1 . 1 1.0- 6.0 . . . . . . . . Clifton Dickson 1 . 1 1.0- 9.0 1.0- 9.0 . . . . . . . Willie Jones . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Bryant McFadden 1 . 1 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Bobby Meeks 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Leroy Smith 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Roger Williams 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Sam McGrew . . . . . 1- 0 . 1 . . . .

FLORIDA STATE 36, VIRGINIA 3

10/16/2004, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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TALLAHASSEE, FL, - Virginia was ranked higher than Florida State and looking for its first road win against a top-10 team.

The No. 6 Cavaliers couldn't even get a touchdown Saturday.

"When the Florida State defense comes to play...you see what happens," Seminoles linebacker Buster Davis said. "We shut teams down."

Wyatt Sexton's precision passing took care of the offense as the No. 7 Seminoles rolled to a 36-3 victory over previously undefeated Virginia and picked up their first win over a higher ranked team for the first time since the 1998 season.

Tailback Lorenzo Booker rushed for a career-high 123 yards and two touchdown runs, while Florida State's defense limited Virginia to 20 yards rushing.

"You get no field position and that's a (death) sentence against a team like this," Virginia coach Al Groh said. "It always has been."

Groh said it was the best Florida State team he's seen since coming to Virginia four years ago.

"They do nothing to make it easy on an opponent," he said.

Sexton completed 20 of 26 passes for 275 yards and a touchdown despite having five passes dropped. He has completed 66.1 percent of his passes for 846 yards and five touchdowns since replacing Chris Rix as the starter last month.

"I couldn't ask for a better outing from Wyatt," Florida State Bobby Bowden said. "He's gotten better every game. It's kind of too good to be true right now."

Sexton, however, was modest about his second near-flawless performance in three weeks.

"The offensive line made things easy for me," he said. "All I had to do was drop back and do what I've been coached to do."

Florida State (5-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) easily played its best game of the season, getting big plays from its special teams and beating Virginia for the seventh straight time at home.

Florida State's win snapped a string of six straight losses against top-10 opponents. Virginia missed an opportunity for a road win against a top-10 team for the first time.

With No. 5 Purdue also losing, the Seminoles will likely move up in the rankings. Their only loss was a 16-10 overtime setback against Miami in their opener.

Virginia (5-1, 2-1 ACC) came into the game averaging 42.4 points and 493.2 yards, but was unable to run against Florida State's vaunted rush defense, which gave up just 5 yards in the first half.

Virginia's only points came on a 23-yard field goal by Connor Hughes as time expired in the first half.

Only the elusiveness of Virginia quarterback Marques Hagans got the Cavaliers on the scoreboard. Under a heavy rush all night, Hagans managed to complete 9 of 11 passes to set up the field goal.

Hagans completed 20 of 30 passes for 214 yards and was intercepted once before leaving after three quarters in favor of Christian Olsen.

Tight end Heath Miller caught nine passes for 110 yards for Virginia.

Sexton, meanwhile, was slicing up the Cavaliers.

The sophomore shook off the early drops and completed pass after pass, one a perfectly thrown pass to Chauncey Stovall, who outjumped Virginia's Marcus Hamilton for the ball and a 19-0 lead.

Despite four drops, Sexton completed 16 of 21 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown in the first half, throwing to nine receivers.

Florida State's special teams started the scoring.

Linebacker Ernie Sims broke free from his left side and blocked Sean Johnson's punt into the end zone midway through the first quarter for a safety and a 2-0 Florida State lead.

Leon Washington scored on a 5-yard run and finished with 68 yards rushing while Xavier Beitia kicked two field goals and missed one.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
VIRGINIA
0
3
0
0
3
FLORIDA STATE
2
17
3
14
36

1st   0- 0  Opp, 42, field goal failed, 10:32
      2- 0  Ernie Sims, safety, 7:20 
            Blocked punt out of bounds.                                 
      2- 0  Xavier Beitia, 43, field goal failed, 3:39 
2nd   5- 0  Xavier Beitia, 26, field goal, 12:38
     12- 0  Lorenzo Booker, 6, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 8:46 
     19- 0  Chauncey Stovall, 24, pass from Wyatt Sexton (Xavier Beitia, kick), 2:33 
     19- 3  Opp, 23, field goal, 0:00 
3rd  22- 3  Xavier Beitia, 32, field goal, 10:11
4th  29- 3  Leon Washington, 5, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 14:30
     36- 3  Lorenzo Booker, 5, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 6:38 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 23 18 Rushes-yards 39-192 29- 20 Passing 278 261 Att-Comp-Int 27-21-0 38-26-1 Total Yards 66-470 67-281 Punt Returns 6-68 2-28 Kickoff Returns 2-34 3-50 Interception Ret. 1-3 0-0 Fumble Returns 0-0 0-0 Punts 4-45.3 8-35.5 Sacks By-Yds 5-36 1-6 Fumbles-Lost 2-0 1-0 Penalties-Yds 10-85 6-40 3rd Down Conversions 4-12 6-15 4th Down Conversions 1-1 0-0 Time of Posession 30:47 29:13 Attendance 84,155 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Lorenzo Booker 15- 123 Leon Washington 16- 68 Jamaal Edwards 1- 6 James Coleman 1- 2 Lamar Lewis 1- 0 Wyatt Sexton 3- 0 Chauncey Stovall 1- -2 Chris Davis 1- -5 Receiving Willie Reid 3- 71 Chauncey Stovall 3- 70 Craphonso Thorpe 2- 39 Leon Washington 3- 25 Chris Davis 1- 24 Paul Irons 4- 23 Lorenzo Booker 1- 7 Matt Henshaw 1- 7 Dominic Robinson 1- 5 James Coleman 1- 4 Matt Root 1- 3 Passing Wyatt Sexton 26-20-0-275 Chris Rix 1- 1-0- 3 Punt Return Willie Reid 4- 53 Ernie Sims 1- 17 Dominic Robinson 1- -2 Kickoff Return Leon Washington 1- 19 Antonio Cromartie 1- 15 Punting Chris Hall 3- 133 Brett Cimorelli 1- 48 |---------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 3 7 10 2.5- 8.0 1.0- 2.0 1- 3 . . . . . . Ernie Sims 4 5 9 2.5- 16.0 2.0- 14.0 . . . . . 1 1 A.J. Nicholson . 7 7 . . . . . . . . . Buster Davis 1 5 6 . . . . . . . . . Pat Watkins 5 1 6 . . . 1 . . . . . Marcello Church 2 3 5 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Bryant McFadden 2 3 5 . . . . . . . . . Sam McGrew 4 . 4 1.0- 13.0 1.0- 13.0 . . . . 1 . . Claudius Osei 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Ray Piquion 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Kamerion Wimbley 3 . 3 1.0- 5.0 . . . . . . . . Travis Johnson . 2 2 0.5- 0.0 . . 2 . . . . . Leroy Smith 1 1 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Jae Thaxton 1 1 2 0.5- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Lawrence Timmons 2 . 2 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . J.R. Bryant . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Antonio Cromartie 1 . 1 1.0- 5.0 . . . . . . . . Clifton Dickson 1 . 1 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . . Andre Fluellen 1 . 1 . . . 2 . . . . . Eric Moore 1 . 1 1.0- 7.0 1.0- 7.0 . . . . . . . D.J. Norris . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Jarrel Simpson . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Roger Williams 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . .

FLORIDA STATE 20, WAKE FOREST 17

10/23/2004, WINSTON-SALEM, NC

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WINSTON-SALEM, NC, October 23, 2004 - Xavier Beitia kicked a 22-yard field goal with 1:03 to play to help No. 5 Florida State pull off a surprisingly close 20-17 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday.

Seminoles quarterback Wyatt Sexton had a tough day, committing three turnovers that nearly cost Florida State (6-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) the game.

He helped Wake Forest build a 14-3 lead before halftime with an interception and a fumble, and both turnovers were returned for touchdowns.

After pushing the Seminoles ahead with touchdown passes of 20 and 46-yards, Sexton gave Wake Forest another chance late in the fourth quarter when he foolishly attempted a pass that was tipped by Jerome Nichols and intercepted by freshman Jeremy Thompson.

That set up Ryan Plackemeir's 41-yard field goal that tied the game at 17 with 4:32 to play.

Florida State then needed a 46-yard run by Lorenzo Booker on third-and-10 and a 14-yard pass from Sexton to Dominic Robinson on third-and-6 to set up the game-winning field goal.

Wake Forest (3-4, 0-4) dropped another close one to remain winless in conference play. The Demon Deacons have not been easy opponent, though, taking Clemson and North Carolina State into overtime and battling down to the wire against Virginia Tech and the Seminoles.

Despite the miscues, Sexton improved to 4-0 as a starter since taking over for Chris Rix. He finished 17-for-39 for 194 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions and a fumble.

It was clear early Sexton wasn't going to have the same kind of day he did last week when he completed 20 of 26 passes for a career-high 275 yards in the Seminoles' dismantling of Virginia.

He got off to a bad start when he was called for intentional grounding on the third play of the game, and it just got worse from there. Nichols had the first of his two tipped passes late in the first quarter and Matt Robinson intercepted it, returning it 19 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 Wake Forest lead.

Sexton later fumbled on a sack by Eric King, and Brad White scooped the ball up and rumbled 36 yards for a touchdown that put Wake Forest up 14-3 right before halftime.

But Wyatt got some third-quarter help from Willie Reid, who returned a punt 48 yards to the Wake Forest 14. After Booker lost yards on a fumble, the Seminoles went to Reid to put points on the board with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Sexton that cut Wake Forest's lead to 14-10.

Sexton wasn't able to give Florida State's its first lead of the game until the fourth quarter, when he threw a 46 yard touchdown pass to Robinson to put the Seminoles up 17-14 with 9:59 to go.

Wake Forest, averaging 221.7 yards rushing a game, struggled against the nation's best run defense.

Florida State held the Deacons to 133 yards on the ground.

Beitia also made a 44-yarder, but had a blocked field goal in the first quarter when Thompson, making his first career start, got a hand on the 38-yard attempt.

Plackemeier also missed a 39-yarder.

Wake Forest's Jason Anderson had six catches for 99 yards to become the only active player in the ACC to go over 2,000 yards receiving.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
3
7
10
20
WAKE FOREST
7
7
0
3
17

1st   0- 0  Xavier Beitia, 38, field goal blocked, 9:52 
      0- 0  Opp, 39, field goal failed, 1:43 
      0- 7  Opp, 19, interception return (kick), 0:50 
2nd   3- 7  Xavier Beitia, 44, field goal, 10:46
      3-14  Opp, 36, fumble recovery/return (kick), 4:28 
3rd  10-14  Willie Reid, 20, pass from Wyatt Sexton (Xavier Beitia, kick), 6:31 
4th  17-14  Dominic Robinson, 46, pass from Wyatt Sexton (Xavier Beitia, kick), 9:59 
     17-17  Opp, 41, field goal, 4:32 
     20-17  Xavier Beitia, 22, field goal, 1:03 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 18 12 Rushes-yards 38-138 45-133 Passing 194 137 Att-Comp-Int 39-17-2 29-15-1 Total Yards 77-332 74-270 Punt Returns 4-73 6-3 Kickoff Returns 4-62 4-76 Interception Ret. 1-3 2-19 Fumble Returns 0-0 1-36 Punts 8-39.6 9-40.6 Sacks By-Yds 3-21 2-24 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 0-0 Penalties-Yds 11-81 8-84 3rd Down Conversions 4-18 5-18 4th Down Conversions 1-1 0-3 Time of Posession 31:08 28:52 Attendance 31,403 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Leon Washington 15- 80 Lorenzo Booker 14- 68 James Coleman 4- 13 B.J. Dean 1- 1 Wyatt Sexton 4- -24 Receiving Dominic Robinson 4- 81 Willie Reid 2- 38 Chauncey Stovall 3- 29 Craphonso Thorpe 2- 29 James Coleman 2- 12 Lorenzo Booker 3- 11 Leon Washington 1- -6 Passing Wyatt Sexton 39-17-2-194 Punt Return Willie Reid 4- 73 Kickoff Return Antonio Cromartie 2- 46 Alex Boston 1- 10 Matt Root 1- 6 Punting Chris Hall 8- 317 |---------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 9 . 9 . . . . . . . . . Ernie Sims 8 . 8 2.0- 14.0 1.0- 10.0 . 1 . . . . . A.J. Nicholson 5 1 6 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . . Ray Piquion 4 2 6 . . . . . . . . . Antonio Cromartie 5 . 5 . . 1- 3 . . . . . . Buster Davis 5 . 5 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Clifton Dickson 5 . 5 1.0- 6.0 . . . . . . . . Travis Johnson 4 . 4 2.0- 9.0 1.0- 8.0 . . . . . . . Pat Watkins 3 1 4 . . . 2 . . . . . Bryant McFadden 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Marcello Church 2 . 2 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Anthony Houllis 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Leroy Smith 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Charles Howard 1 . 1 1.0- 3.0 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . Paul Irons 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . D.J. Norris 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Claudius Osei 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Kamerion Wimbley 1 . 1 . . . 1 . . . . .

MARYLAND 20, FLORIDA STATE 17

10/30/2004, COLLEGE PARK, MD

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COLLEGE PARK, MD - Florida State's dominance of Maryland ended with a highly improbable upset.

Joel Statham threw for 333 yards and ran for a score, and the Terrapins held on to beat the fifth-ranked Seminoles 20-17 Saturday.

Florida State (6-2, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) came in with a six-game winning streak and a perfect 14-0 record against Maryland (4-4, 2-3), which had scored a total of 17 points in losing three straight conference games.

But the Seminoles fell behind 20-10 before turning to former starting quarterback Chris Rix at the start of the fourth quarter. On his second series, Rix moved FSU to the 35 before a 52-yard field goal try by Xavier Beitia hit the left crossbar.

On his next drive, Rix threw his first touchdown pass of the season, a 16-yarder to Chauncey Stovall with 7:43 remaining that made it 20-17.

After a Maryland punt, Rix got the Seminoles in position for another field goal attempt by Beitia, who was wide left on 45-yard field goal try with 4:45 left.

Rix got one final chance two minutes later, but his fourth-down pass from the FSU 27 soared over the head of Lome Sam with 1:38 to go, setting off a wild celebration among the sellout crowd of 52,203.

At game's end, thousands of fans rushed the field and embraced the players - but spared the goal posts, which were guarded by uniformed police.

Maryland had never come closer than 14 points against the Seminoles, and it seemed unlikely that the pattern would change during a season in which Statham had struggled to the point of putting his starting job in jeopardy.

But the sophomore repeatedly pierced the nation's eighth-ranked defense with slant patterns and screen passes, finding seven different receivers in going 21-for-40 with one interception. On third down, he was 8-for-15 for 134 yards.

The Terrapins' defense was equally impressive in their first win over a top 10 team since 1990.

Florida State starting quarterback Wyatt Sexton went 14-for-30 for 164 yards and two interceptions, and halfback Lorenzo Booker was limited to 51 yards on 13 carries.

Booker played in place of Leon Washington, who has a separated right shoulder. Washington ranks third in the ACC with 689 yards rushing and leads the Seminoles with six touchdowns.

Down 13-3 at halftime, the Seminoles sliced into the deficit when Antonio Cromartie returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown with 12:58 left in the third quarter.

But Statham answered with a third-down screen pass to Josh Allen, who weaved his way for a 72-yard score and a 10-point cushion.

Maryland moved 68 yards on its opening drive before Nick Novak kicked a 43-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead. Statham went 3-for-3 for 65 yards, including a 39-yarder to Danny Melendez.

Beitia tied it with a 48-yard field goal late in the quarter, six plays after a pass interference call against Maryland's Ray Custis on a third-and-6 play that the Terps questioned.

The Terrapins regained the lead when Novak ended a 14-play drive with a 45-yard field goal. The march was extended when the Seminoles went offside on a fourth-and-1 at the FSU 33.

Maryland made it 13-3 midway through the second quarter with a drive that featured a 35-yard run by wide receiver Jo Jo Walker. After Statham completed a 33-yard pass to Vernon Davis on third-and-12, the quarterback ran it in from the 1.

It was only the second rushing touchdown against the Seminoles this season, and it ended a run of 12 straight quarters in which they did not yield an offensive TD.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
3
0
7
7
17
MARYLAND
3
10
7
0
20

1st   0- 3  Opp, 43, field goal, 9:21 
      3- 3  Xavier Beitia, 48, field goal, 2:38 
2nd   3- 6  Opp, 45, field goal, 11:54
      3-13  Opp, 1, run (kick), 7:58 
      3-13  Xavier Beitia, 41, field goal failed, 3:24 
3rd  10-13  Antonio Cromartie, 40, interception return (Xavier Beitia, kick), 12:58
     10-20  Opp, 72, pass (kick), 11:55
4th  10-20  Xavier Beitia, 52, field goal failed, 10:09
     17-20  Chauncey Stovall, 16, pass from Chris Rix (Xavier Beitia, kick), 7:43 
     17-20  Xavier Beitia, 45, field goal failed, 4:40 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 21 17 Rushes-yards 23- 50 38- 54 Passing 304 333 Att-Comp-Int 51-22-2 40-21-1 Total Yards 74-354 78-387 Punt Returns 4-64 3-21 Kickoff Returns 5-105 3-54 Interception Ret. 1-40 2-3 Fumble Returns 1-0 0-0 Punts 6-41.8 8-45.0 Sacks By-Yds 2-9 4-26 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1 Penalties-Yds 7-56 5-55 3rd Down Conversions 3-15 7-20 4th Down Conversions 0-1 0-0 Time of Posession 25:15 34:45 Attendance 52,203 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Lorenzo Booker 13- 51 James Coleman 1- 8 Wyatt Sexton 5- -4 Chris Rix 4- -5 Receiving Dominic Robinson 4- 81 Chauncey Stovall 5- 67 Craphonso Thorpe 5- 56 Paul Irons 1- 24 Lorenzo Booker 2- 23 Chris Davis 2- 17 Lorne Sam 1- 15 Matt Henshaw 1- 13 James Coleman 1- 8 Passing Wyatt Sexton 30-14-2-164 Chris Rix 21- 8-0-140 Punt Return Willie Reid 4- 64 Kickoff Return Antonio Cromartie 5- 105 Punting Chris Hall 6- 251 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Travis Johnson 6 2 8 2.5- 6.0 . . . . . . . . Ernie Sims 5 3 8 1.0- 5.0 . . 1 . . . . . Pat Watkins 3 3 6 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . . A.J. Nicholson 4 1 5 . . . . . . . . . Claudius Osei 4 . 4 . . . . . . . . . Buster Davis 2 2 4 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Antonio Cromartie 3 . 3 . . 1- 40 1 . . . . . Sam McGrew 3 . 3 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Chauncey Davis 2 1 3 2.5- 10.0 2.0- 9.0 . . . . . . . Eric Moore 2 1 3 0.5- 0.0 . . . . . . . . Jerome Carter 2 1 3 0.5- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Leroy Smith 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Kamerion Wimbley 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Ray Piquion 2 . 2 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . . Bryant McFadden 1 1 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Lawrence Timmons 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . D.J. Norris 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Roger Williams 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . De'Cody Fagg 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Clifton Dickson 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Anthony Houllis . 1 1 . . . . . . . . .

FLORIDA STATE 29, DUKE 7

11/06/2004, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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TALLAHASSEE, FL - Backup quarterback Wyatt Sexton led three long scoring drives in the second half, and Gary Cismesia tied a school record with five field goals in his college debut to lead 13th-ranked Florida State past Duke 29-7 Saturday.

Sexton completed 11 of 15 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown while taking the Seminoles on drives of 93, 80 and 70 yards to break open a tight game with 20 straight points.

Florida State (7-2, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) struggled on offense in the first half, managing three short field goals from Cismesia to make it 9-0.

Sexton replaced Chris Rix, who failed to get the Seminoles into the end zone in the first half while making his first start in six weeks. Rix went 9-of-15 for just 94 yards and threw an interception that set up Duke's touchdown - his 37th pick at FSU.

The Seminoles reached Duke's 1, 6 and 3 on successive series in the first quarter before settling for the kicks by Cismesia, a freshman playing in place of slumping senior Xavier Beitia.

Rix, under a heavy rush, was intercepted by Duke's Cody Lowe at midfield late in the second half to set up the game's first touchdown. Lowe ran 26 yards to the Florida State 24, and eight plays later Cedric Dargan scored on a 1-yard run to pull the Blue Devils within 9-7.

Duke wasted a second-half scoring chance when Mike Schneider was intercepted in the end zone by Pat Watkins.

The Seminoles went up 19-9 on Cismesia's fourth field goal, and Sexton's 45-yard touchdown pass to Chris Davis. The hosts made it 26-7 with a little more than 11 minutes left on freshman Lamar Lewis' 4-yard TD run.

Cismesia's fifth field goal, from 43 yards, tied a school record. Sebastian Janikowski - now with the Oakland Raiders - kicked five in a game twice for FSU, and Bill Capece did it once.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
DUKE
0
7
0
0
7
FLORIDA STATE
9
0
10
10
29

1st   3- 0  Gary Cismesia, 23, field goal, 9:17 
      6- 0  Gary Cismesia, 29, field goal, 6:27 
      9- 0  Gary Cismesia, 27, field goal, 1:28 
2nd   9- 7  Opp, 1, run (kick), 1:07 
3rd  12- 7  Gary Cismesia, 40, field goal, 10:43
     19- 7  Chris Davis, 45, pass from Wyatt Sexton (Gary Cismesia, kick), 7:34 
4th  26- 7  Lamar Lewis, 4, run (Gary Cismesia, kick), 11:19
     29- 7  Gary Cismesia, 43, field goal, 5:08 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 19 14 Rushes-yards 31-180 33- 61 Passing 314 169 Att-Comp-Int 30-20-1 33-21-3 Total Yards 61-494 66-230 Punt Returns 5-41 1-0 Kickoff Returns 2-42 8-160 Interception Ret. 3-0 1-26 Fumble Returns 2-6 0-0 Punts 4-43.3 6-47.3 Sacks By-Yds 3-22 0-0 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 3-2 Penalties-Yds 7-80 7-34 3rd Down Conversions 0-11 6-15 4th Down Conversions 1-2 3-3 Time of Posession 25:09 34:51 Attendance 80,598 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Lorenzo Booker 15- 130 Lamar Lewis 6- 23 Chris Davis 2- 17 Chris Rix 2- 6 Jamaal Edwards 2- 5 B.J. Dean 1- 3 James Coleman 1- 1 Wyatt Sexton 2- -5 Receiving Chauncey Stovall 8- 138 Chris Davis 2- 95 Paul Irons 1- 28 De'Cody Fagg 3- 26 Lorenzo Booker 3- 14 Lorne Sam 1- 7 Robert Hallback 2- 6 Passing Wyatt Sexton 15-11-0-220 Chris Rix 15- 9-1- 94 Punt Return Willie Reid 4- 46 Dominic Robinson 1- -5 Kickoff Return Antonio Cromartie 1- 29 Alex Boston 1- 13 Punting Chris Hall 3- 127 Brett Cimorelli 1- 46 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A.J. Nicholson 5 9 14 2.0- 5.0 . . . . . . . . Ernie Sims 3 7 10 1.0- 6.0 1.0- 6.0 . . . . 1 . . Sam McGrew 1 6 7 . . . . . . . . . Claudius Osei 6 1 7 1.0- 3.0 . . 1 . . . . . Buster Davis 3 3 6 . . . 1 . . . . . Anthony Houllis 3 3 6 . . . . . . . . . Jae Thaxton 2 3 5 . . . . . . . . . Bryant McFadden 3 1 4 . . . 1 . . . . . Roger Williams 1 3 4 . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Pat Watkins 1 2 3 . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Marcello Church 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Andre Fluellen 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Leroy Smith 1 1 2 . . 1- 0 1 . . . . . Xavier Beitia . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Alex Boston 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Jerome Carter . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Brett Cimorelli . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Robert Hallback . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Charles Howard 1 . 1 1.0- 6.0 1.0- 6.0 . . . . . . . D.J. Norris 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . John Peacock . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Chris Rix 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Lawrence Timmons 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Kamerion Wimbley 1 . 1 1.0- 10.0 1.0- 10.0 . . . . . . . Antonio Cromartie . . . . . . 1 . . . . . Travis Johnson . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Eric Moore . . . . . . . . 1- 6 . . .

FLORIDA STATE 17, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 10

11/11/2004, RALEIGH, NC

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RALEIGH, NC - Wyatt Sexton got knocked down time and time again. When he did stay on his feet, his passes rarely found their target.

Still, his team won, thanks to a defense every bit as stingy as the one on the other side of the field.

"I love 'em, that's all I can say," Sexton said of his defensive teammates.

Lorenzo Booker and James Coleman each ran for third-quarter touchdowns, helping No. 11 Florida State rally past North Carolina State 17-10 Thursday night in a game that featured 22 punts, four turnovers and less than 250 yards of combined offense.

Last season, these two teams went to double overtime before the Seminoles prevailed 50-44. It seems a lot longer than a year ago in a lot of ways.

"It was a defensive war from the very beginning," Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden said. "I hadn't seen a defensive battle like that in a long time. Totally dominating."

Florida State (8-2, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) went deep into the second quarter before its yardage total exceeded the number of plays. Sexton finished 5-for-18 for only 73 yards, and leading rusher Leon Washington was held to 56 yards on 18 carries after missing the previous two games with a shoulder injury.

The only thing that kept Sexton on the field was an injury to backup Chris Rix, who had a sore ankle and likely would have had a tough time evading the pressure from N.C. State.

"If Chris had his wheels, I probably definitely would have" changed quarterbacks, Bowden said. "Because we were getting sacked so much, I feel like we've got to have a quarterback that move around."

Still, it was enough. The lone touchdown for the Wolfpack (4-6, 3-5) came on Darrell Blackman's 87-yard punt return in the second quarter that gave them a 10-0 lead. But even though they rotated quarterbacks, they couldn't generate much offense after halftime.

They had only one first down - fittingly, on a pass interference penalty - and 26 yards in the final two periods. Jay Davis and Marcus Stone were a combined 9-for-25 for 100 yards as former N.C. State star quarterback Philip Rivers watched from the sidelines.

Boston Red Sox outfielder Trot Nixon, whose wife attended N.C. State, joined Rivers, but even he couldn't provide the necessary karma to help the Wolfpack. They won't be going to a bowl for the first time in five seasons under coach Chuck Amato.

"Things happen for a reason, and we'll learn from this and improve," he said. "I'm proud of our kids for being in that game and being in a position to win at the end."

After spending the entire first half on its own side of midfield, Florida State started all five of its drives in the third quarter in N.C. State's territory. Coleman capped the first one with a 1-yard plunge to make it 10-7, and after a three-and-out by the Wolfpack, the Seminoles needed to drive only 35 yards for the go-ahead score.

Sexton completed a 25-yard pass to Booker on third-and-6 to set up first-and-goal, and a play later, Booker raced in from the 4 to give Florida State a 14-10 lead against what he called the best defense the Seminoles had seen all season.

"Better than Miami's, better than Virginia's," Booker said. "I say that because they were everywhere. It was like you break a tackle or get outside, and there are three more guys coming."

Gary Cismesia added a 44-yard field goal late in the quarter to complete the scoring. That kick came after a fumble by N.C. State tailback T.A. McLendon gave the Seminoles the ball at the 15, and even though three plays lost 11 yards, Cismesia still was close enough.

"I've never been involved with a game like this," Amato said. "We had the field position in the first half, and they had it in the second half. Without a doubt, it was a defensive struggle."

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
17
0
17
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
0
10
0
0
10

2nd   0- 3  Opp, 28, field goal, 14:51
      0-10  Opp, 87, punt return/blocked punt (kick), 13:36
3rd   7-10  James Coleman, 1, run (Gary Cismesia, kick), 8:54 
     14-10  Lorenzo Booker, 4, run (Gary Cismesia, kick), 6:38 
     17-10  Gary Cismesia, 44, field goal, 3:01 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 9 7 Rushes-yards 50- 48 34- 23 Passing 73 100 Att-Comp-Int 18-5-1 25-9-0 Total Yards 68-121 59-123 Punt Returns 6-108 7-126 Kickoff Returns 2-38 1-19 Interception Ret. 0-0 1-0 Fumble Returns 2-1 1-0 Punts 11-41.9 11-38.5 Sacks By-Yds 5-27 5-40 Fumbles-Lost 2-0 3-2 Penalties-Yds 6-62 7-43 3rd Down Conversions 3-18 1-16 4th Down Conversions 0-0 0-1 Time of Posession 34:01 25:59 Attendance 56,800 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Leon Washington 18- 56 Lorenzo Booker 16- 18 James Coleman 5- 17 B.J. Dean 1- 1 Team 2- -6 Wyatt Sexton 8- -38 Receiving Chauncey Stovall 2- 33 Lorenzo Booker 1- 25 Craphonso Thorpe 1- 9 Chris Davis 1- 6 Passing Wyatt Sexton 18- 5-1- 73 Punt Return Willie Reid 6- 108 Kickoff Return Willie Reid 1- 21 Lamar Lewis 1- 17 Punting Chris Hall 11- 461 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Chauncey Davis 5 1 6 4.0- 19.0 1.0- 9.0 . . . . 1 . . Pat Watkins 5 1 6 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Jerome Carter 3 2 5 . . . . . . . . . A.J. Nicholson 4 1 5 2.0- 9.0 2.0- 9.0 . . . . 1 . . Ernie Sims 4 . 4 . . . 1 . . . . . Sam McGrew 2 1 3 . . . 1 . 1- 0 . . . Marcello Church 3 . 3 1.0- 5.0 . . . . . . . . Charles Howard 2 1 3 2.0- 7.0 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . Travis Johnson 2 1 3 2.0- 7.0 1.0- 6.0 . . . . . . . Bryant McFadden 2 1 3 . . . 1 . . . . . Claudius Osei 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Leroy Smith 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Kamerion Wimbley 2 . 2 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Antonio Cromartie 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Buster Davis 1 . 1 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Eric Moore 1 . 1 1.0- 2.0 . . 1 . . . . . Jae Thaxton 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Lawrence Timmons 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Roger Williams . 1 1 . . . . . . . . .

FLORIDA 20, FLORIDA STATE 13

11/20/2004, TALLAHASSEE, FL, Renamed football field to Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium.

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From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - This one was for The Zooker.

Chris Leak threw a touchdown, Ciatrick Fason ran for a score and Florida upset No. 10 Florida State 20-13 Saturday night to win in Tallahassee for the first time since 1986.

It also gave fired coach Ron Zook a victory in his final regular-season game.

Condemned since the day he replaced Steve Spurrier, Zook finally did something the ol' ball coach didn't in his 12 glorious seasons with the Gators - he won at Florida State.

The players carried Zook off the field, and the coach flashed a big smile that had been missing for much of his three seasons.

The Gators (7-4) ended any legitimate chance the Seminoles had of earning a third straight Bowl Championship Series berth. Florida State (8-3) still could finish tied for the Atlantic Coast Conference title but would likely lose all tiebreaker scenarios because of their BCS ranking, which is expected to drop Monday.

Florida also spoiled a special night for longtime Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden. Before the game, the school named its playing surface "Bobby Bowden Field" and unveiled a 20-by-30 foot stained glass window at the stadium featuring Bowden's likeness.

Spurrier - who was 0-5-1 in six trips to Tallahassee - must have loved the upset, too.

The Gators threw with relative ease against Florida State's vaunted defense. Leak finished 19-for-39 with an interception.

Fason's 8-yard touchdown run with 4:59 remaining put the Gators ahead for good.

It was almost a redemption story, though.

Embattled Florida State quarterback Chris Rix came off the bench and threw a touchdown pass with 8:30 to play that cut the lead to 13-10.

He rolled right and heaved a pass into the end zone that Chauncey Stovall caught over Vernell Brown. The pass was reminiscent of Rix's 52-yard touchdown pass to P.K. Sam with 55 seconds remaining last season that gave the Seminoles a 38-34 win.

Rix also drove the Seminoles to the 18-yard line in the waning seconds, but his last pass was intercepted by Jarvis Harris with 8 seconds to play.

Florida players then grabbed a bucket of water and drenched Zook. They quickly surrounded him and started jumping up and down as they hoisted him into the air and carried him toward midfield. After he shook hands with Bowden and did a few interviews, the players raised him up again and carried him off.

Zook pumped his right fist and then held the game ball up high as he excited into a tunnel.

He hasn't said whether he's going to coach the bowl game.

Rix, who entered Saturday's game late in the third quarter, drove the Seminoles into field goal range on his first possession. But Gary Cismesia missed a 32-yarder. Cismesia, who had been perfect in seven tries since replacing senior Xavier Beitia midway through the season, also missed from 39 yards out on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Beitia got the call after the second miss and nailed a career-high 52-yard field goal with 3:48 remaining that made it a seven-point game.

Zook - with nothing to lose since he was fired last month - made a gutsy call with 2:35 to play and gambled on fourth-and-inches from the Florida 26. Had the play failed, the Seminoles would have been in great position to tie the game.

But Leak got the first down on a quarterback keeper. They eventually were forced to punt, but the time taken off the clock left little left for the Seminoles to score.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA
7
3
0
10
20
FLORIDA STATE
0
3
0
10
13

1st   0- 7  Opp, 13, pass (kick), 7:56 
2nd   0-10  Opp, 38, field goal, 9:01 
      3-10  Gary Cismesia, 20, field goal, 0:17 
3rd   3-10  Gary Cismesia, 32, field goal failed, 5:28 
4th   3-10  Gary Cismesia, 39, field goal failed, 14:56
      3-13  Opp, 21, field goal, 11:51
     10-13  Chauncey Stovall, 27, pass from Chris Rix (Xavier Beitia, kick), 8:30 
     10-20  Opp, 8, run (kick), 4:59 
     13-20  Xavier Beitia, 52, field goal, 3:48 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 19 22 Rushes-yards 24- 34 40-140 Passing 314 237 Att-Comp-Int 49-23-2 40-20-1 Total Yards 73-348 80-377 Punt Returns 6-65 3-12 Kickoff Returns 4-106 3-50 Interception Ret. 1-0 2-6 Fumble Returns 1-0 0-0 Punts 8-42.8 8-45.5 Sacks By-Yds 2-17 4-29 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 3-1 Penalties-Yds 10-84 13-101 3rd Down Conversions 1-15 5-17 4th Down Conversions 0-1 1-1 Time of Posession 29:12 30:48 Attendance 84,223 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Lorenzo Booker 5- 25 Leon Washington 8- 11 James Coleman 2- 4 Wyatt Sexton 7- 4 Chris Rix 2- -10 Receiving Chauncey Stovall 11- 181 Craphonso Thorpe 3- 53 Dominic Robinson 3- 42 Matt Henshaw 1- 9 Willie Reid 1- 9 James Coleman 1- 6 Paul Irons 1- 6 Lorenzo Booker 1- 4 Chris Davis 1- 4 Passing Wyatt Sexton 32-14-1-164 Chris Rix 16- 9-1-150 Team 1- 0-0- 0 Punt Return Willie Reid 6- 65 Kickoff Return Antonio Cromartie 3- 96 Willie Reid 1- 10 Punting Chris Hall 8- 364 |---------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 4 12 16 1.5- 2.0 . . . . . 1 . . Ernie Sims 4 8 12 0.5- 1.0 . . . . . 1 . . Pat Watkins 2 7 9 2.0- 7.0 . . 1 . . . . . A.J. Nicholson 1 7 8 . . . . . . . . . Claudius Osei 5 2 7 . . . . . . 1 . . Clifton Dickson 1 3 4 2.0- 6.0 1.0- 4.0 . . . . . . . Charles Howard 1 3 4 1.5- 3.0 . . . . . . . . Leroy Smith 4 . 4 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Roger Williams 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . Kamerion Wimbley 1 3 4 1.5- 3.0 . . . . . . . . Buster Davis 1 2 3 1.0- 13.0 1.0- 13.0 . . . . . . . Sam McGrew . 3 3 . . . . . . . . . Ray Piquion 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Marcello Church 1 1 2 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Chauncey Davis . 2 2 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Travis Johnson . 2 2 0.5- 0.0 . . . . . . . . Bryant McFadden 1 1 2 0.5- 1.0 . 1- 0 2 . . . . . Jae Thaxton 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Brodrick Bunkley . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . D.J. Norris 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Lorne Sam . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Chauncey Stovall 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Lawrence Timmons . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Eric Moore . . . . . . 1 . . . . .

FLORIDA STATE 30, WEST VIRGINIA 18

01/01/2005, Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, Fl

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From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

JACKSONVILLE, FL - Nice recovery, Chris Rix.

Coach Bobby Bowden stuck with his struggling quarterback and Rix eventually sparked No. 17 Florida State with two long second-half touchdown drives Saturday, beating West Virginia 30-18 in the Gator Bowl.

"Chris played kind of like his career has gone," Bowden said. That's what's been missing all year. We finally got it, but now the season is over."

For Rix, the inconsistent performance provided a fitting end in his final game. At least it didn't end with a loss as the Seminoles (9-3) overcame mistake after mistake to avoid an unprecedented third straight bowl setback.

Bowden, facing his former school for the first time since the 1982 Gator Bowl, moved within one bowl win of Joe Paterno's NCAA record of 19 at Penn State.

Rix fumbled three times and threw two interceptions, one of which led to a touchdown. So at halftime, Bowden thought about replacing Rix.

"It wouldn't have taken much more," the coach said.

Rix eventually settled down, completing five straight passes during a 90-yard drive late in the third quarter, capped by his 14-yard TD pass to Craphonso Thorpe. Thorpe leaped for the ball over Dee McCann in the right corner of the end zone for a 23-15 lead.

It was only Rix's third TD pass of the season.

"We were good throwing today when we had to," said Florida State offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden.

Rix also led an 80-yard scoring drive in the fourth, capped by James Coleman's 1-yard run. Rix finished 16-of-31 for 157 yards.

"Statistically, I didn't have the game I wanted," Rix said. "But the biggest thing is that we won."

Leon Washington carried Florida State much of the day, finishing with 195 yards rushing.

Quarterback Rasheed Marshall and West Virginia's platoon of running backs shredded the nation's top run defense for 238 yards. Kay-Jay Harris carried 25 times for 134 yards and scored twice.

But the Mountaineers (8-4) failed to find the end zone three times after advancing inside the 20-yard line.

"We prepared well. The focus was good. The effort was good. We just made some mistakes," said West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez. "You make mistakes against good teams, especially like Florida State, it's going to cost you the game. It's as simple as that."

West Virginia has lost 11 of its last 12 bowls games and is 0-5 in the Gator.

West Virginia, the only unranked team playing in a New Year's Day bowl, continued special teams miscues that were costly in losses to Boston College and Pittsburgh to end the regular season.

In the first half, two kickers missed extra point, Brad Cooper booted a kickoff out of bounds, and the Mountaineers later faked a 27-yard field goal attempt, but couldn't convert the first-down run.

"We weren't real confident on kicking field goals after we missed a couple of extra points," Rodriguez said.

Backup Andy Good practiced his kicks feverishly before the start of the third quarter, and it paid off. He made field goals of 44 and 34 yards to cut the deficit to 23-18 early in the fourth period.

The game featured the preseason favorites of the Big East and Atlantic Coast Conference who couldn't secure BCS berths.

The Seminoles needed only six plays to score a season-high 10 points in the first quarter.

Washington went 69 yards down the right sideline on the game's second play for the longest TD run in Gator Bowl history. He had 135 yards by halftime and had only 12 carries for the game, or else he might have challenged the Gator Bowl record of 216 yards by Syracuse's Floyd Little against Tennessee in 1966.

West Virginia's Adam Jones fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Gerard Ross recovered at the Mountaineers 17, leading to one of three Xavier Beitia field goals.

It was a start similar to last year's Gator Bowl, when Maryland scored 10 early points, led 24-0 at halftime and beat West Virginia 41-7.

This time, West Virginia fought back.

Harris scored on a 36-yard screen pass on the Mountaineers' first offensive series. McCann intercepted Rix later in the quarter and Marshall threw a 40-yard pass to Chris Henry to the 1. Harris took it in for a 12-10 lead.

After the game, Henry, a junior who set a school record with 12 TD catches this season, said he intends to enter next spring's NFL draft.

Florida State's Lorenzo Booker had 101 yards rushing on 20 carries. The Seminoles were penalized 17 times for 174 yards, both Gator Bowl records.

The Gator Bowl is sponsored by Toyota.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
WEST VIRGINIA
12
0
3
3
18
FLORIDA STATE
10
3
10
7
30

1st   7- 0  Leon Washington, 69, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 14:38
     10- 0  Xavier Beitia, 32, field goal, 12:51
     10- 6  Opp, 36, pass (kick failed), 9:53 
     10-12  Opp, 1, run (kick failed), 1:45 
2nd  13-12  Xavier Beitia, 28, field goal, 11:23
3rd  16-12  Xavier Beitia, 28, field goal, 12:13
     16-15  Opp, 44, field goal, 10:26
     23-15  Craphonso Thorpe, 14, pass from Chris Rix (Xavier Beitia, kick), 3:05 
4th  23-18  Opp, 34, field goal, 14:26
     30-18  James Coleman, 1, run (Xavier Beitia, kick), 11:12


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 22 26 Rushes-yards 42-301 47-238 Passing 157 191 Att-Comp-Int 31-16-2 30-13-2 Total Yards 73-458 77-429 Punt Returns 1-8 1-11 Kickoff Returns 1-21 4-106 Interception Ret. 2-17 2-3 Fumble Returns 2-3 1-0 Punts 4-41.8 2-39.5 Sacks By-Yds 0-0 2-11 Fumbles-Lost 3-1 2-2 Penalties-Yds 17-174 11-121 3rd Down Conversions 6-14 4-11 4th Down Conversions 0-0 0-3 Time of Posession 32:08 27:52 Attendance 70,112 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Leon Washington 12- 193 Lorenzo Booker 20- 105 Chris Davis 1- 8 James Coleman 2- 2 Chris Rix 5- -1 Lamar Lewis 1- -2 Team 1- -2 Receiving Craphonso Thorpe 5- 73 Chris Davis 3- 39 Willie Reid 2- 15 James Coleman 1- 9 Matt Henshaw 1- 9 Chauncey Stovall 2- 9 Dominic Robinson 2- 3 Passing Chris Rix 31-16-2-157 Punt Return Willie Reid 1- 8 Kickoff Return Leon Washington 1- 21 Punting Chris Hall 4- 167 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A.J. Nicholson 6 6 12 1.0- 3.0 . 1- 0 1 . . . . . Jerome Carter 5 5 10 . . . . . . . . . Ernie Sims 3 5 8 1.0- 1.0 . . . 1 . . . . Travis Johnson . 6 6 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . . Sam McGrew . 5 5 . . . . . . . . . Claudius Osei 3 2 5 . . . . . . 1 . . Pat Watkins 2 3 5 . . . . . 1- 3 . . . Buster Davis 2 2 4 0.5- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Roger Williams 1 3 4 . . . . . . . . . Bryant McFadden 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Marcello Church 1 1 2 0.5- 3.0 . . . . . . . . Antonio Cromartie 2 . 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Clifton Dickson 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Eric Moore 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Ray Piquion . 2 2 . . 1- 17 1 2 . . . . Brodrick Bunkley 1 . 1 1.0- 6.0 . . . . . . . . Darrell Burston . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Anthony Houllis 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Charles Howard . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Gerard Ross 1 . 1 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Jae Thaxton . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Craphonso Thorpe 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Lawrence Timmons 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Kamerion Wimbley 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Barry Wright 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . .