Florida State Football - 2009 Year In Review

Florida State Football - 2009 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Bobby Bowden, Head Coach
Jody Allen, Defensive Ends, Special Teams Coordinator
Chuck Amato, Executive Head Coach, Linebackers
Mickey Andrews, Associate Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Backs
Dexter Carter, Running Backs
James Coley, Tight Ends, Recruiting Coordinator
Lawrence Dawsey, Wide Receivers
Jimbo Fisher, Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks
Odell Haggins, Defensive Tackles
Bob LaCivita, Dir of Player Personnel
Todd Stroud, Strength and Conditioning
Rick Trickett, Assistant Head Coach, Offensive Line

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2009 FSU Football Media Guide


From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Bobby Bowden Announces Bowl Will Be His Last Game.

Bowden, who will complete his 34th season as coach at Florida State, will coach the Seminoles in the bowl game and finish his career as one of the winningest coaches in the history of major college football.

Dec. 1, 2009

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State University Head Football Coach Bobby Bowden announced Tuesday that the Seminoles' upcoming bowl game will be his last game. Bowden, who will complete his 34th season as coach at Florida State, will coach the Seminoles in the bowl game and finish his career as one of the winningest coaches in the history of major college football.

"The bowl game will be my last game as head football coach at Florida State," said Bowden. "It's been a great 34 seasons.

"I'd like to thank my wife Ann and my family for their love and support. There were a lot of nights when I was on the road and not at home at the dinner table. We all know that's part of it.

"I'd also like to thank the coaches and their families who helped build the program into something that is special. You can't have a successful program without players and we have been blessed to have young men who are winners both on and off the field. I want to thank them and their families for committing 4-5 years of their lives to me and to FSU.

"Finally, I'd like to thank the University and FSU fans who have supported the Florida State program. We've got one more game and I look forward to enjoying these next few weeks as the head football coach."

Bowden was named National Coach of the Year six times (1979, 1980, 1991, 1992, 1996 and 1999), and a national award presented by The Fellowship of Christian Athletes bears his name. He led Florida State to national championships in 1993 and again in 1999, the latter being the first team in the history of the Associated Press poll to go wire-to-wire ranked No. 1.

Wetherell, who will retire from the presidency of Florida State when his successor is installed as president -- perhaps within a few months -- said Bowden's "sterling personality and character" personified Florida State University.

"Bobby Bowden is not only one of the most outstanding college football coaches in history but also a great man who you would want as a mentor to your children," Wetherell said.

"Every true Seminole fan appreciates all that he has done in service to the university and all that he has accomplished for its football program -- two national championships, 12 ACC championships, 14 straight seasons among the Associated Press' Top Five, two Heisman Trophy winners and a Rhodes Scholar, induction into the College Football Hall of Fame -- but more than that, he has been an off-the-field mentor to so many young men looking to their future."

Wetherell, who was one of those young men, said he hopes Florida State's Athletics Department will plan a celebration and recognition for Bowden during next year's football season.

In his own tribute to Bowden, Wetherell said:

"Bobby Bowden has served as our head football coach and inspirational 'friend-raiser' for more than 30 years. He led our football program to unprecedented success and established it among the nation's elite for many years. He set records of achievement on the field that will probably never be equaled.

"Bobby Bowden contributed in many ways to the overall success and advancement of a young and growing university, and the entire Bowden family is also a major part of this success story.

"I played for Bobby Bowden 45 years ago, when I was a young man, and he was an assistant coach under Bill Peterson.

"The bond between player and coach is strong enough, but our relationship forged even more powerful bonds as we worked hard for the university's advancement. With me and other presidents, Bobby Bowden helped raise public and private dollars to build some of the most impressive athletics facilities in the nation and to bring additional recognition to Florida State's academic achievements.

"Millions of Americans could see the good work and academic contributions of our university through the window of national television -- a window that winning football teams provide for their institutions.

"Bobby Bowden, in many ways, became the face of Florida State. It was his sterling personality and character that personified this university. And because his influence was so powerful, we were able to advance far beyond what many of us ever dreamed."

About Bobby Bowden...
Born : November 8, 1929 in Birmingham, Ala.
High School : Woodlawn High, Birmingham, Ala.
College : Howard (now Samford) 1953
Collegiate Football Experience : University of Alabama (QB), freshman; Howard (QB), sophomore-senior
Graduate Degree : Peabody College
Wife : The former Julia Ann Estock
Children : Robyn, Steve, Tommy, Terry, Ginger, Jeff

HEAD COACHING HONORS

COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS COACHING STOPS

2009 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

Justin Bright, 6-0, 180, S, Duncan, SC - RANKINGS: Ranked the 39th-best safety by Rivals and the 26th best player in the state of South Carolina...Prep Star All-Southeast selection...BIO: A three-star prospect according to Rivals and Scout.com who comes from one of the nation's top high school programs...named an AP All-State selection as a senior...registered 92 tackles and three picks in 2008...Byrnes won three straight state championships and was ranked No. 1 in the USA Today Super 25 to start the 2008 season...as a senior his Rebel squad went 14-1 and finished the year ranked eighth in the nation by MaxPreps and ninth according to USA Today...recorded over 100 tackles as a junior on top of four TFL, six PBU and four interceptions...according to ESPN, Bright 'thrives on contact' and he is a 'hard hitter'...recorded five tackles in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas...clocked at 4.47 in the 40...posted a high school GPA of 3.4...picked Florida State over offers from Texas A&M and Stanford.

Gerald Demps, 5-10, 190, S, Valdosta, GA - RANKINGS: Ranked the 27th-best safety by Rivals and the 33rd best player in the state of Georgia...a member of the ESPNU 150...the 72nd-best prospect in this year's class according to ESPN... Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team (81)...ranked seventh-best at his position by ESPN...34th-best prospect in the state of Georgia according to SuperPrep...SI/Takkle rates Demps in the top 100 (93) of this year's class...Scout lists him as the 31st-best safety prospect in 2009...Bio: AP All-State and Atlanta Journal-Constitution first team selection...three-star prospect according to Rivals and Scout.com...played running back, linebacker and safety in high school but will play safety at Florida State...as a senior he recorded 78 tackles and rushed for 451 yards and nine touchdowns...Lowndes County finished 12-1 in his final season...participated in the long jump, high jump, triple jump and 4x100 in high school...his cousin Ja'Baris Little is a tight end at FSU...chose FSU over offers from Clemson and Auburn.

Willie Downs, 6-2, 192, WR, Tallahassee

Jajuan Harley, 6-2, 190, DB, Tallahassee - RANKINGS: Prep Star All-American...ranked as the nation's 10th-best safety by Scout.com and No. 12 by Rivals...coming into 2009 Rivals tagged him the 41st-best player in Florida...finished the season as the 52nd-highest rated player in Florida by Rivals...Superprep lists him No. 21 among Florida prospects and 30th in the nation among defensive backs...Bio: A four-star prospect according to Scout.com and Rivals...tabbed as the second-fastest safety in the 2009 class by Rivals...Tallahassee Democrat All-Big Bend team member...second team Class 3A selection...recorded three interceptions and 92 tackles in 2006...was sidelined for a majority of 2007 with a broken foot...returned two kick-offs for touchdowns...expected to challenge for time at safety and corner back at Florida State...played quarterback and receiver at Rickards as well...ran the 100, 200 and 4x100 in high school where he was clocked at 4.4 in the 40...also a long jumper for Rickards...also played basketball...related to current Seminole linebacker Nigel Bradham...chose FSU over offers from Alabama, Clemson and South Carolina.

Willie Haulstead, 6-3, 210, WR, Titusville - RANKINGS: Ranked as the nation's 34th-best wide receiver by Rivals...coming into 2009 Rivals tagged him the 49th-best player in Florida but finished the season at No. 41...a member of the Rivals 250 in 2009...Prep Star All-American...ESPN has him rated 32ndamong wideouts...Scout lists him as the 48th-best receiving prospect...Bio: A four-star prospect according to Rivals...hauled in 45 passes for 648 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior...had 30 receptions for 431 yards and five touchdowns before he broke his left foot during his senior season at Titusville...still earned All-Space Coast first team honors as a senior despite the injury...runs track and has been clocked as fast as 4.4 in the 40...according to ESPN `Haulstead's greatest attributes are his size, run after catch ability and his natural feel for adjusting to the ball while it is in the air'...has a knack for making the tough catch in traffic and natural open field run skills...chose FSU over offers from Michigan, Purdue, USF, UCF, Auburn, Boston College and South Carolina.

Dan Hicks, 6-4, 251, DE, Oxford, MS - RANKINGS: SuperPrep lists him as the 33rd-best prospect coming out of the state of Mississippi...ESPN lists him as the 47th-best TE in this class...Bio: A two-star sleeper...as a junior he had 18 catches for 285 yards...broke his foot as a senior which sidelined him for half the season...was named all-district and second team all-region following his junior year...was recruited as a defensive end by Arkansas State...son of former Seminole great Dan Footman who went on to play six years in the NFL...also played basketball at Oxford...averaged 13 ppg as a senior on the hardwood and 15 points and 6.9 rebounds per game as a junior...offered a scholarship by former Mississippi State Head Coach Sylvester Croom...chose FSU over Arkansas State.

Dustin Hopkins, 6-2, 174, PK, Houston, TX - RANKINGS: Rivals No. 1 kicker in the 2009 class...Scout.com No. 1 kicker...ESPN No.1 kicker...Prep Star All-American...Bio: The consensus top kicker in the nation...a USA Today first team All-American...Under Armour All-American...two-time first team all-state 5A kicker in Texas...nation's top-ranked kicker according to kicking guru and UCLA record holder Chris Sailer...longest field goal during his senior year was from 49 yards...missed only three kicks as a senior and two were from 58 and 64 yards away...made over 70 PAT's in his career...went 37-for-37 on point after attempts as a junior and 6-of-7 on field goal attempts including two from 43 yards...averaged 73 yards on his kick-offs...kicked a 46-yard field goal in the Under Armour All-America game...connected on a 65-yard field goal during practice at the all-star game...even played DB for Clear Lake where he recorded an interception...has a GPA above 4.0...plans to major in business marketing with a minor in broadcasting...chose FSU over Notre Dame, Missouri and Kansas State.

Brandon Jenkins, 6-2, 240, DE, Tallahassee - High School: The only early enrollee in the 2009 signing class...recorded 44 sacks and more than 220 tackles in his high school career at Florida High.

Demonte McAllister, 6-3, 263, DT, Tampa - RANKINGS: Ranked as the third-best defensive end by ESPN...named the fourth-best defensive end in this year's class by Rivals...16th-best defensive lineman in 2009 class in Florida according to Rivals...Rivals 100 (70)...ranked the fourth-quickest DE in 2009 by Rivals...SuperPrep All-American...Prep Star All-American...Scout rates him the 11th-best defensive tackle in this class...15th-best defensive lineman in 2009 class and eighth-best prospect in Florida according to SuperPrep...ESPNU 150 (45)... listed as the 79th-best player in this class by Sporting News...SI/Takkle rates McAllister in the top 100 (65) of this year's class...Bio: An Under Armour All-American...four-star prospect according to Rivals and Scout.com...in just two seasons he had almost 50 TFL and over 30 sacks at Alonso...recorded 97 tackles as a senior with 30 coming behind the line of scrimmage...registered 19 sacks...as a junior he had 63 tackles, 18 TFL and 12 sacks...recorded a tackle for loss, a QB hurry and a pass break-up in the Under Armour All-American game...honorable mention 'most physical' award at the Under Armour game...was named the MVP of the Hillsborough County East vs. West All-Star game where he recorded two sacks...played basketball at Alonso as a junior...the oldest of four children raised by his mother Katina Daniels... received 27 scholarship offers including Georgia, USC, Miami, Florida, Tennessee, Auburn and Clemson.

Jacobbi McDaniel, 6-0, 267, DT, Greenville - RANKINGS: Ranked as the fifth-best player in the nation by ESPN and the top defensive tackle...listed as the fifth-best player in this class by Sporting News...Rivals 100 (15)...Scout.com's top DT prospect in this class...the second-best DT in the 2009 class according to Rivals and the third-best player coming out of Florida...SI/Takkle rates McAllister in the top 100 (15) of this year's class... SuperPrep All-American...Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team (24)...second-best defensive lineman in 2009 class and second-best prospect in Florida according to SuperPrep...ranked the second-best athlete among defensive tackles in 2009 by Rivals...Rivals lists him as the third-best pass rusher in the DT class and the third-best overall player in the state of Florida...Bio: A USA Today first team All-American...an Under Armour All-American...five-star prospect according to Rivals and Scout.com...received the highest grade of any member of FSU's 2009 class garnering a 91 from ESPN...former Auburn coach Tommy Tubberville called McDaniel 'one of the best' he has seen during the Under Armour game broadcast...tallied 12 sacks as a junior and 10 as a senior...had 30 tackles for loss in 2007 leading the Cowboys to the 2A state championship...excellent baseball player who nearly won the Big Bend triple crown as a junior hitting .589 with 13 homers...committed to the Seminoles the day after signing day in 2008...named the second-best player on the black team at the Under Armour All-America game...also picked up awards as the most dominating player, strongest player and most physical...named an Under Armour All-American 'star of the game' by Rivals...chose FSU over offers from Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and Clemson...selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 33rd round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.

C.J. Mizell, 6-2, 212, LB, Tallahassee

Henry Orelus, 6-2, 292, OL, Belle Glade - RANKINGS: Prep Star All-Southeast region...listed as the seventh-best center in this class by Rivals...a member of the Rivals Florida Top 100 (66)...rated the 11th-best center in this class by ESPN...Scout.com lists him as the 30th-rated guard...Bio: A first team all-county selection in 2007...the only junior named to the Super 11 team in Palm Beach County...participated in the Treasure Coast All-Star game and the Outback All-Star game...three-star lineman according to Rivals...can play on either side of the ball but excelled at center...athletic lineman with excellent physical dimensions according to ESPN...played for former Seminole Jessie Hester... chose FSU over LSU, Tennessee and Auburn.

Aubrey Phillips, 6-6, 310, OT, Olive Banch, MS

John Prior, 6-6, 283, OL, Portsmouth, OH - RANKINGS: Prep Star All-Midwest region...Rivals ranking of 51st among offensive tackles...No. 57 on Scout.com's list of offensive tackles...ranked 75th at his position by ESPN...ranked the 38th-best prospect coming out of Ohio by Rivals...Bio: Three-star lineman according to Rivals...named all-district...member of the Ohio team for the Big 33 game which pits Ohio high schoolers versus their Pennsylvania counterparts...missed some time his junior season due to injury...lined up at both offensive and defensive tackle as a senior...a natural left-hander...his only official visit was to Florida State...will join fellow Ohioan Zebrie Sanders on the Seminole offensive line...one of seven children of which five are girls...chose FSU over Indiana, Louisville, NC State, West Virginia, Purdue and Syracuse among others.

Lonnie Pryor, 6-1, 195, RB, Okeechobee - RANKINGS: Ranks as the nation's 15th-best running back according to Rivals...SI/Takkle top 200 (172) of this year's class...Rivals lists him as the 28th-best prospect in the state of Florida...Rivals250 member (143)...named the ninth-best back in the 2009 class according to Scout.com...SuperPrep All-American...listed at No. 19 among backs by Scout.com...named the 25th-best back in this class by SuperPrep... SuperPrep Florida Top 110 (24)...Prep Star All-American...30th-ranked prospect at his position according to ESPN...Bio: Four-star recruit according to Rivals and Scout.com...Palm Beach Post's Big School's offensive player of the year...Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers Offensive Player of the Year...rushed for 2,281 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior....also hauled in two TD passes...ran for 270 yards versus Sebastian River and then 356-yards the next week against Glades Day...rushed for 258 yards versus Fort Pierce Central...as a junior he was named Class 4A first team all-state after running for 1,735 yards and 20 more touchdowns...as a freshman on the junior varsity team where stats were not kept, Pryor ran for an estimated 2,400 yards in six games despite ever playing a full game...participated in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl...posted a 4.52 in the 40...chose Florida State over offers from 17 schools including Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Boston College and Wake Forest.

Greg Reid, 5-9, 175, CB, Valdosta, GA - RANKINGS: Rated as the No. 15 on the ESPNU150 and the No. 2 cornerback in the nation...listed as the No. 27 player nationally on the Rivals100 and ranked as the website's No. 4 cornerback...a five-star recruit by Rivals.com...listed as the top-ranked player at any position in Florida by Rivals.com and the nation's top cover corner...Scout.com rates Reid as the No. 7 cornerback and the nation's No. 56 overall recruit...a SuperPrep Elite 50 player (No. 49), the No. 3 athlete in the nation and the publication's No. 3 player in Georgia...Bio: Parade All-American...Under Armour All-American...EA Sports First Team All-American...SuperPrep All-American...MVP of the Under Armour All-Star Game...the Georgia Sports Writers Association's Player of the Year and a first team AAAAA All-State selection...The Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-Class Georgia Player of the Year...member of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100...on the Orlando Sentinel All-Southern team...No. 13 on the Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120...also an outstanding offensive player at Lowndes...as a senior in 2008 rushed for 1,242 yards on 118 carries and 16 touchdowns...caught eight passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns...had 28 total tackles with 21 solo, nine interceptions that he returned for 128 yards and one fumble recovery...returned 14 punts for 267 yards and five kicks for 85 yards...as a junior made 50 tackles with two interceptions while rushing for over 1,000 yards.

Xavier Rhodes, 6-2, 195, DB, Miami - RANKINGS: Ranks as the nation's 50th-rated receiver by Scout.com...75th-best wide receiver according to Rivals...Rivals lists him as the 91st-best prospect in the state of Florida...named the 60th-best wideout in the 2009 class according to ESPN...Prep Star All-Southeast region...Bio: Led Miami Norland in both rushing and receiving as a senior...Miami Herald All-Dade County 6A-4A team member as an all-purpose back...rushed 62 times for 339 yards and six TDs as a senior on top of catching 10 passes for 256 yards and another TD...rushed for two TDs versus Homestead which was ranked in the county 6A-4A preseason poll...hauled in 20 passes for 271 yards and two TDs as a junior while rushing for 68 yards and a touchdown...recorded over 1,000 all-purpose yards as a junior...draws comparisons to former Norland wideout and first round NFL Draft pick Dwayne Bowe...played defensive back as well and earned all-Dade honors on the defensive side of the ball...played in the 12th annual Nike South Florida All-Star Game...plans to major in accounting...had offers from West Virginia, Auburn and FIU.

Will Secord, 6-3, 204, QB, Frisco, TX - RANKINGS: Ranks as the nation's 32nd-best pro-style quarterback according to Rivals...ESPN's 60th-rated QB...Prep Star All-Midlands region...Scout.com lists him at No. 57 among QB prospects...Bio: Three-star recruit according to Rivals and Scout.com...left-handed QB joins Christian Ponder as the Seminoles' second QB from the state of Texas...threw for 46 TDs in his three-year career at new school Wakeland...completed 54.6% of his passes as a junior and senior for almost 4,400 yards...threw 20 or more touchdown passes in each of his final two seasons...led his team from 3-7 as a sophomore to 9-2 as a junior in Frisco's second season of football including a last minute TD pass to beat Prosper in district play...threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns in that win over Prosper...had one of his best games as a senior versus Frisco when he threw for 332 yards and five TDs in a 55-0 win...threw for three more TDs and 309 yards in his district 9-4A finale leading Wakeland past McKinney North 38-21...threw for 418 yards and two TDs in a loss to Frisco Centennial completing 27 of 51 pass attempts...lost in the closing moments of the school's first-ever playoff game in 2007... went 147-248 as a junior with 23 TDs and just five interceptions as he racked up 2,019 yards passing...bested his passing yards as a senior throwing for 3,382 on 167-327 passing including 20 more touchdowns...also rushed for nine TDs in his three seasons...played for his father Marty who is the head coach at Wakeland...varsity letter winner in baseball in 2007 and 2008...named first team all-district as a utility player in 2008 and second team all-district as a pitcher in 2007...led Wakeland in homeruns in 2007 and 2008...Wakeland was district champs in 2008 and regional semifinalists that year as well...chose FSU over Arkansas.

Rodney Smith, 6-6, 208, WR, Miami - RANKINGS: Ranks as the nation's eighth-best wide receiver according to Rivals...rated No. 65 on the Rivals 100...Prep Star Dream Team Member (55)...SuperPrep Florida Top 110 (69)...Rivals lists him as the 13st-best prospect in the state of Florida...named the 20th-best receiver in the 2009 class according to ESPN...Scout.com lists him as the 35th-best receiver in 2009...Bio: Four-star prospect according to Rivals and Scout.com... Miami Herald All-Dade County 3A-1B team member....a big-time playmaker who caught more than 60 passes the last two seasons of which 17 (27%) went for touchdowns....as a senior he caught 35 passes for 703 yards and 10 touchdowns...also played safety where he intercepted four passes including one that he returned for a TD...returned two kick-offs for scores as well...in 2007 he hauled in 30 passes for 627 yards (20.9 average) and seven touchdowns...runs a 4.5 40 but according to ESPN scouts he 'plays quicker than his measurables'...considered a 'serious weapon inside the red zone' by ESPN due to his 'great natural size' and his ability to 'attack the football at its highest point'...played in a primarily run oriented offense at Archbishop Carroll...posted a GPA well above a 3.0 in high school...received more than 30 offers including Tennessee, Auburn, Ole Miss, Rutgers, USF and UCF.

Bryan Stork, 6-6, 240, OL, Vero Beach - RANKINGS: Ranks as the nation's 26th-best tight end according to Rivals...Scout.com lists him No. 33 among tight ends...Prep Star All-Southeast region...rated No. 96 on the top 100 list by Rivals for the state of Florida...named the 45th-best tight end in the 2009 class according to ESPN...Bio: FACA All-District 17 player...expected to play tight end but could wind up as an offensive tackle at some point...described by ESPN as a player with 'a high motor' who is a 'solid producer on the football field'...had two catches for 47 yards as a junior but made his biggest impact as a blocker recording 43 pancakes...plans on pursuing a sport management degree...chose Florida State over offers from Maryland, Syracuse, UCF and FIU.

Chris Thompson, 5-8, 173, RB, Greenville - RANKINGS: Ranks as the nation's second-best all-purpose according to Rivals...a member of the Rivals 250 coming in at 105...19th-best prospect in Florida according to Rivals...SuperPrep Florida Top 110 (59)...PrepStar All-American...No. 39 on Scout.com's list of running backs...Bio: Under Armour All-American...four-star prospect according to Rivals...rushed for nearly 2,300 yards and 33 touchdowns as a junior as the Cowboys captured the state championship...also piled up over 500 yards receiving and nine TD catches on top of nearly 800 return yards...ran for 203 yards on 17 carries scoring touchdowns of 56 and 49 yards in the state championship game in 2007...battled a left ankle injury for much of his senior season...rated the top running back in space by Rivals...Rivals called him the 'most impressive back' on the black team at the Under Armour All-Star game...timed at 4.4 in the 40...chose FSU over Miami, Florida and Clemson.


2009 Roster - By Name

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T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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  26 A.J. Alexander        CB      5-11  180  Fr-R      Altoona, PA (Altoona)
* 16 Mister Alexander      LB      6-2   225  Jr-R      Aldine, TX (Eisenhower)
* 28 Dionte Allen          CB      5-11  175  So-R      Detroit, MI (Saint Mary's)
* 65 Zack Aronson          DS      6-2   218  Sr-R *    Coral Springs (Marjory Stoneman Douglas/Florida)
  11 Ryan Becker           QB      5-10  200  Fr        Davie (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  71 Evan Bellamy          OT      6-4   320  Jr-R *    Miami (Gulliver Prep)                            knee surgery
* 13 Nigel Bradham         OLB     6-2   241  So   *    Crawfordville (Wakulla)
  37 Nathan Brazeau        FB      5-8   227  So        Brooksville (Central)
   3 Justin Bright         S       6-0   180  Fr        Duncan, SC (Byrnes)
  42 Ronald Britzius       LB      6-2   221  Fr        Orlando (Lutheran Academy)
   9 Kevin Campbell        P       6-0   190  Jr-R      Sarasota (Riverview)
  14 Ricardo Cannon        CB      5-10  174  So        Sarasota (Sarasota)
* 12 Nigel Carr            LB      6-3   230  So   *    Jacksonville (First Coast)
   8 Chad Colley           DB      5-11  166  So-R      Gulf Breeze (Gulf Breeze)
  14 Avis Commack          WR      6-4   195  So        Jacksonville (First Coast)
* 67 Andrew Datko          OG      6-6   283  So   *    Weston (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  57 Brandon Davis         OL      6-2   281  Jr-R *    Miami (South Miami)
* 93 Everett Dawkins       DT      6-2   258  Fr-R      Spartanburg, SC (Byrnes)
   6 Gerald Demps          S       5-10  190  Fr        Valdosta, GA (Lowndes County)
  75 Philip Doumar         DS      6-0   211  Fr        Jupiter (Jupiter)
     Willie Downs          WR      6-2   192  Fr        Tallahassee (Godby)                              Did not qualify academically
* 40 Matt Dunham           TE-FB   6-2   255  Jr-R *    Columbus, GA (Pacelli)
*  8 Taiwan Easterling     WR      5-11  187  So-R *    Hattiesburg, MS (Oak Grove)
  38 Darren Edwards        CB      5-8   167  So-R      Lauderdale Lakes (Blanch Ely)
  41 James Esco            PK      6-3   207  So        Leesburg, GA (Lee County)
  76 Garrett Faircloth     OT      6-6   288  Fr        Brunswick, GA (Bolles)
* 80 Jarmon Fortson        WR      6-3   223  So   *    Hurtsboro, AL (Carver)
  63 A.J. Ganguzza         C       6-3   268  So-R      Boca Raton (West Boca Raton Community)
* 48 Daniel Gard           FB      5-10  212  Jr-R      Lake Worth (King's Academy/Georgia Southern)
  19 Josh Gehres           WR      6-3   195  Fr        Tallahassee (Lincoln)
* 89 Louis Givens          WR      5-8   170  Sr-R *    Jacksonville (Wolfson/Mars Hill College)
*  9 Richard Goodman       WR      6-0   191  Sr-R ***  Fort Lauderdale (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  70 Antwane Greenlee      OT      6-6   293  So-R *    Columbus, GA (Hardaway)
  51 Aaron Gresham         LB      6-2   237  So-R      Mayo (Lafayette)
* 30 Jajuan Harley         DB      6-2   190  Fr        Tallahassee (Rickards)
* 44 Maurice Harris        LB      6-0   212  So-R      Homestead (Homestead)
* 82 Willie Haulstead      WR      6-3   210  Fr        Titusville (Titusville)
  58 Dan Hicks             DE      6-4   251  Fr        Oxford, MS (Oxford)
* 18 Dustin Hopkins        PK      6-2   174  Fr        Houston, TX (Clear Lake)
* 62 Rodney Hudson         OG      6-2   285  Jr   **   Mobile, AL (Rain)
  37 Ed Imeokparia         S       6-0   186  Fr-R      Philadelphia, PA (Blair Academy)
* 55 Jamar Jackson         DE      6-4   240  So-R *    Richmond, VA (Varina)
* 15 Ochuko Jenije         CB      5-10  188  Jr-R **   Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)
* 49 Brandon Jenkins       DE      6-2   240  Fr        Tallahassee (Florida)
  78 Jonathan Johnson      DE      6-6   245  So        Sanford (Seminole/Lynn)
   1 Alex Jones            PK      6-0   176  Fr        Tallahassee (Chiles)
* 33 Ty Jones              RB      5-11  203  So        Tampa (Middleton)
  54 A.J. Land             LB      6-2   215  Jr        Old Town (Dixie County/Jacksonville)
* 85 Ja'Baris Little       TE      6-4   226  So   *    Tallahassee (Lincoln)
* 22 Korey Mangum          CB      6-0   202  Sr-S ***  LaMarque, TX (LaMarque)
*  3 E.J. Manuel           QB      6-4   223  Fr-R      Virginia Beach, VA (Bayside)
  97 Demonte McAllister    DT      6-3   263  Fr        Tampa (Alonso)
* 90 Moses McCray          DT      6-2   298  So   *    Tampa (Hillsborough)
* 99 Jacobbi McDaniel      DT      6-0   267  Fr        Greenville (Madison County)
* 60 Ryan McMahon          C       6-3   282  Jr-R **   Savannah, GA (Darlington Prep)
  95 Kevin McNeil          DE      6-2   257  Sr   **   Kingsland, GA (Camden County)
* 94 Justin Mincey         DT      6-5   272  Sr   ***  Folkston, GA (Charlton County/Hargrave Military Academy)
  40 C.J. Mizell           LB      6-2   212  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)                               Did not qualify academically
* 10 Nick Moody            S       6-2   228  Fr-R      Wyncote, PA (Roman Catholic)
  11 Tim Orange            WR      5-10  179  Jr        Miami (American)
  59 Henry Orelus          OL      6-2   292  Fr        Belle Glade (Glades Central)
* 86 Rod Owens             WR      6-0   183  Sr-R ***  Jacksonville (Wolfson)
*  4 Terrance Parks        DB      6-1   196  So        Fairburn, GA (Creekside)
* 92 Daniel Parvin         LB      6-0   218  Sr        Palm Harbor (Palm Harbor)
  54 Aubrey Phillips       OT      6-6   310  Fr        Olive Banch, MS (Olive Branch)                   Transferred to Auburn
  75 Gregory Pierre        DE      6-3   236  Jr        Miami (Monsignor Pace)
* 81 Caz Piurowski         TE      6-7   271  Sr   ***  Land O' Lakes (Land O' Lakes)
*  7 Christian Ponder      QB      6-3   217  Jr-R **   Colleyville, TX (Colleyville Heritage)
  43 Anthony Porterfield   TE      6-4   203  Fr        Pensacola (Escambia)
* 45 Shawn Powell          P       6-5   217  So   *    Rome, GA (Darlington Prep)
  39 Tavares Pressley      RB      6-1   202  Jr-R      Arcadia (DeSoto/El Camino JC)
  74 John Prior            OL      6-6   283  Fr        Portsmouth, OH (Portsmouth)
* 24 Lonnie Pryor          RB      6-1   195  Fr        Okeechobee (Okeechobee)
* 83 Bert Reed             WR      5-11  165  So-R *    Panama City (Bay)
*  5 Greg Reid             CB      5-9   175  Fr        Valdosta, GA (Lowndes County)
* 88 Beau Reliford         TE      6-7   241  So        Coral Springs (Dillard)
  69 Chris Revell          DS      6-0   207  Fr        Tallahassee (Chiles)
  27 Xavier Rhodes         DB      6-2   195  Fr        Miami (Norland)
  13 Ashuwa Richardson     WR      5-11  187  Jr        Winter Springs (Winter Springs)
* 20 Jamie Robinson        S       6-2   188  Sr-R ***  Rock Hill, SC (Northwestern)
* 21 Patrick Robinson      CB      5-11  194  Sr   ***  Miami (Gulliver Prep)
  66 Joshua Rodriguez      DT      6-1   289  So-R      Miami (Gulliver Prep)
* 77 Zebrie Sanders        OT      6-5   288  So   *    Dayton, OH (Northmont)
* 73 Rhonne Sanderson      OT      6-4   288  Fr-R      Tampa (Plant)
  47 Michael Schill        DB      6-0   198  So-R      Melbourne (West Shore)
  16 Will Secord           QB      6-3   204  Fr        Frisco, TX (Wakeland)
* 29 Kendall Smith         LB      6-1   224  Jr   **   Bushnell (South Sumter)
* 84 Rodney Smith          WR      6-6   208  Fr        Miami (Archbishop Carroll)
  61 Blake Snider          OL      6-4   282  Fr        Anniston, AL (Cleburne County)
* 79 David Spurlock        OL      6-5   285  So   *    Murfreesboro, TN (Riverdale)
  66 Jacob Stanley         OT      6-2   274  So-R      Jacksonville (Trinity Christian Academy)
* 96 Toshmon Stevens       DE      6-5   228  Fr-R      Pomona Park (Crescent City)
* 56 Kendrick Stewart      DT      6-2   271  Sr-R ***  Lakeland (Lakeland)
  52 Bryan Stork           OL      6-6   240  Fr        Vero Beach (Vero Beach)
  39 Jeff Taccetta         S       5-10  188  Sr-R *    Ocala
* 72 Budd Thacker          DT      6-2   276  Sr   ***  Sanford (Seminole)
* 38 Jermaine Thomas       RB      6-1   190  So   *    Jacksonville (First Coast)
* 23 Chris Thompson        RB      5-8   173  Fr        Greenville (Madison County)
* 87 Cameron Wade          WR      6-6   209  So-R      Cairo, GA (Cairo)
  47 Jonathan Wallace      TE      6-7   240  Fr        Jacksonville (Lee)
  31 Ventoure Watkins      DB      6-2   169  So-R      Flint, MI (Wharton)
* 36 Dekoda Watson         LB      6-2   226  Sr   ***  Aiken, SC (South Aiken)
* 98 Markus White          DE      6-4   261  Jr   *    West Palm Beach (John I. Leonard/Butler County CC)
  11 Vince Williams        LB      6-0   245  So   *    Davenport (Ridge Community)                      Back surgery
  76 Richard Wint          DT      6-2   263  Jr-R      Winter Springs (Winter Springs)
* 48 Recardo Wright        LB      6-2   226  Sr   ***  Orlando (Doctor Phillips)
* 91 Craig Yarborough      DE      6-2   236  Sr        Jacksonville (Baker)
  44 Ricky Yates           TE      6-4   244  Jr-R      Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)
* 46 Vincent Zann          LB      6-0   223  So-R      Fort Lauderdale (Saint Thomas Aquinas)

2009 Roster - By Number

L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
     Willie Downs          WR      6-2   192  Fr        Tallahassee (Godby)                              Did not qualify academically
   1 Alex Jones            PK      6-0   176  Fr        Tallahassee (Chiles)
   3 Justin Bright         S       6-0   180  Fr        Duncan, SC (Byrnes)
*  3 E.J. Manuel           QB      6-4   223  Fr-R      Virginia Beach, VA (Bayside)
*  4 Terrance Parks        DB      6-1   196  So        Fairburn, GA (Creekside)
*  5 Greg Reid             CB      5-9   175  Fr        Valdosta, GA (Lowndes County)
   6 Gerald Demps          S       5-10  190  Fr        Valdosta, GA (Lowndes County)
*  7 Christian Ponder      QB      6-3   217  Jr-R **   Colleyville, TX (Colleyville Heritage)
   8 Chad Colley           DB      5-11  166  So-R      Gulf Breeze (Gulf Breeze)
*  8 Taiwan Easterling     WR      5-11  187  So-R *    Hattiesburg, MS (Oak Grove)
   9 Kevin Campbell        P       6-0   190  Jr-R      Sarasota (Riverview)
*  9 Richard Goodman       WR      6-0   191  Sr-R ***  Fort Lauderdale (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
* 10 Nick Moody            S       6-2   228  Fr-R      Wyncote, PA (Roman Catholic)
  11 Ryan Becker           QB      5-10  200  Fr        Davie (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  11 Tim Orange            WR      5-10  179  Jr        Miami (American)
  11 Vince Williams        LB      6-0   245  So   *    Davenport (Ridge Community)                      Back surgery
* 12 Nigel Carr            LB      6-3   230  So   *    Jacksonville (First Coast)
* 13 Nigel Bradham         OLB     6-2   241  So   *    Crawfordville (Wakulla)
  13 Ashuwa Richardson     WR      5-11  187  Jr        Winter Springs (Winter Springs)
  14 Ricardo Cannon        CB      5-10  174  So        Sarasota (Sarasota)
  14 Avis Commack          WR      6-4   195  So        Jacksonville (First Coast)
* 15 Ochuko Jenije         CB      5-10  188  Jr-R **   Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)
* 16 Mister Alexander      LB      6-2   225  Jr-R      Aldine, TX (Eisenhower)
  16 Will Secord           QB      6-3   204  Fr        Frisco, TX (Wakeland)
* 18 Dustin Hopkins        PK      6-2   174  Fr        Houston, TX (Clear Lake)
  19 Josh Gehres           WR      6-3   195  Fr        Tallahassee (Lincoln)
* 20 Jamie Robinson        S       6-2   188  Sr-R ***  Rock Hill, SC (Northwestern)
* 21 Patrick Robinson      CB      5-11  194  Sr   ***  Miami (Gulliver Prep)
* 22 Korey Mangum          CB      6-0   202  Sr-S ***  LaMarque, TX (LaMarque)
* 23 Chris Thompson        RB      5-8   173  Fr        Greenville (Madison County)
* 24 Lonnie Pryor          RB      6-1   195  Fr        Okeechobee (Okeechobee)
  26 A.J. Alexander        CB      5-11  180  Fr-R      Altoona, PA (Altoona)
  27 Xavier Rhodes         DB      6-2   195  Fr        Miami (Norland)
* 28 Dionte Allen          CB      5-11  175  So-R      Detroit, MI (Saint Mary's)
* 29 Kendall Smith         LB      6-1   224  Jr   **   Bushnell (South Sumter)
* 30 Jajuan Harley         DB      6-2   190  Fr        Tallahassee (Rickards)
  31 Ventoure Watkins      DB      6-2   169  So-R      Flint, MI (Wharton)
* 33 Ty Jones              RB      5-11  203  So        Tampa (Middleton)
* 36 Dekoda Watson         LB      6-2   226  Sr   ***  Aiken, SC (South Aiken)
  37 Nathan Brazeau        FB      5-8   227  So        Brooksville (Central)
  37 Ed Imeokparia         S       6-0   186  Fr-R      Philadelphia, PA (Blair Academy)
  38 Darren Edwards        CB      5-8   167  So-R      Lauderdale Lakes (Blanch Ely)
* 38 Jermaine Thomas       RB      6-1   190  So   *    Jacksonville (First Coast)
  39 Tavares Pressley      RB      6-1   202  Jr-R      Arcadia (DeSoto/El Camino JC)
  39 Jeff Taccetta         S       5-10  188  Sr-R *    Ocala
* 40 Matt Dunham           TE-FB   6-2   255  Jr-R *    Columbus, GA (Pacelli)
  40 C.J. Mizell           LB      6-2   212  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)                               Did not qualify academically
  41 James Esco            PK      6-3   207  So        Leesburg, GA (Lee County)
  42 Ronald Britzius       LB      6-2   221  Fr        Orlando (Lutheran Academy)
  43 Anthony Porterfield   TE      6-4   203  Fr        Pensacola (Escambia)
* 44 Maurice Harris        LB      6-0   212  So-R      Homestead (Homestead)
  44 Ricky Yates           TE      6-4   244  Jr-R      Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)
* 45 Shawn Powell          P       6-5   217  So   *    Rome, GA (Darlington Prep)
* 46 Vincent Zann          LB      6-0   223  So-R      Fort Lauderdale (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  47 Michael Schill        DB      6-0   198  So-R      Melbourne (West Shore)
  47 Jonathan Wallace      TE      6-7   240  Fr        Jacksonville (Lee)
* 48 Daniel Gard           FB      5-10  212  Jr-R      Lake Worth (King's Academy/Georgia Southern)
* 48 Recardo Wright        LB      6-2   226  Sr   ***  Orlando (Doctor Phillips)
* 49 Brandon Jenkins       DE      6-2   240  Fr        Tallahassee (Florida)
  51 Aaron Gresham         LB      6-2   237  So-R      Mayo (Lafayette)
  52 Bryan Stork           OL      6-6   240  Fr        Vero Beach (Vero Beach)
  54 A.J. Land             LB      6-2   215  Jr        Old Town (Dixie County/Jacksonville)
  54 Aubrey Phillips       OT      6-6   310  Fr        Olive Banch, MS (Olive Branch)                   Transferred to Auburn
* 55 Jamar Jackson         DE      6-4   240  So-R *    Richmond, VA (Varina)
* 56 Kendrick Stewart      DT      6-2   271  Sr-R ***  Lakeland (Lakeland)
  57 Brandon Davis         OL      6-2   281  Jr-R *    Miami (South Miami)
  58 Dan Hicks             DE      6-4   251  Fr        Oxford, MS (Oxford)
  59 Henry Orelus          OL      6-2   292  Fr        Belle Glade (Glades Central)
* 60 Ryan McMahon          C       6-3   282  Jr-R **   Savannah, GA (Darlington Prep)
  61 Blake Snider          OL      6-4   282  Fr        Anniston, AL (Cleburne County)
* 62 Rodney Hudson         OG      6-2   285  Jr   **   Mobile, AL (Rain)
  63 A.J. Ganguzza         C       6-3   268  So-R      Boca Raton (West Boca Raton Community)
* 65 Zack Aronson          DS      6-2   218  Sr-R *    Coral Springs (Marjory Stoneman Douglas/Florida)
  66 Joshua Rodriguez      DT      6-1   289  So-R      Miami (Gulliver Prep)
  66 Jacob Stanley         OT      6-2   274  So-R      Jacksonville (Trinity Christian Academy)
* 67 Andrew Datko          OG      6-6   283  So   *    Weston (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  69 Chris Revell          DS      6-0   207  Fr        Tallahassee (Chiles)
  70 Antwane Greenlee      OT      6-6   293  So-R *    Columbus, GA (Hardaway)
  71 Evan Bellamy          OT      6-4   320  Jr-R *    Miami (Gulliver Prep)                            knee surgery
* 72 Budd Thacker          DT      6-2   276  Sr   ***  Sanford (Seminole)
* 73 Rhonne Sanderson      OT      6-4   288  Fr-R      Tampa (Plant)
  74 John Prior            OL      6-6   283  Fr        Portsmouth, OH (Portsmouth)
  75 Philip Doumar         DS      6-0   211  Fr        Jupiter (Jupiter)
  75 Gregory Pierre        DE      6-3   236  Jr        Miami (Monsignor Pace)
  76 Garrett Faircloth     OT      6-6   288  Fr        Brunswick, GA (Bolles)
  76 Richard Wint          DT      6-2   263  Jr-R      Winter Springs (Winter Springs)
* 77 Zebrie Sanders        OT      6-5   288  So   *    Dayton, OH (Northmont)
  78 Jonathan Johnson      DE      6-6   245  So        Sanford (Seminole/Lynn)
* 79 David Spurlock        OL      6-5   285  So   *    Murfreesboro, TN (Riverdale)
* 80 Jarmon Fortson        WR      6-3   223  So   *    Hurtsboro, AL (Carver)
* 81 Caz Piurowski         TE      6-7   271  Sr   ***  Land O' Lakes (Land O' Lakes)
* 82 Willie Haulstead      WR      6-3   210  Fr        Titusville (Titusville)
* 83 Bert Reed             WR      5-11  165  So-R *    Panama City (Bay)
* 84 Rodney Smith          WR      6-6   208  Fr        Miami (Archbishop Carroll)
* 85 Ja'Baris Little       TE      6-4   226  So   *    Tallahassee (Lincoln)
* 86 Rod Owens             WR      6-0   183  Sr-R ***  Jacksonville (Wolfson)
* 87 Cameron Wade          WR      6-6   209  So-R      Cairo, GA (Cairo)
* 88 Beau Reliford         TE      6-7   241  So        Coral Springs (Dillard)
* 89 Louis Givens          WR      5-8   170  Sr-R *    Jacksonville (Wolfson/Mars Hill College)
* 90 Moses McCray          DT      6-2   298  So   *    Tampa (Hillsborough)
* 91 Craig Yarborough      DE      6-2   236  Sr        Jacksonville (Baker)
* 92 Daniel Parvin         LB      6-0   218  Sr        Palm Harbor (Palm Harbor)
* 93 Everett Dawkins       DT      6-2   258  Fr-R      Spartanburg, SC (Byrnes)
* 94 Justin Mincey         DT      6-5   272  Sr   ***  Folkston, GA (Charlton County/Hargrave Military Academy)
  95 Kevin McNeil          DE      6-2   257  Sr   **   Kingsland, GA (Camden County)
* 96 Toshmon Stevens       DE      6-5   228  Fr-R      Pomona Park (Crescent City)
  97 Demonte McAllister    DT      6-3   263  Fr        Tampa (Alonso)
* 98 Markus White          DE      6-4   261  Jr   *    West Palm Beach (John I. Leonard/Butler County CC)
* 99 Jacobbi McDaniel      DT      6-0   267  Fr        Greenville (Madison County)

2/2/2009 - Preston Parker was dismissed from the football team due to his latest violation of team policy.
6/5/2009 - Will Furlong transferred to North Alabama.
7/16/2009 - Marcus Sims transferred to North Alabama.

2009 All-Americans

Name                     Organization
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Rodney Hudson            cnnsi.com - 1st Team All-American
                         Football Writers Association - 1st Team All-American
                         Associated Press - 2nd Team All-American
                         Rivals.Com - 2nd Team All-American
                         College & Pro Football Weekly - All-American - Honorable Mention

Jacobbi McDaniel         Scout - 2nd Team Freshman All-American

Greg Reid                Rivals.Com - 1st Team Freshman All-American
                         Scout - 2nd Team Freshman All-American
                         Rivals.Com - 3rd Team All-American
                         The Sporting News - 3rd Team All-American
                         cnnsi.com - All-American - Honorable Mention

All-Americans -  3

2009 Noles in the Pros

Name                     No      Pos                Team
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Alex Barron              70      LT                 St. Louis Rams
Anquan Boldin            81      WR                 Arizona Cardinals
Everette Brown           91      DE                 Carolina Panthers
Brodrick Bunkley         97      RDT                Philadelphia Eagles
Tony Carter              25      CB                 Denver Broncos
Laveranues Coles         11      WR                 Cincinnati Bengals
Antonio Cromartie        31      CB                 San Diego Chargers
Devard Darling           81      WR                 Kansas City Chiefs
Chauncey Davis           92      DE                 Atlanta Falcons
Darnell Dockett          90      DT                 Arizona Cardinals
Andre Fluellen           96      DT                 Detroit Lions
Graham Gano               4      K                  Washington Redskins
Letroy Guion             98      DT                 Minnesota Vikings
Geno Hayes               54      LB                 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mario Henderson          75      T                  Oakland Raiders
Montrae Holland          64      G                  Dallas Cowboys
Chris Hope               24      S                  Tennessee Titans
Sebastian Janikowski     11      K                  Oakland Raiders
Travis Johnson           96      DE-DT              San Diego Chargers
Greg Jones               33      FB-RB              Jacksonville Jaguars
Walter Jones             71      T                  Seattle Seahawks
Bryant McFadden          25      CB                 Arizona Cardinals
Samari Rolle             22      CB                 Baltimore Ravens
Garrison Sanborn         65      LS                 Buffalo Bills
Ernie Sims               50      LB                 Detroit Lions
Tra Thomas               72      OT                 Jacksonville Jaguars
Lawrence Timmons         94      RILB               Pittsburgh Steelers
Javon Walker             84      WR                 Oakland Raiders
Leon Washington          29      RB-KR              New York Jets
Pat Watkins              25      S                  Dallas Cowboys
Ray Willis               74      G                  Seattle Seahawks
Kamerion Wimbley         95      LB                 Cleveland Browns

Noles in the Pros - 32

2009 Schedule and Results

         
GAME DAY
 
         
FSU
OPP
OPP EOY
DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
AP
USA
AP
USA
AP
USA
REC
09/07
Ref
H
MIAMI
L 34-38
18
19
 
 
19
19
9-4
09/12
Ref
H
JACKSONVILLE STATE
W 19- 9
 
 
 
 
 
 
8-3
09/19
Ref
A
BRIGHAM YOUNG
W 54-28
 
 
7
9
12
12
11-2
09/26
Ref
H
SOUTH FLORIDA
L 7-17
18
25
 
 
 
 
8-5
10/03
Ref
A
BOSTON COLLEGE
L 21-28
 
 
 
 
 
 
8-5
10/10
Ref
H
GEORGIA TECH
L 44-49
 
 
22
23
13
13
11-3
10/22
Ref
A
NORTH CAROLINA
W 30-27
 
 
 
 
 
 
8-5
10/31
Ref
H
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
W 45-42
 
 
 
 
 
 
5-7
11/07
Ref
A
CLEMSON
L 24-40
 
 
 
 
24
 
9-5
11/14
Ref
A
WAKE FOREST
W 41-28
 
 
 
 
 
 
5-7
11/21
Ref
H
MARYLAND
W 29-26
 
 
 
 
 
 
2-10
11/28
Ref
A
FLORIDA
L 10-37
 
 
1
1
3
3
13-1
01/01
Ref
N
WEST VIRGINIA
Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, Fl
W 33-21
 
 
18
17
25
22
9-4
EOY Stats Ref

Conference games in bold

                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
------------------------------------------------
FSU RECORD IS    7- 6     3-3     3-3     1-0
AGAINST ACC      4- 4     2-2     2-2     0-0
AGAINST TOP 25   2- 2     0-1     1-1     1-0


2009 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE RESULTS
 
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 1  CLEMSON               6- 2     9- 5 
 2  BOSTON COLLEGE        5- 3     8- 5 
 3  FLORIDA STATE         4- 4     7- 6 
 4  WAKE FOREST           3- 5     5- 7 
 5  NORTH CAROLINA STATE  2- 6     5- 7 
 6  MARYLAND              1- 7     2-10 
 
COASTAL DIVISION
 1  GEORGIA TECH          7- 1    11- 2 
 2  VIRGINIA TECH         6- 2    10- 3 
 3  MIAMI                 5- 3     9- 4 
 4  NORTH CAROLINA        4- 4     8- 5 
 5  DUKE                  3- 5     5- 7 
 6  VIRGINIA              2- 6     3- 9 

2009 CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP, Tampa, Fl
   Date                    Score                                    Comments
==========  ==================================================  ==================================
12/05/2009  GEORGIA TECH 39, CLEMSON 34                         

ACC Championship
12/5/2009, Tampa, Fl - Georgia Tech 39, Clemson 34

2009 - 100 Yard Rushing Club

Name Date Opponent Att Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Jermaine Thomas 10/31/2009 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 20 186 9.30 2 Jermaine Thomas 11/14/2009 WAKE FOREST 25 149 5.96 1 Jermaine Thomas 01/01/2010 WEST VIRGINIA 25 121 4.84 2 Jermaine Thomas 11/07/2009 CLEMSON 26 119 4.58 1 Ty Jones 09/19/2009 BRIGHAM YOUNG 12 108 9.00 1

2009 - 100 Yard Receiving Club

Name Date Opponent Rec Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Rod Owens 10/22/2009 NORTH CAROLINA 9 199 22.11 1 Bert Reed 09/26/2009 SOUTH FLORIDA 9 114 12.67 0 Bert Reed 10/03/2009 BOSTON COLLEGE 7 107 15.29 0 Richard Goodman 10/03/2009 BOSTON COLLEGE 9 105 11.67 0 Taiwan Easterling 10/10/2009 GEORGIA TECH 5 104 20.80 0

2009 - 300 Yard Passing Club

Name Date Opponent Att Cmp Yds Int Avg TDs --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Christian Ponder 10/22/2009 NORTH CAROLINA 40 33 395 0 9.88 3 Christian Ponder 10/10/2009 GEORGIA TECH 36 26 359 0 9.97 5 Christian Ponder 10/03/2009 BOSTON COLLEGE 42 29 341 0 8.12 0 Christian Ponder 09/12/2009 JACKSONVILLE STATE 35 22 324 0 9.26 0

2009 EOY Stats

Overall Team Statistics TEAM STATISTICS FSU OPP -------------------------------------------------------- SCORING....................... 391 390 Points Per Game............. 30.1 30.0 TOUCHDOWNS.................... 48 53 TDs Rushing................. 26 27 TDs Passing................. 16 26 TDs Fumble Return........... 1 0 TDs Punt Return............. 1 0 TDs Interception............ 3 0 TDs Kickoff Return.......... 0 0 TDs Lateral................. 1 0 TDs Free Kick............... 0 0 PAT-ATTEMPTS.................. 43-48 47-52 Kick........................ 40-44 46-50 Pass........................ 3- 4 0- 0 Run......................... 0- 0 1- 2 FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS.......... 19-27 8-14 SAFETY........................ 0 0 FIRST DOWNS................... 282 271 Rushing..................... 118 128 Passing..................... 146 121 Penalty..................... 18 22 RUSHING YARDAGE............... 1944 2660 Yards gained rushing........ 2215 2961 Yards lost rushing.......... 271 301 Rushing Attempts............ 422 494 Average Per Rush............ 4.6 5.4 Average Per Game............ 149.5 204.6 PASSING YARDAGE............... 3534 2990 Att-Comp-Int................ 437-296-13 343-205-14 Efficiency.................. 141.80 149.84 Average Per Pass............ 8.1 8.7 Average Per Catch........... 11.9 14.6 Average Per Game............ 271.8 230.0 TOTAL OFFENSE................. 5478 5650 Total Plays................. 859 837 Average Per Play............ 6.4 6.8 Average Per Game............ 421.4 434.6 KICK RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 67-1390 50-1068 Average Per Return.......... 20.7 21.4 PUNT RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 23-390 17-136 Average Per Return.......... 17.0 8.0 INT RETURNS: #-YARDS.......... 14-251 13-197 Average Per Return.......... 17.9 15.2 FUMBLE RETURNS: #-YARDS....... 13- 57 13- 25 Average Per Return.......... 4.4 1.9 FUMBLES-LOST.................. 26-13 20-13 PENALTIES-YARDS............... 89- 811 80- 605 Average Per Game............ 62.4 46.5 PUNTS-YARDS................... 44-1825 48-1946 Average Per Punt............ 41.5 40.5 Net punt average............ 38.4 32.4 TIME OF POSSESSION/GAME....... 30:46 29:14 3RD DOWN CONVERSIONS-3RD DOWN. 74-160 71-161 3rd-Down Pct................ .463 .441 4TH DOWN CONVERSIONS-4TH DOWN. 5-11 12-18 4th-Down Pct................ .455 .667 SACKS BY-YARDS................ 26-158 20-146 MISC YARDS.................... 0 0 ATTENDANCE.................... 446,067 363,556 Games-Avg Per Game.......... 6-74,345 6-60,593 ATTENDANCE-NEUTRAL FIELD...... 84,129 Games-Avg Per Game.......... 1-84,129
 1st2nd3rd4th Total
Florida State
89
101
84
117
391
Opponents
89
128
58
115
390
Overall Individual Statistics

RUSHING              G  Att Gain  Loss  Net   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Jermaine Thomas     13  163  876   44   832   5.1   9  54t   64.0
Ty Jones             6   51  262   11   251   4.9   5  47    41.8
E.J. Manuel          7   44  226   30   196   4.5   2  24    28.0
Christian Ponder     9   72  318  139   179   2.5   2  30    19.9
Lonnie Pryor        13   27  157    1   156   5.8   4  24    12.0
Chris Thompson      13   23  131   11   120   5.2   2  49     9.2
Bert Reed           13   18  114   20    94   5.2   2  42t    7.2
Louis Givens        12    8   67    9    58   7.3   1  15     4.8
Tavares Pressley     6    9   40    0    40   4.4   0  12     6.7
Rodney Hudson       11    0    9    0     9         0   9     0.8
Taiwan Easterling   13    2    8    0     8   4.0   0   7     0.6
Jarmon Fortson      13    1    4    0     4   4.0   0   4     0.3
Rod Owens           13    1    3    0     3   3.0   0   3     0.2
 Team                     3    0    6    -6  -2.0   0  -2 

Total.........      13  422 2215  271  1944   4.6  26  54t  149.5
Opponents.....      13  494 2961  301  2660   5.4  27  70   204.6


PASSING              G   Effic Att-Cmp-Int   Pct  Yds  TD Long  Avg/G
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Christian Ponder     9  147.71 330-227- 7   .688 2717  14  98t  301.9
E.J. Manuel          7  124.74 106- 69- 6   .651  817   2  43   116.7
 Team                     0.00   1-  0- 0   .000    0   0   0 

Total.........      13  141.80 437-296-13   .677 3534  16  98t  271.8
Opponents.....      13  149.84 343-205-14   .598 2990  26  80t  230.0


RECEIVING            G  No   Yds   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
------------------------------------------------------
Rod Owens           13  61   729  12.0   3  98t   56.1
Bert Reed           13  60   710  11.8   0  44    54.6
Jarmon Fortson      13  45   610  13.6   4  34    46.9
Taiwan Easterling   13  35   442  12.6   2  39    34.0
Richard Goodman      8  27   355  13.1   1  33    44.4
Caz Piurowski        6  13   182  14.0   2  53    30.3
Lonnie Pryor        13  10   132  13.2   1  49t   10.2
Jermaine Thomas     13  17   129   7.6   1  20     9.9
Beau Reliford       13  11   101   9.2   2  22     7.8
Louis Givens        12   7    78  11.1   0  37     6.5
Ty Jones             6   5    35   7.0   0  12     5.8
Chris Thompson      13   2    10   5.0   0   9     0.8
Willie Haulstead    13   1    10  10.0   0  10     0.8
Rodney Smith         7   1     7   7.0   0   7     1.0
Ja'Baris Little      9   1     4   4.0   0   4     0.4

Total.........      13 296  3534  11.9  16  98t  271.8
Opponents.....      13 205  2990  14.6  26  80t  230.0


PUNT RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Greg Reid            21  387  18.4  1  68t
Bert Reed             1    3   3.0  0   3 
Mister Alexander      1    0   0.0  0   0 

Total.........       23  390  17.0  1  68t
Opponent......       17  136   8.0  0  25 


INTERCEPTIONS        No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Jamie Robinson        4   52  13.0  1  52t
Ochuko Jenije         4   54  13.5  0  37 
Greg Reid             2   63  31.5  1  63t
Markus White          1   31  31.0  1  31t
A.J. Alexander        1   21  21.0  0  21 
Kendall Smith         1   17  17.0  0  17 
Nigel Bradham         1   13  13.0  0  13 

Total.........       14  251  17.9  3  63t
Opponent......       13  197  15.2  0  82 


KICK RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Greg Reid            26   664 25.5  0  69 
Patrick Robinson     11   218 19.8  0  32 
Louis Givens          7   174 24.9  0  48 
Chris Thompson        6   150 25.0  0  33 
Vincent Zann          4    51 12.8  0  16 
Jajuan Harley         3    42 14.0  0  22 
Taiwan Easterling     2    40 20.0  0  21 
Nigel Bradham         2    24 12.0  0  18 
Lonnie Pryor          4    21  5.3  0  11 
Matt Dunham           2     6  3.0  0   6 

Total.........       67  1390 20.7  0  69 
Opponent......       50  1068 21.4  0  63 


                                            Fum
FUMBLE RETURNS       No  Yds   Avg TD Long  For
-----------------------------------------------
Kevin McNeil          3   33  11.0  1  33t   0
Nigel Bradham         2   24  12.0  0  24    0
Jamie Robinson        1    0   0.0  0   0    1
Jarmon Fortson        1    0   0.0  0   0    1
Maurice Harris        1    0   0.0  0   0    1
Jajuan Harley         1    0   0.0  0   0    1
Dekoda Watson         1    0   0.0  0   0    0
Kendall Smith         1    0   0.0  0   0    0
Nigel Carr            1    0   0.0  0   0    0
Moses McCray          1    0   0.0  0   0    0
Patrick Robinson      0    0    .   0   .    2
Jacobbi McDaniel      0    0    .   0   .    2
Rod Owens             0    0    .   0   .    1
Markus White          0    0    .   0   .    1
Budd Thacker          0    0    .   0   .    1
Dionte Allen          0    0    .   0   .    1

Total.........       13   57   4.4  1  33t  12
Opponent......       13   25   1.9  0  19 


                               |-------- PATs --------|
Name                 TD   FGs    Kick   Rush  Rcv Pass  DXP Saf Points
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Dustin Hopkins        0  19-27   40-44   0-0   0   0-0   0   0    97
Jermaine Thomas      10   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    60
Ty Jones              5   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    30
Lonnie Pryor          5   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    30
Jarmon Fortson        4   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    24
Rod Owens             3   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    18
Caz Piurowski         2   0-0     0-0    0-0   1   0-0   0   0    14
Taiwan Easterling     2   0-0     0-0    0-0   1   0-0   0   0    14
Christian Ponder      2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   1-2   0   0    12
Bert Reed             2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   1-1   0   0    12
E.J. Manuel           2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   1-1   0   0    12
Beau Reliford         2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    12
Greg Reid             2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    12
Chris Thompson        2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    12
Richard Goodman       1   0-0     0-0    0-0   1   0-0   0   0     8
Jamie Robinson        1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Kevin McNeil          1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Markus White          1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Louis Givens          1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
====================================================================
FSU                  48  19-27   40-44   0-0   3   3-4   0   0   391
Opponent             53   8-14   46-50   1-2   0   0-1   0   0   390
Touchdowns
R
C
P
I
FR
PR
KR
L
FK
Jermaine Thomas
9
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Ty Jones
5
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Lonnie Pryor
4
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Jarmon Fortson
.
4
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Rod Owens
.
3
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Caz Piurowski
.
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Taiwan Easterling
.
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Christian Ponder
2
.
14
.
.
.
.
.
.
Bert Reed
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
E.J. Manuel
2
.
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
Beau Reliford
.
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Greg Reid
.
.
.
1
.
1
.
.
.
Chris Thompson
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Richard Goodman
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Jamie Robinson
.
.
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
Kevin McNeil
.
.
.
.
1
.
.
.
.
Markus White
.
.
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
Louis Givens
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Total
27
16
16
3
1
1
.
.
.
Opponents
27
26
26
.
.
.
.
.
.
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
--------------------------------------------------
Christian Ponder     9  402   179 2717  2896 321.8
E.J. Manuel          7  150   196  817  1013 144.7
Jermaine Thomas     13  163   832    0   832  64.0
Ty Jones             6   51   251    0   251  41.8
Lonnie Pryor        13   27   156    0   156  12.0
Chris Thompson      13   23   120    0   120   9.2
Bert Reed           13   18    94    0    94   7.2
Louis Givens        12    8    58    0    58   4.8
Tavares Pressley     6    9    40    0    40   6.7
Rodney Hudson       11    0     9    0     9   0.8
Taiwan Easterling   13    2     8    0     8   0.6
Jarmon Fortson      13    1     4    0     4   0.3
Rod Owens           13    1     3    0     3   0.2
 Team                     4    -6    0    -6

Total.........      13  859  1944 3534  5478 421.4
Opponent......      13  837  2660 2990  5650 434.6


FIELD GOALS         FGM-FGA  Pct 01-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 Lg
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Dustin Hopkins       19-27  .704  0- 0  5- 5  6- 8  7-12  1- 2 52
FG SEQUENCE Dustin Hopkins
MIAMI
(52), (45)
JACKSONVILLE STATE
47
BRIGHAM YOUNG
(33), (35), 42
SOUTH FLORIDA
44
BOSTON COLLEGE
(31), (39), 37
GEORGIA TECH
45, (40)
NORTH CAROLINA
(48), (26), (40)
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
(24)
CLEMSON
(35), 58
WAKE FOREST
(47), (42)
MARYLAND
None
FLORIDA
41, (20)
WEST VIRGINIA
(26), 37, (42), (22), (37)
() For made field goals


PUNTING             No  Yds   Avg Long  TB  FC I20 Blkd
-------------------------------------------------------
Shawn Powell        43 1790  41.6  64    5   6  13   0
 Team                1   35  35.0  35    0   0   0   1

Total.........      44 1825  41.5  64    5   6  13   1
Opponent......      48 1946  40.5  57    2  10  15   0


ALL PURPOSE          G Rush   Rec   PR   KR   IR   FR  Tot Avg/G
----------------------------------------------------------------
Greg Reid           13    0     0  387  664   63    0 1114  85.7
Jermaine Thomas     13  832   129    0    0    0    0  961  73.9
Bert Reed           13   94   710    3    0    0    0  807  62.1
Rod Owens           13    3   729    0    0    0    0  732  56.3
Jarmon Fortson      13    4   610    0    0    0    0  614  47.2
Taiwan Easterling   13    8   442    0   40    0    0  490  37.7
Richard Goodman      8    0   355    0    0    0    0  355  44.4
Louis Givens        12   58    78    0  174    0    0  310  25.8
Lonnie Pryor        13  156   132    0   21    0    0  309  23.8
Ty Jones             6  251    35    0    0    0    0  286  47.7
Chris Thompson      13  120    10    0  150    0    0  280  21.5
Patrick Robinson    12    0     0    0  218    0    0  218  18.2
E.J. Manuel          7  196     0    0    0    0    0  196  28.0
Caz Piurowski        6    0   182    0    0    0    0  182  30.3
Christian Ponder     9  179     0    0    0    0    0  179  19.9
Beau Reliford       13    0   101    0    0    0    0  101   7.8
Nigel Bradham       13    0     0    0   24   13   24   61   4.7
Ochuko Jenije       13    0     0    0    0   54    0   54   4.2
Jamie Robinson      13    0     0    0    0   52    0   52   4.0
Vincent Zann        11    0     0    0   51    0    0   51   4.6
Jajuan Harley       11    0     0    0   42    0    0   42   3.8
Tavares Pressley     6   40     0    0    0    0    0   40   6.7
Kevin McNeil        12    0     0    0    0    0   33   33   2.8
Markus White        13    0     0    0    0   31    0   31   2.4
A.J. Alexander       3    0     0    0    0   21    0   21   7.0
Kendall Smith       13    0     0    0    0   17    0   17   1.3
Willie Haulstead    13    0    10    0    0    0    0   10   0.8
Rodney Hudson       11    9     0    0    0    0    0    9   0.8
Rodney Smith         7    0     7    0    0    0    0    7   1.0
Matt Dunham         13    0     0    0    6    0    0    6   0.5
Ja'Baris Little      9    0     4    0    0    0    0    4   0.4
 Team                    -6     0    0    0    0    0   -6

Total.........      13 1944  3534  390 1390  251   57 7566 582.0
Opponent......      13 2660  2990  136 1068  197   25 7076 544.3


                        |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd
DEFENSIVE LEADERS   GP   UT   AT  Total   ForLoss     No - Yards  Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds  FF Kick Saf
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Nigel Bradham       13   61   32    93   5.5- 16.0    2.0- 10.0     1- 13   1    3   2- 24   .   .   .
Kendall Smith       13   45   40    85   7.0- 20.0    2.0-  9.0     1- 17   1    2   1-  0   .   .   .
Jamie Robinson      13   52   22    74   2.5-  5.0    1.0-  1.0     4- 52   6    1   1-  0   1   .   .
Dekoda Watson       13   37   28    65  13.0- 58.0    6.5- 42.0      .      1    3   1-  0   .   .   .
Patrick Robinson    12   36   16    52   3.0-  7.0       .           .     11    .    .      2   .   .
Markus White        13   21   17    38  10.5- 27.0    2.0- 10.0     1- 31   .    2    .      1   .   .
Korey Mangum        12   19   15    34   2.0-  7.0    1.0-  2.0      .      1    .    .      .   .   .
Nick Moody          13   23   10    33   0.5-  3.0    0.5-  3.0      .      1    .    .      .   .   .
Ochuko Jenije       13   26    5    31   1.0-  1.0       .          4- 54   .    .    .      .   .   .
Nigel Carr          13   15   11    26   1.5-  3.0       .           .      .    1   1-  0   .   .   .
Jacobbi McDaniel    13   13   12    25   4.0- 16.0    1.0- 10.0      .      .    .    .      2   .   .
Greg Reid           13   16    7    23      .            .          2- 63   6    .    .      .   .   .
Kevin McNeil        12   14    5    19   5.5- 26.0    2.0- 18.0      .      1    3   3- 33   .   2   .
Mister Alexander    13   14    3    17   6.0- 38.0    5.0- 37.0      .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Recardo Wright      13    7    9    16      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Budd Thacker        10   12    4    16      .            .           .      .    .    .      1   .   .
Dionte Allen         9   12    3    15   2.5-  7.0    1.0-  3.0      .      3    .    .      1   .   .
Maurice Harris       6   10    5    15      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   1   .   .
Everett Dawkins     13    9    5    14   3.5- 15.0    1.0-  9.0      .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Kendrick Stewart    12    6    6    12      .            .           .      .    1    .      .   .   .
Moses McCray        12    5    7    12   1.0-  1.0       .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Brandon Jenkins     12    8    4    12   3.0-  6.0       .           .      .    4    .      .   .   .
Willie Haulstead    13    6    4    10      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Rod Owens           13    6    2     8      .            .           .      .    .    .      1   .   .
Louis Givens        12    7    1     8      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Terrance Parks       9    1    5     6      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Craig Yarborough    13    3    1     4      .            .           .      .    1    .      .   .   .
Rodney Smith         7    3    1     4      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Justin Mincey        5    3    1     4      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Jajuan Harley       11    2    2     4      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   1   .   .
Jarmon Fortson      13    3    .     3      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   1   .   .
Zack Aronson        13    1    2     3      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Jamar Jackson       12    2    1     3      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Vincent Zann        11    .    3     3      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Toshmon Stevens     13    1    1     2   1.0-  5.0       .           .      .    1    .      .   .   .
Dustin Hopkins      13    .    2     2      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Andrew Datko        13    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Christian Ponder     9    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Caz Piurowski        6    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
E.J. Manuel          7    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Lonnie Pryor        13    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Cameron Wade         6    .    1     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Jermaine Thomas     13    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
David Spurlock      13    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
A.J. Alexander       3    .    .     .      .            .          1- 21   .    .    .      .   .   .

MIAMI 38, FLORIDA STATE 34

09/07/2009, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Loses Heartbreaker to Miami, 38-34.

Seminoles have opportunity to win it on final play but potential game-winning pass falls to the ground in the south endzone.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The No. 18 Florida State football team fell in heartbreaking fashion Monday night to visiting Miami, 38-34.

With just five seconds remaining and the ball positioned on the Hurricanes' two yard-line, FSU quarterback Christian Ponder's potential game-winning pass to Jarmon Fortson hit the ground in the endzone as time expired.

"Doggone I thought we had it," head coach Bobby Bowden said in the postgame press conference. "It was a typical Miami-Florida State game. They have good players and we have good players. They just made more plays than we did in the end."

Those late Miami (1-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) plays put the Seminoles (0-1, 0-1) on the ropes in the fourth quarter as Miami held a 24-23 advantage early on in the final period.

Blitzing from the cornerback position, true freshman Greg Reid violently slammed into 'Canes quarterback Jacory Harris and forced a wobbly pass that was intercepted and returned 31 yards for the go-ahead score by FSU defensive end Markus White.

The Seminoles then added a two-point conversion to go up 31-24.

Showing his short memory and ability to bounce back from a big hit, Harris then led a scoring drive on Miami's ensuing possession that knotted the score at 31-31 with just over seven minutes to play.

Following a 45-yard field goal by Seminoles true freshman kicker Dustin Hopkins with 4:11 remaining in the game, the Hurricanes marched down the field once again and Miami tailback Graig Cooper bounded into the endzone from three yards to give his team what would turn out to be the game-winning score.

For the game, the Seminole defense allowed Harris to complete 21 of his 34 pass attempts for a career-best 386 yards and two scores. Wide receiver Travis Benjamin accounted for 128 of those yards.

The one bright spot for the FSU defenders Monday night? Stopping the run as Miami mustered just 90 yards on 30 attempts.

"We held them against the run better than I thought we would because we've had tackle problems with injuries," Bowden said. "We held them against the run better but boy, (there were) too many 'gimme' touchdowns. They deserve it because they schemed us. They put this guy here and that guy here so that we would mess up and we messed up."

Offensively, Ponder finished with a career-high 294 yards on 24-for-41 passing. He tossed two touchdown passes but also had an interception.

Richard Goodman and Bert Reed both had five catches apiece for the Seminoles for a combined 145 yards. Six other FSU players also grabbed a reception. On the ground, Ty Jones had a game-high 59 yards but the 'Noles had just 110 rushing yards.

"We fought, we never quit and that's good for the team character," FSU left guard and All-America candidate Rodney Hudson said. "We had a chance to win the game and at the same time that (final) possession did not lose the game if we had done something better earlier. It's not one man's fault it's all of our faults. We played hard though."

Down 14-10 at the start of the third quarter, Reid's 29-yard kick return sparked a scoring drive that allowed the Seminoles to recapture the lead.

After completions to Goodman and Rod Owens put the 'Noles in scoring position, Ponder's nifty nine-yard touchdown run pushed the score to 16-14 before a missed extra point.

A few minutes later, Reid once again served as the catalyst for a Florida State scoring drive. After his interception of Harris deep in Seminole territory, the FSU offense kicked into high gear.

First Ponder hooked up with Goodman for a 28-yard gain and then a few plays later wide receiver Louis Givens took a reverse handoff 13 yards. Wide receiver Taiwan Easterling then proved the ruptured Achilles tendon he sustained in the spring was a thing of the past as he grabbed a pass and grinded out a 21-yard touchdown reception to put FSU on top 23-14.

Rated the consensus No. 1 kicker as a high school senior a year ago, Hopkins didn't wait long to make his presence known in a rivalry that has historically featured the kickers.

The Houston, Texas native put an exclamation point on a 64-yard drive as he set a new school record for an FSU player's first career kick with a 52-yard field goal. The lengthy three-point play put FSU on top 10-7 with 2:50 remaining before halftime.

Unfortunately for the Seminoles, the excitement of Hopkins' successful debut was short lived as Miami had an answer.

On the ensuing drive, Harris orchestrated a 75-yard drive that was culminated by a five-yard Javarris James touchdown dive.

FSU tried to answer but Ponder's attempted pass to Goodman in the endzone was intercepted by Miami safety Randy Phillips just before intermission.

Florida State scored its first touchdown of the young season on the team's very first offensive possession.

Already trailing 7-0 after an opening-drive Miami score, Ponder capped off a 13-play drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Piurowski in the back left side of the north endzone.

It's now a short week for the Seminoles as they will begin preparations to host Jacksonville State at home on Saturday at 6 p.m.

ESPN will air that ballgame online at www.espn360.com.

"I hope the guys see it as an opportunity," Ponder said. "We have an opportunity to bounce back and what we saw tonight we have a good football team. We have 11 more games and this is game number one."

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
MIAMI
7
7
3
21
38
FLORIDA STATE
7
3
13
11
34

1st   0- 7  Opp, 39, pass (kick), 12:02
      7- 7  Caz Piurowski, 10, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 4:55 
2nd  10- 7  Dustin Hopkins, 52, field goal, 2:50 
     10-14  Opp, 6, run (kick), 0:42 
3rd  16-14  Christian Ponder, 9, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick failed), 12:01
     23-14  Taiwan Easterling, 21, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 4:57 
     23-17  Opp, 18, field goal, 3:12 
4th  23-24  Opp, 1, run (kick), 13:43
     31-24  Markus White, 31, interception return (Richard Goodman, pass from Christian Ponder), 11:45
     31-31  Opp, 24, pass (kick), 7:14 
     34-31  Dustin Hopkins, 45, field goal, 4:11 
     34-38  Opp, 3, run (kick), 1:53 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 21 22 Rushes-yards 30-110 30- 90 Passing 294 386 Att-Comp-Int 24-41-1 34-21-2 Total Yards 54-404 64-476 Punt Returns 0-0 3-7 Kickoff Returns 7-129 6-181 Interception Ret. 2-31 1-0 Fumble Returns 0-0 1-0 Punts 4-39.5 4-41.3 Sacks By-Yds 1-8 2-17 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0 Penalties-Yds 5-35 9-74 3rd Down Conversions 6-15 5-13 4th Down Conversions 1-1 1-1 Time of Posession 31:25 28:35 Attendance 81,077 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Ty Jones 14- 67 Christian Ponder 8- 28 Louis Givens 1- 13 Jermaine Thomas 7- 10 Receiving Richard Goodman 5- 82 Bert Reed 5- 63 Jarmon Fortson 3- 53 Caz Piurowski 3- 33 Rod Owens 3- 31 Taiwan Easterling 2- 21 Jermaine Thomas 2- 7 Beau Reliford 1- 4 Passing Christian Ponder 41-24-1-294 Kickoff Return Greg Reid 3- 100 Taiwan Easterling 1- 19 Vincent Zann 1- 8 Lonnie Pryor 1- 2 Matt Dunham 1- 0 Punting Shawn Powell 4- 158 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jamie Robinson 3 4 7 . . . 2 . . . . . Dekoda Watson 2 4 6 2.0- 10.0 1.0- 8.0 . . . . . . . Nigel Carr 2 4 6 . . . . . . . . . Markus White 3 2 5 . . 1- 31 . . . . . . Kendall Smith 4 1 5 . . . . . . . . . Nigel Bradham 3 2 5 . . . 1 . . . . . Ochuko Jenije 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . Maurice Harris 1 3 4 . . . . . . . . . Recardo Wright 1 3 4 . . . . . . . . . Greg Reid 3 . 3 . . 1- 0 1 . . . . . Korey Mangum 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Patrick Robinson 1 2 3 . . . 1 . . . . . Dionte Allen 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Louis Givens 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Craig Yarborough 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Nick Moody 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Jacobbi McDaniel 1 . 1 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Willie Haulstead 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Jajuan Harley . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Budd Thacker . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Kendrick Stewart . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Cameron Wade . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Mister Alexander . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Zack Aronson . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    7  Christian Ponder
WR    9  Richard Goodman
TB   38  Jermaine Thomas
C    60  Ryan McMahon
LG   62  Rodney Hudson
LT   67  Andrew Datko
RT   77  Zebrie Sanders
RG   79  David Spurlock
TE   81  Caz Piurowski
TE   85  Ja'Baris Little
WR   86  Rod Owens
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
WLB  13  Nigel Bradham
CB   15  Ochuko Jenije
FS   20  Jamie Robinson
CB   21  Patrick Robinson
RV   22  Korey Mangum
MLB  29  Kendall Smith
SLB  36  Dekoda Watson
NT   56  Kendrick Stewart
DT   90  Moses McCray
LE   91  Craig Yarborough
RE   98  Markus White
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 4  Terrance Parks
 5  Greg Reid
 8  Taiwan Easterling
10  Nick Moody
12  Nigel Carr
14  Avis Commack
16  Mister Alexander
18  Dustin Hopkins
23  Chris Thompson
24  Lonnie Pryor
26  A.J. Alexander
28  Dionte Allen
30  Jajuan Harley
33  Ty Jones
37  Ed Imeokparia
40  Matt Dunham
44  Maurice Harris
45  Shawn Powell
46  Vincent Zann
##  NAME
-----------------------------
48  Daniel Gard
48  Recardo Wright
49  Brandon Jenkins
51  Aaron Gresham
55  Jamar Jackson
57  Brandon Davis
65  Zack Aronson
72  Budd Thacker
80  Jarmon Fortson
82  Willie Haulstead
83  Bert Reed
87  Cameron Wade
88  Beau Reliford
89  Louis Givens
93  Everett Dawkins
95  Kevin McNeil
96  Toshmon Stevens
99  Jacobbi McDaniel

FLORIDA STATE 19, JACKSONVILLE STATE 9

09/12/2009, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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Seminoles Escape With 19-9 Win.

FSU football team trails for 48 minutes against Jacksonville State Saturday night but finds a way to avoid upset.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The Florida State football team avoided the unthinkable Saturday night as the Seminoles escaped with a 19-9 victory over visiting Jacksonville State.

Trailing most of the game, FSU (1-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) rattled off 12-straight points in the game's final three minutes thanks to a high-pressure offensive drive and a game-sealing defensive play.

Down 9-7, FSU senior linebacker Dekoda Watson's sack of Jacksonville State quarterback Ryan Perrilloux with three minutes remaining helped initiate what would become the Seminoles' come-back drive.

Starting from his own 42-yard line with just 2:45 remaining on the clock, Seminoles quarterback Christian Ponder hooked up with Richard Goodman on the drive's seventh play for a 24-yard gain.

The long pass-play was then followed a short time later by tailback Ty Jones' one-yard plunge as the clock ticked to 35 seconds left and the scoreboard moved to 13-9 in favor of the Seminoles.

On Jacksonville State's ensuing drive, true freshman Jacobbi McDaniel knocked the ball out of Perilloux's hands and senior defensive end Kevin McNeil's scoop and dash into the endzone from 33 yards out extended the FSU lead to 19-9 with 21 seconds left.

"Who won that darn game?" FSU head coach Bobby Bowden joked after the game. "I feel lucky to have won that one. I never played a ballgame in my life where so many things went wrong."

And Coach Bowden was right; the Seminoles just couldn't catch a break against the Gamecocks (0-2).

A big third-down stand by the Seminoles midway through the fourth quarter was then wiped out when senior cornerback Patrick Robinson roughed the kicker on the ensuing punt.

McNeil blocked a field goal late in the third quarter but the offense couldn't turn it into any points. Senior wide receiver Louis Givens took a long pass-play down near the goal-line but fumbled at the end of the run.

That was just the type of night it was for an FSU team looking to rebound after a heart-wrenching loss to Miami just a few days prior.

The only real highlight for the Seminoles before the final few moments was Jones' seven-yard rumble into the endzone late in the first quarter. The scoring play, which put FSU on top 7-6, was set up by a career-best 53-yard reception by Piurowski.

For the game, Ponder broke the career-high he set against the Hurricanes as he finished the game against the Gamecocks with 324 yards passing.

Ponder's first-ever 300-yard passing game was made possible by his ability to spread the wealth. Just like he did against Miami, FSU's starting signal-caller connected with eight different pass-catchers.

Goodman led the 'Noles with eight catches for 80 yards while Rod Owens had four grabs for 47 yards. Piurowski added 78 yards on two catches.

In addition to his 30 receiving yards, Jones led the Seminoles with 40 yards on eight carries.

Defensively, redshirt freshman rover Nick Moody made the most of his first-ever start as he finished with 10 tackles. Senior Kendall Smith also posted 10 stops from his Mike linebacker spot.

Defensive captain Dekoda Watson paced his unit with an impressive 3.5 sacks and nine tackles.

Florida State will now head to Utah for a tough matchup with No. 9 BYU on Saturday. That game will be aired nationally on the Versus Network and is slated for a 7 p.m. EST kickoff.

"You can't keep making mistakes if you expect to win any more of these games," Bowden said.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
JACKSONVILLE STATE
6
3
0
0
9
FLORIDA STATE
7
0
0
12
19

1st   0- 6  Opp, 28, pass (run failed), 11:03
      7- 6  Ty Jones, 7, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 1:25 
2nd   7- 9  Opp, 37, field goal, 7:47 
      7- 9  Dustin Hopkins, 47, field goal failed, 0:29 
3rd   7- 9  Opp, 38, field goal blocked by Kevin McNeil, 4:03 
4th  13- 9  Ty Jones, 1, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick failed), 0:35 
     19- 9  Kevin McNeil, 33, fumble recovery/return (Dustin Hopkins, kick failed), 0:21 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 15 15 Rushes-yards 26- 78 41- 97 Passing 324 213 Att-Comp-Int 35-22-0 27-12-0 Total Yards 61-402 68-310 Punt Returns 5-19 2-18 Kickoff Returns 2-54 3-66 Interception Ret. 0-0 0-0 Fumble Returns 1-33 3-3 Punts 6-44.2 8-40.1 Sacks By-Yds 7-36 2-25 Fumbles-Lost 5-3 2-1 Penalties-Yds 6-51 8-321 3rd Down Conversions 5-14 6-18 4th Down Conversions 0-1 0-1 Time of Posession 27:21 32:39 Attendance 71,420 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Ty Jones 8- 40 Louis Givens 1- 15 Jermaine Thomas 2- 8 Christian Ponder 7- 7 Chris Thompson 5- 7 Bert Reed 3- 1 Receiving Richard Goodman 8- 80 Caz Piurowski 2- 78 Rod Owens 4- 47 Louis Givens 1- 40 Jarmon Fortson 2- 33 Ty Jones 3- 30 Taiwan Easterling 1- 19 Jermaine Thomas 1- -3 Passing Christian Ponder 35-22-0-324 Punt Return Greg Reid 3- 16 Bert Reed 1- 3 Mister Alexander 1- 0 Kickoff Return Greg Reid 1- 36 Nigel Bradham 1- 18 Punting Shawn Powell 6- 265 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nick Moody 7 3 10 0.5- 3.0 0.5- 3.0 . 1 . . . . . Kendall Smith 2 8 10 . . . . 1 . . . . Dekoda Watson 5 4 9 3.5- 14.0 3.5- 14.0 . . 1 . . . . Nigel Bradham 4 3 7 . . . . 1 . . . . Jamie Robinson 3 3 6 0.5- 1.0 . . 1 . . . . . Dionte Allen 4 1 5 1.0- 3.0 2.5- 7.0 . 2 . . . . . Jacobbi McDaniel 3 2 5 1.0- 10.0 2.0- 12.0 . . . . 1 . . Patrick Robinson 2 1 3 . . . 1 . . . . . Kendrick Stewart 2 1 3 . . . . 1 . . . . Craig Yarborough 2 1 3 . . . . 1 . . . . Greg Reid 1 1 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Kevin McNeil 1 1 2 1.0- 6.0 1.0- 6.0 . 1 . 1- 33 . 1 . Lonnie Pryor 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Jarmon Fortson 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Ochuko Jenije 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Zack Aronson 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Markus White . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Everett Dawkins . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Terrance Parks . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Maurice Harris . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Willie Haulstead . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Moses McCray . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    7  Christian Ponder
WR    9  Richard Goodman
TB   33  Ty Jones
FB   48  Daniel Gard
C    60  Ryan McMahon
LG   62  Rodney Hudson
LT   67  Andrew Datko
RT   77  Zebrie Sanders
RG   79  David Spurlock
TE   81  Caz Piurowski
WR   86  Rod Owens
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RV   10  Nick Moody
WLB  13  Nigel Bradham
CB   15  Ochuko Jenije
FS   20  Jamie Robinson
CB   21  Patrick Robinson
MLB  29  Kendall Smith
SLB  36  Dekoda Watson
NT   56  Kendrick Stewart
DT   90  Moses McCray
LE   91  Craig Yarborough
RE   98  Markus White
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 4  Terrance Parks
 5  Greg Reid
 8  Taiwan Easterling
12  Nigel Carr
13  Ashuwa Richardson
16  Mister Alexander
18  Dustin Hopkins
23  Chris Thompson
24  Lonnie Pryor
28  Dionte Allen
30  Jajuan Harley
38  Jermaine Thomas
40  Matt Dunham
44  Maurice Harris
45  Shawn Powell
46  Vincent Zann
48  Recardo Wright
##  NAME
-----------------------------
49  Brandon Jenkins
51  Aaron Gresham
55  Jamar Jackson
57  Brandon Davis
65  Zack Aronson
80  Jarmon Fortson
82  Willie Haulstead
83  Bert Reed
85  Ja'Baris Little
87  Cameron Wade
88  Beau Reliford
89  Louis Givens
93  Everett Dawkins
95  Kevin McNeil
96  Toshmon Stevens
99  Jacobbi McDaniel

FLORIDA STATE 54, BRIGHAM YOUNG 28

09/19/2009, PROVO, UT

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FSU Blasts No. 7 BYU, 54-28.

Seminoles go out to Provo, Utah and end No. 7 BYU's 18-game home winning streak as Florida State churns out over 500 yards of offense.

PROVO, UT - The Cougars never had a chance...and now the Seminoles will be bringing some turf back to the east coast.

Underdogs to the seventh-ranked team in the nation, the Florida State football team went out to Provo, Utah Saturday night and blasted BYU 54-21 to put an end to the Cougar's 18-game home winning streak.

In doing so, senior team captain Dekoda Watson will bring home a chunk of the turf to bury in the program's storied Sod Cemetary on campus.

"It was a really an unexpected win, especially with that kind of score," said FSU head coach Bobby Bowden, whose team generated 511 yards of offense. "I think tonight shows you we are getting back."

FSU starting quarterback Christian Ponder was masterful in the mountains as he completed 21 of his 25 pass attempts for 195 yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers as the Seminoles (2-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) moved to a perfect 7-0 when the redshirt junior doesn't throw an interception.

While Ponder was efficiently moving the ball through the air, a stable of tailbacks held it down on the ground after struggling through the first two games of the year. Ty Jones led the way with 109 yards on 13 carries and Lonnie Pryor added 50 yards and two scores on seven rushes.

Even Ponder had success toting the ball as he amassed 79 yards and a score on 11 carries as FSU rushed for a team total of 313 yards.

Through the air, Jarmon Fortson and Rod Owens had four catches each for a combined 90 yards. Bert Reed had 34 yards receiving and Caz Piurowski had 38 of his own for a Seminole offense that scored the second most points ever allowed by BYU (2-1) on its home field.

Defensively, the Seminoles had difficulty stopping a talented Cougars offense as quarterback Max Hall's unit posted 475 total yards. Still, FSU made plays when it had to as the team forced five turnovers and scored 17 points off those takeaways.

A week after a sloppy win over Jacksonville State, the Seminoles looked like a completely different offensive team right away against the Cougars.

On the first drive of the evening, FSU marched 80 yards and got on the board first as Jones dove into the endzone from three yards out.

The Cougars were then threatening to score on their first drive but Budd Thacker forced a fumble and last week's hero, Kevin McNeil, scooped it off the turf. The stellar defensive play was followed up by another fantastic drive for FSU.

The 'Noles were methodical as they picked and popped the BYU defense on a commanding 18-play drive. Lining up at fullback in front of Jones, Pryor then scored his first touchdown as a Seminole as he slammed in for a one-yard score to push the FSU lead to 13-0 early in the second quarter.

BYU was able to respond on the ensuing drive with a touchdown but the FSU offense didn't care. After Greg Reid took the kick-off to the 40-yard line, Jones' highlight-reel run of 47 yards put FSU on the BYU nine-yard line.

On the very next play, Pryor danced into the endzone from nine yards away for his second score.

Unfortunately for FSU, it became apparent very early that the defense was going to have trouble stopping a potent Cougar passing attack. Luckily, Ponder and the offense came prepared.

After a BYU score cut the FSU lead to 20-14, Ponder orchestrated another beautiful drive. Playing in his first game for FSU, redshirt junior tailback Tavares Pressley's 12-yard run put the 'Noles on the BYU five-yard line and then two plays later Piurowski snared a five-yard pass in the back of the endzone as FSU jumped out to a 27-14 lead with 24 seconds left in the second quarter.

And they weren't done.

On the following kick-off, true freshman safety Jajuan Harley forced a fumble and kicker Dustin Hopkins was then able to drill a 33-yard field as the first-half clock expired to give Florida State a 30-14 advantage at the break.

Looking to add to the lead, the Seminoles did just that at the start of the third quarter.

With BYU moving down the field at ease, Reid stepped in front of Hall's pass and returned it 63 yards to pay dirt. The interception was Reid's second of his career and the score was his first.

On top 37-14 against a Cougars team that had allowed just an average of eight points per game prior to Saturday's contest, the FSU defense forced the first BYU punt of the night. The offense then scored again when Ponder dove into the endzone a few minutes later to extend the Seminoles' lead to a staggering 44-14.

The Cougars found the endzone again, however, as an 80-yard scoring pass trimmed the lead to 44-21.

A first-career interception by linebacker Nigel Bradham and a Hopkins field goal later, FSU's 47-21 lead then ballooned to 54-21 when Ponder connected with Fortson on a 16-yard touchdown pass for the team's final score.

Next up for the Seminoles is a home game against South Florida on Saturday. Fans are encouraged to come to Doak Campbell Stadium sporting white shirts as the team will don all-white uniforms at home for the fist time in program history.

That game is slated for a noon kick-off.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
7
23
14
10
54
BRIGHAM YOUNG
0
14
7
7
28

1st   7- 0  Ty Jones, 4, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 10:05
2nd  13- 0  Lonnie Pryor, 1, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick failed), 14:25
     13- 7  Opp, 12, run (kick), 9:39 
     20- 7  Lonnie Pryor, 9, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 8:25 
     20-14  Opp, 3, pass (kick), 5:11 
     27-14  Caz Piurowski, 5, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 0:24 
     30-14  Dustin Hopkins, 33, field goal, 0:00 
3rd  37-14  Greg Reid, 63, interception return (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 12:52
     44-14  Christian Ponder, 6, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 5:11 
     44-21  Opp, 80, pass (kick), 4:59 
4th  47-21  Dustin Hopkins, 35, field goal, 10:21
     54-21  Jarmon Fortson, 16, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 7:32 
     54-21  Dustin Hopkins, 42, field goal failed, 4:51 
     54-28  Opp, 29, pass (kick), 3:13 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 27 20 Rushes-yards 49-313 19-108 Passing 199 365 Att-Comp-Int 28-22-0 34-23-3 Total Yards 77-512 53-473 Punt Returns 0-0 0-0 Kickoff Returns 3-71 2-23 Interception Ret. 3-97 0-0 Fumble Returns 2-0 0-0 Punts 1-38.0 1-43.0 Sacks By-Yds 1-5 0-0 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-2 Penalties-Yds 9-74 3-24 3rd Down Conversions 12-15 3-6 4th Down Conversions 0-0 0-1 Time of Posession 39:51 20:09 Attendance 64,209 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Ty Jones 12- 108 Christian Ponder 11- 77 Lonnie Pryor 7- 50 Tavares Pressley 7- 25 Jermaine Thomas 6- 23 Louis Givens 1- 11 E.J. Manuel 1- 8 Chris Thompson 1- 5 Jarmon Fortson 1- 4 Rod Owens 1- 3 Bert Reed 1- -1 Receiving Jarmon Fortson 6- 62 Caz Piurowski 5- 38 Rod Owens 3- 35 Bert Reed 3- 34 Richard Goodman 1- 20 Beau Reliford 1- 6 Ja'Baris Little 1- 4 Louis Givens 1- 1 Ty Jones 1- -1 Passing Christian Ponder 26-21-0-195 E.J. Manuel 2- 1-0- 4 Kickoff Return Greg Reid 3- 71 Punting Shawn Powell 1- 38 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jamie Robinson 5 2 7 . . . . . . . . . Kendall Smith 4 . 4 . . . . . . . . . Nigel Bradham 1 2 3 . . 1- 13 . 1 . . . . Dekoda Watson 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Patrick Robinson 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Korey Mangum 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Jacobbi McDaniel 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Greg Reid 1 1 2 . . 1- 63 . . . . . . Budd Thacker 2 . 2 . . . . . . 1 . . Maurice Harris 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Terrance Parks 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Ochuko Jenije 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Jamar Jackson 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Dionte Allen 1 1 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Nigel Carr 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Bert Reed 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Mister Alexander 1 . 1 1.0- 5.0 1.0- 5.0 . . . . . . . Nick Moody 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Jajuan Harley 1 . 1 . . . . . 1- 0 1 . . Markus White 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Kevin McNeil . 1 1 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Recardo Wright . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . A.J. Alexander . . . . . 1- 21 . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    7  Christian Ponder
TB   33  Ty Jones
FB   48  Recardo Wright
C    60  Ryan McMahon
LG   62  Rodney Hudson
LT   67  Andrew Datko
RT   77  Zebrie Sanders
RG   79  David Spurlock
WR   80  Jarmon Fortson
TE   81  Caz Piurowski
WR   86  Rod Owens
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
CB   15  Ochuko Jenije
FS   20  Jamie Robinson
CB   21  Patrick Robinson
CB   22  Korey Mangum
MLB  29  Kendall Smith
SSL  36  Dekoda Watson
WLB  44  Maurice Harris
NT   56  Kendrick Stewart
DE   90  Moses McCray
LE   91  Craig Yarborough
RE   98  Markus White
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Alex Jones
 3  E.J. Manuel
 4  Terrance Parks
 5  Greg Reid
 8  Taiwan Easterling
 9  Richard Goodman
10  Nick Moody
11  Tim Orange
12  Nigel Carr
13  Nigel Bradham
16  Mister Alexander
18  Dustin Hopkins
23  Chris Thompson
24  Lonnie Pryor
26  A.J. Alexander
28  Dionte Allen
30  Jajuan Harley
38  Jermaine Thomas
39  Tavares Pressley
40  Matt Dunham
45  Shawn Powell
46  Vincent Zann
##  NAME
-----------------------------
49  Brandon Jenkins
55  Jamar Jackson
57  Brandon Davis
61  Blake Snider
63  A.J. Ganguzza
65  Zack Aronson
66  Jacob Stanley
72  Budd Thacker
73  Rhonne Sanderson
76  Garrett Faircloth
82  Willie Haulstead
83  Bert Reed
84  Rodney Smith
85  Ja'Baris Little
87  Cameron Wade
88  Beau Reliford
89  Louis Givens
93  Everett Dawkins
95  Kevin McNeil
96  Toshmon Stevens
99  Jacobbi McDaniel

SOUTH FLORIDA 17, FLORIDA STATE 7

09/26/2009, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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Seminoles Stunned By USF.

No. 18 Florida State is upset at home by South Florida on Saturday, 17-7.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - It was just one of those days for the No. 18-ranked Florida State football team Saturday in the team's "White Out" game against South Florida.

The Seminoles (2-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) struggled from start to finish in their first-ever contest against the Bulls (4-0, 0-0) and limped out of Doak Campbell Stadium with a 17-7 defeat.

"They are a whole lot better than I thought," FSU head coach Bobby Bowden said. "They beat the heck out of us and we didn't help ourselves. We self-destructed but no taking anything away from them. They whooped us."

Blame the turnovers and FSU's inability to make the most of its opportunities in the meltdown. In total, the Seminoles lost four fumbles and only scored once in the four times they reached the redzone.

The defense also allowed Tallahassee native B.J. Daniels to toss two 70-plus-yard scoring passes and also become the first opposing signal-caller to rush for over 100 yards since Nebraska's Steve Taylor did so way back in 1986.

Daniels finished the game with 126 yards on 23 carries and had just eight completions but they totaled 215 yards. He also had two interceptions.

His counterpart, Seminoles quarterback Christian Ponder, was noticeably different after his heroics at BYU left him banged up and hurting. Ponder never had much time to throw on Saturday and completed 25 of his 37 passes for 269 with no touchdowns and no interceptions.

Bert Reed led the FSU receivers with career highs in both catches (nine) and yards (114). The Seminole rushing attack was non-existent as the team mustered just 19 yards on 27 carries.

For the game, USF out-gained FSU 368-288. Both teams had over 80 yards in penalties.

"I have been in their shoes so many times," Bowden said about the Bulls' upset victory.

Desperately in need of anything to light a spark of momentum, defensive back Greg Reid just about did that.

With his team down 14-0 to start the fourth quarter, the electrifying true freshman's 54-yard punt return gave the Seminoles great field position and the offense finally made it count after a failure to do so all day.

After a Ponder to Reed connection for 22 yards put the 'Noles on the three yard-line, Ty Jones bullied his way into the endzone and FSU cut its deficit to 14-7.

But that would be it.

Redshirt junior defensive back Ochuko Jenije's second interception of the day with just a few minutes left in the fourth quarter appeared to be what FSU needed. But on the Seminoles' very first play of the resulting drive Ponder lost the ball on a sack and USF recovered.

The Bulls added a field goal and the resulting 17-7 score wouldn't change.

"When I look at this film, the way we got beat up-front on offense," Bowden said, "I didn't know they could do that. I think a lot of it was them just beating the guy. They just beat our blockers."

The first half was certainly one that any one associated with FSU will soon want to forget.

The Seminoles got all the way down to the three yard-line early in second quarter after Ponder connected with Reed for a 27-yard gain. Unfortunately for FSU, the USF defense dug in its heels and forced a four-and-out to keep the game scoreless.

With a successful goal-line stand serving as a catalyst, the Bulls quickly flew down the field on their ensuing possession. After a few runs got USF away from their own goal, a 76-yard pass from Daniels to Theo Wilson on a blown FSU coverage got them into the redzone.

One play later, Daniels found tight end Ben Busbee for a nine-yard touchdown to put the Bulls on top 7-0.

On FSU's very next drive, Ponder scrambled to the left and made a terrific 42-yard throw to Jarmon Fortson for an apparent touchdown. But a holding call on left tackle Andrew Datko negated the Seminole score and the team was unable to convert a long third down before having to punt with 6:26 to go in the first half.

The 'Noles bad luck continued a few moments later when Taiwan Easterling fumbled the ball away just a few yards from the endzone. Again, USF didn't waste any time capitalizing as Daniels tossed a 73-yard score to Sterling Griffin to give the Bulls a 14-0 halftime advantage.

The only good thing for FSU in the first half? Two missed USF field goals.

Florida State will now play against its second conference opponent of the year as the team will travel to play at Boston College on Saturday.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
SOUTH FLORIDA
0
14
0
3
17
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
0
7
7

1st   0- 0  Opp, 37, field goal failed, 4:15 
2nd   0- 7  Opp, 8, pass (kick), 11:03
      0-14  Opp, 73, pass (kick), 2:32 
      0-14  Opp, 37, field goal failed, 0:04 
3rd   0-14  Dustin Hopkins, 44, field goal failed, 5:05 
4th   7-14  Ty Jones, 3, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 13:35
      7-17  Opp, 27, field goal, 3:47 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 17 16 Rushes-yards 27- 19 42-153 Passing 269 195 Att-Comp-Int 37-25-0 21-8-2 Total Yards 64-288 63-348 Punt Returns 3-78 1-2 Kickoff Returns 4-57 4-212 Interception Ret. 2-17 0-0 Fumble Returns 0-0 4-19 Punts 6-37.0 7-43.1 Sacks By-Yds 2-26 5-43 Fumbles-Lost 5-4 1-0 Penalties-Yds 7-85 8-93 3rd Down Conversions 2-12 3-14 4th Down Conversions 0-2 0-0 Time of Posession 29:20 30:40 Attendance 83,524 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Ty Jones 12- 21 Jermaine Thomas 1- 15 Tavares Pressley 1- 11 Lonnie Pryor 3- 5 E.J. Manuel 1- -1 Chris Thompson 1- -3 Christian Ponder 8- -29 Receiving Bert Reed 9- 114 Richard Goodman 3- 45 Taiwan Easterling 4- 38 Rod Owens 4- 38 Jarmon Fortson 2- 16 Caz Piurowski 1- 13 Ty Jones 1- 6 Lonnie Pryor 1- -3 Passing Christian Ponder 37-25-0-269 Punt Return Greg Reid 3- 78 Kickoff Return Greg Reid 3- 51 Matt Dunham 1- 6 Punting Shawn Powell 6- 222 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kendall Smith 5 3 8 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Nigel Bradham 5 1 6 . . . . 1 . . . . Dekoda Watson 4 2 6 . . . . 1 . . . . Jamie Robinson 4 1 5 . . . . . . . . . Everett Dawkins 2 1 3 1.0- 4.0 . . . . . . . . Patrick Robinson 1 2 3 . . . 2 . . . . . Kevin McNeil 2 . 2 1.0- 12.0 1.0- 12.0 . . . . . . . Maurice Harris 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Kendrick Stewart 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Rod Owens 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Willie Haulstead 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Budd Thacker 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Caz Piurowski 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Mister Alexander 1 . 1 1.0- 14.0 1.0- 14.0 . . . . . . . Dionte Allen 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Markus White . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Jajuan Harley . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Korey Mangum . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Terrance Parks . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Brandon Jenkins . . . . . . . 1 . . . . Toshmon Stevens . . . . . . . 1 . . . . Ochuko Jenije . . . . . 2- 17 . . . . . . Greg Reid . . . . . . 1 . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    7  Christian Ponder
WR    8  Taiwan Easterling
WR    9  Richard Goodman
TB   33  Ty Jones
C    60  Ryan McMahon
LG   62  Rodney Hudson
LT   67  Andrew Datko
RT   73  Rhonne Sanderson
RG   79  David Spurlock
TE   81  Caz Piurowski
WR   86  Rod Owens
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
WLB  13  Nigel Bradham
CB   15  Ochuko Jenije
FS   20  Jamie Robinson
CB   21  Patrick Robinson
RV   22  Korey Mangum
MLB  29  Kendall Smith
SLB  36  Dekoda Watson
NT   56  Kendrick Stewart
DT   93  Everett Dawkins
LE   95  Kevin McNeil
RE   98  Markus White
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 3  E.J. Manuel
 4  Terrance Parks
 5  Greg Reid
10  Nick Moody
12  Nigel Carr
16  Mister Alexander
18  Dustin Hopkins
23  Chris Thompson
24  Lonnie Pryor
28  Dionte Allen
30  Jajuan Harley
38  Jermaine Thomas
39  Tavares Pressley
40  Matt Dunham
44  Maurice Harris
##  NAME
-----------------------------
45  Shawn Powell
48  Recardo Wright
49  Brandon Jenkins
55  Jamar Jackson
65  Zack Aronson
72  Budd Thacker
77  Zebrie Sanders
80  Jarmon Fortson
82  Willie Haulstead
83  Bert Reed
87  Cameron Wade
88  Beau Reliford
91  Craig Yarborough
96  Toshmon Stevens
99  Jacobbi McDaniel

BOSTON COLLEGE 28, FLORIDA STATE 21

10/03/2009, CHESTNUT HILL, MA

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Heartbreaker In Chestnut Hill.

Florida State falls to Boston College 28-21.

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - Florida State was inches away from a comeback for the ages that would have left Seminole fans discussing this game for years to come.

In its second Atlantic Coast Conference game of the season, Florida State (2-3, 0-2 ACC) fell to Boston College (4-1, 2-1 ACC) 28-21 despite out gaining the Eagles in total yards by a 413-399 margin.

Quarterback Christian Ponder threw for a career-high 341 yards but it was not enough as Boston College answered FSU's 18 unanswered points with a Montel Harris 42-yard touchdown run to put the game away late in the fourth quarter. The Seminoles held an advantage in nearly every facet of the game except rushing yards as Boston College out gained FSU 188-72 on the ground.

After a lackluster first half Florida State made things exciting on a Louis Givens 10-yard reverse run for a touchdown at the end of the third quarter. A Dustin Hopkins extra point cut the Seminole deficit to just eight points (21-13) with a quarter left to play.

The Seminole defense forced the Eagles into a three and out and avoided disaster when Greg Reid misplayed a punt but was able to recover his own fumble at the Florida State 16-yard line.

Ponder then went to work and drove the Seminoles 78 yards and sophomore running back Jermaine Thomas found the end zone for the first time this season on a two-yard touchdown run.

Then down 21-19 the Seminoles were forced to go for two and Bert Reed worked a little Seminole magic, rolled to his right on a reverse pass, and found tight end Caz Piurowski for a diving conversion in the back of the end zone.

A fumble by the Eagles on the ensuing kickoff left Florida State in great field position but a 37-yard missed field goal gave the ball back to the Eagles with 7:02 to play. The miss was freshman kicker Dustin Hopkins first missed field goal of his career inside 40 yards.

Florida State had its best opportunity at getting the ball back slip through its hands when Greg Reid dropped a sure interception on a Dave Shinskie pass across the middle. On the very next play the Seminoles were flagged for pass interference giving the Eagles a crucial first down. Then Harris reeled off his 42-yard run putting Boston College in front by a 28-21 margin.

The Seminoles had plenty of time to mount another comeback as they started with the ball at their own 41-yard line and quickly moved to the BC side of the field when Ponder hooked up with Bert Reed for the sixth time in the game, a 19-yard pickup.

Ponder would find Taiwan Easterling later in the drive for a critical first down on third and seven but the drive would stall there as a completion for no gain and three straight incompletions ended the drive and gave the ball back to Boston College who ran out the clock.

Reed finished with seven catches for 107 yards, while fellow receiver Richard Goodman was not far behind with nine catches for 104 yards.

Florida State was on the wrong end of the penalty yardage as the Seminoles were flagged eight times for 81 yards, while the Eagles were only flagged four times for 15 yards.

Florida State returns to Tallahassee on Saturday, October 10 when the No. 25 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets visit Doak Campbell Stadium.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
3
3
7
8
21
BOSTON COLLEGE
7
14
0
7
28

1st   3- 0  Dustin Hopkins, 31, field goal, 4:32 
      3- 7  Opp, 3, run (kick), 4:20 
2nd   3-14  Opp, 3, pass (kick), 6:25 
      3-21  Opp, 38, pass (kick), 0:59 
      6-21  Dustin Hopkins, 39, field goal, 0:00 
3rd  13-21  Louis Givens, 10, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 0:00 
4th  21-21  Jermaine Thomas, 2, run (Caz Piurowski, pass from Bert Reed), 10:48
     21-21  Dustin Hopkins, 37, field goal failed, 7:02 
     21-28  Opp, 42, run (kick), 4:07 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 23 20 Rushes-yards 29- 70 39-196 Passing 341 203 Att-Comp-Int 42-29-0 21-12-0 Total Yards 71-411 60-399 Punt Returns 3-10 1-0 Kickoff Returns 5-38 3-60 Interception Ret. 0-0 0-0 Fumble Returns 2-0 1-0 Punts 3-38.3 4-39.3 Sacks By-Yds 1-1 1-10 Fumbles-Lost 3-1 3-2 Penalties-Yds 9-79 4-15 3rd Down Conversions 4-12 6-12 4th Down Conversions 1-3 0-0 Time of Posession 31:43 28:17 Attendance 40,029 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Louis Givens 3- 23 Christian Ponder 10- 23 Jermaine Thomas 10- 21 Chris Thompson 1- 2 Taiwan Easterling 1- 1 Lonnie Pryor 4- 0 Receiving Bert Reed 7- 107 Richard Goodman 9- 105 Rod Owens 5- 62 Taiwan Easterling 3- 37 Caz Piurowski 2- 20 Jermaine Thomas 1- 6 Jarmon Fortson 1- 3 Chris Thompson 1- 1 Passing Christian Ponder 42-29-0-341 Punt Return Greg Reid 3- 10 Kickoff Return Lonnie Pryor 3- 19 Greg Reid 1- 13 Nigel Bradham 1- 6 Punting Shawn Powell 3- 115 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nigel Bradham 5 1 6 . . . . . . . . . Ochuko Jenije 5 . 5 . . . . . . . . . Budd Thacker 5 . 5 . . . . . . . . . Markus White 3 2 5 2.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . . Nigel Carr 4 . 4 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . . Dekoda Watson 3 1 4 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Jamie Robinson 3 . 3 1.0- 1.0 1.0- 1.0 . 1 . . . . . Kendall Smith 3 . 3 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Maurice Harris 3 . 3 . . . . . 1- 0 1 . . Greg Reid 2 . 2 . . . 2 . . . . . Kevin McNeil 2 . 2 1.0- 4.0 . . . . . . . . Patrick Robinson 2 . 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Jamar Jackson 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Louis Givens 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Kendrick Stewart 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Recardo Wright 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Korey Mangum 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Jacobbi McDaniel 1 . 1 . . . . . . 1 . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB    7  Christian Ponder
WR    8  Taiwan Easterling
WR    9  Richard Goodman
RB   38  Jermaine Thomas
C    60  Ryan McMahon
OG   62  Rodney Hudson
OT   67  Andrew Datko
OT   77  Zebrie Sanders
OG   79  David Spurlock
TE   81  Caz Piurowski
WR   86  Rod Owens
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
LB   13  Nigel Bradham
CB   15  Ochuko Jenije
FS   20  Jamie Robinson
CB   21  Patrick Robinson
RV   22  Korey Mangum
LB   29  Kendall Smith
LB   36  Dekoda Watson
DT   56  Kendrick Stewart
DT   72  Budd Thacker
DE   95  Kevin McNeil
DE   98  Markus White
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 4  Terrance Parks
 5  Greg Reid
10  Nick Moody
12  Nigel Carr
16  Mister Alexander
18  Dustin Hopkins
23  Chris Thompson
24  Lonnie Pryor
27  Xavier Rhodes
28  Dionte Allen
30  Jajuan Harley
40  Matt Dunham
44  Maurice Harris
45  Shawn Powell
46  Vincent Zann
48  Recardo Wright
##  NAME
-----------------------------
49  Brandon Jenkins
55  Jamar Jackson
57  Brandon Davis
65  Zack Aronson
73  Rhonne Sanderson
80  Jarmon Fortson
82  Willie Haulstead
83  Bert Reed
87  Cameron Wade
88  Beau Reliford
89  Louis Givens
90  Moses McCray
91  Craig Yarborough
93  Everett Dawkins
96  Toshmon Stevens
99  Jacobbi McDaniel

GEORGIA TECH 49, FLORIDA STATE 44

10/10/2009, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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FSU Loses Offensive Slugfest.

Seminoles can't stop No. 22 Georgia Tech Saturday night as both teams combine for over 1,000 yards of offense.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - There's seesaw battles and then there's the epic back-and-forth offensive spectacle that took place at Doak Campbell Stadium Saturday night between Florida State and No. 22 Georgia Tech.

When the dust settled, and both team's offenses retired to their respective corners, the Yellow Jackets escaped with a 49-44 victory over a Seminoles team that had no defensive answers and failed on several occasions to make the most of potential game-changing opportunities.

In total, FSU (2-4, 0-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) and Georgia Tech (5-1, 3-1) combined for a whopping 1,071 yards of offense and 51 first downs.

The 'Noles, they made their mark through the air as quarterback Christian Ponder achieved a new career-high with 359 yards on 26-of-36 passing with five touchdowns and no interceptions. His favorite target was Jarmon Fortson, whose seven catches and 77 yards receiving were both career-bests.

Taiwan Easterling was also a frequent target as his 104 yards receiving marked the first 100-yard game of his career.

As for the rushing attack, Jermaine Thomas bounced back from a slow start to his sophomore campaign as he finished with 98 yards on 19 carries. True freshman Chris Thompson had 49 yards on one long scamper.

For the game, FSU registered a season-high 539 yards on offense.

The Yellow Jackets achieved their success on the ground as Georgia Tech gained 401 yards rushing the football. That staggering total is the most against FSU since Auburn posted 418 all the way back in the 1985 season.

"That was the easiest game to summarize I have ever seen," FSU head coach Bobby Bowden said. "We simply could not stop them. You cannot win games often enough if the only way you can win is to score on every possession...44 points should have won that game."

Less than four minutes after the Seminoles symbolically walked onto the field, hand-in-hand around their head coach, the offense proceeded to walk straight into the endzone on the team's first drive.

A 24-yard run by Thomas and 13-yard grab by Beau Reliford got the 'Noles close to the endzone and then Thomas capped it off with a three-yard dive.

The quick score by the Seminoles was a sign of things to come - despite a lengthy lightning delay that began right after Georgia Tech tied the game at 7-7 with 6:50 left in the first quarter.

Once both teams reemerged from the locker rooms, the dullness of a game stoppage was all but forgotten. First FSU jumped back on top when Ponder guided the offense down the field and found Reliford from 11 yards out for the sophomore tight end's first-ever collegiate touchdown.

A 14-7 'Noles advantage didn't last long, though, as a 60-yard Anthony Allen run set up Nesbitt's second one-yard scoring dive of the night.

Tied at 14-14, Ponder had an answer as he orchestrated a scoring drive that was punctuated by a beautifully thrown ball to Richard Goodman between two defenders for a 23-yard touchdown with 2:39 to go in the first quarter.

But just as they had done in the exact same situation a few minutes earlier, Georgia Tech quickly eliminated a seven-point deficit with a long run. Jonathan Dwyer's 69-yard dash tied the game at 21-21 just before the end of the first period.

In keeping with the pattern of no punting and consistent scoring by both teams, Ponder tossed his third touchdown of the opening half when Jarmon Fortson snuck one foot into the back of the endzone for a highlight-reel 17-yard score.

With the score back in FSU's favor, 28-21, the Yellow Jackets had another answer with their tough-to-scheme triple option attack as Dwyer ran for a three-yard touchdown.

What happened next? You guessed it. The Seminoles scored again.

Knotted at 28-28, Florida State started at its own 29 yard-line and moved 71 yards in 10 plays. Thomas concluded the drive when he took a three-yard pass to pay dirt to give FSU a 35-28 lead.

Luckily for the Seminoles, 17 seconds left on the clock after Thomas' touchdown reception was not enough for Georgia Tech to add to the scoreboard as the clock expired and halftime began.

Combined, both teams totaled nearly 650 yards of offense, nine touchdowns, zero punts and 30 first downs through the game's first 30 minutes.

Georgia Tech got the ball to start the second half and FSU appeared to get just what it needed in an offensive shootout: a turnover.

On the Yellow Jackets second play of the third quarter, Nesbitt fumbled the ball and senior defensive end Kevin McNeil scooped it up for the home team on the Florida State 27 yard-line. But the 'Noles couldn't capitalize on the opportunity as the offense stalled for the first time all night and Dustin Hopkins missed a 45-yard field goal attempt.

Georgia Tech was unsympathetic to FSU's misfortune and Nesbitt hit Demaryius Thomas for a 73-yard touchdown pass on the very next play to tie the score at 35-35.

Following a 40-yard Hopkins field goal that gave FSU a 38-35 lead, the Yellow Jackets advanced down the field with ease. Despite a habit of scoring on one- and two-play drives frequently throughout the game, the Ramblin Wreck rumbled methodically into the endzone and chewed up nine minutes off the clock to take a 42-38 lead.

Following the Seminoles' first punt of the night, FSU again found itself on the receiving end of a Nesbitt fumble. But Moses McCray's fumble recovery wound up being for naught as Ponder was sacked on the 'Noles ensuing drive and he fumbled the ball back to the visitors.

"Our defense did take the ball away from them twice," Bowden said. "We just couldn't do nothing with it."

A few minutes later the Seminoles suffered from a similar fate as sophomore linebacker Nigel Carr picked up another fumble but he then had the ball snatched away by Nesbitt. Two plays later Nesbitt juked and jived his way across the goal line for a 22-yard score to extend Georgia Tech's lead to 49-38.

Just over two minutes later, Ponder cut into that lead as he hooked up with Rod Owens on a 13-yard scoring strike - his fifth touchdown pass of the day - but the ensuing two-point conversion was no good.

A 49-44 score would be as close the Seminoles would get as Georgia Tech grabbed the onside kick, bled the clock and took a knee to seal the win.

Florida State will now look to regroup as they will benefit from a bye this week. The Seminoles will be back in action on Oct. 22 when they travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. for a Thursday night tilt with the Tar Heels.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
GEORGIA TECH
14
14
14
7
49
FLORIDA STATE
14
21
3
6
44

1st   7- 0  Jermaine Thomas, 3, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 11:10
      7- 7  Opp, 1, run (kick), 6:50 
     14- 7  Beau Reliford, 11, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 2:42 
     14-14  Opp, 1, run (kick), 2:07 
2nd  21-14  Richard Goodman, 23, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 14:22
     21-21  Opp, 69, run (kick), 14:03
     28-21  Jarmon Fortson, 17, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 8:16 
     28-28  Opp, 2, run (kick), 4:10 
     35-28  Jermaine Thomas, 3, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 0:17 
3rd  35-28  Dustin Hopkins, 45, field goal failed, 13:30
     35-35  Opp, 73, pass (kick), 13:19
     38-35  Dustin Hopkins, 40, field goal, 12:02
     38-42  Opp, 19, run (kick), 2:55 
4th  38-49  Opp, 22, run (kick), 6:29 
     44-49  Rod Owens, 13, pass from Christian Ponder (Christian Ponder, pass failed), 4:14 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 26 25 Rushes-yards 30-180 57-401 Passing 359 131 Att-Comp-Int 36-26-0 8-4-0 Total Yards 66-539 65-532 Punt Returns 0-0 0-0 Kickoff Returns 8-183 4-86 Interception Ret. 0-0 0-0 Fumble Returns 3-0 2-0 Punts 1-46.0 0- 0.0 Sacks By-Yds 0-0 2-14 Fumbles-Lost 3-2 3-3 Penalties-Yds 6-65 2-9 3rd Down Conversions 10-13 8-10 4th Down Conversions 0-0 2-2 Time of Posession 27:57 32:03 Attendance 76,292 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Jermaine Thomas 19- 98 Chris Thompson 1- 49 Christian Ponder 7- 17 Lonnie Pryor 3- 16 Receiving Taiwan Easterling 5- 104 Jarmon Fortson 7- 77 Bert Reed 4- 47 Jermaine Thomas 3- 42 Louis Givens 3- 29 Beau Reliford 2- 24 Richard Goodman 1- 23 Rod Owens 1- 13 Passing Christian Ponder 36-26-0-359 Kickoff Return Greg Reid 5- 94 Louis Givens 2- 68 Taiwan Easterling 1- 21 Punting Shawn Powell 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 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kendall Smith 3 7 10 . . . . . . . . . Nigel Bradham 3 5 8 . . . . . . . . . Jamie Robinson 4 3 7 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . . Budd Thacker 2 3 5 . . . . . . . . . Greg Reid 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . Dekoda Watson 3 1 4 1.0- 4.0 . . . . . . . . Mister Alexander 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Kevin McNeil 3 . 3 . . . . 1 1- 0 . . . Maurice Harris 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Nick Moody 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Nigel Carr 1 1 2 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Markus White 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Kendrick Stewart 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Recardo Wright . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Brandon Jenkins 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Ochuko Jenije 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Jacobbi McDaniel . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Terrance Parks . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Dionte Allen . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Moses McCray . 1 1 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Dustin Hopkins . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    7  Christian Ponder
WR    8  Taiwan Easterling
WR    9  Richard Goodman
TB   38  Jermaine Thomas
C    60  Ryan McMahon
LG   62  Rodney Hudson
LT   67  Andrew Datko
RT   77  Zebrie Sanders
RG   79  David Spurlock
TE   81  Caz Piurowski
WR   86  Rod Owens
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RV   10  Nick Moody
WLB  13  Nigel Bradham
CB   15  Ochuko Jenije
FS   20  Jamie Robinson
CB   28  Dionte Allen
MLB  29  Kendall Smith
SLB  36  Dekoda Watson
DT   72  Budd Thacker
DT   90  Moses McCray
LE   95  Kevin McNeil
NT   99  Jacobbi McDaniel
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 4  Terrance Parks
 5  Greg Reid
12  Nigel Carr
16  Mister Alexander
18  Dustin Hopkins
22  Korey Mangum
23  Chris Thompson
24  Lonnie Pryor
27  Xavier Rhodes
30  Jajuan Harley
40  Matt Dunham
44  Maurice Harris
45  Shawn Powell
48  Recardo Wright
49  Brandon Jenkins
55  Jamar Jackson
##  NAME
-----------------------------
56  Kendrick Stewart
57  Brandon Davis
63  A.J. Ganguzza
65  Zack Aronson
73  Rhonne Sanderson
80  Jarmon Fortson
82  Willie Haulstead
83  Bert Reed
85  Ja'Baris Little
88  Beau Reliford
89  Louis Givens
91  Craig Yarborough
93  Everett Dawkins
96  Toshmon Stevens
98  Markus White

FLORIDA STATE 30, NORTH CAROLINA 27

10/22/2009, CHAPEL HILL, NC

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'Noles Handle 'Heels, 30-27.

Christian Ponder's magnificent night helps FSU football team earn come-from-behind win at North Carolina Thursday.

CHAPEL HILL, NC - It's not how you start. It's how you finish.

For a Florida State football team looking for its first conference win of the year Thursday night at North Carolina, that old adage proved especially true.

The Seminoles (3-4, 1-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) bounced back from a nightmarish first half and exploded in the final two quarters to earn a 30-27 victory over the Tar Heels (4-3, 0-3). The win snaps FSU's three-game losing streak and improves the 'Noles all-time record against the 'Heels to 15-1-1.

"It means everything," Seminoles head coach Bobby Bowden said about the win. "The first two quarters were some of the worst that I have seen since I have been here. We looked like the worst team in the country. Thank goodness the kids came back out and played well."

That "worst" first half saw an inept FSU offensive attack and defensive showing that allowed 17 Carolina points.

But guided by their sensational signal caller, Christian Ponder, the Seminoles were a completely different team in the second half.

Ponder was unstoppable in the final 30 minutes against a UNC defense that entered the night ranked No. 1 in the nation against the pass and he finished with a career-high 398 yards with three touchdowns on a remarkable 33-of-40 passing. By reaching that yardage milestone, Ponder became the first Seminole quarterback since Chris Rix in 2001 to throw for over 300 yards in three-straight games.

Rod Owens led all receivers with career-highs in catches (nine) and yards (199).

Defensively, the embattled FSU defenders did just enough to keep the Tar Heels out of the endzone in the game's final moments and held UNC quarterback T.J. Yates to just 64 yards passing.

"We finally won a fourth quarter," Bowden said. "You've got to win the close games to have a good year and we finally won a close one."

Florida State finally got its first touchdown of the game midway through the third quarter. Following a North Carolina touchdown that extended the Tar Heel lead to 24-6, Ponder threw a laser to Taiwan Easterling from six yards out for the touchdown.

The offensive spark was then followed by a huge defensive one as senior safety Jamie Robinson intercepted a Yates pass on the Carolina goal line -- and then things got even more exciting.

With the Tar Heel student section just over his right shoulder, Ponder threw a stop-and-go route to Owens on the sideline and the Jacksonville, Fla. native proceeded to sprint down the sideline for an improbable 98-yard touchdown pass.

Not only did the Ponder-Owens connection set the record for longest play ever at Keenan Stadium, it also tied the FSU school record for longest play ever as Chris Weinke and Snoop Minnis' memorable play-action pass against Clemson in 2000 now has company.

The play -- which trimmed the UNC lead to 24-23 -- was just one of several good third-quarter offensive moments for a Seminole team that mustered a measly 100 yards in the first half. In comparison, FSU rattled off 236 yards in the third period alone.

The Tar Heels added a field goal to push the lead to 27-23 early in the fourth quarter but Ponder needed just four plays to put FSU on top for the first time all night. After he found Jarmon Fortson for a 34-yard play, the Colleyville, Texas native evaded the Tar Heel rush and found a wide open Beau Reliford for an 18-yard go-ahead score.

For the game, FSU achieved 438 yards compared to UN's 333. The Seminoles did allow 238 yards rushing but forced one turnover and had three sacks.

Bert Reed was the team's second-leading receiver with eight catches for 74 yards and Fortson added three catches for 56 yards. On defense, middle linebacker Kendall Smith had a team-best 10 tackles and two sacks.

The Seminoles took a 17-6 deficit into the locker room at the half after 30 minutes of penalty-filled football.

In total, FSU committed nine penalties for 70 yards in the opening half, including a crucial offensive pass interference call on a long pass play from Ponder to wide receiver Jarmon Fortson.

Already trailing 7-0 after an opening-possession North Carolina score, FSU freshman kicker Dustin Hopkins' 48-yard field goal moved the score to 7-3. The Seminole defense did its job in forcing a three-and-out but Ponder was sacked towards the end of the first half and lost the football deep in his team's own territory.

With a short field to play on, the Tar Heels scored two plays later when Yates connected with Ed Barham for a 13-yard score.

The 'Heels added another field goal and Hopkins hit a 26-yarder as time expired in the second quarter.

The Seminoles return home for matchup with N.C State next Saturday. That game will kick off at noon inside Doak Campbell Stadium.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
3
3
14
10
30
NORTH CAROLINA
14
3
7
3
27

1st   0- 7  Opp, 5, run (kick), 11:30
      3- 7  Dustin Hopkins, 48, field goal, 5:09 
      3-14  Opp, 13, pass (kick), 2:28 
2nd   3-17  Opp, 34, field goal, 9:26 
      6-17  Dustin Hopkins, 26, field goal, 0:00 
3rd   6-24  Opp, 10, run (kick), 11:38
     13-24  Taiwan Easterling, 6, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 6:12 
     20-24  Rod Owens, 98, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 4:41 
4th  23-24  Dustin Hopkins, 40, field goal, 12:12
     23-27  Opp, 26, field goal, 7:27 
     30-27  Beau Reliford, 18, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 6:20 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 20 21 Rushes-yards 25- 43 41-238 Passing 395 95 Att-Comp-Int 40-33-0 27-13-1 Total Yards 65-438 68-333 Punt Returns 2-17 2-19 Kickoff Returns 6-128 5-100 Interception Ret. 1-0 0-0 Fumble Returns 1-1 1-3 Punts 5-44.0 5-45.4 Sacks By-Yds 3-18 2-10 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0 Penalties-Yds 16-121 7-59 3rd Down Conversions 5-13 4-13 4th Down Conversions 0-0 2-2 Time of Posession 30:40 29:20 Attendance 58,000 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Chris Thompson 6- 18 Jermaine Thomas 4- 17 Christian Ponder 12- 14 Lonnie Pryor 2- 3 Louis Givens 1- -9 Receiving Rod Owens 9- 199 Bert Reed 8- 74 Jarmon Fortson 3- 56 Jermaine Thomas 3- 22 Taiwan Easterling 5- 16 Beau Reliford 2- 14 Louis Givens 2- 8 Lonnie Pryor 1- 6 Passing Christian Ponder 40-33-0-395 Punt Return Greg Reid 2- 17 Kickoff Return Louis Givens 5- 106 Greg Reid 1- 22 Punting Shawn Powell 5- 220 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kendall Smith 7 3 10 3.5- 11.0 2.0- 9.0 . . 1 . . . . Jamie Robinson 7 1 8 . . 1- 0 1 . . . . . Patrick Robinson 2 5 7 . . . 2 . . . . . Nigel Bradham 6 . 6 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Korey Mangum 4 2 6 . . . . . . . . . Markus White 3 2 5 1.0- 9.0 1.0- 9.0 . . 2 . . . . Nigel Carr 3 1 4 0.5- 0.0 . . . . . . . . Kevin McNeil 2 1 3 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Mister Alexander 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Recardo Wright 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Jacobbi McDaniel 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Moses McCray 2 . 2 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Nick Moody 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Ochuko Jenije 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Vincent Zann . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Louis Givens 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Andrew Datko 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Greg Reid 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Rod Owens . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Justin Mincey . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Toshmon Stevens . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Zack Aronson . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    7  Christian Ponder
FB   24  Lonnie Pryor
RB   38  Jermaine Thomas
C    60  Ryan McMahon
LG   62  Rodney Hudson
LT   67  Andrew Datko
RT   77  Zebrie Sanders
RG   79  David Spurlock
WR   83  Bert Reed
WR   86  Rod Owens
WR   89  Louis Givens
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
SLB  12  Nigel Carr
WLB  13  Nigel Bradham
CB   15  Ochuko Jenije
FS   20  Jamie Robinson
CB   21  Patrick Robinson
RV   22  Korey Mangum
MLB  29  Kendall Smith
DT   90  Moses McCray
NT   93  Everett Dawkins
LE   95  Kevin McNeil
RE   98  Markus White
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 5  Greg Reid
 8  Taiwan Easterling
10  Nick Moody
14  Avis Commack
16  Mister Alexander
18  Dustin Hopkins
23  Chris Thompson
30  Jajuan Harley
40  Matt Dunham
45  Shawn Powell
46  Vincent Zann
48  Recardo Wright
55  Jamar Jackson
##  NAME
-----------------------------
56  Kendrick Stewart
57  Brandon Davis
63  A.J. Ganguzza
65  Zack Aronson
80  Jarmon Fortson
82  Willie Haulstead
85  Ja'Baris Little
88  Beau Reliford
91  Craig Yarborough
94  Justin Mincey
96  Toshmon Stevens
99  Jacobbi McDaniel

FLORIDA STATE 45, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 42

10/31/2009, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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Reed's Run Gives FSU 45-42 Win.

Bert Reed's three-yard end around gives Seminole football team a come-from-behind win over N.C. State Saturday afternoon.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - It's the stuff legends are made of. The type of defining moment in one's career that helps describe what type of player you are.

Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder got to experience one of those moments in Saturday's nail-biting, come-from-behind 45-42 over visiting N.C. State - with a little help from his buddy Bert Reed.

Trailing by four with just 3:39 to go in the ballgame, Ponder orchestrated an eight-play, 66-yard drive that saw the redshirt junior complete three of his five pass attempts for 46 yards.

Helping matters was Reed, who took an end around 15 yards on the fifth play of the drive from his wide receiver spot and then took another into the endzone from three yards away for the game-winning score in the final minute-and-a-half.

"I know with our offense we have the ability to score every time and we should," Ponder said. "I knew we were going to punch that in and everybody knew that. We had the confidence to do it."

Ponder, who was noticeably not 100 percent all day long because of a rib contusion he sustained early in the game, was 26-of-40 for 277 yards and one touchdown. He did throw his second interception (and eventual third) of the season but it happened after a staggering 254-straight passes without a miscue.

In a game eerily similar to the one against Georgia Tech when the FSU (4-4, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) offense could move at will and the defense could not keep its opponent off the scoreboard, the Seminoles avoided heartbreak this time around.

Against the Yellow Jackets, FSU sputtered a bit on offense in the second half but in the N.C. State (3-5, 0-4) game that wasn't the case - thanks in large part to Jermaine Thomas' career day.

The Jacksonville, Fla. native experienced his best game as a Seminole as the sophomore tailback rushed for a personal-best 186 yards and two touchdowns.

"Jermaine ran the ball really well and the offensive line opened up these holes," Ponder said. "We were able to do a lot of things on the ground."

Wide receiver Rod Owens followed up his memorable performance against North Carolina with seven catches for 56 yards and one touchdown and Taiwan Easterling led all FSU players with 73 yards on five grabs. Reed added 66 yards on six catches to go along with his impact in the running game.

As a team, FSU rattled off 555 yards of offense, including 278 on the ground - a welcome sign for a ball club that has struggled in that department this year.

While the offense lit up the scoreboard, the defense couldn't prevent N.C. State from doing the same.

Wolfpack quarterback Russell Wilson had a monster outing, throwing for a career-high five touchdown passes to tie the school record. He was 20-of-30 for 349 yards on Saturday, with 165 of those yards coming by way of his five connections with wide receiver Owen Spencer.

Jarvis Williams also added three touchdowns on three catches and tailback Toney Baker rushed for 112 yards on 19 carries for the 'Pack.

Credit the defense, though, because they stepped up when they had to on the game's final possession.

"We knew that we had to put a lot of pressure on the quarterback," sophomore linebacker Nigel Bradham said about the defense's game-sealing stand. "We pretty much knew on that series that we were going to have to help our DBs and get a good pass rush."

Just over a week after a record-setting 98-yard pass-play got the 'Noles into the endzone against the Tar Heels, FSU used a 98-yard drive to get on the board for the first time against N.C. State midway through the first quarter.

Thomas was the workhorse for FSU on the drive as he ran five times for 37 yards, including the four-yard score.

But the Seminole lead would prove to be quite brief.

On N.C. State's very next play, Wilson found Spencer deep for an 80-yard touchdown to tie the score at 7-7.

Undeterred, Ponder and the offense went right back onto the field and answered nearly as quickly as their counterparts. Just 1:05 later, true freshman Chris Thompson capped off a four-play 68-yard drive with his first-ever touchdown run as a Seminole.

After the Wolfpack responded to another FSU score on their next drive, Thomas continued the lightning-fast pace of the game by bolting into the endzone from 54 yards out to give Florida State a 21-14 lead.

The 'Pack then added another score just before halftime to tie even the scoreboard at 21-21.

Questions about whether or not Ponder would play in the second half after his rib injury in the first were quickly forgotten after both teams emerged from the locker room.

The 'Noles standout signal-caller led FSU to a score on its first possession of the third quarter when he found a wide open Owens for a six-yard, go-ahead touchdown.

But the defense gave the points right back on Wilson's seven-yard pass to Williams at the tail end of an 80-yard drive. The N.C. State scoring effort once again tied the game and then its defense nearly changed the trend of back-and-forth scoring.

Ponder was forced into throwing his second interception of the game but as Wolfpack defensive tackle Natanu Mageo was rumbling down the field on the return, a heady play by FSU receiver Jarmon Fortson to strip and recover the ball gave the home team possession right back.

Fresh off their bullet-dodging play, FSU regained the lead a few minutes later on Dustin Hopkins' 24-yard field goal just before the start of the fourth quarter.

A much-needed defensive stop then helped FSU build its biggest lead of the game. Following a 17-yard punt return by Greg Reid, the Seminoles built a 38-28 advantage on Thompson's four-yard score with 11:52 left in the contest.

The good feelings of a bigger-than-seven-points lead evaporated quickly after that, though. Wilson's 29-yard touchdown pass to a wide open George Bryan cut the 'Pack deficit to 38-35 and the Seminole offense was forced to punt on the next drive.

N.C. State then took its first lead of the game at 42-38 on Wilson's fifth touchdown pass of the day with just 3:50 left on the game.

Next up for the 'Noles is a road matchup with the Clemson Tigers. That game is on a six-day option and the game time will be announced Sunday.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
7
14
7
14
42
FLORIDA STATE
7
14
10
14
45

1st   7- 0  Jermaine Thomas, 4, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 0:54 
      7- 7  Opp, 80, pass (kick), 0:40 
2nd  14- 7  Chris Thompson, 6, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 14:27
     14-14  Opp, 3, run (kick), 10:33
     21-14  Jermaine Thomas, 54, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 9:48 
     21-21  Opp, 7, pass (kick), 1:29 
3rd  28-21  Rod Owens, 6, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 10:34
     28-28  Opp, 6, pass (kick), 7:42 
     31-28  Dustin Hopkins, 24, field goal, 1:00 
4th  38-28  Chris Thompson, 4, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 11:52
     38-35  Opp, 29, pass (kick), 8:34 
     38-42  Opp, 5, pass (kick), 3:50 
     45-42  Bert Reed, 3, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 1:36 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 27 24 Rushes-yards 33-278 38-189 Passing 277 349 Att-Comp-Int 40-26-2 31-20-2 Total Yards 73-555 69-538 Punt Returns 3-31 1-25 Kickoff Returns 6-138 5-82 Interception Ret. 2-37 2-11 Fumble Returns 1-0 0-0 Punts 3-38.3 4-38.8 Sacks By-Yds 2-15 0-0 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-1 Penalties-Yds 7-76 6-41 3rd Down Conversions 8-12 4-10 4th Down Conversions 0-0 0-1 Time of Posession 29:30 30:30 Attendance 67,712 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Jermaine Thomas 20- 186 Bert Reed 4- 44 Christian Ponder 4- 29 Chris Thompson 5- 19 Receiving Taiwan Easterling 5- 73 Bert Reed 6- 66 Jarmon Fortson 4- 43 Lonnie Pryor 3- 31 Beau Reliford 1- 8 Passing Christian Ponder 40-26-2- 39 Punt Return Greg Reid 3- 31 Kickoff Return Chris Thompson 3- 77 Greg Reid 2- 53 Jajuan Harley 1- 8 Punting Shawn Powell 2- 80 Team 1- 35 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kendall Smith 4 3 7 0.5- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Jamie Robinson 5 1 6 . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Nigel Bradham 5 1 6 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Korey Mangum 2 3 5 . . . 1 . . . . . Nick Moody 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . Moses McCray 1 3 4 . . . . . . . . . Dekoda Watson 1 3 4 0.5- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Mister Alexander 3 . 3 1.0- 6.0 1.0- 6.0 . . . . . . . Nigel Carr 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Patrick Robinson 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Ochuko Jenije 2 . 2 . . 1- 37 . . . . . . Markus White 2 . 2 1.0- 7.0 . . . . . . . . Brandon Jenkins 2 . 2 1.0- 1.0 . . 1 . . . . . Jacobbi McDaniel 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Kevin McNeil 1 1 2 . . . . 1 . . . . Willie Haulstead 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Everett Dawkins 1 . 1 1.0- 9.0 1.0- 9.0 . . . . . . . Jarmon Fortson 1 . 1 . . . . . 1- 0 1 . . Rod Owens 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Justin Mincey 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Recardo Wright 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Louis Givens 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Dustin Hopkins . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB    7  Christian Ponder
WR    8  Taiwan Easterling
TB   38  Jermaine Thomas
C    60  Ryan McMahon
LG   62  Rodney Hudson
LT   67  Andrew Datko
RT   77  Zebrie Sanders
RG   79  David Spurlock
WR   80  Jarmon Fortson
WR   86  Rod Owens
TE   88  Beau Reliford
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
WLB  13  Nigel Bradham
CB   15  Ochuko Jenije
FS   20  Jamie Robinson
CB   21  Patrick Robinson
RV   22  Korey Mangum
MLB  29  Kendall Smith
SLB  36  Dekoda Watson
DT   93  Everett Dawkins
LE   95  Kevin McNeil
RE   98  Markus White
NT   99  Jacobbi McDaniel
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 5  Greg Reid
10  Nick Moody
12  Nigel Carr
16  Mister Alexander
18  Dustin Hopkins
23  Chris Thompson
24  Lonnie Pryor
30  Jajuan Harley
40  Matt Dunham
45  Shawn Powell
46  Vincent Zann
48  Recardo Wright
49  Brandon Jenkins
56  Kendrick Stewart
##  NAME
-----------------------------
57  Brandon Davis
63  A.J. Ganguzza
65  Zack Aronson
82  Willie Haulstead
83  Bert Reed
84  Rodney Smith
85  Ja'Baris Little
89  Louis Givens
90  Moses McCray
91  Craig Yarborough
92  Daniel Parvin
94  Justin Mincey
96  Toshmon Stevens

CLEMSON 40, FLORIDA STATE 24

11/07/2009, CLEMSON, SC

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From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Loses at Clemson, 40-24.

Seminoles take lead into fourth quarter but can't earn the win over the Tigers.

CLEMSON, SC - The Florida State football team's two-game winning streak has come to an end.

The Seminoles (4-5, 2-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) fell 40-24 on the road at Clemson (6-3, 4-2) Saturday night in a contest that was close all game until the final quarter.

FSU boasted a 24-21 advantage heading into the final period of play but a stout Tiger defense -- run by former FSU linebackers coach Kevin Steele -- and an offensive explosion helped Clemson run away with the win and into the driver's seat of the ACC's Atlantic Division.

Clemson entered the conference showdown with the nation's fifth-ranked pass defense and it showed against a Florida State passing attack that ranked ninth in the nation. The Tigers forced Seminoes quarterback Christian Ponder into a career-high four interceptions.

On offense, Heisman Trophy candidate C.J. Spiller was unstoppable as he rushed for a career-best 185 yards and one score.

As for Ponder, he finished the night 21-of-33 for 264 yards and just one score.

Jermaine Thomas rushed for over 100 yards for the second straight game for the 'Noles. The Jacksonville, Fla. native accrued 119 yards on 26 carries and had one score. Rod Owens led the FSU receivers with nine grabs for 77 yards.

Tigers quarterback Kyle Parker tossed four touchdowns.

Florida State started the scoring Saturday night under the bright lights with Dustin Hopkins 35-yard field goal in the first quarter after a big punt return by fellow true freshman Greg Reid.

It didn't take Clemson long to get its first score as Dwayne Allen snagged an 18-yard scoring pass from Parker but the Tigers missed the extra point.

Down by three points, a nifty Seminole play on the team's next possession swung the game back in favor of the visiting team. On the play, Ponder faked a handoff, then faked a reverse and then finally connected with true freshman Lonnie Pryor for the first-year player's first-ever touchdown reception. The 49-yard scoring pass gave the 'Noles a 10-6 lead late in the first quarter.

The exciting offensive play was then followed up by an equally thrilling defensive one when senior rover Jamie Robinson took his third interception of the season 52 yards to pay dirt, increasing the FSU lead to 17-6.

After FSU backup tailback Chris Thompson fumbled the football a few minutes later, Clemson made the miscue hurt even more. Two plays after the Seminole turnover, Parker connected with Xavier Dye on a 43-yard touchdown pass and then Spiller scampered in on the two-point conversion to trim the deficit to 17-14.

On Florida State's ensuing drive, Ponder was intercepted for the first time of the evening and it looked like Clemson was going to use the takeaway to then take the lead. But Markus White's forced fumble on Parker and recovery by Dekoda Watson after the Tigers had marched down the field and into the redzone kept the 'Noles on top.

Spiller gave Clemson its first lead of the ballgame when he nabbed a swing-pass out of the backfield and took it 58 yards for the go-ahead score after both team's emerged from the locker room at halftime.

Down 21-17, Thomas plunged across the goal line with 5:04 left in the third quarter to regain the Seminole lead. Thomas' dive into the endzone capped an impressive FSU drive that saw Ponder and the offense convert several difficult third downs.

Unfortunately for the 'Noles, that score would be the last feel-good moment of the night.

The Tigers got a nine-yard touchdown run from Andre Ellington, a two-yard touchdown reception from Durrell Berry and a five-yard run by Spiller in the final 10 minutes of the fourth quarter.

FSU will be in the road again next weekend.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
17
0
7
0
24
CLEMSON
6
8
7
19
40

1st   3- 0  Dustin Hopkins, 35, field goal, 7:02 
      3- 6  Opp, 17, pass (kick failed), 3:53 
     10- 6  Lonnie Pryor, 49, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 2:08 
     17- 6  Jamie Robinson, 52, interception return (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 0:24 
2nd  17-14  Opp, 43, pass (run), 10:23
     17-14  Opp, 38, field goal failed, 1:39 
     17-14  Dustin Hopkins, 58, field goal failed, 0:00 
3rd  17-21  Opp, 58, pass (kick), 11:31
     24-21  Jermaine Thomas, 1, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 5:04 
     24-21  Opp, 26, field goal failed, 2:44 
4th  24-27  Opp, 9, run (kick failed), 9:37 
     24-33  Opp, 2, pass (kick failed), 4:06 
     24-40  Opp, 5, run (kick), 3:29 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 22 21 Rushes-yards 36-128 37-241 Passing 264 242 Att-Comp-Int 35-21-4 30-18-1 Total Yards 71-392 67-483 Punt Returns 1-42 1-9 Kickoff Returns 7-154 4-79 Interception Ret. 1-52 4-82 Fumble Returns 1-0 1-0 Punts 3-36.0 3-42.3 Sacks By-Yds 2-3 2-3 Fumbles-Lost 3-1 1-1 Penalties-Yds 6-37 7-60 3rd Down Conversions 6-11 7-14 4th Down Conversions 0-1 0-1 Time of Posession 32:42 27:18 Attendance 77,000 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Jermaine Thomas 26- 119 Christian Ponder 5- 13 Rodney Hudson 0- 9 Chris Thompson 1- 3 Lonnie Pryor 1- 2 Team 1- -2 E.J. Manuel 1- -2 Bert Reed 1- -14 Receiving Rod Owens 9- 77 Bert Reed 4- 68 Lonnie Pryor 2- 64 Taiwan Easterling 3- 40 Jermaine Thomas 2- 10 Jarmon Fortson 1- 5 Passing Christian Ponder 33-21-4-264 Greg Reid 0- 0-0- 69 E.J. Manuel 2- 0-0- 0 Punt Return Greg Reid 1- 42 Kickoff Return Chris Thompson 3- 73 Jajuan Harley 1- 12 Punting Shawn Powell 3- 108 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nigel Bradham 7 3 10 1.5- 4.0 . . . . . . . . Patrick Robinson 7 2 9 . . . 1 . . . . . Dekoda Watson 3 5 8 0.5- 1.0 . . . 1 1- 0 . . . Jamie Robinson 4 2 6 . . 1- 52 . 1 . . . . Kendall Smith 3 2 5 1.5- 5.0 . . 1 . . . . . Markus White 2 3 5 3.0- 3.0 1.0- 1.0 . . . . 1 . . Ochuko Jenije 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . Everett Dawkins 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Korey Mangum 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Louis Givens 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Jacobbi McDaniel 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . David Spurlock 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Rodney Smith 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Jajuan Harley 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Jermaine Thomas 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Christian Ponder 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Nigel Carr 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Greg Reid . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Kevin McNeil . 1 1 0.5- 1.0 . . . 1 . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB    7  Christian Ponder
WR    8  Taiwan Easterling
RB   38  Jermaine Thomas
C    60  Ryan McMahon
LG   62  Rodney Hudson
LT   67  Andrew Datko
RT   77  Zebrie Sanders
RG   79  David Spurlock
WR   80  Jarmon Fortson
WR   86  Rod Owens
TE   88  Beau Reliford
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
LB   13  Nigel Bradham
CB   15  Ochuko Jenije
S    20  Jamie Robinson
CB   21  Patrick Robinson
S    22  Korey Mangum
LB   29  Kendall Smith
LB   36  Dekoda Watson
DT   90  Moses McCray
DT   93  Everett Dawkins
DE   95  Kevin McNeil
DE   98  Markus White
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 3  E.J. Manuel
 4  Terrance Parks
 5  Greg Reid
 9  Richard Goodman
10  Nick Moody
12  Nigel Carr
16  Mister Alexander
18  Dustin Hopkins
23  Chris Thompson
24  Lonnie Pryor
30  Jajuan Harley
39  Tavares Pressley
40  Matt Dunham
45  Shawn Powell
46  Vincent Zann
48  Daniel Gard
48  Recardo Wright
##  NAME
-----------------------------
49  Brandon Jenkins
55  Jamar Jackson
56  Kendrick Stewart
57  Brandon Davis
63  A.J. Ganguzza
65  Zack Aronson
72  Budd Thacker
73  Rhonne Sanderson
82  Willie Haulstead
83  Bert Reed
84  Rodney Smith
85  Ja'Baris Little
89  Louis Givens
91  Craig Yarborough
94  Justin Mincey
96  Toshmon Stevens
99  Jacobbi McDaniel

FLORIDA STATE 41, WAKE FOREST 28

11/14/2009, WINSTON-SALEM, NC

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Manuel Moves FSU Past Wake.

Redshirt freshman EJ Manuel directs an impressive Seminole offense in his first-ever start as FSU defeats Demon Deacons, 41-28.

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - With college football's longest active bowl-game streak on the line and their redshirt junior quarterback relegated to the sideline with a season-ending injury, the Florida State football team turned to a rookie Saturday afternoon at Wake Forest.

Making his first career start, redshirt freshman EJ Manuel showed exactly why he was considered one of the country's best high school quarterbacks as a senior two years ago and exactly how well he has been coached since becoming a collegian as he guided the Seminoles to a 41-28 win over the Demon Deacons.

At game's end, the 6-foot-5 signal-caller's stat line looked nothing like that of a quarterback whose only prior experience was mop-up duty against BYU and a few meaningless plays against Clemson. With injured starter Christian Ponder serving as his sideline mentor, Manuel completed 15 of his 20 pass attempts for 221 yards, one touchdown and just one interception.

He also made plays with his legs, rushing for 45 yards on 10 carries with one score. As an offense, FSU scored on six of its nine possessions, accrued 436 total yards and was only forced to punt twice.

With the win, Florida State (5-5, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) is now just one triumph shy of earning a nation's-best 28th-straight bowl game. It also serves as a little revenge against a Wake Forest (4-7, 2-5) team that had won the last three meetings between the two but has now officially been knocked out of bowl contention.

As he has been the case since the 'Noles' win over N.C. State a few weeks ago, starting tailback Jermaine Thomas was terrific toting the football. The sophomore tailback rushed for a game-high 148 yards on 25 carries, marking the third game in a row that the Jacksonville, Fla. native has scampered for triple-digit rushing yards.

Bert Reed led all FSU receivers with 82 yards on five catches. Jarmon Fortson added three catches for 60 yards and one touchdown.

For Wake Forest, Riley Skinner was looking to become the first-ever quarterback to beat the Seminoles four times. He won't get that chance, though, because he tossed two interceptions - one to Ochuko Jenije and another to Kendall Smith - with just one score.

Offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher elected to utilize a very conservative approach to start the second half with his team boasting a double-digit lead. But after a third quarter in which Manuel didn't throw a single pass, Fisher reopened the playbook for his young signal-caller in the final period.

The Demon Deacons had trimmed FSU's lead to 34-21 in the third quarter and early in the fourth quarter Manuel showed his moxie by converting a key third down to redshirt senior wide receiver Rod Owens that kept a drive alive. A few plays later he showed his dual-threat ability with a neat little fake pitch on an option that resulted in a 24-yard gain on the ground.

Two plays later Manuel tossed his first-ever touchdown pass when he found Fortson for a seven-yard score to give the Seminoles a 41-21 lead.

Clinging to a 20-point advantage, the FSU defense bent, and then bent some more on the ensuing Wake Forest possession but Jenije didn't let his unit break as he picked off Skinner in the endzone.

The Seminoles scored on their first four possession of the first half as Manuel didn't look anything like a quarterback without much experience.

The Virginia Beach, Va. native showed an early sign of things to come on the game's first drive as he took the offense 81 yards down the field and into the endzone on a Ty Jones rush. Then, after Wake Forest had scored on its first possession to tie the score at 7-7, FSU answered with a 68-yard touchdown drive that culminated with Thomas' plunge over the goal line.

The Seminoles have struggled all year long with trading touchdown for touchdown but Saturday in Winston-Salem that trend changed on Wake Forest's second possession.

Trailing 14-7, Demon Deacons senior quarterback Riley Skinner tried to force a throw and Seminoles middle linebacker Kendall Smith snatched it out of the air and took it back to the 'Noles 27-yard line.

After two long, methodical scoring drives, FSU needed just a few plays to extend its lead after Skinner's turnover and for the first time in his young career Manuel snuck into the endzone on a one-yard rush to push his team's lead to 21-7.

And the excitement continued after that.

A few minutes after the 'Noles turned a defensive stop into a 47-yard field goal by true freshman kicker Dustin Hokpins, another stop by the FSU defense directly led to some points.

Fielding a punt off the bounce, defensive back Greg Reid - yet another first-year Seminole playing valuable minutes in high-pressure situations - zigged, zagged and leaped his way to pay dirt as he registered the first punt return of his career on what was a 68-yard score.

Florida State's stretch of 24-straight points did come to an end, though. After Reid's amazing play, Wake Forest marched in for its second score of the day and Manuel was intercepted on the next FSU possession as the Seminoles went into the break with a 31-14 lead.

Florida State will return home for its last game of the year on Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium. Fans are encouraged to arrive early and get loud as the program will celebrate the career of 26-year defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews, who will retire at season's end.

The 'Noles will also wear special limited edition Nike Pro Combat uniforms against the Terrapins as they look to clinch a bowl berth.

Kick-off time will be announced on Sunday.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
14
17
3
7
41
WAKE FOREST
7
7
7
7
28

1st   7- 0  Ty Jones, 9, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 9:24 
      7- 7  Opp, 3, run (kick), 2:43 
     14- 7  Jermaine Thomas, 6, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 0:19 
2nd  21- 7  E.J. Manuel, 1, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 12:48
     24- 7  Dustin Hopkins, 47, field goal, 4:52 
     31- 7  Greg Reid, 68, punt return/blocked punt (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 3:40 
     31-14  Opp, 20, run (kick), 2:12 
3rd  31-21  Opp, 12, run (kick), 6:57 
     34-21  Dustin Hopkins, 42, field goal, 4:01 
4th  41-21  Jarmon Fortson, 7, pass from E.J. Manuel (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 11:04
     41-28  Opp, 4, pass (kick), 3:01 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 23 27 Rushes-yards 43-217 29-227 Passing 220 227 Att-Comp-Int 20-15-1 40-25-2 Total Yards 63-437 69-454 Punt Returns 1-68 1-8 Kickoff Returns 4-97 3-67 Interception Ret. 2-17 1-13 Fumble Returns 0-0 0-0 Punts 2-54.5 4-32.0 Sacks By-Yds 0-0 1-8 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0 Penalties-Yds 6-75 3-30 3rd Down Conversions 4-9 3-9 4th Down Conversions 1-1 2-2 Time of Posession 30:53 29:07 Attendance 33,411 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Jermaine Thomas 25- 149 E.J. Manuel 10- 45 Ty Jones 4- 21 Bert Reed 1- 3 Lonnie Pryor 1- 3 Team 2- -4 Receiving Bert Reed 5- 81 Jarmon Fortson 3- 60 Rod Owens 3- 42 Beau Reliford 1- 12 Taiwan Easterling 1- 11 Rodney Smith 1- 7 Jermaine Thomas 1- 7 Passing E.J. Manuel 20-15-1-220 Punt Return Greg Reid 1- 68 Kickoff Return Patrick Robinson 3- 75 Jajuan Harley 1- 22 Punting Shawn Powell 2- 109 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nigel Bradham 6 3 9 . . . . . . . . . Jamie Robinson 5 1 6 . . . . . . . . . Dekoda Watson 2 3 5 0.5- 0.0 . . 1 . . . . . Patrick Robinson 4 . 4 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Brandon Jenkins 3 1 4 1.0- 4.0 . . . . . . . . Markus White 2 1 3 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . . Kendall Smith 2 1 3 . . 1- 17 . . . . . . Nick Moody 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Greg Reid 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Nigel Carr . 3 3 . . . . . . . . . Kevin McNeil 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Ochuko Jenije 2 . 2 . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Moses McCray 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Korey Mangum 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Rodney Smith 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Mister Alexander 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Jarmon Fortson 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Louis Givens 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Willie Haulstead 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Vincent Zann . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Kendrick Stewart . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Everett Dawkins . 1 1 0.5- 1.0 . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    3  E.J. Manuel
FB   24  Lonnie Pryor
38   38  Jermaine Thomas
C    60  Ryan McMahon
LG   62  Rodney Hudson
LT   67  Andrew Datko
RT   77  Zebrie Sanders
RG   79  David Spurlock
WR   80  Jarmon Fortson
WR   86  Rod Owens
TE   88  Beau Reliford
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
WLB  13  Nigel Bradham
CB   15  Ochuko Jenije
FS   20  Jamie Robinson
CB   21  Patrick Robinson
RV   22  Korey Mangum
MLB  29  Kendall Smith
SLB  36  Dekoda Watson
NT   90  Moses McCray
DT   93  Everett Dawkins
LE   95  Kevin McNeil
RE   98  Markus White
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 5  Greg Reid
 8  Taiwan Easterling
10  Nick Moody
12  Nigel Carr
16  Mister Alexander
18  Dustin Hopkins
28  Dionte Allen
30  Jajuan Harley
33  Ty Jones
39  Tavares Pressley
40  Matt Dunham
45  Shawn Powell
46  Vincent Zann
48  Recardo Wright
49  Brandon Jenkins
##  NAME
-----------------------------
55  Jamar Jackson
56  Kendrick Stewart
57  Brandon Davis
63  A.J. Ganguzza
65  Zack Aronson
72  Budd Thacker
73  Rhonne Sanderson
82  Willie Haulstead
83  Bert Reed
84  Rodney Smith
87  Cameron Wade
89  Louis Givens
91  Craig Yarborough
96  Toshmon Stevens
99  Jacobbi McDaniel

FLORIDA STATE 29, MARYLAND 26

11/21/2009, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Andrews Leaves Doak A Winner.

Retiring at season's end, longtime defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews won his final home game Saturday with FSU's 29-26 victory over Maryland.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Mickey Andrews had the privilege of symbolically planting the flaming spear into midfield at the start of the game, and then his defense came up with its two biggest stands of the season at the end of the game on Saturday afternoon in Florida State's 29-26 win over Maryland.

FSU's legendary defensive coordinator will be calling it quits at season's end after 26 years of roaming the Seminoles' sidelines. But against the Terrapins, Andrews had the chance to add one more unforgettable memory to a career that has been one of the greatest in college football history.

With FSU trailing 26-22 and just 2:52 left on the clock, Andrews saw his defense hold the Terrapins to a three-and-out and after redshirt freshman quarterback EJ Manuel had guided what would turn out to be a game-winning drive, the Seminole defenders forced a four-and-out to preserve the win.

The Seminoles (6-5, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) are now bowl-eligible as they will extend their nation's best bowl streak to a staggering 28 seasons.

While Saturday will always be remembered as one dedicated to Andrews, it was Manuel that nearly stole the show.

FSU's rookie signal caller struggled at times against the Terrapins (2-9, 1-6) and threw three interceptions but when his team needed a sorely needed a score, the Virginia Beach, Va. native had the remedy - with a little help from a fellow first-year player.

After the three-and-out defensive stand, true freshman defensive back Greg Reid fielded the Maryland punt (a kick Terrapins coach Ralph Friedgen later admitted was supposed to go out of bounds) with just 1:46 left in the game and the Seminoles down 26-22. Reid, one of college football's elite punt returners, made a few amazing moves and took the ball back 48 yards all the way to the Maryland 44 yard-line.

"It seemed to rejuvenate the whole team," FSU head coach Bobby Bowden said. "That's what his punt return did."

And it certainly pumped Manuel up.

A dual-threat at the quarterback spot, Manuel achieved his first-ever game-winning drive by scrambling for a combined 35 yards on the first two plays.

Once he had gotten the Seminoles to the Terrapins 29-yard line with 1:19 left, he threw a six-yard pass to Taiwan Easterling and then let another true freshman, tailback Lonnie Pryor, lunge into the endzone from three yards out for winning score

"That's what great players do," Bowden said about Manuel, who played in his second game in a row in place of injured starter Christian Ponder. "He took it upon himself."

Manuel finished the game 17-of-27 for 206 yards and those three interceptions and 49 yards rushing, Pryor led all rushers with two carries for 57 yards and two scores, and receivers Jarmon Fortson and Rod Owens had five catches apiece for 71 and 52 yards, respectively.

Starting tailback Jermaine Thomas had 11 carries for 44 yards and one touchdown and wide receiver Bert Reed ran the ball three times for 42 yards and one score.

Nigel Bradham led the defense with 10 total tackles and the first sack of career for a Seminoles team that wore brand new Nike Combat uniforms against the Terps.

For Maryland, Jamarr Robinson was 20-of-27 for 214 yards and one touchdown. Wide receiver Torrey Smith had seven catches for 74 yards and running back Da'Rel Scott had 19 rushes for 83 yards.

Florida State got a lucky break its second possession of the game when Thomas fumbled the ball of the goal line but fielded it off a good bounce and dashed into the endzone. The successful - albeit unconventional - scoring play gave the new-look 'Noles a 7-0 lead.

Maryland then added a 44-yard field to cut the lead to 7-3.

An otherwise unspectacular first half for the FSU offense wasn't without an exciting moment or two. Midway through the second quarter Manuel took the ball on an option around the right side and then at the last possible moment when a defender was bearing down on him flipped it to Lonnie Pryor, who outraced the defense for a 54-yard touchdown.

"EJ tucked it in about 10 yards out but coach always told us to keep pitch relationship," Pryor said. "He got hit and I didn't think he was going to pitch it and I ran scared from there."

After Pryor "ran scared" to give FSU a 14-6 lead, the Terrapins followed that with a 39-yard Nick Ferrara field goal.

It then looked like the Seminoles would quickly score again. But Maryland's Alex Wujciak had other plans as the linebacker picked off a Manuel pass and rumbled 83 yards down the field before ultimately being tackled by Manuel himself.

Four plays later Davin Meggett plunged over the goal line to cut the FSU advantage to 14-13 just six seconds before halftime.

FSU may have turned it over on its last possession of the first half but Maryland did the same on its first possession of the second half.

The Terps were marching down the field but Patrick Robinson jarred the ball loose from Terrapins receiver Adrian Cannon and sophomore linebacker Bradham pounced on it. The referees initially did not see the turnover as Cannon was falling out of bounds but instant replay revealed it was in Florida State's ball.

Unfortunately for the Seminoles, Patrick Robinson's forced fumble didn't turn into any points - a trait displayed by both offenses in a scoreless third quarter.

Maryland ended the points-drought less than three minutes into the final period when Jamarr Robinson connected for a seven-yard touchdown pass with Cannon, who broke an Ochuko Jenije tackle to get into the endzone. The Terps were then unsuccessful on a two-point conversion attempt.

Trailing for the first time in his young career, Manuel relied on the legs of Reed on FSU's ensuing possession.

A play after Manuel threw a third-down laser to Rod Owens for a 13-yard gain, Reed grabbed an end-around, gave a head fake on a Maryland defender, and then sprinted 44 yards for the go-ahead score.

Unlike Maryland, the Seminoles converted their two-point conversion attempt. On the play, Manuel threw a pass over the middle that was grabbed by wide receiver Taiwan Easterling to give FSU a 22-19 lead with 10:30 remaining in the game.

That lead would be short-lived, though.

Maryland had an answer on its next drive and marched 79 yards down the field and retook the lead on Meggett's nine-yard run.

The Seminoles got the ball back with just over four minutes to play but what looked a promising and potential come-from-behind drive was derailed on the fourth play.

Manuel had already connected with Pryor and Owens for good gains on the drive but when he looked for Beau Reliford on third down, FSU's starting tight end was a step off his route and the pass was intercepted by Maryland's Cameron Chism with 2:52 left in the game.

Florida State will conclude its regular season this Saturday as it travels to play at rival Florida.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
MARYLAND
0
13
0
13
26
FLORIDA STATE
7
7
0
15
29

1st   7- 0  Jermaine Thomas, 3, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 4:39 
2nd   7- 3  Opp, 44, field goal, 9:26 
     14- 3  Lonnie Pryor, 54, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 8:35 
            Note: E.J. Manuel ran four yards and lateralled the ball to 
                  Pryor at the 50.                                      
     14- 6  Opp, 39, field goal, 4:28 
     14-13  Opp, 1, run (kick), 0:06 
4th  14-19  Opp, 20, pass (pass failed), 12:40
     22-19  Bert Reed, 42, run (Taiwan Easterling, pass from E.J. Manuel), 10:30
     22-26  Opp, 9, run (kick), 4:29 
     29-26  Lonnie Pryor, 3, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 0:32 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 18 20 Rushes-yards 24-198 46-196 Passing 206 214 Att-Comp-Int 27-17-3 27-20-0 Total Yards 51-404 73-410 Punt Returns 3-88 2-28 Kickoff Returns 6-128 3-62 Interception Ret. 0-0 3-91 Fumble Returns 1-0 0-0 Punts 3-47.7 4-43.0 Sacks By-Yds 1-1 0-0 Fumbles-Lost 2-0 1-1 Penalties-Yds 0-0 5-30 3rd Down Conversions 3-9 8-18 4th Down Conversions 1-1 3-4 Time of Posession 22:55 37:05 Attendance 66,042 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Lonnie Pryor 3- 57 E.J. Manuel 6- 49 Jermaine Thomas 11- 44 Bert Reed 3- 42 Tavares Pressley 1- 4 Ty Jones 1- 2 Receiving Jarmon Fortson 5- 71 Rod Owens 5- 52 Taiwan Easterling 2- 36 Bert Reed 2- 18 Jermaine Thomas 1- 12 Lonnie Pryor 1- 12 Beau Reliford 1- 5 Passing E.J. Manuel 27-17-3-206 Punt Return Greg Reid 3- 88 Kickoff Return Patrick Robinson 4- 87 Greg Reid 1- 25 Vincent Zann 1- 16 Punting Shawn Powell 3- 143 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nigel Bradham 4 6 10 1.0- 1.0 1.0- 1.0 . . . 1- 0 . . . Kendall Smith 4 5 9 0.5- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Jamie Robinson 6 2 8 . . . . . . . . . Patrick Robinson 6 1 7 2.0- 5.0 . . 1 . . 1 . . Jacobbi McDaniel 3 3 6 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Ochuko Jenije 4 . 4 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Markus White 2 2 4 2.5- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Everett Dawkins 3 . 3 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Greg Reid 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Korey Mangum 2 1 3 1.0- 5.0 . . . . . . . . Dekoda Watson . 3 3 . . . . . . . . . Justin Mincey 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Rodney Smith 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Nick Moody . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Brandon Jenkins . 2 2 . . . . 1 . . . . E.J. Manuel 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Mister Alexander 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Nigel Carr 1 . 1 . . . . 1 . . . . Budd Thacker 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Recardo Wright 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Kevin McNeil 1 . 1 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Rod Owens 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Willie Haulstead . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Terrance Parks . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    3  E.J. Manuel
FB   24  Lonnie Pryor
TB   38  Jermaine Thomas
LG   57  Brandon Davis
C    60  Ryan McMahon
LT   67  Andrew Datko
RT   77  Zebrie Sanders
RG   79  David Spurlock
WR   80  Jarmon Fortson
WR   86  Rod Owens
TE   88  Beau Reliford
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
WLB  13  Nigel Bradham
CB   15  Ochuko Jenije
FS   20  Jamie Robinson
CB   21  Patrick Robinson
RV   22  Korey Mangum
MLB  29  Kendall Smith
SLB  36  Dekoda Watson
NT   90  Moses McCray
DT   93  Everett Dawkins
LE   95  Kevin McNeil
RE   98  Markus White
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 4  Terrance Parks
 5  Greg Reid
 8  Taiwan Easterling
10  Nick Moody
12  Nigel Carr
16  Mister Alexander
18  Dustin Hopkins
33  Ty Jones
39  Tavares Pressley
40  Matt Dunham
45  Shawn Powell
46  Vincent Zann
48  Recardo Wright
49  Brandon Jenkins
55  Jamar Jackson
##  NAME
-----------------------------
56  Kendrick Stewart
61  Blake Snider
63  A.J. Ganguzza
65  Zack Aronson
72  Budd Thacker
73  Rhonne Sanderson
82  Willie Haulstead
83  Bert Reed
84  Rodney Smith
85  Ja'Baris Little
89  Louis Givens
91  Craig Yarborough
94  Justin Mincey
96  Toshmon Stevens
99  Jacobbi McDaniel

FLORIDA 37, FLORIDA STATE 10

11/28/2009, GAINESVILLE, FL

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From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Loses To UF.

Seminoles drop a 37-10 contest to the Gators in Gainesville on Saturday.

GAINESVILLE, FL - The Florida State football team fell to No. 1 Florida by a score of 37-10 Saturday in Gainesville.

By dropping the rivalry game to the Gators, FSU finishes its 2009 season with a 6-6 mark. The team will now await word on where it will continue college football's longest active bowl streak of 28 seasons in a row.

A few possible bowl destinations for the Seminoles include the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco, Calif., the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn. and the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte, N.C.

With backup quarterback EJ Manuel at the helm of the offense for the third game in a row because of the shoulder injury to starter Christian Ponder, the Seminoles could not generate much consistency all day against a UF team that ranks No. 2 in the country in total defense.

Manuel finished the contest 19-of-30 for 198 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

Rod Owens and Jarmon Fortson were Manuel's go-to receivers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Owens had six catches for 62 yards and Fortson had four for 58 and one score.

Manuel led all FSU rushers with 27 yards on 11 carries. Starting tailback Jermaine Thomas had just seven rushes for 21 yards.

Defensively, Florida State was unable to slow down Tim Tebow. The fourth-year Gator quarterback connected on 17 of his 21 pass attempts for 221 yards and three touchdowns. Florida churned out over 300 yards on the ground.

Florida State scored its first touchdown of the game with 6:05 remaining in the fourth quarter when Manuel - showing his moxie despite the day's events - lobbed a pass to the back of the endzone to Fortson.

Fortson, who had snagged a long throw just one play later, jumped into the air and caught the nine-yard pass to move the score to 37-10.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
3
7
10
FLORIDA
7
17
6
7
37

1st   0- 7  Opp, 18, pass (kick), 2:42 
2nd   0-10  Opp, 37, field goal, 14:55
      0-17  Opp, 18, run (kick), 3:59 
      0-24  Opp, 37, pass (kick), 1:07 
3rd   0-30  Opp, 39, pass (kick blocked by Kevin McNeil), 11:27
      0-30  Dustin Hopkins, 41, field goal failed, 5:56 
      3-30  Dustin Hopkins, 20, field goal, 0:00 
4th   3-37  Opp, 1, run (kick), 10:18
     10-37  Jarmon Fortson, 9, pass from E.J. Manuel (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 6:03 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 18 22 Rushes-yards 24- 83 39-311 Passing 186 234 Att-Comp-Int 32-19-2 23-19-0 Total Yards 56-269 62-545 Punt Returns 0-0 3-20 Kickoff Returns 5-112 3-72 Interception Ret. 0-0 2-0 Fumble Returns 2-36 0-0 Punts 5-42.2 1-38.0 Sacks By-Yds 2-5 3-16 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 3-2 Penalties-Yds 5-45 12-80 3rd Down Conversions 2-11 10-13 4th Down Conversions 1-1 1-1 Time of Posession 28:36 31:24 Attendance 90,907 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing E.J. Manuel 11- 27 Jermaine Thomas 7- 21 Lonnie Pryor 3- 18 Bert Reed 2- 10 Taiwan Easterling 1- 7 Receiving Jarmon Fortson 4- 58 Rod Owens 5- 40 Bert Reed 5- 39 Jermaine Thomas 2- 17 Taiwan Easterling 1- 12 Beau Reliford 1- 10 Willie Haulstead 1- 10 Passing E.J. Manuel 31-19-2-186 Kickoff Return Greg Reid 2- 61 Patrick Robinson 2- 37 Vincent Zann 1- 14 Punting Shawn Powell 5- 211 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nigel Bradham 9 3 12 . . . . . 1- 36 . . . Dekoda Watson 6 2 8 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Kendall Smith 4 4 8 . . . . . . . . . Jamie Robinson 3 2 5 . . . . . 1- 0 1 . . Korey Mangum 2 3 5 1.0- 2.0 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . Patrick Robinson 3 1 4 . . . 2 . . 1 . . Markus White 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Nick Moody 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Ochuko Jenije 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Dionte Allen 2 . 2 . . . . . . 1 . . Jacobbi McDaniel . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Mister Alexander 1 . 1 1.0- 3.0 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . Rod Owens 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Recardo Wright 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Nigel Carr . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Everett Dawkins . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Brandon Jenkins . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Moses McCray . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Kevin McNeil . . . . . . . . . . 1 . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    3  E.J. Manuel
FB   24  Lonnie Pryor
TB   38  Jermaine Thomas
LG   57  Brandon Davis
C    60  Ryan McMahon
LT   67  Andrew Datko
RT   77  Zebrie Sanders
RG   79  David Spurlock
WR   83  Bert Reed
WR   86  Rod Owens
TE   88  Beau Reliford
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
WLB  13  Nigel Bradham
CB   15  Ochuko Jenije
S    20  Jamie Robinson
CB   21  Patrick Robinson
RV   22  Korey Mangum
MLB  29  Kendall Smith
SLB  36  Dekoda Watson
NT   90  Moses McCray
DT   93  Everett Dawkins
LE   95  Kevin McNeil
RE   98  Markus White
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 4  Terrance Parks
 5  Greg Reid
 8  Taiwan Easterling
 9  Richard Goodman
10  Nick Moody
12  Nigel Carr
16  Mister Alexander
18  Dustin Hopkins
23  Chris Thompson
26  A.J. Alexander
27  Xavier Rhodes
28  Dionte Allen
38  Darren Edwards
39  Jeff Taccetta
40  Matt Dunham
45  Shawn Powell
46  Vincent Zann
##  NAME
-----------------------------
48  Recardo Wright
49  Brandon Jenkins
55  Jamar Jackson
61  Blake Snider
63  A.J. Ganguzza
65  Zack Aronson
72  Budd Thacker
73  Rhonne Sanderson
80  Jarmon Fortson
82  Willie Haulstead
84  Rodney Smith
89  Louis Givens
91  Craig Yarborough
94  Justin Mincey
96  Toshmon Stevens
99  Jacobbi McDaniel

FLORIDA STATE 33, WEST VIRGINIA 21

01/01/2010, Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, Fl

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Bowden, Seminoles Win Gator Bowl Grand Finale.

Bobby Bowden ends his tenure with a 33-21 defeat of West Virginia.

JACKSONVILLE, FL - Bobby Bowden watched the clock run down to :00, then took his last walk to midfield as his Florida State players jumped up and down, thrusting their helmets into the air.

The coach went out a winner, carried off by the Seminoles.

Jermaine Thomas ran for two touchdowns, Florida State scored 20 straight points to take control and the Seminoles knocked off No. 18 West Virginia 33-21 at the Gator Bowl in the final game of Bowden's storied 44-year career as a head coach.

"I will not forget it. I won't forget the other ones we have here, too," Bowden said, his hands wrapped around the silver Gator Bowl trophy. "Nothing like a win."

Bowden finished with a 389-129-4 record, and most importantly to him, a 33rd consecutive winning season. Next week, Jimbo Fisher takes over at Florida State, which finished 7-6 for the third time in the last four years.

On this day, the Florida State faithful serenaded Bowden with "Bob-by! Bob-by!" chants throughout the day, saving their loudest cries for the very end.

With 1:39 left, Bowden trotted down to the Florida State band section, removing his autographed white cap and tossing it into the seats - and the celebration began. When it was over, Bowden was surrounded by a wall of photographers, trying to make his way over to shake the hand of West Virginia coach Bill Stewart - who was a 177-pound walk-on for Bowden's first Mountaineers team in 1970.

"It's got to be memorable," Bowden said. "It's my last dadgum ballgame after 57 years of coaching."

Bowden leaves as major college football's second-winningest coach. Joe Paterno earned his 394th victory Friday in the Capital One Bowl as Penn State beat LSU 19-17.

Bowden spent much of the afternoon hugging his former players who lined the sidelines. Some of them now were middle-aged men, their hair tinged with gray.

Noel Devine rushed for 168 yards and a touchdown for West Virginia (9-4), which ran out to a 14-3 lead, then sputtered the rest of the way.

"Well, like so many games, when you're behind like we were in that first quarter, there's always an opportunity to quit and to give up," Bowden said. "And the kids did not. They kept fighting, kept coming back and won the ball game. That's what you want."

West Virginia's Tyler Bitancurt pushed a 33-yard field goal try past the right upright midway through the third quarter, a big break for the Seminoles. Bowden's teams lost four epic matchups with archrival Miami over the years, and probably at least two national championships, because of FSU field goals going wide right.

Let it be noted that on the last field goal his team tried, FSU made it.

This was Bowden's day, and the Seminoles made sure he wouldn't be denied.

Everything about the matchup was arranged with celebrating Bowden in mind, and that didn't change on game day.

More than 350 of Bowden's former players were there as guests, and thousands of fans - many of whom arrived 2 hours before Bowden - braved 52-degree air and steady rain to line the route the coach and his wife, Ann, would take into the stadium, followed by the rest of the Seminole roster.

There was a pregame video of Bowden highlights. He got a new car, a gift from Toyota and the Gator Bowl. And then came a rare treat even for Bowden, the right to take the flaming FSU spear from Chief Osceola and slam the point into the turf at midfield, one of Florida State's most revered pregame traditions.

"I'm very excited. Ann and I are very excited to be here in front of the Seminoles and also the Mountaineers," Bowden said from the field to a sold-out crowd moments before kickoff. "I couldn't help but get nostalgic when I heard the West Virginia band play their fight song. And then also, to hear the Seminoles play ours."

Bowden was head coach at Samford from 1959-62, led West Virginia from 1970-75 and took over at Florida State the next season.

The tributes didn't stop at kickoff, either.

A fan donned a No. 12 Thad Busby jersey, changed some letters and - voila! - the former Florida State quarterback's surname went from BUSBY to BOBBY. The Florida State band, instead of spelling out "Noles" at halftime, stood in "Bobby" formation. And on the West Virginia sideline, fans mindful of his stint there as head coach from 1970-75 tacked a "We (heart) U Bobby" banner to the wall.

During the game, Bowden's demeanor didn't change much from what's become the norm in his final seasons.

He often kept to himself, hands either clasped behind his back or at his sides. He talked to players individually, sometimes offered a quick thought to Fisher, then would go back to pacing about. A few times, Bowden took a quick look around the stadium, almost as if he was taking a mental picture of it all.

West Virginia took the opening kickoff and scored without much resistance, a 72-yard, eight-play drive capped by a 32-yard touchdown rush by starting quarterback Jarrett Brown - who was injured in the second quarter. The Mountaineers went up 14-3 on their second possession, after Devine broke off a 70-yard run to get inside the Florida State 5, then wound up scoring from 1 yard out.

One Mountaineer mistake helped turn things around.

After Jamie Robinson intercepted Brown early in the second quarter, Florida State got back into it on Thomas' first touchdown of the day, a 12-yard rush. Dustin Hopkins, who missed a 37-yard try earlier in the period, connected on a 42-yard field goal with 8 seconds left in the half, getting the Seminoles within 14-13 at the break.

And whatever Bowden said in his 522nd and final halftime speech, Greg Reid must have liked it.

Reid took the second-half kickoff 69 yards to the West Virginia 9, setting up another field goal. And - helped greatly by Jarmon Fortson's ridiculous, leaping, one-handed, 29-yard catch - Thomas scored from 19 yards out later in the third to give Florida State a 23-14 lead into entering the last 15 minutes of Bowden's career.

Ryan Clarke plunged in from 5 yards away for West Virginia on the first play of the fourth quarter, but the Seminoles answered with a methodical drive to restore the nine-point lead, quarterback E.J. Manuel's 2-yard touchdown burst putting Florida State up 30-21.

It would be the last touchdown anyone would score for Robert Cleckler Bowden, and soon, the man who saved Florida State's program - it almost folded before he was hired in 1976 - would start hugging anyone he could get his arms around on the sideline.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
WEST VIRGINIA
14
0
0
7
21
FLORIDA STATE
3
10
10
10
33

1st   0- 7  Opp, 32, run (kick), 11:45
      3- 7  Dustin Hopkins, 26, field goal, 7:02 
      3-14  Opp, 1, run (kick), 5:13 
2nd   3-14  Dustin Hopkins, 37, field goal failed, 14:49
     10-14  Jermaine Thomas, 12, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 10:57
     13-14  Dustin Hopkins, 42, field goal, 0:08 
3rd  16-14  Dustin Hopkins, 22, field goal, 12:15
     16-14  Opp, 33, field goal failed, 9:36 
     23-14  Jermaine Thomas, 19, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 3:50 
4th  23-21  Opp, 5, run (kick), 14:56
     30-21  E.J. Manuel, 2, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 8:54 
     33-21  Dustin Hopkins, 37, field goal, 2:02 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 24 18 Rushes-yards 46-226 37-221 Passing 189 107 Att-Comp-Int 24-17-0 19-9-1 Total Yards 70-415 56-328 Punt Returns 2-37 0-0 Kickoff Returns 8-455 4-204 Interception Ret. 1-0 0-0 Fumble Returns 0-0 0-0 Punts 2-37.5 3-37.0 Sacks By-Yds 5-42 0-0 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 3-0 Penalties-Yds 7-69 3-29 3rd Down Conversions 7-14 4-11 4th Down Conversions 0-0 1-2 Time of Posession 37:07 22:53 Attendance 84,129 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Jermaine Thomas 25- 121 E.J. Manuel 14- 70 Chris Thompson 2- 20 Bert Reed 3- 9 Louis Givens 1- 4 Lonnie Pryor 1- 2 Receiving Jarmon Fortson 4- 73 Rod Owens 3- 37 Taiwan Easterling 3- 33 Lonnie Pryor 2- 22 Jermaine Thomas 1- 9 Chris Thompson 1- 9 Beau Reliford 1- 6 Bert Reed 2- 0 Passing E.J. Manuel 24-17-0-189 Punt Return Greg Reid 2- 37 Kickoff Return Greg Reid 1- 69 Patrick Robinson 2- 19 Vincent Zann 1- 13 Punting Shawn Powell 2- 75 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dekoda Watson 5 . 5 3.0- 23.0 2.0- 20.0 . . . . . . . Patrick Robinson 4 1 5 . . . . . . . . . Nigel Bradham 3 2 5 1.0- 9.0 1.0- 9.0 . . . . . . . Nick Moody 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Korey Mangum 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Willie Haulstead 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Kendall Smith . 3 3 . . . . . . . . . Dionte Allen 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Brandon Jenkins 2 . 2 1.0- 1.0 . . . 1 . . . . Mister Alexander 2 . 2 2.0- 10.0 1.0- 9.0 . . . . . . . Recardo Wright 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Greg Reid 1 1 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Kendrick Stewart 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Toshmon Stevens 1 . 1 1.0- 5.0 . . . . . . . . Ochuko Jenije 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Rod Owens 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Budd Thacker 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Jamie Robinson . . . . . 1- 0 1 . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB    3  E.J. Manuel
WR    8  Taiwan Easterling
FB   24  Lonnie Pryor
TB   38  Jermaine Thomas
C    60  Ryan McMahon
LG   62  Rodney Hudson
LT   67  Andrew Datko
RT   77  Zebrie Sanders
RG   79  David Spurlock
WR   80  Jarmon Fortson
WR   86  Rod Owens
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
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WLB  13  Nigel Bradham
CB   15  Ochuko Jenije
FS   20  Jamie Robinson
CB   21  Patrick Robinson
ROV  22  Korey Mangum
SLB  36  Dekoda Watson
MLB  56  Kendrick Stewart
NT   90  Moses McCray
LE   91  Craig Yarborough
DT   93  Everett Dawkins
RE   98  Markus White
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
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 5  Greg Reid
10  Nick Moody
12  Nigel Carr
14  Avis Commack
16  Mister Alexander
18  Dustin Hopkins
23  Chris Thompson
28  Dionte Allen
29  Kendall Smith
30  Jajuan Harley
39  Tavares Pressley
40  Matt Dunham
45  Shawn Powell
46  Vincent Zann
48  Recardo Wright
49  Brandon Jenkins
##  NAME
-----------------------------
55  Jamar Jackson
57  Brandon Davis
61  Blake Snider
63  A.J. Ganguzza
65  Zack Aronson
72  Budd Thacker
73  Rhonne Sanderson
82  Willie Haulstead
83  Bert Reed
84  Rodney Smith
85  Ja'Baris Little
88  Beau Reliford
89  Louis Givens
96  Toshmon Stevens
99  Jacobbi McDaniel