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    BYU Retrospect

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    The trip to Provo, Utah was one to remember.  I remember thinking on 3 1/2 hour plane flight from Tallahassee to Salt Lake City that this was a make or break game for the Seminoles.  After a heart breaking loss to Miami and a less than spectacular performance against Jacksonville State, the game against BYU provided an opportunity for Florida State to show their true colors this season.

    They did not disappoint.  

    During the pre-game show on the Seminole ISP Sports Network radio broadcast, William, Monk and I discussed the last time the 'Noles had beaten a Top 10 team.  You only had to look back to 2007 when the Seminoles traveled to play #2 Boston College.  BC quarterback Matt Ryan and the Eagles were a big favorite in that matchup much like the Cougars were last night.  But the Seminoles were able to rise to the occasion in both games.  Here is a look back at some of the more memorable moments from the BYU trip.

    • LaVell Edwards Stadium is one of the most scenic venues for college football.  I have been in a lot of stadiums and there is not one that compares with the scenery that you see from the press box at BYU.  Looking out across the stadium you see the Wasatch mountains in the distance.  Very impressive.

    • I would like to take a moment to say how pleasant the fans and game day employees were at BYU.  The only other stadium that offered such hospitality was Notre Dame back in 2003. The fans welcomed us to Utah and were more than gracious after we won.  I hope we will be able to show the same hospitality when the Cougars play in Tallahassee next season.


    Ponder Outplays Hall

    Florida State junior quarterback Christian Ponder out-performed heralded BYU quarterback Max Hall with a well-rounded performance. Ponder completed 21 of 26 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns, then added 77 rushing yards on 11 carries, including a touchdown. Ponder did not have a turnover. Hall finished 20 of 31 for 306 yards and two touchdowns, but was intercepted three times.


    Pick Six For No. 5

    Freshman cornerback Greg Reid intercepted BYU quarterback Max Hall - his second theft of the season - and returned the ball 63 yards for a third quarter touchdown as FSU pushed its lead to 37-14. Reid's score with 12:52 remaining in the quarter, ended BYU's first possession of the second half. It was the Seminoles' third turnover gained of the day as well as its third defensive score of the season. Reid's first interception came in the opener against Miami.


    Jones Goes Over The Century Mark

    Sophomore tailback Ty Jones recorded the first 100-yard rushing performance (12-108) of his career and the first by a Florida State back since Jermaine Thomas (9-130) pulled it off at Georgia Tech on Nov. 1, 2008.


    Big Wins Vs. Top 10 Opponents

    With its 54-28 victory over No. 7 BYU, Florida State has won five of its last eight games against Top 10 competition (see pg. 3 game notes). Still, it ranks as one of the program's most lopsided wins against a Top 10 opponent on the road. 


    Hopkins Has Major Impact

    Freshman kicker Dustin Hopkins played a major role in the Seminoles' victory over BYU. Hopkins booted 9 of 10 kickoffs for touchbacks and tacked on field goals of 33 and 35 yards. The Cougars returned two kickoffs for a total of 23 yards.


    Now That's A Scoring Streak

    Florida State scored on its first seven possessions today - six touchdowns and a field goal - extending their streak of consecutive offensive possessions with a score to eight. The Seminoles scored on their final offensive possession (then added a defensive score) in a 19-9 victory over Jacksonville last week.


    Powell Punts Only Once

    Sophomore punter Shawn Powell punted a career-low once time against the Cougars in tonight's game. His previous low for punts in a game was two against both Western Carolina (Sept. 6) and Chattanooga (Sept.13) in the first two games of the 2008 season.


    More Chop Talk

    The Seminoles enjoyed their most prolific scoring performance since dropping 69 on Western Carolina in last season's opener. The 54-point performance was the second largest scoring output since a 55-7 win over Rice in the 2006 season. ... Linebacker Mister Alexander recorded his first career sack when he dropped Max Hall on a fourth- and-10 play in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter. It was the first sack of the game with for the Seminoles. ... Lonnie Pryor's two rushing touchdowns marked the first time a freshman has pulled that off since Jermaine Thomas did it against Western Carolina in last season's opener. ... Linebacker Nigel Bradham collected his first career interception in the fourth quarter, setting up the Seminoles seventh touchdown of the day. ... A.J. Alexander's fourth quarter interception was the first of his career and sixth forced turnover of the game. ... The Seminoles put an end to BYU's 18-game home winning streak, dating to the 2006 season. It came in front of the 13th consecutive sellout at LaVell Edwards Stadium and a crowd of 64,209...Quarterback E.J. Manuel earned playing time in the fourth quarter of tonight's game - the first playing time of his career...Caz Piurowski caught a single game career-high five passes for 38 yards and has now caught a single-season career-high 10 passes for 149 yards in the first three games of the 2009 season.

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    8 Comments

    The athleticism and execution exemplified by FSU Sat. night was a welcomed sight and brought back memories of an offense that would do this on a routine basis a few seasons ago. Ponder's confidence and poise are increasing and his teammates seem to be in sync with their assignments. I would like to speculate as to how this level of performance would fare against the Hurricanes if they were to play again.

    Dan Cordell
    Go FSU!

    Noles got a good one. When it counted. Nice to see us win a big game far away.

    Coach Bobby Bowden is the class of college football. I have such deep respect for him and his gracious approach in such a competitive environment. I was embarrassed BYU did not play better, but they were outplayed, out coached and the better team won. I will be cheering for FSU in your games this season.

    With much respect, bruised and beaten,
    Floyd Rigby
    BYU Fan

    Could we see an ACC title match up FSU-UM in Tampa? I think we would be more prepared to address our first game issues.

    Cheers to the BYU fan on here with class. Appreciated.

    I am so proud of the Seminoles and the entire coaching staff that we have in place. I think we are moving in the right direction! I like the big game experience we are getting heading towards the Gators!!!

    I had more fun watching the game Saturday night than I have in years. It reminds me now of the Michigan game in 1990 back when we were completely dominant. This game changes everything for us. Despite giving up almost 500 yards and 28 points, the D played fantastic. The Noles are back, baby!

    Hats off to Floyd Rigby (BYU fan) class act. Those methodical offensive drives were fun to watch. I am excited about FSU football again.

    Could not agree more with the class and hopitality of the BYU fans. Walking to the stadium they were welcoming and thankfull for our being there. After the game we stayed in Provo for dinner and had numerous BYU fans come up and wish us the best.

    We NEED to show them the same respect next year.

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