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FLORIDA STATE VS. MIAMI GAME NOTES - OCTOBER 4, 2008



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Second Half

PONDER THIS

With a career-day, Christian Ponder recorded the second highest rushing total by a Seminole quarterback in FSU history with his 144 yards.  Ken MacLean holds the record for a Seminole quarterback with 146 yards vs. Cumberland 60 years ago in 1948.  Prior to today’s performance by Ponder, the last FSU quarterback to rush for 100+ yards in a game was Charlie Ward with 111 yards vs. Maryland in 1992. 

 

SMITH’S OFFENSIVE PRODUCTION

Antone Smith’s four rushing touchdowns in today’s game marks the first time an FSU player has scored four TDs (rushing or receiving) since Greg Allen vs. Louisville in 1982.  The four TDs puts the senior at nine touchdowns for the season which sets a single-season personal best for the tailback whose previous best was five rushing TDs in the 2006 season.  It also ranks 10th on FSU’s single season list.  The last Seminole to rush for nine or more touchdowns in a single season was Travis Minor who had nine rushing TDs in 1997.  Smith now has 20 career rushing touchdowns which moved him into a tie for 7th place on FSU’s career rushing touchdowns list ahead with Mark Lyles.

 

MORE ON SMITH

Coming into the season, Antone Smith had just two multi-rushing touchdown games in his career.  Now he’s done it in back-to-back games to make it four for his career. 

 

Smith’s multi-rushing TD games:

4 vs. Miami in 2008

3 vs. Colorado in 2008

2 vs. Rice in 2006

2 vs. Duke in 2005

 

ON THIRD DOWN

Florida State had its best showing of the season on third down conversions at 64.7 percent (11 of 17).  Miami’s defense came into the game allowing opponent’s just 46 percent on third-down conversions.

TWO FOR TONY

Tony Carter recorded his second interception of the game in the fourth quarter.  The last player to record two interceptions in one game was Tony Carter last year at Colorado.  Carter now has nine career INTs which puts him tied for 19th with 10 other Seminoles on FSU’s career interceptions list.  The last player to crack FSU’s career interceptions list was Pat Watkins with 10 from 2002-05.  Carter has only had one interception at Doak Campbell Stadium and that was November 4th 2006 in the 33-0 win over Virginia.  The other eight have been on the road, including his last seven straight interceptions.

TEAM INTS

The Seminoles recorded three interceptions in today’s game (Tony Carter 2, Dakota Watson 1) and the last time FSU recorded three or more picks in a game was last year with three vs. Miami on October 20, 2007.

 

SERIES RECORD FOR MOST POINTS

Florida State and Miami combined to score 80 points in today’s game – the highest combined point total in the history of the 54-game series.  Previously the record was 76 points in a 49-27 Miami win on Tallahassee during the 2001 season. 

 

First Half

 

FIRST TIME STARTER

Freshman Nigel Bradham became the sixth true freshman to start a game on offense or defense this season for the Seminoles.  He joins Moses McCray as only the second true freshman to start on defense.

 

CARTER’S INTERCEPTION

Tony Carter’s first interception of his career and now his most recent interception have both occurred right here in Dolphin Stadium. His first career INT was in the 2006 Orange Bowl when the Seminoles fell 26-23 to Penn State in three overtimes on Jan. 3, 2006.  Today’s pick was the eighth career interception for Carter.  It was just the second interception of the year for the Seminole defense and the first of the season for Carter whose last pick was in the Music City Bowl on December 31, 2007.  Prior to today’s game, the last interception that Carter had in a regular season game was his two picks last year at Colorado on September 15, 2007.  Carter has only had one interception at Doak Campbell Stadium and that was November 4th 2006 in the 33-0 win over Virginia.  His last six interceptions have occurred on the road.

 

Dakota Watson’s second quarter interception was the second of his career and also marked the first game this season that the Seminoles have recorded multiple interceptions in a game.

 

SINGLE SEASON CAREER-HIGH FOR SMITH

Antone Smith’s two rushing touchdowns in today’s first half are the senior’s sixth and seventh of the season which sets a single-season personal best for the tailback.  His previous best was five rushing TDs in the 2006 season.  The last Seminole to rush for seven or more touchdowns in a single season was Leon Washington who had seven rushing TDs in 2004.  Smith now has 18 career rushing touchdowns which moved him in sole possession of 8th place on FSU’s career rushing touchdowns list ahead of the likes of Pooh Bear Williams and FSU running backs’ coach Dexter Carter.

 

MORE ON SMITH

Coming into the season, Antone Smith had just two multi-rushing touchdown games in his career.  Now he’s done it in back-to-back games to make it four for his career. 

 

Smith’s multi-rushing TD games:

3 vs. Colorado in 2008

2 vs. Miami in 2008

2 vs. Rice in 2006

2 vs. Duke in 2005

 

 

FIRST QUARTER TD GOOD KARMA

Before today, in the five previous games FSU has played in this stadium, the Seminoles had not scored a first quarter touchdown since 1996 vs. Maryland. They also scored a first quarter TD in 1991 vs. Penn State.  The Seminoles went on to win both of those contests – FSU’s only two wins in this stadium.

 

MOFFET’S ON TOP OF IT

In just two games this season, defensive end Neefy Moffett already ranks second on the team in sacks with two with one in each of the last two games.  He now has 6.5 sacks in his career. With just one more sack, he’ll set a single-season personal best. 

 

PONDER THIS

QB Christian Ponder has already set his career high in carries and rushing yards with 9 for 107 yards so far today.  His previous career high in carries was eight last week and his previous career high in yards was 51 at Virginia Tech last season.  The last FSU quarterback to rush for 100+ yards in a game was Charlie Ward with 111 yards vs. Maryland in 1992.

 

CARR MOVES UP ON ACC LIST

Greg Carr’s second quarter touchdown today marks the 27th consecutive game that the senior has recorded a reception and also marks his 27th career touchdown. 
With those 27 TDs, he remains in third place on FSU’s career receiving touchdowns list and moves into a tie for 7th place with Virginia’s Herman Moore on the ACC career receiving touchdowns list.

 

FIRST HALF POINTS VS. THE CANES

Today’s 24 points are the most points the Seminoles have scored in the first half vs. Miami since 2001 when FSU took a 21-13 lead into the locker room.  The 24 points is tied for the most points that the Seminoles have ever scored in a half vs. the Hurricanes.  FSU also scored 24 points in the first half vs. UM in 1995.  FSU’s 21-point lead is the biggest halftime advantage for either team since 1997 when the Seminoles led 23-0 and went on to a 47-0 victory.

 

GANO GOES LONG

Senior Graham Gano recorded his second 50+ yard field goal in as many weeks when he connected on a career-long 53-yarder in the second quarter today.  Gano is now one of just five FSU kickers to ever recorded two 50-yard field goals in his career.

 

ON THE SIDELINES

Former Seminoles in attendance today: Henri Crocket, Zach Crockett, Willie Jones, Eric Moore, Snoop Minnis, Ross Brannon, Alex Barron.

 

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