Nov. 8, 2008
FIRST HALF NOTES
Seminole Quick Hits
* Junior Preston Parker recorded his longest career rush as he rattled off a 40 yard run in the first quarter on the Seminoles’ second offensive drive of the game. His previous career-long was 20 yards against Maryland in 2007.
* Junior Everette Brown recorded the first Seminole sack of the game tackling Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper for an 11-yard loss in the second quarter. He added his second sack of the game late in the second quarter. Both tackles moved Brown into sole possession of fifth place all-time for tackle for losses at 39.0. It also marked a single-season high for sacks with eight moving him into a tie for 17th place in single-season sacks at FSU. It was Brown’s third multi-sack game of the season.
* Junior Markus White recorded his first career sack late in the second quarter. White sacked Harper for a seven yard loss. He also forced a fumble on the play – the first of his Seminole career.
* Louis Givens recorded his first career carry in the second quarter running for 27 yards to the Seminole 1-yard line. Givens finished the first half with 30 all-purpose yards.
* Florida State finished the first half with 146 rushing yards on 17 attempts, the second most yards gained on the ground in the first half this year. FSU ran for a season-high 172 yards against Miami. It also marked the fifth time in 2008 that the Seminoles have rushed for over the century mark in the first half – 172 vs. Miami, 146 vs. Clemson, 141 vs. Georgia Tech, 140 vs. Clemson, 113 vs. UT Chattanooga.
With a 52-yard field goal in the first quarter and a 37-yarder in the second, senior place kicker Graham Gano extended his streak of consecutive field goals made to 17.
It was his fifth straight conversion of 50 yards or more as he moved into a tie for second place all-time (Sebastian Janikowski) at Florida State for career fields made from 50 plus yards.
Gano’s strike from 37-yards gave the Seminoles their first lead of the game with 13:03 left in the second quarter. During the current streak, Gano is 2-for-2 from 20-29 yards, 6-for-6 from 30-39 yards, 4-for-4 from 40-49 yards and 5-for-5 from 50 + yards.
First Interception…First Touchdown
Senior defensive end Neefy Moffett came up with a great time to collect his first career interception. Moffett picked off Cullen Harper in the first quarter and returned the interception 18 yards for a Seminole touchdown tying Saturday’s game at 10-10. It was the sixth interception of the season for the Seminole defense and the first interception returned for a touchdown. The last time such a feat happened was in 2007 when Dekoda Watson returned an interception 40 yards for a TD against Virginia Tech.
SECOND HALF NOTES
Seminole Quick Hits
* With Saturday night’s victory over Clemson, Florida State snapped the Tigers three-game winning streak in the series. The last FSU victory over Clemson came in Tallahassee back in 2004 – 41-22. Florida State leads the all-time 16-6 including a 9-3 mark in Tallahassee.
* The 41 points scored by Florida State on Saturday night tied for the seventh most points scored by the Seminoles in the series. The Seminoles scored 41 points twice before in 2004 (41-22) and 2001 (41-27).
* With the win, Florida State becomes bowl eligible for the 27th consecutive season.
* Dekoda Watson finished with a team-high nine tackles in Saturday night’s victory over Clemson, one shy of his season-high 10 against Colorado.
* Junior Preston Parker recorded a season-high for catches on the first Seminole offensive drive of the second half as he registered his sixth on a 12-yard reception converting on a third and three. Parker finished the game with six receptions for 37 yards.
* Corey Surrency registered his team leading fourth touchdown reception of the season as the junior wide out caught a slant from Christian Ponder and scampered in from 12-yards out. It was Surrency’s first touchdown reception since the second quarter of the UT Chattanooga game, when he caught a 39-yard strike from Ponder with just over three minutes remaining in the first half.
Third Quarter Turn-Around
After completing eight passes for 44 yards in the first half, sophomore quarterback Christian Ponder made the necessary adjustments on the first Seminole offensive possession in the third quarter going 5-for-6 for 55 yards and a touchdown. Ponder found Corey Surrency for a 12-yard strike in the third quarter to give Florida State a 10-point advantage. Ponder finished the third quarter 6-of-9 for 64 yards and a one touchdown.
Thompson Moving Up Freshman Rushing Chart
Jermaine Thomas rushed for 94 yards on 11 carries in Saturday’s game against Clemson. Thomas has tallied 437 rushing yards in 2008 moving into sole possession of fifth place all-time at Florida State among true freshman rushing leaders. In tonight’s game against Clemson, Thomas moved passed Greg Allen (388 yards in 1981) and Sean Jackson (427 yards in 1990).
Defensive Effort For Brown
Junior defensive end Everette Brown finished the game with five tackles, three for tackles for loss and sacks. The three tackles for loss pushed Brown’s career total to 40.0 moving him past Broderick Bunkley (37) into sole possession of fifth place all-time at Florida State. Kevin Emanuel currently sits in fourth place all-time with 41 career tackles for loss.
Brown tied a single-game career-high with three sacks on Saturday night against the Tigers as he also registered three sacks earlier this year against Virginia Tech. With nine sacks on the year, Brown moved into a tie for 13th place all-time (Brodrick Bunkley – 2005, Reinard Wilson – 1995, Carl Simpson – 1992) for sacks in a single-season.
Doce For Deuce
Senior tail back Antone Smith scored from one-yard out for his first rushing touchdown of the game to give the Seminoles a 14-point lead. He later added a 41-yard run late in the fourth quarter for his second rushing touchdown of the evening. It marked his third multiple rushing touchdown of the season. Smith now has 13 rushing touchdowns on the year moving him into a tie for fourth place all-time for single-season rushing touchdowns at Florida State (Warrick Dunn – 1995, Greg Allen - 1983).
Multiple Rushing TD Games
With three rushing touchdowns including a pair of 1-yard dives on Saturday night, Florida State has now registered six multiple rushing touchdowns in nine games in 2008. It marks the fourth time that the Seminoles have matched such a feat since 2000 (2002, 2003, 2006 and 2008). It ties for the second most multiple rushing touchdown games since 2000. Florida State tallied eight in 13 games in 2000.
Seminole Gain Over 200 Yards On The Ground
With 266 yards on the ground in Saturday’s victory against Clemson, the Seminoles out rushed the opposition for the seventh time in nine games. It marks the fourth time this year the Seminoles have gained for over 200 rushing yards in a game, the most in a season since 2004. In 2004, the Seminoles gained over 200 yards on the ground against Syracuse (254), North Carolina (279), UAB (251) and West Virginia (301) in the Gator Bowl. This year the 200-yard rushing games have come against Western Carolina (290), Colorado (259), Miami (310) and Clemson (266).