- 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.