Nov. 2, 2008
Christian Ponder’s TD run on the first drive of the game marked the first time this season that the Seminole offense has scored a touchdown on the game’s first drive. FSU’s offense also scored on its’ first drive of the game in wins against UTC and Colorado, but that was after the FSU defense had been on the field. The score also marked just the second time in five ACC games this season that the Seminoles have scored first. Miami was the other time.
RUN MICHAEL RAY, RUN
Michael Ray Garvin’s 63-yard kickoff return is the senior’s second longest of his career. He had a 94-yard kickoff return for a TD in the Colorado win in Jacksonville.
– The 29-yard run by Georgia Tech running back Marcus Wright in the beginning of the second quarter to set up a Yellow Jacket score was the longest rush the FSU defense had given up this season but that didn’t last long as running back Jonathan Dwyer went 36 yards for a rushing TD later in the quarter.
– Before today’s game, the longest rush the FSU defense had given up was 25 yards by NC State quarterback Russell Wilson while the previous longest rush by a running back was 23 yards by Virginia Tech’s Darren Evans.
QB Christian’s Ponder’s streak of passes without an interception was snapped in today’s second quarter when a pass intended for WR Gregg Carr was picked off by Cooper Taylor. Ponder had thrown 64 straight passes without an interception.
THE LAST TIME
Georgia Tech’s three rushing TDs in today’s first half marks the first time the FSU defense has given up three rushing TDs in a game since September 16, 2006 vs. Clemson. The last time FSU gave up three rushing TDs in a half was way back on January 2, 1997 when Florida scored three touchdowns on the ground in the second half of the National Championship game at the Sugar Bowl. Heading into today’s game, the FSU defense had only allowed three rushing TDs all season.
FIRST AND LONG
Freshman running back Jermaine Thomas’ 62-yard-run in the second quarter was not only the rookie’s career long (previous long was 30 yards) but also marked the longest run of the season by a Seminole. Junior Seddrick Holloway’s four-yard touchdown catch to cap off the drive was the fullback’s first touchdown of his career and just the fourth reception of his career.
Georgia Tech’s 24 points are the most points FSU has given up in the first half this season and most since Florida put up 24 first-half points on November 24, 2007.
THE LAST TIME
Heading into today’s game, the FSU defense had only allowed three rushing TDs all season but the Yellow Jackets more than doubled that total with four rushing touchdowns in today’s game. The last time FSU’s defense allowed four rushing TDs in a game was against NC State on November 10, 2001 when the Wolfpack took a 34-28 victory. Of GT’s four rushing touchdowns, three came in the first half. The last time FSU gave up three rushing TDs in a half was way back on January 2, 1997 when Florida scored three touchdowns on the ground in the second half of the National Championship game at the Sugar Bowl. The last time FSU allowed three rushing touchdowns in a first half was November 19, 1993 when Notre Dame led 21-7 in the first half and went on to win the game 31-24.
DEFENDING THE RUN
Georgia Tech’s Jonathan Dwyer’s 145 yards rushing in today’s game marks the most rushing yards the FSU defense has allowed this season and just the second 100-yard game by an opposing player this year. Colorado’s Rodney Steward surpassed the century mark with 107 yards in the victory by the Seminoles. The Yellow Jackets’ 288 team rushing yards is the most FSU has allowed this season as the previous high was 157 yards rushing by NC State.
Junior defensive end Everette Brown continues to make big plays for FSU. In the third quarter he forced a fumble and that tackle for loss brought his career total to 37 which ties him with Broderick Bunkley for 5th all time on FSU’s career tackles for loss list. It is the seventh time in eight games this season that Brown has been credited with a tackle for loss.
JERMAINE HAS HIS BEST OUTING
Freshman RB Jermaine Thomas had the best day of his young career with 130 yards on nine carries. His previous best was 13 carries for 91 against Western Carolina. Thomas is now just the eighth true freshman in FSU history to run for 300 yards or more in his first season. His 343 yards this season is the eighth highest rushing total by a true freshman Seminole in school history.
RICHARDSON DIALING IN FROM DEEP
D’Vontrey Richardson saw his first extended action under center since the Chattanooga game today and he made the most of it. The redshirt sophomore completed the longest TD pass of his career when he found Preston Parker for a 39-yard TD in the fourth quarter to close the Georgia Tech lead to 31-28. It was the first TD catch for Preston Parker in 2008.
TACK ON TWO
FSU cut the Georgia Tech lead to 31-28 thanks to a two-point conversion from Christian Ponder to Greg Carr. It was the first time FSU hooked up on a two-point conversion since 2006 versus Clemson. Drew Weatherford connected with Chris Davis for a two-pointer in that 27-20 loss.