Oct. 25, 2008
FLORIDA STATE VS. VIRGINIA TECH GAMEDAY NOTES
SECOND HALF NOTES
Seminole Quick Hits
* With Saturday’s victory over Virginia Tech, Florida State tallied its 13th victory in the last 14 games in the series, while improving to 22-11-1 all-time against the Hokies. The Seminoles have now won six straight at home over Virginia Tech. It also marked the fifth time since 1976 that the Seminoles have trailed at the half and come back to win the game.
* Toddrick Verdell finished Saturday’s game against the Hokies with seven tackles including two tackles for loss and one sack. It was the most tackles recorded by Verdell since posting a career-high eight against Western Carolina earlier this year.
* Junior fullback Marcus Sims registered his second career rushing touchdown on a one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Sims’ first career TD run came on a one-yard lunge against UAB 2007. The score against the Blazers also came in the third quarter. Sims finished the game with eight rushes for 29 yards. He entered the game with five rushes for 14 yards in two games in 2008.
* Florida State finished the game with six sacks in Saturday’s win over Virginia Tech, the most in a game since the Seminoles recorded six against NC State in 2007. FSU tallied five sacks in the first half surpassing the single-game, season-high of four set twice before in wins over Chattanooga (9/13) and Colorado (9/27). The Seminoles pushed their season sack total to 22.
Third Quarter Turn-Around
After completing just 3-of-7 passes for 15 yards in the first half, sophomore quarterback Christian Ponder made the necessary adjustments in the third quarter going 6-for-9 for 118 yards and a touchdown. Ponder found Greg Carr for passes of 48 and 39 yards in the third quarter.
Antone Smith’s 8-yard run in the third quarter pushed the senior tailback over 2,000 career rushing yards. Smith finished the game with nine carries and 57 yards increasing his career rushing totals to 2,003 yards.
Carr Catching Christian
Senior wide out Greg Carr recorded the eighth longest reception of his career as he caught a 48-yard pass from Christian Ponder in the third quarter. The pass play was the second longest pass completion of Ponder’s career. The Seminole duo connected earlier this year in the third quarter against Western Carolina on a 54-yard touchdown pass, the longest career pass play for Ponder.
Carr Over 100
With a 39-yard catch in the third quarter, Greg Carr recorded his eighth career 100-yard receiving game. Carr finished the third quarter with two receptions for 87 yards. The last 100-yard receiving game for Carr came in 2007 at Wake Forest. The 100-yard receiving performance tied Carr with Jackie Flowers (five catches, 100 yards in 1979) for the fifth-most receiving yards by a Seminole against Virginia Tech.
Defensive Effort For Brown
Senior defensive end Everette Brown finished the game with five tackles, four tackles for loss and three sacks. The four tackles for loss pushed Brown’s career total to 36.5 moving him past Corey Simon (33) into sole possession of sixth place all-time at Florida State. Broderick Bunkley currently sits in fifth place all-time with 37 career tackles for loss. Brown set a single-game career-high with four tackles for loss against the Hokies. His three sacks set a new single-game career-high surpassing his previous record of two set last year against Alabama and earlier this year against Chattanooga.
12, 13 In A Row For Gano
Senior Graham Gano’s 29-yard field goal in the fourth quarter was his second of the game. He added a 46-yard attempt with 2:14 left to play marking the third time this year that Gano has made three or more field goals in a game. His third field goal of the game was his 13th straight, setting the school record for consecutive field goals surpassing the previous record of 12 set by Bill Capece in 1980.
Seminole Quick Hits
* Florida State’s three-and-out on its first offensive possession ended the Seminoles’ streak of 28 straight series without a three-and-out. The Hokies forced FSU into three consecutive three-and-out series to start the game and four in the first half. The Seminoles have just seven in the last 42 drives and 11 in seven games in 2008.
* Senior place kicker Shawn Powell in 2008. Gano tallied 102 yards on two punts in the first half good for an average of 51.0 yards per punt. Over the last two seasons, Gano has averaged 42.1 yards per punt on 126 career punts. As a junior, Gano recorded 16 punts of 50 yards or more.
* The first turnover of the game was caused by the Florida State defense as senior linebacker Derek Nicholson forced a fumble and recovered the loose ball off a carry over the left end by Hokie tailback Josh Oglesby. It marked Nicholson’s second forced fumble and first fumble recovery of his career.
* Florida State tallied five sacks in the first half of today’s game against Virginia Tech surpassing the single-game, season-high of four set twice before in wins over Chattanooga (9/13) and Colorado (9/27).
Graham From 50 And Beyond
Senior Graham Gano connected on a 50-yard field goal in the second quarter to tie the game at 10-10. The kick marked his fourth field goal of 50 yards or more as he continues to lead the nation, while it was the fourth straight game that Gano has been good from that distance extending his own school record. The successful field goal attempt was his 11th straight, one shy of the school record held by Bill Capece who booted 12 in a row in 1980.
Slow Start For The Seminoles
For the third time in four league games, Florida State has gotten off to a slow start trailing after the first quarter. The Seminoles have been outscored 16-7 during the first quarter in ACC play this year. FSU fell behind 10-0 to NC State in its last outing before coming back to defeat the Wolfpack 26-17. The Seminoles have trailed at the half in three of their first four ACC games this year – Wake Forest (3-0), NC State (10-6) and Virginia Tech (13-10).
The Duce Is Loose
Antone Smith’s 39-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was his 11th rushing touchdown of the season and 12th overall. The 11 rushing touchdowns equals the total number of rushing touchdowns scored in his first three seasons combined. It also marked the fourth straight game that Smith has recorded a rushing touchdown of 20 yards or more setting a career-high. Smith has now scored a rushing touchdown against three different ACC opponents tying a career-high he set in 2006, when he scored against Duke, Maryland and Virginia.
Brown’s First Half Defensive Effort
Senior defensive end Everette Brown recorded three tackles in the first half all going for sacks and tackles for loss. The three tackles for loss pushed Brown’s career total to 35.5 moving him past Corey Simon (33) into sole possession of sixth place all-time at Florida State. Broderick Bunkley currently sits in fifth place all-time with 37 career tackles for loss. Brown also tied a single-game career-high with three tackles for loss. His three sacks set a new single-game career-high surpassing his previous record of two set last year against Alabama and earlier this year against Chattanooga.