Sept. 13, 2008
Frank Beamer isn’t the only coach in the ACC who knows how to get his team to block kicks. Roosevelt Lawson’s punt block in the third quarter was the 126th blocked kick in the Bowden era at FSU. Last season FSU blocked two kicks, both punts. Today’s blocked punt makes it three in a row. The last time three straight blocked kicks came off punts was in 2004. The blocked punt went out of the endzone for a safety. The safety was the first for FSU since the season opener against Clemson in 2007. It was the 92nd all-time punt block under Bowden and the 40th since 1990.
With Roosevelt Lawson’s blocked punt for a safety, FSU topped the 100 point mark for the season in just the first two games. The last time FSU combined to score 100 or more points in back-to-back games was 1996. FSU put up 102 points in wins over Southern Miss (54) and Maryland (48) that year. This is the quickest any Seminole team has reached 100 points in a season since 1949 when Don Veller’s first squad put up 107 points versus Whiting Field (77) and Mississippi College (33).
Not only did FSU score over 100 points in its first two games of the season but the Seminoles also went over the 1000 yard mark. In the opener Florida State put up 561 yards of total offense. Today the Seminoles amassed 494 yards of total offense to give the squad a total of 1,055 yards through the first two games of the year.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
For the second straight game, FSU quarterbacks have completed passes to at least eight different receivers. In the opener, eight different players recorded a catch and today nine hauled in a pass. The last time FSU hit at least eight different receivers in back-to-back games was in 2006 versus Miami (8) and Troy (9).
5 FOR 40
In just the first two games of the 2008 season the Seminoles offense has already recorded five scoring plays of 40 yards or more. Last season Florida State had four total TD plays of 40 yards or more and in 2006 that number was just two. So in just eight quarters of football, the 2008 Seminoles already have more big play TDs than last year and are just one away from equaling the total of the last two years combined.
HE DID IT AGAIN
Offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher said D’Vontrey Richardson can beat you from the pocket. The redshirt sophomore QB sure can beat teams from outside the pocket as well. Last week he tied the Florida State record for the longest TD run by a QB with a 52-yard jaunt that equaled a Bobby Renn TD run from 1957. Today he broke that record with a 55-yard touchdown run. It is the second longest run by a QB since Lee Corso’s 60-yard rush in 1956 that unfortunately did not result in six points.
FIRST HALF PRODUCTION
Florida State’s 30 points in the first half marks the most points that the Seminoles have scored in a first half since September 29, 2001 when FSU scored 42 first half points on the way to a 48-24 win over Wake Forest in Doak S. Campbell Stadium. FSU has now scored 58 points in the first half in the first two games combined. Last season, FSU did not total 58 points in any two games in consecutive contests. The best two-game point total in 2007 was 54 versus Miami (29) and Duke (25).
SEMINOLES GET DEFENSIVE
Florida State followed up its 69-0 shutout victory over Western Carolina in the season opener with another stellar showing versus Chattanooga, allowing the Mocs just one touchdown in a 46-7 Seminole victory. The last time the Florida State defense put together back-to-back showings that successful was in the 2000 season when the Noles downed Louisville by a score of 31-0 (09/23) at home and then were victorious at Maryland 59-7 (09/28). In the Bobby Bowden era, the best back-to-back defensive effort came in the 1980 season when FSU opened that campaign with consecutive shutouts against LSU (16-0 on 9/6) and Louisville (52-0 on 9/13).
CHAIN GANG GETS A BREAK
The Florida State defense limited Chattanooga to seven first downs in the victory, marking the first time a Seminole defense has limited an opponent to fewer than 10 first downs in a game since allowing Duke nine during the 2007 season. FSU downed the Blue Devils by a 25-6 count at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 27 in that defensive effort.
SMITH MOVES INTO ELITE COMPANY
With his first quarter 12-yard rushing touchdown, senior tailback Antone Smith now has 13 career rushing scores with places him in a five-way tie for 15th place all-time in the Florida State record book.
Bert Reed DOES IT AGAIN
Florida State freshman wide receiver Bert Reed enjoyed his first career touchdown last week against Western Carolina so much that he reached pay dirt for the second time in his short Seminole career versus Chattanooga when he hauled in a 36-yard pass from D’Vontrey Richardson in the fourth quarter. Last week, Reed posted a 41-yard touchdown catch from Christian Ponder against WCU.
CARR DRIVES UP THE FSU CAREER CHART AGAIN
Florida State senior wide receiver Greg Carr caught three passes for 47 yards against Chattanooga which gives him 2,146 career receiving yards and moved him into eighth place on the FSU chart. Carr bypassed Jessie Hester’s (81-84) 2,100 career receiving yards as well as Lawrence Dawsey’s (87-90) 2,129 four-year tally with his 47-yard performance versus the Mocs.
SCORING ON OUR FIRST DRIVE
The Seminoles opened the 2008 season with a punt return for a TD but today’s opening drive for a TD for the offense marked the first time FSU’s offense scored a TD on its initial drive since November 17, 2007 versus Maryland. In that game Drew Weatherford led the team 26 yards for a score following a Patrick Robinson INT.
SURRENCY HAS A BIG FIRST QUARTER
Corey Surrency began his Seminole career with two catches for 14 yards and a TD versus Western Carolina. He had two catches in the first quarter of today’s game but they went for 83 yards and two TDs. The last Seminole to catch two touchdowns in a game was De’Cody Fagg in 2007 versus Alabama.
BROWN BRINGS THEM DOWN
Everette Brown added to his career sack total with a two in the first half. Brown’s two sacks in the first half marked the first time a Seminole had a multi-sack game since Geno Hayes recorded two versus NC State in 2007. You have to go back to 2002 to find the last time a Florida State player had three or more sacks.
SHUTOUT STREAK ENDS
The Seminoles’ hopes for back-to-back shutouts ended with 3:35 remaining in the first quarter. Chattanooga completed a 62-yard TD pass to score the first points of the year on the FSU defense. That ended the team’s season-opening shutout streak at 71:25.
SCORING STREAK ENDS
What a start to the 2008 season for the Seminole offense. Between nine consecutive TD drives to end the Western Carolina game and three consecutive TD drives to open the Chattanooga game, FSU scored 12 consecutive touchdowns. The streak came to a conclusion when Chattanooga held the Seminoles to a Zach Hobby field goal try that bounced off the uprights.
PONDER OFF TO A HOT START
Christian Ponder raised his season total to five TD passes with three in the first half versus Chattanooga. The last time an FSU QB threw for three touchdowns in any half was November 3, 2001 in a 41-27 win at Clemson. Chris Rix had three first half TD passes (one in the first quarter to Javon Walker and two in the second quarter to Talman Gardner and Walker again) in leading the Seminoles to victory.