Oct. 3, 2009
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. –
Florida State was inches away from a comeback for the ages that would have left Seminole fans discussing this game for years to come.
In its second Atlantic Coast Conference game of the season, Florida State (2-3, 0-2 ACC) fell to Boston College (4-1, 2-1 ACC) 28-21 despite out gaining the Eagles in total yards by a 413-399 margin.
Quarterback Christian Ponder threw for a career-high 341 yards but it was not enough as Boston College answered FSU’s 18 unanswered points with a Montel Harris 42-yard touchdown run to put the game away late in the fourth quarter. The Seminoles held an advantage in nearly every facet of the game except rushing yards as Boston College out gained FSU 188-72 on the ground.
After a lackluster first half Florida State made things exciting on a Louis Givens 10-yard reverse run for a touchdown at the end of the third quarter. A Dustin Hopkins extra point cut the Seminole deficit to just eight points (21-13) with a quarter left to play.
The Seminole defense forced the Eagles into a three and out and avoided disaster when Greg Reid misplayed a punt but was able to recover his own fumble at the Florida State 16-yard line.
Ponder then went to work and drove the Seminoles 78 yards and sophomore running back Jermaine Thomas found the end zone for the first time this season on a two-yard touchdown run.
Then down 21-19 the Seminoles were forced to go for two and Bert Reed worked a little Seminole magic, rolled to his right on a reverse pass, and found tight end Caz Piurowski for a diving conversion in the back of the end zone.
A fumble by the Eagles on the ensuing kickoff left Florida State in great field position but a 37-yard missed field goal gave the ball back to the Eagles with 7:02 to play. The miss was freshman kicker Dustin Hopkins first missed field goal of his career inside 40 yards.
Florida State had its best opportunity at getting the ball back slip through its hands when Greg Reid dropped a sure interception on a Dave Shinskie pass across the middle. On the very next play the Seminoles were flagged for pass interference giving the Eagles a crucial first down. Then Harris reeled off his 42-yard run putting Boston College in front by a 28-21 margin.
The Seminoles had plenty of time to mount another comeback as they started with the ball at their own 41-yard line and quickly moved to the BC side of the field when Ponder hooked up with Bert Reed for the sixth time in the game, a 19-yard pickup.
Ponder would find Taiwan Easterling later in the drive for a critical first down on third and seven but the drive would stall there as a completion for no gain and three straight incompletions ended the drive and gave the ball back to Boston College who ran out the clock.
Reed finished with seven catches for 107 yards, while fellow receiver Richard Goodman was not far behind with nine catches for 104 yards.
Florida State was on the wrong end of the penalty yardage as the Seminoles were flagged eight times for 81 yards, while the Eagles were only flagged four times for 15 yards.
Florida State returns to Tallahassee on Saturday, October 10 when the No. 25 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets visit Doak Campbell Stadium.
Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. and will be shown ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.