Nov. 16, 2008
SECOND HALF NOTES
Graham Gano’s streak of field goals made was stopped tonight when he missed a 50-yard attempt early in the third quarter. With his 39-yard field goal in the second quarter, Gano had hit 18 in a row before the miss. The only two field goals Gano has missed this year have been from 50 or more yards as he missed a 52-yard attempt in the Wake Forest game.
Go Graham Go
Graham Gano has now recorded two career rushes off of fake punts and both have been for 24 yards. His first was at Virginia Tech last year in the first quarter. Florida State kicker Gary Cismesia then made a 39-yard field goal. Tonight’s 24 yard run resulted in seven points as on the very next play, Preston Parker connected with Greg Carr for a 19-yard touchdown.
Preston Parker now has two career pass completions and both have come against Boston College. In last year’s game, Parker completed a 17-yard pass to De’Cody Fagg in the third quarter. The Seminoles went on to miss a 47-yard field goal on that drive. Tonight’s 19-yard touchdown pass to Greg Carr was Parker’s first career passing TD.
Carr And Homecoming
Greg Carr and Homecoming just seem to go together. Tonight’s 19-yard touchdown reception marks Carr’s fourth touchdown in Homecoming games. Carr finished the game with two receptions for 40 yards. Carr now has eight receptions for 140 yards and four touchdowns in three career Homecoming games. He did not play in last year’s game against Duke.
Interceptions On The Year
Darius McClure recorded his first career interception in tonight’s fourth quarter. The Seminoles have now recorded an interception in fives games this season and are 3-2 in the five games. FSU has seven interceptions on the year.
After tonight’s game, Florida State is now 21-4 in Homecoming games. The last time Florida State lost was in 2001 against NC State, who was coached by current Seminole linebackers coach Chuck Amato. Florida State lost the game 34-28.
FIRST HALF NOTES
First Drive Scores
Tonight’s game marks the fourth straight game that the Florida State defense has allowed the opponent to score on its first drive:
The Score The Game Result
24-yard field goal by NC State FSU Win
31-yard field goal by Georgia Tech FSU Loss
44-yard touchdown pass by Clemson FSU Win
14-yard touchdown pass by Boston College ?
After scoring on its first drive, Boston College recovered an onside kick (the kick went 13 yards). Before tonight’s game, the last time an FSU opponent recovered an onside kick was Clemson in Tallahassee on October 3, 2002. In that game, after Clemson tied the contest 7-7 in the first quarter, the ensuing kickoff was an onside kick that went 16 yards and the Tigers recovered and went on to score a touchdown on a two-yard carry. Boston College failed to score on their post-onside kick drive tonight.
We’ve Fallen … Can We Get Up?
Florida State’s opponents have scored first in five games this season, including tonight’s contest. FSU is 3-1 in those four previous games. Boston College’s touchdown on the first drive of the game marked the fifth straight contest that the Seminoles have found themselves behind. Last week vs. Clemson, the Tigers took a 10-0 lead. At Georgia Tech, the Seminoles scored first but then fell behind 24-10 in the second quarter. In the Virginia Tech game, the Hokies scored the game’s first 10 points. In Raleigh, vs. NC State, the Wolfpack took a 10-0 lead. FSU came back to win three of those games.
Tonight’s first half saw FSU’s 11th and 12th interceptions of the year and the opponent has capitalized on the Seminole mishap 42 percent (5-of-12) of the time. Take a look:
WF Ponder INT Wake Forest field goal
WF Ponder INT Wake Forest fumble
WF Richardson INT Wake Forest missed field goal
WF Richardson INT Wake Forest field goal
WF Ponder INT Game ended
CO Ponder INT Colorado missed field goal
UM Ponder INT Miami INT
UM Ponder INT Miami returned INT 7 yards for TD
GT Ponder INT Georgia Tech scored TD
CU Ponder INT Clemson punt
BC Ponder INT Boston College returned INT 87 yards for TD
BC Ponder INT Boston College fumble
Ponder Runs, Ponder Scores
Christian Ponder now has three career rushing touchdowns and they’ve come in each of the last three games. He had a four-yard TD run in the second quarter tonight. At Georgia Tech, Ponder scored on a three-yard run in the first quarter. In the Clemson win, it was a one-yard TD run.
BC’s Third-Down Conversions
Boston College’s six third-down conversions in tonight’s first half are the most the Florida State defense has allowed in a game all season. Before tonight, Colorado had the most with four third-down conversions (4-of-15).
The Seminoles, who were averaging 205.2 yards rushing coming into tonight’s game, had just four rushing yards in the first half tonight which is their lowest first-half total of the season.
Trailing At The Half
Tonight’s game marks the fifth time FSU has trailed at halftime this season. The Seminoles are 2-2 in the previous four games.
Quick Hits From The First Half…
+ Neefy Moffett’s first forced fumble this year, 4th in career
+ Everette Brown’s first career fumble recovery
+ Longest reception in Rod Owens’ career – 30 yards that set up Ponder score.
+ Toddrick Verdell’s first career forced fumble
+ Budd Thacker’s first career fumble recovery