Sept. 12, 2005
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No. 8 FLORIDA STATE at No. 16/17 Boston College
Saturday, September 17 – 7:45 p.m. – ESPN
Alumni Stadium (44,500) – Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Setting the Scene
Florida State moved up to No. 8 in the polls following a 62-10 victory over The
Citadel Saturday night. The Seminoles outscored the Bulldogs 49-0 in the second half,
including a 35-point third quarter.
The defense did not allow a touchdown (came on a fumble return) and held the
Bulldogs to just 91 yards and five first downs. The Seminoles have recorded 11 sacks
this season with nine of those coming in the win over Miami.
Freshman quarterback Drew Weatherford completed 26-of-37 passes for 342 yards
with a pair of touchdowns. Fellow freshman Xavier Lee added 143 passing yards on
5-of-8 passing with a TD throw and a TD run.
For the first time since 2000, three players had 100-yard receiving games. De’Cody
Fagg, who made his first career start in place of injured Willie Reid, caught seven
passes for 113 yards, Chris Davis had nine grabs for 125 yards, and true freshman
Greg Carr hauled in three catches for 104 yards.
With the starters out for the majority of the second half, several rookies got significant
playing time. Linebacker Derek Nicholson, a true freshman, recorded a game-high
nine tackles. The reserves played well, helping FSU to its second straight second half
Florida State will appear in an ESPN Gameday game for the 20th time on Saturday.
Bobby Bowden is the winningest football coach in Division I-A. He is also one win
away from Joe Paterno’s bowl victory record.
Greg Carr is the only true freshman in the ACC with two touchdowns.
Florida State had just five days between the Duke and NC State games last year and
came out on top in both games.
Pat Watkins is tied for first with BC’s Will Blackmon and Virginia Tech’s Jimmy
Williams with eight career interceptions (active)
Gary Cismesia has converted on all 12 of his PAT’s over the last two seasons.
Florida State has more wins than any other school since 1990 (158).
Rod Owens, who caught FSU’s first TD pass of the season, goes by the nickname
Leon Washington needs just 53 yards to move past Dexter Carter for 10th place on
FSU’s all-time rushing list.
The Seminoles moved up to No. 8 in both polls after the win over The Citadel. A
record seven ACC teams are ranked this week.