Oct. 25, 2004
No. 5 Florida State (6-1, 4-1 ACC) will travel to College Park, Maryland to face the Maryland Terrapins (3-4, 1-3 ACC) Saturday, October 30th at 3:30 p.m. The game will be televised regionally on ABC. Florida State leads the overall series with Maryland 14-0, including a perfect 12-0 since FSU joined the ACC in 1992.
No. 5/5 FLORIDA STATE (6-1, 4-1)
at Maryland (3-4, 1-3)
Saturday, October 30 3:30 p.m. ABC Regional
Byrd Stadium (51,500)
The Seminoles improved to 6-1 with last week’s 20-17 win at Wake Forest. Trailing 14-10 after three quarters of play, Wyatt Sexton hit Dominic Robinson for a 46-yard touchdown and Xavier Beitia nailed a 22-yard game-winning field goal with 1:03 left in the game.
The FSU defense has not given up an offensive touchdown in the last 11 quarters, going back to a Syracuse first quarter TD. The Seminoles rank second nationally in rushing defense, eighth in total defense and ninth in scoring defense.
The defense is led by senior DT Travis Johnson and sophomore LB Ernie Sims. Johnson is second in the ACC with 12 tackles for loss this season. Sims has been named the defensive MVP by the coaches in the last two games. He has 17 total tackles, 4.5 TFL, 3 sacks, 3 quarterback hurries, one blocked punt and a pass break-up over the last two weeks.
Florida State leads the overall series with Maryland 14-0, including a perfect 12-0 since FSU joined the ACC in 1992. The Seminoles erased an early 10-0 deficit last year en route to a 35-10 victory and won a 37-10 contest two years ago in College Park.
FSU remained No. 5 in both polls after the win over Wake Forest. FSU has been ranked in 293 of the last 297 AP polls since the start of the 1987 season and have been ranked in the AP Top 10 in 256 of those rankings.