|Game Day Information|
|Date:||October 3rd – 3:30pm||2-2, 0-1 ACC|| 3-1, 1-1 ACC|
|Location:||Chestnut Hill, MA|| Ranking: Not ranked|| Ranking: Not Ranked|
|Stadium:|| Alumni Stadium| Parking|| Last Game: 17-7 (L)|| Last Game: 27-24 (W)|
|Tickets:||Sold Out | Seating Chart||HC: Bobby Bowden||HC: Frank Spaziani|
|TV:|| ABC||Schedule & Results||Schedule & Results|
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|Satellite:||XM: 191, Sirius: 219||Stats | Game Notes||Stats | Game Notes|
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Time For a Turnaround
Seminoles Eager to Make Amends at BC’s Expense
Oct. 1, 2009
Mickey Andrews’ Florida State defense lingered behind the rest of the team at the conclusion of Thursday’s practice where the players addressed Saturday’s pivotal Atlantic Coast Conference game at Boston College.
Regardless what specifics were discussed, it was a sign of cohesion from a unit that collectively has much to prove if the Seminoles are to fulfill their potential from this point forward.
Boston College (3-1, 1-1 ACC), which has put up some gaudy offensive numbers through four games this season, presents a number of challenges for the ‘Noles. The Eagles, big and physical up front, are committed to the running game but also confident in the passing ability of quarterback David Shinskie, who threw for 228 yards in his first start last week.
The Seminoles (2-2, 0-1 ACC) don’t expect many surprises. Mostly, they are concerned with improving execution and winning individual battles at the point of attack. That has been the focal point of Andrews’ instruction throughout the week.
“Everybody knows what we have to do,” said freshman rover Jajuan Harley, who is expected to make his first career start. “We came off a heart-breaking loss, so we have to get ready for the next one.”
The same holds true for the Florida State offense, which bogged down in a 17-7 loss to USF. The inability to run the football has prompted offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher to insert Jermaine Thomas into the starting lineup at the tailback position, where he began the season.
A rejuvenated running game and continued solid play from ACC passing leader Christian Ponder would good a long way toward a victory. That the Seminoles can’t afford another loss and expect to contend for a conference championship seemed to bring out the best in the team over the past four days of practice.
Objective: Start Fast
Brief history in BC series favors fast starter
Sept. 30, 2009
Getting off to a fast start Saturday on the road could be the best antidote for a young Florida State football team trying to find its identity.
“It would be nice,” FSU coach Bobby Bowden said, following Wednesday’s practice. “It doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll win it if you do, because you have 60 minutes to play. … It would definitely help to gain confidence.”
History suggests a fast starts bode well when the Seminoles take on Boston College. The winner in each of the four previous Atlantic Coast Conference meetings between the schools has put the first touchdown on the board. That was true in 2005, when the Seminoles raced to a 14-0 first quarter lead and won 28-17and again in 2007, when the ‘Noles jumped out 10-0 in a 27-17 triumph.
A.J. Nicholson scored on a 19-yard interception return and quarterback Drew Weatherford connected with Greg Carr on a 20-yard pass to jump-start the Seminoles in their first ACC win over the Eagles. Preston Parker’s 23-yard touchdown pass from Weatherford keyed FSU’s win at Alumni Stadium in ’07.
The first-touchdown pattern, however, holds true for the Eagles as well. BC put the first touchdown on the board in 2006 and 2008 wins over FSU at Doak Campbell Stadium.
No Room For Error
With a league loss in hand, ‘Noles can’t afford setback at BC
Sept. 29, 2009
Florida State has no room for error if it intends to keep its Atlantic Coast Conference championship hopes alive heading into Saturday’s league road-opener at Boston College.
The Seminoles (2-2, 0-1 ACC) and Eagles (3-1, 1-1) have already absorbed conference losses and another setback will seriously cripple those championship aspirations.
“You’re in your conference now,” FSU coach Bobby Bowden said, following Tuesday’s practice. “The next seven weeks we’re in our conference and every game is important for both of us. It’s a very important ballgame.”
Despite the sting of Saturday’s 17-7 loss at home to USF, the road may not be a bad place for the Seminoles to find some solutions to what ails them. As hard as it is to imagine Florida State losing four of its last five games at Doak Campbell Stadium, where they posted a 53-0-1 record from the start of the 1992 season until the third game of the 2001 campaign.
Ironically, for a team battling inconsistency, the road has been more kind of late. The Seminoles are tied for 13th nationally in winning percentage away from home (24-16, .600) since the start of the 2003 campaign, which includes a pair of victories at Boston College’s Alumni Stadium. The Eagles are 13-4 at home since joining the ACC.
Ultimately, the Seminoles success from this point forward will hinge largely on the ability to put together sustained efforts from week to week.
ESPN College GameDay Heads To Boston College Saturday
Will originate live from Campus Green prior to the FSU vs. BC game
ESPN has announced that it will broadcast its popular College GameDay Show live from the Boston College campus next Saturday (October 3). The Eagles play Florida State at 3:30 p.m. that day on ABC.
The show, hosted by Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso, will originate from BC’s Campus Green area. The program airs from 10 a.m. to noon each Saturday during the college football season. This will mark the second appearance by College GameDay on the BC campus; the program originated from the Campus Green on September 17, 2005, prior to BC’s inaugural game in the ACC.
Boston College will release more details, including parking and access information, in the upcoming days.
BC, Changes Ahead
Loss May Lead To Lineup Changes With BC Ahead
Sept. 28, 2009
Breakdowns in execution and a single-game, school-record four lost fumbles contributed to Florida State’s stunning 17-7 loss to USF. Those mistakes and the ongoing search for consistent effort has the Seminoles’ coaching staff exploring solutions as the team prepares for Saturday’s Atlantic Coast Conference road-opener at Boston College.
That was the focus as the Seminoles took the practice field Monday night.
“If they’re the kind of competitor you think they are, they’ll respond to it,” FSU coach Bobby Bowden said, following Monday’s workout. “You look at our play against BYU and then South Florida (we) looked like that. They (USF) had all that enthusiasm. They ran good, they hit good and everything.”
The Seminoles (2-2, 0-1 ACC) paid dearly for lapses that led to four huge, first half plays by USF. Two pass coverage breakdowns led to 77 and 73-yard pass plays; the second of which put the visiting Bulls up 14-0. USF quarterback B.J. Daniels also broke tackles on runs of 44 and 29 yards. Those four plays accounted for 223 of the Bulls’ 273 first half yards. FSU limited its visitors to 95 yards and a field goal in the second half.
“That just makes you pull your hair out,” said FSU defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews. “We’ve either got to get it corrected or play different people. … We’ve just got to do a better job, because we can’t overcome (the big plays).”
Those big plays spoiled an otherwise solid effort on defense, which forced a season-high seven punts, came up with two interceptions and stopped the Bulls on 11 of 14 third-down plays.
Freshman cornerback Greg Reid collected his second consecutive ACC Player of the Week honor on Monday, earning top specialist honors after piling up 129 combined return yards, highlight by his 63-yard punt return which set up FSU’s lone touchdown. Reid won Defensive Back of the Week honors following the win over BYU. … ESPN’s Game Day will originate its show on Saturday from Boston College, where one of the primary stories is BC linebacker Mark Herzlich’s battle with cancer. Herzlich, the reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year, is sitting out this season will undergoing treatment. … Saturday’s game will be regionally televised by ABC. … The ACC announced Monday that the Oct. 10 home game against Georgia Tech will kick off at 8 p.m., though it will not be determined until at least Sunday whether it will be televised by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.