|Game Day Information|
|Date:||September 19th – 7:00pm||1-1, 0-1 ACC||2-0, 0-0 Mtn. West|
|Location:||Provo, UT | Directions|| Ranking: Not ranked|| Ranking: #7 AP, #9 USAT|
|Stadium:||LaVell Edwards Stadium|| Last Game: 19-9 (W)|| Last Game: 54-3 (W)|
|Tickets:||Sold Out | Seating Chart||HC: Bobby Bowden||HC: Bronco Mendenhall|
|TV:||Versus HD (55 Tallahassee)||Schedule & Results||Schedule & Results|
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|Satellite:||XM: 190, Sirius: 220||Stats | Game Notes||Stats | Game Notes|
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Something to Prove
Seminoles embrace opportunity against No. 7 BYU
Sept. 17, 2009
As a road underdog to the No. 7 team in the country, Florida State has declared Saturday’s game at Brigham Young a “Sod Game” – the opportunity to triumphantly bring back a chunk of grass and dirt from LaVell Edwards Stadium.
The significance of such a feat is not taken lightly by senior linebacker and defensive captain Dekoda Watson, who has been designated as the sod captain for the quest.
“I’m going to take pride in it and I think it’s an important game, not only for the sod, but our reputation, too,” said Waton. “I’m going to make sure that we get the job done and come home with the (win).”
A Seminoles’ victory over the Cougars, who are riding an 18-game home winning streak, would do wonders for a program reaching for a return to lofty heights. FSU is still battling uphill in the wake of a season-opening 38-34 loss to Miami and narrow, 19-9 escape against Jacksonville State last weekend.
“I think this is a huge opportunity and there’s one thing we’re going to have to do, and that’s seize it,” Watson said.
Offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher couldn’t agree more. In fact, he drove that point home as the team gathered around him at midfield following Thursday’s practice.
“Like I told our kids … it’s a toughness game, it’s a character game, it’s an execution game,” Fisher said. “We’re gonna have to be tough. We’re on the road. It’s gonna be a hostile crowd. Everybody’s against us; us against the world. They’re a physically tough football team. They hit. They’re strong.
Time To Polish Plan
‘Noles show improvement in final day of heavy work for BYU
Sept. 16, 2009
Every minute of preparation is critical to the Florida State coaching staff and its players, as Saturday’s game at No. 7 Brigham Young draws nearer. So when the foul weather threatening Wednesday’s practice stayed to the west of the Al Dunlap Practice Fields, there was a small sigh of relief.
“We got through it and thank goodness,” Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said, after the ‘Noles wrapped up Wednesday’s workout without interuption. “Tomorrow we’ll go out in shorts and go over our game plan; see if we can’t be sure we’ve got all of our assignments lined up.”
To that end, FSU appeared to smooth some of the bumps out from Tuesday’s work. The opportunity to get a second full dose of practice against scout teams emulating the Cougars seemed to make a difference.
“You know how practice goes,” Bowden said. “You put in new stuff and look a little ragged trying to put it together. Then you go in and get it corrected and the next day it works a little bit better. It was a little bit better execution today.
Bowden has always contended that Thursday workouts, at least during traditional in-season weeks, are geared toward polishing those assignments. That will be the plan when the ‘Noles return to the field for their final tune-up before Friday’s noon departure for Salt Lake City, which will be followed by an hour-long bus ride to the BYU campus in Provo.
The Seminoles are tentatively planning a walk-through at LaVell Edwards Stadium Friday afternoon. That will give the team a chance to get acclimatized to the altitude and get their first look at the field where the host Cougars have rattled off 18 consecutive home victories.
Bowden said that it appears that freshman kicker Dustin Hopkins will handle all of the duties in the game, despite missing two PAT’s and a field goal in Saturday’s 19-9 win over Jacksonville State. That was enough for the coaching staff to take a closer look at Hopkins and back-up James Esco.
Scout Team Essential
FSU spent extensive time working against BYU stand-ins
Sept. 15, 2009
In a three-week span, Florida State freshman quarterback Will Secord has served as the left-handed version of Miami’s Jacory Harris, Jacksonville State’s Ryan Perrilloux and at the moment, BYU’s Max Hall.
While Secord is slated to take a redshirt season, his work – and those of the other members of the scout teams – plays a vital role as the Seminoles prepare to face No. 7 Brigham Young, Saturday at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
The Seminoles spent most of Tuesday’s, 22-period practice working against the scout teams simulating the Cougars’ 3-4, blitz-heavy defense and their pass-happy, spread-like offense. The more accurately they can resemble BYU’s defensive and offensive units, the better prepared the ‘Noles will be when game time arrives in Provo, Utah, where the Cougars are working on an 18-game, home winning streak.
“Overall we looked ragged doing it,” FSU coach Bobby Bowden said of Tuesday’s work against the scout teams. “That’s usually what happens. Tomorrow the kids will go in and look at that film and try to polish that thing up. That’s what we spent most of our time on today.”
Familiarity and repetition work hand-in-hand in the preparation process as the Seminoles face a decidedly different team than they’ve seen to this point. Bowden, however, is quite comfortable with quarterback Christian Ponder’s ability to recognize the correct defense and execute accordingly.
That will be critical against a veteran BYU defense which is allowing just 213.5 yards and 8 points a game.
While the scout team offense can’t approach replicating BYU’s offensive line, which averages 317 pounds a man, the work against the Cougars’ scheme is especially important since the Seminoles’ two-deep defense features 12 freshmen or sophomores. Four of those youngsters – Moses McCray, Jacobbi McDaniel, Everrett Dawkins and Demonte McAllister – figure in interior defensive line coach Odell Haggins’ plans.
Getting Ready For BYU
Rain doesn’t deter Seminoles’ prep for No. 7 Cougars
Sept. 14, 2009
Monday night’s steady rain was not a lot different from the early deluge that engulfed the Florida State football team on Saturday against Jacksonville State. The Seminoles’ attitude, however, was decidedly different.
After escaping the grasp of a near-upset with a 19-9 victory, the Seminoles set out to prepare for No. 7 Brigham Young with a purpose. FSU’s first road trip of the season provides Bobby Bowden’s 1-1 team with the opportunity to make a statement.
More than anything, the coaches and players were both excited about the challenge and the opportunity to put in a full week of preparation for the talented Cougars (2-0), who defeated No. 2 Oklahoma 14-13 in the opener and followed with a road rout of Tulane.
“They’ve got two games under their belt and had to show everything against Oklahoma,” Bowden said, from under the cover of his golf cart. “At least we’ll have a much better feel of what they do.”
That wasn’t the case in the Labor Day Monday opener against a Miami team with two new coordinators. And it certainly wasn’t facing Jacksonville State with just two full days of preparation.
“This is the week that kind of gets us back in the regular routine of how the season goes preparation-wise,” FSU senior free safety Jamie Robinson said. “It’s going to help, having extra time to prepare for a team. It doesn’t matter who you’re playing. … These four days or five days that we’re going to have to prepare are really going to help.”
There was a brisk pace to the 75-minute practice in shorts and helmets as the coaching staff wasted little time going over mistakes that occured against the Gamecocks and went right to work on the BYU game plan against the scout team. The Cougars, led by talented quarterback Max Hall and a veteran defense that thrives on the blitz, will present considerable challenges.
Picking up the blitz out of BYU’s 3-4 defensive front – the same base defense as Jacksonville State – is a point of emphasis among FSU offensive players.
Piurowski Earns First ACC Player Of The Week Honor
Senior tight end off to best start of his career
Sept. 14, 2009
Florida State senior tight end Caz Piurowski has been selected at the Atlantic Coast Conference offensive lineman of the week, following his performance in the Seminoles’ 19-9 win over Jacksonville State.
It is Piurowski’s first such honor and the first for a Florida State player this season. The 6-foot-7 veteran from Land `O Lakes collected two receptions for a career-high 78 yards, including a 53-yard grab of a Christian Ponder pass that set up the Seminoles’ first touchdown. That was the longest reception for an FSU tight end since Lonnie Johnson’s 78-yard touchdown reception against Clemson in 1993.
Piurowski has five receptions for a career-high 111 receiving yards, including a touchdown. Four of his five receptions this season have resulted in first downs or a touchdown. An integral part in the Seminoles’ offense as a receiver and a blocker, he needs just four receptions to eclipse his 2008 total of eight on the year.
USF Game Set For 12 Noon On ESPNU
Sept. 14, 2009
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced that the inaugural meeting between South Florida and Florida State, set for Sept. 26 at Doak Campbell Stadium, will kick off at 12 noon and be televised by ESPNU.
Florida State has a host of activities centered around the first football meeting between the schools. The festivities will include the 10th anniversary celebration of the 1999 National Championship team; the first team to make a wire-to-wire run at No. 1 in the polls.
In addition to celebrating the only perfect season (12-0) in FSU coach Bobby Bowden’s career, fans are also encouraged to participate in the “White Out” event, wearing white shirts to the stadium. It will also be Military Appreciation Day.
Watch The Monday Football Press Conference On All-Access
Mickey Andrews, Jimbo Fisher and Christian Ponder recap the Jacksonville State game and preview BYU.
Sept. 13, 2009
Join Mickey Andrews, Jimbo Fisher and Christian Ponder today at 1:30pm as they talk with the Florida State media about their preparations for the Miami game. You can watch the press conference for no charge as it airs live on Seminoles.com All-Access.