|Game Day Information||
|Date:||November 7th – 7:45pm||4-4, 2-3 ACC||5-3, 3-2 ACC|
|Location:||Clemson, SC | Directions|| Ranking: Not Ranked
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|Stadium:|| Memorial Stadium
|| Last Game: 45-42 (W)
|| Last Game: 49-3 (W)
|Tickets:||Seating Chart||HC: Bobby Bowden||HC: Dabo Swinney|
|TV:||ESPN||Schedule & Results||Schedule & Results|
|Radio:||Seminole ISP Sports||Roster||Roster|
|Satellite:||XM: TBD, Sirius: TBD||Stats | Game Notes||Stats | Game Notes|
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|Media Guide||Media Guide|
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Doak Insider Podcast
Nov. 5, 2009
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‘Noles Need All Phases Working Against Clemson
Nov. 5, 2009
If the Florida State football team has a complete game in its cache, Saturday night at Clemson’s Death Valley would be the right time to pull out it.
Fighting to stay alive in the ACC Atlantic Division race, the Seminoles could move into a share of second place by beating the Tigers for just the second time in the last five seasons. While the Tigers aren’t invincible, a victory will require contributions from Florida State’s offense, defense and special teams; something that has not yet happend after eight games.
The postseason opportunities provide enough incentive, but defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews’ retirement announcement on Tuesday and providing quarterback Christian Ponder – sore ribs and all – ample time to operate against the Tigers’ pass rush, should provide an additional boost.
Linebacker and defensive captain Dekoda Watson, who is also a South Carolina native, said his group is up for the challenge.
“We want to play for coach Andrews,” said Watson. “I know he’s going to want us to play for ourselves, but as defensive players we take that to heart. The move he made this past week is definitely going to have an effect on us.
“This season hasn’t gone as we want it, but we can from here on out.”
The defense should get a lift from the return of defensive tackle Budd Thacker to rotation from injury.
Above The Noise
With Crowd Noise Pumped Into Practice, Ponder Gets Back To Work
Nov. 4, 2009
The drone of piped in crowd noise echoed throughout Doak Campbell Stadium late Wednesday as the Florida State wrapped up the final 40 minutes of practice preparing for Saturday’s trip to Clemson’s Death Valley.
Had there been a real crowd, the noise may have been even louder. After two days of light throwing, quarterback Christian Ponder jumped back in to direct the first-team offense.
“Today’s the first day he got some team work,” FSU coach Bobby Bowden said of Ponder’s return. “He’s thrown some balls the last couple of days. As far as his arm strength, I saw no difference.”
That was comforting news as the Seminoles prepare to put their two-game winning streak on the line against Tigers, who have won three in a row and control their own destiny in the ACC’s Atlantic Division race. With Boston College and Clemson ahead of FSU in the standings, a loss on Saturday would all but eliminate the ‘Noles from conference championship game contention.
If there was an upside to Ponder giving his sore ribs a couple days of rest, it was the opportunity for redshirt freshman quarterback E.J. Manuel to get the lion’s share of practice repetitions with the first-team offense. His performance drew praise from both Bowden and offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher.
Behind A Legend
Mickey Andrews’ Players Have Always Stood Behind Him
Nov. 3, 2009
Mickey Andrews, the defensive coordinator behind Florida State’s 14-year football dynasty, didn’t have to look far to find one of the reasons he’s spent 26 years with the Seminoles.
With his FSU defensive players standing behind him following Tuesday’s practice, Andrews addressed the reasons behind his decision to retire at the end of the season.
“As much as I love Florida State and love these guys back here, time has just got so important for me now,” said Andrews, who along with his wife Diane are helping raise grandchildren. “I can’t coach football and do what I need to do with the responsibilities that I’ve got now. It’s going to be hard on us, but it’s just time; it’s time for it to happen.”
Andrews and his wife had come to the decision last year, but they opted to put off a formal announcement. Florida State coach Bobby Bowden had hoped to convince one of college football’s most respected defensive minds to stick around.
“He thought it over real good and needs to be with his family,” Bowden said. “I’ll miss him. He’s been out there for 26 years and I think all of the success we’ve had since he’s been here, a lot of it – maybe most of it – is because the job he’s done.
“I didn’t even want him to give me an answer yet.”
But Andrews informed Bowden Monday that he was going to step aside following the season, and made his decision public after months of speculation about his future Tuesday afternoon.
Cold, Not Chillin’
Cooler Temperatures Monday Come As ‘Noles Heat Up For Clemson
Nov. 2, 2009
Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder has no intention of sitting out Saturday’s game at Clemson with sore ribs. Ponder and offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher left little doubt that the red-hot junior will be in the huddle when the Seminoles take their two-game winning streak into Death Valley with ACC Atlantic Division title hopes still in place.
Beyond some discomfort, Ponder said he intends to play at Clemson, where a victory would complete a three-week run from last place to second place in the division. Of course, Fisher doesn’t doubt his second-year starter’s ability to play effectively with pain in the least.
“He’s a tough nut now,” Fisher said of the ACC leader in passing yards and total offense. “This guy is as tough as I’ve coached and been around.”
Despite playing a good portion of the first half against N.C. State after a blow to the ribs, Ponder turned in yet another rock-solid performance, leading the Seminoles to a second consecutive fourth quarter comeback.
“I’ve never had a quarterback grade 90 (percent) and this guy has done it three times this year,” Fisher said. “This was his second highest grade of the year.”
Ponder and the Seminoles will have to step it up another level against a Clemson team that the FSU coaches believe is the most talented they’ve faced this season, especially on the defensive side of the football. The Tigers lead the ACC in scoring defense and passing defense, and rank second in total defense.
Florida State vs. Clemson – 7:45
Nov. 1, 2009
GREENSBORO, NC – The Atlantic Coast Conference Sunday announced the following game times and networks for the games of Nov. 7.
Thursday, Nov. 5 (Previously Announced)
Saturday, Nov. 7