|Game Day Information|
#22 Georgia Tech
|Date:||October 10th – 8:00pm||2-3, 0-2 ACC||4-1, 2-1 ACC|
|Location:||Tallahassee, FL | Directions|| Ranking: Not Ranked|| Ranking: #22 AP, #23 UST|
|Stadium:||Doak Campbell Stadium|| Last Game: 28-21 (L)|| Last Game: 42-21 (W)|
|Tickets:||On Sale | Seating Chart||HC: Bobby Bowden||HC: Paul Johnson|
|TV:||ESPN2||Schedule & Results||Schedule & Results|
|Radio:||Seminole ISP Sports||Roster||Roster|
|Satellite:||XM: 190, Sirius: 220||Stats | Game Notes||Stats | Game Notes|
|Internet:|| Live Chat | Live Stats |
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|Media Guide||Media Guide|
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Doak Insider Podcast
Oct. 9, 2009
Join Ryan Pensy, Brandon Mellor and Scott Kotick as they break down the Florida State vs. #22 Georgia Tech game in this free Seminoles.com podcast.
The crew also previews other important ACC matchups including Boston College at Virginia Tech and Maryland at Wake Forest. They wrap things up by giving their analysis on the Florida vs. LSU game.
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Battle In The Trenches
Seminoles’ success vs. Jackets rest with line play
Oct. 8, 2009
Florida State put a wrap on its on-field preparation for Saturday’s home date with No. 22 Georgia Tech Thursday. The focus throughout the week has not changed one iota.
In order to contain the Yellow Jackets’ run-based, spread option, the Seminoles must play assignment football and be sure tacklers. Executive head coach Chuck Amato boiled it down even more succinctly.
“It all comes down to who is going to win the war up front – their side or our side,” Amato said.
Last season the Yellow Jackets won just enough of those battles, springing B-Back Jonathan Dwyer for two long touchdown runs, to prevail 31-28 in Atlanta.
“Those are the plays that will kill you,” said Amato.
The Seminoles come home to Doak Campbell Stadium where they are 6-0 lifetime against the Yellow Jackets. FSU leads the all-time series 12-8-1, including a 12-1 mark since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Despite a swirl of potential off-field distractions this week, the Seminoles have been resolute in preparing to snap a two-game losing streak.
Practice As Usual
The business of preparing for Georgia Tech is the focus
Oct. 7, 2009
While much of the conversation regarding Florida State football Wednesday centered on coach Bobby Bowden, it was business as usual on the practice field.
The Seminoles got a heavy dose of work against the scout teams, offensively and defensively, in preparation for Saturday’s game against No. 22 Georgia Tech. FSU is looking for its first Atlantic Coast Conference victory of the season and second win of the 2009 campaign against a nationally-ranked opponent.
Being physically and mentally prepared for the Yellow Jackets is enough to prevent the players from worrying about off-field issues that have dominated the news in recent days.
“I don’t think the kids pay any attention to that stuff,” Bowden said, after the team completed a 22-period practice session. “They’re out there to play football. They think about Georgia Tech.”
Georgia Tech presents enough issues to occupy the Seminoles’ attention, with running threat Josh Nesbitt directing the spread option alongside ACC rushing leader Jonathan Dwyer. Yet handling the Jackets’ run game isn’t the only concern. Nesbitt passed for a career-high 266 yards in Tech’s 42-31 victory at Mississippi State last weekend and there is no debate as to the identity of his favorite receiver.
Senior Demariyus Thomas has collected 24 of Nesbitt’s 33 receptions on the season, good for 536 yards and three touchdowns. He leads the ACC in yards per game (107.2) at a clip of 22.3 yards per catch. Last week at Mississippi State the two hooked up for eight pass plays, covering 174 yards and three touchdowns.
One bit of good news emerging from Wednesday’s workout was the return of senior cornerback Patrick Robinson. Robinson suffered a left ankle sprain in Saturday’s loss to Boston College, but said he thinks he will be able to go against the Yellow Jackets.
Talk Turns To Tech
Scout team plays role in Seminoles stopping spread option
October 6th, 2009
Some of the most important players on the Florida State roster this week are walk-ons, whose names are anonymous to many. Their job this week is to prepare the Seminoles – especially the defense – for Georgia Tech’s spread option.
It’s no small task. A year ago, Yellow Jackets’ first-year coach Paul Johnson unleashed his run-based attack on the Atlantic Coast Conference and produced a league-leading 273 yards a game on the ground. That included a 298-yard effort in a 31-28 victory over the Seminoles in Atlanta, where B-back Jonathan Dwyer galloped for 102 of his 130 yards on two plays – touchdown runs of 36 and 66 yards.
“It really gives you problems,” FSU coach Bobby Bowden said, following Tuesday’s practice. “It’s so different from what you’re used to seeing. You can simulate it, but you really can’t come close. I watched them work on it and it’s like slow speed. … When you go out there and play against it, it just kills you, because the kids forget to adjust to the speed of it.”
Crossed The Line
Seminoles move forward and begin preparation for Georgia Tech
October 5th, 2009
“We’re all focusing on one thing,” redshirt sophomore cornerback Dionte Allen said, “and it starts with the coaches. Their positive vibe gives us a better positive vibe. We can’t get that game back; all we can do is move forward. That’s what everybody’s got to do; the whole staff, the program, we’ve just got to move forward. A lot of people are disappointed right now but we’ve got to stick together…”
It’s been six years since Georgia Tech last visited Doak Campbell Stadium and the Yellow Jackets bring a national ranking, a 4-1 record (2-1 ACC) and the option to Tallahassee for Saturday’s 8 p.m. ESPN2 contest.
“It’s one of those offenses that is completely different from what you’re seeing every week and they run it fast so we are going to have to practice against guys that can’t run it that fast,” head coach Bobby Bowden said following Monday night’s practice. “I think normally it will rip you early and then you begin to get the feel of it and you better.”
The Seminoles (2-3, 0-2 ACC) will have little room for error Saturday and that was a main focus of Monday’s workout – correcting mistakes and missed assignments.
“Number one, we need to not miss assignments like we did on the goal line down there (last week vs. B.C.),” Bowden said. “We blocked them good but some of guys blocked the wrong guys so if we just got our assignments we’d be a whole lot better.”
Despite the loss at Boston College, junior quarterback Christian Ponder continued to put up impressive numbers. Ponder leads the ACC in passing yards (1,423), completions (121), attempts (181), yards passing per game (284.6) and total offense (305.8 yards per game) while ranking tied for first for fewest interceptions (one) and second in completion percentage (.688). He is the only quarterback in the ACC who has passed for more than 1,400 yards and earned more than 1,500 yards in total offense.
Watch The Monday Football Press Conference On All-Access
Mickey Andrews, Jimbo Fisher and Christian Ponder recap the Boston College game and preview Georgia Tech.
October 5th, 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 Georgia Tech game. You can watch the press conference for no charge as it airs live on Seminoles.com All-Access.