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#18 Florida State
|Date:||September 7th – 8:00pm||0-0, 0-0 ACC||0-0, 0-0 ACC|
|Location:|| Tallahassee, FL | |
| Ranking: #18 / #19|| Ranking: Not Ranked|
|Stadium:|| Doak Campbell Stadium | |
| Last Game: Opener|| Last Game: Opener|
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|TV:||ESPN||Schedule & Results||Schedule & Results|
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1st Half In The Books
Miami leads 14-10 over the Noles at the end of the half, and FSU will get the ball back to start the 2nd half.
Dustin Hopkins had a booming 51 yard field goal and Christian Ponder threw his first touchdown pass of the year to Senior Tight End Caz Piurowski.
Here are the First Half Game Notes.
The Hay Is In The Barn
Saturday – September 5, 2009
As Bobby Bowden has often said following the final practice before a game: “The hay is in the barn.”
The 18th-ranked Seminoles completed their final on-field preparations for Monday night’s opener against rival Miami with a 15-period practice in shorts Saturday evening.
“We’ve covered everything we’ve needed to cover in the time we’ve had,” said Bowden, who will try an improve on his 14-0 record when opening a season inside Doak Campbell Stadiu. “We’ve been very fortunate with the weather. I can never remember down here in Florida having a fall practice where we were not disturbed by rain or lightning. We did not miss a dadgum practice. That is amazing.
“We’ve done everything we can do. We’ve had time to do it. I’d hate to have to wait another day before we play that ballgame.”
The Seminoles will have to wait until shortly after 8 p.m. Monday for the opening kickoff to Bowden’s 34th season at Florida State.
Not surprisingly, the buzz of anticipation has grown louder with each passing day as kickoff approaches. As the Seminoles were briskly moving through their walk-through on the practice field, ESPN technicians were setting up for the nationally-televised contest. This will mark the 27th consecutive year the FSU-Miami game has found a home on network television.
Opener Has Reaching Implications
Friday – September 4, 2009
Bobby Bowden has a feel that his Florida State football team is back on the right path. He thinks the same thing of rival Miami.
Consequently, Monday night’s opener between the Seminoles and Hurricanes will serve as a gauge for many who are trying to determine which program is closer to returning to the days when the two schools dominated the decade of the 1980s and 90s.
“We’re both probably pretty close,” Bowden said, following Friday’s practice. “Both of us have been through very much the same cycle. Whoever wins this game will feel like you’re further along.”
The Seminoles spent their next-to-last day of practice in shorts, refining the game plan in preparation for the third Labor Day meeting in five years. Bowden has seen consistent improvement in his teams’ execution over the past few days, which he hopes translates inside a raucous Doak Campbell Stadium.
“The one thing about football is it’s all reps,” Bowden said. “You do it over, and over and over until you don’t have to think hard.”
That’s the path to precision execution; something that is seldom seen between two similarly-talented teams in the opening game of the season. Consequently, Bowden warns that neither the Seminoles nor the Hurricanes can allow the first game to dictate the season ahead.
As Game Draws Closer, ‘Noles Narrow Approach
Thursday – September 3, 2009
As Florida State’s Labor Day clash with rival Miami draws nearer, the Seminoles are narrowing their focus in preparation.
Detailed situational work against the scout team, which mimmicks the Hurricanes, was the primary focus throughout Thursday’s 22-period practice session. With the Seminoles dressed out in shells – shoulder pads and helmets – it’s clear that execution is of greater importance than physical pounding.
“We’ll cut (the contact) down,” said offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher. “We’ve got to get alignments, execution and assignments; little details. Then we’ve got to get them hungry and ready to hit on Monday.”
With Fisher and defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews hammering away at the importance of execution over the past 10 days or so, the Seminoles seem to be responding positively.
“We’re getting a lot better than that,” Fisher said of the offense. “When you start to work on a situation … they’re getting a lot better.
“The closer it gets, they start to hone in and focus.”
Mental Preparation The Focus Of Wednesday Practice
Wednesday – September 2, 2009
Florida State practiced in shorts Wednesday, but it would hardly be described as a walk in the park.
The 18th-ranked Seminoles earned a bit of reprieve from the physical pounding, but that did not lessen the intensity. Monday’s season-opener against Miami is fast-approaching, and improving execution – on both sides of the football – is critical to the Seminoles’ success.
“It was a pretty good practice,” Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said at the conclusion of the 2 1/2-hour workout.
It is obviously a pretty big game, even if it doesn’t carry the same weight as those legendary Sunshine State clashes of the 1980s and ’90s. For the third consecutive season, the Hurricanes enter the game unranked.
‘Noles Honing In On Game Plan For ‘Canes
Tuesday – September 1, 2009
Florida State isn’t winding down its preparation for the Labor Day night clash with rival Miami inside Doak Campbell Stadium. If anything, the 18th-ranked Seminoles are ratcheting up the intensity with the anticipated season-opener less than a week away.
“Anytime you go into a season it’s always exciting because you’ve been practicing against each other all spring and fall,” FSU coach Bobby Bowden said after Tuesday’s 23-period practice. “You just want to see what you’ve got.”
Tuesday’s feisty practice atmosphere was indicative of a team that is anxious to finally hit someone else. The challenge for the coaching staff at this point is to get the players to focus and practice with intensity and efficiency.