|Game Day Information||
North Carolina State
|Date:||October 31st – 12:00pm||3-4, 1-3 ACC||3-4, 0-3 ACC|
|Location:||Tallahassee, FL | Directions|| Ranking: Not Ranked
|| Ranking: Not Ranked
|Stadium:||Doak Campbell Stadium|| Last Game: 30-27 (W)
|| Last Game: 52-20 (L)
|Tickets:||On Sale | Seating Chart||HC: Bobby Bowden|| HC: Tom O’Brien
|TV:|| Raycom Sports – Affiliates
||Schedule & Results||Schedule & Results|
|Radio:||Seminole ISP Sports||Roster||Roster|
|Satellite:||XM: 190, Sirius: 211||Stats | Game Notes||Stats | Game Notes|
|Internet:|| Live Chat | Live Stats
Live Audio |
|Media Guide||Media Guide|
|Game Week News:|
Keepin’ ‘Mo Alive!
‘Noles want to build on UNC win; break skid at home
Oct. 29, 2009
It has been nearly one full year since Florida State defeated a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) team at Doak Campbell Stadium. If the Seminoles’ coaching staff had an exact idea why the team has lost five of its last six at home, they would have certainly tapped into by now.
The ‘Noles hope to change that with a homecoming victory over North Carolina State on Saturday, building on the momentum gained from last week’s come-from-behind win at North Carolina.
Inconsistency has plagued both the Seminoles and visiting Wolfpack throughout the season. Now the trick for FSU is turning last Thursday’s rally from an 18-point deficit for a 30-27 victory into a season-changing win.
“The challenge we’ve made is to take the second half (at North Carolina) and take it to Saturday and play together two full halves,” said FSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher. “Our preparation has been pretty good.”
Junior quarterback Christian Ponder, who guided the Seminoles to 24 second-half points against the Tar Heels, concurred with Fisher.
FSU’s priority Saturday is corralling ‘Pack QB Russell Wilson
Oct. 28, 2009
There’s no secret to making Saturday a successful homecoming for Florida State, at least not defensively, against N.C. State.
Containing elusive Wolfpack quarterback Russell Wilson, last season’s ACC Player of the Year as a freshman, is where the game plan must begin for defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews’ unit.
“He’s dangerous with his feet as well as his arm,” said FSU coach Bobby Bowden, following Wednesday’s practice. “He’s got both. He’s just got a rocket of an arm. He can nail the ball 40 yards downfield and put it right on the button. Of course, he’s so dangerous running the football as well.”
It’s the running element of Wilson’s arsenal that is a primary concern for the Seminoles, who have already relinquished 100-yard rushing performances by quarterbacks B.J. Daniels of USF and Josh Nesbitt of Georgia Tech, this season.
What the Seminoles hope to do is keep Wilson bottled up as they did a year ago, when they rallied to a 26-17 victory in Raleigh on Thursday night. Wilson did manage to rush for 33 yards on four carries and also threw for a pair of touchdowns in a 13 of 25 performance, good for 181 yards.
“You’ve got to remember he was a freshman last year,” Andrews said of Wilson. “He probably didn’t have all of his offense in at that time. I do know that he got us on two big plays; two touchdown passes. One of them was to a tight end on a delay and one when we had a blitz on.”
Wilson hooked up with tight end Anthony Hill on a 20-yard scoring play, which gave the Wolfpack a 10-0 lead. The Seminoles countered with two Graham Gano field goals and Antone Smith’s 27-yard touchdown run for a 13-10 lead heading into the fourth quarter. That’s when Wilson found wide receiver Owen Spencer on a 67-yard pass play to regain the lead.
Seminoles take to turf field in preparation for Wolfpack
Oct. 27, 2009
When Tuesday’s driving rain finally let up, the Florida State football team headed off to the turf field and turned their full attention to Saturday’s homecoming opponent – N.C. State.
“It left a window of about 2 1/2 hours which enabled us to come out, so we came out on the band field since our field was so wet,” FSU coach Bobby Bowden said. “Thank goodness we got it in. We got the whole practice in.”
While the heaviest rain, which dropped more than an inch on the FSU campus had passed, the coaching staff didn’t take any chances. They adjusted to the practice schedule to assure that all of the 11-on-11 work was done if the weather turned foul again, then finished the 22-period practice with special teams work, which is normally at the beginning of practice.
The Seminoles aren’t taking N.C. State lightly, and for good reason. The two teams have more in common than identical 3-4 records, thanks in large part to two of the ACC’s most dangerous dual-threat quarterbacks – FSU’s Christian Ponder and N.C. State’s Russell Wilson.
An Upbeat Monday
Spurred by win, Seminoles jump into preparation for N.C. State
Oct. 26, 2009
There was a little extra bounce in the step of the Florida State football team during Monday’s 18-period practice session. Snapping a three-game losing streak for their first victory in a month, the Seminoles were decidedly upbeat as they began preparation for Saturday’s homecoming game against N.C. State.
“I thought it was a pretty good practice as far as effort is concerned,” FSU coach Bobby Bowden said. “They’ve done a pretty good job of that all year, really. That ballgame the other night was no different than others we’ve played. It comes down to the last two or three minutes, except this one, we won. …
“We needed that win. It was good for us. We’ve been in a situation where we’ve had our backs to the wall. That’s what we’re facing.”
Quarterback Christian Ponder and offensive tackle Andrew Datko earned ACC Player of the Week honors for their performances in FSU’s 30-27 win at North Carolina on Thursday night. Ponder passed for a career-high 395 yards and three second half touchdowns, completing a personal-best 33 of 40 attempts without an interception for the sixth consecutive game. Ponder’s production in leading the ‘Noles back from an 18-point deficit against the nation’s top-rated pass defense would not have been possible without Datko’s stellar work against ACC sacks leader Robert Quinn. Datko graded out at 83 percent, did not commit a penalty or allow a sack or pressure in 69 snaps.
Watch The Monday Football Press Conference On All-Access
Mickey Andrews and Jimbo Fisher recap the UNC game and preview NC State.
October 26th, 2009
Join Mickey Andrews and Jimbo Fisher today at 12:30pm as they talk with the Florida State media about their preparations for the NC State game. You can watch the press conference for no charge as it airs live on Seminoles.com All-Access.