Sept. 20, 2008
SECOND HALF NOTES
Seminole Quick Hits
* Redshirt senior Josh Dobbie recorded his first career catch in the third quarter of tonight’s game against Wake Forest. Sophomore quarterback D’Vontrey Richardson found Dobbie on a 14-yard reception, the third longest catch on the night.
* Florida State finished Saturday night’s game against Wake Forest recording 12 penalties for 139 yards. It was the most penalties and penalty yards against the Seminoles since the Garnet and Gold was flagged for 10 penalties totaling 102 yards against Kentucky last year in the Music City Bowl.
* Florida State finished Saturday’s game with five interceptions against Wake Forest, three by Christian Ponder and two by D’Vontrey Richardson. The last time Florida State threw five or more interceptions in a game came in 1998 when NC State got Chris Weinke for six interceptions in a 24-7 Wolfpack victory. In the last three games against the Demon Deacons, the Seminoles have thrown 11 interceptions.
* The Seminoles were charged with seven turnovers (5 interceptions, 2 fumbles) in Saturday’s game against Wake Forest. The last time the Seminoles committed five or more turnovers in a game came against Miami in 2006 when FSU committed five on three fumbles and two interceptions.
* Florida State and Wake Forest combined for 15 points on Saturday night, the lowest point total in 27 meetings. The previous low was in 1973 when Wake Forest defeated Florida State 9-7 in Winston-Salem.
* Florida State finished with 118 passing yards on Saturday night, the fewest passing yards since recording 113 yards through the air against Wake Forest in 2006.
* The three points on Saturday night were the fewest scored by the Seminoles since the 30-0 shutout at the hands of the Demon Deacons back on November 11, 2006.
* Florida State’s 12-3 loss on Saturday night to Wake Forest marked the third straight defeat at the hands of the Demon Deacons. It is just the second time in school history that FSU has dropped three straight games to a conference opponent (Clemson 2005-07).
The Seminole defense has held their own on fourth down conversions as opponents have gone 0-for-5 in 2008. FSU held the Demon Deacons in the second quarter on a fourth and one attempt at the FSU 10-yard line as Kenny Ingram broke up a Riley Skinner pass attempt.
The Streak Comes To An End
Graham Gano’s 37-yard field goal in the third quarter was the first points scored against Wake Forest at home in 103 minutes and 58 seconds, a streak dating back to the fourth quarter in 2005. The last score for the Seminoles at home against the Demon Deacons came on Xavier Lee’s 1-yard touchdown run in Florida State’ 41-24 victory.
Brown Moves Up the Charts
Senior Everett Brown finished Saturday night’s game with two tackles for loss against Wake Forest moving him into 11th place all-time at Florida State with 30.0 career tackles for loss.
Gano Gets First Field Goal
Senior Graham Gano got the Seminoles on the scoreboard for the first time on Saturday night, connecting on a 37-yard field goal in the third quarter. It was Gano’s first successful field goal attempt as the senior place kicker is now 1-for-2 on the year and in his career. It was the first Seminole field goal attempt less than 40 yards this year.
Carter Ties Career-High In Tackles
Senior cornerback Tony Carter was credited with seven tackles (six solo and one assisted) in Saturday night’s game against Wake Forest, tying a career-high. It marks the fifth time in his career that Carter has recorded seven tackles in a single game. The last time Carter recorded seven tackles in a game was in the 2007 Music City Bowl against Kentucky. Carter also registered a fumble recovery and a pass break-up in the game.
Turnover Woes Vs. Wake Forest…Part II
With seven turnovers including three in the first half and two on the first two offensive possessions, Florida State has now committed 15 turnovers in the last three games against Wake Forest.
Seminoles Hold Rushing Advantage
The Seminoles finished the game out rushing the Demon Deacons 102-59 on Saturday night. It marked the first time since 2004 that Florida State out rushed the Deacs (138-133). Wake Forest held the rushing advantage in 2005 (247-192), 2006 (169-26) and 2007 (180-47).
FIRST HALF NOTES
Seminole Quick Hits
* Sophomore quarterback Christian Ponder was intercepted on his first pass attempt of the game as it marked his first turnover of the season. Wake Forest’s Alphonso Smith was credited with the interception on the first Seminole offensive play of the game. It marked the first interception thrown by a Seminole quarterback this year, a string of 61 pass attempts to start the season.
* The Demon Deacons forced the second turnover of the game on the Seminoles’ second offensive possession. Tailback Antone Smith was charged with his first fumble lost of the season on his second rushing attempt of the game. Before tonight’s fumble, Smith had just three fumbles lost in 337 rushing attempts dating back to the beginning of 2006.
* After Saturday night’s first quarter against Wake Forest, Florida State accumulated just 20 yards of total offense (6 yards rushing, 14 yards passing). It marked the fewest first quarter yards since the Seminoles tallied 11 yards (7 yards rushing, 4 yards passing) versus Virginia back on November 4, 2006. The Seminoles went on to defeat Virginia 33-0 finishing the game with 343 yards of total offense.
Turnover Woes Vs. Wake Forest
With three turnovers including two on the first two offensive possessions, Florida State has now committed 11 turnovers in the last three games against Wake Forest. In both 2006 and 2007, the Demon Deacons forced four Seminole turnovers.
Carter Nearing Game-High In Tackles
Senior cornerback Tony Carter was credited with six tackles (five solo and one assisted) in the first quarter against Wake Forest, one shy of his career-high seven set on four separate occasions. The last time Carter recorded seven tackles in a game was in the 2007 Music City Bowl against Kentucky. Carter also registered a fumble recovery and a pass break-up in the first half.
One Play, Two Firsts For Kendall Smith
Sophomore Kendall Smith was credited with his first career sack and first career forced fumble in the second quarter. Smith got to Demon Deacon quarterback Riley Skinner in the backfield on the Deacs’ fifth offensive possession of the game forcing the first Wake Forest turnover of the game.
First Field Goal Attempt For Gano
Senior place kicker Graham Gano made his first appearance of the season in the second quarter of tonight’s game against Wake Forest after recovering from August 22nd MCL surgery. On his first career field goal attempt, Gano pushed a 52-yarder wide left. The Seminoles are now 1-for-5 on field goal attempts in 2008 with the lone make by Zach Hobby (43 yards against Chattanooga). Every field goal attempt in 2008 has been of 43 yards or longer.
Seminoles Blanked In The First Half
Florida State failed to record a point in the first half for the first time this year. The Seminoles came into Saturday night’s game outscoring the opposition 58-7 in the first half. The last time Florida State was shutout in the first half came against Alabama in Jacksonville on September 29, 2007, a game the Seminoles won 21-14. The last time Florida State was blanked in the first half at home came against Florida back on November 25, 2006 in a game the Seminoles lost 21-14.