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2008 Florida State Seminoles football
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ACC Atlantic Division Co-Champions
Champs Sports Bowl, W (42-13)
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic
2008 record 9-4 (5-3 ACC)
Head coach Bobby Bowden
Offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher
Offensive scheme Pro Style
Defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews
Base defense 4-3

Home stadium

Doak Campbell Stadium
Seasons
« 2007 2009 »

The 2008 Florida State Seminoles football team represented Florida State University during the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) college football season. It was Florida State's 17th season as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

The previous season, the Seminoles compiled a 7-6 record. When the Seminoles also went 7-6 in 2006, that season was head coach Bobby Bowden's worst since going 6-5 in 1981. The Seminoles were without as many as 12 scholarship players for the first three games of the season because of suspensions carrying over from the previous season for violating team rules, although it has not been disclosed how many of those were involved with an academic cheating scandal at the school.[1][2] Junior wide receiver Preston Parker was suspended for the first two games of the season, after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor charges.[3]

2008 ACC football standings   
    Conf       Overall
Team W   L     W   L
Atlantic
Boston College* 5 3     9 5
#21 Florida State* 5 3     9 4
Maryland 4 4     8 5
Wake Forest 4 4     8 5
Clemson 4 4     7 6
NC State 4 4     6 7
Coastal
#15 Virginia Tech* † 5 3     10 4
#22 Georgia Tech* 5 3     9 4
North Carolina 4 4     8 5
Miami (FL) 4 4     7 6
Virginia 3 5     5 7
Duke 1 7     4 8

Championship: Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 12

* – Division Co-Champion
† – Conference Champion
Final Rankings: AP Top 25 Poll

Contents

Schedule

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 6* 6:00 pm Western Carolina Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL Sun Sports PPV / ESPN Gameplan W 69-0   73,024 
September 13* 3:45 pm Chattanooga Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL ESPNU W 46-7   71,596 
September 20 7:00 pm #18 Wake Forest #25 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL ESPN2 L 3-12   79,235 
September 27* 3:30 pm vs. Colorado Jacksonville Municipal StadiumJacksonville, FL (River City Showdown) ABC W 39-21   46,716 
October 4 3:30 pm at Miami Dolphin StadiumMiami Gardens, FL ABC / ESPN2 W 41-39   65,786 
October 16 7:30 pm at NC State Carter-Finley StadiumRaleigh, NC ESPN W 26-17   56,643 
October 25 3:30 pm Virginia Tech #23 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL ABC W 30-20   81,876 
November 1 3:30 pm at Georgia Tech #16 Bobby Dodd StadiumAtlanta, GA ABC L 28-31   53,528 
November 8 3:30 pm Clemson #24 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL ABC W 41-27   77,013 
November 15† 8:00 pm Boston College #19 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL (Blackout Game) ABC L 17-27   79,792 
November 22 7:45 pm at #23 Maryland Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD ESPN W 37-3   51,620 
November 29* 3:30 pm #4 Florida #24 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL (Florida-Florida State rivalry) ABC / ESPN2 L 15-45   83,237 
December 27* 4:30 pm vs. Wisconsin Citrus BowlOrlando, FL (Champs Sports Bowl) ESPN W 42-13   52,692 
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game Capsules

Please Note
  • The records in parenthesis indicates the opposing team's record at the time Florida State played them, NOT Florida State's record.
  • The USA Today Coaches Poll rankings are used through week 7. Starting with Week 8 (the Virginia Tech Game), the BCS Rankings are used.
  • All pregame lines are based on what the game opened at and does not include any betting influence.

Western Carolina (1-0)

Pregame Line: Lines are not released when an FCS team plays an FBS team.

1 2 3 4 Total
Western Carolina 0 0 0 0 0
Florida State 7 21 27 14 69

The start of the game was delayed almost an hour and a half due to lightning in the area, and then almost another hour during the 1st quarter. The first player to touch the ball for FSU, to start the 2008 season, was Tony Carter who promptly returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown and the game's first score. Sophomore Christian Ponder started his first game at quarterback. Ponder completed 11 of 17 passes for 196 yards and 3 touchdowns. At the start of the second drive in the second half (when FSU was up 35-0), sophomore D'vontrey Richardson came into the game. Richardson went 5 for 6 through the air with one touchdown and also had two rushing touchdowns, one for over 50 yards. With several players serving suspensions due to the school wide "academic scandal" (several students and athletes were caught sharing answers in an online music class), the Seminoles had 28 freshman play in the game. Two of those freshman had touchdowns in the victory over the Catamounts.[4]

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (1-1)

Pregame Line: Lines are not released when an FCS team plays an FBS team.

1 2 3 4 Total
Tennessee-Ch 7 0 0 0 7
Florida State 21 9 9 7 46

In his second start as a collegiate athlete, Christian Ponder threw for 183 yards and three first-half touchdowns before being relieved by D'vontrey Richardson in the 3rd quarter. Richardson threw for 117 yards with one touchdown. Richardson also had a 55-yard rushing touchdown, the longest scoring run for a quarterback in the school's history. The previous record was held by Richardson himself, set in the previous week with a 52-yard touchdown run. Junior Wide Receiver, Corey Surrency, led Florida State in receiving with 87 yards and two touchdowns on just three receptions. Florida State's defense allowed their first score of the season after a 62-yard passing touchdown thrown by Chattanooga quarterback Tony Pastore. This was also the first score by Chattanooga against Florida State all-time, dating back to 1984, the only previous meeting between the two schools in which the Seminoles won in a shutout by 37 points.[5]

#18 Wake Forest (2-1)

Pregame Line: Florida State -4

1 2 3 4 Total
#18 Wake Forest 3 0 6 3 12
#25 Florida State 0 0 3 0 3

Defense, kicking game help No. 18 Wake Forest clip No. 24 (AP Poll) Florida State

Colorado (3-0)

Pregame Line: Florida State -6

1 2 3 4 Total
Colorado 7 0 0 14 21
Florida State 7 12 6 14 39

This game was played in Jacksonville, Florida with Florida State as the home team. This was Bobby Bowden's 500th Career Game.

Bowden gets Florida State past Colorado in 500th game

@ Miami (2-2)

Pregame Line: Miami -2.5

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida State 7 17 10 7 41
Miami 0 3 19 17 39

FSU dumps Miami behind Smith's career-best four TDs

@ N.C. State (2-4)

Pregame Line: Pick 'em

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida State 0 6 7 13 26
N.C. State 3 7 0 7 17

Florida State rides Ponder, Smith past N.C. State

Virginia Tech (5-2)

Pregame Line: Florida State -6

1 2 3 4 Total
Virginia Tech 10 3 0 7 20
#25 Florida State 0 10 14 6 30

Carr sets up two TDs in third quarter as No. 25 FSU rallies

@ Georgia Tech (6-2)

Pregame Line: Georgia Tech -1.5

1 2 3 4 Total
#15 Florida State 10 10 0 8 28
Georgia Tech 3 21 7 0 31

Georgia Tech snaps 0-12 skid against Florida State

Clemson (4-4)

Pregame Line: Florida State -7

1 2 3 4 Total
Clemson 10 7 3 7 27
#22 Florida State 10 10 7 14 41

FSU bowl eligible for 27th straight season on Bowden's birthday

Boston College (6-3)

Pregame Line: Florida State -7

1 2 3 4 Total
Boston College 14 0 10 3 27
#19 Florida State 0 10 0 7 17

One day prior to the game, Florida State suspended Wide Receivers Taiwan Easterling, Bert Reed, Corey Surrency, Cameron Wade and Richard Goodman for their roles in an on-campus altercation with members of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity at Florida State's student union.[6][7]

Boston College upends No. 19 Florida State day after five wideouts suspended

@ #25 Maryland (7-3)

Pregame Line: Maryland -1

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida State 0 21 3 13 37
#25 Maryland 0 0 3 0 3

Myron Rolle, Florida State's starting safety, was interviewed in Birmingham, Alabama at noon for the Rhodes Scholarship. At 5:00, he received the call that he was accepted. He flew in a private jet to Washington, D.C. and had a police escort take him to the game in College Park, Maryland. He arrived at the stadium around 8:30pm (with 11:55 left in the 2nd quarter). He dressed out in the locker room and walked onto the field to the roar of the Florida State visitor section with 6:23 left in the 2nd quarter. After stretching out, he made his game debut with 1:30 left in the 1st half. At the end of the game, his teammates showered him with a bucket of ice water in 26 degree weather, an act usually reserved for the head coach. He is the first Florida State player to ever have the "ice water shower".

Maryland picked apart by unranked Florida State

#4 Florida (10-1)

Pregame Line: Florida -16.5

1 2 3 4 Total
#4 Florida 14 14 10 7 45
#20 Florida State 3 6 6 0 15

Florida wins 8th straight while continuing dominance in intrastate rivalry

Wisconsin (7-5)

Pregame Line:

1 2 3 4 Total
Wisconsin 0 3 3 7 13
Florida State 0 14 14 14 42

Ponder powers Seminoles' offense, defense routs Badgers

Rankings

Ranking Movement
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Final
AP 31 30 28 24 41 35 34 29 24 16 24 20 31 23 29 28 21
Coaches 30 31 28 25 NR 32 30 28 23 16 24 19 29 24 29 28 23
Harris Not released 30 30 29 23 18 24 20 28 23 29 28
BCS Not released 25 15 22 19 NR 20 24 NR

Statistics

Team

Team Opp
Scoring  157  40
  Points per Game  39.25  10
First Downs  24  12
  Rushing  11  3
  Passing  12  6
  Penalty  1  3
Total Offense  561  176
  Avg per Play  9.8  3.0
  Avg per Game  561  176
Fumbles-Lost  2-0  3-1
Penalties-Yards  8-58  6-37
  Avg per Game  58  37
Team Opp
Punts-Yards  2-93  8-272
  Avg per Punt  46.5  34
Time of Possession/Game  27:44  32:16
3rd Down Conversions  3  3
4th Down Conversions  0  0
Touchdowns Scored  10  0
Field Goals-Attempts-Long  0-1-0  0-1-0
PAT-Attempts  9-10  0-0
Attendance  73024  0
  Games/Avg per Game  1/73024  0/0

Scores by quarter

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida State 62 95 83 83 323
Opponents 43 41 35 55 174

Offense

Rushing

Name GP-GS Att Gain Loss Net Avg TD Long Avg/G
Joe Smith                  
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
TEAM                  
Total                  
Opponents                  

Passing

Name GP-GS Effic Att-Cmp-Int Pct Yds TD Lng Avg/G
Joe Smith                
                 
TEAM                
                 
Total                
Opponents                

Receiving

Name GP-GS No. Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
Joe Smith                  
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
Total                  
Opponents                  

Defense

Name GP Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Interceptions Fumbles Blkd
Kick
Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds BrUp QBH No.-Yds Avg TD Long Rcv-Yds FF
Total

Special teams

Name Punting Kickoffs
No. Yds Avg Long TB FC I20 Blkd No. Yds Avg TB OB
Total
Name Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Yds Avg TD Long No. Yds Avg TD Long
Total

Current Roster

Florida State Seminoles football roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

  •    Debrale Smiley, r-So. (HB)
  • 23 Chris Thompson, So. (HB)
  • 24 Lonnie Pryor, So. (HB)
  • 33 Ty Jones, Jr. (HB)
  • 37 Nathan Brazeau, Jr. (FB)
  • 38 Jermaine Thomas, Jr. (HB)
  • 39 Tavares Pressley, r-Sr. (HB)
  • 48 Daniel Gard, r-Sr. (FB)

Wide Receivers

  •  8 Taiwan Easterling, r-Jr.
  • 11 Timothy Orange, Sr.
  • 13 Ashuwa Richardson, Sr.
  • 14 Avis Commack, Jr.
  • 19 Josh Gehres, r-Fr.
  • 80 Jarmon Fortson, Jr.
  • 82 Willie Haulstead, So.
  • 83 Bert Reed, r-Jr.
  • 84 Rodney Smith, So.
  • 87 Cameron Wade, Jr.

Tight Ends

  • 40 Matt Dunham, Sr.
  • 43 Anthony Porterfield, r-Fr.
  • 44 Ricky Yates, r-Sr.
  • 47 Jonathan Wallace, r-Fr.
  • 85 Ja'Baris Little, Jr.
  • 88 Beau Reliford, Jr.
Offensive Linemen
  • 52 Bryan Stork, r-Fr. (OL)
  • 57 Brandon Davis, r-Sr. (OL)
  • 59 Henry Orelus, r-Fr. (C)
  • 60 Ryan McMahon, r-Sr. (C)
  • 61 Blake Snider, r-Fr. (OL)
  • 62 Rodney Hudson, Sr. (OG)
  • 63 AJ Ganguzza, Jr. (C)
  • 66 Jacob Stanley, r-Jr. (OT)
  • 67 Andrew Datko, Jr. (OG)
  • 70 Antwane Greenlee, r-Jr. (OT)
  • 73 Rhonne Sanderson, Jr. (OG)
  • 74 John Prior, r-Fr. (OT)
  • 76 Garrett Faircloth, r-Fr. (OT)
  • 77 Zebrie Sanders, Jr. (OT)
  • 79 David Spurlock, Jr. (OL)

Defensive Linemen

  •    Amp McCloud, r-So. (DT)
  • 46 Barry Wright, Sr. (DE)
  • 49 Brandon Jenkins, So. (DE)
  • 55 Jamar Jackson, r-Jr. (DE)
  • 58 Dan Hicks, r-Fr. (DE)
  • 66 Joshua Rodriguez, r-Jr. (DT)
  • 75 Gregory Pierre, Sr. (DE)
  • 76 Richard Wint, r-Sr. (DT)
  • 78 Jonathan Johnson, r-Jr. (DE)
  • 90 Moses McCray, Jr. (DT)
  • 93 Everett Dawkins, r-So. (DE)
  • 96 Toshmon Stevens, r-So. (DE)
  • 97 Demonte McAllister, r-Fr. (DE)
  • 98 Markus White, Sr. (DE)
  • 99 Jacobbi McDaniel, So. (DT)
Linebackers
  •    Jeff Luc, Fr.
  • 11 Vince Williams, r-So.
  • 12 Nigel Carr, Jr.
  • 13 Nigel Bradham, Jr.
  • 16 Mister Alexander, r-Sr.
  • 29 Kendall Smith, Sr.
  • 42 Ronald Britzius, r-Fr.
  • 44 Maurice Harris, r-Jr.
  • 46 Vincent Zann, r-Jr.
  • 51 Aaron Gresham, r-Jr.
  • 54 A.J. Land, Sr.

Defensive Backs

  •  3 Justin Bright, r-Fr. (S)
  •  4 Terrance Parks, Jr. (S)
  •  5 Greg Reid, So. (DB)
  •  6 Gerald Demps, r-Fr. (S)
  •  8 Chad Cooley, r-Jr. (DB)
  • 10 Nick Moody, r-So. (S)
  • 14 Ricardo Cannon, Jr. (CB)
  • 15 Ochucko Jenije, r-Sr. (CB)
  • 26 AJ Alexander, Jr. (CB)
  • 27 Xavier Rhodes, r-Fr. (S)
  • 28 Dionte Allen, r-Jr. (CB)
  • 30 Jajuan Harley, r-Fr. (S)
  • 31 Ventoure Watkins, Jr. (DB)
  • 37 Ed Imeokparia, r-So. (S)
  • 38 Jonathan Johnson, r-Jr. (CB)
  • 47 Michael Schill, r-Jr. (DB)


Special Teams

  •  1 Alex Jones, r-Fr. (K)
  • 18 Dustin Hopkins, So. (K)
  • 41 James Esco, Jr. (K)
  • 45 Shawn Powell, Jr. (P)
  • 69 Chris Revell, r-Fr. (DS)
  • 75 Phillip Doumar, r-Fr. (DS)
Head Coach


Assistant Coaches

Projected 2008 Depth Chart

Offensive
  • QB - Christian Ponder so
  • TB - Antone Smith sr
  • FB - Seddrick Holloway jr
  • WR - Preston Parker jr
  • WR - Greg Carr sr
  • TE - Jonathan Hannah jr
  • LT - Rodney Hudson so
  • LG - Evan Bellamy so
  • C - Ryan McMahon so
  • RG - Will Furlong fr
  • RT - Antwane Greenlee fr
Defense
  • DE - Neefy Moffett sr
  • DE - Everette Brown jr
  • DT - Budd Thacker jr
  • DT - Paul Griffin sr
  • LB - Derek Nicholson sr
  • LB - Kendall Smith so
  • LB - Toddrick Verdell jr
  • CB - Tony Carter sr
  • CB - Michael Ray Garvin sr
  • S - Myron Rolle jr
  • S - Darius McClure sr
Special Teams
  • K - Zack Hubby so
  • P - Shawn Powell fr
  • K,P - Graham Gano was expected to start at both positions, but had a knee injury during two a days. He is expected back by the Colorado game.

References


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