NCAA Game Summary - Florida State at Boston College|
(Saturday, November 3rd)
Final Score: Florida State 27, (2) Boston College 17
Chestnut Hill, MA (Sports Network) - Drew Weatherford completed 29-of-45
passes for 354 yards and two scores, and Geno Hayes returned an interception
for a touchdown with 1:10 remaining as Florida State upended second-
ranked Boston College, 27-17, at Alumni Stadium.
De'Cody Fagg caught six balls for 111 yards and one touchdown for the
Seminoles (6-3, 3-3 ACC), who have won two in a row and bested a top-five team
on the road for the first time since 1999.
"That was a great football game for us," said Florida State head coach Bobby
Bowden. "About as good a game as you can get, really. It's the first time
we've beat, upright, a high-ranked team like that in years."
Preston Parker added nine catches for 93 yards and one score, while Antone
Smith rushed for 63 yards on 22 carries.
Matt Ryan threw for 415 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions on 26-
of-53 passes for the Eagles (8-1, 4-1), who lost for the first time since a
17-14 setback at Miami-Florida last November 23.
Brandon Robinson caught seven balls for 163 yards and a score, while Ryan
Purvis also added a TD catch in the loss.
With BC's loss, only Ohio State, Kansas and Hawaii remain unbeaten in the
Football Bowl Subdivision.
Ahead by only three points, FSU failed on a key 3rd-and-3, but Graham Gano's
punt locked BC down at its own seven with 3:30 left.
On a 2nd-and-7 from the Eagles' 33, Ryan threw right into the hands of Hayes,
who took it 38 yards to the end zone with 70 seconds to play and the Seminoles
held on for the 27-17 victory.
"Give credit to Florida State. They played a good football game," conceded BC
head coach Jeff Jagodzinski. "One of the things you can't do, I don't care
whatever level you're on, you can't turn the ball over. We had a lot of
opportunities. We were inside the five-yard line twice and we didn't get in.
We didn't make the plays that we needed to make to win a ballgame like that."
In a game played through cold, steady rain as the remnants of Hurricane Noel
slammed Eastern New England, each side made key mistakes in a sloppy first
BC's first drive came to a halt as Ryan completed a pass to Kevin Challenger
over the middle, but he coughed up the ball and Florida State regained
possession at the Eagles' 40.
Florida State then punted, and BC had to begin at their own four. Ryan rescued
the series by hitting Robinson on a 3rd-and-3 for a big 44-yard gain to the
That drive was halted, though, as Ryan was then picked off on a 1st-and-10
from the Seminoles' 15 by Patrick Robinson. The ensuing drive lasted 19 plays,
and spilled over into the second quarter, but ended when Gary Cismesia missed
a 48-yard field-goal short and wide left.
BC then started at its own 31, and Andre Callender gained 52 yards on a catch-
and-run down the right side on the second play. A holding penalty and three
incompletions forced a field-goal try, and Steve Aponavicius pulled a 32-yard
attempt wide right.
Weatherford capped the following nine-play, 80-yard series by finding Parker
at the goal line for a 23-yard touchdown with 4:52 to play in the half.
Although replays seemed to indicate the ball hit the turf, the score stood and
FSU led 7-0 at the break.
Ryan was picked off on BC's first drive of the third quarter, and Florida
State turned around and marched 43 yards in seven plays, taking a 10-0 lead on
Cismesia's 40-yard field goal with 5:41 left in the period.
The BC signal-caller responded by lofting a perfect pass to Robinson for a 30-
yard touchdown strike and a 10-7 game with 4:38 to go in the third quarter.
On FSU's next drive, Cismesia wasn't even close from 47 yards with 3:01 to
play, but the Eagles failed to capitalize on their following series and it was
a three-point game heading into the fourth.
The visitors found themselves at the BC 40 on their first drive of the final
quarter, but the home defense clamped down. Cismesia was good, though,
from 29 yards out and the Seminoles assumed a 13-7 advantage with 11:26 left
in the contest.
Robinson then made a leaping catch at the six for a 38-yard gain, but three
crucial penalties forced a field goal attempt. Aponavicius hit a 35-yarder to
bring BC within 13-10 with 8:52 remaining.
However, the Seminoles worked quickly against a tired BC defense, and
Weatherford connected for a 42-yard score to Fagg and Florida State
led 20-10 only 41 seconds later.
Robinson returned the kick 25 yards to the BC 42. Ryan rallied again, and hit
Rich Gunnell for a 41-yard gain to the FSU six-yard-line. Three plays later,
Purvis caught a one-yard pass for a 20-17 game with 6:43 left.
Florida State has won four of the six all-time meetings...The Eagles had not
lost at home since September 17, 2005 against the Seminoles...Ryan posted his
fourth-career 400-yard passing game tying Doug Flutie for the most in school
history...Boston College senior linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar left the game early
in the second quarter with a left leg injury. X-rays taken were negative, but
he did not return to action...BC heads to Maryland next Saturday, while
Florida State travels to Virginia Tech also next Saturday.
11/04 01:34:18 ET