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November 18, 2006

FSU becomes bowl-eligible with 28-20 win over WMU

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- It took until November 18th but Florida State finally made itself bowl-eligible with the 28-20 win over Western Michigan before approximately 60,000 in Doak Campbell Stadium.

Even though FSU was a 16-point favorite, the game was in doubt until the final play. Down only eight points with a little over two minutes left to play, the Broncos drove the ball to FSU's 11-yard line before a tackle for loss by Letroy Guion and a holding call pushed WMU back to the 30-yard line. Two plays later a desperation throw in the endzone was knocked away by cornerback Tony Carter allowing the 'Noles to escape with the eight-point victory.

"It was one of those ball games were it seems like you couldn't seem to wrap it up," head coach Bobby Bowden said. "You feel like you're going to get it wrapped up and then you let them off the hook."

If FSU is invited to a bowl game it will keep alive a streak of 24 straight years where the 'Noles have gone bowling. If the 'Noles get an invite, it would be to either the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco (CA) on December 27th or the MPC Computers Bowl in Boise (ID) on the 31th. Either way, the players say they will take it considering how the season has gone.

"It means a lot, because being Florida State we know that playing in a bowl game is something we are supposed to do, not something we hope to do," wide receiver Greg Carr said.

Drew Weatherford, making his first start since the October 21st Boston College game, came out of the gates slow completing just 2-of-6 for 7 yards in the first quarter. Meanwhile, the Broncos were able to put together a 12-play, 44-yard drive on their opening possession to take the early 3-0 lead.

Making matters worse for the 'Noles, Antone Smith, who was making his first career start, dislocated his elbow on his first carry from scrimmage and was lost for the rest of the game. Smith told Warchant.com that he is done for the season.

FSU finally put together its first scoring drive early in the second quarter. After Weatherford completed a fourth down pass to fullback Matt Dunham to keep the drive alive, a reverse to Chris Davis worked like a charm. Thanks to a nice block by Weatherford, the senior wide receiver had an easy 8-yard touchdown run.

On the Broncos' next possession, free safety Roger Williams stepped in front of a Ryan Cubit pass and returned it 7 yards to WMU's 33-yard line. On the very next play, Xavier Lee, on his fist play of the game, hit Greg Carr for a 26-yard strike in the back of the endzone. That put the 'Noles up 14-3 midway into the second quarter.

A Florida State special teams breakdown on the next kickoff led to Western Michigan's one first half touchdown. Broncos' returner Brandon West found a gaping hole on the right side of the field and returned it 61-yards to FSU's 31-yard line. A few plays later, nobody on defense accounted for wide receiver Joe Chapple, who reeled in a 23-yard touchdown, cutting FSU's lead to 14-10 at the half.

The Seminole offense moved the football more effectively in the second half but continued to bog down in and near the redzone. When FSU unable to punch it in, Gary Cismesia was called upon twice in the third quarter to attempt a field goal. However, the junior place-kicker went 0-for-2 with misses from 44 and 41 yards out. Those misses allowed WMU to keep the game close.

The difference in the second half was a Lawrence Timmons' interception return late in the third quarter and a second touchdown pass from Lee to Carr early in the fourth. On the interception, Timmons, a junior linebacker, stepped in front of a pass near the sideline and returned it 19-yards for the defensive score.

"They threw the same pattern two or three times," Timmons said. "Before that I was kind of late on it but this time I was on it. The d-line got to the quarterback pretty fast and he was forced to throw it and it came straight to me. I just caught it and took it to the house."

Lee's second hookup with Carr a few minutes later not only proved to be the game-winner, but moved Carr into a 9th place tie with Talman Gardner on FSU's all-time touchdown catch list.

Despite a last minute drive by WMU, the defense held tough keeping the Broncos out of the endzone and preserved the victory.

Next week, FSU will host instate rival Florida in a Noon kickoff. The game is scheduled to be broadcast regionally by ABC.

                            Scoring Summary (Final)
                               2006 FSU Football
     Western Michigan vs Florida State (Nov 18, 2006 at Tallahassee, Fla.)

             Western Michigan (7-4,5-2) vs. Florida State (6-5,3-5)
Date: Nov 18, 2006  Site: Tallahassee, Fla.     Stadium: Doak Campbell
Attendance: 78236

Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
-----------------    -- -- -- --   -----
Western Michigan....  3  7  3  7  - 20
Florida State.......  0 14  7  7  - 28



Scoring Summary:
1st 10:58 WMU - MEYER, Nate 50 yd field goal
                       12 plays, 44 yards, TOP 4:02, WMU 3 - FS 0
2nd 10:38 FS - Chris Davis 8 yd run (Gary Cismesia kick)
                       7 plays, 50 yards, TOP 3:18, WMU 3 - FS 7
    09:00 FS - Greg Carr 26 yd pass from Xavier Lee (Gary Cismesia kick)
                       1 play, 26 yards, TOP 0:20, WMU 3 - FS 14
    07:03 WMU - SIMMONS, Jamarko 23 yd pass from CUBIT, Ryan (MEYER, Nate kick)
                       5 plays, 31 yards, TOP 1:44, WMU 10 - FS 14
3rd 06:14 WMU - MEYER, Nate 43 yd field goal
                       4 plays, -14 yards, TOP 1:45, WMU 13 - FS 14
    01:20 FS - Lawrence Timmons 22 yd interception return (Gary Cismesia kick)
                                                     WMU 13 - FS 21
4th 12:44 FS - Greg Carr 19 yd pass from Xavier Lee (Gary Cismesia kick)
                       6 plays, 30 yards, TOP 2:22, WMU 13 - FS 28
    09:20 WMU - MARTIN, Herb 10 yd pass from CUBIT, Ryan (MEYER, Nate kick)
                       8 plays, 43 yards, TOP 3:11, WMU 20 - FS 28



Kickoff time: 2:04      End of Game: 5:13      Total elapsed time: 3:09
Officials: Referee: Brad Allen; Umpire: Bert Pearce; Linesman: Perry Hudspeth;
Line judge: ThurmanHardison; Back judge: Gary Patterson; Field judge: Ronnie Stewart;
Side judge: Jim Corpora; Scorer: Val Golmont Jr.;
Temperature: 64        Wind: NW 10     Weather: 0% rain, clear skies

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 Team Statistics 


                            Team Statistics (Final)
                               2006 FSU Football
     Western Michigan vs Florida State (Nov 18, 2006 at Tallahassee, Fla.)

                                    WMU       FS

FIRST DOWNS...................       17       12
  Rushing.....................        5        4
  Passing.....................       12        7
  Penalty.....................        0        1
NET YARDS RUSHING.............       33       73
  Rushing Attempts............       30       28
  Average Per Rush............      1.1      2.6
  Yards Gained Rushing........       77      110
  Yards Lost Rushing..........       44       37
NET YARDS PASSING.............      229      178
  Completions-Attempts-Int....  27-50-2  14-23-0
  Average Per Attempt.........      4.6      7.7
  Average Per Completion......      8.5     12.7
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS...........      262      251
  Total offense plays.........       80       51
  Average Gain Per Play.......      3.3      4.9
Fumbles: Number-Lost..........      1-0      3-2
Penalties: Number-Yards.......     7-62     3-20
PUNTS-YARDS...................    6-253    5-222
  Average Yards Per Punt......     42.2     44.4
  Net Yards Per Punt..........     33.7     36.6
  Inside 20...................        2        2
  50+ Yards...................        1        1
  Touchbacks..................        2        0
  Fair catch..................        0        3
KICKOFFS-YARDS................    5-194    5-307
  Average Yards Per Kickoff...     38.8     61.4
  Net Yards Per Kickoff.......     30.2     25.8
  Touchbacks..................        0        1
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD.   1-39-0   1-11-0
  Average Per Return..........     39.0     11.0
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD  4-158-0   3-43-0
  Average Per Return..........     39.5     14.3
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD..    0-0-0   2-29-1
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD.    0-0-0    0-0-0
Miscellaneous Yards...........        0        0
Possession Time...............    31:50    28:10
  1st Quarter.................     9:41     5:19
  2nd Quarter.................     7:09     7:51
  3rd Quarter.................     6:54     8:06
  4th Quarter.................     8:06     6:54
Third-Down Conversions........  7 of 19  1 of 11
Fourth-Down Conversions.......   2 of 4   2 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.......      2-3      2-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards........     2-21     3-30
PAT Kicks.....................      2-2      4-4
Field Goals...................      2-2      0-2


 Individual Statistics 

                                 Individual Statistics (Final)
                                       2006 FSU Football
             Western Michigan vs Florida State (Nov 18, 2006 at Tallahassee, Fla.)


Western Michigan

Rushing              No Gain Loss  Net TD Lg  Avg
-------------------------------------------------
BONDS, Mark          19   51   10   41  0 11  2.2
SIMMONS, Jamarko      2   15    0   15  0 13  7.5
WEST, Brandon         1    3    0    3  0  3  3.0
THOMPSON, Glenis      2    2    0    2  0  2  1.0
MARTIN, Herb          1    0    4   -4  0  0 -4.0
CUBIT, Ryan           5    6   30  -24  0  3 -4.8
Totals...            30   77   44   33  0 13  1.1

Passing              Att-Cmp-Int Yds TD Long Sack
-------------------------------------------------
CUBIT, Ryan            49-27-2   229  2   23    3
MARAGOS, Chris          1-0-0      0  0    0    0
Totals...              50-27-2   229  2   23    3

Receiving             No.  Yds   TD Long
----------------------------------------
SIMMONS, Jamarko        9  123    1   23
CHAPPLE, Joe            5   41    0   11
MARTIN, Herb            4   26    1   10
ELSWORTH, Kirk          3    9    0    8
MARAGOS, Chris          2   17    0   11
WEST, Brandon           2   13    0   11
STEVENS, Matt           1    9    0    9
BONDS, Mark             1   -9    0    0
Totals...              27  229    2   23

Punting               No.  Yds   Avg Long In20   TB
---------------------------------------------------
LANEY, Jim              6  253  42.2   59    2    2
Totals...               6  253  42.2   59    2    2

                       Punts   Kickoffs  Intercept
All Returns          No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg
--------------------------------------------------
CHAPPLE, Joe          1  39 39  0   0  0  0   0  0
WEST, Brandon         0   0  0  4 158 65  0   0  0
Totals...             1  39 39  4 158 65  0   0  0

Field goal attempts
----------------------------------------
MEYER, Nate          1st 10:58  50 yds - Good
MEYER, Nate          3rd 06:14  43 yds - Good

Kickoffs         No.  Yds  TB  OB   Avg
---------------------------------------
MEYER, Nate        5  194   0   2  38.8



Florida State

Rushing              No Gain Loss  Net TD Lg  Avg
-------------------------------------------------
Lorenzo Booker       21   96   16   80  0 26  3.8
Chris Davis           1    8    0    8  1  8  8.0
Antone Smith          1    0    0    0  0  0  0.0
Preston Parker        1    0    0    0  0  0  0.0
Xavier Lee            4    6   21  -15  0  4 -3.8
Totals...            28  110   37   73  1 26  2.6

Passing              Att-Cmp-Int Yds TD Long Sack
-------------------------------------------------
Xavier Lee             13-9-0    144  2   26    2
Drew Weatherford       10-5-0     34  0   10    0
Totals...              23-14-0   178  2   26    2

Receiving             No.  Yds   TD Long
----------------------------------------
De'Cody Fagg            3   46    0   25
Lorenzo Booker          3   39    0   19
Chris Davis             3   39    0   25
Greg Carr               2   45    2   26
Robert Hallback         1    7    0    7
Matt Dunham             1    4    0    4
Antone Smith            1   -2    0    0
Totals...              14  178    2   26

Punting               No.  Yds   Avg Long In20   TB
---------------------------------------------------
Graham Gano             5  222  44.4   53    2    0
Totals...               5  222  44.4   53    2    0

                       Punts   Kickoffs  Intercept
All Returns          No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg
--------------------------------------------------
Chris Davis           1  11 11  0   0  0  0   0  0
Michael Ray Garvin    0   0  0  2  34 23  0   0  0
Sean Compton          0   0  0  1   9  9  0   0  0
Lawrence Timmons      0   0  0  0   0  0  1  22 22
Roger Williams        0   0  0  0   0  0  1   7  7
Totals...             1  11 11  3  43 23  2  29 22

Field goal attempts
----------------------------------------
Gary Cismesia        3rd 11:51  44 yds - Missed
Gary Cismesia        3rd 01:42  41 yds - Missed

Kickoffs         No.  Yds  TB  OB   Avg
---------------------------------------
Gano, G            5  307   1   0  61.4



FUMBLES: Western Michigan-BONDS, Mark 1-0.
Florida State-De'Cody Fagg 1-0; Lorenzo Booker
1-1; Chris Davis 1-1.

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