TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- Florida State was due for a letdown after its thrilling season-opening win against rival Miami. But Drew Weatherford and Joe Surratt would not let that happen.
Weatherford threw for 336 yards and Surratt scored the game-winning touchdown with just over two minutes remaining as No. 9 Florida State rallied for a 24-17 triumph over unranked Troy.
The Seminoles (2-0) made national headlines Monday, posting a 13-10 victory over the Hurricanes in the Orange Bowl. But Florida State appeared to be in hangover mode on Saturday and trailed, 17-10, with less than 11 minutes remaining.
"It was difficult playing a game of that magnitude on a Monday and then come back five days later to play a game when you know they are going to play you just as hard as they can play," linebacker Buster Davis said. "This was their Super Bowl... We kind of faltered a little bit early on but we came back in the second half and came back like animals."
That comeback started on the next series when Weatherford orchestrating an 11-play, 81-yard drive capped by a 15-yard TD pass to Chris Davis with 6:12 left in the contest. That drive tied the score at 17-17.
The Seminoles got the ball back just three plays later when linebacker Buster Davis intercepted Trojans quarterback Omar Haugabook at the Troy 28.
Surratt, who scored Florida State's lone touchdown against Miami, capped a seven-play drive by plunging into the end zone with 1:56 remaining, giving the Seminoles a 24-17 lead. The Trojans had one last chance to tie the score but on the second play Lawrence Timmons tipped a pass that was intercepted by fellow linebacker Geno Hayes. That finally put the nerve-wracking game away for good.
"It was like having a nightmare where I was trying to run, but I couldn't move my legs," said a relieved Bobby Bowden. "I'm trying to scream, but my voice don't work, then you wake up yelling, I actually had one of those last week. But, that's the way I felt. We'd stop them, and they'd deflect a pass. Then go into their half and score a touchdown. We'd get a big run, and then fumble it. We were overthrowing wide open receivers."
Weatherford completed 30-of-43 attempts, threw two TDs and was intercepted once. De'Cody Fagg hauled in seven receptions for 93 yards for Florida State, which improved to 5-1 all-time against Troy.
Although FSU escaped with the win, several players went down with injuries. Defensive tackles Emmanuel Dunbar (back), Letroy Guion (ankle) and Paul Griffin (hyper-extended knee), and linebacker Derek Nicholson all left the game with injuries.
For Troy, Haugabook went 29-for-46 for 219 yards, throwing one touchdown and three interceptions. Toris Rutledge had eight catches for 105 yards and a TD for the Trojans (1-1), who managed a total of just 24 yards on the ground.
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