Monday Football Notes

<br>After grading film on FSU's 34-7 win over Alabama-Birmingham, the only thing coach Bobby Bowden had to lament was the excessive amount of penalties his team racked up.<br> <br>FSU was penalized 15 times for 145 yards against the out manned Blazers, mostly on the offensive side of the ball.<br>

"If you punt just once, than who's stopping you?" Bowden pondered at the conclusion of the game. "You are."

While most can be attributed to poor execution and mental mistakes, Bowden did say the countless substitution infractions and illegal substitution penalties his team picked may be a product of early season acclimation. Special teams included, the Seminoles played over 50 players Saturday night.

"There are so many times where you run this formation and these guys go in. Then you run this formation and these guys go in," Bowden said. "Then all of a sudden somebody forgets to come off and you're stuck with too many men on the field. We just have to continue to work on that."

FSU was also called for a leaping penalty on a play where UAB kicker Nick Hayes missed a 53-yard field goal. The personal foul, called on safety Pat Watkins while trying to block the kick, prolonged the drive and led to the only Blazer score. Bowden said he disagrees with the new rule because "it's just creating more rules where judgment has to get involved."

That judgment was involved in Auburn's 10-9 upset of LSU, in which an LSU player was called for leaping on an extra point try that was no good, giving Auburn another shot.


James Coleman and B.J. Dean – co-starters at fullback – each scored 1-yard touchdowns Saturday. That output doubled the production from 2003, when Dean's TD run against Duke was the only score for an FSU fullback.

"I like our fullbacks running the ball," offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden said. "If they can be effective on the inside run they can really open some things up on the outside…it's not a pretty play but it has a chance to be a big play."


ESPN2 announced Monday that they would carry FSU's Oct. 2 home date with North Carolina. Kickoff will be at noon….Trainers reported no significant injuries from the UAB game.

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