Double Trouble

<b>Leon Washington</b> and <b>Lorenzo Booker</b> give Florida State two quality tailbacks. Washington set a school record, averaging 15.3 yards-per-carry during last week's victory against North Carolina. He rushed for a career-high 153 yards on 10 carries, breaking Warrick Dunn's yards-per-carry standard. Booker, meanwhile, had 84 yards on 13 carries against the Tar Heels. Both scored touchdowns. And both will be looking to carry the running load on Saturday at Syracuse.

For the first time in 10 years, the Florida State Seminoles have played three consecutive games where they've produced more rushing yards (743) than passing yards (723).

That should tell you all you need to know about FSU's talented tailback duo of Leon Washington and Lorenzo Booker.

"It's one of those things where we feed off each other,'' said Washington, who has rushed for 377 yards in four games and needs only 10 more yards to surpass last season's total.

"If I score a touchdown, (Booker) will go in and say, 'Hey, I want to score, too.' We also keep each other fresh. The next couple of years, it will be fun to watch us.''

It's already fun.

"When you take one out, the other one comes in and puts the very same pressure on a defense,'' FSU coach Bobby Bowden said.

"But he puts it in a different method. One of 'em throws the curveball, and the other throws a fastball.''

The pair looks to continue its streak on Saturday at Syracuse.

With a career-high 153 yards against North Carolina last Saturday, Washington hit the 100-yard mark for the second time this season and fourth time in his career.

His 53-yard run in the third quarter was his career long. Heading into this season, his career long was 27 yards and he erased that in the UAB game with a 48-yard run. Washington now has FSU's last four 100-yard rushing games and FSU is 4-0 in those games.

Each time Washington has rushed for 100 yards he has scored a touchdown.

The Washington-Lorenzo duo combined for 239 yards on 23 carries (10.4 yards per carry) and two touchdowns against the Tar Heels.

It marked the first time the duo had combined for more than 200 rushing yards in the same game and first time each player had scored a touchdown in the same game.

The touchdown was Booker's second career score against the Tar Heels as he scored his first career touchdown against North Carolina Aug. 30, 2003.

FSU offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden obviously feels good about the pair.

"You can't measure what they mean to us, they're invaluable," Bowden said.

"Right now, they are our biggest threats in a lot of ways. Whether we're throwing the ball or handing it to them, they are just proving ... we felt that way going into the (UNC) game, that they may be the best option to take something short and long and right now it's holding up."


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