Winning By Running

Florida State running back <b>Leon Washington</b> earned Co-ACC Offensive Back of the Week honors after recording 164 yards and two touchdowns against Syracuse. It was Washington's third 100-plus yard game this season, which surpasses his totals from the past two seasons. Of course, Washington and the Seminoles are preparing for a far more difficult test on Saturday, when sixth-ranked Virginia visits Doak Campbell Stadium.

When his team was struggling against Syracuse this past weekend, running back Leon Washington asked for the ball. His coaches listened and Washington got his wish.

He responded to the opportunity by rushing for a career-high 164 yards and two touchdowns. It got the team a tough win and earned Washington some respect from the conference. Monday, Washington was awarded Co-ACC Offensive Back of the Week honors for his performance.

"That's the way it works. You run the ball and you're going to win games," Washington said.

"We came out at halftime and coaches stuck with it, and we were successful."

It was the third time this season that Washington has rushed for more than 100 yards in a game, which surpasses his previous totals in 2003 and 2002. He currently ranks second in the ACC in rushing with 108.2 yards per game, and is averaging more yards per carry (7.98) than any other back in Division I-A with 500 yards or more.

"Our defense won't give up many points, so our offense has just got to put points on the board," Washington said.

"If we can run the ball and control the clock for most of the second half, we are going to win the game."

In FSU's current four-game win streak, Washington and RB Lorenzo Booker have combined to carry an average of 207.3 yards per game.

During that same streak of games the Seminoles have out rushed their opponent by 181.2 yards.


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