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Florida State senior tight end <b>Paul Irons </b> caught a career-high four passes for 23 yards to lead the Seminoles in receptions against Virginia last Saturday. Tt ws the most catches by a tight end in a game since <b>Ryan Sprague </b> snagged four versus the Cavs in 2000. Irons' previous career-high was three at Duke last year. The Seminoles are 8-1 in the last nine games in which a tight end had a reception. Irons would love to repeat his performance at Wake Forest on Saturday.

Florida State offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden believes in his tight ends. He wants others to as well.

"I was proud of the tight ends," Bowden said.

"I wish somebody would believe me that we have them in our passing plays more than you would think. It was just too hard to pass them up Saturday night, that is what it got down to."

Senior tight end Paul Irons caught a career-high four passes for 23 yards to lead the Seminoles in receptions against Virginia.

It ws the most catches by a tight end in a game since Ryan Sprague snagged four versus Virginia in 2000. The Seminoles are 8-1 in the last nine games in which a tight end had a reception. Irons has five catches for 31 yards this season.

"It felt great," Irons said.

"It is something I've been working for. It's amazing. I am just glad the other guys got their blocks and Wyatt (Sexton) saw me. There were couple variations of the play, but it was the same idea over the middle of the field.

"They (Cavs) weren't respecting our tight ends and we got it done. They were so highly-touted, but we were geeked up. It was a challenge for us to go out and play our best football.

"It was a great opportunity for us."

Irons credited the Seminoles' running game for opening up the field against the Cavs.

The tailback duo of Leon Washington and Lorenzo Booker are on pace to become the top set of rushers in the Bowden era (since 1976).

Washington and Booker are on pace to rush for 2,206 yards this season, a mark that would break Sammie Smith and Dexter Carter's two-man total of 1,909 in 1987.

"We've been running very well these past couple of games," Irons said. "Just because another defense says it's the best, we are not going to change what we do and what works for us.

"We've started out with the run and that opens up our passing. You get everyone involved that way."

FSU's offense is currently averaging 195.0 yards passing per game as well as 198.8 yards rushing per game.

FSU is one of only 17 schools in NCAA Division IA toaverage 190 or more yards both on the ground and through the air.

FSU and Virginia are the only ACC schols that average 190-plus yards both rushing and passing. The other 15 teams are: California, Louisville, Oklahoma, Utah, Northern Illinois, UCLA, Michigan St., Boise St., Auburn, Texas A&M, Memphis, Nebraska, Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee.

Of course, the combination of Wyatt Sexton to Chauncey Stovall means good things for Florida State.

Four of Sexton's five touchdown passes have gone to Stovall, including the only passing TD in the UVA game - a 24-yard TD in the second quarter.

Stovall has a team-leading four receiving touchdowns, which is already two more than he had last year. He also already has more catches (22) than last year (19) and is just 17 yards shy of tying last year's total of 323.

"Everything is falling into place right now," Irons said. "We just have to keep working hard and remained focused and good things will happen."

Running Back Duo

Running Backs (Yards) Year Total Yards
Leon Washington (1,218) & Lorenzo Booker (988) 2004 2,206*
Sammie Smith (1,230) & Dexter Carter (679) 1987 1,909
Greg Allen (1,134) & Roosevelt Snipes (629) 1983 1,763
Greg Allen (971) & Roosevelt Snipes (756) 1984 1,727
Warrick Dunn (1,242) & Rock Preston (439) 1995 1,681
*Projected 12-game total (including bowl)


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