Final Hurrah

The Florida State Seminoles formally accepted their bid on Tuesday to play West Virignia in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1 in Jacksonville. Senior receiver <b>Dominic Robinson</b> says the matchup gives returning Seminole players an opportunity to gain needed momentum heading into the offseason. FSU last appeared in the 2002 Gator Bowl, beating Virignia Tech 30-17.

It's not the ending senior receiver Dominic Robinson envisioned when he arrived at Florida State four years ago, but he plans to make the best of it.

The Seminoles made it official today, accepting an invitation to play in the Jan. 1 Gator Bowl against West Virginia.

"Regardless of the game, people ask are you disappointed with your senior year being that we are going to the Gator Bowl," Robinson said.

"Truth of the matter is we have to strap up and play another football game no matter what bowl it is. The fact of the matter is that we are going to be playing football and that is what we love to do so we should get after it. We still have some things to prove."

FSU fans will certainly agree with Robinson's final point.

The Seminoles closed out their regular season with a disappointing home defeat to rival Florida.

FSU enters the Gator Bowl at 8-3 with defeats to Miami, Maryland and the Gators. Many agree the Seminoles underachieved this season, and most fingers of discontent were pointed at a struggling offense.

Robinson knows a solid effort will help give returning players needed momentum heading into the offseason.

"I think that this is a great opportunity to finish and really kick start what I think is going to be an amazing team next year," Robinson said.

"This is going to be a great opportunity for us to help them kick start offensively. We know what we have on defense and they are all coming back. This is a huge game and this is why we can't approach it as a woe is me type attitude. We are not going to have that attitude.

"This is football. We have got another game to play and we are Florida State and people are going to be watching. It is not like people are not going to be watching to see what we can do."

Bobby Bowden also announced senior quarterback Chris Rix will start over Wyatt Sexton in the bowl game.

"Every day of these last four years it seems like there is something new in the Chris Rix saga. Especially last year, that was amazing," Robinson said.

"But I am really happy for him and I think that he deserves the opportunity. They always say that the bowl game is for the seniors and it is kind of like a celebration what you have done for four years while you have been here. I am excited for him and I really hope that we go out and score 40 or 50 points.

"A lot of guys on offense feel the same way and a lot of the guys on the team feel that's what we deserve. We are not the team that people saw on the road. We know and we feel that we are much better than that and much better than we showed in the Florida game. We want to show it in the last game."


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