FSU/UM Football Notebook

A late night and a landmark win couldn't even buy Florida State a day off on Tuesday. Just 18 hours after edging Miami 10-7 in a defensive thriller, the Seminoles took to the practice fields to begin preparation for Saturday's date with The Citadel.

FSU worked out on shorts for only about an hour. Players spent much of the afternoon in meetings and film sessions.

The Seminoles haven't had this short of turnaround since 1983, when a Saturday game was followed by a Thursday night game against Cincinnati.

REVERSAL OF FORTUNES

The victim of countless heartbreaks thanks to late-game heroics by Miami, the wheels somewhere in the back of Bobby Bowden's mind began to spin late in the game on Monday night.

It was late. The Hurricanes were driving.

His defense looked to be tiring.

Fate, it appeared, was about to reassert itself.

"I was thinking, ‘oh boy, here we go again'," Bowden recalled.

The Miami drive was prolific, a march that looked destined to be chronicled among classics. The Hurricanes used nine plays to drive 81 yards in 9:45, effectively eating almost the entire fourth quarter. The efforts of tight end Greg Olsen allowed UM converted its only four third-down attempts of the entire game. The ‘Canes were 0-for-12 up until that point.

Once the Hurricanes had advanced to the FSU 2, a gutsy stop and an ill-fated field goal attempt ensued. And this time, the Seminoles weren't the victim.

"I was just thinking, ‘man this is the kind of stuff that is supposed to happen to us,'" tailback Lorenzo Booker said of the bad snap that cost UM a chance to tie.

David Castillo – hoping and praying not to lose to the Hurricanes for the seventh time in his career – was a more positive sideline prognosticator.

"When it was second down and they were driving and I said, ‘You know what is going to happen? Our defense is going to stop them, they are going to miss the field goal and we are going to run the clock out."

ACC MAKES WAVES

The new-look ACC is already 5-2 in non-league games this season. Road wins from Clemson (at Texas A&M) and Georgia Tech (at Auburn) highlighted a hair-raising weekend in which six games went down to the final seconds.

Virginia Tech edged N.C. State and, of course, FSU cut in close against Miami in compelling league action.

"If people can't see the growth of this conference, then they aren't looking very closely," Bowden said. "That was really showcased over the weekend."

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I don't like it already."

--Bobby Bowden on instant replay.

ETC.

-- Pat Watkins (10 tackles), Kyler Hall (12) set new career-highs for tackles.

-- Tony Carter's five solo tackles was a team best.

EDWARDS TO REDSHIRT

As was reported last evening, sophomore tailback Jamaal Edwards is set to redshirt this season in a move that, according to head coach Bobby Bowden, is based on not "wasting" a year of his eligibility.

"He saw it that way and we saw it that way and everybody saw it that way," Bowden said of the decision to redshirt the player that entered spring practice as the No. 2 back behind the co-first team of Leon Washington and Lorenzo Booker. "We played him last year with (Lamar) Lewis and it was kind of a waste because Leon and Booker get all the work. You just kind of put them in at the end (of a game) and it's kind of a wasted year."

Depending on how the situation plays itself out, Edwards could consequently enter the 2006 season as a starter with three years of remaining eligibility. But that will depend on the impending decision from Booker, a redshirt junior, at season's end in regard to his professional intentions.

"I hated to think that we would waste him this year," Bowden said. "Next year we will lose Leon (to graduation) and you never know about Booker. He (Edwards) was very receptive to (the redshirt)."

Reid to miss "probably two weeks"

Noticeably absent in the second half of the Seminoles' streak-busting victory against Miami last night was veteran wide receiver/punt returner Wilie Reid.

The Warner Robbins, Ga. was injured on a punt return when a Miami crossed over the two-yard halo allowed for all returners and ran into him. And while specific details have yet to be released on his condition, coach Bowden expects his team to be without Reid for roughly two weeks.

In has yet to be determined if Reid will be back in time for Boston College's ACC debut against the Noles Sept. 17.


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