DESPITE LOSS, REID STILL THE MAN
With his 86-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter,
senior wide receiver Willie Reid, who was named the game's Most
Valuable Player, became the first Seminole in the Bobby Bowden era to
return three punts for scores in the same season. The Kathleen, Ga.
native's impressive special teams play was the longest in Orange Bowl
history - breaking the record of former FSU Athletics Director Hootie
Ingram set in 1953.
Reid's 180 yards on punt returns is a record for all bowl games. The
record was previously set this year by Boise State's Quinton Jones, who
notched 151 yards in the MPC Computers Bowl.
A FIRST FOR CARTER AND A 30TH FOR BOWDEN
Redshirt freshman cornerback Tony Carter registered the first
interception of his career Tuesday and in doing so preserved a
staggering streak for coach Bowden. Carter's INT was the first by a
Seminole cornerback this season. Bowden has never directed an FSU squad
that did not have a cornerback register an INT in his 30 years in
WEED'S STREAK BROKEN
Prior to his second quarter miss, sophomore kicker Gary Cismesia had
converted on 44 consecutive extra point attempts. The last Seminole
kicker to miss an extra point was Xavier Beitia, who was no good on an
attempt in FSU's 37-0 victory over North Carolina in 2003.
FORMER 'NOLES IN THE HOUSE
Former Garnet and Gold standouts Paul Irons, Ron Simmons, Tommy Polley,
Anquan Boldin and Samari Rolle watched Tuesday's Orange Bowl from the
sidelines. Irons appeared in two games for the Cleveland Browns as a
rookie this season while Boldin just completed the finest season of his
three-year career. The Pahokee native notched 102 catches for 1,402
yards for the Arizona Cardinals.
-FSU's two second-quarter touchdowns occured 1:20 apart, which was the
shortest time between scores in the Orange Bowl since Florida and
Maryland exchanged TDs 12 seconds apart from each other in 2002
-"I am pretty sure. I haven't looked at my (draft projection) or
anything like that but I am pretty sure." - redshirt junior tailback
Lorenzo Booker on leaning towards returning for his fifth season.<
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