Post Orange Bowl Notebook

Florida State was a big underdog going into the Orange Bowl. However, they showed the country that the Noles have the talent to play with any top ten teams. Check out the notebook items on Willie Reid, Lorenzo Booker and much more.


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.


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 Tallahassee. 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 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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