Gameday: FSU @ Duke

After a heartbreaking loss to NC State, Florida State heads back to North Carolina to face Duke at 1 p.m.

FLORIDA STATE (3-2, 1-2 ACC) vs. DUKE (0-5, 0-3 ACC)



FLORIDA STATE INJURY REPORT:

Out:
Marcus Ball (knee)
Tony Carter (knee)
Jamaal Edwards (knee)
Emmanuel Dunbar (back)
Paul Griffin (knee)
Jae Thaxton (concussion)
Russell Ball (knee)
Anthony Houllis (knee)
D.J. Norris (shoulder)
Derek Nicholson (knee)


Redshirt sophomore Edwards is missing his second game with an injury. Prior to his injury, the North Carolina native had yet to be inserted into the lineup.



THE GAME:

• Florida State dropped out of the national rankings following its 24-20 loss at NC State. It is the first time this season that the Seminoles have not been nationally-ranked and the first time since the week of November 28, 2005 when FSU fell out of the rankings after its 34-7 loss to Florida. The Seminoles bounced back the next week to defeat No. 5 ranked Virginia Tech in the inaugural ACC Championship game. Including this season, FSU has not been listed among the nation's top 25 teams just three weeks in the last 20 seasons. Saturday's game will mark the first time in the hiand Duke that the Seminoles have not been ranked in the Top 25.

•The Seminoles will play Duke on the road in Durham for the second straight season. Only once before in ACC play has Florida State had to play an opponent on its home field two straight seasons. Back in 1993 and 1994, the Seminoles traveled to College Park, Maryland for two straight road games with the Terrapins. Florida State won both of those contests.

•Florida State has now lost nine times to NC State. In the game immediately following a loss to the Wolfpack, the Seminoles have gone 4-2-2.

•Since joining the ACC in 1992, Florida State is 11-3 in its sixth game of the season.

•The Seminoles are averaging 26.4 points per game this season. In the 14-game series with Duke, of which FSU is a perfect 14-0, the Seminoles have scored 44 or more points 13 times. The only exception was FSU's 29-7 victory in 2004.

FROM THE PREVIOUS CONTEST:

•With his 58 yards rushing in the NC State game, senior tailback Lorenzo Booker became the 11th player in FSU history with 2,000 or more career rushing yards.

•Prior to Brandon Warren's five catches against NC State, the last Seminole tight end with five or more catches in a game was Melvin Pearsall who caught seven passes for 90 yards and one touchdown in the Seminoles' 52-20 victory at Maryland on September 10, 1994.

Buster Davis, who leads the ACC in tackles after five weeks of the season, is looking to be the first Seminole to lead the ACC in tackles in a season. His 10-tackle performance against NC State vaulted him past the Wolfpack's Patrick Lowery for the conference lead.


Davis has been a force on the Seminole defense in his last collegiate season.


•Florida State's defense has allowed its opponents to convert on only one of three fourth-down conversions this season.

•Junior kicker Gary Cismesia scored eight points in Florida State's game against NC State and is the team leader with 36 points through the first five games of the 2006 season.

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