FSU vs GT: News and Notes

44 points and 540 yards of offense is normally enough to win a football game, but it wasn't Saturday as Florida State lost a thrilling, but crucial, game to Georgia Tech 49-44.

Florida State came into Saturday's game looking to take the pressure off of Bobby Bowden and get back on track in ACC play Saturday, but once again the spread/option attack of Georgia Tech was too much for the defense to handle as they gave up over 500 yards of offense to the Yellow Jackets, with an astounding 401 on the ground.

The questions about the offense and Jimbo Fisher were not existent as the Seminoles put up 44 points, with 35 in the first half. What is lost in the poor play of the defense Saturday is the stellar performance by Christian Ponder. Ponder was 26-36 for 359 yards and 5 touchdown passes.

Also Jermaine Thomas finally looked healthy as he rushed for 98 yards and a score, while also racking up 43 yards and another score through the air.

The offense looked great, no doubt. This game once again came down to the inability of the defense to make stops. Georgia Tech didn't have the ball much in the first half, but quick strike after quick strike kept them in the game. In the second half, the Yellow Jackets really imposed their will and ate up the clock by pounding the ball straight at the Seminole defense.

Josh Nesbitt was too much for the defense to handle tonight as he rushed for 143 yards. He also threw for over 130 yards, but it was his control of the offense, and the tough runs throughout that kept the Tech offense rolling all night. Whenever the Noles defense had the Jackets on the ropes it was Nesbitt who made play after to play to keep Tech's offense driving.

Heading into the bye week the Seminoles need to regroup in a major way. FSU's offense is going to have to carry this team, but with tough match-ups against Clemson, North Carolina and Florida coming up this team is facing a very tough road ahead.

Key News and Notes

1. Defensive tackle Jacobbi McDaniel earned his first career start. McDaniel is the third true freshman to start for the Seminoles this season, joining kicker Dustin Hopkins and fullback Lonnie Pryor. Sophomore tight end Beau Reliford's 11-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter marked the first touchdown of his career.

Junior Mister Alexander saw his first action of the season at the rover position. Alexander spent his first two seasons at rover before being converted to linebacker this past spring. He returned to rover this past week due to injuries and illness.

2. Owens fourth touchdown reception was his first since the 2005 season. ... Florida State eclipsed 500 yards in total offense for the second time this season with 539 against the Jackets. ... Georgia Tech's 49 points were the most allowed by the Seminoles since Oct. 13, 2001 in a 41-29 loss to Miami at Doak Campbell Stadium. Linebacker Dekoda Watson suffered a groin strain early in the second half, while freshman cornerback Xavier Rhodes broke his thumb.

3. Senior defensive end Kevin McNeil recovered his third fumble of the season on Georgia Tech's opening possession of the second half. McNeil now shares the ACC lead in fumble recoveries with N.C. State's Leroy Burgess.

4. With Ponder's fifth touchdown pass of the game - a 13-yard strike to Rod Owens - it marked the sixth consecutive game he has completed passes to at least eight receivers in a game. It was the first five-touchdown performance by an FSU quarterback since Chris Rix in 2001 against Maryland. Ponder has now attempted an ACC-leading 197 passes without an interception.

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