Halftime analysis: Florida State 30, BYU 14

September, 19, 2009
9/19/09
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson


Turning point: O’Neill Chambers' fumble during BYU's first drive put the Cougars in constant catch-up mode, and his second fumble during a return late in the second quarter allowed Florida State to hit a late field goal and go up 30-14 at halftime.

Stat of the half: Florida State has 308 yards of total offense in the first half, which is more total yards than the Cougars have allowed in any game this season. BYU allowed 265 against Oklahoma in the season opener and 162 against Tulane last week.

Best player in the half: Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder has done everything in his power to keep his team ahead in this game. He’s rushed for 45 yards, completed 13 of 17 passes for 119 yards and converted 7 of 7 third downs, including one he ran for and dove to get.

Also best player of the half: BYU quarterback Max Hall might not be on the winning side at halftime, but he’s played about as well as BYU could have hoped. Hall has completed 13 of 16 passes for 176 yards and has responded every time Florida State has tried to create significant separation.

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