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Saturday, November 1, 2008
Final: Georgia Tech 31, Florida State 28


Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

ATLANTA, Ga. -- It came down to one fumble, and shockingly, it wasn't Georgia Tech that lost the ball.

When Florida State fumbled the ball in the end zone with 45 seconds remaining, the Seminoles turned over the ball, the game and their chance at running the table in the Atlantic Division -- what they needed to do in order to win it.

Maryland was the biggest winner this weekend, and the Terps didn't even play.

The Seminoles' loss put Maryland in sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division and made life a lot more difficult for Florida State. Georgia Tech's 31-28 win over Florida State, combined with Miami's, made the Coastal Division a mess.

With star running back Antone Smith used sparingly because of his bruised ribs, the Seminoles offense couldn't match Georgia Tech's running game, nor could the defense stop it. With two conference losses, including one to Atlantic Division opponent Wake Forest, the Seminoles are going to need some help getting back into the race.

With two of the nation's top defenses being featured today at Bobby Dodd Stadium, a high-scoring game didn't seem likely, but it wasn't until late in the game that the Yellow Jackets started to play aggressively on defense.

This is what Georgia Tech can do when it puts together a complete game. They won the field position battle, forced Florida State into just enough mistakes and scored enough to win. Call it an upset if you want, as Florida State is No. 15 in the BCS standings and the Yellow Jackets aren't ranked, but this game was just further proof of the parity in the ACC.

Heading down to the locker room now. Check back later.