CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Bobby Bowden is no longer chasing
Joe Paterno -- and he doesn't have to worry about Virginia anymore,
"We've had come-from-behind wins and we've had last second wins
and we've had bigger wins, but I think this was one of the guttiest
wins we've ever had," Bowden said after Florida State beat
Virginia 19-14, tying him with Paterno for the record of 338
Division I-A coaching victories.
"I was afraid of Virginia all summer long," Bowden said.
Chris Rix threw a 79-yard touchdown pass to Craphonso Thorpe and
Xavier Beitia kicked four field goals for the Seminoles, who
validated Bowden's concern by letting the Cavaliers threaten until
While the victory allowed the 73-year-old Bowden to catch
Paterno after several years chasing him, he downplayed the win's
"Well, that thing just kind of happened," Bowden said. "It
wasn't something I set my goals to do. Joe's probably the same way.
We've both coached all our lives, and there's still a lot of
football in both of us."
It may have meant more to Bowden's players, who had hoped to get
him even last week, but came up short in a 22-14 loss to rival
"The motivation for the last two weeks -- we couldn't get it
done last week -- has been for coach, first and foremost," said
Rix, who was 12-for-25 with no turnovers in an unspectacular, but
Bowden is 338-97-4 in 38 seasons, 28 at Florida State. Paterno
is 338-105-3 at Penn State, which was off Saturday.
Bowden got some help from blundering Virginia after the
Cavaliers got close.
Virginia (4-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) turned the ball
over twice and lost 17 yards when the ball was snapped prematurely
on a key late third-down play when a touchdown would have given
Virginia the lead.
The Seminoles (6-1, 5-0) then ran out the clock, driving inside
the Cavaliers 10 as Virginia burned its timeouts before time ran
"They started grinding the ball out, getting some yards and the
clock just kept moving," Schaub said. "It was tough to stand
there and watch."
Florida State held the Cavaliers to minus 5 rushing yards on
just nine attempts as Virginia tried to win on the arm of Schaub,
last year's ACC player of the year. He was 39-for-53 for 326 yards
and two touchdowns, but was still setting his offense when the
game's biggest snap sailed by.
The play was designed to be started on a silent count, Schaub
said, blaming a miscommunication with center Kevin Bailey for the
"As soon as I pointed at (tight end Heath Miller), I saw in my
peripheral the ball coming at me and I just had to get on it," he
Until then, the Cavaliers looked poised to take it to the wire.
After it, Bowden sought out Schaub.
"I told him, 'You're as good as I thought you were," Bowden
Alvin Pearman, starting in place of injured Wali Lundy, set a
school record with 16 catches for 134 yards for the Cavaliers, and
Miller caught nine for 77 yards. Each also caught a touchdown pass
from Schaub, with Miller's 8-yarder midway through the third
quarter making it 16-14.
But Beitia added his fourth field goal, a 39-yarder, later in
the quarter and the Seminoles' defense made all the stops it
Florida State had a chance to push its lead to eight with 8:39
to play, but Beitia's 38-yard field goal was low and sailed wide
Schaub promptly hit Pearman for 14 yards and the Cavaliers were
facing a third-and-3 from their 42. Schaub was still setting up the
offense and wasn't even looking when the ball suddenly was snapped
past him. But the time Schaub slid and covered it, it was for a
drive-killing 17-yard loss.
The Seminoles ground out the last 6:19 to finish it.
The Seminoles went three-and-out on their first series,
two-and-gone on their second. Rix hit Thorpe near midfield as
cornerback Almondo Curry slipped, and the ACC sprint champion
blazed untouched down the right sideline when safety Jay Dorsey
inexplicably didn't even hit him.
Virginia drove 92 yards in just over three minutes for its first
touchdown late in the first half, Pearman taking a swing pass from
Schaub 21 yards with 13 seconds left to make it 13-7. The throw was
Schaub's 33rd of the half, while the Cavaliers ran the ball just
Two turnovers helped Florida State lead 13-7 at halftime.
Florida State turned a first-quarter interception by B.J. Ward
on a tipped ball at Virginia's 42 and a fumble recovery by Leroy
Smith at midfield in the second quarter into field goals by Beitia.
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