Scores

Final

Boston College 19

(2-4, 0-3 ACC)

(16) Florida State 24

(6-1, 4-0 ACC)

Coverage: ESPN

12:00 PM ET, October 16, 2010

Doak Campbell Stadium, TALLAHASSEE, FL

1 2 3 4 T
BC 6 0 10 319
#16FSU 7 7 3 724

Top Performers

Passing: C. Ponder (FSU) - 170 YDS, 2 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: M. Harris (TEM) - 26 CAR, 191 YDS

Receiving: R. Smith (FSU) - 6 REC, 49 YDS

Florida St. overcomes Christian Ponder's turnovers to hold off BC

Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- No. 16 Florida State needed just a little bit of trickery to overcome its own mistakes and avoid being upset by Boston College.

Bert Reed's 42-yard touchdown run on a reverse lifted the Seminoles to a 24-19 win Saturday as they survived four turnovers by quarterback Christian Ponder to win their fifth straight.

"I saw nothing but green grass," said Reed, who pretty much had clear sailing down his own left sideline as the beneficiary of blocks by tailback Jermaine Thomas and wideout Taiwan Easterling.

"We knew we had to do something drastic," Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. "We made one more play than they did. It wasn't pretty."

Boston College (2-4, 0-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) took a 19-17 lead early in the fourth quarter on Nate Freese's fourth field goal of the game. That followed a Ponder fumble at the Eagles' 44.

Montel Harris rushed for 191 yards and safety Jim Noel had two of three BC interceptions, including one he returned 43 yards for a third quarter touchdown that pulled the Eagles to within 17-16.

But the Eagles' offense couldn't get into the end zone, and the Seminoles took advantage.

"We've got to get touchdowns," Boston College coach Frank Spaziani said. "We weren't able to pound it and get it in."

Boston College freshman Chase Rettig completed 9 of 24 apses for 95 yards in his second career start.

"He did some nice things and he did some freshman things," Spaziani said.

For that matter, so did Florida State's Ponder.

"Dumb mental mistakes," said Ponder, who suffered through one of his poorest performances in three years as a starter. "I've got to thank my teammates. They pulled me out of it. I didn't give us a chance to win."

Ponder completed 19 of 31 passes for 170 yards and a pair of touchdowns -- 3 yards to fullback Lonnie Pryor and 10 yards to tight end Beau Reliford.

But his mistakes kept Boston College in the game.

The heavily favored Seminoles (6-1, 4-0 ACC) couldn't shake the pesky Eagles all day, holding their largest leads -- 14-6 at halftime and 17-9 in the third quarter after a 26-yard Dustin Hopkins field goal.

Boston College closed to within 14-9 a minute into the second half on Freese's third field goal of the game. That score was set up by Noel's first interception of a Ponder pass, which he returned 20 yards to the Florida State 13.

"I feel very relieved," Fisher said. "Boston College plays us well. They always have."

The Eagles had won three of the last four games in this series, including the last two. In those games Harris torched the Seminole defense for a combined 300 yards and three touchdowns rushing. He now has 491 yards rushing in three games against Florida State -- with another game waiting next year back in the more familiar confines at Chestnut Hill.

But Saturday the Seminoles managed to slow down the junior BC tailback in the second half, holding him to only 23 yards after he ran for 168 in the first half, including a 72-yard gallop on the game's first play from scrimmage.

"It's always in the back of my mind every time I get to come back home to the school that didn't recruit me and I wanted to go to," said Harris, who is from Jacksonville. "It was fun, but we didn't come out with a win."

Florida State's trio of tailbacks -- Thomas, Ty Jones and Chris Thompson -- combined for 104 yards on 25 carries. Besides his game-winning run, Reed caught four passes for 35 yards.

Florida State's defense which came into the game leading the nation in sacks with 26 added four more Saturday, including two by sophomore defensive end Brandon Jenkins who now has seven on the season.

Ponder and Easterling teamed up on a pair of 23-yard pass plays that keyed a 96-yard drive culminated by Ponder's 10-yard scoring throw to Reliford that gave the Seminoles a 14-6 lead with 1:03 left in the second quarter.

Until that final drive late in the half, Florida State had managed only 51 yards offense and only 20 running the ball. The Seminoles came into the game averaging 223.5 yards rushing a game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BC
FSU
1st Downs919
Total Yards266311
Passing95170
Rushing171141
Penalties4-342-20
3rd Down Conversions3-156-14
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers04
Possession27:1932:41

Passing Leaders

Boston CollegeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Rettig9/24954.000
Florida StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Ponder19/311705.523

Rushing Leaders

Boston CollegeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harris261917.3072
Williams273.506
Florida StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas5448.8023
Reed14242.0142

Receiving Leaders

Boston CollegeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Swigert23819.0029
Pantale33411.3022
Florida StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith6498.2016
Easterling34214.0023

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBCFSU
FG13:10Nate Freese 33 Yd 30
FG09:33Nate Freese 37 Yd 60
TD01:19Lonnie Pryor 3 Yd Pass From Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins Kick) 67
SECOND QUARTERBCFSU
TD01:03Beau Reliford 10 Yd Pass From Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins Kick) 614
THIRD QUARTERBCFSU
FG13:56Nate Freese 28 Yd 914
FG06:30Dustin Hopkins 26 Yd 917
TD04:20Jim Noel 43 Yd Interception Return (Nate Freese Kick) 1617
FOURTH QUARTERBCFSU
FG12:49Nate Freese 38 Yd 1917
TD10:50Bert Reed 42 Yd Run (Dustin Hopkins Kick) 1924

Research Notes

Montel Harris rushed for over 190 yards for the 2nd time in his career, but failed to get into the end zone. He becomes the first FBS player since former Northwestern QB Mike Kafka in 2008 to rush for over 190 yards but not score a touchdown.

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