Scores

Final

Virginia Tech 20

(5-3, 2-2 ACC)

(24) Florida State 30

(6-1, 3-1 ACC)

Coverage: ABC

3:30 PM ET, October 25, 2008

Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL

1 2 3 4 T
VT 10 3 0 720
#24FSU 0 10 14 630

Top Performers

Passing: C. Ponder (FSU) - 159 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: A. Smith (FSU) - 9 CAR, 57 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: G. Carr (FSU) - 3 REC, 100 YDS

Carr sets up two TDs in third quarter as No. 25 FSU rallies

Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Greg Carr had been all but forgotten about at Florida State this season -- until Saturday.

Fast Facts

• Florida State has now won 13 of its last 14 games vs. Virginia Tech, including six straight in Tallahassee.

• The Seminoles won their fourth straight, averaging 34 points per game during that streak.

• The Hokies suffered their second straight ACC road loss for the first time since joining the conference in 2004.

-- ESPN research

The 6-6 receiver began the year in reach of the Atlantic Coast Conference career record for touchdown passes, but has been largely ignored in Florida State's offensive plans, managing only 16 catches and two touchdowns in the first half of the season.

And while he didn't get into the end zone Saturday, it was Carr's hands that made the difference.

Two fingertip grabs by Carr on long pass plays set up a pair of third quarter Florida State touchdowns as the 25th-ranked Seminoles rallied from an early 10-point deficit to defeat Virginia Tech 30-20.

"That Carr kid just went up and made a couple catches over us," Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said. "Tall and fast helps when you are downfield like that."

The win leaves Florida State (6-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) tied with Maryland for first place in the ACC's Atlantic Division and in control of its own destiny for a shot at the league's Dec. 6 championship game.

"If we could win out, we win our division," said Florida State's Bobby Bowden, who claimed his 379th career coaching win, second to major college leader Joe Paterno of Penn State.

Carr, who had three catches for 100 yards, beat Hokies star cornerback Victor Harris for a 48-yard pass from Christian Ponder to set up the go-ahead score. Moments later his 39-yard catch along the sideline set up another touchdown that gave Florida State a 24-13 lead.

"Macho [Harris' nickname] told me after the game I got the best of him today but if he sees me again ... we're going to have to go back at it," said Carr, whose 128 career catches tied his position coach, Lawrence Dawsey, and Rhett Dawson for 10th on the Florida State career list.

"I just threw it up and he made the catch," Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder said. "He gave us some momentum."

Florida State offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher liked the matchup of lanky Carr against the 6-foot Harris, who is generally considered the ACC's top NFL prospect at his position.

"He just making them and making them," Fisher said about Carr's clutch catches. "We're going to keep throwing to him and throwing to him."

Taiwan Easterling's leaping catch just in front of the goal post on a high throw from Ponder gave Florida State its first lead, 17-13, and Marcus Sims scored from the 1 to hike the advantage to 24-13 after Carr's second grab put the ball on the Virginia Tech doorstep.

Graham Gano added three more field goals and has now made a Florida State record 13 straight, including another from 50 yards or further for the fourth straight game.

Virginia Tech (5-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) lost starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor on the first play of the game and backup Sean Glennon was knocked out in the third quarter. Both players had left ankle injuries.

Cory Holt finished for the Hokies and threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Andre Smith in the fourth quarter.

Losing Taylor was about the only thing that went wrong for the Hokies early as they built a 10-0 lead.

Dustin Keys' 15th field goal of the season started the scoring and Glennon pushed in from the 1 for a 10-0 lead while Virginia Tech's defense held Florida State to a minus 18 yards in the first quarter.

But the Seminoles caught up quick with 10 points in a span of just over three minutes early in the second quarter. It was the second straight week Florida State spotted an opponent 10 points.

On a third-and-1, Antone Smith broke free around his own left side and zipped 39 yards down the sideline untouched for a touchdown. Gano kicked a 50-yard field goal moments later after Derek Nicholson forced a fumble by Tech's Josh Oglesby.

Keys' 20-yard field goal with three seconds left in the half that put the Hokies ahead 13-10.

Virginia Tech dominated the first half, rolling up 205 yards and 11 first downs while limited Florida State to only 70 yards and three first games, but the second half was a different story as Florida State's defense, which collected six sacks in the game, limited the Hokies to 38 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
VT
FSU
1st Downs1513
Total Yards243248
Passing161159
Rushing8289
Penalties7-498-73
3rd Down Conversions1-114-14
4th Down Conversions2-20-0
Turnovers20
Possession28:0331:57

Passing Leaders

Virginia TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Glennon9/161338.300
Florida StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Ponder11/191598.410

Rushing Leaders

Virginia TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Evans15775.1023
Harris11313.0013
Florida StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith9576.3139
Sims8293.6115

Receiving Leaders

Virginia TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
Boykin48922.3041
Boone22412.0013
Florida StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Carr310033.3048
Easterling22512.5121

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERVTFSU
FG05:51Dustin Keys 41 Yd 30
TD00:00Sean Glennon 1 Yd Run (Dustin Keys Kick) 100
SECOND QUARTERVTFSU
TD12:40Antone Smith 39 Yd Run (Graham Gano Kick) 107
FG09:33Graham Gano 50 Yd 1010
FG00:03Dustin Keys 20 Yd 1310
THIRD QUARTERVTFSU
TD06:05Taiwan Easterling 4 Yd Pass From Christian Ponder (Graham Gano Kick) 1317
TD01:09Marcus Sims 1 Yd Run (Graham Gano Kick) 1324
FOURTH QUARTERVTFSU
FG13:26Graham Gano 29 Yd 1327
TD08:26Andre Smith 4 Yd Pass From Cory Holt (Dustin Keys Kick) 2027
FG02:14Graham Gano 46 Yd 2030