Scores

Final

Colorado 21

(3-1, 0-1 away)

Florida State 39

(3-1, 3-1 home)

Coverage: ABC Regional coverage

3:30 PM ET, September 27, 2008

1 2 3 4 T
COLO 7 0 0 1421
FSU 7 12 6 1439

Top Performers

Passing: C. Hawkins (COLO) - 154 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Smith (FSU) - 25 CAR, 154 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: J. Smith (UCLA) - 7 REC, 85 YDS, 1 TD

Bowden gets Florida State past Colorado in 500th game 

Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Antone Smith ran for 154 yards and three touchdowns Saturday as Florida State defeated previously unbeaten Colorado 39-21 in Bobby Bowden's 500th game as a college head coach.

Bowden, in his 43rd season as a head coach and 33rd at Florida State, notched his 376th career victory to momentarily catch Penn State's Joe Paterno, whose team was scheduled to play Illinois later Saturday.

Fast Facts

• Florida State running back Antone Smith had 154 rushing yards, and the Seminoles overcame 12 penalties for their first win this year against a FBS team.

• The Seminoles raised their record to 10-1-1 in games played in Jacksonville, Fla. with the only loss coming to a Brett Favre-led Southern Mississippi team back in 1989.

• Colorado running back Rodney Stewart rushed for 107 yards in defeat.

-- ESPN research

Florida State (3-1) scored three times in the final 2:29 of the first half to take a 19-7 lead on the way to its first win of the season over a Bowl Subdivision team. The Seminoles opened the season with wins over Western Carolina and Chattanooga before last week's 12-3 loss to Wake Forest.

Smith, who carried 25 times, went 60 yards down his own left sideline with 2:29 left in the half to give the Seminoles a 14-7 lead.

After holding Colorado on downs deep in its own territory, Dekoda Watson blocked Matt DiLallo's punt out of the end zone for a safety and Graham Gano finished off the half with a 36-yard field goal. He added field goals of 52 and 44 yards in the second half.

Florida State relied on its running game for 259 yards while quarterback Christian Ponder completed just 10 of 22 passes for 119 yards and one interception.

Colorado's Cody Hawkins threw for 154 yards and three touchdowns, connecting with Josh Smith, Riar Geer and Patrick Devenny for scores.

Colorado (3-1) was unable to put much together offensively until an 80-yard scoring drive that culminated early in the fourth quarter on Hawkins 2-yard touchdown pass to Geer. That cut the lead to 25-14.

But Florida State's Michael Ray Garvin, a world class sprinter who qualified for the 2008 Olympic trials, answered 12 seconds later with a 94-yard kickoff return to give the Seminoles a 32-14 lead.

Florida State capitalized on an early Colorado turnover to grab a 7-0 lead three minutes into the game on Smith's first 2-yard TD run. Smith had all 27 yards on the drive, which followed a Neefy Moffett fumble recovery. Smith's third touchdown came with 3:37 left in the game.

Colorado scored midway through the opening quarter when Hawkins teamed up with Smith on a 30-yard scoring pass.

Officials announced that 46,716 tickets were sold for the game in the half-full 75,000-seat Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, the smallest crowd to watch the Seminoles play in the state in 25 years.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
COLO
FSU
1st Downs2221
Total Yards278378
Passing154119
Rushing124259
Penalties5-2412-110
3rd Down Conversions4-154-11
4th Down Conversions1-31-1
Turnovers22
Possession26:2433:36

Passing Leaders

ColoradoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hawkins17/361544.331
Florida StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Ponder10/221195.401

Rushing Leaders

ColoradoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Stewart211075.1014
Sumler4225.5012
Florida StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith251546.2360
Ponder8435.4012

Receiving Leaders

ColoradoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith78512.1130
Geer22110.5119
Florida StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Piurowski33311.0015
Carr3299.7013

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCOLOFSU
TD12:01Antone Smith 2 Yd Run (Graham Gano Kick) 07
TD07:27Josh Smith 30 Yd Pass From Cody Hawkins (Aric Goodman Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERCOLOFSU
TD02:29Antone Smith 60 Yd Run (Graham Gano Kick) 714
SF01:54Ball Through End Zone 716
FG00:34Graham Gano 36 Yd 719
THIRD QUARTERCOLOFSU
FG11:56Graham Gano 52 Yd 722
FG01:33Graham Gano 44 Yd 725
FOURTH QUARTERCOLOFSU
TD13:32Riar Geer 2 Yd Pass From Cody Hawkins (Aric Goodman Kick) 1425
TD13:20Michael Ray Garvin 94 Yd Kickoff Return (Graham Gano Kick) 1432
TD09:31Patrick Devenny 14 Yd Pass From Cody Hawkins (Aric Goodman Kick) 2132
TD03:37Antone Smith 2 Yd Run (Graham Gano Kick) 2139