(Saturday, September 27th)
Final Score: Florida State 39, Colorado 21
Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) - Antone Smith ran for 154 yards and three touchdowns as the Florida State Seminoles defeated the Colorado Buffaloes, 39-21, in non-conference action at Municipal Stadium.
Smith carried the ball 25 times for the Seminoles (3-1) as they bounced back from a 12-3 loss to Wake Forest last weekend. Christian Ponder finished the contest 10-of-22 for 119 yards and an interception.
The Buffs (3-1) were led by quarterback Cody Hawkins who connected on 17-of-36 for 154 yards and three touchdowns, but he was also sacked four times and picked off once in the setback, the team's first of the season.
Smith scored the first points of the game for FSU when he crossed the goal line from two-yard out less than three minutes into the first quarter.
For the Buffaloes it was Josh Smith who reeled in a 30-yard scoring strike from Hawkins midway through the frame to lock the score at 7-7.
Capping a three-play, 68-yard drive late in the second quarter, Florida State struck again when Smith raced 60 yards into the end zone to give the 'Noles a 14-7 advantage.
Before the end of the half FSU managed to put up another five points, first with a safety on a blocked punt by Dekoda Watson that went out of the end zone and then a 36-yard field goal by Graham Gano to provide the squad with a 19-7 edge at the break.
Gano notched two more field goals in the third quarter for the Seminoles on kicks of 52 and 44 yards, pushing the lead to 25-7.
Refusing to go away quietly, Colorado's Riar Greer collected a two-yard scoring pass from Hawkins at the 13:32 mark of the fourth quarter.
However, on the ensuing kickoff Florida State came right back with a 94-yard return for a touchdown by Michael Ray Garvin to make the score 32-14 in favor of the Seminoles.
Hawkins and the Buffs had one last gasp as the signal-caller found Patrick Devenny with a 14-yard TD pass. But less than six minutes later FSU responded with a two-yard TD run by Smith to cruise to the 18-point victory.
Colorado, which finished the contest just 4-of-15 on third down, generated only 278 yards of total offense, 100 fewer yards than the Seminoles who ran five fewer plays.
The win for FSU head coach Bobby Bowden, who was taking part in his 500th game at the college level, tied him with Penn State's Joe Paterno for the most in college football for the moment at 376.
09/27 21:12:41 ET