(Saturday, September 12th)
Final Score: Florida State 19, Jacksonville State 9
Tallahassee, FL (Sports Network) - Florida State survived a near upset against Jacksonville State, as Ty Jones' one-yard touchdown run with 35 seconds left helped the Seminoles edge the Gamecocks, 19-9, at Doak Campbell Stadium.
The Seminoles (1-1) had a short time to prepare this week for JSU, a Football Championship Subdivision program, and it showed until the final two minutes. Trailing 9-7 late in the fourth quarter, FSU put together a key nine-play, 57- yard drive that was capped by the Jones' one-yard run on fourth down. The Seminoles sealed the game a few moments later when Kevin McNeil returned a fumble 33 yards for a score.
"Who won that darn game?" FSU head coach Bobby Bowden joked after the game. "I feel lucky to have won that one. I never played a ballgame in my life where so many things went wrong."
FSU, which suffered a heart-breaking 38-34 loss to Miami-FL on Monday, looked sloppy at times and had to overcome three turnovers.
"You can't keep making mistakes if you expect to win any more of these games," Bowden said.
Chris Ponder completed 22-of-35 pass attempts for a career-high 324 yards for FSU, while Jones finished with 40 rushing yards and two touchdowns on eight carries. Richard Goodman had eight catches for 80 yards, as the Seminoles avoided their first loss to a FCS school since dropping a 9-0 decision to William & Mary in 1969.
For the Gamecocks (0-2), this was their second straight ACC foe and they fared much better than in their season-opening 31-17 loss to Georgia Tech. Ryan Perrilloux, a former starting quarterback at LSU, passed for 213 yards and a touchdown on 12-of-27 tosses in the setback. He also had 39 rushing yards in his first start of the season.
Behind Perrilloux, JSU jumped out to a quick lead, as he hit Jamal Young on a 28-yard scoring strike just four minutes into the game. The extra-point attempt, however, failed following a mishandled snap.
The Seminoles bounced back with a seven-yard touchdown run by Jones late in the first quarter for a 7-6 lead.
A 37-yard field goal by Patrick Tatum midway through the second quarter gave JSU a 9-7 lead, which it would hold until the final minute of the game.
FSU outgained JSU 402-310 in the game and recorded seven sacks compared to just two by the Gamecocks.
This was just the second all-time meeting between the Gamecocks and Seminoles teams, with the first being a 7-0 JSU victory more than 60 years ago (1947).
09/12 22:29:49 ET