San Francisco - Dec. 27, 2006
ESPN, 8 p.m. ET
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Rod Gilmore Normally, one expects the offenses to be shaky after a long layoff before bowl games. However, in this case both defenses were rusty (both are normally pretty good). Florida State and UCLA both gave up several big plays -- long runs and long passes. At times, they made two average quarterbacks (Patrick Cowan and Drew Weatherford) look stellar with blown assigments, blown coverages and missed tackles. But in the end, FSU's Tony Carter made the play of the game with his pick six when UCLA appeared to be about to cut FSU's lead to three late in the 4th quarter. In the end, defense finally showed up.
-- Rod Gilmore

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Bowls Individual Leaders
Florida State Passing
D. Weatherford21/4332511
Florida State Rushing
L. Booker2291225
D. Weatherford414011
C. Davis1202
Florida State Receiving
D. Fagg668029
L. Booker5117039
G. Carr488130
C. Davis333012
UCLA Passing
P. Cowan15/3624022
UCLA Rushing
C. Markey19144033
D. Williams631014
C. Moline1818
UCLA Receiving
A. Baumgartner249027
M. Everett247038
J. Taylor232125
L. Paulsen218015
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Lorenzo Booker, right.
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Florida State RB Lorenzo Booker had 208 total yards and 2 TDs.
Emerald Style
If FSU had finished all season the way it did against UCLA, the Emerald Bowl may not have been the last game for OC Jeff Bowden. Either way, a 31-point second half gave the 'Noles a 44-27 victory and a winning record for the 30th straight season. Story

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It was over when ...

Tony Carter picked off UCLA QB Patrick Cowan and returned it 86 yards for a TD to give FSU a 44-27 lead late in the fourth quarter.

Game ball goes to ...

FSU RB Lorenzo Booker. The California native ran for 91 yards, caught five passes for 117 more and scored two touchdowns.

Stat of the game ...

1-1. The Seminoles and outgoing offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden converted their only fourth-down conversion, a 30-yard TD to Greg Carr on fourth-and-9 that put FSU up for good (30-27) in the fourth quarter.

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