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Seminoles get Bowden win No. 324 -- by a yard

8/26/2002

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- If they'd all been this scary, Bobby
Bowden might never have stuck around to win 324 games.

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Kendyll Pope and Jerel Hudson stopped Iowa State's Seneca
Wallace at the goal line on the final play Saturday night, giving Florida State (No. 4 ESPN/USA Today, No. 3 AP) a wild 38-31 victory and nudging Bowden past
Bear Bryant on the career victory list with 324.

"I feel like we lost this game,'' said Bowden, who trails only
Penn State's Joe Paterno (327) on the Division I-A victory list.
"That's how I feel right now.''

Wallace, the senior quarterback who led Iowa State back from a
24-0 hole, scrambled 20 yards to the 1 with 4 seconds left. With
the partisan Iowa State crowd of more than 55,000 roaring, he took
the ball and rolled right.

But Pope and Hudson made the play.

"We put the ball with the best player on our team,'' Iowa State
coach Dan McCarney said.

If the Cyclones had won, many would have proclaimed it the
biggest victory in the school's 110-year football history. Iowa
State has never beaten a team ranked as high as No. 3 and has lost
30 in a row to ranked teams.

"We wanted to see if he could make something happen. If we had
to do it again, we'd still put the ball in his hands,'' McCarney
said.

Hudson said he recognized the play at once.

"As soon as I saw the fullback go in motion, I knew it was
coming. They ran it before and I guess they thought they could run
it again on us,'' he said. "I just tried to stay behind the ball.
I got him inside-out. Kendyll got him outside-in and we got him
stopped.''

Chris Rix threw two TD passes and engineered two other
first-half scoring drives as the Seminoles took charge early in the
Eddie Robinson Classic.

Bryant who was just beginning to build Alabama into a national
power 37 years ago when Bowden began his career at Howard, 45 miles
away in Birmingham.

"He was my idol,'' Bowden said. "He still is. I can't believe
that he's gone.''

The Seminoles, who return 17 starters from an 8-4 campaign that
marked Bowden's worst in 15 years, scored on both teams' initial
possession and appeared en route to a rout until Wallace began
stunning them with big plays.

"I thought man, this just might be our year,'' Bowden said.
"Then the second half it was just the opposite. We couldn't stop
them. We went out there and we could not do what we wanted to do to
save our lives.''

Adam Benike's 33-yard field goal -- after Wallace lost 15 yards
on third-and-goal from the 1 -- drew the Cyclones to 31-17 with 1:23
left in the third.

Then Atif Austin returned an interception 39 yards to the
Florida State 25 and brought the pro-Iowa State crowd of 55,132
roaring to its feet.

Four plays later, Wallace made it 31-24 with 13:01 left when he
scored on a 1-yard run as Iowa State coaches tried frantically to
call a timeout.

Back came the Seminoles, with Rix hitting Anquan Boldin on a
31-yard TD pass for a 38-24 lead with 8:15 left. But Wallace needed
only nine plays to drive his team 91 yards, hitting Jamaul
Montgomery on a 39-yard TD pass that made it 38-31 with 5:26 left.

Wallace finished 22-of-33 for 313 yards and two touchdowns. Rix
was 17-of-25 for 210.

At first, it looked easy for the Seminoles. On their first
possession, Nick Maddux capped an 80-yard march with a 5-yard run.

Then three minutes later, pressured by Donnie Carter and Michael
Boulware, Wallace hurried a screen pass right into the hands of
defensive end Alonzo Jackson. The 250-pounder juggled the ball a
moment, then rambled 48 yards into the end zone.

Another Cyclones turnover led to Rix's 2-yard TD pass to Anquan
Boldin on the first play of the second period. Then Iowa State got
a 54-yard kickoff return by Lance Young and two plays later,
Hiawatha Rutland broke free over the middle and fled 36 yards into
the end zone, making it 24-7.

Trailing 31-7 in the final minute of the half, Wallace
engineered a six-play, 70-yard drive, capped by a 29-yard scoring
pass to tight end Kyle Knock. It was the first career TD by the
senior tight end whose father, Don, is director of football
operations for the Cyclones.

On the Cyclones' second possession, Florida State's B.J. Ward
blocked a 50-yard field-goal attempt. The Seminoles, with Robert
Morgan getting 18 yards on a pass from Rix, drove 63 yards on 8
plays to set up Xavier Beitia's 35-yard field goal for a 17-0 lead.

On the ensuing kickoff, Ward knocked the ball loose from Bob
Montgomery and Kameron Wimbley snatched it out of the air and ran
12 yards to the 10, setting up Boldin's 2-yard TD catch.

The Seminoles went up 31-7 with 1:05 left in the half when Jones
broke three tackles on a 9-yard TD run right through the middle.