6:45 PM ET, September 10, 2005
Doak Campbell Stadium, TALLAHASSEE, FL
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- After shaky performances earlier in the week, Florida State's two freshmen quarterbacks showed their talent Saturday night.
Drew Weatherford bounced back after struggling in his first collegiate start to throw for 342 yards and two touchdowns as No. 11 Florida State beat Division I-AA The Citadel 62-10, its most points and yards in a game since the 2000 season.
Weatherford completed 26-of-37 passes, a vast improvement from Monday's 7-for-24 showing for 67 yards in a 10-7 win over Miami. His backup, Xavier Lee, was yanked after a first-half interception against The Citadel but finished with 143 yards and a touchdown in reserve action.
"Both of them showed they can throw the football if we give them some time," Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said. "As it turned out, we had to pass to get the lead."
Trailing 10-3 with just over a minute left in the half, Florida State scored 45 straight points, including five third-quarter touchdowns, to lead 48-10 after three quarters.
"Coach Bowden reminded us ... we weren't going to be able to show up and win," Weatherford said. "I think that's what a lot of us thought."
Lee also ran 24 yards for another score as the Seminoles (2-0) stayed on the ground for most of the fourth quarter, finishing with 629 total yards.
"The first series I was a little rattled," Lee said. "But after I relaxed and halftime came, I realized I had to get things done and just make plays."
Tailbacks Leon Washington, Lorenzo Booker and freshman Antone Smith each ran for scores in the third quarter and Weatherford finished off his night's work with a 40-yard touchdown pass to 6-foot-6 freshman Greg Carr, who moments later grabbed a 10-yard scoring pass from Lee.
The outmanned Citadel (1-1) was dominated by Florida State's defense, managing just 91 yards total offense and five first downs.
Meanwhile, Florida State's two quarterbacks connected with 11 different receivers.
Chris Davis caught nine passes for 125 yards, De'Cody Fagg had seven receptions for 113 yards and Carr had 104 yards on three catches in what the school believed was the first time three receivers have exceeded 100 yards in the same game.
Florida State paid The Citadel $400,000 to play the game and give its young quarterbacks and receivers some practice.
"Time will tell if enough positives come out of this to make it worthwhile," Citadel coach Kevin Higgins said.
A couple of mistakes by Weatherford and an interception thrown by Lee kept The Citadel in the game during the first half.
After Lee was intercepted, the Bulldogs tied the game 3-3 five minutes into the second quarter on Blake Vandiver's career-high 45 yard field goal. Vince Hill then picked up a fumble by Weatherford and went 70 to give the Bulldogs a short-lived 10-3 late in the first half.
Florida State takes its young club on the road for the first time next Saturday for a key early-season Atlantic Coast Conference game at Boston College.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... the 'Noles came out for the second half. Florida State outscored The Citadel 49-0 after the break.
Gameball goes to... FSU quarterback Drew Weatherford, who 26-of-37 passes for 342 yards and two touchdowns.
Stat of the game... 5, 91: The 'Noles defense held The Citadel to only 5 first downs and 91 total yards.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||3-17||9-13|
|4th Down Conversions||0-2||0-1|
|FG||5:12||GARY CISMESIA 38 YD FG|
Drive info: 7 plays, 14 yards.
|FG||9:47||BLAKE VANDIVER 45 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, -15 yards.
|TD||2:39||VINCENT HILL 70 YD DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RETURN (BLAKE VANDIVER KICK)||10||3|
|TD||1:08||ROD OWENS 5 YD PASS FROM DREW WEATHERFORD (GARY CISMESIA KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 71 yards.
|FG||0:00||GARY CISMESIA 46 YD FG|
Drive info: 1 plays, 0 yards.
|TD||13:36||LEON WASHINGTON 14 YD RUN (GARY CISMESIA KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 38 yards.
|TD||11:00||LORENZO BOOKER 2 YD RUN (GARY CISMESIA KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 24 yards.
|TD||8:36||ANTONE SMITH 3 YD RUN (GARY CISMESIA KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 2 yards.
|TD||4:38||GREG CARR 40 YD PASS FROM DREW WEATHERFORD (GARY CISMESIA KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 73 yards.
|TD||2:22||GREG CARR 10 YD PASS FROM XAVIER LEE (GARY CISMESIA KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 69 yards.
|TD||14:37||JAMES COLEMAN 1 YD RUN (CHASE GOGGANS KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 54 yards.
|TD||10:38||XAVIER LEE 24 YD RUN (GARY CISMESIA KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 50 yards.