Scores

Final

Chattanooga 7

(1-2, 0-2 away)

Florida State 46

(2-0, 2-0 home)

Coverage: ESPNU

3:45 PM ET, September 13, 2008

Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL

1 2 3 4 T
CHAT 7 0 0 07
FSU 21 9 9 746

Top Performers

Passing: C. Ponder (FSU) - 180 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: A. Smith (FSU) - 13 CAR, 78 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Surrency (FSU) - 3 REC, 87 YDS, 2 TD

Ponder sparks Florida St. with three first-half TDs

Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Christian Ponder threw three first-half touchdown passes and Florida State wrapped up the soft part of its schedule Saturday with a 46-7 victory over lower-division Chattanooga.

The Seminoles (2-0) had three touchdowns on the board just 12 minutes into the game and led 30-7 at the half. They didn't have it quite as easy as last week when they roughed up another Southern Conference team, Western Carolina, 69-0. Western Carolina and Chattanooga (1-2) are members of the Football Championship Subdivision.

Coach Bobby Bowden collected career win No. 375, staying abreast of Penn State's Joe Paterno, whose Nittany Lions whipped Syracuse on Saturday.

Florida State begins the meatier part of its schedule next Saturday when Wake Forest (2-0) visits in search of a third straight win over the Seminoles in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

A sophomore making his second collegiate start for the Seminoles, Ponder threw to 6-foot-5 Corey Surrency for 44- and 39-yard touchdowns. He also teamed with Antone Smith on an 8-yard scoring pass. Smith added a 12-yard TD run.

Ponder, who beat out three-year incumbent Drew Weatherford for the starting job, has thrown six TD passes in two games without an interception, albeit against lower-level competition.

And for the second straight week, second-team quarterback D'Vontrey Richardson came up big as well -- throwing for 117 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown to Bert Reed.

Richardson ran for another, his third of the season. His 55-yard run was the longest scoring run by a quarterback in Florida State history -- a record he'd set last week with a 52-yard scoring burst.

Florida State lost its chance for a second straight shutout early when Chattanooga's Jordan Hazard raced past Seminoles safety Darius McClure to haul in a 62-yard scoring pass from Tony Pastore.

The Seminoles played without a half-dozen defensive starters still sitting out suspensions from an academic cheating scandal in 2007. Those players will be back Sept. 27 for the Colorado game, but junior wide receiver Preston Parker returns Saturday after sitting out two games as a result of pleading guilty to misdemeanor firearms and marijuana charges.

Florida State is 2-0 against the Mocs, also winning in 1984, 37-0.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CHAT
FSU
1st Downs723
Total Yards164494
Passing135297
Rushing29197
Penalties6-555-45
3rd Down Conversions3-138-13
4th Down Conversions0-20-0
Turnovers11
Possession29:0031:00

Passing Leaders

ChattanoogaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Pastore5/810613.310
Florida StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Ponder13/221808.230

Rushing Leaders

ChattanoogaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Kermah7294.1010
Wynn16201.305
Florida StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith13786.0114
Richardson5387.6155

Receiving Leaders

ChattanoogaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hazard26633.0162
Wynn13030.0030
Florida StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Surrency38729.0244
Easterling55310.6028

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCHATFSU
TD08:33Corey Surrency 44 Yd Pass From Christian Ponder (Zach Hobby Kick) 07
TD04:35Antone Smith 12 Yd Run (Zach Hobby Kick) 014
TD03:35Jordan Hazard 62 Yd Pass From Tony Pastore (Craig Camay Kick) 714
TD03:07Corey Surrency 39 Yd Pass From Christian Ponder (Zach Hobby Kick) 721
SECOND QUARTERCHATFSU
TD04:05Antone Smith 8 Yd Pass From Christian Ponder (Pat Failed) 727
FG00:00Zach Hobby 43 Yd 730
THIRD QUARTERCHATFSU
SF11:33Ball Through End Zone 732
TD03:39D'Vontrey Richardson 55 Yd Run (Zach Hobby Kick) 739
FOURTH QUARTERCHATFSU
TD04:54Bert Reed 36 Yd Pass From D'Vontrey Richardson (James Esco Kick) 746