TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- After years of losing to Dad, Clemson's
Tommy Bowden is getting the best of college football's most famous
James Davis plunged into the end zone from a yard out with 8
seconds left to give Clemson a 27-20 victory over No. 9 Florida
State, Tommy's third win in the last four years over Bobby Bowden.
Clemson had not won in Tallahassee in 17 years.
"To come down here and win is awfully difficult," Tommy Bowden
said. "Momentum changes are easier to overcome at home
And momentum changed dramatically at the end when replay
officials overruled a field official's decision on a fumble that
had awarded the ball to Florida State.
"He said it was a mutual recovery and that goes to the
offense," Bobby Bowden said. "I guess they got a rule I ain't
Then Davis took over.
The sophomore tailback got 67 of his 87 yards on the final
drive, including a 47-yard ramble that took the ball to Florida
"We caught them a couple of times not getting lined up and
broke some big plays," Tommy Bowden said.
"It was wide open," Davis said about the 47-yard gain. "No
one was there."
Two plays later he was in from a yard out for his second
touchdown of the game.
Clemson had not won at Florida State since 1989 when Terry Allen
led the Tigers to a 34-23 victory, three years before the Seminoles
joined the ACC.
"We played good enough to win the game up until the last
drive," Bobby Bowden said.
Clemson (2-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won despite having
two kicks blocked and returned for points by Florida State's Tony
Carter. He ran back a blocked field-goal attempt for a touchdown
and another for two points on a blocked extra point -- the first
returned PAT for points in Florida State's football history.
"I was in the right place at the right time," Carter said. "I
did the easy thing, just pick the ball up and run."
Florida State led just once, 9-6, after Carter's 69-yard run
with a blocked field goal try. He'd raced 80 yards with the blocked
extra point after Clemson opened the scoring on Davis' 8-yard run.
Florida State (2-1, 1-1) struggled again offensively. It's first
offensive touchdown came on Joe Surratt's 1-yard run with 10:27
left the game and Drew Weatherford hit Chris Davis for the 2-point
conversion to tie the game 20-20.
Florida State didn't score in the first half for the third
straight game, managing its first points late in the third quarter
on Gary Cismesia's 25-yard field goal that trimmed Clemson 's lead
Clemson grabbed a 14-9 lead with 23 seconds left in the half on
Proctor's 19-yard scoring pass to Chansi Stuckey, who caught 11
passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns in Clemson's 35-14 win over
the Seminoles last year. The Tigers were successful on a 2-point
try when Proctor again hit Stuckey.
Florida State, seemingly confused on offense at the beginning of
the game, was out of timeouts less than nine minutes into the game,
although one came in advance of a Clemson punt. The Seminoles had
only 89 yards offense in the first half and finished with 204.
Weatherford was 11 of 19 passing for 102 yards and didn't once
try wideout Greg Carr, who led the league a year ago in touchdown
"I can't understand it," Bobby Bowden said. "We just couldn't
throw tonight. That's a total mystery to me."
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Clemson RB James Davis scored a 1-yard TD with just :08 left in the game.
Gameball goes to... Davis. In addition to the game-winner, he had 143 all-purpose yards and another TD.
Stat of the game... 3-5: Son Tommy is now 3-5 versus father Bobby in the Bowden Bowl.