Scores

Final

Maryland 16

(5-6, 2-5 Big Ten)

Florida State 24

(7-4, 4-4 ACC)

12:00 PM ET, November 17, 2007

Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL

1 2 3 4 T
MD 3 3 7 316
FSU 14 7 0 324

Top Performers

Passing: C. Turner (MD) - 242 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: P. Parker (FSU) - 20 CAR, 133 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Heyward-Bey (MD) - 5 REC, 82 YDS, 1 TD

Florida St. 24, Maryland 16

Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Bobby Bowden won his 300th game at Florida State, getting 133 yards rushing and a touchdown from Preston Parker in a 24-16 victory against Maryland on Saturday.

Bowden, who has 373 career coaching wins, is two ahead of Penn State's Joe Paterno in their long-running competition for the most victories in major college football. Paterno's Nittany Lions lost to Michigan State 35-31 on Saturday.

Both Florida State and Maryland were sorely in need of a win.

Florida State (7-4, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) clinched a 31st consecutive winning season, while Maryland (5-6, 2-5 ACC) needs a win at North Carolina State next week just to become bowl eligible.

Parker, who had been the Seminoles' leading receiver, made his first start at tailback and ran for 51 yards on his first four carries, including an 18-yard TD that gave the Seminoles a 14-3 lead late in the first quarter. He was moved to running back this week after Antone Smith was lost to a shoulder injury in last week's loss at Virginia Tech.

Drew Weatherford bounced back from a concussion that knocked him out of last week's game to throw for 204 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for another.

Florida State took a 21-3 lead 44 seconds into the second quarter when Weatherford and De'Cody Fagg hooked up on a 10-yard touchdown pass.

The Seminoles led 21-6 at the half with Maryland's points coming on a pair of field goals by Obi Egekeze, who added a third in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring.

Maryland made it interesting in the second half, pulling to within 21-13 midway through the third quarter when Darrius Heyward-Bey scored on a 14-yard pass from Chris Turner.

Turner completed 16 of 32 passes for 242 yards, but threw a costly interception and was sacked four times.

Patrick Robinson's sixth interception of the season set up the game's initial score, a 1-yard run on fourth down by Weatherford.

Parker, a 6-foot, 190-pound sophomore from Delray Beach, carried the ball 20 times, caught a pass for 21 yards and returned four punts for 40 more yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MD
FSU
1st Downs1818
Total Yards335358
Passing243204
Rushing92154
Penalties8-513-37
3rd Down Conversions3-162-12
4th Down Conversions1-31-1
Turnovers11
Possession30:5329:07

Passing Leaders

MarylandC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Turner16/322427.611
Florida StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Weatherford16/262047.810

Rushing Leaders

MarylandCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lattimore13463.508
Ball9353.9011
Florida StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Parker201336.7120
Holloway7263.709

Receiving Leaders

MarylandRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams48421.0066
Heyward58216.4123
Florida StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Fagg46817.0125
Carr33511.7020

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMDFSU
TD09:30Drew Weatherford 1 Yd Run (Gary Cismesia Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 26 yds, 2:30
07
FG05:53Obi Egekeze 46 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 51 yds, 3:37
37
TD03:39Preston Parker 18 Yd Run (Gary Cismesia Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 68 yds, 2:09
314
SECOND QUARTERMDFSU
TD14:16De'Cody Fagg 10 Yd Pass From Drew Weatherford (Gary Cismesia Kick) 321
FG09:43Obi Egekeze 29 Yd 621
THIRD QUARTERMDFSU
TD05:55Darius Heyward 14 Yd Pass From Chris Turner (Obi Egekeze Kick) 1321
FOURTH QUARTERMDFSU
FG09:20Gary Cismesia 30 Yd 1324
FG02:58Obi Egekeze 37 Yd 1624