Monday, September 8, 2008

FLORIDA STATE IS NOT DOOMED (FOR NOW)

Christian Ponder (l) threw three touchdowns passes and backup D'Vontrey Richardson (D'Vontrey, you D'kiddin'?) ran for two more scores to lead Florida State to a 69-0 win over Western Carolina on Saturday night in a game interrupted more than two hours by lightning.

Ponder, making his first college start after throwing only 18 passes for the Seminoles, completed 11 of 17 passes for 196 yards before giving way to Richardson after the first series of the second half.

Richardson (below r) ran for a 52-yard score on his second play and moments later scored on a 7-yard run as Florida State (1-0) took a 48-0 lead early in the third quarter. He also hit Jamon Fortson with a 3-yard TD pass.

Florida State coach Bobby Bowden claimed his 374th career to win to stay abreast of Penn State's Joe Paterno as the winningest major college coach. Penn State beat Oregon State earlier Saturday.

With more than a dozen players, including several starters, sitting out suspensions for either academic or disciplinary reasons, 28 freshmen played for the Seminoles and two scored touchdowns - Fortson and Jermaine Thomas, who ran for two TDs.

(AP Photos/Phil Coale)

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