College football: Florida State 41 - Wake Forest 24
Long score eases loss for Marion
By BRIAN LANDMAN, Times Staff Writer
Published October 9, 2005
TALLAHASSEE - Wake Forest redshirt sophomore receiver Kevin Marion, a former Dixie Hollins standout, didn't have a bad homecoming given the scoreboard.
He had one catch for 12 yards, five kickoff returns for 104 yards and four runs for 69 yards and two touchdowns against a team that "looked" at him in high school but didn't really recruit him.
"I just wish we could have got out of here with a win," he said.
Still, he could leave with his head high. His first run of the season, an end-around, went for 67 yards and a score.
"I saw it on the way and I just took it and ran full speed," he said.
The run wasn't just the longest by a Demon Deacon this season, which is pretty impressive considering his team had the league's top two rushers, Chris Barclay and Micah Andrews, but the longest play from scrimmage the FSU defense had allowed this season.
SIGN OF TIMES?: After scoring on a 28-yard pass, FSU freshman receiver Greg Carr jumped up and formed a diamond with his hands to signify "Dynasty," the team's goal for this season.
Only one problem, the officials flagged him for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Offensive coordinator/receivers coach Jeff Bowden had one word for Carr afterward:
"Stadiums," Carr said, referring to the punishment of running stadium stairs that is sure to come.
Late in the first half, freshman receiver Richard Goodman made a 7-yard reception but spun the ball when he got up, another unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that essentially derailed a drive.
Freshman receiver Fred Rouse took note. When he scored his first career touchdown in the fourth quarter, he held back from any celebratory moves.
"I had something planned," said Rouse, who has a Deion Sanders-like exuberance, "but when I saw those penalties come, no sir. ... I had to think twice about it."
He handed the ball to the official.
IT'S IN HIS EYES: FSU junior linebacker Ernie Sims is known for his ferocity, and he had the look to go with it.
He wore red contacts from Nike.
"They make me look a little meaner," he said, "and they make things a little clearer."
Sims had six tackles, two for a loss, before leaving with a left knee sprain.
"I'm doing fine," he said. "I just sprained it a little bit and didn't want to take the chance of tearing it. We had the game under control, so I decided to take it a little easy."
FAMILY AFFAIR: Wake Forest redshirt freshman receiver Demir Boldin had four catches for a team-high 58 yards. He's the younger brother of former FSU receiver Anquan Boldin.
ODDS AND ENDS: Wake Forest didn't commit a turnover, which is the first time since FSU played Georgia Tech on Sept. 9, 2000, that it didn't create at least one takeaway. ... The 24 points are the most FSU has given up since a 38-34 win at Florida in 2003. ... FSU senior tailback Leon Washington rushed for a season-best 87 yards to give him 1,847 in his career, moving past Dexter Carter (1,788) into 10th in school history.