Running game still has its hiccups
By JOEY KNIGHT
Published October 15, 2006
DURHAM, N.C. - While Duke's relentless blitzes allowed FSU to exploit one-on-one coverages at will, running lanes were at a premium.
Subtract Antone Smith's 80-yard scoring run on the opening play of the second half, and the Seminoles had 77 yards on 20 carries. Lorenzo Booker managed 45 yards on 10 carries and remains 29 yards shy of breaking into the top 10 on FSU's all-time rushing list.
"Pass protection was very good because they blitzed so many people," coach Bobby Bowden said. "Our running wasn't bad, but I was hoping it would be a little bit more consistent."
RIGHT PLACE, WRIGHT'S TIME: Former Northeast High standout Leon Wright, a Duke freshman cornerback, had his first career interception when he snagged a Xavier Lee pass near the back line of his end zone in the second quarter. Wright also had six tackles.
CARR-NIVAL ATMOSPHERE: With three touchdown catches Saturday, sophomore receiver Greg Carr moved into a tie with Atrews Bell for 17th place on the school's all-time TD receptions list with 15. In six of his 18 career games, Carr has caught two or more TD passes.
ANOTHER BLOCK PARTY: For the third time in four games, the Seminoles returned a blocked kick for points.
Saturday, Patrick Robinson returned Lawrence Timmons' second-quarter blocked point-after for two points. In the 'Noles' Sept. 16 loss to Clemson, Tony Carter returned two blocks (one point-after, one field goal) for eight total points.
Timmons also accounted for FSU's first TD, returning a fumbled snap 36 yards less than two minutes into the game.
ODDS AND ENDS: Three former Jesuit High standouts - defensive tackle Casey Camero, running back Aaron Fryer and cornerback Evalio Harrell - were among Duke's five team captains Saturday. ... Timmons' fumble return was FSU's first since Antonio Cromartie's 61-yarder against Miami in 2004. ... With seven extra points Saturday, 'Noles kicker Gary Cismesia moved into 15th place on FSU's all-time scoring list (161 points). ... FSU wideout Chris Davis had two catches, the 100th and 101st of his career. He's the 19th player in 'Noles history with 100 or more career receptions. ... Linebacker Buster Davis tied his career high with 12 tackles Saturday.
THEY SAID IT: "I've thrown three picks in a game several times, and you learn more from those kinds of experiences than you do when you play well." - FSU quarterback Drew Weatherford on Lee's three second-quarter interceptions Saturday.