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Booker has short stay after start at receiver

By BRIAN LANDMAN
Published November 19, 2006


TALLAHASSEE - Talk about the best-laid plans.

Florida State coaches decided to start sophomore tailback Antone Smith for the first time Saturday, allowing them to shift senior Lorenzo Booker to a slot receiver and add another big-play threat.

Yeah, that worked well.

Smith dislocated his right elbow on his second play of the game and didn't return. He's out for Saturday's game against Florida, and, perhaps, a bowl.

"It's been that kind of year for us," coach Bobby Bowden said. "I guess it's fitting. At least Booker came in and ran well at tailback."

Booker had 80 yards on a career-high 21 carries. He also had three catches (for 39 yards) for 107 in his career, passing Ron Dugans and Travis Minor for 15th in school history.

Freshman Marcus Sims got in the game late but didn't carry the ball.

"I was really excited going into the game," Booker said. "I was going to be able to show my versatility.

"But Antone goes down, and plans changed."

CARR'S DRIVEN: With his two touchdown receptions, sophomore Greg Carr has 19 for his career. That ties him for ninth in school history with Talman Gardner. Peter Warrick leads with 31.

NUMBERS GAME ... IN A GOOD WAY: FSU had just three penalties for 20 yards. Those are season lows for the Seminoles, historically one of the most penalized teams around. FSU had been averaging 7.7 penalties for 60.6 yards, 11th in the ACC among 12 teams.

ANOTHER FIRST: FSU fullback Seddrick Holloway started for the first time, becoming the seventh freshman to do so.

NUMBERS GAME ... IN A BAD WAY: FSU junior Gary Cismesia was 10 of 11 on field goals at one point this season. But after missing two Saturday, he has missed four of his past five.

ROGER ON THE SPOT: Junior safety Roger Williams got his fourth interception of the season, tops on the team. Four is the most by a Seminole since cornerback Antonio Cromartie's and safety Pat Watkins' four in 2004.

CARRYING A TORCH: Relay runners continued a Homecoming tradition by carrying a torch from FSU's Panama City campus (about 140 miles west) to the stadium to light the spear that was planted at midfield just before the game.

KODAK MOMENT: Some of the Western Michigan players, dressed in suits, came out to the field a couple of hours before kickoff and took pictures for keepsakes.