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Cismesia boots way to record
By BRIAN LANDMAN, Times Staff Writer
Published November 25, 2007
GAINESVILLE - Maybe the folks who select the Groza Award winner should reconsider their finalist list and add Florida State senior Gary Cismesia.
He has got a leg on him every bit as powerful as Thomas Weber of Arizona State or Austin Starr of Indiana or Jose Martinez of UTEP.
Cismesia, the biggest bright spot for the Seminoles on Saturday, hit four field goals, including a 60-yarder at the end of the half to enter the record books; it's the longest in ACC history. He had told coaches that with the wind he thought he could hit it. His previous long was a 57-yarder in high school.
"As soon as I hit it, I thought I missed it," he said. "I thought it was going to go left, but it curved back in."
That kick was his fourth of the day (he also hit from 21, 38 and 28 yards) to give him 27 on the season, tying the single-season school record set by consensus All-America winner Sebastian Janikowski in 1998. Janikowski had one in the Fiesta Bowl loss to Tennessee. Oh yeah, Janikowski won the Groza that year.
"He's the best guy ever to kick here," Cismesia said. "That feels good. That's good company to have around me."
Not that he takes much consolation in his feat.
"That's four years I've lost to Florida. I'm going to remember those games forever," he said.
Said FSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher: "The guy's been super. My hat's off to him. I wish he would have broken the record for extra points rather than field goals, we'd be better off. But he does a great job, he really does."
ANOTHER ONE FOR THE BOOKS: Redshirt junior quarterback Drew Weatherford threw 37 passes Saturday without an interception, extending his streak to 234 straight attempts without a pick. That's a single-season ACC record, breaking the record by Virginia's Matt Blundin (224), set in 1991. Weatherford needs four more passes without a pick to break the career record former FSU Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke set in 1998 and 1999.
BOWL OUTLOOK: With Virginia Tech's win against Virginia and Boston College's win against Miami, the Seminoles are shut out of the first three bowls with ACC ties (the Orange, the Chick-fil-A and the Gator); they are two league losses behind those teams. The Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando picks fourth, but the ACC championship game loser can't fall below this spot and if that's Boston College, that puts FSU in the Music City in Nashville against an SEC team Dec. 31.
FASHION STATEMENT: FSU wore white jerseys and garnet pants, a scheme it last used in the Emerald Bowl win against UCLA last December.
NUMBERS GAME: The Seminoles had faced the defending national champions nine times but were 1-8 in those games. The lone win? Against Miami in 1984. One of the losses came here in 1997 against the Gators, who rallied in the waning moments for a 32-29 win.