December 31, 2007

UK wins second straight Music City Bowl

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Andre Woodson threw four touchdown passes, Rafael Little had 202 all-purpose yards and the University of Kentucky won its second straight Music City Bowl, this time over Papa Bowden and the Florida State Seminoles 35-28.

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UK creating some space

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As bad as they've played, Kentucky is taking control of the Music City Bowl.

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UK takes lead

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- UK just took a 21-14 lead over Florida State with 6:49 left in the Music City Bowl.

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FSU and UK tied at 14 at half

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- So far, this Music City Bowl hasn't been music to anyone's ears.

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This is some bad football

NASHVILLE, Tenn -- FSU started the bad football off by missing a 51-yard field goal.

Then UK running back Rafael Little fumbled for the second time of the day giving the Seminoles the ball back at the 27-yard line.

Five plays later, the Seminoles were stopped on 4th-and-1 at the one-yard line.

Still, it got worse. UK quarterback Andre Woodson just threw an interception, the pass was lobbed from the back off the end zone and was a jump ball for three FSU defenders. Preston Carter was the lucky recipient, and he took the ball back 24 yards for a touchdown.

Wait, it got worse. Carter got a personal foul for diving into the end zone.

It got even worse. His teammate, Derek Nicholson, threw the flag on Carter's penalty at the official. Thanks to the two penalties, FSU kicked off from the eight-yard line.

FSU and UK are tied at 14 with just over three minutes left.

It wasn't pretty...

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- ...but it worked.

UK went back on top midway through the second quarter when Woodson hit wide receiver Stevie Johnson on a 13-yard touchdown pass. Woodson was hit on the play, and the ball wobbled into Johnson’s arms. Johnson made two players miss after the catch on his way to the end zone.

UK leads 14-7 with 8:15 left in the game.

FSU scores

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Somehow, Florida State is tied with Kentucky in the Music City Bowl.

After UK scored to go ahead 7-0, the Seminoles punted, but FSU redshirt freshman quarterback D'Vontrey Richardson caught the punt as it neared UK returner Rafael Little, moving UK up 15 yards. The Cats marched deep into FSU territory and appeared headed to a 14-0 lead, but Little fumbled and FSU took it past midfield. The 'Noles scored four plays later to tied the game up.

UK was a few plays away from being up 14-0, but now FSU is tied with the Cats, miraculously, with 1:49 to go in the first quarter.

FSU muffed punt

NASHVILLE, Tenn -- Given the turmoil Florida State has endured over the last few weeks, the last thing FSU needed was to get off to a slow start.

But slow start they did. Punt Graham Gano fumbled the snap at the FSU 49. He gather the ball, but kicked it into UK safety Roger Williams. The ball went out of bounds, and UK recovered at the 25-yard line. The Cats scored five plays later on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Andre Woodson to Jacob Tamme.

The crowd is overwhelmingly blue, but they didn't get loud until the blocked punt. Now they're rocking, and the Noles better start rolling or they could find themselves in a big hole.

With 10:39 to play in the first quarter, UK leads FSU 7-0.

Music City Bowl pregame

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville or Catsville? Sure it's lame, but it's true. UK probably had 60 percent of the fans in the stadium for last year's game against Clemson, and that ratio seems to be about the same this year, if not more.

The obvious storylines for today's game:

1. How will FSU handle the suspensions of the 36 players who were involved in the academic scandal? By game time, it figures to have no effect. Pregame though, FSU looks like a high school team with only 30 players.
2. Rich Brooks and Bobby Bowden: friends, and coaches, forever. They are two of the most experienced, and most respected, coaches in the nation.
3. UK has 16 seniors playing in their final game. Those seniors, including quarterback Andre Woodson, running back Rafael Little, wide receivers Keenan Burton and Stevie Johnson and linebacker Wesley Woodyard, have been instrumental in turning the program around.
4. FSU has been to 26 straight bowl games. UK has been to two. Going into the game, that won't seem to matter too much because both teams need wins so bad for this year and next year.

It should be fun in Nashville. Keep in mind, UK beat Tommy Bowden's Clemson team in last year's Music City Bowl. With a win, the Cats will go to 2-0 against the Bowden family in Nashville

November 04, 2007

Dashed hopes for BC, big win for FSU

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - For 59 minutes, Chestnut Hill felt like Blacksburg. Boston College was down ten and the ball was in Matt Ryan's hands.

First, a one yard touchdown to Ryan Purvis. Then, Ryan took control of the offense at the BC seven-yard line, the rain-soaked fans in Alumni Stadium almost assuming their quarterback would pull out a victory like he had done against Virginia Tech.

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Another unbeaten falls

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - For the briefest of moments, it looked like Matt Ryan might lead BC to a miraculous comeback for the second straight week. But Matty Ice ran out of magic with 1:10 to play, tossing an interception to Geno Hayes who scampered 38 yards for the final touchdown.

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November 03, 2007

BC not saying die

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - If Matt Ryan is starting his comeback again this week, he's doing a bit early. Ryan connected with Ryan Purvis on a 1-yard touchdown after a 48-yard pass to Rich Gunnell put BC at the 6-yard line.

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Bowden goes big

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - So much for playing it safe. With a three point lead, Bobby Bowden let Drew Weatherford loose, and two plays later his quarterback repaid him with a 42-yard touchdown to Da'Cody Fagg.

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Back within three

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - A 38-yard pass from Matt Ryan to Brandon Robinson set up BC at the 6-yard line, but the Eagles could only get a field goal out on their third trip to the red zone.

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Getting tougher for BC

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Gary Cismesia turned excellent field position into a 6-point Seminole lead with a 30-yard field goal. A BC punt from the goal line put FSU on the 40-yard line, and Cismesia converted after a short drive.

Another Missed Field Goal

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - We've had four field goal attempts and three misses, the latest a 47-yarder wide left again off the foot of FSU's Gary Cismesia.

The kickers appear to be the one's most affected by today's wet and windy weather, as the gusts continue to play with the ball. They also might be this game's most important players, as it looks like neither offense is ready to take over this game.

Matty Ice strikes back

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Note to BC opponents: don't go up 10-0 on the Eagles.

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Another Ryan INT

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Maybe Matt Ryan is waiting more late-game heroics, but he hasn't done much to justify his Heisman trophy candidacy or BC's No. 2 ranking, throwing his second pick of the game, this one to FSU's Tony Carter.

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Nothing pretty in Boston

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - For the second time in two weeks, Boston College will have to overcome a scoreless first half to keep its No. 2 ranking.

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FSU on top

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The BC defense was the first to crack, and Drew Weatherford took advantage.

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And Now...Wide Right

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Minutes after Florida State missed a field goal wide left, BC's Steve Aponavicius returned the favor, mirroring FSU's miss by hitting a 32-yarder wide right.

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Wide Left

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Seminoles had a chance to go up on No. 2 Boston College, but their history of errant field goal attempt.

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Sloppy start in Boston

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The weather is already getting to both teams in Boston - even the Heisman trophy candidate.

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Wet and Wild

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Last week, Matt Ryan led Boston College to a stunning rain-soaked win in Blacksburg. This week, he'll need to fight through more heavy rain, high winds, and temps dropping into the 30s if he hopes to keep No. 2 BC's ACC and national championship hopes alive against Florida State.

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September 29, 2007

Down goes Bama

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The cheers rained down from one side of the stadium as the other was sprinkled in crimson and teal specks. After Florida State recovered an onside kick with 59 seconds remaining ensuring its victory, the Seminoles fans screamed in unison, “Bobby Bowden”.

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Seminoles strike

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Well, it's always about the turnovers.

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Fourth quarter program

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Well, Nick Saban always talks about his fourth quarter conditioning program.

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A Prince Hall sighting

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - He has been in Nick Saban's doghouse all season,

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Finally, a touchdown

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Well, we have an offensive sighting, finally.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - What a half.

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QB controversy

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Well, fourth times a charm for the Seminoles.

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Offensive futility

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Well, Jimbo Fisher was one of Nick Saban's first choices to join his staff as offensive coordinator at Alabama.

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Welcome to the River City

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Supposedly Jacksonville is the River City.

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