Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SEMINOLES NOTEBOOK; FSU Ends Offensive Touchdown Drought

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SEMINOLES NOTEBOOK; FSU Ends Offensive Touchdown Drought

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TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State's first offensive touchdown against Duke Saturday night was a long time in the making.

The Seminoles had not scored an offensive touchdown in more than five quarters -- 80:59 to be exact -- until wide receiver Preston Parker took a quick pitch from Drew Weatherford in the left flat and turned it into a 9-yard scoring play.

The touchdown, with 9:06 remaining in the third quarter, gave the Seminoles a 16-0 lead.

It was the first offensive touchdown by the Seminoles since quarterback Xavier Lee's 6-yard run with 6 seconds remaining in the first quarter against Miami. FSU's offense had managed just seven Gary Cismesia field goals during the touchdown drought.


With first-half field goals of 23 and 41 yards, Cismesia equaled his career-best streak of nine consecutive conversions. That streak ended when he was wide right from 39 yards with 4:08 remaining in the first half.

Cismesia opened the season with seven successful field-goal attempts, establishing his previous career-long streak after closing the 2006 season with a pair against UCLA in the Emerald Bowl.

The previous longest streak of successful field-goal attempts by an FSU kicker belonged to Sebastian Janikowski, who converted 12 in a row during the 1999 season.


Junior tailback Antone Smith didn't waste any time following up his first 100-yard rushing game of the season with a second. After rolling up 114 yards on 22 carries in the loss to Miami, Smith eclipsed the 100-yard mark in the third quarter against the Blue Devils.

Smith became the first FSU tailback with consecutive 100-yard games since Leon Washington in 2004 (against North Carolina and Syracuse). Smith had 114 rushing yards through three quarters.


Sophomore cornerback Patrick Robinson's leaping end zone interception of a pass from Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis marked the fourth consecutive game he came up with a pick.

Robinson is the first Seminole defender to collect an interception in four consecutive games since cornerback Tay Cody during the 2000 season. …

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