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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Byline: BOB THOMAS

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.

CISMESIA'S STREAK ENDS

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.

SMITH FOR 100, AGAIN

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.

ANOTHER ROBINSON THEFT

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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