Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Extra Points

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Extra Points

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BOWL BREATHES DEEP

Looking on from the North Carolina press box, Orange Bowl

President and FSU grad Les Pantin breathed a sigh of relief when

No. 1 Nebraska pulled out a 45-38 overtime win over Missouri

last night, preserving his bowl's hope for a Jan. 2 national

championship game. "We're still in the hunt," Pantin said,

openly rooting for the only bowl matchup involving unbeaten

teams. Such a matchup would take the Rose Bowl out of the

championship mix. "We got rid of two teams," Pantin said,

referring to once-beaten Penn State and Washington. "We've got

one more to worry about it." That "one more" is Michigan, which

positioned itself for a move to No. 1 in the polls with

yesterday's 34-8 rout of the Nittany Lions.

KO 'NOLES

For the eighth time in as many weeks, Florida State's defense

sent an opposing quarterback to the sideline. The Seminoles'

seventh sack of the night ended Carolina quarterback Oscar

Davenport's season midway through the third quarter. Davenport's

right ankle was fractured when he was dragged down from behind

by FSU DE Greg Spires. Davenport, who is scheduled for surgery

tomorrow, was replaced by Chris Keldorf. The only quarterback to

go the distance against FSU this season was Southern Cal's John

Fox, who turned the trick in the season-opener.

SPECIAL CONTRIBUTIONS

Special teams play, a bugaboo for both teams coming into the

game, once again figured in North Carolina's demise against the

Seminoles. FSU built a 17-0 halftime lead with the help of a

pair of breakdowns by the UNC punting game. The 'Noles turned a

20-yard shank by P Brian Schmitz into good field position for

their first scoring drive of the night, a 7-play march from

their own 45. FSU freshman and Lake City native Brian Allen set

up Sebastian Janikowski's 32-yard field goal late in the second

quarter by breaking through the line to block a Schmitz punt. It

was FSU's fifth blocked punt against the Tar Heels in the last

three games. The Seminoles' second touchdown followed a 40-yard

Schmitz punt from his own end zone, and Peter Warrick's 13-yard

return to the UNC 28. …

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