Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Seminoles Seeing Red Offense Sputters Too Many Times in Red Zone

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Seminoles Seeing Red Offense Sputters Too Many Times in Red Zone

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MIAMI -- Missed opportunities, not Matt Munyon's errant 49-yard field-goal attempt on the game's final play, ultimately led to the demise of top-ranked Florida State's 17-game winning streak.

Florida State offensive coordinator Mark Richt made that abundantly clear to the Seminoles' disconsolate defense following yesterday's 27-24 loss to No. 7 Miami.

"We left your [butts] hanging," Richt said.

Indeed. The Seminoles managed to convert only two-of-six red zone scoring opportunities, leaving numerous scoring opportunities on the field.

"The difference was Miami's ability to score in the red zone," FSU coach Bobby Bowden said, succinctly summing up the difference in the three-point game.

Seemingly buried as they faced a 17-0 halftime deficit, the Seminoles rallied to a 24-20 lead with 1:37 to play on quarterback Chris Weinke's 29-yard touchdown pass to Atrews Bell. But when Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey countered with a 68-yard drive in 51 seconds, capped by his game-winning touchdown pass to Jeremy Shockey, the Seminoles would have given anything for the points that went by the board.

"You've got to make the plays," linebacker Tommy Polley snapped. "That's all."

Apparently lacking confidence in Munyon, Bowden passed on first-quarter field goal opportunities from 34 and 30 yards, only to be stopped on fourth down.

The Seminoles squandered a chance to gain momentum from the gate when Michael Boulware forced Santana Moss to fumble the opening kick and Charles Howard recovered at the Miami 25. Four consecutive runs failed to produce a first down as the 'Canes stopped backup quarterback Marcus Outzen's fourth-and-1 sneak inches short.

Safety Edward Reed's end zone breakup of Weinke's fourth-and-2 pass, intended for backup tight end Carver Donaldson, halted the 'Noles at the Miami 13. In between, Miami senior linebacker Dan Morgan forced Clevan Thomas to fumble a punt return and Andre King recovered for the 'Canes at the FSU 31.

Seven plays later, quarterback Ken Dorsey hit fullback Najeh Davenport over the middle with a 22-yard touchdown pass and the game's first points. …

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