October 21, 2007

FSU its own worst enemy in loss

Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said his Seminoles fought two enemies Saturday against Miami. One was the Hurricanes. The other was themselves.

Penalties, turnovers and blown plays doomed FSU in its 37-29 loss to Miami, their first to the Hurricanes since 2004. Following the loss, where Miami scored three second-half touchdowns and Florida State could manage just three second-half field goals, the Seminoles' comments all drifted toward their self-destructive behavior against Miami.

"Everybody is making mistakes, offense, defense," linebacker Derek Nicholson said. "You can't put it on a certain side. You can't put it on individual people."

The errors began in the first quarter when wide receiver Darnell Jenkins got behind free safety Roger Williams and hauled in a 64-yard pass from Kyle Wright. Miami scored a touchdown on that drive. The Hurricanes took a 14-3 lead after converting a Seminoles fumble on a miscommunication between quarterback Xavier Lee and running back Antone Smith, into another touchdown.

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