FSU's Statement Win Against BYU Came With Exclamation Point

Chris WhitmoreCorrespondent ISeptember 21, 2009

Few analysts predicted FSU would go to No. 7 BYU and win.


Because BYU hasn't lost at home in there last 18 games. Throw in the fact, that most of the match-ups favored BYU in this matchup and you never expected what came; a rout by the Seminoles. 

Going into the game, we knew a few things; FSU had a pass defense ranked in the bottom five of the nation, and BYU boasted one of the most efficient passers in the nation. It only seemed logical the Seminoles would not be able to withstand the aerial assault.

But we were all proven wrong as the Seminole defense picked off Hall three times and held the offense to 21 points (the last BYU touchdown was from their second string offense against the second string FSU defense).

Florida State knew the way to beat BYU was to keep Max Hall off the field. And offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher, came up with a plan to do just that. They converted all their first downs in the first half and ate time off the clock as they scored a touchdown on their first four drives.

Despite all this, BYU's Max Hall was still a threat in the first half. 

Even though BYU fumbled on their first and last drive of the first half, Hall did lead BYU down the field for two touchdowns with accurate passes. But in the second half, knowing when his team was down, he showed his weaknesses.

With BYU getting the ball back first in the second half, down 30-14, Hall knew BYU needed points right away. At the same time, so did true freshman FSU DB Greg Reid.  Reid picked off Hall and returned it 63 yards to put FSU up 37-14 and essentially end the game for BYU. 

Bowden and the Seminoles went into Provo with a mentality of "us versus the media."  The media wrote off FSU after their unconvincing win against FCS team, Jacksonville State. The few analysts and writers who did predict an FSU win, had them barely getting by BYU.

But in this game, the Seminoles showed the nation that they are a legit team. More importantly, Christian Ponder has showed FSU that he is the quarterback they have been looking for since the Chris Weinke era.

In the three games so far this season, when FSU has needed Ponder, he has stepped up. 

He drove FSU down to Miami's two yard line for what would have been a win if not for dropped passes. He drove FSU down the field against Jacksonville St. in the final minutes, when it looked like FSU could actually lose to them. 

After years of ineptitude, Florida State has their confidence back. The team we saw on Saturday night, was the team the media predicted would win the ACC Atlantic Division.