Florida State needed two things this past Saturday: A win and a North Carolina State loss. They finished fifty percent by defeating Maryland and sitting back as NC State defeated North Carolina. Now they need Maryland to do them a favor and win against N.C. State next week.
Florida State entered Saturday's contest after losing two of three and needed to win to still be in the hunt for an ACC Championship appearance and an Atlantic division title. They did just that in dramatic fashion. Leading most of the game against Maryland, it took a 97-yard interception return for a touchdown by safety Nick Moody to seal the much needed win for the 'Noles.
Offensively, FSU totalled just 353 yards compared to Maryland's 431. Christian Ponder completed 16 of 26 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown with an interception while Chris Thompson led all Florida State rushers with 94 yards on eight carries with a touchdown. Bert Reed had six receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown.
The field goal woes continued for kicker Dustin Hopkins as he converted 3 of 5 field goals.
Florida State's defense came up big with Moody's interception as well as Greg Reid having an interception of his own. Christian Jones, Markus White and Brandon Jenkins all had a sack against Maryland.
Florida State will face Florida next week and will look to end their current six-game losing streak against the Gators.