The Champs Sports Bowl started off just about as slow as your could imagine, with the only real excitement coming from Graham Gano's amazing punting skills. And this guy is going to be a kicker in the NFL? How about both the punter and the kicker? He got the ball inside Wisconsin's three-yard line three times in a row.
The game finally burst open on Derek Nicholsen's 75-yard punt return to give the 'Noles their first score of the game—and what ensued can only be described as a beatdown. Florida State's offense finally took charge, and Christian Ponder actually looked like a quarterback who knew how to control a game.
The 'Noles scored on three consecutive drives, giving them a 28-6 lead. The defense played amazing, and although P.J. Hill racked up 150 yards rushing, Wisconsin didn't have a prayer when it came to the passing game.
FSU's defense looked like the defense that was rated in the top five in the country. The Seminoles were relentless, and the future first round draft pick, Everette Brown, was nothing short of amazing. He was in the quarterback's face on every play it seemed.
This bowl win was exactly what FSU needed. Registering their first nine-win season in a while, the 'Noles came out ready to play. So what does this mean for the future? The 'Noles look like they should be a preseason Top 15 team.
With practically their entire offense coming back, including the youngest line in the country, the Seminoles should be able to have a 10-win season in 2009—especially with the recruiting class coming in led by Jacobi McDaniel.
Either way, this was a much needed win for the 'Noles.