Seminoles Hold Off Eagles, 24-19

Oct. 16, 2010

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  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Bert Reed's 42-yard touchdown run on a reverse lifted 16th-ranked Florida State to a 24-19 win Saturday over Boston College as the Seminoles overcame four turnovers for their fifth straight win.

    Boston College (2-4, 0-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) took a 19-17 lead early in the fourth quarter on Nate Freese's fourth field goal of the game. That followed a Ponder fumble at the Eagles' 44.

    Ponder, suffered through one of his poorest performances, completing 19 of 31 passes for 170 yards and three interceptions. But he also threw a pair of touchdown passes - 3 yards to fullback Lonnie Pryor and 10 yards to tight end Beau Reliford.

    Montel Harris rushed for 191 yards and safety Jim Noel had two of the three BC picks, including one he returned 43 yards for a third quarter touchdown that pulled the Eagles to within 17-16.

    The heavily favored Seminoles (6-1, 4-0 ACC) couldn't shake the pesky Eagles all day, holding their largest lead of the game 14-6 at halftime.

    Boston College closed to within 14-9 a minute into the second half on Freese's third field goal of the game. That score was set up by Noel's first interception of a Ponder pass, which he returned 20 yards to the Florida State 13.

    The Eagles had won three of the last four games in this series, and in the last two Harris had torched the Seminole defense for 300 yards and three touchdowns rushing. He now has 491 yards rushing in three games against Florida State.

    But Saturday the Seminoles managed to slow down the junior BC tailback when it counted, holding him to only 23 yards in the second half after he ran for 168 in the first half.

    Florida State's trio of tailbacks - Jermaine Thomas, Ty Jones and Chris Thompson - combined for 104 yards on 25 carries. Besides his game-winning run, Reed caught four passes for 35 yards.

    Florida State's defense, which came into the game leading the nation in sacks with 26, added four more Saturday, including two by sophomore defensive end Brandon Jenkins who now has seven on the season.

    BC linebacker Luke Kuechly, who came into the game leading the nation with an average of 14.2 tackles a game, had 11 tackles Saturday.

    Ponder and Taiwan Easterling teamed up on a pair of 23-yard pass plays that keyed a 96-yard drive culminated by Ponder's 10-yard scoring throw to Reliford that gave the Seminoles a 14-6 lead with 1:03 left in the first half.

    Until that drive, Florida State had managed only 51 yards offense and only 20 running the ball. The Seminoles came into the game averaging 223.5 yards rushing a game.