Ponder Leads Seminoles to 46-7 Win
Sept. 13, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Christian Ponder threw three first-half touchdown passes and Florida State wrapped up its Saturday with a 46-7 victory over Chattanooga.
The Seminoles (2-0) had three touchdowns on the board just 12 minutes into the game and led 30-7 at the half.
Coach Bobby Bowden collected career win No. 375, staying abreast of Penn State's Joe Paterno.
Florida State begins the meatier part of its schedule next Saturday when Wake Forest (2-0) visits in search of a third straight win over the Seminoles in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.
A sophomore making his second collegiate start for the Seminoles, Ponder threw to 6-foot-5 Corey Surrency for 44- and 39-yard touchdowns. He also teamed with Antone Smith on an 8-yard scoring pass. Smith added a 12-yard TD run.
Ponder, who beat out three-year incumbent Drew Weatherford for the starting job, has thrown six TD passes in two games without an interception.
And for the second straight week, second-team quarterback D'Vontrey Richardson came up big as well - throwing for 117 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown to Bert Reed.
Richardson ran for another, his third of the season. His 55-yard run was the longest scoring run by a quarterback in Florida State history - a record he'd set last week with a 52-yard scoring burst.
Florida State is 2-0 against the Mocs, also winning in 1984, 37-0.