Florida State fell to 2-4 on the season on Saturday night in Doak Campbell Stadium as the No. 22 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets ran wild on the Seminole defense racking up 401 rushing yards in a 49-44 victory.
The victory marked the second consecutive win for Georgia Tech over Florida State. It also marked the first time that the Yellow Jackets have won in Doak Campbell Stadium.
Josh Nesbitt led all rushers with 143 yards on 27 attempts. He scored three rushing touchdowns. Nesbitt added 131 yards and a touchdown through the air completing 4-of-8 pass attempts.
"We simply could not stop them," Bobby Bowden said following the game. "We had to score every possession, they did it and we didn't."
While Florida State's defense failed to stop the Jackets throughout the evening, the Seminole offense was actually able to out-gain the opposition on the evening. Florida State had 539 total offensive yards compared to 532 from the Jackets.
Leading the way for the Seminole offense was Christian Ponder who passed for 359 yards, a new career-high, on 26-of-36 passing. Ponder racked up five touchdowns, exceeding his season total of four entering tonight's contest.
"I hadn't looked at his numbers but he played good enough for us to win," Bowden said. "Forty-four points is supposed to win."
On the ground, Jermaine Thomas contributed 98 rushing yards and a touchdown on 19 attempts.
Taiwan Easterling had 104 receiving yards on five receptions. Jarmon Fortson had 77 receiving yards and a touchdown on seven receptions, all coming in the first half. Thomas also had three receptions for 42 yards and added a touchdown reception. Ponder spread the ball to eight different receivers in the loss.
Florida State led 35-28 at the half but was only able to score nine points in the second half. The first half included a lightning delay of an hour and 19 minutes.
Florida State now enters their bye week before they travel to North Carolina for a Thursday night tilt on October 22nd at 8 p.m. on ESPN.