Miami coaches don't have any concerns when it comes to their kicker. Matt Bosher, who made every field-goal attempt from 39 yards or less last season. Florida State coaches have two talented kickers to choose from.
Bowden, who built the Seminoles into one of college football's greatest dynasties and was the patriarch of one of the sport's most famous coaching families, announced his retirement Tuesday after 34 seasons on the FSU sideline. Bowden, who turned 80 last month, will coach the Seminoles in their upcoming bowl game. Next year, offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher, who had worked as Bowden's coach-in-waiting the past two seasons, will become only FSU's second coach since
The Seminoles will be making a few more contributions to their burial ground today. It was the most points given up by a Wolverines team since a loss to Northwestern in Florida State's eight touchdowns -- five in the first half -- tied a record set in the same game.
Last year, Beitia missed a yarder wide left as time expired as the Hurricanes held off the Seminoles Hundreds of people -- players, coaches, security personnel, fans and journalists -- stormed the Orange Bowl field immediately after the ball landed. At first, Beitia crouched into a ball and clasped his hands together beneath his chin.
Their careers can be about as good as it gets, such as Sebastian Janikowski, who will be inducted into the FSU Hall of Fame next week; Dustin Hopkins, who left the Seminoles last year as the all-time leading scorer not only in school history but in NCAA history with points; or Scott Bentley, who kicked the winning field goal to deliver FSU its first national championship and missed only three kicks in his senior season of Or, they can have the dreaded two words always mentioned in the same sentence with their names: wide right - and almost always against Miami, with national championships and bowl games on the line. And every time the Seminoles break in a new kicker, the unspoken question among long-time FSU fans is simple: into which category will he fall?
Munyon is the mother of Matt Munyon, who two years ago kicked field goals at Florida State. While traveling to Georgia Tech for a September game, she picked up an Atlanta newspaper and came across that line, she said yesterday, speaking by phone from her Panama City Beach, Fla. Just before kickoff that day, her baby, year-old Matt, was temporarily relieved of his placekicking duties.
Unfortunately, it's more often about the misses and not the makes, as Penn State and sophomore kicker Sam Ficken found out in the Nittany Lions' agonizing loss to Virginia Saturday afternoon at Scott Stadium in front of 56, Despite an intimidating effort from the Penn State defense and a heroic turn by Lions fifty-year senior quarterback Matt McGloin, the visitors could not overcome Ficken's clunker of a day. And not too far after, either. The right-footed kicker missed four field goals, the last in a steady rain from 42 yards out -- he was well off to the left -- on the game's final play, and also had an extra point blocked.
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Non-college athletes can only imagine the minutes before an year-old kid's first football game at the collegiate level. With all due respect to big-time high school football programs, for those who play Division 1 college football, this truly is their first experience with "The big leagues. Long before the NFL dominated the sports landscape, college football was king of the football world. Filled with intense rivalries, ever-changing rosters, and players playing purely for the love of the game, those who watch college football for the first time quickly fall in love with it.