Boxscore
Florida State 59, Samford 6
Saturday, September 4, 2010 12:00 PM
Location - Doak Campbell Stadium
Attendance - 68438

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Samford 0 3 3 0 6
Florida State 7 35 7 10 59

Recap

The Jimbo Fisher era at Florida State began in grand fashion on Saturday as the host Seminoles breezed past overmanned Samford, 59-6.

Fisher, the man who drew the unenviable task of succeeding the iconic Bobby Bowden, easily notched his first career coaching victory at the expense of his alma mater, setting the stage for next week’s much-anticipated showdown at No. 8 Oklahoma.

The Bulldogs (0-1), a Football Championship Subdivision team that went 5-6 a year ago, never stood a chance against the deeper, more athletic and more talented hosts.

Senior quarterback Christian Ponder accounted for all of his 167 yards passing and four touchdown passes in the decisive first half, as the 20th-ranked ‘Noles cruised to the 42-3 halftime advantage at Doak Campbell Stadium and never looked back.

A Heisman Trophy candidate, Ponder finished the afternoon having completed 12 of his 14 attempts with an interception before giving way to E.J. Manuel in the third period.

Sophomore cornerback Greg Reid also picked up right where he left off a year ago, taking a punt back 74 yards to help Florida State (1-0) break the game open with 35 second-quarter points.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 3:15
Florida State   TD  Florida State 7 - Samford 0
2nd Quarter - 13:45
Florida State   TD  Florida State 14 - Samford 0
2nd Quarter - 11:21
Florida State   TD  Florida State 21 - Samford 0
2nd Quarter - 8:17
Florida State   TD  Florida State 28 - Samford 0
2nd Quarter - 6:40
Florida State   TD  Florida State 35 - Samford 0
2nd Quarter - 2:23
Florida State   TD  Florida State 42 - Samford 0
2nd Quarter - 0:01
Samford   FG  Florida State 42 - Samford 3
3rd Quarter - 7:46
Samford   FG  Florida State 42 - Samford 6
3rd Quarter - 7:03
Florida State   TD  Florida State 49 - Samford 6
4th Quarter - 14:55
Florida State   TD  Florida State 56 - Samford 6
4th Quarter - 6:36
Florida State   FG  Florida State 59 - Samford 6
TEAMS

Team Records

  Samford Florida State
W/L 0 - 1 - 0 1 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Samford Florida State
Score 6 59
First Downs 19 27
3rd Down Efficiency 6-for-19
32%
3-for-4
75%
4th Down Efficiency 1-for-3
33%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 300 481
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 38-77 26-185
Average/Rush 2.0 7.1
Passing
Comp-Att 27-39 22-27
Passing Yards 223 296
Average/Pass Play 5.2 11.0
Penalties-Yards 8-55 4-40
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0
Interceptions Thrown 1 2
Time of Possession 37:14 22:46

PLAYER STATS

Samford (0 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
No Passing
Florida State (1 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Ponder 12/14 167 4 1
E. Manuel 10/13 129 0 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
No Rushing
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
T. Jones 8 107 13.4 1
J. Thomas 8 31 3.9 1
C. Thompson 3 17 5.7 1
D. Smiley 2 9 4.5 0
G. Reid 1 8 8.0 0
E. Manuel 1 8 8.0 0
C. Ponder 2 7 3.5 0
B. Reed 1 -2 -2.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
No receiving
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
T. Easterling 4 56 14.0 1
C. Thompson 4 54 13.5 0
B. Reed 5 50 10.0 1
R. Smith 1 42 42.0 0
W. Haulstead 2 40 20.0 0
L. Pryor 3 23 7.7 2
J. Thomas 1 21 21.0 0
D. Smiley 1 6 6.0 0
J. Haggins 1 4 4.0 0
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