Maryland Drops Road Game With Florida State, 24-16

Nov. 17, 2007

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Preston Parker ran for 133 yards and a touchdown in his first start at tailback Saturday as Florida State (7-4, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) clinched a winning season with a 24-16 victory over Maryland that gave coach Bobby Bowden his 300th career win at the school.

Maryland (5-6, 2-5 ACC) needs a win at North Carolina State next week to become bowl eligible.

NC State (5-6, 3-4) lost 38-18 to Wake Forest Saturday, meaning the winner of next week's game in Raleigh could clinch one of the ACC's eight bowl slots.

Parker, who had been the Seminoles' leading receiver, ran for 51 yards on his first four carries, including an 18-yard touchdown that gave the Seminoles a 14-3 lead late in the first quarter. He was moved to running back this week after Antone Smith suffered a shoulder injury in last week's loss at Virginia Tech.

Drew Weatherford bounced back from a concussion that knocked him out of last week's Virginia Tech game to throw for 204 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for another.

Florida State took a 21-3 lead 44 seconds into the second quarter when Weatherford and De'Cody Fagg hooked up on a 10-yard touchdown pass.

The Seminoles led 21-6 at the half with Maryland's points coming on a pair of field goals by Obi Egekeze, who added a third in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring.

Maryland made it interesting in the second half, pulling to within 21-13 midway through the third quarter when Darrius Heyward-Bey scored on a 14-yard pass from Chris Turner.

Turner completed 16 of 32 passes for 242 yards, but threw a costly interception and was sacked four times.

Jordan Steffy replaced Turner at quarterback with Maryland trailing 21-6 in the second quarter but couldn't spark the Terps' offense. Steffy finished 1-for-3 for 1 passing yard. Turner returned to start the second half and played the remainder of the game.

The Maryland defense gave the offense some opportunities. After FSU scored on its first three drives of the game, the Seminoles were forced to punt on their next eight possessions.

Turner and the offense tried to find a rhythm in the second half, but turned the ball over on downs twice and missed a field goal.

Still, Egekeze's field goal with 2:58 to play in the game moved the Terps to within a score, but they could not get the ball back.

Florida State got three first downs, including one on a roughing the passer call, to run out the clock.

The Terps forced four fumbles, but recovered just one. Dave Philistin had a game-high 10 tackles for the Terps.

Patrick Robinson's sixth interception of the season set up the game's initial score, a 1-yard run on fourth down by Weatherford.

Parker, a 6-foot, 190-pound sophomore, carried the ball 20 times, caught a pass for 21 yards and returned 4 punts for 40 more yards.

Maryland wideout Isaiah Williams had four catches for a game-high 84 yards, including a 66-yarder which set up Heyward-Bey's TD.