Clemson Thwarts FSU Comeback Bid
by Mike Mitchell
September 3, 2007
Clemson took a 24-3 halftime lead, then staved off a late Florida State rally for a 24-18 win in the Bowden Bowl on Monday night.
The loss was Bobby Bowden's third straight to his son, Tommy, and improved the younger Bowden's record to 4-5 against his dad. It was also Clemson's third straight home win over the Seminoles and put the Tigers in a tie with Boston College atop the Atlantic Division of the ACC.
Florida State, meanwhile, finds itself in an early-season last place tie with Wake Forest (the Demon Deacons lost at Boston College on Saturday).
Neither Bowden has done well of late. Clemson dropped four of its last five last season to turn a 7-1 start into an 8-5 finish. The Tigers concluded the 2006 campaign with a loss to Kentucky in the Music City Bowl.
Florida State hasn't had a winning streak longer than two games since the start of the 2005 season and the 'Noles only managed a winning record of 7-6 last year by defeating UCLA in the Emerald Bowl.
In the only other game played Monday, Texas Tech rolled over SMU 49-9. Mustang coach Phil Bennett is on the hot seat after his team has underperformed consensus season projections in four of his previous five seasons. SMU managed a 6-6 record last year, but hasn't finished above .500 since 1997.