JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -
ran for 154 yards and three touchdowns Saturday as Florida State defeated previously unbeaten Colorado 39-21 in Bobby Bowden's
500th game as a college head coach.
Bowden, in his 43rd season as a head coach and 33rd at Florida State, notched his 376th career victory to momentarily catch
Penn State's Joe Paterno, who took the top spot back later by beating Illinois.
Florida State (3-1) scored three times in the final 2:29 of the first half to take a 19-7 lead on the way to its first win
of the season over a Bowl Subdivision team. The Seminoles opened the season with wins over Western Carolina and Chattanooga
before last week's 12-3 loss to Wake Forest.
Smith, who carried 25 times, went 60 yards down his own left sideline with 2:29 left in the half to give the Seminoles a 14-7
After holding Colorado on downs deep in its own territory,
's punt out of the end zone for a safety and
finished off the half with a 36-yard field goal. He added field goals of 52 and 44 yards in the second half.
Florida State relied on its running game for 259 yards while quarterback
completed just 10 of 22 passes for 119 yards and one interception.
threw for 154 yards and three touchdowns, connecting with
Colorado (3-1) was unable to put much together offensively until an 80-yard scoring drive that culminated early in the fourth
quarter on Hawkins 2-yard touchdown pass to Geer. That cut the lead to 25-14.
But Florida State's
Michael Ray Garvin
, a world class sprinter who qualified for the 2008 Olympic trials, answered 12 seconds later with a 94-yard kickoff return
to give the Seminoles a 32-14 lead.
Florida State capitalized on an early Colorado turnover to grab a 7-0 lead three minutes into the game on Smith's first 2-yard
TD run. Smith had all 27 yards on the drive, which followed a
fumble recovery. Smith's third touchdown came with 3:37 left in the game.
Colorado scored midway through the opening quarter when Hawkins teamed up with Smith on a 30-yard scoring pass.
Officials announced that 46,716 tickets were sold for the game in the half-full 75,000-seat Jacksonville Municipal Stadium,
the smallest crowd to watch the Seminoles play in the state in 25 years.