Friday, October 12, 2007

Unusual Bowden comments raise eyebrows following Demon Deacons' dreadful drubbing of 'Noles

After watching his football team give up seventeen unanswered points in the second half Thursday night en route to a 24-21 loss at Wake Forest, Bobby Bowden's comments to the media revealed what appears to be a much deeper in-house issue. In response to being questioned about a highly-scrutinized decision to lift starter Xavier Lee from a tie ballgame in favor of retread Drew Weatherford early in the fourth quarter, Bowden responded by saying "We'd call a play, and he'd [Lee] run it the wrong least [Drew] Weatherford would run the play you called."

After an unimpressive 3-and-out
on Weatherford's only possession, which led to Wake Forest's go-ahead touchdown, Lee was injected back into the game, never to miss another snap. Visibly rattled, however, he was unable to lead the Seminoles to victory, managing just a meaningless touchdown in the final seconds. This was FSU's 4th October loss in the last two years, just another sign of their ineptitude over the last half-decade. With Miami coming to town next week and road games at Boston College, Virginia Tech and arch-rival Florida, the road gets no easier for these young Seminoles.

This was a tough loss for the 21st-ranked 'Noles, who will surely drop from both polls after another weak outing. Coupled with UM and UF losses on Saturday, as well as two schools who are making big names for themselves and just so happen to be facing off this weekend in Tampa--UCF and USF--FSU's loss shows that the talent gap in the sunshine state is swiftly dwindling.