'Noles Return Home Where Record Remains Unblemished

By: FSU Sports Communications
By: FSU Sports Communications

Tallahassee, FL - Coming off consecutive road victories at Virginia and Miami, the 16th-ranked Florida State football team returns home to Doak Campbell Stadium Saturday to face Boston College on Parents Weekend.

It’s another chance for Jimbo Fisher’s club to reassert itself on home soil, where “Take Doak Back” has become a rally cry for the first-year coach and his players. The Seminoles (5-1, 3-0 ACC) have already authored a 3-0 home record, and as modest as that mark may seem, a victory over the visiting Eagles would be significant.

The Seminoles have not won four consecutive home games in a single season since 2005, when they won their first five on the way to the ACC Championship.

“So far, so good,” Fisher said, following Wednesday’s practice. “Our guys have done a good job of coming out and playing well and hopefully we’ll continue that trend.”

FSU has seized control in wins over Samford, BYU and Wake Forest, but now faces a BC team that is 2-0 on the Seminoles’ home field since joining the ACC.

“I think they’re ready to play at home,” Fisher said. “I think they like playing at home at Doak. I think they’re all excited. Anytime we walk in that stadium we’ve got to have our A-game on. …

“They want to play well at home and that’s their stadium and they’ve tried to take ownership of it. That’s something that they decided was a team goal.”

A victory over the Eagles (2-3, 0-2), who have dropped three consecutive games, will strengthen the Seminoles’ hold on the ACC Atlantic Division lead heading into an open week on the schedule. To that end, Fisher and his staff are taking nothing for granted in preparation.

Grinding and pushing through Wednesday’s 2 ½-hour workout, the Seminoles spent much of the practice working on red zone and third down situations.

“It was a tough day,” Fisher said. “There’s a lot of thinking and they [BC] bring a lot of blitzes and do different things on offense.

“To me, that’s where your hay’s made and we worked those situations. Our guys did a good job – both sides. The offense got some, the defense got some. You could see the guys competing and having fun doing what they’re doing.”

It was the second day of practice in full pads this week, after Fisher lightened the physical load on the ‘Noles during Monday’s session in shorts and helmets. He said he has been pleased with the way the team has responded.

“We give them a lighter day physically – the banging – but not mentally (on Monday),” Fisher said. “We still got all of the work in which we needed, we just let the body heal, and their minds got all they needed. They’ve responded very well.

“Today was a good day. We had everybody out there practicing and they were banging and clanging. They were getting after it a little too much; they were having fun bouncing.”

The Seminoles should have their full complement of tailbacks ready for the Eagles. Both Jermaine Thomas (toe) and Ty Jones (ankle) were running at full speed, along with Chris Thompson. It will be the first time since the Wake Forest game on Sept. 25 that all three will be in the lineup.

“That’s the plan, but don’t jinx it,” Fisher joked.

FSU’s ground game, which is off to its best start in 15 seasons, will be tested by a Boston College rushing defense which ranks 12th nationally against the run – seven spots behind the Seminoles. And while the Eagles have struggled to move the ball on the ground – they rank 110th out of 120 FBS programs – junior tailback Montel Harris has a proven track record against the Seminoles.

The Jacksonville, Fla. native has rushed for 300 yards on 50 carries against FSU over the past two seasons. Of his three touchdowns, Harris’ 42-yard with four minutes remaining in last season’s 28-21 BC victory was the game-winner.

“They’ve got a good line and he’s a good player,” Fisher said. “He’s very effective. He can make you miss, pushes the pile, has got wiggle, has got good speed. He’s a great balance and body-control athlete.”

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 15, 2010 at 08:44 AM
    hey anonymous10-14@3:28 just maybe those ticket will be sold by game time. I have faith that we will have ALOT MORE THERE this time. GO NOLES
  • by Anonymous on Oct 14, 2010 at 12:28 PM
    DEC,if there are tickets left for the nose bleed sections,then that means it ain't full.duh!
  • by DEC on Oct 14, 2010 at 11:02 AM
    @chip....are you sure it won't be full? Only tickets available are in the nose bleed sections. Doak will be rockin'.
  • by Michael Location: Gadsden on Oct 14, 2010 at 08:36 AM
    The SEMINOLES OF FLORIDA STATE will win with HONOR this weekend.As long they stay focus and practice and listen to their coaches. Now to the uf gators, two losses with at least two more coming, I wouldn't be talking too much trash this season. You can't back it up. Some fans is already talking about firing the offensive coordinator, (sounds familiar), before long they will questioning the head coach. Massive meltdown in gainesville. And yes, things won't be any better in Nov. when Johnny come limping into Tallahassee.
  • by nOLES FAN on Oct 14, 2010 at 06:28 AM
    NO I haven't forgotten the OKLAHOMA game. Miami WASN'T A HIGH SCHOOL TEAM. DON'T YOU FORGET THAT. AND you call yourself a fan. yeah you are just a fair weather fan,things go your way ok if not you do a GREAT BIG BOO. gO take a shower and get some of that dirt off of ya.
  • by chip Location: quincy on Oct 14, 2010 at 06:17 AM
    Its a shame that Doak will not be filled to capacity! Cryin shame
  • by kingclown3 on Oct 14, 2010 at 06:10 AM
    @ Anonymous. When you say "high school ranked teams", do you mean teams like Miami of ohio, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Appalachacian State??? Those are the great "top notch" teams that the University of Felons..i mean Florida are playing this year. Also, the "old ball coach" (Steve S.) has something for UF this year too. How does the number 22 in the top 25 feel? Get used to it..only will get worse. Can't wait until UF comes to "Doak", our defense is going to light "Brantley" up. Signed, #16 in the top 25
  • by nNOLES FAN on Oct 14, 2010 at 05:16 AM
    gEE more fair weather fans. Bof glad to hear some very good comments,the team doesn't need to hear all this garbage. as for Miami, seems we heard aLOT of the same junk before THAT GAME. SHUT UP AND GIVE THE NOLES some of that love you seem TO GIVE TO THE OTHER TEAMS. FOR MY NOLES ARE COMING BACK. AND the gators had better know there is a new stronger wind blowing
  • by DEC on Oct 14, 2010 at 04:54 AM
    You mean 2 loss uf and soon to be more??? uf that let rainey back on the team???? uf where a uf grad wrote a scathing article about meyers and rainey??? LOL
  • by Gene on Oct 14, 2010 at 03:45 AM
    don't get the big head
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