September 4, 2007

For Smith, moral victories don't mean much

CLEMSON, S.C. - Florida State running back Antone Smith nearly willed Florida State to win in the second half of Monday night's game against Clemson. Yet the only victory he could embrace was a moral one, exploding in the last two quarters after being bottled up in the first two.

For Smith, moral victories don't mean much.

"We did what we did," he said following FSU's 24-18 loss to the Tigers, "but it obviously wasn't enough to win the game."

If it wasn't for Smith's second-half revival, the Seminoles might not have made it a game. The entire offense bumbled its way through the first half, gaining just 62 total yards. Smith's first half mirrored that. The junior, in his debut as Florida State's featured running back, gained zero yards on six carries and three yards on two receptions in the first half.

But it was his play in the third quarter that finally sparked the offense and put the Seminoles in a position to compete. On third and 1 at the 50, Smith finally broke through the Clemson defense and rocketed to the Tigers 1. He plunged in for Florida State's first touchdown of the game one play later.

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