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Emerald Bowl: Florida State beats UCLA 44-27

Emerald Bowl: Florida State beats UCLA 44-27

Lorenzo Booker ran for 91 yards, caught five passes for 117 more and scored two touchdowns, leading Florida State over UCLA 44-27 in U.S. college football's Emerald Bowl on Wednesday.
Coach Bobby Bowden finished with his 30th straight winning team at Florida State (7-6) but the Seminoles still finished with their least impressive record since going 7-1-4 in 1986. The 77-year-old Bowden still hasn't coached a squad with a losing record since going 5-6 in his first season.
In a 21-point fourth quarter, Greg Carr caught a go-ahead, 30-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-9 early, and Booker capped his final collegiate game with a key third-down catch and a 3-yard touchdown run with 6:17 left. Quarterback Drew Weatherford overcame a shaky start to pass for 325 yards, including 126 in the fourth.
Tony Carter's 86-yard interception return for another score 37 seconds later capped a fierce finish for Florida State, which clinched its Hall of Fame coach's 20th bowl victory at the close of what he called his most trying season.
Patrick Cowan passed for 240 yards and Chris Markey ran for 144 for the inconsistent UCLA Bruins (7-6), who stayed with Florida State until the fourth-quarter collapse. UCLA couldn't build on its three-game winning streak, capped by a 13-9 victory over archrival USC 3 1/2 weeks ago.


Updated : 2021-05-07 01:21 GMT+08:00