Albany native Rashad Greene catches a TD pass early in the fourth quarter Saturday for FSU against Clemson during the Seminoles' 35-30 loss. Greene finished the day with a team-high 98 yards receiving in the defeat.
CLEMSON, S.C. -- When former Westover star Rashad Greene caught a touchdown pass from FSU freshman quarterback Clint Trickett early in the fourth quarter Saturday to pull within one score of Clemson, it looked like the Seminoles were on the comeback trail.
Enter Sammy Watkins to slam the door shut.
Despite a team-high and career-high day of eight catches for 98 yards for the Albany native Greene, it was the electric Watkins who once again stole the show, scampering 62 yards on a pass from quarterback Tajh Boyd on the next series to all but seal the No. 21 Tigers' upset win against No. 11 FSU on Saturday, 35-30. Watkins finished with 140 yards receiving and two scores.
Florida State has now gone from top-five team to chasing Clemson in the ACC Atlantic Division in two weeks. Right now, Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher would settle for a few less mistakes and a little more character.
"It hurts because you wish you could've responded to adversity from the week before," Fisher said. "But I've been on championship teams, great teams that lost two in a row."
Improving a running game that produced 29 yards against Clemson, and cutting down on the penalties (11 for 124 yards) are a must for Florida State. The Seminoles were also stung for nine of 17 third-down conversions by the Tigers.
The best thing ahead for Florida State might be the week off. Quarterback EJ Manuel missed the game because of a shoulder injury. Receiver Bert Reed and cornerback Greg Reid were also out because of injuries.
Trickett kept the Seminoles in the game, though, with 336 yards and three touchdown passes.
His 9-yard touchdown throw to Kenny Shaw brought Florida State to 35-30 with 7:21 to go. The Seminoles had one final chance and Shaw, taken from the Oklahoma game in an ambulance after a crunching hit, was open at midfield on the final drive but didn't make the catch. Trickett was sacked by lineman Rennie Moore on fourth down and the Tigers ran out the clock.
"It's not going to be hard" to rebound, linebacker Vince Williams said. "It's just part of the process. This is one game. That's how we look at it."
The Seminoles play next at Wake Forest on Oct. 8.