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FSU's Smith has four touchdowns in Miami win

MIAMI — After speaking with reporters for 15 minutes and then getting on a cell phone to conduct a couple of radio interviews, Antone Smith was looking to make one more dash.

It had been four long years since he disappointed his mother, Classie Smith, by spurning his childhood favorite Miami Hurricanes and signing with Florida State.

Four years of frustration. Four years of waiting to make good on the expectations that had come with being the nation's top high school tailback while he was at Pahokee High.

Saturday night at Dolphin Stadium, the number four represented something different for the senior tailback: the four touchdowns he scored in leading Florida State to a 41-39 victory over Miami.

Smith's final dash was to celebrate with his mother.

"I'm feeling great, but I'm feeling even better for my mom," said Smith, who finished with 92 yards on 27 carries. "My mom wanted me to go to Miami a lot. To see her come down here and notice that we still can be successful against that team that she really wanted me to go to … I'm happy, she's happy, my family's happy."

Running behind an offensive line that paved the way for 281 rushing yards against the nation's seventh-best rushing defense, Smith became FSU's first player to score four touchdowns rushing or receiving since Greg Allen against Louisville in 1982.

Smith, who was frustrated coming off the bench during his first two seasons in Tallahassee, had never scored against his childhood favorite.

That changed 8:06 into Saturday's game when he scampered in from 2 yards out to give FSU a 7-0 lead. He extended that advantage to 14-0 with a 19-yard run in the second quarter.

The second half didn't start as well, as Smith and quarterback Christian Ponder botched a handoff, which led to a Miami touchdown that cut FSU's lead to 24-10. But after a pep talk from offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher, Smith added this third touchdown run, a 5-yarder, three minutes later.

"(Fisher) said, 'I'm not mad at you,' " Smith said. "When he said that, it kind of opened my eyes up in that he really does (believe in me)."

The last touchdown was the biggest run of Smith's career. With FSU clinging to a two-point lead at 34-32 and less than four minutes remaining, Fisher called for a handoff to Smith on third-and-goal from the Miami 20.

Fisher said he was simply looking to get the ball to the middle of the field to set up for a field goal. Smith had other ideas.

"I was thinking to score," Smith said.

FSU's Smith has four touchdowns in Miami win 10/04/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 2:53pm]
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