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FSU finds focus in preparing for noise at UF

Take that: Texas’ Justin Tucker is hoisted after kicking the winning field goal as time expired to beat rival Texas A&M 27-25.

Associated Press

Take that: Texas’ Justin Tucker is hoisted after kicking the winning field goal as time expired to beat rival Texas A&M 27-25.

TALLAHASSEE — The last time Florida State made a visit to Florida Field in Gainesville, the Gators were celebrating a momentous occasion.

Quarterback Tim Tebow was playing his final home game, and Florida fans packed Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, making the venue ring with more noise than most Seminoles claim they had ever heard. To this day, many call that game the loudest they have ever played in.

Returning to Gainesville for the first time since that 37-10 loss in 2009, FSU is expecting another raucous atmosphere Saturday.

To prepare, the team practiced this week with artificial noise piped in.

FSU coach Jimbo Fisher believes it has helped.

"Makes you focus," he said. "Maybe need to do it all the time. We joke about that, but sometimes it's not a bad idea."

FSU injury status: Safety Nick Moody (concussion) is expected to return to action this week. Early in last week's game against Virginia, he suffered an apparent mild concussion, and was cleared to continue playing. After getting banged up again, he was taken out of the game. Fisher said the symptoms of the concussion have faded.

Meanwhile, one player who may not return this week is senior guard David Spurlock. He missed part of the preseason as he got over a concussion, and he missed several weeks of the regular season with a knee injury. Although he played some last week, it doesn't appear he will play against UF, Fisher said.

Hurricanes see today's game as bowl

CORAL GABLES — Now that the Hurricanes are staying home this December, they have only one game left — today at home against Boston College.

"This is our bowl game," senior linebacker Sean Spence said of today's Senior Day.

Miami (6-5) has treated this week as bowl week ever since they were stunned Sunday by news that the university had self-imposed a bowl ban for this season in response to the ongoing NCAA investigation involving a booster.

The players have been trained to think of every game as just one game, but in this case, that axiom gets tossed out.

"It does," quarterback Jacory Harris said. "I shouldn't give away my secret, but I told Coach (Al Golden) if I throw a touchdown, score a touchdown, anything, I might get ejected from the game because I'm going to lose my mind. I might go dance in the stands or something."

Texas rallies past Texas A&M in send-off

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas spoiled Texas A&M's going-away party.

Justin Tucker kicked a 40-yard field goal as time expired to give the Longhorns a 27-25 victory over Texas A&M on Thursday night in the likely end of a more than century-old rivalry.

Texas A&M's last Big 12 game and the 118th meeting between the rivals before the Aggies depart for the SEC next season was a thriller befitting one of college football's oldest and most storied matchups.

The Aggies were down 24-19 before Ryan Tannehill found Jeff Fuller on a 16-yard touchdown pass with less than two minutes left. But the two-point conversion failed, leaving A&M ahead 25-24.

The Longhorns' winning drive was helped by a 15-yard personal foul penalty and a 25-yard run by quarterback Case McCoy.

Paterno pool flap false: Despite earlier reports that the wife of former Penn State coach Joe Paterno was turned away from a campus pool, the Patriot News of Harrisburg reported later Thursday that the facility was actually closed.

Sue Paterno, an avid swimmer, had been known for taking early morning laps in the pool. According to the Associated Press, a family source initially said Sue Paterno was turned away when she inquired about using the facility and that the family was saddened by the event.

A university spokesman said he was unaware of any such directive. The school had said last week that Joe Paterno still held tenure.

School trustees fired Joe Paterno on Nov. 9 from the job he held for nearly a half-century in the aftermath of child sex abuse charges against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

Women's soccer: Florida State hosts Virginia in a national quarterfinal at 2 p.m. today. The Seminoles seek their fifth College Cup berth but first since 2007. The teams split the season series, Virginia winning 4-3 in overtime at home Oct. 8 and FSU winning 2-1 in the ACC tournament semifinals in Cary, N.C., on Nov. 4.

Information from the South Florida Sun Sentinel and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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FSU at Florida

When/where: 7, Saturday; Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville

TV/radio: ESPN2; 620-AM, 1040-AM

Line: FSU by 2

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