TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Derek Schmidt encountered on Saturday the one thing that mid-week practice could not provide -- the sight of Memphis State uniforms.
Schmidt, who had endured a poor practice session on Thursday, accounted for 13 points to give sixth-ranked Florida State a 19-10 victory over Memphis State.
'Derek Schmidt had a great day,' Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said. 'I watched him kick on Thursday and he wasn't doing too good. I guess, if you're going to be bad, Thursday is a good day for it.'
Schmidt kicked a 42-yard field goal on the final play of last year's game to salvage a 17-17 tie for the Seminoles.
This time, Schmidt was called on six times for field goals and hit four. He missed only once from 47 yards and had a 46-yarder called back on an illegal procedure penalty. He also kicked an extra point after a 13-yard Kirk Coker touchdown pass.
'Their kid did a good job in kicking,' conceded Tiger coach Rey Dempsey. 'We played a basically sound game. You just cannot make mistakes against team like Florida State.'
The Seminoles, 3-0, overcame a sluggish start, spotting the Tigers a 10-0 lead. However, Florida State rebounded to dominate the final three quarters.
Coker, a senior who lost his starting job to sophomore Danny McManus in the pre-season, came off the bench when McManus suffered a neck injury just before halftime.
The Tigers, coming off two straight ties with Mississippi and Murray State after a season-opening victory over Southwest Louisiana, startled the Seminoles with an 84-yard drive on their first possession of the game.
Senior quarterback Danny Sparkman gave Memphis State its only touchdown with an 8-yard toss to his cousin, tight end Ricky Sparkman, five minutes into the game.
Don Glosson added a 52-yard field goal seconds into the second period to give the Tigers a 10-0 advantage.
McManus maneuvered Florida State into Tiger territory with five minutes remaining in the half, but was stymied by penalties and errors. The Seminoles had to settle for a 51-yard field goal from Schmidt.
After Memphis State fumbled the ensuing kickoff, Schmidt kicked another 51-yarder.
With McManus out, Coker opened the second half with an 84-yard drive capped by a 13-yard scoring toss to Darrin Holloman to put Florida State on top 13-10.
Schmidt added a 46-yard field goal late in the third period. He connected on a 24-yarder with 50 seconds left to provide the final margin.