Bruins Can't Hang On In Emerald Bowl, Fall To FSU 44-27

Dec. 27, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -Bobby Bowden has his 30th straight winning team at Florida State after the coach's most frustrating squad put a fierce finish on a wild Emerald Bowl.

Lorenzo Booker ran for 91 yards, caught five passes for 117 more and scored two touchdowns, leading the Seminoles to a 44-27 victory over UCLA on Wednesday night.

The Seminoles (7-6) still finished with their least impressive record since going 7-4-1 in 1986, but the 77-year-old Bowden still hasn't coached a club with a losing record since going 5-6 in his first season in Tallahassee.

In a 21-point fourth quarter, Greg Carr caught a go-ahead, 30-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-9 early, and California native Booker capped his final collegiate game with a key third-down catch and a 3-yard TD run with 6:17 left. 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 an impressive finish for Florida State (7-6), 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 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.

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