Originally created 01/04/06

Penn St over Florida St in instant classic



MIAMI - This really was one for the ages.

For more than four hours, Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden paced the Orange Bowl sidelines, searching for offense and enduring missed kicks.

Finally, in the third overtime, at 1 a.m. Wednesday, Kevin Kelly made a 29-yard field goal attempt, giving Paterno and Penn State a 26-23 victory over Bowden's Florida State Seminoles.

"I told him we're too old for this," Paterno said afterward. "It's almost past my bedtime."

Paterno had said he didn't want the game to be about him and Bowden, who rank 1-2 in career coaching victories. And it turned out to be about missed opportunities, improbable twists and epic length.

Kelly's winning kick came on second down. Given two earlier chances to win the game, he missed field goal attempts of 29 and 38 yards.

Florida State counterpart Gary Cismesia missed an extra point in the first half and field goal tries of 44 and 38 yards in overtime.

The No. 3-ranked Nittany Lions finished 11-1, with the only loss coming when they gave up a touchdown to Michigan on the game's final play. The season represented a big rebound for Paterno's program, which went 7-16 in 2003-04.

No. 22 Florida State fell to 8-5, Bowden's worst season since 1981.



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