Seminoles Face the Music

Cheating scandal leaves Florida short
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2008 3:15 AM CST
Florida State fan Hayden Layne, 7, holds a sign referring to the team's player situation as the Seminoles play Kentucky in the first quarter of the Music City Bowl football game in Nashville, Tenn., Monday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Kentucky won a second straight Music City Bowl yesterday, beating the Seminoles 35-28 and handing coach Bobby Bowden his first December bowl loss. Andre Woodson threw four TD passes against a severely depleted Seminoles defense. Florida State was playing three dozen players short due to injuries and suspensions stemming from an academic cheating scandal involving, ironically, a music test.

Woodson capitalized on the Seminoles' missing depth to finish the season with a school record 40 touchdown passes. It was the 19th consecutive game with at least 200 passing yards and a scoring pass for Woodson, a senior who is likely to be among the first quarterbacks picked in the NFL draft.