Saturday, November 8, 2008. (AP) -- Christian Ponder threw for a touchdown and ran for another Saturday and Antone Smith ran for two scores as No. 24 Florida State defeated Clemson 41-27 Saturday on coach Bobby Bowden's 79th birthday.
Clemson (4-5, 2-4) had won the last three games in the series under Bowden's son, Tommy Bowden, who was fired last month after a 3-3 start. Interim Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is 1-2 since taking over.
Florida State (7-2, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) overcame an early 10-0 deficit to lead 20-17 at halftime after both teams converted turnovers into touchdowns.
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