Willie Haulstead was sidelined with a concussion. Christian Ponder was hurting. FSU had a rotating door at right guard. It had been a tough half for the Seminoles, as a pick-6 play that would have put FSU up 17-3 was called back. Instead, the score sat at 13-10 Maryland. Trailing by three points against Maryland with 2:21 to go in the first half, FSU faced a 4th-n-6 from the Maryland 44. FSU lined up to punt. But the punt never happened. In one of his bolder moves of the season, Fisher called for a fake punt (3:15 mark):
It was one of Fisher's truly bold moves of the season. The team was a bit listless. FSU converted the fourth down and tied the game on a Dustin Hopkins field goal before the half. FSU scored 20 of the game's final 23 points and won 30-16. The bold decision might not have won the game for FSU, but there's no way of knowing if the 'Noles would have played with the same fire in the second half had Fisher not made the call.
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