COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maybe he's a little rusty. Maybe he's still sore from the elbow injury. But if FSU quarterback Christian Ponder is healthy and has shaken off the rust from missing last week's game, here is an opportunity for him to take over and finish the season the way he had intended to -- as a winner.
FSU's offense showed a flash of excitement in the third quarter with the 44-yard touchdown pass to Bert Reed for the 20-16 lead. FSU has possession to start the fourth quarter, and Ponder needs to take it and run with it. He's the veteran on the field, going against rookie Danny O'Brien, and that should be a factor in a game like this with title implications.
For various reasons -- whether it be injury, opposing defenses, or just inexplicably uncharacteristic mistakes -- Ponder hasn't lived up to outside expectations or his own this season. He has a chance to change that this quarter.