The Texas Star-Telegram delivered this blunt assessment. "Miss Teen South Carolina Lauren Caitlin Upton was stumped for an answer when asked why one-fifth of Americans can't locate the U.S. on a map. If you haven't seen her ramblin', stumblin' statement, you also don't know about Google or YouTube.
Whatever embarrassment she might have caused the Palmetto State was erased Monday night. Clemson stepped up to the microphone and was asked this question: "Why do voters still think Florida State should be a Top 25 team?"
The Miami Herald had this to say about the Noles loss to Clemson. "The Seminoles blocking front was dreadful in the first half as Florida State fell behind Clemson 24-3. Quarterback Drew Weatherford could not set his feet, much less look down field for receivers. Running back Antone Smith was smothered in the backfield."
The GreenvilleOnline of South Carolina noted the following. "The once imperious Seminoles had begun to take on the look of a former Hollywood star living on the past, like Gloria Swanson in “Sunset Boulevard.”
The St. Pete Times said this. "As it was, FSU's loss to Clemson was ugly enough to cause nightmares. The Seminoles were bullied early and beaten late in their 24-18 loss, and once again, there are fresh paw prints all over the once-proud FSU program."
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel saw it like this. "At halftime, after the Tigers had built a 24-3 lead, the stat sheet looked like Bobby Bowden's worst nightmare, which meant it looked a lot like an FSU stat sheet from 2006. Through the first 20 minutes, Clemson outgained FSU on the ground 129 yards to 34. Overall, the Tigers had 210 yards of offense and 11 first downs, compared to 62 and one for FSU."