TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Christian Ponder threw four first-half touchdown passes and Greg Reid returned a punt 74 yards for another score as No. 20 Florida State celebrated Jimbo Fisher's coaching debut with a 59-6 victory over lower-division Samford (Ala.) Saturday.
The Seminoles exploded for 35 points during an 11-minute span of the second quarter to build a 42-0 lead in the season opener for both schools.
Ponder, who played only the first half, completed 12 of 14 passes for 167 yards. He hit running back Lonnie Pryor for two scores on short passes. He also hit Panama City native Bert Reed with a 15 yard strike in the second quarter.
Samford's points came on a pair of field goals by Cameron Yaw.
Fisher succeeded coaching icon Bobby Bowden at Florida State after spending three years as Bowden's offensive coordinator.