Florida State Football - 2012 Year In Review

Florida State Football - 2012 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Jimbo Fisher, Head Coach
James Coley, Offensive Coordinator, Tight Ends
Dameyune Craig, Quarterbacks, Recruiting Coordinator
Lawrence Dawsey, Passing Game Coordinator, Wide Receivers
Mario Edwards, Dir of Player Development
D.J. Eliot, Defensive Ends
Dan Gayton, Graduate Assistant
Eddie Gran, Associate Head Coach, Special Teams Coordinator, Running Backs
Odell Haggins, Defensive Line
Greg Hudson, Assistant Head Coach, Linebackers
Bob LaCivita, Dir of Player Personnel
Joe Scola, Graduate Assistant
David Spurlock, Graduate Assistant
Mark Stoops, Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Backs
Rick Trickett, Assistant Head Coach, Offensive Line
Vic Viloria, Strength and Conditioning

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2012 FSU Football Media Guide


2012 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

Roberto Aguayo, 6-1, 212, K, Mascotte - Rated the nation's No. 3 kicker by Rivals...sixth-best kicking prospect according to ESPN.com...247 Sports lists him as the nation's third-best kicker...three-star prospect according to ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247...ESPN lists him as the 105th-best overall prospect in the state of Florida...listed as the 133rd-best prospect in the state by 247 Sports...one of only three kickers to make the ESPNU150 Watch List for 2012...was rated the nation's number one kicking prospect at the age of 16 by Kohl's Kicking Camps...Kohl's said the ball explodes off his foot and that he is ready for Division I football right now...they also pointed out how well he handles pressure and that he is one of the most pure talents they have seen across the country...won the kick-off competition at the ESPN Underclassman Challenge in 2010 with a 74-yard kick that had a 4.04 second hang time...high school coach considers him an offensive weapon and the best high school kicker since UF's Caleb Sturgis...made 7 of 8 field goals as a junior with his long coming from 48 yards...also accounted for 38 touchbacks in 2010...hit two field goals from 51 yards as a sophomore...longest field goal in practice was 63 yards...attended the National Invitational Scholarship Camp...named the Most Outstanding Kicker at the Jimbo Fisher Summer Camp...started his career playing soccer before he moved over to football...also ranked as the 68th-best punter in the nation by Kohl's...favorite kicker is FSU's Groza Award winner and current Washington Redskin Graham Gano...chose FSU over interest from Tennessee, UCLA, Arkansas, LSU, Michigan and others.

Cason Beatty, 6-3, 229, P, Charlotte, NC - Big, tall, athletic punter with a strong leg and plenty of upside at the college level...started his high school career as a quarterback before picking up punting as a junior in 2010 and excelling at that position...earned first team All-Mecklenburg County honors by the Charlotte Observer as a senior while averaging 43.1 yards per punt on 32 attempts and hitting four punts longer than 60 yards...named MEGA 7 3A/4A all-conference by the Charlotte Observer as a junior and senior...threw for more than 800 yards as a junior quarterback but shined that season as a punter averaging 43.5 yards per attempt on his way to All-Mecklenburg County second team honors by the Charlotte Observer...rated the No. 3 punter nationally by kicking guru Chris Sailer of California...two-star prospect by Rivals and a three-star prospect by ESPN and Scout.com...ranked the No. 4 punter nationally by Scout.com and No. 5 punter nationally by 247sports...has an older brother, Lucas, who just completed his redshirt year as a quarterback at Gardner-Webb in Boiling Springs, N.C.

Colin Blake, 6-3, 194, DB, San Antonio, TX - A four-star prospect according to Rivals who is proven at the 5A level of Texas football...received a three-star rating from ESPN, 247Sports and Scout...Rivals list him as the 13th-best cornerback prospect in the 2012 class while 247Sports lists him as the 26th-best corner, ESPN the 30th-best and Scout has him at No. 33 in his position group...among prospects from one of the deepest talent pools in America in Texas Rivals lists Blake as the 21st-best player in the state...ranked No. 60 in Texas by 247Sports and No. 90 in the Lone Star state by ESPN...ESPN lists Blake at No. 116 regionally...nationally Rivals lists the San Antonio prospect as the 155th-best in the nation...rated a Top Player by Tom Lemming of Max Preps who believes he could be an All-American at the collegiate level...recorded 68 tackles and one interception as a junior...coveted size for a cornerback and should transition well to the college game at that position according to ESPN...one scouting service felt Blake could develop into a player like NFL All-Pro Nnamdi Asomugha...runs a 4.5 40 with a vertical of 34"...originally from England and has only been playing cornerback since his junior year...joins fellow European Bjoern Werner who came to FSU from Germany...holds more than 15 offers from BCS schools...was committed to Texas A&M before the turnover in the coaching staff...chose FSU over Oklahoma and TCU.

Marvin Bracy, 5-9, 172, WR, Orlando - Four-star recruit according to Rivals, 247 and Scout...Under Armour All-American...all-America in football and track...named the fastest player at the Under Armour All-America Game by Rivals...ESPNU 150 member...listed as the 76th-best prospect in the nation by ESPN and the 12th-best wide receiver...247 lists Bracy as the 90th-rated overall prospect in the 2012 class...rated in the top 40 among the nation's best receivers by Rivals and Scout...2011 Super Southeast 120 by the Mobile (Ala.) Register...ranked a top 20 recruit in Florida by ESPN (17) and 247 (14)...ranked No. 4 on the Orlando Sentinel Super 60...finished his junior season with almost 1,500 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns...ESPN calls Bracy one of the most explosive and gifted natural talents in the 2012 class who is a homerun threat at all times...they go on to say Bracy is a multi-purpose offensive weapon who is a nightmare to deal with in space...made ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 plays coming in at No. 3 following his one-handed, 32-yard TD in the Under Armour All-America Game...the fastest high school football player in the nation...ran the fastest indoor 55M in the world this year in January clocking in at 6.08...time was a national record for the 19-and-under division and the fastest time ever run by a high school student...previous fastest 55M run by a high school student was 6.14...ran the second-fastest 100M in Florida High School history at 10.05...the only Floridian to ever run the 100M faster was Florida track and football star Jeff Demps...Scout.com said Bracy's speed is on par with Demps at this stage in their careers...nobody in high school in Florida ever ran a 100M faster than Bracy as Demps and Houston McTear both posted their record-breaking times after high school graduation...pursuing his dream to run track for the USA in the 2012 London Olympics...he will travel to Eugene, Ore. on July 24 for U.S. Olympic Team trials...ran a relay leg for the USA in the 4x100 Meters in July 2010 at the World Junior Championships...defending large school, Class 4A 100- and 200-meter champion...will compete on Florida State's national runner-up track and field team...named an All-USA high school track and field team selection by USA Today...Orlando Sentinel named him track athlete of the year as a junior...he is trained by former Florida State sprinter Ricky Argro...chose FSU over offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame and Oklahoma...had a 3.2 GPA entering his senior year of high school.

Chris Casher, 6-4, 248, DE, Mobile, AL - Rated as the 23rd-best player in the 2012 class by ESPNU...Under Armour All-American...top 50 ranking nationally by Rivals (36) and 247 Sports (49)...ESPNU 150 member...consensus top 10 prospect at defensive end...ESPN and Rivals has him as the nation's No. 3 DE, Scout has him at No. 7 and 247 at No. 8...five-star recruit from Scout...four-star prospect according to Rivals and 247...ranked in the top five in Alabama by ESPN (2), Rivals (3) and 247 (5)...another key recruit for the Seminoles from Mobile, AL...joins 2011 signee Jacob Coker as the second straight FSU recruit out of Mobile...played tight end and defensive end in high school but has told FSU coaches he would like to play on the defensive side of the ball at FSU...dominated at the Tallahassee NFTC vying for MVP honors...ran a 4.63 in the 40-yard dash, a 4.29 in the 20-yard shuttle and has a 29.9 vertical jump...compiled 50 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 10 sacks as a junior at Faith Academy...also made 22 catches for 408 yards...transferred to Mobile Davidson High School to make sure he would graduate and play football at the next level...as a result he had to sit out his entire senior season...FSU coaches supported Casher's decision and told him he didn't need to play another down of high school football because his scholarship offer to FSU was safe...Casher went on to score a 21 on the ACT...stayed very involved with Davidson's football team and became known as "Coach Casher" by the players due to the contributions he made to the team off the field...lifted weights at night and on the weekends to stay in shape...played his first football game in over a year at the 2012 Under Armour All-America Game...also played basketball...father was a Florida State fan when Casher was growing up...cousin of former Auburn All-SEC corner Larry Casher...chose FSU as a junior over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Oregon and Tennessee among others.

Ronald Darby, 5-11, 189, DB, Oxon Hill, MD - One of the fastest players in the nation and a five-star recruit according to 247Sports as the nation's top cornerback and 16th overall national prospect...also a four-star recruit according to both ESPN and Rivals...rated the No. 2 cornerback in the country according to Rivals and the second-best players in the state of Maryland by the same recruiting service...considered the No. 38-ranked prospect in the country according to ESPN...defender that can excel on both defense and special teams...participated in the 2012 Under Armour All-American Game...USA Today 2011 All-USA second team All-American...second team All-Met by the Washington Post as a junior and an honorable mention as a senior...honorable mention all-state as an an all-purpose player as a senior ...part of a Wolverines' secondary that registered four shutouts and allowed just 82 points in 2011...SI.com 2011 High School First Team All-American...played six positions as a high school senior, including kicker...as a junior, rushed for 1,329 yards and 23 touchdowns, while tallying three interceptions and eight pass breakups on defense...runs a reported 4.37-seconds 40-yard dash...elite track performer as well that is expected to contribute to Florida State's track & field team...has run a 6.28-seconds 55-meter dash and a 21.28-seconds 200-meter dash...chose Florida State over Notre Dame, Maryland, Clemson and Auburn.

Mario Edwards, 6-3, 295, DE, Denton, TX - Near consensus top-rated prospect in America in 2012...USA Today defensive player of the year...ESPNU 150 member...247 Sports Defensive Player of the Year for 2012 where he garnered a perfect 100 rating...one of just four players with a 100 rating from 247 Sports...listed at No. 1 by ESPN, Scout and 247 Sports...Rivals lists him at No. 3 nationally...five-stars from Rivals, Scout and 247...unanimously ranked No. 1 at his position whether it be defensive end or defensive tackle...the top player coming out of the state of Texas...Scout said it is hard to find a player as big and Explosive as Edwards...ESPN recruiting analyst Craig Haubert said Edwards can contribute almost immediately due to his ability to take advantage of blockers' weaknesses with a pass rush arsenal and a plan of attack when he rushes the quarterback...Haubert also said he is similar to Clemson's DeQuan Bowers at this stage of their careers...of his 72 tackles as a senior 32 were for a loss including 11 sacks...named the state of Texas Class 4A Defensive Player of the Year as a junior by the Associated Press...recorded 127 tackles, 50 tackles for loss and 18 sacks leading Denton Ryan to a state runner-up finish...recorded 69 tackles and three sacks as a freshman on top of catching 17 passes for 361 yards and three TDs...his high school coach raves about his work ethic as he and his father, former FSU star Mario Edwards, work out together at 6:00 a.m. each morning...says Edwards is the best he has coached in a 32 year career...Edwards hopes to wear the same number (15) as his dad did one day at FSU...goal is to win the Hendricks Award and go down as one of the best ever in Seminole history...if he couldn't play football he would coach so he can teach the sport to others...chose FSU over Texas, Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State among others.

Ukeme Eligwe, 6-2, 231, LB, Stone Mountain, GA - A consensus top 10 prospect nationally at the linebacker position...U.S. Army All-American...ESPNU 150 member...both Rivals and 247 have him listed as a top 100 prospect...listed at No. 47 nationally by Rivals and No. 96 by 247...ESPN lists him as the 116th-best prospect this year...a consensus 4-star prospect...ESPN has him listed as No. 47 in the region...Rivals lists as the second-best prospect in Georgia this year...listed as the eighth-best prospect in Georgia by 247 and the 11th-best by ESPN...all four recruiting services have him listed in the top seven nationally at the linebacker position...Rivals considers him the second-best linebacker prospect in the nation...ESPN lists him No. 3 among linebackers, Scout No.6 and 247 No. 7...played in a 3-4 system in high school and is projected by most experts to play linebacker at the collegiate level...ESPN says he has the ability to play either inside or outside linebacker at the next level and that he has the strength to shed blockers and the fluidity to avoid contact when pursuing the football...according to the recruiting analyst Keith Niebuhr, the Stone Mountain, GA product is smart and athletic and he is able to generate a pass rush from the outside and up the middle...Niebuhr described the linebacker as an athletic freak who has the power to excel against the run and quickness and agility to shine in coverage...collected more than 25 scholarship offers and committed to FSU on his 17th birthday...chose FSU over Cal and Georgia...cited FSU's nationally ranked criminology program as one of the factors in his choice to play for the Seminoles.

Daniel Glauser, 6-5, 305, OL, Rheinfelden, Switzerland - Standout two-year starter at left tackle for one of the top junior college programs...earned honorable mention NJCAA Football All-America honors this past season as a sophomore at NMMI...helped lead the Broncos to a 9-3 overall mark, a second place finish in the WSFL with a 6-2 record, a berth in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl and a No. 14 final national ranking in the NJCAA...named to the 2011 All-WSFL First Team offense...anchored an offensive line that helped New Mexico Military Institute average 475 yards of total offense which produced a rushing attack that amassed 2,818 yards (234.8 yards per game) and a passing attack that totaled 2,882 yards (240.2 yards per game)...as a true freshman at NMMI, earned the Broncos' "Hustle Award" and didn't allow a sack in his first season as a starter...rated a four-star JC prospect by Scout.com and a three-star prospect by Rivals.com...Chose Florida State over Arkansas, Mississippi State and Oklahoma State.

Eddie Goldman, 6-4, 320, DT, Washington, DC - Consensus five-star defensive tackle whose a force in the interior of the line...has good size and displays the ability to fire off on the snap of the ball, get into the backfield and be disruptive...comes off the ball low, plays with leverage and shows the quickness to chase down a player in the backfield having been clocked around a 4.8 in the 40...Under Armour All-American...USA Today 2011 All-USA second team All-American...ESPNHS Second Team All-American...2012 Parade All-American and SI.com's 2011 High School First Team All-American...racked up 38 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 15 sacks and five forced fumbles while helping Friendship Collegiate to a 9-1 record...earned first team All-Met by the Washington Post as a senior offensive lineman grading out at 90 percent but was always projected as a defensive player at the next level...No. 10 player on the ESPNU 150 and No. 1 defensive tackle, No. 2 player in the region and No. 1 player in the state by ESPN...ranked the No. 7 prospect nationally by Rivals and No. 1 player in the state and No. 2 defensive tackle...No. 17 on Tom Lemming's MaxPreps Top 100...Scout ranks him as the No. 4 defensive tackle...No. 1 player in the state, No. 3 defensive tackle and No. 14 on the Top 247 list by 247Sports...tallied 40 tackles, six sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery as a junior...selected Florida State over Alabama and Auburn.

Christo Kourtzidis, 6-4, 246, TE, Orange, CA - Four-star tight end prospect known for having good strong hands and the ability to catch the ball away from his body, fight for yards after the catch and break-arm tackles ... can play from an in-line position or flexed out wide as a receiver...excels as a blocker and will only get better at the next level... Named to the O.C. All-Region first team by ESPNLA.com ... Hauled in 38 receptions for 416 yards for an average of 10.9 yards per catch and added four TD receptions as a senior in 2011 and caught 29 passes for 429 yards as a junior...earned MaxPreps California Division I All-State first team honors...also picked up All-Orange County and All-Pac 5 Division honors...ranked No. 7 on the Top 50 senior football recruits by OCVarsity.com... rated a four-star prospect ranking as the No. 11 tight end by Scout.com, a four-star prospect ranking as the No. 8 tight end by 247Sports, No. 25 player in the state of California and 219th player on the Top247 list...listed a four-star prospect as the No. 8 tight end, No. 25 player and 194th overall player by Rivals...earned a three-star rating by ESPN and ranked the No. 26 tight end nationally, No. 61 prospect in the state of California and No. 91 regionally... two-way player in football at Lutheran HS playing tight end and defensive end...chose Florida State over Cal.

Sean Maguire, 6-2, 204, QB, Sparta, NJ - One of the top pro-style quarterbacks in the country and New Jersey's top-rated quarterback in the class of 2012...a four-star prospect by ESPN and three-star QB by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports...natural pocket passer who is suited for a multiple pro-style scheme...ran a wing-T offense in high school which didn't allow for many passing opportunities but made the most of the ones he got displaying good arm strength, touch, the ability to change ball speeds and ability to consistently throw a catchable ball with nice accuracy to all three levels...gained varsity exposure as a freshman and led Seton Hall Prep to a 19-3 record as a sophomore and junior...completed 70 of 141 passes for 1,161 yards and 14 TDs as a junior, making Third Team All-Essex County for The Star-Ledger...earned 1st Team All Non-Public and 1st Team All Essex by the Star-Ledger after completing 74-of-154 passes for 1,183 yards, 12 TDs, 4 INTs as a senior...also named Super Essex Conference 1st Team as a senior...finished his career at Seton Hall Prep completing 105-of-224 passes for 1,881 yards, 20 TDs and 6 INTs in that wing-T offense...named to the 2012 USA Football National Team (U19) for the 2012 International Bowl on Feb. 1...ranked by ESPN as the No. 13 QB prospect nationally, No. 4 player in state of New Jersey and No. 18 player regionally...rated the No. 18 pro-style QB by 247 Sports and No. 14 player in the state of New Jersey...No. 26 player in New Jersey by Rivals and No. 50 quarterback by Scout...selected Florida State over Alabama, Buffalo, Maryland and NC State.

Reggie Northrup, 6-1, 221, LB, Jacksonville - Four-star linebacker with exceptional athleticism who will continue the pipeline from First Coast High School to FSU...analysts have been impressed with his ability to make plays all over the field consistently finding the holes, locating runners and tackling them to the ground (39.5 TFL in 2011)...rated a four-star linebacker by Rivals, Scout, 247Sports and ESPN...Rivals has him as the No. 30 linebacker and No. 40 player in Florida...No. 35 outside linebacker and No. 37 player in state of Florida by 247Sports...ranks as the No. 28 linebacker, No. 42 overall player in Florida by ESPN...listed as the No. 112 prospect on the Mobile Register's Super Southeast 120...earned Florida Times-Union All-First Coast Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior recording 165 tackles, including 39.5 behind the line in leading the Buccaneers to the Class 7A championship game and a 13-win season...named to the 2011 Times-Union Super 24...as a junior, finished with 110 tackles, eight sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery for a touchdown...selected Florida State after once being a verbal commit to Miami.

Mario Pender, 6-0, 190, RB, Cape Coral - Explosive four-star running back who possesses the quickness, speed and burst to run both inside or outside and also has great power to run through blocks...selected a U.S. Army All-American...rushed 130 times for 1,543 yards (11.9 yards per carry) and 17 touchdowns as a senior...named first team All-Area by the Fort Myers News-Press...named to the Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-District 19 Football Team...earned Associated Press' Class 6A all-state third team honors as a senior...rated the No. 72 player on the ESPNU 150 as well as the No. 8 running back, No. 16 player in the state of Florida and No. 38 player regionally...No. 66 on the Sporting News Top 125 of 2012...rushed for 2,261 yards and 32 touchdowns, averaging 13.87 yards per carry as a junior...has posted times of a 10.61 in the 100 meters and 22 flat in the 200 meters in track...rated a four-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals and 247sports and a five-star prospect by Scout.com...rated the No. 4 running back nationally, No. 7 prospect in the state of Florida and No. 41 overall prospect nationally by 247sports.com...rated the No. 28 overall prospect and fifth-best running back by Scout.com...No. 4 running back nationally, No. 5 prospect in the state of Florida and No. 38 overall prospect nationally by Rivals.com...selected Florida State over Alabama, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), USF, Tennessee, West Virginia.

Justin Shanks, 6-2, 340, DT, Prattville, AL - Big, run-stopping defensive tackle who is rated a four-star defensive lineman by ESPN, Rivals.com, Scout.com and a three-star DT by 247Sports.com... explodes with power off the ball and displays a great strength in engaging blockers and defends a gap well...ranked No. 7 player in state of Alabama, No. 10 defensive tackle and No. 51 player regionally by ESPN while also being listed No. 114 in the ESPNU 150...totaled 54 tackles, including 10 for loss and 5 1/2 sacks, added 15 quarterback hurries and caught a touchdown pass lined up at tight end as a senior in helping to guide Prattville to the Class 6A state championship...as a three-year starter at Prattville, the Lions finished 33-8, advanced to the finals of the Class 6A playoffs twice, won the Class 6A Region Four championship twice, going 16-2 in region play and earned a No. 22 final ranking in the USA Today High School Poll in 2011 and No. 21 ranking in 2009... No. 6 on the The Birmingham News 2012 Super Seniors List...selected Prattville High School's first U.S. Army All-American and took part in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl playing for the West team...No. 18 on the Mobile Register's Elite 18 List of Prospects...named to the Elmore-Autauga Super Football Team by the Montgomery Advertiser and Prattville Progress...named 2011 All-Autauga County by the Montgomery Advertiser and Prattville Progress...also named Class 5A-6A All-Metro by the Montgomery Advertiser...earned ASWA Class 6A All-State honors as a senior...recorded 65 tackles and 12 sacks as a junior...listed as the No. 10 defensive tackle, No. 5 player in the state of Alabama and No. 135 on the Rivals Top 250...10th rated defensive tackle prospect by Scout.com and No. 18 player in the state of Alabama and No. 39 defensive tackle by 247Sports.com...chose Florida State over Auburn and Tennessee.

Menelik Watson, 6-6, 320, OL, Manchester, England - One of the nation's top junior college offensive tackles, who hails from Manchester, England...big, physical player who is considered to have some of the best feet in the nation for an offensive lineman and has the quickness (clocked in the 4.7 range in the 40-yard dash) to be effective against the big, fast defensive ends being produced at the college level...said to have an explosive first step, a constantly square body and serious downfield speed which projects him to be a solid blocker in both the passing and rushing game...rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports and a three-star offensive lineman by Rivals and Scout...helped Saddleback College (Mission Viejo, Calif.) to an 8-3 record, No. 5 ranking and berth in the Golden State Bowl...named second team Southern California Football Association All-Conference helping a Saddleback offense that led the SFCA in total offense (470.4 yards per game, ranked second in the SCFA in scoring offense (40.5 ppg), passing offense (338.6 yards per game), 24th in rushing offense (131.7)...trained to be a basketball player his entire life in England until he played for the CDA Academy in Spain and wasn't introduced to the sport of football until arriving in America...actually signed a Division I-A basketball scholarship with Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and after a redshirt freshman season (2009-10), emerged as a team captain playing forward and center for the Red Foxes...averaged 4.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 29 games with 13 starts in his only season (2010-11) at Marist...ranks as the No. 5 junior college player by 247Sports, No. 9 junior college offensive tackle and No. 19 on the top-50 junior college players by Rivals...graduated from Burnage High School, in Manchester, England in 2006...selected Florida State over Auburn, Cal, Oklahoma, Oregon and Rutgers.

P.J. Williams, 6-0, 190, DB, Ocala - Versatile four-star defensive back that can play either corner or safety...played safety for Ocala's Vanguard High School and showed good ball skills and instincts on his way to being named Vangaurd's first ever Under Armour All-American...also played wide receiver...recorded 52 tackles as a senior and earned Associated Press' Class 6A all-state first team honors as a defensive utility player...played in the Under All-America game and made three tackles and had one pass break-up for Team Blur...named first team All-County by The Ocala Star-Banner...named to the Super 75 by the Florida Times-Union...No. 52 on the Orlando Sentinel's 2012 Florida Top 100...rated a four-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals, Scout.com and 247Sports.com...No. 6 safety, No. 23 player in Florida and No. 59 regionally by ESPN and the No. 133 player on the ESPNU 150...ranked No. 9 safety, No. 23 player in state of Florida and No. 118 nationally by Rivals...No. 46 on the Mobile Register's Super Southeast 120...listed as the No. 10 safety and No. 16 player in the Scout.com Florida Top 100...No. 11 safety, No. 25 player in Florida and No. 168 on the Top 247 by 247 Sports.com...has been clocked with sub 4.4 time in the 40-yard dash...named to the Super 75 by the Florida Times-Union...earned all-county honors as a junior after logging 83 tackles and an interception as the Knights' starting safety...posted a county-best 33.8-yards-per-return average on kickoffs, including a school-record four touchdowns as a sophomore at Vanguard... chose Florida State over Alabama and Miami (Fla.).

Jameis Winston, 6-4, 206, QB, Hueytown, AL - Nation's top quarterback prospect in the class of 2012, who also is considered a top baseball prospect in the 2012 Major League Baseball Amatuer draft...USA Today 2011 All-USA first team All-American...2012 Parade All-American and Under Armour All-American...selected the 2011 Alabama Gatorade State Player of the Year...rated a five-star quarterback by Scout and a four-star QB by Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports...named to the 2012 USA Football National Team (U19) for the 2012 International Bowl on Feb.1...dual-threat quarterback who played in the shotgun spread where he excelled as a passer within the pocket, on the move and also as a designated runner which is where he can be really dangerous...can make all the throws and does a good job of keeping his eyes downfield when plays breakdown...named the Alabama Sports Writers Association's Class 5A Back of the Year as a senior after completing 69 percent of his passes for 2,424 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushing for 1,065 yards (7.4 yards per rush) and another 15 touchdowns in guiding Hueytown to a 13-1 mark and the Class 5A state semifinals...named the 2011 Birmingham News Metro Player of the Year...the four-year starter totaled 6,871 career passing yards with 67 touchdowns, completing 60 percent of his 790 passes and threw only 25 interceptions and averaged 6.5 yards per rushing attempt for 2,912 yards and 35 touchdowns on the ground which adds up to 9,853 career yards and a part in 103 touchdowns...No. 1 on the Mobile Register's Super Southeast 120 and Elite 18 list of the top Alabama prospects...named a co-MVP of the Elite 11 national quarterback challenge last summer in Malibu...turned in an MVP performance in the Under Armour All-American game completing 8-of-9 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns...named to the ASWA Super 12 and Class 5A all-state teams as a junior and senior...No. 14 on the ESPNU 150 and No. 1 QB nationally, No. 5 player regionally and No. 1 player in state of Alabama by ESPN...named to the 2012 247Sports All-American team as the No. 1 dual-threat QB, No. 3 player in the state and No. 26 in the Top247 List...on the baseball diamond, shines as a switch-hitting centerfielder and right-handed pitcher who possesses a fastball in the 90s and was clocked at a 6.59 in the 60...rated by Perfect Game as the nation's No. 22 prep baseball player for the Class of 2012 and was named a Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American heading into this upcoming season...named Birmingham News Metro West Player of the Year as a sophomore in baseball...hit .424 with seven homers and 36 RBIs during the Golden Gophers Class 6A state semifinal run and finished 8-3 with two saves, a 1.92 earned run average, 92 strikeouts and six complete games as a sophomore...2011 ASWA all-state and Birmingham News All-Metro selection in baseball as a junior posting an 8-3 record with 93 strikeouts and batting .424 with seven homers while playing shortstop, outfield and pitching...selected Florida State over Stanford, Alabama, LSU and Ohio State.


2012 Roster - By Name

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R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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* 41 Chad Abram            FB      6-0   235  Jr   **   Lakeland (Kathleen)
  40 Danny Adams           LS      5-9   195  So-R      Fort Lauderdale (Saint Thomas Aquinas/Eastern Kentucky)
  19 Roberto Aguayo        K       6-1   212  Fr        Mascotte (South Lake)
  38 Jonathan Akanbi       DB      6-1   197  So-R      Orlando (Edgewater)
  23 Jared Armstrong       QB      6-0   180  Fr        Gainesville (Oak Hall)
* 62 Austin Barron         OL      6-3   293  So   *    Fort Lauderdale (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
* 38 Cason Beatty          P       6-3   229  Fr        Charlotte, NC (Olympic)
*  1 Kelvin Benjamin       WR      6-5   243  Fr-R      Belle Glade (Glades Central)
  30 Colin Blake           DB      6-3   194  Fr        San Antonio, TX (Brandeis)
  10 Marvin Bracy          WR      5-9   172  Fr        Orlando (Boone)
*  3 Justin Bright         DB      6-1   197  Jr-R **   Duncan, SC (Byrnes)
* 31 Terrence Brooks       DB      5-11  197  Jr   **   Dunnellon (Dunnellon)
  27 Chris Brown           RB      6-0   210  Fr-R      Tampa (Cambridge Christian)
* 98 Shayne Broxsie        DE      6-2   275  Sr        Monticello (Jefferson County)
* 42 Lamarcus Brutus       DB      6-0   193  Fr-R      Port Saint Lucie (Treasure Coast)
  36 Kory Burnett          DB      6-0   205  Jr-R      Jacksonville (Bartram Trail)
  45 Will Burnham          RB      6-0   185  Fr-R      Lithia (Newsome)
* 91 Tank Carradine        DE      6-5   265  Sr   *    Cincinnati, OH (Taft/Butler County CC)
* 65 Ruben Carter          OL      6-4   294  Fr-R      Miami (Jackson)
  21 Chris Casher          DE      6-4   248  Fr        Mobile, AL (Davidson)
  49 Donald Chenault       LB      6-2   200  So        Coral Springs (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
* 14 Jacob Coker           QB      6-6   227  Fr-R      Mobile, AL (Saint Paul's Episcopal)
  35 Parker Conley         P       6-5   210  So-R      Norcross, GA (Norcross)
  47 Cory Cox              LB      6-1   221  Sr        Blountstown (Blountstown)
* 13 Ronald Darby          DB      5-11  189  Fr        Oxon Hill, MD (Potomac)
  61 Myles Davis           OL      6-2   310  Fr        Gainesville (Buchholz)
* 93 Everett Dawkins       DT      6-3   304  Sr-R ***  Spartanburg, SC (Byrnes)
* 64 Dax Dellenbach        DS      6-1   235  Sr-R **   Fort Lauderdale (North Broward Prep/Auburn)
* 23 Gerald Demps          DB      5-11  197  Jr-R *    Valdosta, GA (Lowndes County)
* 15 Greg Dent             WR      5-11  198  Jr   **   Belle Glade (Belle Glade Central)
  30 Ryan DiMarco          FB      5-10  214  Jr        Port Saint Lucie (John Carroll)
* 75 Philip Doumar         DS      6-1   214  Jr-R      Jupiter (Jupiter)
* 15 Mario Edwards         DE      6-3   295  Fr        Denton, TX (Ryan)
  16 Ukeme Eligwe          LB      6-2   231  Fr        Stone Mountain, GA (Stone Mountain)
* 75 Cameron Erving        OL      6-6   309  So-R *    Moultrie, GA (Colquitt County)
  60 Jacob Fahrenkrug      OL      6-4   322  Sr   *    Robbinsdale, MN (Cooper/ND State College of Science)
  76 Garrett Faircloth     OL      6-7   288  Jr-R      Brunswick, GA (Bolles)
  72 Daniel Foose          OL      6-6   296  So-R      Paramus, NJ (Paramus Catholic)
*  8 Devonta Freeman       RB      5-9   209  So   *    Miami (Miami Central)
  40 Kendall Fullington    DB      5-11  170  So        Weston (Cypress Bay)
  19 Josh Gehres           WR      6-3   201  Jr-R *    Tallahassee (Lincoln)
* 67 Daniel Glauser        OL      6-5   305  Jr        Rheinfelden, Switzerland (New Mexico Military Insitute)
* 81 Eddie Goldman         DT      6-4   320  Fr        Washington, DC (Friendship Collegiate Academy)
* 89 Christian Green       WR      6-2   205  So-R *    Tampa (Tampa Catholic)
* 80 Rashad Greene         WR      6-0   170  So   *    Albany, GA (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
* 12 Jarred Haggins        WR      6-0   190  Jr   **   Lakeland (Lakeland)
  43 Glenn Hall            LB      6-0   199  So-R      Miami (Carol City)
* 33 Kevin Haplea          TE      6-4   252  Jr        Annandale, NJ (North Hunterdon/Penn State)
  46 Joe Harmon            LB      6-2   201  So-R      Pensacola (Tate)
  41 Owen Harris           DB      6-0   168  Jr        Miramar (Miramar/Tallahassee CC)
* 51 Bobby Hart            OL      6-4   316  So   *    Lauderhill (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
* 82 Willie Haulstead      WR      6-2   230  Jr-R **   Titusville (Titusville)
  39 Jared Hayes           DB      6-0   170  Fr        Saint Johns (Creekside)
   6 Dan Hicks             TE      6-4   259  Jr-R **   Oxford, MS (Oxford)
  69 Adam Holup            DT      5-11  280  So        Cape Coral (Ida S. Baker)
* 18 Dustin Hopkins        K       6-2   190  Sr   ***  Houston, TX (Clear Lake)
*  1 Tyler Hunter          DB      5-11  190  So   *    Valdosta, GA (Lowndes County)
* 54 Tre' Jackson          OL      6-4   328  So   *    Jesup, GA (Wayne County)
*  4 Brandon Jenkins       DE      6-3   260  Sr   ***  Tallahassee (Florida)
*  8 Timmy Jernigan        DT      6-2   298  So   *    Lake City (Columbia)
  46 Jonathan Johnson      TE      6-7   268  Sr-R      Sanford (Seminole/Lynn)
*  7 Christian Jones       LB      6-4   232  Jr   **   Winter Park (Lake Howell)
* 20 Lamarcus Joyner       DB      5-8   195  Jr   **   Fort Lauderdale (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  29 Dillon Kidd           P       6-1   217  Fr-R      Deerfield Beach (Milford Academy)
* 83 Christo Kourtzidis    TE      6-4   246  Fr        Orange, CA (Orange Lutheran)
  88 Jeren Kowalewski      WR      6-2   160  Fr        Bradenton (Lakewood Ranch)
* 99 Nile Lawrence-Stample DT      6-2   305  Fr-R      Fort Lauderdale (Nova)
  77 Larry Levy            DL      6-2   275  So-R      Boynton Beach (Park Vista Community)
* 53 Sterling Lovelady     OL      6-3   291  So        Navarre (Navarre)
  11 Sean Maguire          QB      6-2   204  Fr        Sparta, NJ (Seton Hall Prep)
*  3 E.J. Manuel           QB      6-5   240  Sr-R ***  Virginia Beach, VA (Bayside)
* 70 Josue Matias          OL      6-6   326  So   *    Union City, NJ (Union City)
* 97 Demonte McAllister    DT      6-2   290  Jr-R **   Tampa (Alonso)
* 92 Anthony McCloud       DT      6-2   322  Sr-R **   Thomasville, GA (Central/Itawamba CC)
  90 Moses McCray          DT      6-2   318  Sr-R **   Tampa (Hillsborough)
  55 Jacobbi McDaniel      DT      6-0   286  Sr   ***  Greenville (Madison County)
  56 Derrick Mitchell      DT      6-4   317  Fr-R      Jacksonville (First Coast)
* 10 Nick Moody            LB      6-2   237  Sr-R ***  Wyncote, PA (Roman Catholic)
  16 Dorsey Moore          QB      6-4   205  Fr-R      Rockledge (Martins Ferry)
* 51 Giorgio Newberry      DE      6-6   273  Fr-R      Fort Pierce (Fort Pierce Central)
  43 Frank Nicholas        DS      5-10  188  Jr        Tampa (Plant)
* 12 Reggie Northrup       LB      6-1   221  Fr        Jacksonville (First Coast)
* 35 Nick O'Leary          TE      6-3   238  So   *    Palm Beach Gardens (Dwyer)
  59 Henry Orelus          OL      6-3   328  Jr-R *    Belle Glade (Glades Central)
   7 Mario Pender          RB      6-0   190  Fr        Cape Coral (Island Coast)
  56 Trey Pettis           OL      6-5   342  Fr-R      Deland (Deland)
  48 Dixon Phillips        TE      6-3   244  Fr        Tampa (Hillsborough)
  43 Anthony Porterfield   TE      6-3   238  Jr-R      Pensacola (Escambia)
  33 Xavier Pryce          DB      5-10  189  Jr-R      Miami (Parkway Academy)
* 24 Lonnie Pryor          FB      6-0   229  Sr   ***  Okeechobee (Okeechobee)
  78 Mike Pulawski                 6-1   270  Fr        Bradenton (Bradenton)
  22 Ridge Read            QB      5-10  190  Jr-R      Panama City (Liberty County)
* 86 Chris Revell          DS      6-1   198  Jr-R      Tallahassee (Chiles)
  85 James Rhoden          WR      6-0   165  Fr        Katy, TX (Cinco Ranch)
* 27 Xavier Rhodes         DB      6-2   217  Jr-R **   Miami (Norland)
  73 Jacob Schmidt         OL      6-0   240  Fr        Jacksonville (Creekside)
  94 Justin Shanks         DT      6-2   340  Fr        Prattville, AL (Prattville)
* 81 Kenny Shaw            WR      6-0   170  Jr   **   Orlando (Doctor Phillips)
  45 Nathan Slater         DE      6-2   223  Fr        Terry, MS (Saint Andrew's Episcopal)
* 21 Debrale Smiley        FB      5-11  228  Sr-R *    Thomasville, GA (Central/Itawamba CC)
* 37 Keelin Smith          DB      6-3   187  Fr-R      Fort Pierce (Treasure Coast)
* 84 Rodney Smith          WR      6-6   219  Sr   ***  Miami (Archbishop Carroll)
* 22 Telvin Smith          LB      6-3   215  Jr   **   Valdosta, GA (Lowndes County)
* 24 Terrance Smith        LB      6-4   215  Fr-R      Decatur, GA (Southwest Dekalb)
* 96 Toshmon Stevens       DE      6-5   245  Sr-R ***  Pomona Park (Crescent City)
* 52 Bryan Stork           OL      6-4   312  Jr-R **   Vero Beach (Vero Beach)
  76 Trey Sumner           DE      6-2   215  Sr        Jacksonville (Bartram Trail)
* 28 Nigel Terrell         LB      6-1   223  So-R      Helena, AL (Pelham)
*  4 Chris Thompson        RB      5-8   187  Sr   ***  Greenville (Madison County)
  32 Sean Tidmus           LB      6-0   227  So-R      Winter Garden (Ocoee)
  39 Donovan Todd          DB      5-11  195  Jr        Sanford (Seminole)
*  9 Clint Trickett        QB      6-3   180  So-R *    Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)
  44 Will Tye              TE      6-2   260  So-R *    Middletown, CT (Salisbury School)
  87 David Tyrrell         WR      6-3   194  So-R      Cape Coral (Mariner)
  63 Chase Underwood       DS      6-3   240  Fr        Gainesville (Gainesville)
*  6 Nick Waisome          DB      5-10  170  So   *    Groveland (South Lake)
* 74 Jonathan Wallace      OL      6-7   290  Jr-R      Jacksonville (Lee)
  36 Jermaine Washington   WR      5-8   192  Fr-R      Jacksonville (Wolfson)
* 71 Menelik Watson        OL      6-6   320  Jr        Manchester, England (Burnage/Marist/Saddleback CC)
  66 Keith Weeks           OL      6-4   280  Fr        Valrico (Newsome)
  58 Austin Weller         OL      6-2   240  Fr        Orlando
* 95 Bjoern Werner         DE      6-4   255  Jr   **   Berlin, Germany (Salisbury School)
* 32 James Wilder          RB      6-2   226  So   *    Tampa (Plant)
  44 Derek Williams        P       6-1   192  So-R      Peachtree City, GA (Starr's Mill)
*  9 Karlos Williams       DB      6-1   230  So   *    Davenport (Ridge Community)
* 26 P.J. Williams         DB      6-0   190  Fr        Ocala (Vanguard)
* 11 Vince Williams        LB      6-1   250  Sr-R ***  Davenport (Ridge Community)
   5 Jameis Winston        QB      6-4   206  Fr        Hueytown, AL (Hueytown)
  44 Colton Woodall        DB      6-3   190  Jr        Fort Lauderdale (North Broward Prep/Rhode Island)
  14 Andrew Zloch          K       5-8   175  So-R      Fort Lauderdale (Cardinal Gibbons)

2012 Roster - By Number

L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
*  1 Kelvin Benjamin       WR      6-5   243  Fr-R      Belle Glade (Glades Central)
*  1 Tyler Hunter          DB      5-11  190  So   *    Valdosta, GA (Lowndes County)
*  3 Justin Bright         DB      6-1   197  Jr-R **   Duncan, SC (Byrnes)
*  3 E.J. Manuel           QB      6-5   240  Sr-R ***  Virginia Beach, VA (Bayside)
*  4 Brandon Jenkins       DE      6-3   260  Sr   ***  Tallahassee (Florida)
*  4 Chris Thompson        RB      5-8   187  Sr   ***  Greenville (Madison County)
   5 Jameis Winston        QB      6-4   206  Fr        Hueytown, AL (Hueytown)
   6 Dan Hicks             TE      6-4   259  Jr-R **   Oxford, MS (Oxford)
*  6 Nick Waisome          DB      5-10  170  So   *    Groveland (South Lake)
*  7 Christian Jones       LB      6-4   232  Jr   **   Winter Park (Lake Howell)
   7 Mario Pender          RB      6-0   190  Fr        Cape Coral (Island Coast)
*  8 Devonta Freeman       RB      5-9   209  So   *    Miami (Miami Central)
*  8 Timmy Jernigan        DT      6-2   298  So   *    Lake City (Columbia)
*  9 Clint Trickett        QB      6-3   180  So-R *    Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)
*  9 Karlos Williams       DB      6-1   230  So   *    Davenport (Ridge Community)
  10 Marvin Bracy          WR      5-9   172  Fr        Orlando (Boone)
* 10 Nick Moody            LB      6-2   237  Sr-R ***  Wyncote, PA (Roman Catholic)
  11 Sean Maguire          QB      6-2   204  Fr        Sparta, NJ (Seton Hall Prep)
* 11 Vince Williams        LB      6-1   250  Sr-R ***  Davenport (Ridge Community)
* 12 Jarred Haggins        WR      6-0   190  Jr   **   Lakeland (Lakeland)
* 12 Reggie Northrup       LB      6-1   221  Fr        Jacksonville (First Coast)
* 13 Ronald Darby          DB      5-11  189  Fr        Oxon Hill, MD (Potomac)
* 14 Jacob Coker           QB      6-6   227  Fr-R      Mobile, AL (Saint Paul's Episcopal)
  14 Andrew Zloch          K       5-8   175  So-R      Fort Lauderdale (Cardinal Gibbons)
* 15 Greg Dent             WR      5-11  198  Jr   **   Belle Glade (Belle Glade Central)
* 15 Mario Edwards         DE      6-3   295  Fr        Denton, TX (Ryan)
  16 Ukeme Eligwe          LB      6-2   231  Fr        Stone Mountain, GA (Stone Mountain)
  16 Dorsey Moore          QB      6-4   205  Fr-R      Rockledge (Martins Ferry)
* 18 Dustin Hopkins        K       6-2   190  Sr   ***  Houston, TX (Clear Lake)
  19 Roberto Aguayo        K       6-1   212  Fr        Mascotte (South Lake)
  19 Josh Gehres           WR      6-3   201  Jr-R *    Tallahassee (Lincoln)
* 20 Lamarcus Joyner       DB      5-8   195  Jr   **   Fort Lauderdale (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  21 Chris Casher          DE      6-4   248  Fr        Mobile, AL (Davidson)
* 21 Debrale Smiley        FB      5-11  228  Sr-R *    Thomasville, GA (Central/Itawamba CC)
  22 Ridge Read            QB      5-10  190  Jr-R      Panama City (Liberty County)
* 22 Telvin Smith          LB      6-3   215  Jr   **   Valdosta, GA (Lowndes County)
  23 Jared Armstrong       QB      6-0   180  Fr        Gainesville (Oak Hall)
* 23 Gerald Demps          DB      5-11  197  Jr-R *    Valdosta, GA (Lowndes County)
* 24 Lonnie Pryor          FB      6-0   229  Sr   ***  Okeechobee (Okeechobee)
* 24 Terrance Smith        LB      6-4   215  Fr-R      Decatur, GA (Southwest Dekalb)
* 26 P.J. Williams         DB      6-0   190  Fr        Ocala (Vanguard)
  27 Chris Brown           RB      6-0   210  Fr-R      Tampa (Cambridge Christian)
* 27 Xavier Rhodes         DB      6-2   217  Jr-R **   Miami (Norland)
* 28 Nigel Terrell         LB      6-1   223  So-R      Helena, AL (Pelham)
  29 Dillon Kidd           P       6-1   217  Fr-R      Deerfield Beach (Milford Academy)
  30 Colin Blake           DB      6-3   194  Fr        San Antonio, TX (Brandeis)
  30 Ryan DiMarco          FB      5-10  214  Jr        Port Saint Lucie (John Carroll)
* 31 Terrence Brooks       DB      5-11  197  Jr   **   Dunnellon (Dunnellon)
  32 Sean Tidmus           LB      6-0   227  So-R      Winter Garden (Ocoee)
* 32 James Wilder          RB      6-2   226  So   *    Tampa (Plant)
* 33 Kevin Haplea          TE      6-4   252  Jr        Annandale, NJ (North Hunterdon/Penn State)
  33 Xavier Pryce          DB      5-10  189  Jr-R      Miami (Parkway Academy)
  35 Parker Conley         P       6-5   210  So-R      Norcross, GA (Norcross)
* 35 Nick O'Leary          TE      6-3   238  So   *    Palm Beach Gardens (Dwyer)
  36 Kory Burnett          DB      6-0   205  Jr-R      Jacksonville (Bartram Trail)
  36 Jermaine Washington   WR      5-8   192  Fr-R      Jacksonville (Wolfson)
* 37 Keelin Smith          DB      6-3   187  Fr-R      Fort Pierce (Treasure Coast)
  38 Jonathan Akanbi       DB      6-1   197  So-R      Orlando (Edgewater)
* 38 Cason Beatty          P       6-3   229  Fr        Charlotte, NC (Olympic)
  39 Jared Hayes           DB      6-0   170  Fr        Saint Johns (Creekside)
  39 Donovan Todd          DB      5-11  195  Jr        Sanford (Seminole)
  40 Danny Adams           LS      5-9   195  So-R      Fort Lauderdale (Saint Thomas Aquinas/Eastern Kentucky)
  40 Kendall Fullington    DB      5-11  170  So        Weston (Cypress Bay)
* 41 Chad Abram            FB      6-0   235  Jr   **   Lakeland (Kathleen)
  41 Owen Harris           DB      6-0   168  Jr        Miramar (Miramar/Tallahassee CC)
* 42 Lamarcus Brutus       DB      6-0   193  Fr-R      Port Saint Lucie (Treasure Coast)
  43 Glenn Hall            LB      6-0   199  So-R      Miami (Carol City)
  43 Frank Nicholas        DS      5-10  188  Jr        Tampa (Plant)
  43 Anthony Porterfield   TE      6-3   238  Jr-R      Pensacola (Escambia)
  44 Will Tye              TE      6-2   260  So-R *    Middletown, CT (Salisbury School)
  44 Derek Williams        P       6-1   192  So-R      Peachtree City, GA (Starr's Mill)
  44 Colton Woodall        DB      6-3   190  Jr        Fort Lauderdale (North Broward Prep/Rhode Island)
  45 Will Burnham          RB      6-0   185  Fr-R      Lithia (Newsome)
  45 Nathan Slater         DE      6-2   223  Fr        Terry, MS (Saint Andrew's Episcopal)
  46 Joe Harmon            LB      6-2   201  So-R      Pensacola (Tate)
  46 Jonathan Johnson      TE      6-7   268  Sr-R      Sanford (Seminole/Lynn)
  47 Cory Cox              LB      6-1   221  Sr        Blountstown (Blountstown)
  48 Dixon Phillips        TE      6-3   244  Fr        Tampa (Hillsborough)
  49 Donald Chenault       LB      6-2   200  So        Coral Springs (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
* 51 Bobby Hart            OL      6-4   316  So   *    Lauderhill (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
* 51 Giorgio Newberry      DE      6-6   273  Fr-R      Fort Pierce (Fort Pierce Central)
* 52 Bryan Stork           OL      6-4   312  Jr-R **   Vero Beach (Vero Beach)
* 53 Sterling Lovelady     OL      6-3   291  So        Navarre (Navarre)
* 54 Tre' Jackson          OL      6-4   328  So   *    Jesup, GA (Wayne County)
  55 Jacobbi McDaniel      DT      6-0   286  Sr   ***  Greenville (Madison County)
  56 Derrick Mitchell      DT      6-4   317  Fr-R      Jacksonville (First Coast)
  56 Trey Pettis           OL      6-5   342  Fr-R      Deland (Deland)
  58 Austin Weller         OL      6-2   240  Fr        Orlando
  59 Henry Orelus          OL      6-3   328  Jr-R *    Belle Glade (Glades Central)
  60 Jacob Fahrenkrug      OL      6-4   322  Sr   *    Robbinsdale, MN (Cooper/ND State College of Science)
  61 Myles Davis           OL      6-2   310  Fr        Gainesville (Buchholz)
* 62 Austin Barron         OL      6-3   293  So   *    Fort Lauderdale (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  63 Chase Underwood       DS      6-3   240  Fr        Gainesville (Gainesville)
* 64 Dax Dellenbach        DS      6-1   235  Sr-R **   Fort Lauderdale (North Broward Prep/Auburn)
* 65 Ruben Carter          OL      6-4   294  Fr-R      Miami (Jackson)
  66 Keith Weeks           OL      6-4   280  Fr        Valrico (Newsome)
* 67 Daniel Glauser        OL      6-5   305  Jr        Rheinfelden, Switzerland (New Mexico Military Insitute)
  69 Adam Holup            DT      5-11  280  So        Cape Coral (Ida S. Baker)
* 70 Josue Matias          OL      6-6   326  So   *    Union City, NJ (Union City)
* 71 Menelik Watson        OL      6-6   320  Jr        Manchester, England (Burnage/Marist/Saddleback CC)
  72 Daniel Foose          OL      6-6   296  So-R      Paramus, NJ (Paramus Catholic)
  73 Jacob Schmidt         OL      6-0   240  Fr        Jacksonville (Creekside)
* 74 Jonathan Wallace      OL      6-7   290  Jr-R      Jacksonville (Lee)
* 75 Philip Doumar         DS      6-1   214  Jr-R      Jupiter (Jupiter)
* 75 Cameron Erving        OL      6-6   309  So-R *    Moultrie, GA (Colquitt County)
  76 Garrett Faircloth     OL      6-7   288  Jr-R      Brunswick, GA (Bolles)
  76 Trey Sumner           DE      6-2   215  Sr        Jacksonville (Bartram Trail)
  77 Larry Levy            DL      6-2   275  So-R      Boynton Beach (Park Vista Community)
  78 Mike Pulawski                 6-1   270  Fr        Bradenton (Bradenton)
* 80 Rashad Greene         WR      6-0   170  So   *    Albany, GA (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
* 81 Eddie Goldman         DT      6-4   320  Fr        Washington, DC (Friendship Collegiate Academy)
* 81 Kenny Shaw            WR      6-0   170  Jr   **   Orlando (Doctor Phillips)
* 82 Willie Haulstead      WR      6-2   230  Jr-R **   Titusville (Titusville)
* 83 Christo Kourtzidis    TE      6-4   246  Fr        Orange, CA (Orange Lutheran)
* 84 Rodney Smith          WR      6-6   219  Sr   ***  Miami (Archbishop Carroll)
  85 James Rhoden          WR      6-0   165  Fr        Katy, TX (Cinco Ranch)
* 86 Chris Revell          DS      6-1   198  Jr-R      Tallahassee (Chiles)
  87 David Tyrrell         WR      6-3   194  So-R      Cape Coral (Mariner)
  88 Jeren Kowalewski      WR      6-2   160  Fr        Bradenton (Lakewood Ranch)
* 89 Christian Green       WR      6-2   205  So-R *    Tampa (Tampa Catholic)
  90 Moses McCray          DT      6-2   318  Sr-R **   Tampa (Hillsborough)
* 91 Tank Carradine        DE      6-5   265  Sr   *    Cincinnati, OH (Taft/Butler County CC)
* 92 Anthony McCloud       DT      6-2   322  Sr-R **   Thomasville, GA (Central/Itawamba CC)
* 93 Everett Dawkins       DT      6-3   304  Sr-R ***  Spartanburg, SC (Byrnes)
  94 Justin Shanks         DT      6-2   340  Fr        Prattville, AL (Prattville)
* 95 Bjoern Werner         DE      6-4   255  Jr   **   Berlin, Germany (Salisbury School)
* 96 Toshmon Stevens       DE      6-5   245  Sr-R ***  Pomona Park (Crescent City)
* 97 Demonte McAllister    DT      6-2   290  Jr-R **   Tampa (Alonso)
* 98 Shayne Broxsie        DE      6-2   275  Sr        Monticello (Jefferson County)
* 99 Nile Lawrence-Stample DT      6-2   305  Fr-R      Fort Lauderdale (Nova)

April 25, 2012 - Darius Cummings and Jeff Luc have been granted their releases to transfer to other institutions.
August 1, 2012 - Greg Reid was dismissed from the team for violation of team rules.
September 3, 2012 - Brandon Jenkins is lost for the year with a season-ending foot injury.
October 20, 2012 - Chris Thompson is lostfor the year with a torn ACL.

2012 All-Americans

Name                     Organization
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Tank Carradine           cnnsi.com - All-American - Honorable Mention

Rashad Greene            cnnsi.com - All-American - Honorable Mention

Dustin Hopkins           Walter Camp - 1st Team All-American
                         CBS Sports - 1st Team All-American
                         espn.com - 1st Team All-American
                         FoxSportsNext.com - 1st Team All-American
                         College & Pro Football Weekly - 1st Team All-American
                         Associated Press - 2nd Team All-American
                         cnnsi.com - 2nd Team All-American

Bjoern Werner            American Football Coaches Association - 1st Team All-American
                         Associated Press - 1st Team All-American
                         Walter Camp - 1st Team All-American
                         CBS Sports - 1st Team All-American
                         FoxSportsNext.com - 1st Team All-American
                         Football Writers Association - 1st Team All-American
                         College & Pro Football Weekly - 1st Team All-American
                         The Sporting News - 1st Team All-American
                         cnnsi.com - 2nd Team All-American
                         NCAA - Unanimous All-American

All-Americans -  4

2012 Noles in the Pros

Name                     No      Pos                Team
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Mister Alexander         90      LB                 Houston Texans
Anquan Boldin            81      WR                 Baltimore Ravens
Nigel Bradham            53      LB                 Buffalo Bills
Brodrick Bunkley         77      NT                 New Orleans Saints
Tony Carter              32      CB                 Denver Broncos
Antonio Cromartie        31      CB                 New York Jets
Darnell Dockett          90      DT                 Arizona Cardinals
Andre Fluellen           96      DT                 Detroit Lions
Andre Fluellen           90      DT                 Miami Dolphins
Graham Gano               9      K                  Carolina Panthers
Richard Goodman          15      WR                 San Diego Chargers
Letroy Guion             98      NT                 Minnesota Vikings
Mike Harris              35      CB                 Jacksonville Jaguars
Geno Hayes               58      SLB                Chicago Bears
Chris Hope               24      SS                 Atlanta Falcons
Rodney Hudson            61      C                  Kansas City Chiefs
Sebastian Janikowski     11      K                  Oakland Raiders
Greg Jones               33      FB                 Jacksonville Jaguars
Preston Parker           87      WR                 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Christian Ponder          7      QB                 Minnesota Vikings
Shawn Powell             6       P                  Buffalo Bills
Patrick Robinson         21      CB                 New Orleans Saints
Garrison Sanborn         65      LS                 Buffalo Bills
Ernie Sims               59      LB                 Dallas Cowboys
Antone Smith             35      RB                 Atlanta Falcons
Lawrence Timmons         94      ILB                Pittsburgh Steelers
Leon Washington          33      RB                 Seattle Seahawks
Dekoda Watson            56      LB                 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Markus White             92      LB                 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Markus White             55      LB                 Washington Redskins
Kamerion Wimbley         95      DE                 Tennessee Titans

Noles in the Pros - 29

2012 Schedule and Results

         
GAME DAY
 
         
FSU
OPP
OPP EOY
DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
AP
USA
AP
USA
AP
USA
REC
09/01
Ref
H
MURRAY STATE
W 69- 3
7
7
 
 
 
 
5-6
09/08
Ref
H
SAVANNAH STATE
Game called at 8:59 in the third quarter because of severe weather.
W 55- 0
6
6
 
 
 
 
1-10
09/15
Ref
H
WAKE FOREST
W 52- 0
5
6
 
 
 
 
5-7
09/22
Ref
H
CLEMSON
W 49-37
4
4
10
9
11
9
11-2
09/29
Ref
A
SOUTH FLORIDA
W 30-17
4
4
 
 
 
 
3-9
10/06
Ref
A
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
L 16-17
3
4
 
 
 
 
7-6
10/13
Ref
H
BOSTON COLLEGE
W 51- 7
12
11
 
 
 
 
2-10
10/20
Ref
A
MIAMI
W 33-20
12
10
 
 
 
 
7-5
10/27
Ref
H
DUKE
W 48- 7
11
10
 
 
 
 
6-7
11/08
Ref
A
VIRGINIA TECH
W 28-22
8
6
 
 
 
 
7-6
11/17
Ref
A
MARYLAND
W 41-14
10
6
 
 
 
 
4-8
11/24
Ref
H
FLORIDA
L 26-37
10
5
6
6
9
10
11-2
12/01
Ref
N
GEORGIA TECH
ACC Championship, Charlotte, NC
W 21-15
13
12
 
 
 
 
7-7
01/01
Ref
N
NORTHERN ILLINOIS
Orange Bowl, Miami Springs, Fl
W 31-10
13
12
16
16
22
24
12-2
EOY Stats Ref

Conference games in bold

                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
------------------------------------------------
FSU RECORD IS   12- 2     6-1     4-1     2-0
AGAINST ACC      7- 1     4-0     3-1     0-0
AGAINST TOP 25   2- 1     1-1     0-0     1-0

FINAL  AP - 10
FINAL USA -  8


2012 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE RESULTS
 
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 1t FLORIDA STATE         7- 1    12- 2 
 1t CLEMSON               7- 1    11- 2 
 3  NORTH CAROLINA STATE  4- 4     7- 6 
 4  WAKE FOREST           3- 5     5- 7 
 5  MARYLAND              2- 6     4- 8 
 6  BOSTON COLLEGE        1- 7     2-10 
 
COASTAL DIVISION
 1t NORTH CAROLINA        5- 3     8- 4 
 1t MIAMI                 5- 3     7- 5 
 1t GEORGIA TECH          5- 3     7- 7 
 4  VIRGINIA TECH         4- 4     7- 6 
 5  DUKE                  3- 5     6- 7 
 6  VIRGINIA              2- 6     4- 8 

2012 CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP, Charlotte, NC
   Date                    Score                                    Comments
==========  ==================================================  ==================================
12/01/2012  FLORIDA STATE 21, GEORGIA TECH 15                   

2012 - 100 Yard Rushing Club

Name Date Opponent Att Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Chris Thompson 09/15/2012 WAKE FOREST 9 197 21.89 2 Devonta Freeman 11/17/2012 MARYLAND 16 148 9.25 2 Chris Thompson 10/06/2012 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 25 141 5.64 0 Lonnie Pryor 01/01/2013 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 5 134 26.80 2 James Wilder 09/01/2012 MURRAY STATE 12 106 8.83 2 Devonta Freeman 10/27/2012 DUKE 12 104 8.67 2 Chris Thompson 09/22/2012 CLEMSON 15 103 6.87 2 E.J. Manuel 09/22/2012 CLEMSON 11 102 9.27 0

2012 - 100 Yard Receiving Club

Name Date Opponent Rec Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Kenny Shaw 10/13/2012 BOSTON COLLEGE 2 125 62.50 1 Rashad Greene 11/08/2012 VIRGINIA TECH 6 125 20.83 2 Rodney Smith 10/27/2012 DUKE 3 112 37.33 0 Rodney Smith 10/13/2012 BOSTON COLLEGE 9 108 12.00 0

2012 - 300 Yard Passing Club

Name Date Opponent Att Cmp Yds Int Avg TDs --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- E.J. Manuel 10/13/2012 BOSTON COLLEGE 34 27 439 2 12.91 4 E.J. Manuel 09/22/2012 CLEMSON 35 27 380 0 10.86 2 E.J. Manuel 11/08/2012 VIRGINIA TECH 42 25 326 1 7.76 3

2012 EOY Stats

Overall Team Statistics TEAM STATISTICS FSU OPP -------------------------------------------------------- SCORING....................... 550 206 Points Per Game............. 39.3 14.7 TOUCHDOWNS.................... 68 23 TDs Rushing................. 40 10 TDs Passing................. 24 13 TDs Fumble Return........... 1 0 TDs Punt Return............. 3 0 TDs Interception............ 0 0 TDs Kickoff Return.......... 0 0 TDs Lateral................. 0 0 TDs Free Kick............... 0 0 PAT-ATTEMPTS.................. 66-67 21-23 Kick........................ 65-66 21-21 Pass........................ 1- 1 0- 0 Run......................... 0- 0 0- 2 FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS.......... 25-30 15-18 SAFETY........................ 0 1 FIRST DOWNS................... 322 203 Rushing..................... 145 81 Passing..................... 163 102 Penalty..................... 14 20 RUSHING YARDAGE............... 2882 1287 Yards gained rushing........ 3209 1719 Yards lost rushing.......... 327 432 Rushing Attempts............ 513 469 Average Per Rush............ 5.6 2.7 Average Per Game............ 205.9 91.9 PASSING YARDAGE............... 3709 2266 Att-Comp-Int................ 428-288-10 453-221-11 Efficiency.................. 153.91 95.42 Average Per Pass............ 8.7 5.0 Average Per Catch........... 12.9 10.3 Average Per Game............ 264.9 161.9 TOTAL OFFENSE................. 6591 3553 Total Plays................. 941 922 Average Per Play............ 7.0 3.9 Average Per Game............ 470.8 253.8 KICK RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 31- 764 59- 997 Average Per Return.......... 24.6 16.9 PUNT RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 37-528 8- 87 Average Per Return.......... 14.3 10.9 INT RETURNS: #-YARDS.......... 11-172 10- 69 Average Per Return.......... 15.6 6.9 FUMBLE RETURNS: #-YARDS....... 10- 28 17- 39 Average Per Return.......... 2.8 2.3 FUMBLES-LOST.................. 24-17 19-10 PENALTIES-YARDS............... 89- 809 69- 589 Average Per Game............ 57.8 42.1 PUNTS-YARDS................... 49-1808 105-4350 Average Per Punt............ 36.9 41.4 Net punt average............ 35.1 36.4 TIME OF POSSESSION/GAME....... 30:03 28:14 3RD DOWN CONVERSIONS-3RD DOWN. 163- 69 60-220 3rd-Down Pct................ .362 .273 4TH DOWN CONVERSIONS-4TH DOWN. 6- 3 17-27 4th-Down Pct................ .000 .630 SACKS BY-YARDS................ 36-278 26-183 MISC YARDS.................... 0 0 ATTENDANCE.................... 529,208 298,549 Games-Avg Per Game.......... 7-75,601 5-59,710 ATTENDANCE-NEUTRAL FIELD...... 136,851 Games-Avg Per Game.......... 2-68,426
 1st2nd3rd4th Total
Florida State
145
165
133
107
550
Opponents
36
47
47
76
206
Overall Individual Statistics

RUSHING              G  Att Gain  Loss  Net   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Chris Thompson       8   91  722   35   687   7.5   5  80t   85.9
Devonta Freeman     13  111  695   35   660   5.9   8  47    50.8
James Wilder        14  110  652   17   635   5.8  11  42    45.4
Lonnie Pryor        14   47  380    4   376   8.0   8  60t   26.9
E.J. Manuel         14  103  516  206   310   3.0   4  28    22.1
Debrale Smiley       6   29  157    5   152   5.2   3  21    25.3
Kelvin Benjamin     14    2   33    0    33  16.5   0  17     2.4
Rashad Greene       14    4   30    0    30   7.5   1  18     2.1
Chad Abram          13    4   20    0    20   5.0   0   8     1.5
Clint Trickett       8    1    3    0     3   3.0   0   3     0.4
Greg Dent           14    1    1    0     1   1.0   0   1     0.1
Jarred Haggins      13    1    0    9    -9  -9.0   0  -9    -0.7
 Team                     9    0   16   -16  -1.8   0  -1 

Total.........      14  513 3209  327  2882   5.6  40  80t  205.9
Opponents.....      14  469 1719  432  1287   2.7  10  37t   91.9


PASSING              G   Effic Att-Cmp-Int   Pct  Yds  TD Long  Avg/G
---------------------------------------------------------------------
E.J. Manuel         14  156.03 387-263-10   .680 3392  23  77t  242.3
Clint Trickett       8  131.91  34- 22- 0   .647  272   0  57t   34.0
Jacob Coker             201.60   5-  3- 0   .600   45   1  19t

Total.........      14  153.91 428-288-10   .673 3709  24  77t  264.9
Opponents.....      14   95.42 453-221-11   .488 2266  13  60t  161.9


RECEIVING            G  No   Yds   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
------------------------------------------------------
Rashad Greene       14  57   741  13.0   6  71t   52.9
Kenny Shaw          14  33   532  16.1   3  77t   38.0
Rodney Smith        14  38   524  13.8   3  61t   37.4
Kelvin Benjamin     14  30   495  16.5   4  64    35.4
Greg Dent           14  27   355  13.1   2  41    25.4
Nick O'Leary        13  21   252  12.0   3  28    19.4
Chris Thompson       8  21   248  11.8   0  32    31.0
James Wilder        14  19   136   7.2   2  17     9.7
Lonnie Pryor        14  13   117   9.0   0  21     8.4
Jarred Haggins      13   8   108  13.5   0  42     8.3
Devonta Freeman     13  10    86   8.6   0  28     6.6
Christian Green          3    33  11.0   0  21 
Willie Haulstead    12   3    31  10.3   0  15     2.6
Kevin Haplea        13   3    15   5.0   1  11     1.2
Christo Kourtzidis   8   1    13  13.0   0  13     1.6
Debrale Smiley       6   1    12  12.0   0  12     2.0

Total.........      14 288  3709  12.9  24  77t  264.9
Opponents.....      14 221  2266  10.3  13  60t  161.9


PUNT RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Rashad Greene        20  307  15.4  2  60t
Tyler Hunter          8  126  15.8  1  75t
Kenny Shaw            8   99  12.4  0  26 
Reggie Northrup       1   -4  -4.0  0  -4 

Total.........       37  528  14.3  3  75t
Opponent......        8   87  10.9  0  50 


INTERCEPTIONS        No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Tyler Hunter          3   37  12.3  0  37 
Xavier Rhodes         3   14   4.7  0  14 
Terrence Brooks       2   28  14.0  0  20 
Karlos Williams       1   41  41.0  0  41 
Lamarcus Joyner       1   33  33.0  0  33 
Nick Waisome          1   19  19.0  0  19t

Total.........       11  172  15.6  0  41 
Opponent......       10   69   6.9  0  19 


KICK RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Lamarcus Joyner      18   424 23.6  0  90 
Karlos Williams      13   340 26.2  0  60 

Total.........       31   764 24.6  0  90 
Opponent......       59   997 16.9  0  34 


                                            Fum
FUMBLE RETURNS       No  Yds   Avg TD Long  For
-----------------------------------------------
Christian Jones       2   19   9.5  1  12t   0
Toshmon Stevens       2    0   0.0  0   0    0
Bjoern Werner         1    9   9.0  0   9    1
Xavier Rhodes         1    0   0.0  0   0    1
Tank Carradine        1    0   0.0  0   0    1
Giorgio Newberry      1    0   0.0  0   0    1
Vince Williams        1    0   0.0  0   0    0
Justin Bright         1    0   0.0  0   0    0
Demonte McAllister    0    0    .   0   .    1
Telvin Smith          0    0    .   0   .    1
Chad Abram            0    0    .   0   .    1
Ronald Darby          0    0    .   0   .    1

Total.........       10   28   2.8  1  12t   8
Opponent......       17   39   2.3  0  22 


                               |-------- PATs --------|
Name                 TD   FGs    Kick   Rush  Rcv Pass  DXP Saf Points
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Dustin Hopkins        0  25-30   65-66   0-0   0   0-0   0   0   140
James Wilder         13   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    78
Rashad Greene         9   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    54
Lonnie Pryor          8   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    48
Devonta Freeman       8   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    48
Chris Thompson        5   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    30
E.J. Manuel           4   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   1-1   0   0    24
Kelvin Benjamin       4   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    24
Nick O'Leary          3   0-0     0-0    0-0   1   0-0   0   0    20
Debrale Smiley        3   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    18
Rodney Smith          3   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    18
Kenny Shaw            3   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    18
Greg Dent             2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    12
Christian Jones       1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Tyler Hunter          1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Kevin Haplea          1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
====================================================================
FSU                  68  25-30   65-66   0-0   1   1-1   0   0   550
Opponent             23  15-18   21-21   0-2   0   0-0   0   1   206
Touchdowns
R
C
P
I
FR
PR
KR
L
FK
James Wilder
11
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Rashad Greene
1
6
.
.
.
2
.
.
.
Lonnie Pryor
8
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Devonta Freeman
8
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Chris Thompson
5
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
E.J. Manuel
4
.
23
.
.
.
.
.
.
Kelvin Benjamin
.
4
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Nick O'Leary
.
3
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Debrale Smiley
3
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Rodney Smith
.
3
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Kenny Shaw
.
3
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Greg Dent
.
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Christian Jones
.
.
.
.
1
.
.
.
.
Tyler Hunter
.
.
.
.
.
1
.
.
.
Kevin Haplea
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Jacob Coker
.
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
Total
40
24
24
.
1
3
.
.
.
Opponents
10
13
13
.
.
.
.
.
.
R = Rushing
C = Catch
P = Pass
I = Interception
FR = Fumble Recovery/Return
PR = Punt Return/Blocked Punt
KR = Kickoff Return
L = Lateral
FK = Free Kick Return


TOTAL OFFENSE        G Plays Rush Pass Total Avg/G
--------------------------------------------------
E.J. Manuel         14  490   310 3392  3702 264.4
Chris Thompson       8   91   687    0   687  85.9
Devonta Freeman     13  111   660    0   660  50.8
James Wilder        14  110   635    0   635  45.4
Lonnie Pryor        14   47   376    0   376  26.9
Clint Trickett       8   35     3  272   275  34.4
Debrale Smiley       6   29   152    0   152  25.3
Jacob Coker               5     0   45    45
Kelvin Benjamin     14    2    33    0    33   2.4
Rashad Greene       14    4    30    0    30   2.1
Chad Abram          13    4    20    0    20   1.5
Greg Dent           14    1     1    0     1   0.1
Jarred Haggins      13    1    -9    0    -9  -0.7
 Team                     9   -16    0   -16

Total.........      14  941  2882 3709  6591 470.8
Opponent......      14  922  1287 2266  3553 253.8


FIELD GOALS         FGM-FGA  Pct 01-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 Lg
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Dustin Hopkins       25-30  .833  1- 1  8- 8  5- 6  6- 9  5- 6 56
FG SEQUENCE Dustin Hopkins
MURRAY STATE
(23), (30)
SAVANNAH STATE
None
WAKE FOREST
(19)
CLEMSON
44, 37
SOUTH FLORIDA
(26), 48, (43), (23)
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
(49), (20), (36)
BOSTON COLLEGE
(51), (26), (38)
MIAMI
(33), (46), 44, (35), (48)
DUKE
(26), (56)
VIRGINIA TECH
(52), (45)
MARYLAND
(26), (40)
FLORIDA
(50), (53)
GEORGIA TECH
None
NORTHERN ILLINOIS
50, (25)
() For made field goals


PUNTING             No  Yds   Avg Long  TB  FC I20 Blkd
-------------------------------------------------------
Cason Beatty        47 1798  38.3  54    2  23  23   3
 Team                2   10   5.0  10    0   0   0   1

Total.........      49 1808  36.9  54    2  23  23   3
Opponent......     105 4350  41.4  58    3  33  26   0


ALL PURPOSE          G Rush   Rec   PR   KR   IR   FR  Tot Avg/G
----------------------------------------------------------------
Rashad Greene       14   30   741  307    0    0    0 1078  77.0
Chris Thompson       8  687   248    0    0    0    0  935 116.9
James Wilder        14  635   136    0    0    0    0  771  55.1
Devonta Freeman     13  660    86    0    0    0    0  746  57.4
Kenny Shaw          14    0   532   99    0    0    0  631  45.1
Kelvin Benjamin     14   33   495    0    0    0    0  528  37.7
Rodney Smith        14    0   524    0    0    0    0  524  37.4
Lonnie Pryor        14  376   117    0    0    0    0  493  35.2
Lamarcus Joyner     14    0     0    0  424   33    0  457  32.6
Karlos Williams     14    0     0    0  340   41    0  381  27.2
Greg Dent           14    1   355    0    0    0    0  356  25.4
E.J. Manuel         14  310    11    0    0    0    0  321  22.9
Nick O'Leary        13    0   252    0    0    0    0  252  19.4
Debrale Smiley       6  152    12    0    0    0    0  164  27.3
Tyler Hunter        14    0     0  126    0   37    0  163  11.6
Jarred Haggins      13   -9   108    0    0    0    0   99   7.6
Christian Green           0    33    0    0    0    0   33
Willie Haulstead    12    0    31    0    0    0    0   31   2.6
Terrence Brooks     14    0     0    0    0   28    0   28   2.0
Chad Abram          13   20     0    0    0    0    0   20   1.5
Christian Jones     14    0     0    0    0    0   19   19   1.4
Nick Waisome        14    0     0    0    0   19    0   19   1.4
Kevin Haplea        13    0    15    0    0    0    0   15   1.2
Xavier Rhodes       14    0     0    0    0   14    0   14   1.0
Christo Kourtzidis   8    0    13    0    0    0    0   13   1.6
Bjoern Werner       14    0     0    0    0    0    9    9   0.6
Clint Trickett       8    3     0    0    0    0    0    3   0.4
Reggie Northrup     13    0     0   -4    0    0    0   -4  -0.3
 Team                   -16     0    0    0    0    0  -16

Total.........      14 2882  3709  528  764  172   28 8083 577.4
Opponent......      14 1287  2266   87  997   69   39 4745 338.9


                        |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd
DEFENSIVE LEADERS   GP   UT   AT  Total   ForLoss     No - Yards  Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds  FF Kick Saf
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Christian Jones     14   48   47    95   7.0- 19.0       .           .      3    1   2- 19   .   .   .
Tank Carradine      12   47   33    80  13.0- 78.0   11.0- 73.0      .      .    9   1-  0   1   .   .
Telvin Smith        14   37   27    64   9.5- 53.0    1.0- 12.0      .      3    2    .      1   .   .
Vince Williams      14   38   21    59   6.5- 12.0    1.0-  3.0      .      2    5   1-  0   .   .   .
Terrence Brooks     14   38   14    52   1.0-  2.0       .          2- 28   .    .    .      .   .   .
Lamarcus Joyner     14   27   24    51   1.5-  7.0       .          1- 33   5    .    .      .   .   .
Timmy Jernigan      13   22   24    46   8.0- 30.0    1.5- 12.0      .      .    1    .      .   .   .
Bjoern Werner       14   30   12    42  18.0-134.0   13.0-117.0      .      8    5   1-  9   1   .   .
Xavier Rhodes       14   27   12    39   2.0-  8.0       .          3- 14   7    .   1-  0   1   .   .
Demonte McAllister  13   12   21    33   5.0- 31.0    3.5- 27.0      .      .    1    .      1   .   .
Karlos Williams     14   25    7    32   1.0-  5.0       .          1- 41   2    .    .      .   .   .
Everett Dawkins     14   14   12    26   1.5-  6.0    0.5-  4.0      .      1    2    .      .   .   .
Tyler Hunter        14   19    7    26      .            .          3- 37   2    1    .      .   .   .
Anthony McCloud     13   16    8    24   1.0-  5.0    1.0-  5.0      .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Ronald Darby        14   18    4    22      .            .           .      8    1    .      1   .   .
Nick Waisome        14   14    7    21      .            .          1- 19   7    .    .      .   .   .
Nick Moody          14    7   13    20   1.5- 12.0    1.0- 11.0      .      .    3    .      .   .   .
Mario Edwards       11    8    9    17   2.5- 16.0    1.5- 13.0      .      1    .    .      .   .   .
P.J. Williams       14    9    5    14   1.0- 10.0       .           .      1    .    .      .   .   .
Toshmon Stevens     14   10    3    13      .            .           .      .    .   2-  0   .   .   .
Nile Lawrence-Stample
                     8    4    6    10   1.0-  2.0       .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Reggie Northrup     13    5    5    10   1.0-  1.0       .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Terrance Smith      13    8    1     9   1.5-  5.0       .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Keelin Smith        13    6    3     9   0.5-  1.0       .           .      1    .    .      .   .   .
Giorgio Newberry          9    .     9      .            .           .      2    1   1-  0   1   .   .
Eddie Goldman       10    4    4     8   1.0-  4.0       .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Gerald Demps        12    4    3     7      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
James Wilder        14    6    .     6      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Chad Abram          13    3    2     5      .            .           .      .    .    .      1   .   .
Willie Haulstead    12    2    1     3      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Brandon Jenkins      1    2    1     3   1.0-  1.0    1.0-  1.0      .      1    .    .      .   .   .
Dustin Hopkins      14    2    .     2      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Shayne Broxsie       9    1    1     2      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Jermaine Washington  1    1    1     2      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
E.J. Manuel         14    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Debrale Smiley       6    .    1     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Rodney Smith        14    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Bryan Stork         13    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Chris Thompson       8    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Anthony Porterfield  3    .    1     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Nigel Terrell        4    .    1     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Greg Dent           14    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Tre' Jackson        14    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Chris Casher         2    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
 Team                     1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Justin Bright        3    .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .

FLORIDA STATE 69, MURRAY STATE 3

09/01/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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'Noles Sprint Past Racers, 69-3.

No. 7 Florida State racks up 285 yards on the ground and kicks off the 2012 season with a blowout victory over Murray State.

By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Managing Editor

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State did exactly what it was supposed to do Saturday night, opening the 2012 season with a blowout 69-3 victory at home over FCS opponent Murray State.

The No. 7 Seminoles (1-0) also debuted their revamped, renewed and rejuvenated running game featuring a stable of healthy and able tailbacks and a bigger and badder offensive line. After managing just 318 yards rushing combined through the first four games of the 2011 season, FSU showed just how far they have come since then, running through, around and over the Racers (0-1) to the tune of 285 yards on 42 carries.

The 'Noles averaged just three yards per carry through those two wins and two losses last year. Saturday night's victory saw FSU rack up 6.8 yards per rush and no negative yardage on any carry.

"I've said it the whole time I think we're much further along [in the run game]," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. "I think we have much more diversity in our running game and different kind of backs."

The Seminoles also have a different kind of offensive line.

Over 30 pounds bigger by average among the five starters than when Fisher joined the program as offensive coordinator in 2007, FSU's Cameron Erving, Josue Matias, Bryan Stork, Tre' Jackson and Menelik Watson didn't show too many signs of their overall inexperience against Murray State.

Watson even briefly went down with a minor ankle injury in the middle of the game and fellow junior-college transfer Daniel Glauser slid into his spot at right tackle seamlessly, providing a visual example of the improved depth that the 'Noles have also developed at the position since last year.

That group helped James Wilder, Jr. earn the team's game ball for his two-touchdown, 106-yards on just 12 carries performance. They helped Chris Thompson officially return from the broken back he sustained last year and rack up 32 yards on six carries. They even helped Devonta Freeman rattle off 64 yards on 10 carries and fullbacks Lonnie Pryor and Debrale Smiley combine for five rushing scores.

FSU's seven rushing touchdowns were the most since the team ran for that amount against Maryland in 1992.

"I don't think last year or the past couple of years we had as much trust in the offensive line as we do this year," Thompson said. "Those guys trust enough to take advantage of the holes they make. I think the difference this year is that those guys really want to be great. They come to the sidelines asking as running backs if the holes they are making are big enough for us. That's just showing us that they really care and really trying to effective."

Quarterback EJ Manuel connected on 16 of his 22 pass attempts for 188 yards and one touchdown to help balance out the offense and Clint Trickett and added 117 yards in mop-up duty in the second half. Kenny Shaw grabbed four of the passes for 82 yards and one score and Kelvin Benjamin and Rashad Greene combined for 92 yards receiving.

Greene also added a punt return for a touchdown -- the team's first score of the year and Greene's first such score of his career.

FSU's defense also lived up to its billing.

After finishing the 2011 season ranked No. 2 in the nation in yards allowed, Florida State gave up just 156 total yards by the Racers -- including just 39 yards rushing. The Seminoles also forced four turnovers.

Leading the defensive charge was defensive end Bjoern Werner, who had a break-out sophomore campaign and picked up right where he left off to start his thrird year. The German-born pass rusher set career highs in tackles for loss (five) and sacks (four).

"All that guy does when he gets between the white lines and the scoreboard comes on is play the game," Fisher said. "He can rush and stop and bat balls and run. He's just instinctive. He's a heck of a football player."

Werner is one part of the three-headed monster the 'Noles boast at defensive end, along with Brandon Jenkins and Cornellius Carradine. Jenkins missed all of the second half Saturday with a foot contusion but Carradine stepped in and finished the night with a team-high seven tackles to go along with his one sack and two tackles for loss.

As a team, FSU registered 11 tackles for loss, eclipsing the 7.6 average it boasted last year when it ranked eighth in the nation in the category.

Junior safety Lamarcus Joyner added five tackles and Xavier Rhodes added an interception.

Greene officially kicked off the season with his 47-yard punt return after Werner's sack forced an opening-drive three-and-out for the Racers.

After Pryor's one-yard touchdown rush gave FSU a 14-0 lead and a second-quarter Murray State missed a field goal with 8:46 left in the second quarter, Manuel connected with Greg Dent for 28 yards and Greene for another 20. One play later Pryor sprinted around the left side for an 18-yard score.

Down 21-0 with 6:47 left in the second, Murray State then found itself with some terrific field position following back-to-back FSU penalties. But despite getting into the redzone, the 'Noles defense didn't break for the Racers; allowing just a 28-yard field goal that cut their lead to 21-3 late in first half.

FSU would pad that advantage just prior to the conclusion of the opening half thanks to a speedy scoring drive at the end of the second quarter. It took Manuel just 1:19 to register long passes to Shaw and Greene before evading the rush, running left and finding a diving Shaw for a six-yard touchdown and a 28-3 lead with 29 seconds left in first half.

Wilder, Jr. then opened the second half with a career-long 42-yard run that set up his nine-yard touchdown rush. Werner then sacked and stripped Murray State quarterback Casey Brockmon on the one yard-line before it was recovered by Giorgio Newberry and later scored thanks to a leaping Pryor.

Smiley and Wilder, Jr. then combined for three short-yardage running scores in the final 11 minutes of the game, including Smiley's one-yard dive with 1:51 left on the game clock.

"You play as you practice," Werner said. "We all take that so serious...you play like you practice and that just sticks in your head."

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
MURRAY STATE
0
3
0
0
3
FLORIDA STATE
14
14
20
21
69

1st   7- 0  Rashad Greene, 47, punt return/blocked punt (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 13:31
     14- 0  Lonnie Pryor, 1, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 5:05 
2nd  14- 0  Opp, 35, field goal failed, 8:46 
     21- 0  Lonnie Pryor, 18, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 6:47 
     21- 3  Opp, 28, field goal, 4:36 
     28- 3  Kenny Shaw, 6, pass from E.J. Manuel (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 0:29 
3rd  35- 3  James Wilder, 9, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 12:57
     38- 3  Dustin Hopkins, 23, field goal, 9:27 
     45- 3  Lonnie Pryor, 1, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 7:53 
     48- 3  Dustin Hopkins, 30, field goal, 1:37 
4th  55- 3  Debrale Smiley, 1, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 10:24
     62- 3  James Wilder, 7, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 6:01 
     69- 3  Debrale Smiley, 1, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 1:51 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 28 9 Rushes-yards 42-285 32- 39 Passing 321 117 Att-Comp-Int 35-25-1 38-19-1 Total Yards 77-606 70-156 Punt Returns 5-67 1-2 Kickoff Returns 2-52 7-112 Interception Ret. 1-0 1-0 Fumble Returns 2-0 1-0 Punts 9-40.8 9-40.8 Sacks By-Yds 6-32 0-0 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-2 Penalties-Yds 3-40 5-36 3rd Down Conversions 5-10 3-18 4th Down Conversions 0-0 0-1 Time of Posession 30:36 29:24 Attendance 70,047 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing James Wilder 12- 106 Devonta Freeman 10- 64 E.J. Manuel 5- 38 Chris Thompson 6- 32 Lonnie Pryor 5- 28 Debrale Smiley 3- 14 Clint Trickett 1- 3 Receiving Kenny Shaw 4- 82 Kelvin Benjamin 3- 50 Rashad Greene 4- 42 Jarred Haggins 3- 34 Nick O'Leary 2- 33 Greg Dent 2- 32 Christian Green 2- 23 Debrale Smiley 1- 12 James Wilder 1- 6 Rodney Smith 2- 4 Kevin Haplea 1- 3 Passing E.J. Manuel 22-16-1-188 Clint Trickett 11- 8-0-117 Jacob Coker 2- 1-0- 16 Punt Return Rashad Greene 4- 63 Tyler Hunter 1- 4 Kickoff Return Karlos Williams 2- 52 Punting Cason Beatty 3- 103 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tank Carradine 5 4 9 2.0- 4.0 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . Vince Williams 3 4 7 . 0.5- 1.0 . . 1 . . . . Bjoern Werner 5 . 5 5.0- 30.0 4.0- 28.0 . 1 . . 1 . . Lamarcus Joyner 5 . 5 . . . 1 . . . . . Xavier Rhodes 4 1 5 . . 1- 0 2 . . . . . Tyler Hunter 4 . 4 . . . . . . . . . Terrence Brooks 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Toshmon Stevens 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Keelin Smith 3 . 3 . . . 1 . . . . . Brandon Jenkins 2 1 3 1.0- 1.0 1.0- 1.0 . 1 . . . . . Timmy Jernigan 2 . 2 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Gerald Demps 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Giorgio Newberry 1 1 2 . . . . . 1- 0 1 . . Telvin Smith 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Shayne Broxsie 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Demonte McAllister 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Karlos Williams 1 . 1 . . . 1 . . . . . Nick Waisome 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Christian Jones 1 . 1 1.0- 2.0 . . . 1 . . . . Reggie Northrup 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Nick Moody . 1 1 0.5- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Eddie Goldman . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . P.J. Williams . 1 1 . . . 1 . . . . . Nigel Terrell . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Justin Bright . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Ronald Darby . . . . . . 2 . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB    3  E.J. Manuel
RB    4  Chris Thompson
WR   12  Jarred Haggins
TE   35  Nick O'Leary
C    52  Bryan Stork
RG   54  Tre' Jackson
LG   70  Josue Matias
RT   71  Menelik Watson
LT   75  Cameron Erving
WR   80  Rashad Greene
WR   84  Rodney Smith
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RE    4  Brandon Jenkins
CB    6  Nick Waisome
WLB   7  Christian Jones
DT    8  Timmy Jernigan
SLB  10  Nick Moody
MLB  11  Vince Williams
SS   20  Lamarcus Joyner
CB   27  Xavier Rhodes
FS   31  Terrence Brooks
DT   93  Everett Dawkins
LE   95  Bjoern Werner
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
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 1  Tyler Hunter
 1  Kelvin Benjamin
 3  Justin Bright
 8  Devonta Freeman
 9  Clint Trickett
 9  Karlos Williams
12  Reggie Northrup
13  Ronald Darby
14  Jacob Coker
15  Greg Dent
18  Dustin Hopkins
21  Debrale Smiley
22  Telvin Smith
23  Gerald Demps
24  Terrance Smith
24  Lonnie Pryor
26  P.J. Williams
28  Nigel Terrell
32  Sean Tidmus
32  James Wilder
33  Kevin Haplea
36  Kory Burnett
37  Keelin Smith
38  Cason Beatty
41  Chad Abram
42  Lamarcus Brutus
43  Anthony Porterfield
##  NAME
-----------------------------
44  Will Tye
47  Cory Cox
49  Donald Chenault
51  Giorgio Newberry
53  Sterling Lovelady
56  Trey Pettis
59  Henry Orelus
60  Jacob Fahrenkrug
62  Austin Barron
64  Dax Dellenbach
65  Ruben Carter
67  Daniel Glauser
74  Jonathan Wallace
76  Garrett Faircloth
81  Eddie Goldman
81  Kenny Shaw
82  Willie Haulstead
83  Christo Kourtzidis
86  Chris Revell
87  David Tyrrell
89  Christian Green
91  Tank Carradine
96  Toshmon Stevens
97  Demonte McAllister
98  Shayne Broxsie
99  Nile Lawrence-Stample

FLORIDA STATE 55, SAVANNAH STATE 0

09/08/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL, Game called at 8:59 in the third quarter because of severe weather.

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'Noles Storm Tigers, 55-0.

Severe weather forces a premature end to No. 6 FSU's game against Savannah State but that doesn't stop the Seminoles from racking up the yards, points -- and most importantly -- the win Saturday night.

By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Managing Editor

TALLAHASSEE, FL - No. 6 Florida State was expected to blow out visiting Savannah State Saturday night by potentially epic proportions.

In the end, the Seminoles (2-0) weren't given enough time to break any school or national scoring records against the overmatched FCS program -- the game was called midway through the third quarter because of severe weather -- but that didn't stop FSU from padding the box score.

In a 55-0 win, the Seminoles scored eight touchdowns on nine drives, racked up 413 yards of total offense, averaged 9.4 yards per play, registered 20 first downs and held the Tigers (0-2) to just 28 yards of total offense.

And they did all of this despite the game being ruled over with 8:59 still to play in the third quarter. Prior to the final ruling, both teams had waited through a 56-minute weather delay before halftime and had agreed to a running clock for the remainder of the contest.

"It's easy for me to say that I want to keep playing, but I understand the situation -- we have bad weather coming and they have a bus ride and doing the things that they've got to do," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. "As a competitor you want to keep playing -- I wanted to see some of our young guys, but I totally understand. That's the nature of the situation that we were in."

A surprising situation for a game that wound up with the type of score everyone expected.

Quarterback EJ Manuel played only the opening quarter for the Seminoles, connecting on 11 of his 13 pass attempts for three touchdowns and 161 yards. His backup Clint Trickett passed for 66 yards and third-stringer Jacob Coker's 19 yards passing came by way of a touchdown toss of that length to redshirt freshman Kelvin Benjamin.

The scoring grab was Benjamin's second of the night. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound redshirt freshman posted the first touchdown of his career midway through the first quarter on a nine-yard jump ball from Manuel.

"I was very excited to score my first two touchdowns by the starting quarterback and the quarterback that came in with my class," Benjamin said. "So I was very emotional and I did a lot of good things in this game. I touched the ball a lot and I definitely want to be a playmaker for the team."

Senior Rodney Smith started Saturday's slew of scoring with his career-long 61-yard touchdown catch on the second play of the game. Greg Dent also added an eight-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter for an FSU team that finished the night with 246 yards passing on an efficient 17-of-21 collective throwing mark.

The Seminoles also ran for 167 yards with sophomore Devonta Freeman's 9.9 yards-per-carry average leading the way. Freeman finished the shortened game with 69 yards on the ground and a score while James Wilder, Jr. added two rushing touchdowns and Chris Thompson posted another.

Individual defensive numbers weren't eye-popping -- sophomore safety Karlos Williams was the squad's leader with just three stops -- but the team as a whole allowed Savannah State to complete just two of 15 pass attempts and produce just 1.1 yards per rush. The Tigers averaged just 0.8 yards per play.

Junior defensive end Bjoern Werner didn't have to play much to add to his already-stellar season numbers, notching his fifth sack and 6 1/2 tackles for loss on the year.

Smith's long touchdown catch on the second play of the game got things going early for the FSU offense. It was quickly followed by six more points from another senior as Thompson dashed his way to pay dirt from six yards out.

Dent's touchdown catch and Benjamin's score then followed and Freeman's five-yard touchdown run made it a 35-0 game in the blink of an eye.

Wilder, Jr.'s four-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter and his one-yard plunge a few minutes later pushed that advantage to 48-0 with 8:02 left in the second quarter.

Benjamin's 19-yard touchdown reception from Coker with 11:24 left in the third quarter then proved to be the final score of the game.

"We try to pride ourselves on focusing on ourselves," Manuel said. "When I say that, I mean going out there and doing what we've been coached and the things we've been doing all week. We had a good week of preparation. We wanted to go out there and present that to our fans. And that's what we did tonight."

Florida State won't have it quite so easy next weekend. The 'Noles kick off Atlantic Coast Conference at noon by hosting a Wake Forest team that has started its season 2-0, including a come-from-behind 28-27 win over North Carolina Saturday.

"It was good as can be with what we are doing and the schedule we have," Fisher said. "Under the circumstances, we had Murray State and West Virginia. That was out of our control - had nothing to do with us. I think we'll prepare well and play well next week."

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
SAVANNAH STATE
0
0
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
35
13
7
0
55

1st   7- 0  Rodney Smith, 61, pass from E.J. Manuel (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 14:21
     14- 0  Chris Thompson, 6, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 11:51
     21- 0  Greg Dent, 8, pass from E.J. Manuel (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 8:53 
     28- 0  Kelvin Benjamin, 9, pass from E.J. Manuel (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 7:57 
     35- 0  Devonta Freeman, 5, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 0:49 
2nd  42- 0  James Wilder, 19, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 10:06
     48- 0  James Wilder, 1, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick failed), 8:02 
3rd  55- 0  Kelvin Benjamin, 19, pass from Jacob Coker (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 11:24


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 20 3 Rushes-yards 23-167 18- 19 Passing 246 9 Att-Comp-Int 21-17-0 15-2-0 Total Yards 44-413 33-28 Punt Returns 2-64 0-0 Kickoff Returns 0-0 3-41 Interception Ret. 0-0 0-0 Fumble Returns 1-0 0-0 Punts 1-46.0 8-38.8 Sacks By-Yds 1-15 0-0 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1 Penalties-Yds 2-15 1-5 3rd Down Conversions 4-5 1-10 4th Down Conversions 0-0 0-0 Time of Posession 20:18 15:43 Attendance 71,126 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Devonta Freeman 7- 69 Debrale Smiley 7- 28 Chris Thompson 3- 25 James Wilder 4- 20 Kelvin Benjamin 1- 16 Lonnie Pryor 1- 9 Receiving Rodney Smith 3- 77 Kelvin Benjamin 3- 46 Kenny Shaw 3- 30 Greg Dent 2- 19 Chris Thompson 1- 19 Willie Haulstead 1- 15 Christo Kourtzidis 1- 13 Jarred Haggins 1- 13 Rashad Greene 1- 7 Devonta Freeman 1- 7 Passing E.J. Manuel 13-11-0-161 Clint Trickett 6- 5-0- 66 Jacob Coker 2- 1-0- 19 Punt Return Rashad Greene 2- 64 Punting Cason Beatty 1- 46 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Karlos Williams 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Christian Jones 2 . 2 2.0- 7.0 . . . . . . . . Everett Dawkins 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Keelin Smith 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Nile Lawrence-Stample 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . P.J. Williams 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Jermaine Washington 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Bjoern Werner 1 1 2 1.5- 17.0 1.0- 15.0 . . . . . . . Gerald Demps . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Giorgio Newberry . 2 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Telvin Smith . 2 2 0.5- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Nick Waisome 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Mario Edwards . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Anthony McCloud . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Anthony Porterfield . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Reggie Northrup . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Tyler Hunter . 1 1 . . . 1 . . . . . Toshmon Stevens . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    3  E.J. Manuel
RB    4  Chris Thompson
TE   33  Kevin Haplea
RG   54  Tre' Jackson
C    62  Austin Barron
LG   70  Josue Matias
RT   71  Menelik Watson
LT   75  Cameron Erving
WR   80  Rashad Greene
TE   83  Christo Kourtzidis
WR   84  Rodney Smith
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
CB    6  Nick Waisome
WLB   7  Christian Jones
DT    8  Timmy Jernigan
SLB  10  Nick Moody
MLB  11  Vince Williams
SS   20  Lamarcus Joyner
CB   27  Xavier Rhodes
FS   31  Terrence Brooks
RE   91  Tank Carradine
DT   93  Everett Dawkins
LE   95  Bjoern Werner
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Kelvin Benjamin
 1  Tyler Hunter
 3  Justin Bright
 8  Devonta Freeman
 9  Karlos Williams
 9  Clint Trickett
12  Reggie Northrup
12  Jarred Haggins
13  Ronald Darby
14  Jacob Coker
15  Mario Edwards
15  Greg Dent
18  Dustin Hopkins
21  Debrale Smiley
22  Telvin Smith
23  Gerald Demps
24  Terrance Smith
24  Lonnie Pryor
26  P.J. Williams
28  Nigel Terrell
32  Sean Tidmus
32  James Wilder
36  Kory Burnett
36  Jermaine Washington
37  Keelin Smith
38  Jonathan Akanbi
##  NAME
-----------------------------
38  Cason Beatty
39  Donovan Todd
42  Lamarcus Brutus
43  Anthony Porterfield
44  Will Tye
45  Will Burnham
45  Nathan Slater
47  Cory Cox
51  Bobby Hart
51  Giorgio Newberry
53  Sterling Lovelady
60  Jacob Fahrenkrug
64  Dax Dellenbach
67  Daniel Glauser
74  Jonathan Wallace
75  Philip Doumar
81  Eddie Goldman
81  Kenny Shaw
82  Willie Haulstead
86  Chris Revell
87  David Tyrrell
89  Christian Green
92  Anthony McCloud
96  Toshmon Stevens
98  Shayne Broxsie
99  Nile Lawrence-Stample

FLORIDA STATE 52, WAKE FOREST 0

09/15/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Thompson, 'Noles Break Wake.

With last season's career-threatening injury on his mind, Chris Thompson runs for a career-high 197 yards and two touchdowns in No. 5 FSU's 52-0 win against divisional foe Wake Forest.

By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Managing Editor.

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- Chris Thompson had been thinking about this one for a long time, going over and over in his head his in-game assignments and responsibilities while also managing the emotions of playing against the team that nearly ended his career a year ago.

He never could have imagined it would play out like this.

In No. 5/6 Florida State's convincing 52-0 win against Wake Forest Saturday, Thompson rushed for a career-high 197 yards -- including two scoring touchdowns of more than 70 yards -- despite only playing in the first two quarters. It was vintage big-play Thompson leaving a defense in pieces, made all the more special because it was against a team that quite literally broke him a year ago.

Eleven months after sustaining two fractured vertebrae in a 35-30 loss at Wake Forest, Thompson left this year's Atlantic Division showdown with the game ball rather than a career-threatening injury.

"There was nothing like it, I have been pretty much waiting for this moment for a while," Thompson said. "To open up against an ACC team and for it to be the Wake game was such a big deal due to the fact of what happened last year."

"What a difference a year makes," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher added. "... It's amazing. It can't happen to a better young man. I'm very proud of him today. I'm very proud of our team."

Thompson's performance was a feel-good story but it doesn't overshadow what the 'Noles' defense continues to do.

The Seminoles had allowed a combined three points in blowout wins over Murray State and Savannah State and the no-touchdown trend continued despite the increase in competition. The last time FSU didn't allow a touchdown in three consecutive games was in 1964.

Outside of a 34-yard rush in the first quarter by Josh Harris and a 41-yard reception by Sherman Ragland in the third quarter, Wake Forest's offense was kept in check and held to just 126 of total offense and 2.1 yards on average per play. The Demon Deacons were held to just seven first downs, only converted 1-of-16 third-down conversion chances and had to punt 13 times.

Wake Forest never got into the redzone either.

"That's what your pride yourself on on defense is dominating," sophomore defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan said.

Jernigan and junior linebacker Christian Jones led the Seminoles with six tackles before being pulled for the reserves in time for the fourth quarter. Junior defensive end Bjoern Werner continued his early-season tear with 1 1/2 sacks and 2 1/2 tackles for loss to harass Demon Deacons quarterback Tanner Price -- the ACC's quarterback of the week -- and help limit him to just 82 yards passing.

Cornellius Carradine also had a career-best 2 1/2 sacks.

Josh Harris was the last opponent to rush for 100 yards on the Seminoles but Saturday he was held to just 51 yards, too. Michael Campanaro, who led the nation in catches per game and was coming off a 13-catch performance in a win over North Carolina, had just two grabs for a paltry eight yards.

Domination.

"Against a quarterback and receivers that are good players, now," Fisher said. "They controlled the line of scrimmage and, again, that was the key. Our defense was very dominant. They contested all the throws."

Thompson's 197 yards were a school record for most rushing yards in an opening half but he wasn't the only one updating records. FSU, which posted 612 yards of total offense, has now scored at least 50 points in three consecutive games for the first time in the program's storied history and became the first ACC team to ever accomplish that feat to start the season.

EJ Manuel threw for 176 of those yards and had two touchdowns in three quarters of action, with scoring tosses to Kenny Shaw and Rodney Smith.

Thompson didn't have to play in the second half and sophomore James Wilder, Jr. added 94 yards on 16 carries while Manuel added 48 yards on the ground and one touchdown on an option play. Fullback Debrale Smiley added another touchdown run and 30 rushing yards as FSU finished with 385 yards on the ground.

A year after rushing for just 289 yards through the opening three games, FSU has rattled off 837 yards on the ground through three contests in 2012.

"We are confident and trust each other more now," senior fullback Lonnie Pryor said. "You've seen early on that we've got a lot of guys that can carry the football effectively."

Including Manuel.

FSU's starting quarterback got the Seminoles on the board for the first time against Wake Forest with a 16-yard run at 4:28 mark of the first quarter after being set up by a 33-yard Thompson dash.

FSU then quickly pushed its lead to 14-0 thanks to sophomore wide receiver Rashad Greene's 60-yard punt return for a touchdown. The special-teams score was Greene's second punt return of the season as he became the first Seminole to register multiple return touchdowns since Willie Reid in 2005.

"I just saw my guys in great position for blocks and they basically opened it up for me," Greene said. "I probably made one person miss and the rest was done by our return team."

The second quarter then started with some Thompson magic. His touchdown runs of 74 and 80 yards occurred within 3:10 of one another and effectively closed the door on Wake Forest's chances.

Thompson had entered the game with three touchdowns of 70 yards or more after becoming a home-run threat as a sophomore in 2010. He exited Saturday's ball game with two more to his credit while pushing his career rushing totals to 1,302 yards.

On each of his long runs, FSU's wide receivers and tight ends helped contribute with critical downfield blocks.

"[The offensive line] has got to get you the first [yards] and after that you've got to be able to block down field" Fisher said. "We are big, we are athletic and we are physical. We need to be blocking like that all the time."

Following a 19-yard Dustin Hopkins field goal, Smith added his 20-yard touchdown from reception with 14 seconds left in the second quarter. Shaw's 17-yard touchdown catch and Smiley's 19-yard scoring run then accounted for the 'Noles 14 second-half points.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
WAKE FOREST
0
0
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
14
24
7
7
52

1st   7- 0  E.J. Manuel, 16, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 4:28 
     14- 0  Rashad Greene, 60, punt return/blocked punt (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 2:45 
2nd  21- 0  Chris Thompson, 74, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 12:52
     28- 0  Chris Thompson, 80, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 9:42 
     31- 0  Dustin Hopkins, 19, field goal, 4:37 
     38- 0  Rodney Smith, 20, pass from E.J. Manuel (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 0:14 
3rd  45- 0  Kenny Shaw, 17, pass from E.J. Manuel (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 0:44 
4th  52- 0  Debrale Smiley, 18, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 12:21


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 27 7 Rushes-yards 45-385 35- 43 Passing 227 83 Att-Comp-Int 28-19-0 24-10-0 Total Yards 73-612 59-126 Punt Returns 5-89 0-0 Kickoff Returns 0-0 7-102 Interception Ret. 0-0 0-0 Fumble Returns 0-0 1-0 Punts 4-42.0 13-40.0 Sacks By-Yds 4-26 3-13 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-0 Penalties-Yds 5-48 3-20 3rd Down Conversions 6-13 1-16 4th Down Conversions 0-1 1-2 Time of Posession 30:41 29:19 Attendance 68,833 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Chris Thompson 9- 197 James Wilder 16- 94 E.J. Manuel 8- 48 Debrale Smiley 4- 30 Devonta Freeman 6- 14 Lonnie Pryor 2- 2 Receiving Kelvin Benjamin 4- 44 Kenny Shaw 3- 32 Rashad Greene 2- 30 Lonnie Pryor 2- 30 Chris Thompson 2- 23 Rodney Smith 1- 20 Nick O'Leary 1- 11 Jarred Haggins 1- 11 Christian Green 1- 10 James Wilder 1- 9 Devonta Freeman 1- 7 Passing E.J. Manuel 24-15-0-176 Clint Trickett 3- 3-0- 41 Jacob Coker 1- 1-0- 10 Punt Return Rashad Greene 5- 89 Punting Cason Beatty 4- 168 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Christian Jones 4 2 6 . . . . . . . . . Timmy Jernigan 3 3 6 . . . . . . . . . Bjoern Werner 3 1 4 2.5- 16.0 1.5- 14.0 . . . . . . . Lamarcus Joyner 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Terrance Smith 3 . 3 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . . Anthony McCloud 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Everett Dawkins 3 . 3 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Xavier Rhodes 2 1 3 . . . 2 . . . . . Tank Carradine 2 1 3 2.5- 12.0 2.5- 12.0 . . 2 . . . . Eddie Goldman 2 1 3 1.0- 4.0 . . . . . . . . Demonte McAllister 1 2 3 . . . . 1 . . . . Vince Williams 2 . 2 1.0- 1.0 . . . 1 . . . . Telvin Smith 2 . 2 . . . . 1 . . . . Nile Lawrence-Stample . 2 2 0.5- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Nick Moody 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Chris Casher 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Giorgio Newberry 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Ronald Darby 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Nick Waisome 1 . 1 . . . 1 . . . . . Karlos Williams 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . James Wilder 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Chad Abram 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Terrence Brooks 1 . 1 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Toshmon Stevens . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Mario Edwards . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Keelin Smith . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Tyler Hunter . . . . . . 1 . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    3  E.J. Manuel
TB    4  Chris Thompson
FB   24  Lonnie Pryor
TE   35  Nick O'Leary
C    52  Bryan Stork
RG   54  Tre' Jackson
RT   67  Daniel Glauser
LG   70  Josue Matias
LT   75  Cameron Erving
WR   80  Rashad Greene
WR   84  Rodney Smith
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
CB    6  Nick Waisome
WLB   7  Christian Jones
SLB  10  Nick Moody
MLB  11  Vince Williams
SS   20  Lamarcus Joyner
CB   27  Xavier Rhodes
FS   31  Terrence Brooks
RE   91  Tank Carradine
DT   92  Anthony McCloud
DT   93  Everett Dawkins
LE   95  Bjoern Werner
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Tyler Hunter
 1  Kelvin Benjamin
 3  Justin Bright
 8  Timmy Jernigan
 8  Devonta Freeman
 9  Clint Trickett
 9  Karlos Williams
12  Reggie Northrup
12  Jarred Haggins
13  Ronald Darby
14  Jacob Coker
15  Mario Edwards
15  Greg Dent
18  Dustin Hopkins
19  Josh Gehres
21  Chris Casher
21  Debrale Smiley
22  Telvin Smith
23  Gerald Demps
24  Terrance Smith
26  P.J. Williams
28  Nigel Terrell
32  James Wilder
33  Kevin Haplea
37  Keelin Smith
##  NAME
-----------------------------
38  Cason Beatty
41  Chad Abram
42  Lamarcus Brutus
43  Anthony Porterfield
44  Will Tye
47  Cory Cox
51  Bobby Hart
51  Giorgio Newberry
53  Sterling Lovelady
60  Jacob Fahrenkrug
62  Austin Barron
64  Dax Dellenbach
71  Menelik Watson
74  Jonathan Wallace
76  Garrett Faircloth
81  Eddie Goldman
81  Kenny Shaw
82  Willie Haulstead
83  Christo Kourtzidis
86  Chris Revell
89  Christian Green
96  Toshmon Stevens
97  Demonte McAllister
99  Nile Lawrence-Stample

FLORIDA STATE 49, CLEMSON 37

09/22/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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Automatic Manuel Puts FSU in ACC Driver's Seat.

The best game of EJ Manuel's career comes at the perfect time as his memorable performance pushes No. 4/4 FSU past No. 9/10 Clemson, 49-37, in a critical ACC Atlantic Division showdown.

By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Managing Editor

TALLAHASSEE, FL - On the eve of the biggest game of his career, EJ Manuel got some special advice from a special someone.

"Just take what the defense gives you."

Sounds simple enough but considering those words of wisdom came from Heisman Trophy winner and national champion Charlie Ward, Manuel took the advice to heart.

And then he took it to Clemson Saturday night for all of the college football world to see.

In No. 4/4 Florida State's 49-37 win over No. 9/10 Clemson, Manuel looked a lot like his mentor by registering career highs in passing yardage (380) and rushing yardage (102) while adding two touchdowns on 27-of-35 passing in what was a come-from-behind victory.

Fittingly he became the first Seminoles (4-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) quarterback since Ward did so in 1992 to throw for at least 300 yards and rush for another 100 in a game.

"He's always encouraging," Manuel said about Ward, while also adding that he communicates frequently with FSU's other Heisman winner and national champion, Chris Weinke. "He's an exciting person to talk to; first of all, it's Charlie Ward. He's a huge mentor for me and I thank him for everything he's done for me."

"Having those guys behind you supporting you is huge," added Manuel, whose 'Noles remained atop the ACC's Atlantic Division standings with the win.

The support was also in the stands Saturday night. The 17th-largest crowd in Doak Campbell Stadium history -- and the national audience watching live on ABC -- saw what can easily be called Manuel's best game and his first signature win in a collegiate career that is now in its fifth year.

With FSU's typically strong defense still trying to figure out how to slow down the high-powered Clemson (3-1, 0-1) offense and the special teams unit struggling, Manuel found his team trailing 28-14 with 11:48 left in the third quarter.

Buoyed by improved defensive play and a huge 90-yard kick return into scoring position by Lamarcus Joyner, Manuel came alive and led the comeback, connecting on all 11 of his pass attempts the rest of the night for 188 yards and one score.

Manuel finished the night as the orchestrator of an offense that eclipsed the 600-yard mark for the third time this season -- this time rattling off 667 with 380 of those through the air and the other 287 on the ground.

"It was a big game ... but I'm not going to put it on me. It was a team effort," Manuel said.

He's right.

For the second game in a row, Chris Thompson was virtually unstoppable and uncatchable out of the backfield. The senior tailback finished with 103 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns. James Wilder, Jr. also ran for 65 on nine carries and all of FSU's ball carriers averaged 7.2 yards per tote.

Thompson led the way receiving, too. His 79 yards on eight catches proved deadly to the Clemson defense while Greg Dent added a career-best five catches for 72 yards. Rashad Greene and Rodney Smith posted the two touchdown receptions, with Smith's -- a perfectly executed 29-yarder -- serving as the one that put FSU up for good at 35-31 with 2:07 left in the third quarter.

"I can't remember off the top of my head a bad decision all night," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said about Manuel. "... EJ Manuel like I say all the time, I get to coach him every day and look in his eyes and know how he works and what he does and what he thinks, he is a tremendous young man. A great leader for our football team."

Terrence Brooks led FSU in tackles with 12 and Cornellius Carradine added two sacks for a 'Noles' defense that was grasping at straws and then on the ropes following Sammy Watkins' tricky touchdown pass from his wide receiver position to tailback Andre Ellington.

But after allowing 253 first-half yards, FSU's defense found its form following that touchdown toss and permitted just 173 total yards in the second half. Included in that second-half turnaround was limiting Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd to just 43 yards passing in the final two quarters after he torched the secondary for 197 yards in the first and second quarters.

"It was just getting our eyes right," Joyner said. "Focusing on our keys; not trying to be superman ... just staying fundamentally with our technique."

FSU hadn't allowed a touchdown since the third quarter of the Champs Sports Bowl last December but Clemson needed less than two minutes to break that streak. Boyd's 60-yard connection with DeAndre Hopkins was just over the outstretched hand of Brooks.

The speedy score was the first blow to FSU's defense this season but the 'Noles' offense quickly returned the favor on the ensuing drive. First Manuel hit Smith for a 31-yard gain on his opening pass and then later found Nick O'Leary for a 15-yard gain. His 28-yard rush would then set up Lonnie Pryor's 13-yard dash to pay dirt and a tie score.

Clemson typically employs trick plays on offense but the Tigers showed the same mentality on special teams on the next drive. Clemson's fake field goal on 4th-and-short surprisingly withstood Fisher's challenge and Ellington then added insult to injury with a six-yard touchdown run.

Following a missed 44-yard field-goal attempt by Dustin Hopkins, Carradine's back-to-back sacks stymied what was threatening to be another Tigers scoring drive. The defensive stand was then followed by Wilder, Jr.'s five-yard run to knot the score at 14-14 early in the second quarter.

Looking more like the defense that had allowed just three points in three games, FSU forced another Tigers punt on the next drive. But Greene's fumble gave the visitors a short field and Boyd made them pay with a 17-yard scoring toss to a wide open Brandon Ford.

Ford's score would give Clemson a 21-14 lead that would last until halftime after another Hopkins miss -- this one from 37 yards out -- sailed wide as the first half expired.

Clemson added to that advantage early in the third quarter thanks to an opening-half defensive three-and-out and some theatrics in the backfield. A backwards pass to Watkins left Ellington wide open down field and the receiver found the running back for a 52-yard touchdown pass.

But a 64-yard Benjamin reception put FSU in scoring position on the very next drive and Thompson finished it off with a nine-yard option run to make it a one-score game at 28-21.

After a 50-yard Chandler Catanzaro field goal moments later, Joyner exploded for a his game-changing 90-yard kick return and Greene's nine-yard touchdown reception two plays later made it a 31-28 game. After Smith's touchdown gave the 'Noles their first lead Wilder, Jr. added another short touchdown run and Thompson scampered in from 27 yards away following a clutch Nick Waisome interception.

Fisher's attention in the post-game press conference was already on the Bulls.

"It's a very good win but we should win big games here at Florida State and we're 4-0 and that's all it is," Fisher said. "We've got a critical game next week at South Florida and we need to get ready for that, put this one behind us very quickly and move on."

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
CLEMSON
14
7
10
6
37
FLORIDA STATE
7
7
21
14
49

1st   0- 7  Opp, 60, pass (kick), 13:34
      7- 7  Lonnie Pryor, 13, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 10:54
      7-14  Opp, 6, run (kick), 7:01 
      7-14  Dustin Hopkins, 44, field goal failed, 2:41 
2nd  14-14  James Wilder, 5, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 14:35
     14-21  Opp, 17, pass (kick), 10:06
     14-21  Dustin Hopkins, 37, field goal failed, 0:00 
3rd  14-28  Opp, 52, pass (kick), 11:48
     21-28  Chris Thompson, 9, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 10:09
     21-31  Opp, 50, field goal, 7:07 
     28-31  Rashad Greene, 9, pass from E.J. Manuel (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 6:15 
     35-31  Rodney Smith, 29, pass from E.J. Manuel (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 2:37 
4th  42-31  James Wilder, 5, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 13:25
     49-31  Chris Thompson, 27, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 8:34 
     49-37  Opp, 3, pass (run failed), 2:11 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 27 21 Rushes-yards 40-287 38-136 Passing 380 290 Att-Comp-Int 35-27-0 39-22-1 Total Yards 75-667 77-426 Punt Returns 3-26 0-0 Kickoff Returns 5-185 3-48 Interception Ret. 1-19 0-0 Fumble Returns 0-0 2-0 Punts 3-35.3 7-41.0 Sacks By-Yds 2-12 1-10 Fumbles-Lost 2-2 0-0 Penalties-Yds 11-81 3-30 3rd Down Conversions 8-13 7-17 4th Down Conversions 0-0 2-2 Time of Posession 32:54 27:06 Attendance 83,231 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Chris Thompson 15- 103 E.J. Manuel 11- 102 James Wilder 9- 65 Lonnie Pryor 3- 20 Team 2- -3 Receiving Chris Thompson 8- 79 Greg Dent 5- 72 Kelvin Benjamin 2- 71 Nick O'Leary 3- 48 Rodney Smith 2- 48 Rashad Greene 4- 36 Kenny Shaw 2- 17 James Wilder 1- 9 Passing E.J. Manuel 35-27-0-380 Punt Return Rashad Greene 3- 26 Kickoff Return Lamarcus Joyner 5- 185 Punting Cason Beatty 3- 106 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Terrence Brooks 11 1 12 . . . . . . . . . Christian Jones 5 2 7 . . . 1 . . . . . Tank Carradine 5 2 7 2.0- 12.0 2.0- 12.0 . . . . . . . Demonte McAllister 2 3 5 . . . . . . . . . Bjoern Werner 3 1 4 . . . 1 2 . . . . Xavier Rhodes 3 . 3 . . . 1 . . . . . Vince Williams 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Ronald Darby 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Lamarcus Joyner 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Telvin Smith 2 1 3 1.0- 5.0 . . . . . . . . Anthony McCloud 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Tyler Hunter 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Toshmon Stevens 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Timmy Jernigan 1 1 2 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Giorgio Newberry 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Everett Dawkins 1 1 2 . . . 1 2 . . . . P.J. Williams 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Nick Moody . . . . . . . 1 . . . . Nick Waisome . . . . . 1- 19 1 . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    3  E.J. Manuel
TB    4  Chris Thompson
WR   15  Greg Dent
TE   35  Nick O'Leary
C    52  Bryan Stork
RG   54  Tre' Jackson
LG   70  Josue Matias
RT   71  Menelik Watson
LT   75  Cameron Erving
WR   80  Rashad Greene
WR   84  Rodney Smith
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
CB    6  Nick Waisome
WLB   7  Christian Jones
SLB  10  Nick Moody
MLB  11  Vince Williams
SS   20  Lamarcus Joyner
CB   27  Xavier Rhodes
FS   31  Terrence Brooks
RE   91  Tank Carradine
DT   92  Anthony McCloud
DT   93  Everett Dawkins
LE   95  Bjoern Werner
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Kelvin Benjamin
 1  Tyler Hunter
 8  Timmy Jernigan
 8  Devonta Freeman
 9  Karlos Williams
13  Ronald Darby
18  Dustin Hopkins
19  Josh Gehres
22  Telvin Smith
23  Gerald Demps
24  Terrance Smith
24  Lonnie Pryor
26  P.J. Williams
32  James Wilder
33  Kevin Haplea
##  NAME
-----------------------------
37  Keelin Smith
38  Cason Beatty
41  Chad Abram
51  Giorgio Newberry
60  Jacob Fahrenkrug
62  Austin Barron
64  Dax Dellenbach
74  Jonathan Wallace
81  Kenny Shaw
82  Willie Haulstead
86  Chris Revell
89  Christian Green
96  Toshmon Stevens
97  Demonte McAllister

FLORIDA STATE 30, SOUTH FLORIDA 17

09/29/2012, TAMPA, FL

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No Bull: FSU Beats USF, Moves to 5-0.

No. 4 Florida State defeats South Florida, 30-17, Saturday night in Tampa to cap off an unblemished month of September.

By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Managing Editor

TAMPA, FL -- It wasn't pretty Saturday night but that didn't matter because it wasn't nearly as ugly as the last time Florida State played South Florida.

Three seasons after suffering a humbling loss to the Bulls, the No. 4 Seminoles retaliated by overcoming some sloppy play on a slippery Raymond James Stadium field in a 30-17 victory. A USF (2-3) school-record crowd of 68, 383 watched as the Bulls racked up 144 yards of offense in the first quarter before the FSU (5-0) defense charged back and gave up just 124 yards in the final three quarters.

Despite a missed field goal, a blocked punt that led to a Bulls score, some costly penalties and some redzone deficiencies, FSU still gutted out a win in its first road game of the season -- an accomplishment that might not have been in recent seasons.

"You go into somebody else's house who has good players [and] are coached well and you come out with a 'W' that's a huge step coming off the big win we had last week," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. "In the past I think we might have folded a little bit. Our kids kept believing and playing hard and you've got to find ways to keep winning those games when you're not playing your 'A' game."

After getting tested early, FSU's defense was certainly on its game most of the night.

Mark Stoops' squad was punched in the mouth early -- much like it was last week against Clemson -- before finding its footing and delivering its own knockout blows. Of the combined 124 yards surrendered in the second, third and fourth quarters, 73 of them came on a gutsy scoring drive by USF quarterback and Tallahassee native B.J. Daniels early in the fourth quarter -- the final points of the game.

But trimming the deficit to two scores proved futile against an FSU defense that forced six punts and allowed just six first downs in the final three quarters.

Cornellius Carradine led the defensive effort, posting a team-best nine tackles, 1 1/2 sacks and a forced fumble that was returned by Christian Jones for a third-quarter touchdown. Xavier Rhodes also had an interception.

"Some of the plays we hadn't seen," said junior defensive tackle Demonte McAllkster, a Tampa native. "Once we saw them ... we calmed down and regained our poise and were able to make plays."

A week after playing the game of his life against the Tigers and entering the Heisman Trophy conversation, EJ Manuel didn't post eye-popping numbers against the Bulls but he was still ultra-efficient and mistake-free.

The senior signal-caller finished the night 19-of-26 for 242 yards and one touchdown and no turnovers. Manuel spread the wealth, too, finding nine different receivers and helped FSU possess the ball for more than 10 minutes in both the second and third quarters after having it for just 4:32 in the opening period.

"He played a really solid football game," Fisher said.

Nick O'Leary set a new career best with four catches for 40 yards and fellow tight end Kevin Haplea added his first touchdown in an FSU uniform. Wide receiver Rashad Greene ran for a touchdown and had 71 yards through the air.

Chris Thompson added 74 yards rushing and Lonnie Pryor contributed a career-high 64 yards of his own for a Seminoles team that finished the night with 425 yards of total offense.

After USF opened the game with a 32-yard field goal, Karlos Williams gave Manuel a short field to work with by taking the ensuing kickoff 60 yards into Bulls territory. A third-down toss to Greg Dent and 10-yard Thompson scamper later, Greene ran 10 yards to pay dirt and an early 7-3 FSU lead.

The end-around to Greene put the sophomore in elite company as he became the first FSU player since the great Peter Warrick to score on a return, a rush and a reception in the same season.

A week after uncharacteristically missing two field goals in the win over Clemson, Dustin Hopkins then added to that advantage with a 26-yard field goal with 5:45 left in the first half. He would, however, miss a 47-yard attempt a few minutes later but on the heels of a Rhodes interception followed it up with a 43-yard successful conversion to give the 'Noles a 13-3 advantage at halftime.

The two-score lead would quickly dissipate early in the third quarter, though. First USF sniffed out an option run and then blocked Cason Beatty's punt. Two plays later on the short field Daniels was walking into the endzone for a one-yard touchdown to make it a 13-10 ballgame.

It wouldn't get much better on the next drive either, as a would-be Thompson 70-yard touchdown run was negated by a Kelvin Benjamin holding penalty.

With the Bulls fans in a frenzy and in danger of letting USF completely capture the momentum, FSU's defense dug in its heels and forced a three-and-out. And the strong defense then sparked some strong offense. A 32-yard catch-and-run by Greene pushed the Seminoles across midfield and a 12-yard Thompson run set up Haplea's one-yard scoring grab on 3rd-and-goal.

"That was huge," Manuel said about the one-yard toss off play action.

Florida State then went up 23-10 following another defensive three-and-out and a 24-yard Hopkins field goal with 34 seconds left in the third quarter. Thirty-four second later, Carradine's strip-sack of backup quarterback Matt Floyd was scooped and scored by Jones for FSU's first defensive score of the year and a 30-10 lead heading into the final frame.

Floyd was in the game because Daniels took a hard shot on the previous play. After woozily leaving the field, Daniels was back on the field to start the fourth quarter and wound up leading a quick 73-yard drive capped by his own option keeper to trim FSU's lead to 30-17.

Following stalled drives by both teams, it looked like USF had halted another 'Noles series but a personal foul penalty with 5:20 left in the fourth quarter extended what would have been a fourth-down stop on a designed Manuel run. FSU would eventually be stopped on its next third down but not before chewing up 3:15 of the game-clock.

The 'Noles then forced Daniels to throw the ball away on fourth down and Thompson took a kneel on what would have been a long run to finish the game and keep FSU in the ranks of the unbeatens.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
7
6
17
0
30
SOUTH FLORIDA
3
0
7
7
17

1st   0- 3  Opp, 32, field goal, 11:18
      7- 3  Rashad Greene, 10, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 8:57 
2nd  10- 3  Dustin Hopkins, 26, field goal, 5:45 
     10- 3  Dustin Hopkins, 48, field goal failed, 1:09 
     13- 3  Dustin Hopkins, 43, field goal, 0:03 
3rd  13-10  Opp, 1, run (kick), 11:55
     20-10  Kevin Haplea, 1, pass from E.J. Manuel (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 5:09 
     23-10  Dustin Hopkins, 23, field goal, 0:34 
     30-10  Christian Jones, 12, fumble recovery/return (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 0:00 
4th  30-17  Opp, 2, run (kick), 12:37


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 20 14 Rushes-yards 40-183 32-125 Passing 242 143 Att-Comp-Int 26-19-0 33-17-1 Total Yards 66-425 65-268 Punt Returns 0-0 2-18 Kickoff Returns 3-96 5-63 Interception Ret. 1-0 0-0 Fumble Returns 2-12 0-0 Punts 5-30.4 6-37.2 Sacks By-Yds 2-18 2-20 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 3-2 Penalties-Yds 6-50 6-48 3rd Down Conversions 5-15 5-15 4th Down Conversions 0-0 1-2 Time of Posession 31:58 25:52 Attendance 69,383 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Chris Thompson 16- 74 Lonnie Pryor 7- 65 Kelvin Benjamin 1- 17 Rashad Greene 1- 10 E.J. Manuel 10- 9 James Wilder 5- 8 Receiving Rashad Greene 2- 71 Kenny Shaw 1- 47 Nick O'Leary 4- 40 Chris Thompson 2- 24 Greg Dent 2- 20 Rodney Smith 3- 19 Kevin Haplea 2- 12 Lonnie Pryor 1- 6 James Wilder 2- 3 Passing E.J. Manuel 26-19-0-242 Kickoff Return Karlos Williams 3- 96 Punting Cason Beatty 5- 152 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tank Carradine 6 3 9 1.5- 14.0 1.5- 14.0 . . . . 1 . . Nick Waisome 3 2 5 . . . 1 . . . . . Vince Williams 4 . 4 . . . . . . . . . Telvin Smith 3 1 4 1.0- 7.0 . . . . . . . . Xavier Rhodes 3 . 3 . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Anthony McCloud 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Lamarcus Joyner 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Everett Dawkins 1 2 3 0.5- 4.0 0.5- 4.0 . . . . . . . Kelvin Benjamin 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Bjoern Werner 2 . 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Timmy Jernigan 2 . 2 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . . Terrence Brooks 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Nick Moody . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Keelin Smith 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Ronald Darby 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Dustin Hopkins 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Demonte McAllister 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . James Wilder 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Greg Dent 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Giorgio Newberry . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Christian Jones . 1 1 . . . . . 1- 12 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    3  E.J. Manuel
TB    4  Chris Thompson
FB   24  Lonnie Pryor
TE   35  Nick O'Leary
C    52  Bryan Stork
RG   54  Tre' Jackson
LG   70  Josue Matias
RT   71  Menelik Watson
LT   75  Cameron Erving
WR   80  Rashad Greene
WR   84  Rodney Smith
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
CB    6  Nick Waisome
WLB   7  Christian Jones
SLB  10  Nick Moody
MLB  11  Vince Williams
SS   20  Lamarcus Joyner
CB   27  Xavier Rhodes
FS   31  Terrence Brooks
RE   91  Tank Carradine
DT   92  Anthony McCloud
DT   93  Everett Dawkins
LE   95  Bjoern Werner
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Kelvin Benjamin
 1  Tyler Hunter
 8  Devonta Freeman
 8  Timmy Jernigan
 9  Karlos Williams
 9  Clint Trickett
12  Jarred Haggins
13  Ronald Darby
15  Greg Dent
18  Dustin Hopkins
22  Telvin Smith
23  Gerald Demps
26  P.J. Williams
32  James Wilder
##  NAME
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33  Kevin Haplea
37  Keelin Smith
38  Cason Beatty
41  Chad Abram
51  Giorgio Newberry
64  Dax Dellenbach
67  Daniel Glauser
74  Jonathan Wallace
81  Kenny Shaw
82  Willie Haulstead
86  Chris Revell
89  Christian Green
96  Toshmon Stevens
97  Demonte McAllister

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 17, FLORIDA STATE 16

10/06/2012, RALEIGH, NC

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No. 3 FSU Upset by NC State, 17-16.

A second-half collapse sends Florida State to its first loss of the season as the 'Noles' struggles in Raleigh, N.C. continue.

RALEIGH, NC - No. 3 Florida State's first loss of the 2012 season came in an all-too-familiar place.

Losers of four of the last seven at Carter-Finley Stadium prior to Saturday night's game, a second-half collapse added one more to the loss column in Raleigh, N.C. as NC State escaped with a come-from-behind 17-16 victory.

Dreams of a national championship dashed. Driver's seat in the Atlantic Coast Conference's Atlantic Division doomed.

Florida State (5-1, 2-1 ACC) seemed in control but a 16-0 halftime lead and first half of defensive dominance was erased as Wolfpack (4-2, 1-1) quarterback Mike Glennon threw a 4th-and-goal two-yard touchdown pass to Bryan Underwood with 16 seconds left to win the game.

The scoring toss capped off a dramatic second-half turnaround for NC State as the home team reeled off 17 unanswered points by turning up the defensive heat on FSU's running game and discovering a recipe for success in its own passing game. NC State had just 68 yards of offense in the opening two periods but eclipsed that total on its first drive of the second half and finished with 325 yards by game's end.

Glennon's game-winning touchdown throw was set up by a blocked Cason Beatty punt that put the Wolfpack on the FSU 43 yard-line with 2:27 left to play. FSU forced a 4th-and-10 four plays after the special teams blunder but Glennon found Quintin Payton for a drive-preserving 12-yard gain.

FSU's offense didn't help its defense's cause in that second-half meltdown. After registering 221 yards in the first two quarters, the 'Noles were held to just 122 yards in the second half.

Chris Thompson finished the game with a stellar 141 yards on a career-high-tying 25 carries but 115 of those came in the first quarter when the Wolfpack had no answer for FSU's shifty tailback. EJ Manuel with 218 yards passing and one touchdown but had a costly second-half interruption that led to NC State's first of two touchdowns in the game. He also took a sack that pushed the Seminoles out of field goal range in the fourth quarter.

Rashad Greene led the Seminoles with 60 yards receiving and Kelvin Benjamin added 48 yards on two catches.

"We couldn't control the line of scrimmage," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. "We should have been aggressive and thrown the ball more."

The Seminoles were just 3-of-15 on third-down conversion attempts.

Defensively, Christian Jones posted a career-high 14 tackles. Telvin Smith also had a career-high with 10 tackles of his own.

Glennon finished the night 30-of-55 for 249 yards and two touchdowns.

For the first time since the Wake Forest game, FSU scored first as Dustin Hopkins' 49-yard field goal attempt sailed through the uprights for a 3-0 advantage with 6:34 left in the first quarter.

After forcing a third consecutive punt, Manuel found himself in a 3rd-and-17 hole but fired a 21-yard completion to Greene. Thompson's 12-yard option run was then followed by runs of five and 12 yards before NC State bit on the play action and Manuel hit Nick O'Leary for a four-yard touchdown.

The score not only put FSU up 10-0 but was the first points allowed by the Wolfpack in the second quarter all season. NC State had entered the game with a 52-0 second-quarter advantage.

Despite a brief trip to the locker room to have his elbow check out, Thompson wasn't done. After missing a stalled offensive series he checked back into the ballgame and dashed 36 yards to the redzone. Four plays later Hopkins hit a 20-yard field goal to give the 'Noles a 13-0 lead with 4:07 left in the first half.

Hopkins then added a 36-yard field goal to push the Florida State lead to 16-0 heading into halftime.

The 'Noles held NC State to just 68 yards of offense and four first downs in that opening half but the Wolfpack matched and went over both of those totals on their first drive of the second period. Five first downs and 78 yards later, NC State finally updated the scoreboard with a 27-yard field goal.

It looked like FSU would get those points back at the end of the third quarter but a marching drive into NC State came to abrupt halt in time for the final quarter after Manuel was picked off by Juston Burris.

The turnover not only prevented potential FSU points, it led to an actual Wolfpack score. Shadrach Thornton's 24-yard touchdown reception capped a quick 59-yard drive and made it a one score game at 16-10 with 13:47 remaining in the game.

FSU was just 2-of-10 on third-down conversion attempts at the time but Manuel picked the perfect time to make it 3-for-11. His 27-yard pass to Benjamin on 3rd-and-9 preserved FSU's next drive after the NC State score. Manuel found Smith for 20 yards three plays later to put FSU in scoring position but a 15-yard sack pushed Florida State out of field goal range.

Adding insult to injury, FSU used two of its three timeouts on the failed drive, too.

In need of a defensive stop after the punt, Lamarcus Joyner delivered. The junior safety's clutch open-field tackle prevented what would have been a big third-down conversion by the 'Pack and forced a punt.

But the strong defensive play still wouldn't lead to any breathing room. Fisher had to use his final timeout on the ensuing drive as he challenged whether or not Benjamin actually caught a long third-down conversion attempt. But the booth review ruled that FSU's 6-foot-6 redshirt didn't maintain the football through the catch while falling out of bounds.

FSU forced a punt on NC State's next drive but had its own punt attempt blocked in game-changing fashion on the next series.

"You can't have a punt blocked," Fisher said. "That's two [blocks this season]. Nobody gets a punt blocked anymore."

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
3
13
0
0
16
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
0
0
3
14
17

1st   3- 0  Dustin Hopkins, 49, field goal, 6:34 
2nd  10- 0  Nick O'Leary, 4, pass from E.J. Manuel (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 13:53
     13- 0  Dustin Hopkins, 20, field goal, 4:07 
     16- 0  Dustin Hopkins, 36, field goal, 0:28 
3rd  16- 3  Opp, 27, field goal, 6:50 
4th  16-10  Opp, 24, pass (kick), 13:47
     16-17  Opp, 2, pass (kick), 0:16 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 16 21 Rushes-yards 36-125 27- 66 Passing 218 259 Att-Comp-Int 30-17-1 55-30-1 Total Yards 66-343 82-325 Punt Returns 2-10 0-0 Kickoff Returns 1-28 4-58 Interception Ret. 1-8 1-11 Fumble Returns 0-0 0-0 Punts 7-35.3 7-43.0 Sacks By-Yds 1-5 4-28 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0 Penalties-Yds 5-59 4-39 3rd Down Conversions 3-15 5-18 4th Down Conversions 0-0 3-4 Time of Posession 29:14 30:46 Attendance 54,962 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Chris Thompson 25- 141 Rashad Greene 1- 1 James Wilder 1- 0 Lonnie Pryor 1- -1 E.J. Manuel 8- -16 Receiving Rashad Greene 6- 60 Kelvin Benjamin 2- 48 Rodney Smith 2- 36 Chris Thompson 2- 29 Greg Dent 2- 17 Kenny Shaw 1- 17 Jarred Haggins 1- 7 Nick O'Leary 1- 4 Passing E.J. Manuel 29-17-1-218 Team 1- 0-0- 0 Punt Return Reggie Northrup 1- 4 Kickoff Return Karlos Williams 1- 28 Punting Cason Beatty 6- 237 Rashad Greene 1- 6 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Christian Jones 6 8 14 . . . 2 . . . . . Telvin Smith 5 5 10 2.0- 6.0 . . 1 1 . . . . Tank Carradine 3 5 8 . . . . . . . . . Xavier Rhodes 4 3 7 . . . . . . . . . Lamarcus Joyner 1 6 7 . . . 1 . . . . . Terrence Brooks 2 2 4 . . 1- 8 2 . . . . . Anthony McCloud 3 . 3 1.0- 5.0 1.0- 5.0 . . . . . . . Tyler Hunter 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Bjoern Werner 2 1 3 1.0- 6.0 . . 1 1 . . . . Timmy Jernigan 1 2 3 1.0- 4.0 . . . 1 . . . . Everett Dawkins 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Vince Williams 2 . 2 . . . 1 . . . . . P.J. Williams 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Demonte McAllister . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Nick Moody . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Ronald Darby 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Nick Waisome 1 . 1 . . . 1 . . . . . Terrance Smith 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . E.J. Manuel 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Karlos Williams . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Kelvin Benjamin . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Chad Abram . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Devonta Freeman . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Giorgio Newberry . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB    3  E.J. Manuel
TB    4  Chris Thompson
WR   15  Greg Dent
FB   24  Lonnie Pryor
C    52  Bryan Stork
RG   54  Tre' Jackson
RT   67  Daniel Glauser
LG   70  Josue Matias
LT   75  Cameron Erving
WR   80  Rashad Greene
WR   84  Rodney Smith
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
CB    6  Nick Waisome
LB    7  Christian Jones
LB   10  Nick Moody
LB   11  Vince Williams
SS   20  Lamarcus Joyner
CB   27  Xavier Rhodes
FS   31  Terrence Brooks
DE   91  Tank Carradine
DT   92  Anthony McCloud
DT   93  Everett Dawkins
DE   95  Bjoern Werner
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
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 1  Kelvin Benjamin
 1  Tyler Hunter
 8  Devonta Freeman
 8  Timmy Jernigan
 9  Clint Trickett
 9  Karlos Williams
12  Reggie Northrup
12  Jarred Haggins
13  Ronald Darby
18  Dustin Hopkins
22  Telvin Smith
23  Gerald Demps
24  Terrance Smith
26  P.J. Williams
29  Dillon Kidd
##  NAME
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32  James Wilder
33  Kevin Haplea
35  Nick O'Leary
37  Keelin Smith
38  Cason Beatty
41  Chad Abram
51  Giorgio Newberry
64  Dax Dellenbach
74  Jonathan Wallace
81  Kenny Shaw
86  Chris Revell
89  Christian Green
96  Toshmon Stevens
97  Demonte McAllister

FLORIDA STATE 51, BOSTON COLLEGE 7

10/13/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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'Noles Soar Past Eagles, 51-7.

No. 11/12 Florida State's bounce-back effort is a good one as the Seminoles get back in the win column with a dominating home performance against Boston College Saturday night.

By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Managing Editor

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- After what happened a week ago, No. 11/12 Florida State needed this 51-7victory over Boston College Saturday night.

The Seminoles (6-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) needed to blow out the Eagles (1-5, 0-3) in front of a home crowd of 81,075, they needed to show improvement and they needed to do whatever necessary to properly put that 17-16 loss at NC State to bed.

On a night that saw quarterback EJ Manuel set a career high for passing yardage and Dustin Hopkins break both the FSU and ACC all-time scoring records, FSU looked more like the team that raced to a 5-0 record and No. 3 national ranking to start the season than the one in Raleigh, N.C. seven days ago.

"Overall I'm very proud of our kids and our coaches doing a great job of putting that game behind them," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. "They prepared them well and the kids did a tremendous job of focus and concentration and staying together."

The Seminoles were held scoreless in the second half of that loss but had no such issues against the overmatched Eagles. With Manuel leading the charge, the 'Noles scored at least 49 points for the fifth time this season and were never tested after jumping out to a 7-0 lead on Manuel's 77-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Shaw less than six minutes into the ballgame.

The bomb was a sign of good things to come for FSU's redshirt senior under center as Manuel finished with a career-best 439 yards on 27-of-34 passing with four touchdowns and two interceptions. It was the first 400-yard game by a Seminoles quarterback since Chris Weinke torched Clemson for 521 yards in 2000.

FSU wound up registering 649 total yards of offense, with 448 of those coming through the air after throwing for a combined 460 yards against NC State and USF.

"We saw what we wanted to do as far as attacking their defense during the week," Manuel said, "and it was with some passing plays so that's why we came out like that."

Shaw's 125 yards led the way but Rodney Smith was Manuel's favorite target as the senior receiver hauled in a career-best nine catches for 108 yards.

Kelvin Benjamin added five catches for 68 yards and running back James Wilder, Jr. had two touchdown grabs and 27 yards rushing. In his first significant action since the death of a family member, sophomore Devonta Freeman added a team-high 70 yards rushing on eight carries and starter Chris Thompson ran for 68 yards of his own. Lonnie Pryor had two short touchdown runs.

The Seminoles averaged 9.1 yards per play and eclipsed 600 yards for the fourth time this year.

"A lot of teams have goals of winning a national championship and they lose a game, some teams can't bounce back," Wilder, Jr. said. "We just made sure we didn't have that taste in our mouth any more. We just came out there and had a great game and made sure we didn't make the same mistakes."

Defensively, FSU allowed Boston College to generate just 225 yards of offense. Eagles quarterback Chase Rettig, who came into the game second in the ACC and 11th in the nation in passing yardage per game with an average of 306.2, was held to a season-low 122 yards.

Christian Jones posted a team-high eight tackles and Lamarcus Joyner had a second-half interception. The Seminoles also had a key goal-line stand on the first drive of the game that help set the tone the rest of the evening from a morale standpoint was critical.

As for Hopkins, FSU's senior kicker booted a 51-yard field goal as time expired in the first half that won't soon be forgotten. He would later add two more field goals butt hat particular one turned him into the all-time leading scorer at FSU and in the ACC by huddling former 'Nole Derek Schmidt's 393 points and former Maryland Terrapin Nick Novak, who also had 393 career points as the league's former leader.

"Tremendous award, tremendous job," Fisher said about the feat.

Boston College benefitted from a Terrence Brooks personal foul penalty and a 25-yard Andre Williams run to get down to FSU's one yard-line for a first-and-goal on the game's opening drive. But a Bjoern Werner batted pass was followed but a trio of no-gain stops to give the Seminoles a much-needed goal-line stand.

It wasn't Weinke to Snoop Minnis against Clemson in 2000 but starting out on the goal line would lead to a quick FSU touchdown. After Manuel's heady play to grab a Pryor fumble in mid-air and run for a first down, he connected with Shaw for the 77-yard touchdown toss to put FSU up 7-0 early in the first quarter.

Manuel followed his long scoring throw with a 42-yard gain to Jarred Haggins on the next drive to help set up a five-yard Pryor touchdown rush to push the Seminoles' lead to 14-0.

A 46-yard completion to Benjamin on the next 'Noles drive set up a seven-yard toss for Wilder, Jr.'s first career touchdown catch and a 48-yard throw to Shaw on the drive after that one set up a six-yard Benjamin scoring catch for 28-0 FSU lead midway through the second quarter.

"We were able to run it and we were able to protect," Fisher said. "Menelik [Watson] and those guys did a great job ... when you can hold up and give yourself some time you can get the ball down the field."

FSU's shut-out bid wouldn't last much longer after that, though. Combined with some timely Eagles play-calls and three defensive pass interference calls, Rettig orchestrated a 12-play, 87-yard drive that ended with an 18-yard Bobby Swigert touchdown reception.

On the ensuing drive, Manuel's pass to Rashad Greene was bobbled right into the hands of Eagles defender Jim Noel, who returned it to the FSU 38 yard-line. But four plays later Lamarcus Joyner took it right back with his own interception.

"It was a great play for us," defensive tackle Everett Dawkins said.

The takeaway put the Seminoles on their own 44 yard-line and was followed by back-to-back Manuel-to-Smith passes of 10 and 13 yards, respectively, to set up Hopkins' record-breaking 51-yard field goal and consequent 31-7 Florida State lead at halftime.

FSU hadn't scored on a second-half opening drive since the Savannah State game Sept. 8 but that streak ended Saturday night. The 'Noles emerged from the break firing with a 28-yard reception by Smith on the first play and a three-yard plunge by Pryor on the eighth play of the drive to extend Florida State's advantage to 38-7.

Hopkins then added a 26-yard field goal with 3:43 left in the third quarter to make it a 41-7 ballgame.

After Wilder, Jr. jumped Superman-style to his second scoring reception of the night with 13:06 to go in the game, Hopkins' 38-yarder went through the uprights for the game's final score with 6:53 on the clock.

The final outcome was the most lopsided loss for Boston College since the Eagles lost to Notre Dame, 54-7, in 1992.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
BOSTON COLLEGE
0
7
0
0
7
FLORIDA STATE
14
17
10
10
51

1st   7- 0  Kenny Shaw, 77, pass from E.J. Manuel (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 9:13 
     14- 0  Lonnie Pryor, 2, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 4:53 
2nd  21- 0  James Wilder, 7, pass from E.J. Manuel (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 10:14
     28- 0  Kelvin Benjamin, 6, pass from E.J. Manuel (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 7:27 
     28- 7  Opp, 18, pass (kick), 1:56 
     31- 7  Dustin Hopkins, 51, field goal, 0:00 
3rd  38- 7  Lonnie Pryor, 3, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 11:45
     41- 7  Dustin Hopkins, 26, field goal, 3:43 
4th  48- 7  James Wilder, 12, pass from E.J. Manuel (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 13:06
     51- 7  Dustin Hopkins, 38, field goal, 6:53 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 30 18 Rushes-yards 33-201 32- 96 Passing 448 129 Att-Comp-Int 38-29-2 33-16-1 Total Yards 71-649 65-225 Punt Returns 4-54 0-0 Kickoff Returns 1--6 7-134 Interception Ret. 1-33 2-20 Fumble Returns 0-0 0-0 Punts 2-43.0 9-43.4 Sacks By-Yds 1-8 1-6 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0 Penalties-Yds 9-96 4-29 3rd Down Conversions 4-8 3-15 4th Down Conversions 0-0 0-1 Time of Posession 29:27 30:33 Attendance 81,075 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Devonta Freeman 8- 70 Chris Thompson 10- 68 James Wilder 6- 27 Debrale Smiley 2- 21 Lonnie Pryor 3- 10 E.J. Manuel 4- 5 Receiving Kenny Shaw 2- 125 Rodney Smith 9- 108 Kelvin Benjamin 5- 68 Jarred Haggins 1- 42 Greg Dent 3- 33 Chris Thompson 4- 27 James Wilder 3- 26 E.J. Manuel 0- 11 Rashad Greene 1- 8 Lonnie Pryor 1- 0 Passing E.J. Manuel 34-27-2-439 Clint Trickett 4- 2-0- 9 Punt Return Rashad Greene 3- 54 Tyler Hunter 1- 0 Kickoff Return Lamarcus Joyner 1- -6 Punting Cason Beatty 2- 86 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Christian Jones 4 4 8 . . . . . . . . . Reggie Northrup 4 2 6 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Terrence Brooks 4 1 5 . . . 1 . . . . . Vince Williams 3 2 5 . . . . 1 . . . . Tank Carradine 2 3 5 . . . . 2 . . . . P.J. Williams 4 . 4 1.0- 10.0 . . . . . . . . Karlos Williams 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . Nile Lawrence-Stample 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Timmy Jernigan 1 2 3 1.5- 10.0 0.5- 4.0 . . . . . . . Ronald Darby 2 . 2 . . . 1 1 . 1 . . Telvin Smith 2 . 2 1.0- 9.0 . . . . . . . . James Wilder 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Terrance Smith 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Eddie Goldman 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Everett Dawkins 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Nick Waisome 1 . 1 . . . 1 . . . . . Bryan Stork 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Toshmon Stevens 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Lamarcus Joyner 1 . 1 . . 1- 33 . . . . . . Xavier Rhodes 1 . 1 . . 1- 33 . . . . . . Demonte McAllister . 1 1 0.5- 4.0 0.5- 4.0 . . . . . . . Debrale Smiley . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Bjoern Werner . 1 1 . . . 1 1 . . . . Nick Moody . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Tyler Hunter . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Giorgio Newberry . . . . . . 1 1 . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB    3  E.J. Manuel
TB    4  Chris Thompson
FB   24  Lonnie Pryor
TE   35  Nick O'Leary
C    52  Bryan Stork
RG   54  Tre' Jackson
LG   70  Josue Matias
RT   71  Menelik Watson
LT   75  Cameron Erving
WR   80  Rashad Greene
WR   84  Rodney Smith
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
NICK  1  Tyler Hunter
CB    6  Nick Waisome
WLB   7  Christian Jones
MLB  11  Vince Williams
SS   20  Lamarcus Joyner
CB   27  Xavier Rhodes
FS   31  Terrence Brooks
RE   91  Tank Carradine
DT   92  Anthony McCloud
DT   93  Everett Dawkins
LE   95  Bjoern Werner
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
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 1  Kelvin Benjamin
 8  Devonta Freeman
 8  Timmy Jernigan
 9  Karlos Williams
 9  Clint Trickett
10  Nick Moody
12  Reggie Northrup
12  Jarred Haggins
13  Ronald Darby
15  Mario Edwards
15  Greg Dent
18  Dustin Hopkins
19  Josh Gehres
21  Debrale Smiley
22  Telvin Smith
23  Gerald Demps
24  Terrance Smith
26  P.J. Williams
28  Nigel Terrell
32  James Wilder
33  Kevin Haplea
##  NAME
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37  Keelin Smith
38  Cason Beatty
41  Chad Abram
42  Lamarcus Brutus
47  Cory Cox
51  Bobby Hart
51  Giorgio Newberry
62  Austin Barron
64  Dax Dellenbach
65  Ruben Carter
67  Daniel Glauser
74  Jonathan Wallace
81  Eddie Goldman
81  Kenny Shaw
83  Christo Kourtzidis
86  Chris Revell
89  Christian Green
96  Toshmon Stevens
97  Demonte McAllister
99  Nile Lawrence-Stample

FLORIDA STATE 33, MIAMI 20

10/20/2012, CORAL GABLES, FL

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'Noles Shake Mistakes, Beat 'Canes 33-20.

No. 12 Florida State overcomes a key injury, penalties and an early deficit to beat rival Miami on the road Saturday night and become bowl eligible for a nation's-best 31st consecutive season.

By: Brandon Mellor (@BrandonMellor), Seminoles.com Managing Editor

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- A plethora of penalties and an injury to an important player weren't enough to derail No. 12 Florida State's dreams of a rivalry victory Saturday night against Miami.

The Seminoles were flagged 12 times for 121 yards worth of infractions and lost running back Chris Thompson to injury early in the ballgame but bounced back from a 10-0 first-quarter deficit to beat the Hurricanes, 33-20, at Sun Life Stadium.

With the win, FSU (7-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), coach Jimbo Fisher improved to 3-0 all-time against the 'Canes (4-4, 3-2) and quarterback EJ Manuel added to his statewide success as he has now started in victorious efforts in Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Gainesville, Jacksonville and Tallahassee during his career. The Seminoles are now 7-1 for the first time since 2005 and are bowl eligible for a nation's-best 31st consecutive season.

Fisher's continued perfection against FSU's most bitter rivals (he's also 2-0 against Florida, meaning the 'Noles haven't lost to either the Gators or Hurricanes in 1,057 days) had a lot to do with his team's balanced offensive attack and relentless defensive pressure in the face of adversity on the road.

Fisher called 41 rushes and 31 passes against Miami as the Seminoles racked up 447 yards of total offense despite the setbacks sustained from penalties. Defensively the Seminoles held Miami to 258 total yards, including just 29 yards on the ground. The Hurricanes hadn't been held to less than 275 yards of offense all season.

Telvin Smith led all 'Noles with eight tackles, two tackles for loss, a forced fumble and two pass breakups on a night when he was all over the field. Cornellius Carradine had seven tackles, Christian Jones had a key fumble recovery and Tyler Hunter had his first career interception.

Manuel finished the night 21-of-31 for 229 yards with Rashad Greene catching seven of those passes for 49 yards. After Thompson was helped off the field in the first quarter, Devonta Freeman ran for a game-best 70 yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns in his homecoming effort. James Wilder, Jr. added 49 yards and one score of his own on eight carries.

In a series that has been marred by FSU kicker blunders, Dustin Hopkins was anything but. A week after becoming FSU's and the ACC's all-time leading scorer, the senior moved to within 24 points of tying the NCAA's all-time scoring mark with three extra points and four field goals against the 'Canes.

Having a clutch placekicker wasn't what was on FSU's minds early, though. The 'Noles just wanted something -- anything -- to go right.

After forcing a three-and-out to start the game, Nick O'Leary caught a pass on FSU's first offensive snap but fumbled the ball away while trying to leap over the tackler. With just 22 yards to the goal line, Miami capitalized thanks to a nine-yard Mike James scoring run.

After a quick three-and-out of their own on the ensuing drive, the 'Noles then gave Miami more good field position as Cason Beatty's rugby-style punt sailed just 17 yards to set the 'Canes up on the FSU 34 yard line. The Hurricanes would make it a 10-0 game shortly thereafter without so much of a blink of an eye and without any pressure on quarterback Stephen Morris, who was a game time decision with an ankle injury.

Florida State seemed to get it together on its next drive, moving the football over midfield. But Jarred Haggins' fumble on an end-around attempt put the football back in the host's possession. In need of a crucial third-down stop three plays later, Smith stripped Morris and Jones scooped it up to return the favor to the 'Canes.

Hopkins then tacked on a 33-yard field goal to cut the Hurricanes's lead to 10-3 at the end of the first quarter.

It wasn't a turnover or shanked punt but the hits didn't stop for the 'Noles after that, though. At the end of a 32-yard catch and run, Thompson remained on the turf after he was tackled and had to be helped off the field. Moments later, it was announced that he would not return to the ballgame with a left leg injury and Fisher wasn't ready after the game to provide any additional derails until he knew more.

Without their senior leader in the backfield FSU didn't stop running the football, though. FSU ran the ball on four of its next five plays with its final one being a 16-yard Wilder, Jr. run to the endzone for a 10-10 game.

Following a few minutes of referee-related confusion at the end of the half when Fisher had to remind the officials that an FSU timeout would prevent a 10-second run-off following a Josue Matias false start, FSU took its first lead of the night. Hopkins' 44-yarder gave the Seminoles a 13-10 advantage that they took to the visitor's locker room.

The second half then started with some 'Canes trickery as Miami's failed onside-kick attempt set the Seminoles up with good field position. But FSU couldn't make Miami pay as Hopkins' 44-yard field goal attempt sailed wide. The Houston, Texas native would later get those three points back with 6:07 left in the third quarter on a 35-yard attempt.

Clinging to a 16-10 lead despite the penalties and lopsided offensive yardage advantage, the Seminoles allowed the Hurricanes to register a nine-play, 51-yard drive capped off by a field goal at the end with 47 seconds left in the third quarter. Prior to that scoring drive, the 'Canes had only posted 54 yards of offense since the start of the second quarter.

Florida State then made it a two-score game for the first time since's Miami's early 10-0 lead. First Kelvin Benjamin grabbed a 39-yard reception to ignite the offense and then Freeman capped off the drive with a three-yard touchdown run to push the scoreboard to 23-13 with 11:53 left in the game.

After Bjoern Werner forced a turnover with his fourth-and-20 sack of Morris, Freeman dashed across the goal line for a five-yard score and 33-13 FSU lead. Miami then added a final, last-ditch-effort touchdown on the next drive.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
3
10
3
17
33
MIAMI
10
0
3
7
20

1st   0- 7  Opp, 9, run (kick), 11:06
      0-10  Opp, 19, field goal, 7:32 
      3-10  Dustin Hopkins, 33, field goal, 1:00 
2nd  10-10  James Wilder, 17, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 9:14 
     13-10  Dustin Hopkins, 46, field goal, 0:03 
3rd  13-10  Dustin Hopkins, 44, field goal failed, 12:31
     16-10  Dustin Hopkins, 35, field goal, 6:07 
     16-13  Opp, 27, field goal, 0:19 
4th  23-13  Devonta Freeman, 3, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 11:53
     26-13  Dustin Hopkins, 48, field goal, 6:13 
     33-13  Devonta Freeman, 5, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 2:45 
     33-20  Opp, 8, pass (kick), 0:47 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 23 14 Rushes-yards 41-218 21- 29 Passing 229 229 Att-Comp-Int 31-21-0 44-26-1 Total Yards 72-447 65-258 Punt Returns 1--1 0-0 Kickoff Returns 3-77 1-16 Interception Ret. 1-37 0-0 Fumble Returns 1-7 2-5 Punts 3-33.3 6-44.2 Sacks By-Yds 4-33 2-13 Fumbles-Lost 5-2 1-1 Penalties-Yds 12-121 4-25 3rd Down Conversions 3-10 4-16 4th Down Conversions 0-0 2-3 Time of Posession 34:34 25:26 Attendance 73,328 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Devonta Freeman 10- 70 James Wilder 8- 49 Chris Thompson 7- 47 E.J. Manuel 11- 34 Lonnie Pryor 2- 30 Team 2- -3 Jarred Haggins 1- -9 Receiving Rashad Greene 7- 49 Chris Thompson 2- 47 Kelvin Benjamin 1- 39 Kenny Shaw 2- 28 Greg Dent 2- 20 James Wilder 3- 14 Lonnie Pryor 2- 13 Rodney Smith 1- 11 Nick O'Leary 1- 8 Passing E.J. Manuel 31-21-0-229 Punt Return Rashad Greene 1- -1 Kickoff Return Lamarcus Joyner 2- 51 Karlos Williams 1- 26 Punting Cason Beatty 3- 100 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Telvin Smith 7 1 8 2.0- 15.0 1.0- 12.0 . 2 . . 1 . . Tank Carradine 5 2 7 1.0- 6.0 1.0- 6.0 . . . . . . . Christian Jones 3 2 5 . . . . . 1- 7 . . . Ronald Darby 3 . 3 . . . 1 . . . . . Karlos Williams 3 . 3 1.0- 5.0 . . . . . . . . Terrence Brooks 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Lamarcus Joyner 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Bjoern Werner 2 1 3 1.5- 12.0 1.5- 12.0 . . . . . . . Xavier Rhodes 2 . 2 1.0- 1.0 . . 1 . . . . . Mario Edwards 1 1 2 0.5- 3.0 0.5- 3.0 . . . . . . . Demonte McAllister 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Vince Williams 1 1 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Nick Waisome 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Chris Thompson 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Bobby Hart 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Toshmon Stevens 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Everett Dawkins . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Nick Moody . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Tyler Hunter . . . . . 1- 37 . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    3  E.J. Manuel
TB    4  Chris Thompson
TE   33  Kevin Haplea
TE   35  Nick O'Leary
C    52  Bryan Stork
RG   54  Tre' Jackson
LG   70  Josue Matias
RT   71  Menelik Watson
LT   75  Cameron Erving
WR   80  Rashad Greene
WR   84  Rodney Smith
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
CB    6  Nick Waisome
WLB   7  Christian Jones
SLB  10  Nick Moody
MLB  11  Vince Williams
SS   20  Lamarcus Joyner
CB   27  Xavier Rhodes
FS   31  Terrence Brooks
RE   91  Tank Carradine
DT   92  Anthony McCloud
DT   93  Everett Dawkins
LE   95  Bjoern Werner
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Kelvin Benjamin
 1  Tyler Hunter
 8  Devonta Freeman
 9  Karlos Williams
12  Reggie Northrup
12  Jarred Haggins
13  Ronald Darby
15  Mario Edwards
15  Greg Dent
18  Dustin Hopkins
22  Telvin Smith
23  Gerald Demps
24  Terrance Smith
24  Lonnie Pryor
26  P.J. Williams
32  James Wilder
##  NAME
-----------------------------
37  Keelin Smith
38  Cason Beatty
41  Chad Abram
51  Bobby Hart
51  Giorgio Newberry
64  Dax Dellenbach
74  Jonathan Wallace
81  Eddie Goldman
81  Kenny Shaw
82  Willie Haulstead
86  Chris Revell
89  Christian Green
96  Toshmon Stevens
97  Demonte McAllister
98  Shayne Broxsie
99  Nile Lawrence-Stample

FLORIDA STATE 48, DUKE 7

10/27/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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ACC-Leading 'Noles Knock Off Duke, 48-7.

No. 12 Florida State, which now controls its own destiny in the Atlantic Coast Conference, blasts the Blue Devils at home Saturday.

By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Managing Editor

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On a day when an NC State loss to North Carolina put No. 12 Florida State in the driver's seat of the ACC's Atlantic Division, the Seminoles pounded surprising Coastal Division leader Duke, 48-7, at Doak Campbell Stadium.

FSU (8-1, 5-1 ACC), which now controls its own destiny with two conference games remaining this season because of the Tar Heels' triumph, moved to 18-0 all time against the Blue Devils (6-3, 3-2) thanks to an offense that exploded for 560 yards and a defense that allowed just 232.

The Seminoles were able to score at least 40 points for the 16th time in the 18-game series behind an offensive attack that was featured an equal dose of the deep ball and the running game.

EJ Manuel averaged a little more than 35 yards per completion as his 8-of-16 night resulted in 282 yards and two touchdowns -- one to Rashad Greene and another to Kelvin Benjamin. Rodney Smith finished with a career-best 112 yards and Benjamin had 77.

"Definitely going into it we knew we wanted to establish the run," Manuel said, "and at the same time with our passing game, take shots down the field and allow our receivers to go out there and make plays."

That running game had to operate without the services of injured star Chris Thompson but James Wilder, Jr. and Devonta Freeman picked up the slack.

Wilder, Jr. got the start and carried the ball 13 times for 70 yards and a score while Freeman ran 12 times for 104 yards and two touchdowns. The latter averaged a staggering 8.7 yards per carry en route to becoming the fourth different FSU player this season to hit the century mark in rushing yards (Wilder, Jr., Lonnie Pryor and Thompson were the others).

FSU finished the night with 261 yards -- the sixth time this year that the 'Noles have run for at least 200 in a game after accomplishing that feat just twice last year.

"It's a great rotation," Wilder, Jr. said about the tailback tandem that Freeman called FSU's one-two punch. "We call it 'Young, Wild and Free.' That's our little slogan. It's our time. We just go out there and do what we have to do. The o-line gave us great blocks and cut-back lanes."

While FSU's offense was racking up big yards, the defense was preventing Duke from doing much of the same. The Blue Devils entered the game with the ACC's second most potent passing attack with an average of nearly 290 yards through the air each game.

But Florida State's constent pressure despite not registering a single sack -- Cornellius Carradine had a career-high four quarterback hurries -- and multiple looks on defense confused Blue Devils quarterback Sean Renfree enough that he threw for just 92 yards before being knocked out by Karlos Williams in the second quarter. He was replaced by Anthony Boone but the backup didn't fare much better and the visitors finished with just 129 yards passing to go along with 103 yards on the ground.

Christian Jones led all FSU tacklers with 11 stops.

Duke receiver Connor Vernon needed just 94 yards to break former FSU star Peter Warrick's ACC record for career receiving yards but FSU let him catch just three passes for 12 yards Saturday night.

"I think Peter should thank us for that," FSU safety Lamarcus Joyner said with a wry smile afterwards.

FSU corralled Duke's longtime receiver but the Blue Devils couldn't do the same to the Seminoles' new punt returner.

Sophomore Tyler Hunter replaced Rashad Greene in that position this week at practice and after two punts out of bounds early, the first one he fielded he took to the house from 75 yards away jn the first quarter. The "special" special teams play wasn't lost on Dustin Hopkins two quarters later as the senior set the ACC's all-time field goal record as his 81st sailed a career-long 56 yards.

"I think [FSU] is the best team in the country," Duke coach David Cutcliffe. "I've been around this a long time.I don't think they have a weakness."

If there is one thing that counteracts Cutcliffe's high praise, it's FSU's ball security.

The Seminoles fumbled the ball away four times against the Blue Devils, including three consecutive giveaways in the second half.

"We do ball security at the beginning of practice every day," Fisher said. "We are going to fix that. I can't tolerate that."

FSU needed just three plays to show Duke the avalanche of offense that was headed its way. Manuel's 71-yard touchdown toss to Greene with less than four minutes into the first quarter was the receiver's longest scoring catch of his career.

After Manuel's fumble on FSU's next drive, the 'Noles defense forced what would turn out to be the punt that Hunter returned for a score. The 14-0 lead then increased to 17-0 on a Hopkins 26-yard field goal with 1:52 left in the first quarter.

Just like the first quarter, a three-play scoring drive then kicked off the second frame for Florida State. After Manuel found Smith for a 52-yard gain, back-to-back Wilder, Jr. runs resulted in a one-yard touchdown dive for the team's new starting tailback.

Up 24-0, FSU then used a six-play drive to tack on another rushing score; this time a Freeman nine-yard dash to make it 31-0 with 11:09 to play in the half.

The Seminoles' 31 unanswered points coincided with an 0-for-5 streak on third-down conversion attempts by the Blue Devils. But Duke, which had never been shut out despite losing all 17 of its previous games to FSU, converted two third-down plays on its own ensuing drive and scored a nine-yard rushing touchdown at the end of a 14-play drive to make it 31-7 going into the half.

To start the second half, Duke then tried to catch the 'Noles off-guard with an onside kick attempt. But Jarred Haggins smartly called for a fair catch on the short but high kick and interference was called a result. Two plays later, the short field had evaporated as Freeman ran for 14 yards and a 38-7 FSU lead less than 30 seconds into the third quarter.

Three minutes later, Benjamin hauled in a 35-yard touchdown grab from Manuel before the 'Noles had three consecutive drives stall because of lost fumbles. Hopkins later added his record-beaking field goal.

FSU now has a much-needed bye week before a critical Thursday-night game at Virginia Tech Nov. 8.

"We're going to have our 'A' game to go up there and play," Fisher said. "They'll be ready for us."

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
DUKE
0
7
0
0
7
FLORIDA STATE
17
14
14
3
48

1st   7- 0  Rashad Greene, 71, pass from E.J. Manuel (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 11:20
     14- 0  Tyler Hunter, 75, punt return/blocked punt (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 4:51 
     17- 0  Dustin Hopkins, 26, field goal, 1:52 
2nd  24- 0  James Wilder, 1, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 13:50
     31- 0  Devonta Freeman, 9, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 11:09
     31- 7  Opp, 3, run (kick), 4:25 
3rd  38- 7  Devonta Freeman, 14, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 14:34
     45- 7  Kelvin Benjamin, 35, pass from E.J. Manuel (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 10:14
     45- 7  Opp, 24, field goal failed, 5:40 
4th  48- 7  Dustin Hopkins, 56, field goal, 9:40 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 24 13 Rushes-yards 47-261 33-103 Passing 299 129 Att-Comp-Int 21-9-0 37-16-0 Total Yards 68-560 70-232 Punt Returns 5-122 0-0 Kickoff Returns 0-0 5-74 Interception Ret. 0-0 0-0 Fumble Returns 0-0 4-0 Punts 1-33.0 12-40.5 Sacks By-Yds 0-0 0-0 Fumbles-Lost 4-4 1-0 Penalties-Yds 7-63 10-95 3rd Down Conversions 8-12 4-18 4th Down Conversions 0-1 1-1 Time of Posession 28:30 31:30 Attendance 71,467 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Devonta Freeman 12- 104 James Wilder 13- 70 Debrale Smiley 9- 42 Lonnie Pryor 6- 32 Chad Abram 1- 8 E.J. Manuel 5- 4 Rashad Greene 1- 1 Receiving Rodney Smith 3- 112 Kelvin Benjamin 3- 77 Rashad Greene 1- 71 Greg Dent 1- 22 James Wilder 1- 17 Passing E.J. Manuel 16- 8-0-282 Clint Trickett 5- 1-0- 17 Punt Return Tyler Hunter 5- 122 Punting Cason Beatty 1- 33 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Christian Jones 8 3 11 3.0- 7.0 . . . . . . . . Tank Carradine 3 2 5 . . . . 4 . . . . Vince Williams 3 2 5 . . . . . . . . . Telvin Smith 4 . 4 . . . . . . . . . Ronald Darby 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . Gerald Demps 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Terrence Brooks 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Bjoern Werner 2 1 3 1.0- 3.0 . . . 1 . . . . Anthony McCloud 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Lamarcus Joyner . 3 3 . . . 2 . . . . . Karlos Williams 2 . 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Tyler Hunter 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Timmy Jernigan 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Everett Dawkins 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Toshmon Stevens . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Eddie Goldman 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Xavier Rhodes 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Terrance Smith 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . P.J. Williams 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Nile Lawrence-Stample 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Keelin Smith . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Dillon Kidd . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Demonte McAllister . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Nick Waisome . . . . . . 1 . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    3  E.J. Manuel
FB   24  Lonnie Pryor
TB   32  James Wilder
TE   35  Nick O'Leary
C    52  Bryan Stork
RG   54  Tre' Jackson
LG   70  Josue Matias
RT   71  Menelik Watson
LT   75  Cameron Erving
WR   80  Rashad Greene
WR   84  Rodney Smith
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
NICK  1  Tyler Hunter
CB    6  Nick Waisome
WLB   7  Christian Jones
MLB  11  Vince Williams
SS   20  Lamarcus Joyner
CB   27  Xavier Rhodes
FS   31  Terrence Brooks
RE   91  Tank Carradine
DT   92  Anthony McCloud
DT   93  Everett Dawkins
LE   95  Bjoern Werner
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Kelvin Benjamin
 8  Devonta Freeman
 8  Timmy Jernigan
 9  Clint Trickett
 9  Karlos Williams
10  Nick Moody
12  Reggie Northrup
12  Jarred Haggins
13  Ronald Darby
15  Mario Edwards
15  Greg Dent
18  Dustin Hopkins
21  Debrale Smiley
22  Telvin Smith
23  Gerald Demps
24  Terrance Smith
26  P.J. Williams
29  Dillon Kidd
33  Kevin Haplea
37  Keelin Smith
38  Cason Beatty
##  NAME
-----------------------------
41  Chad Abram
42  Lamarcus Brutus
44  Will Tye
51  Bobby Hart
51  Giorgio Newberry
62  Austin Barron
64  Dax Dellenbach
65  Ruben Carter
67  Daniel Glauser
74  Jonathan Wallace
81  Eddie Goldman
81  Kenny Shaw
82  Willie Haulstead
83  Christo Kourtzidis
86  Chris Revell
89  Christian Green
96  Toshmon Stevens
97  Demonte McAllister
98  Shayne Broxsie
99  Nile Lawrence-Stample

FLORIDA STATE 28, VIRGINIA TECH 22

11/08/2012, BLACKSBURG, VA

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From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Enter Sandman, Exit Victorious.

Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium is known to haunt visitors but that didn't stop No. 6/8 Florida State from earning a come-from-behind 28-22 victory in the final moments Thursday night.

By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Managing Editor

BLACKSBURG, VA -- When No. 6/8 Florida State needed them most, a pair of sophomores came to the rescue Thursday night in a come-from-behind, season-saving 28-22 victory at Virginia Tech.

First it was Rashad Greene. Then it was Tyler Hunter.

The former, FSU's (9-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) most dangerous offensive weapon, exploded for a 39-yard lead-capturing catch-and-run from EJ Manuel with just 1:33 left at daunting Lane Stadium. The latter, FSU's talented nickel cornerback, then sealed it with his interception -- his second of the game -- off a Logan Thomas toss with just 27 seconds remaining on the game clock.

"A lot of people probably thought the game was over, but we knew within ourselves that we were going to win that game," Greene said. "I looked at EJ, he looked at me and I told him we weren't going to lose."

With the win, the Seminoles moved to 9-1 for the first time since 2000 and ended an 0-2 streak under Fisher after a bye week. It also set up the opportunity for FSU to officially clinch a trip to the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte with a win next Saturday at Maryland.

Florida State needed the collective heroics of Hunter and Greene because of a near late-game meltdown. First the Hokies (4-6, 2-4), winners of 11 of 14 Thursday-night games at home before FSU came to town, registered a safety with 6:59 remaining to cut the 'Noles' lead to 20-19. Then Virginia Tech followed it up with a 4:38 drive that ended with a 21-yard Cody Journell field goal with just 2:19 left.

But Manuel, who had been sacked five times by the rabid Hokies defense after FSU had allowed just 13 quarterback takedowns all season, didn't need that much time. Playing in his first game as a college player in his home state, Manuel threw his first game-winning touchdown on a final drive of his career four plays after James Wilder, Jr.'s critical seven-yard run on fourth-and-one.

"To finally be a part of something like that, just to see my guys go out there and do it," Manuel said, "nobody was flustered, nobody was afraid. We all understood what we needed to get done."

Manuel finished the night 25-of-42 for 326 yards and three touchdowns for an offense that had its fourth-worst rushing performance in school history with minus-15 yards on 25 attempts. Greene helped ease that deficiency with his two scores and 125 yards on six catches. Greg Dent also had four catches for 73 yard and one touchdown.

Senior kicker Dustin Hopkins finished the game with nine points to move within three of tying the NCAA's all-time scoring mark among kickers.

Defensively, Cornellius Carradine led the way with a game-high 11 tackles and one sack. Christian Jones also added nine stops and Demonte McAllister had 1 1/2 tackles for loss. Tyler Hunter's two interceptions were a career high in a game.

Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas was 9-1 as a starter at Lane Stadium before facing off against Florida State and was able to throw for 298 yards and touchdown while rushing for another. Virginia Tech's Corey Fuller became the first player since Wake Forest's Chris Givens 17 games ago to register at least 100 yards receiving against the vaunted Seminoles' defense.

Fuller finished with seven grabs for 124 yards and a touchdown for a Hokies team that was held to 6-of-16 on third-down conversions.

"These kids believe," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. "We may not always play well, but man there are some good football players on this team."

Florida State opened the game with a 52-yard field goal by Hopkins before the Hokies did the same on their first drive thanks to a 34-yarder on the heels of a 54-yard pass play from Thomas to Andre Davis into the redzone.

The long ball ended a 218-consecutive-passes streak since the last time the FSU defense gave up a pass play of at least 50 yards.

A 42-yard Lamarcus Joyner kick return and 41-yard Dent reception later, FSU quickly found itself on the nine hard-line on the next drive. But on 3rd-and-goal, Manuel's pass hit off the tip of Nick O'Leary's fingers and was intercepted on the goal line. After back-to-back three-and-outs from both teams and a Hunter interception that put the Seminoles on the Hokies' 34 yard-line but Manuel was sacked on third down and Hopkins had to hit a 45-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter to put FSU up 6-3.

Virginia Tech had an opportunity eliminate the deficit a few plays later as Hunter's muffed punt following another forced three-and-out put the ball on the FSU 31 yard-line. But the 43-yard field goal attempt that would have tied the game sailed wide left with 11:32 left in the second quarter.

Virginia Tech would later register the game's first touchdown on the end of a 68-yard drive that featured three third-down conversion against the nation's best defense at forcing fourth downs. The scoring play occurred on a four-yard fade from Thomas to Fuller for a 10-6 score with 2:49 left in the first half.

It would be a short-lived lead, though. Manuel found his groove on the ensuing drive and after two first-down tosses to Kelvin Benjamin, lofted a perfect ball to Greene for a 25-yard touchdown to recapture the lead, 13-10, with less than a minute in the second quarter.

Midway through the the third quarter, FSU's advantage moved to two scores. After Vince Williams' forced fumble gave the Seminoles a short field to work with, Manuel went to work finding Wilder, Jr. and Kenny Shaw on pass plays and then hit Dent for a 10-yard score to make it a 20-10 game.

If it seemed to the home crowd like the Hokies were out of it following that play, Thomas had other ideas. His eight-play, 80-yard drive on the ensuing possession culminated with his own bulldozing run up the middle for a lead-cutting score with 2:54 remaining in the third quarter.

With a little less than seven minutes to play in the final period, Virginia Tech cut further into the deficit in an unorthodox way. Backed up on his own goal line, FSU tailback Devona Freeman was flagged for an illegal pass in the endzone and the play resulted in a safety. On the resulting Hokies drive after the two-point play, the chip-shot field goal because of a goal-line defensive stand put FSU briefly up against the wall before the Manuel-to-Greene memorable connection and consequent O'Leary two-point conversion grab.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
3
10
7
8
28
VIRGINIA TECH
3
7
7
5
22

1st   3- 0  Dustin Hopkins, 52, field goal, 10:47
      3- 3  Opp, 35, field goal, 7:29 
2nd   6- 3  Dustin Hopkins, 45, field goal, 14:56
      6- 3  Opp, 43, field goal failed, 11:32
      6-10  Opp, 4, pass (kick), 2:49 
     13-10  Rashad Greene, 25, pass from E.J. Manuel (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 0:48 
3rd  20-10  Greg Dent, 10, pass from E.J. Manuel (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 6:53 
     20-17  Opp, 5, run (kick), 2:54 
4th  20-19  Opp, safety, 6:59 
            Note: Devonta Freeman called for an illegal pass from the   
                  end zone.                                             
     20-22  Opp, 21, field goal, 2:19 
     28-22  Rashad Greene, 39, pass from E.J. Manuel (Nick O'Leary, pass from E.J. Manuel), 0:40 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 21 16 Rushes-yards 25--15 36-110 Passing 326 298 Att-Comp-Int 42-25-1 34-19-2 Total Yards 67-311 70-408 Punt Returns 1-0 2-10 Kickoff Returns 5-118 3-60 Interception Ret. 2-0 1-5 Fumble Returns 1-0 1-0 Punts 6-36.0 6-44.5 Sacks By-Yds 2-16 5-44 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-1 Penalties-Yds 5-26 6-62 3rd Down Conversions 3-14 6-16 4th Down Conversions 1-1 0-0 Time of Posession 28:31 31:29 Attendance 65,632 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Lonnie Pryor 5- 22 James Wilder 4- 10 Team 1- -2 Devonta Freeman 7- -5 E.J. Manuel 8- -40 Receiving Rashad Greene 6- 125 Greg Dent 4- 73 Kelvin Benjamin 2- 29 Kenny Shaw 2- 24 Rodney Smith 5- 23 James Wilder 3- 21 Nick O'Leary 1- 16 Devonta Freeman 2- 15 Passing E.J. Manuel 42-25-1-326 Punt Return Tyler Hunter 1- 0 Kickoff Return Lamarcus Joyner 4- 99 Karlos Williams 1- 19 Punting Cason Beatty 6- 216 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tank Carradine 6 5 11 1.0- 4.0 1.0- 4.0 . . . . . . . Christian Jones 5 4 9 . . . . . . . . . Telvin Smith 1 6 7 1.0- 4.0 . . . . . . . . Lamarcus Joyner 2 4 6 . . . . . . . . . Vince Williams 4 1 5 1.0- 2.0 . . . 2 1- 0 . . . Anthony McCloud 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . Xavier Rhodes 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Tyler Hunter 2 2 4 . . 2- 0 . . . . . . Nick Moody 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Demonte McAllister 1 3 4 1.5- 12.0 1.0- 12.0 . . . . 1 . . Nick Waisome 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Timmy Jernigan . 3 3 0.5- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Bjoern Werner 2 . 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Willie Haulstead 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Terrence Brooks 1 1 2 . . . . . . 1 . . Ronald Darby . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Everett Dawkins . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Karlos Williams 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Toshmon Stevens 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . P.J. Williams . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Chad Abram . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    3  E.J. Manuel
TB    8  Devonta Freeman
WR   15  Greg Dent
C    52  Bryan Stork
RG   54  Tre' Jackson
LG   70  Josue Matias
RT   71  Menelik Watson
LT   75  Cameron Erving
WR   80  Rashad Greene
WR   81  Kenny Shaw
WR   84  Rodney Smith
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
CB    6  Nick Waisome
WLB   7  Christian Jones
SLB  10  Nick Moody
MLB  11  Vince Williams
SS   20  Lamarcus Joyner
CB   27  Xavier Rhodes
FS   31  Terrence Brooks
RE   91  Tank Carradine
DT   92  Anthony McCloud
DT   93  Everett Dawkins
LE   95  Bjoern Werner
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Kelvin Benjamin
 1  Tyler Hunter
 8  Timmy Jernigan
 9  Karlos Williams
12  Reggie Northrup
12  Jarred Haggins
13  Ronald Darby
15  Mario Edwards
18  Dustin Hopkins
22  Telvin Smith
23  Gerald Demps
24  Terrance Smith
24  Lonnie Pryor
26  P.J. Williams
32  James Wilder
##  NAME
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33  Kevin Haplea
35  Nick O'Leary
37  Keelin Smith
38  Cason Beatty
41  Chad Abram
64  Dax Dellenbach
74  Jonathan Wallace
81  Eddie Goldman
82  Willie Haulstead
86  Chris Revell
89  Christian Green
96  Toshmon Stevens
97  Demonte McAllister
98  Shayne Broxsie
99  Nile Lawrence-Stample

FLORIDA STATE 41, MARYLAND 14

11/17/2012, COLLEGE PARK, MD

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Atlantic Division Champs!

No. 6/8 Florida State mauls Maryland on the road Saturday, 41-14, and in doing so earns a trip to Charlotte to compete for the league title in 2 weeks.

By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Managing Editor

COLLEGE PARK, MD -- The No. 6/8 Florida State football team is headed back to the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game.

In a dominating 41-7 win at Maryland Saturday afternoon, the Seminoles captured the league's Atlantic Division title for the second time in head coach Jimbo Fisher's three-year tenure and set themselves up to end a most perplexing drought.

FSU (10-1, 7-1 ACC) has won 12 league titles in its successful history but has only competed in the conference title game twice since the league adopted that format in 2005 and hasn't won it since that first year. FSU's only other appearance was in 2010 with it lost to the Hokies in Charlotte.

By dismantling the Terrapins (4-7, 2-5) at Byrd Stadium, the 'Noles will get a chance for some redemption -- and an official return to the top of the ACC mountain -- in two weeks at Bank of America Stadium.

Sophomore tailback Devonta Freeman was the offensive star for the Seminoles against a typically-stout Terps defense. Freeman finished the day with a career-best 148 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns for his fifth multi-score game in two seasons. James Wilder, Jr. added 52 yards and a score as well.

A week after being held to minus-15 yard on the ground against Virginia Tech last week, the 'Noles exploded for 237 rushing yards against the Maryland.

"We just wanted to be better," Freeman said. "It was a nasty taste and we had to do what we had to do to get out of that situation."

For as good as Freeman was, though, kicker Dustin Hopkins did his best to steal the show. When his second-quarter 26-yard field goal sailed through the uprights he officially became the NCAA's all-time leading scorer among kickers.

Hopkins finished the game with 448 career points to his credit and three games still to play to pad his lead.

"A lot of people see it as an individual award but the way I see it, it speaks a lot about about a lot of people," Hopkins said. "Coach Fisher having faith in me and recruiting well, people buying into the field goal team and really caring and not taking plays off, Dax [Dellenbach] snapping the ball well and [Chris] Rev[ell] helping me a lot with holding and taking pride in what he is doing."

Playing in his final conference road game, redshirt senior quarterback EJ Manuel threw for 144 yard, two touchdowns and an interception for a ball-controlling 'Noles team that had the ball for 34:31 compared to Maryland's 25:29. Manuel was replaced by backup Clint Trickett with 11:16 left in the game.

Rashad Greene four of Manuel's passes for 50 yards and a touchdown and Nick O'Leary added three grabs and touchdown reception of his own as the Seminoles gained a combined 397 yards of offense.

Defensively, FSU held Maryland's injury-depleted offense to just 170 yards. Linebacker-turned-quarterback Shawn Petty was able to throw for two touchdowns but was just 8-of-19 for 136 yards. Kevin Dorsey had the two scoring catches and 75 yards.

The Terrapins were just 4-of-13 on third-down conversion attempts and had two turnovers. FSU was a perfect 4-for-4 in redzone opportunities.

Timmy Jernigan led all FSU players with six tackles while Vince Williams and Cornellius Carradine had five tackles apiece. Carradine and Bjoern Werner both had 1 1/2 sacks against the run-first Maryland offense.

FSU quickly showed the run-game was back on track against against Maryland. On the very first series of the game, FSU ran eight times for 48 yards, highlighted by a five-yard Freeman run into the enzone.

After Chad Abram forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and Toshmon Stevens recovered it, Manuel quickly connected with O'Leary for short pitch and catch and an early 14-0 lead for the visitors.

"That was good," Manuel said about FSU's quick start. "It kind of set us up for how we wanted to come out early in the game."

A few possessions later, Petty fumbled the ball and FSU made the Terps pay once again as Hopkins hit the memorable 26-yarder for the record. Hopkins then added a 40-yard field goal to give FSU a 20-0 lead midway through the second quarter.

After another Maryland punt -- the Terps' fourth of the opening half -- FSU got back on the board with a 30-yard lobbed throw from Manuel to Greene. The resulting 27-0 score FSU would take with it into halftime after an opening two quarters that saw Maryland register just 27 total yards.

But the Seminoles' shut-out bid wouldn't last much longer.

Maryland tippled its first-half output with an 81-yard drive to start the third quarter that was capped off by a Petty throw to Dorsey for a 12-yard score. The play occurred on a fourth-and-two for the Terrapins.

After a quick three-and-out and then one from Maryland, Freeman's 46-yard dash towards the goal line would spark what would turn out to be the 'Noles own 81-yard scoring drive moments later. Freeman's long run before being tripped at the last second got FSU 79 yards and his two-yard plunge into the endzone got the last few and a 34-7 FSU lead late in the third quarter.

Late in the third quarter and with the entire second-team offensive line in, Wilder, Jr. then put an exclamation point on FSU's triumph with a 22-yard run. Maryland later added a deep touchdown toss with 25 seconds left.

Of course, a potentially ACC title will have to wait as attention turns squarely to rival Florida. The 'Noles and Gators -- a clash of 10-1 teams -- will kick off at 3:30 p.m. at Doak Campbell Stadium next week.

"[Winning the Atlantic Division] is a great accomplishment but we are looking forward to next weekend," Manuel said.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
14
13
7
7
41
MARYLAND
0
0
7
7
14

1st   7- 0  Devonta Freeman, 5, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 9:16 
     14- 0  Nick O'Leary, 10, pass from E.J. Manuel (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 9:04 
2nd  17- 0  Dustin Hopkins, 26, field goal, 14:51
     20- 0  Dustin Hopkins, 40, field goal, 11:05
     27- 0  Rashad Greene, 30, pass from E.J. Manuel (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 1:32 
3rd  27- 7  Opp, 33, pass (kick), 10:27
     34- 7  Devonta Freeman, 2, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 3:12 
4th  41- 7  James Wilder, 22, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 5:27 
     41-14  Opp, 42, pass (kick), 0:25 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 21 10 Rushes-yards 41-237 34- 34 Passing 160 136 Att-Comp-Int 26-19-1 19-8-0 Total Yards 67-397 53-170 Punt Returns 4-16 1-1 Kickoff Returns 3-54 6-102 Interception Ret. 0-0 1-19 Fumble Returns 2-0 1-28 Punts 3-35.3 7-43.3 Sacks By-Yds 5-46 3-11 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 3-2 Penalties-Yds 7-55 3-34 3rd Down Conversions 7-13 4-13 4th Down Conversions 0-0 1-2 Time of Posession 34:31 25:29 Attendance 35,244 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Devonta Freeman 16- 148 James Wilder 8- 52 Debrale Smiley 4- 17 Lonnie Pryor 4- 13 Chad Abram 3- 12 Team 1- -2 E.J. Manuel 5- -3 Receiving Rashad Greene 4- 50 Nick O'Leary 3- 46 Lonnie Pryor 2- 26 Willie Haulstead 2- 16 Kenny Shaw 2- 11 Kelvin Benjamin 3- 7 Rodney Smith 1- 6 Devonta Freeman 2- -2 Passing E.J. Manuel 23-17-1-144 Clint Trickett 3- 2-0- 16 Punt Return Kenny Shaw 3- 10 Rashad Greene 1- 6 Kickoff Return Karlos Williams 2- 50 Lamarcus Joyner 1- 4 Punting Cason Beatty 3- 106 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Timmy Jernigan 2 4 6 0.5- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Tank Carradine 3 2 5 1.5- 15.0 1.5- 15.0 . . . 1- 0 . . . Vince Williams 2 3 5 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Lamarcus Joyner 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Bjoern Werner 2 2 4 2.0- 14.0 1.5- 12.0 . 1 . . . . . Christian Jones 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Mario Edwards 2 1 3 1.0- 10.0 1.0- 10.0 . . . . . . . Telvin Smith 2 1 3 1.0- 6.0 . . . . . . . . Everett Dawkins 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Karlos Williams 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Terrance Smith 1 1 2 0.5- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Terrence Brooks 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Nick Moody 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Nick Waisome 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Giorgio Newberry . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Dustin Hopkins 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Keelin Smith 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Toshmon Stevens 1 . 1 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . James Wilder 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Demonte McAllister 1 . 1 1.0- 9.0 1.0- 9.0 . . . . . . . Chad Abram 1 . 1 . . . . . . 1 . . Ronald Darby . 1 1 . . . 2 . . . . . Nile Lawrence-Stample . 1 1 0.5- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Reggie Northrup . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . P.J. Williams . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    3  E.J. Manuel
TB    8  Devonta Freeman
WR   12  Jarred Haggins
TE   35  Nick O'Leary
C    52  Bryan Stork
RG   54  Tre' Jackson
LG   70  Josue Matias
RT   71  Menelik Watson
LT   75  Cameron Erving
WR   80  Rashad Greene
WR   84  Rodney Smith
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
CB    6  Nick Waisome
WLB   7  Christian Jones
SLB  10  Nick Moody
MLB  11  Vince Williams
SS   20  Lamarcus Joyner
CB   27  Xavier Rhodes
FS   31  Terrence Brooks
DE   91  Tank Carradine
DT   92  Anthony McCloud
DT   93  Everett Dawkins
DE   95  Bjoern Werner
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Tyler Hunter
 1  Kelvin Benjamin
 3  Justin Bright
 4  Chris Thompson
 8  Timmy Jernigan
 9  Clint Trickett
 9  Karlos Williams
12  Reggie Northrup
13  Ronald Darby
14  Jacob Coker
15  Mario Edwards
15  Greg Dent
18  Dustin Hopkins
19  Josh Gehres
21  Debrale Smiley
22  Telvin Smith
23  Gerald Demps
24  Terrance Smith
24  Lonnie Pryor
26  P.J. Williams
32  James Wilder
33  Kevin Haplea
##  NAME
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37  Keelin Smith
38  Cason Beatty
41  Chad Abram
51  Bobby Hart
51  Giorgio Newberry
53  Sterling Lovelady
62  Austin Barron
64  Dax Dellenbach
65  Ruben Carter
67  Daniel Glauser
74  Jonathan Wallace
81  Eddie Goldman
81  Kenny Shaw
82  Willie Haulstead
83  Christo Kourtzidis
86  Chris Revell
89  Christian Green
94  Justin Shanks
96  Toshmon Stevens
97  Demonte McAllister
98  Shayne Broxsie
99  Nile Lawrence-Stample

FLORIDA 37, FLORIDA STATE 26

11/24/2012, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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Turnovers Torment FSU in 37-26 Loss to UF.

Visiting Florida makes Florida State pay for committing five turnovers as the Gators hand the 'Noles their first and only loss of the season at Doak Campbell Stadium Saturday night.

By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Managing Editor

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- In the game of football, turnovers have a way of catching up to you. And that's exactly what they did --- all five of them -- to No. 5 Florida State in its 37-20 loss at home to No. 6 Florida Saturday night.

Other than a 8:41-minute period when the Seminoles (10-2) swung momentum and, in turn, the scoreboard in the third quarter at Doak Campbell Stadium, the Gators (11-1) feasted on the handful of takeaways -- and the game clock -- as they bounced back from a 20-13 deficit and ran away with the win in this year's edition of the "Share a Little Sunshine Showdown."

The loss not only eliminated the 'Noles from any sort of remote chance they had at a berth in the BCS title game, it also kept UF's title hopes alive and all but assured the Gators an at-large bid in a BCS bowl game at worst. The setback was also Jimbo Fisher's first career loss to an in-state opponent since he took over the program nearly three years ago.

Florida State will now turn its attention to Georgia Tech as an ACC Championship and Orange Bowl-berth is on the line in Charlotte, N.C. next Saturday at 8 p.m.

"We've got to recover and get back to business tomorrow," Fisher said afterwards.

It didn't look like his team would have to do much recovering a few minutes after both teams came out of the halftime break. But after FSU cut UF's lead to 13-10 on Nick O'Leary''s scoring grab and then Bjoern Werner's fumble recovery quickly set up a one-yard EJ Manuel touchdown run, the Seminoles all of a sudden had a 17-13 advantage in a span of less than two minutes.

Then, Dustin Hopkins' 53-yard field goal made it a 20-13 score much to the delight of the 15th-largest crowd in Doak Campbell Stadium history.

But that's when things changed in Florida's favor just as quickly as they had swung in favor of FSU. Exactly 8:41 after Werner recovered that fumble and rumbled nine yards, Jordan Reed took a 3rd-and-14 screen pass 21 yards to extend Florida's end-of-third-quarter drive. After a Caleb Sturgis' field goal, Manuel was brutally sacked and fumbled -- the fifth FSU giveaway of the night -- and one play later Mike Gillislee ran 37 yards for a 23-20 lead with 11:01 left in the game that the Gators would never relinquish.

"We had the momentum in the third quarter and that hit changed it," Fisher said. "... we got [momentum] back, we just didn't finish."

Manuel missed one series after that hit and finished the game with 182 yards, one touchdown, a season-high three interceptions against the nation's No. 4-ranked defense and that lone game-changing fumble. He added 54 yards and two scores on the ground as FSU registerd 300 yards of offense compared to Florida's 394.

UF quarterback Jeff Driskel finished with 147 yards and one touchdown and Gillislee ran for 140 yards and two scores. Florida had 244 yards on the ground and controlled the game clock 36:20 to 23:40, which helped the Gators wear down FSU's No. 1-ranked defense.

Defensively, it was the Werner show through much of the game. The junior defensive end, playing in potentially his final game at Doak Campbell Stadium because of his high draft stock, had a career-best 3 1/2 sacks by game's end. Cornellius Carradine, another potential early NFL draft pick at defensive end as a senior, added a team-high 11 tackles, 1 1/2 tackles for loss and a half-sack.

Matt Elam's seven stops led the Gators.

"We never felt like we couldn't move the ball," Fisher said. "... but they were able to control the line of scrimmage."

Florida opened the game with four first downs on a drive that took 5:47 off the clock and ended with a 39-yard field goal. It looked like FSU would at least get those three points back as a 27-yard toss to Rashad Greene put the 'Noles into field goal range. But Manuel's throw off his back foot on third-and-long was intercepted by Elam soon thereafter.

Werner's sack on the next drive set up the Gators' own third-and-long attempt but Driskel answered with a 31-yard scramble into FSU territory. After Nick Moody's pressure forced an errant third-and-short toss a few plays later, UF went for a fake field goal but failed on the attempt.

A quick three-and-out by the 'Noles later and the first quarter ended after Florida had run 25 plays and FSU had run just eight despite the 3-0 score.

After trading three-and-outs to start the second quarter, Florida picked up its fourth and fifth third-down conversions of the day before what looked to be like its sixth was ruled an incomplete catch on the sideline. Originally ruled a completion, the booth reversal led to a 45-yard Sturgis field goal and 6-0 UF lead with 6:53 left in the first half.

But that score wouldn't last long. Following Karlos Williams' fumble on the kick return, Gillislee used a misdirection run to dash nine yards into the endzone and push the visitors' lead to 13-0 with 5:26 remaining in the second quarter.

"The big thing was those turnovers," Fisher said. "That's a big factor in ball."

It wouldn't get much better a few moments later as Manuel's first pass after the Gators' score was intercepted by Jelani Jenkins. Another Werner sack would force another third-and-long for UF and after forcing a punt FSU took over on its own 12 yard-line. It looked like the Seminoles would be content to run out the clock with 2:10 left at that point but Manuel's long scramble set up a 50-yard field goal that Hopkins drilled as time expired for a 13-3 Florida lead at halftime.

FSU had the ball for just 8:02 in the opening half, compared to Florida's 21:58 time of possession.

The possession discrepancy would stay that way on the opening drive of the third quarter as Manuel's pass attempt to Greene was intercepted on the sideline by Marcus Roberson. But as it did in the first half, the 'Noles defense prevented any damage from the miscue.

Three plays after Kenny Shaw returned the punt 26 yards to the Gators' 25 yard-line, Devonta Freeman's 20-yard scamper put FSU in a first-and-goal situation and O'Leary went up and grabbed Manuel's six-yard toss to cut into the deficit.

It was a sign of good things to come for the 'Noles. On Florida's first play on the next drive, Werner recovered the fumble and two plays and two UF penalties later, Manuel ran the bootleg untouched into the endzone for the one-yard lead-grabbing touchdown.

In a span of 1:58, FSU not only erased a 10-point deficit but took a 17-13 lead -- and the 'Noles weren't done. Werner's highlight-reel sack helped force a Gators' punt on the next drive and FSU tacked on Hopkins' 53-yard field goal with a little more than four minutes remaining in the third quarter.

The 'Noles had held Florida to just 21 yards and no third-down conversions in the second half up to that point but allowed the critical third-down screen pass to Reed that equaled that total. Trey Burton then rushed for 24 yards into the redzone on the next third down before Florida was held to a 39-yard Sturgis field goal to start the final quarter.

The crazy turn of events that helped FSU take the lead then reversed in Florida's favor on the next drive. First, Antonio Morrison's crushing sack and forced fumble of Manuel was recovered by Dominique Easley and then Gillislee ran for the 37-yard score.

After a quick three-and-out by the Clint Trickett-led offense as Manuel was being checked out by the trainers on the sideline, a 50-yard punt return by Roberson to the FSU 32 yard-line gave the Gators a short field to work with. UF then needed just five plays to push their lead to 10 points when Driskel found Quinton Dunbar for the 14-yard score with seven minutes left.

Florida State had a strong drive working after that dagger-style touchdown but Manuel was sacked for a 16-yard loss and then was off the mark on his fourth-and-long throw to Kelvin Benjamin as Florida took over on downs. Four plays later, Matt Jones ran for a 32-yard score with 2:33 left on the clock.

Manuel then finished the game with what turned out to be his final play ever at Doak Campbell Stadium: a 22-yard scramble into the endzone as time expired.

"Of course they are down and they are sad but again a lot of those seniors are saying, 'hey guys we've still got a lot to play for,'" Fisher said. "You've got a lot of those leaders grabbing those guys and saying we've got a conference championship game next week.

"And we do. We've got to put this one behind us."

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA
3
10
0
24
37
FLORIDA STATE
0
3
17
6
26

1st   0- 3  Opp, 39, field goal, 9:13 
2nd   0- 6  Opp, 45, field goal, 6:53 
      0-13  Opp, 9, run (kick), 5:26 
      3-13  Dustin Hopkins, 50, field goal, 0:00 
3rd  10-13  Nick O'Leary, 6, pass from E.J. Manuel (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 10:27
     17-13  E.J. Manuel, 1, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 8:30 
     20-13  Dustin Hopkins, 53, field goal, 4:24 
4th  20-16  Opp, 32, field goal, 13:27
     20-23  Opp, 37, run (kick), 11:01
     20-30  Opp, 14, pass (kick), 7:00 
     20-37  Opp, 32, run (kick), 2:33 
     26-37  E.J. Manuel, 22, run (no kick attempted), 0:00 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 20 21 Rushes-yards 25-112 47-244 Passing 188 150 Att-Comp-Int 36-19-3 25-16-0 Total Yards 61-300 72-394 Punt Returns 3-66 1-50 Kickoff Returns 5-112 3-57 Interception Ret. 0-0 3-14 Fumble Returns 1-9 2-1 Punts 3-41.3 4-43.3 Sacks By-Yds 4-43 2-20 Fumbles-Lost 3-2 1-1 Penalties-Yds 3-20 12-101 3rd Down Conversions 7-13 8-15 4th Down Conversions 0-1 0-1 Time of Posession 23:40 36:20 Attendance 83,429 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing E.J. Manuel 12- 54 Devonta Freeman 8- 37 James Wilder 3- 13 Lonnie Pryor 2- 8 Receiving Rashad Greene 5- 65 Kenny Shaw 5- 58 James Wilder 4- 31 Devonta Freeman 1- 16 Rodney Smith 2- 7 Nick O'Leary 1- 6 Greg Dent 1- 5 Passing E.J. Manuel 33-18-3-182 Clint Trickett 2- 1-0- 6 Team 1- 0-0- 0 Punt Return Kenny Shaw 3- 66 Kickoff Return Karlos Williams 3- 69 Lamarcus Joyner 2- 43 Punting Cason Beatty 3- 124 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tank Carradine 7 4 11 1.5- 11.0 0.5- 7.0 . . 1 . . . . Christian Jones 5 4 9 . . . . . . . . . Terrence Brooks 4 4 8 . . . 1 . . . . . Bjoern Werner 4 2 6 3.5- 36.0 3.5- 36.0 . . . 1- 9 . . . Xavier Rhodes 3 2 5 . . . 1 . . . . . Demonte McAllister 2 3 5 . . . . . . . . . Timmy Jernigan 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Anthony McCloud 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Vince Williams 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Nick Moody 1 2 3 . . . . 1 . . . . Tyler Hunter 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Lamarcus Joyner 2 . 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Karlos Williams 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Telvin Smith 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Everett Dawkins 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Nick Waisome 1 1 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Chad Abram 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Rodney Smith 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . James Wilder 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Team 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Giorgio Newberry . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    3  E.J. Manuel
RB    8  Devonta Freeman
FB   24  Lonnie Pryor
TE   35  Nick O'Leary
C    52  Bryan Stork
RG   54  Tre' Jackson
LG   70  Josue Matias
RT   71  Menelik Watson
LT   75  Cameron Erving
WR   82  Willie Haulstead
WR   84  Rodney Smith
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
CB    1  Tyler Hunter
CB    6  Nick Waisome
WLB   7  Christian Jones
MLB  11  Vince Williams
SS   20  Lamarcus Joyner
CB   27  Xavier Rhodes
FS   31  Terrence Brooks
RE   91  Tank Carradine
DT   92  Anthony McCloud
DT   93  Everett Dawkins
LE   95  Bjoern Werner
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
     
 1  Kelvin Benjamin
 8  Timmy Jernigan
 9  Clint Trickett
 9  Karlos Williams
10  Nick Moody
12  Reggie Northrup
12  Jarred Haggins
13  Ronald Darby
15  Mario Edwards
15  Greg Dent
18  Dustin Hopkins
22  Telvin Smith
23  Gerald Demps
24  Terrance Smith
##  NAME
-----------------------------
26  P.J. Williams
32  James Wilder
33  Kevin Haplea
38  Cason Beatty
41  Chad Abram
51  Giorgio Newberry
64  Dax Dellenbach
74  Jonathan Wallace
80  Rashad Greene
81  Kenny Shaw
89  Christian Green
96  Toshmon Stevens
97  Demonte McAllister
98  Shayne Broxsie

FLORIDA STATE 21, GEORGIA TECH 15

12/01/2012, ACC Championship, Charlotte, NC

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FSU Defense Delivers ACC Title, BCS Berth in 21-15 Win.

No. 12/13 Florida State's defense sets the tone and saves the day against Georgia Tech as the 'Noles earn an ACC Championship for the first time since 2005 and a trip to the Orange Bowl.

By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Managing Editor

CHARLOTTE, NC -- When No. 12/13 Florida State needed it most, the defense delivered.

In FSU's 21-15 crown-clinching victory over Georgia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game Saturday night, the 'Noles' defense started by delivering the discipline: they held the Yellow Jackets' triple-option offense -- the No. 3-ranked rushing offense in the country with a per-game average of 323.3 yards -- to just 183 on the ground.

Then they delivered the knock-out punch: Karlos Williams intercepted Georgia Tech's (6-7) Tevin Washington and returned it deep into Yellow Jackets' territory with just one minute left.

And finally, they delivered the celebratory post-game Powerade bath to Mark Stoops: FSU's (11-2) third-year defensive coordinator accepted the Kentucky head coaching job earlier this week much to the delight of the Seminoles players, who dedicated the the game at Bank of America Stadium to him.

In the end, head coach Jimbo Fisher was doused in Powerade, too. After all, his team will deliver an ACC Championship Trophy to Tallahassee for the first time since 2005 and as a result will head back to a BCS game -- the Orange Bowl -- for the first time since then as well.

"That first one, you've got to get over that hump, and once you get over that hump you know what it takes," Fisher said about winning the league, his first as FSU's coach and the 13th in program history. "Hopefully from now on out, we can continue to play for the years to come and play great football."

FSU didn't play great football on offense against a less-than-stellar Georgia Tech defense but ultimately that didn't matter with Stoops' squad in control.

The Yellow Jackets' 183 yards rushing were the second-fewest recorded by the ACC Coastal Division champions all season, limited Georgia Tech to just 4-of-15 third-down conversion attempts and held them scoreless for the game's first 20:34 -- the longest such drought to start a game all season.

Williams was certainly the hero as his game-high and career-high 11 tackles were only made more special by his impressive game-saving interception against a Georgia Tech offense that wasn't lacking momentum on its journey towards a potential championship-earning touchdown.

"I just broke on it and tried to tip it up and bat it down, but luckily it tipped up in the air and I just tried to make a sure catch and that's what happened," Williams said. "I'm just happy I got the call and we're ACC champs.

Telvin Smith added 11 tackles of his own and Timmy Jernigan and Christian Jones both had nine stops. Starting the first game of his career in place of the injured Cornellius Carradine, freshman defensive end Mario Edwards, Jr. added seven tackles and an athletic second-half tackle-for-losss and Vince Williams had six tackles and two tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

Georgia Tech finished with 301 total yards to FSU's 328.

EJ Manuel was responsible for 183 of those yards as the redshirt senior quarterback threw for 134 on 16-of-21 passing and added 49 rushing on 10 carries but had three critical turnovers.

James Wilder, Jr. picked up 69 yards on the ground, two touchdowns and an MVP trophy for his efforts and Devonta Freeman added 59 yards on 13 rushes and score for a 2012 FSU team that now owns the school record for most touchdown runs in a season with 37.

The 'Noles finished with 194 yards on the ground to become just the third team this season to out-rush the Yellow Jackets.

Sophomore Rashad Greene grabbed a career-high nine passes for 82 yards as the lone bright spot in FSU's pass game. The Seminoles were held scoreless in the second half for the second time this season (the loss at NC State was the other).

"In the second half we kept shooting ourselves in the foot with penalties, lined up wrong, we'd get a drive going and then we had a fumble down in there," Fisher said, "but we did enough to win the game, and I'm going to tell you, we still won 11 games and won the ACC.

After the defense did its job by forcing a three-and-out on the first possession of the ballgame, FSU's offense opened with a 21-yard catch and run by Lonnie Pryor. Five plays later, Manuel's well-timed pitch to Freeman on the option-run resulted in a three-yard dash to the endzone by the sophomore tailback and an early 7-0 lead by the 'Noles.

The lead then increased to 14-0 early in the second quarter thanks to a 16-yard Wilder, Jr. run. His scoring scamper was set up by Manuel's 20-yard option keeper.

Following a 42-yard Georgia Tech field goal moments later, Wilder, Jr. added his second score of the night with a one-yard plunge that pushed FSU's advantage to 21-3.

"We just tried to establish the run, run the ball, knock a little time off the clock," Freeman said. "But still execute the plays and stuff, just go down the field and drive."

The Yellow Jackets then added a 47-yard field goal with 1:12 left in the second quarter to make it a 21-6 ballgame heading into halftime.

Through the game's first 30 minutes, FSU averaged 7.2 yards per play while Georgia Tech averaged just 3.8.

But for as good as FSU was offensively in the first half, the second half -- as it has been on occasion this year -- wasn't nearly as kind.

It started with a Kelvin Benjamin fumble midway through the third quarter, and even though it was immediately followed by Xavier Rhodes' interception to get the ball back one play later, it set a an all-too-familiar theme after last weekend's four-turnover performance against Florida.

Driving into scoring position after Georgia Tech connected on a deficit-trimming 36-yard field goal with 1:08 left in the third quarter, Manuel was sacked and fumbled early in the final period.

But unlike FSU's first turnover, the Yellow Jackets made this one sting. Georgia Tech went 70 yards in 13 plays after that takeaway and, before a failed two-point conversion attempt, scored on a one-yard Washington run to pay dirt that made it a 21-15 game with a little more than six minutes remaining in the conference-clinching contest.

Four minutes later, FSU was faced with a third-and-10 before the turnover bug bit again. On his deep pass attempt to Benjamin, Manuel was intercepted and Georgia Tech took over on its own 15 yard-line with 2:17 on the clock.

Following his team's fourth fourth-down conversion of the night, Washington was then intercepted by Williams who returned it 41 yards before being pushed out of bounds and the Seminoles set up in victory formation.

After the game, Florida State accepted an official invite to compete in the Orange Bowl on Near Year's Day in Miami against an opponent that will be announced Sunday night.

"I'm happy for my teammates, happy for our coaches and happy for our fans," Manuel said. "To be able to do this and get Florida State on the right track while I'm on my way out of here, I'm extremely excited and proud."

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
GEORGIA TECH
0
6
3
6
15
FLORIDA STATE
7
14
0
0
21

1st   7- 0  Devonta Freeman, 3, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 10:45
2nd  14- 0  James Wilder, 16, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 13:54
     14- 3  Opp, 27, field goal, 9:25 
     21- 3  James Wilder, 1, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 4:56 
     21- 6  Opp, 47, field goal, 1:12 
3rd  21- 9  Opp, 36, field goal, 1:08 
4th  21-15  Opp, 1, run (run failed), 6:27 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 22 19 Rushes-yards 37-194 52-183 Passing 134 118 Att-Comp-Int 21-16-1 16-5-2 Total Yards 58-328 68-301 Punt Returns 2-23 0-0 Kickoff Returns 3-48 2-57 Interception Ret. 2-55 1-0 Fumble Returns 0-0 2-0 Punts 3-45.7 4-40.5 Sacks By-Yds 1-8 3-18 Fumbles-Lost 2-2 2-0 Penalties-Yds 6-39 3-25 3rd Down Conversions 3-8 4-15 4th Down Conversions 0-0 4-4 Time of Posession 29:37 30:23 Attendance 64,778 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing James Wilder 10- 69 Devonta Freeman 13- 59 E.J. Manuel 10- 49 Rashad Greene 1- 18 Lonnie Pryor 1- 4 Team 2- -5 Receiving Rashad Greene 9- 82 Lonnie Pryor 2- 25 Rodney Smith 1- 12 Nick O'Leary 2- 11 Kelvin Benjamin 1- 3 Jarred Haggins 1- 1 Passing E.J. Manuel 21-16-1-134 Punt Return Kenny Shaw 2- 23 Kickoff Return Lamarcus Joyner 3- 48 Punting Cason Beatty 3- 137 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Karlos Williams 8 3 11 . . 1- 41 . . . . . . Telvin Smith 4 7 11 . . . . . . . . . Timmy Jernigan 6 3 9 1.5- 9.0 1.0- 8.0 . . . . . . . Christian Jones 2 7 9 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . . Mario Edwards 3 4 7 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . . Vince Williams 3 3 6 2.0- 4.0 . . . . . . . . Demonte McAllister 1 4 5 1.0- 4.0 . . . . . . . . Lamarcus Joyner 1 3 4 0.5- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Terrence Brooks 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Everett Dawkins 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Nick Waisome 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . P.J. Williams 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Tyler Hunter 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Xavier Rhodes . 1 1 . . 1- 14 . . . . . . Bjoern Werner . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Eddie Goldman . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB    3  E.J. Manuel
TB    8  Devonta Freeman
FB   24  Lonnie Pryor
TE   35  Nick O'Leary
C    52  Bryan Stork
RG   54  Tre' Jackson
LG   70  Josue Matias
RT   71  Menelik Watson
LT   75  Cameron Erving
X    80  Rashad Greene
Z    84  Rodney Smith
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
CB    6  Nick Waisome
LB    7  Christian Jones
LB    9  Karlos Williams
LB   11  Vince Williams
RE   15  Mario Edwards
SS   20  Lamarcus Joyner
CB   27  Xavier Rhodes
FS   31  Terrence Brooks
DT   92  Anthony McCloud
DT   93  Everett Dawkins
LE   95  Bjoern Werner
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Tyler Hunter
 1  Kelvin Benjamin
 8  Timmy Jernigan
 9  Clint Trickett
10  Nick Moody
12  Reggie Northrup
12  Jarred Haggins
13  Ronald Darby
15  Greg Dent
18  Dustin Hopkins
19  Josh Gehres
22  Telvin Smith
24  Terrance Smith
26  P.J. Williams
32  James Wilder
33  Kevin Haplea
##  NAME
-----------------------------
37  Keelin Smith
38  Cason Beatty
41  Chad Abram
51  Giorgio Newberry
62  Austin Barron
64  Dax Dellenbach
74  Jonathan Wallace
81  Eddie Goldman
81  Kenny Shaw
82  Willie Haulstead
83  Christo Kourtzidis
86  Chris Revell
89  Christian Green
96  Toshmon Stevens
97  Demonte McAllister
98  Shayne Broxsie

FLORIDA STATE 31, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 10

01/01/2013, Orange Bowl, Miami Springs, Fl

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From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Happy 'Nole Year! FSU Starts 2013 With Orange Bowl Win.

Florida State captured its first BCS bowl victory since 2000 early Wednedsay morning and in the process tied the school record for wins in a season in its 31-10 victory over Northern Illinois.

By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Managing Editor

MIAMI GARDENS, FL -- For the first time since the 1999 national championship season, the Florida State football team can boast of a BCS bowl victory.

Thanks to its 31-10 triumph over Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl early Wednesday morning, No. 12 FSU will also take with it back to Tallahassee 12 wins in a season for just the second time in program history.

The Seminoles didn't get to hoist a crystal ball like the only other time they won nearly a baker's dozen worth of games in a year but they also achieved another coveted accomplishment against the Huskies, who had won 12 straight prior to their trip to South Florida. After capturing a conference title for the first time since 2005 a month ago, FSU also exorcised its BCS demons in one citrusy-swoop at Sun Life Stadium.

Credit strong final-game performances by senior offensive starters EJ Manuel and Lonnie Pryor and a defense that was simply too big, too fast and too strong for NIU and do-it-all quarterback Jordan Lynch with this long-awaited streak-busting victory.

Manuel threw for 298 yards and one touchdown with no turnovers and became just the second quarterback in FBS history to win four straight bowl games, joining former West Virginia signal caller Pat White while Pryor rushed for a career-high 134 yards with scoring scampers of 60 and 37 yards in in the first and second halves, respectively.

For his efforts -- and his 26.8 yards-per-carry average -- Pryor was named the game's MVP.

"I always wanted to win MVP of a bowl game and I told myself every time I get the ball just try to make a big play and just do something," said Pryor, who carried the ball just five times. "I was blessed today. I can't believe it."

Lynch still might not be able to believe the defense he had to play against. Third in the nation in total offense and fourth in rushing entering the game, Lynch set the MAC on fire as a junior while leading his team to a conference championship but he hadn't seen a defense the caliber of FSU's all year long.

Lynch finished the game with just 44 yards rushing (well below his 136.23 yards-per-game average) and just 176 yards passing on 41 attempts. Most damaging, however, was the third-quarter interception he threw into the willing arms of 'Noles safety Terrence Brooks when his team was on verge of tying the game 17-17 following a surprise third-quarter onside kick.

The Huskies finished with just 259 yards of offense and just 10 points after accruing nearly 486 yards per game all season and nearly 41 points.

"I thought the defense played real well," said junior linebacker Christian Jones, who had 10tackles. "We were prepared for them. We had a long time to prepare for them. We knew they had a good quarterback in Jordan Lynch holding him below what his usual stats are."

Vince Williams added 10 more tackles and a sack in his final game and Lamarc Joyner, who, like Jones, said he will take some time to make a decision about turning pro early or not, added six stops and a tackle for loss.

FSU finished with three sacks and five tackles for loss while holding the Huskies to a well-below-their-average 3.5 yards per play.

"Definitely the best defense we've played all year," Lynch said. "They were always in the right spot at the right time it seemed like."

Offensively, James Wilder, Jr. added 52 yards rushing and Kenny Shaw had six catches for 61 yards. Rashad Greene had 45 yards receiving and a score and Devonta Freeman and Greg Dent added 43 and 42 yards receiving, respectively.

Senior Rodney Smith had three catches and set the school record for consecutive games with at least one catch by doing so in his 39th straight contest.

In addition to Smith, the entire offense set its own school record. By registering 534 yards against NIU, the 2012 Seminoles finished the season with 6,591combined yards of offense -- three more than the previous school record 6,588 yards the 2000 squad posted.

"What's amazing about this team on offense, there's seniors and juniors but there's more sophomores," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. "There's three offensive linemen, your tight end, your two tailbacks ... Rashad Greene and [Kelvin] Benjamin and all those guys. There's a ton of young guys on this team. EJ and these seniors were able to grab those guys and pull them right back."

Florida State bounced back from a Nick O'Leary fumble that halted a strong offensive drive midway through the first quarter to start the game Tuesday night. After forcing NIU into its second three-and-out in as many drives to start the game, Pryor ran untouched for a career-long 60 yards and an FSU score that gave the Seminoles a 7-0 lead.

On the next drive, it looked like the Huskies would punt for a third consecutive time but a well-execute fake resulted in a 35-yard gain and field position in the redzone. Three plays later, the Florida State defense watched as NIU kicked a 25-yard field goal to cut it to a 7-3 score with 1:41 left in the first quarter.

Following back-to-back punts by both teams, FSU strung together another nice, long drive that ultimately ended in zero points again. On 4th-and-2 after Manuel was struck low near his right knee on a third-down play, Dustin Hopkins' 50-yard field goal attempt banged off the right upright. It was the senior's first miss of the season from a distance of at least 50 yards and preserved the one-score deficit for the Huskies with 11:48 remaining in the opening half.

The Hopkins miss would set the theme for nearly all of the second quarter for the 'Noles. Including the missed field-goal drive, FSU managed zero points on 19 combined plays for 92 yards on three consecutive possessions.

But after forcing the Huskies' sixth punt of the first half, Manuel found his groove -- and his receivers -- on the fourth drive of the quarter as he completed seven consecutive passes. None of them were more important than the six-yard toss he lobbed to Green in the back of the endzone that the sophomore grabbed while tapping one foot down in the black NIU paint to make it a 14-3 game with 11 seconds left before the break.

After that intermission -- and a performance by FSU alum Jake Owen, FSU opened the third frame with a 68-yard drive that culminated with a short Hopkins field goal. The successful boot through the uprights by the gold-cleated senior was the 88th of his career, a new FBS record for made field goals in a career.

Backed up on his own goal line on the next drive, Lynch made his best play of the night up to that point by finding Akeem Daniels streaking down the sideline for a 55-yard catch and throw. Not only did the play get the Huskies off the goal line and down to the FSU 37-yard line but it was also NIU's first third-down conversion of the night following eight previously failed attempts. One play later, Lynch ran 22 yards for another first down and then found Martel Moore for an 11-yard score to trim FSU's lead to 17-10 with 9:55 still to go in the third quarter.

The Huskies had just 110 yards of offense before that scoring drive but rattled off 87 in just six plays on their first possession of the second half.

Flipping to the part of the playbook that has made "#MACtion" such a popular trending topic in social media, Northern Illinois followed up its touchdown drive by then recovering an onside kick. The play caught the 'Noles off guard but nine plays later after the Huskies had advanced to the FSU 23-yard line, Brooks was more than ready when he stepped in front of Lynch's third-and-eight pass attempt for his second interception of the year.

FSU couldn't score any points off the clutch takeaway, instead punting the ball deep into NIU territory and forcing a quick three-and-out. After taking over at their own 39-yard line, FSU benefitted from a personal foul penalty that extended what would have been a stalled drive on third down.

Six plays later, Manuel dashed nine yards on the first play of the fourth quarter for a touchdown that extended the Seminoles' lead to 24-10. That advantage then ballooned to 31-10 shortly after as Pryor rumbled 37 yards for the score on the heels of another NIU three-and-out midway through the final quarter.

"It's the first one we've won in 12 years," Fisher said. "I mean, 12 wins, first BCS game in 12 years, first ACC championship in seven. These seniors, I'm happy for our players. I'm extremely happy for our players for what they've sacrificed and what they've done and put Florida State back on the map, put them back in the top 10, won all and did the things they wanted to do, and when they came here where this program was and where they've brought it to, and I can't be prouder of them."

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
NORTHERN ILLINOIS
3
0
7
0
10
FLORIDA STATE
7
7
3
14
31

1st   7- 0  Lonnie Pryor, 60, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 5:28 
      7- 3  Opp, 25, field goal, 1:41 
2nd   7- 3  Dustin Hopkins, 50, field goal failed, 11:48
     14- 3  Rashad Greene, 6, pass from E.J. Manuel (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 0:11 
3rd  17- 3  Dustin Hopkins, 25, field goal, 11:48
     17-10  Opp, 11, pass (kick), 9:55 
4th  24-10  E.J. Manuel, 9, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 14:56
     31-10  Lonnie Pryor, 37, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 10:33


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 23 17 Rushes-yards 37-243 32- 83 Passing 291 176 Att-Comp-Int 38-26-0 41-15-1 Total Yards 75-534 73-259 Punt Returns 0-0 1-6 Kickoff Returns 0-0 4-73 Interception Ret. 1-20 0-0 Fumble Returns 1-0 1-5 Punts 5-36.8 7-42.1 Sacks By-Yds 3-16 0-0 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-1 Penalties-Yds 8-96 5-40 3rd Down Conversions 3-14 5-18 4th Down Conversions 2-2 2-4 Time of Posession 34:08 25:52 Attendance 72,073 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Lonnie Pryor 5- 134 James Wilder 11- 52 Devonta Freeman 14- 30 E.J. Manuel 6- 26 Greg Dent 1- 1 Receiving Kenny Shaw 6- 61 Rashad Greene 5- 45 Devonta Freeman 3- 43 Greg Dent 3- 42 Rodney Smith 3- 41 Nick O'Leary 2- 29 Lonnie Pryor 3- 17 Kelvin Benjamin 1- 13 Passing E.J. Manuel 38-26-0-291 Punting Cason Beatty 5- 184 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Vince Williams 5 5 10 1.0- 3.0 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . Christian Jones 1 9 10 . . . . . . . . . Lamarcus Joyner 4 2 6 1.0- 6.0 . . . . . . . . Ronald Darby 4 . 4 . . . 1 . . . . . Telvin Smith 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . Xavier Rhodes 2 2 4 1.0- 7.0 . . . . 1- 0 1 . . Terrence Brooks 3 . 3 . . 1- 20 . . . . . . Nick Moody 2 1 3 1.0- 11.0 1.0- 11.0 . 1 . . . . . Tyler Hunter 2 1 3 . . . . 1 . . . . Mario Edwards 2 1 3 . . . 1 . . . . . Timmy Jernigan 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Bjoern Werner 2 . 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Willie Haulstead 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Toshmon Stevens 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Demonte McAllister 1 . 1 1.0- 2.0 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . Jacobbi McDaniel 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Donovan Todd 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Karlos Williams 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Nigel Terrell . . . . . . . 1 . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    3  E.J. Manuel
TB    8  Devonta Freeman
FB   24  Lonnie Pryor
TE   35  Nick O'Leary
C    52  Bryan Stork
RG   54  Tre' Jackson
LG   70  Josue Matias
RT   71  Menelik Watson
LT   75  Cameron Erving
WR   80  Rashad Greene
WR   84  Rodney Smith
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
CB    6  Nick Waisome
WLB   7  Christian Jones
SLB  10  Nick Moody
MLB  11  Vince Williams
DE   15  Mario Edwards
SS   20  Lamarcus Joyner
CB   27  Xavier Rhodes
FS   31  Terrence Brooks
DT   92  Anthony McCloud
DT   93  Everett Dawkins
DE   95  Bjoern Werner
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Kelvin Benjamin
 1  Tyler Hunter
 8  Timmy Jernigan
 9  Karlos Williams
13  Ronald Darby
15  Greg Dent
18  Dustin Hopkins
22  Telvin Smith
28  Nigel Terrell
##  NAME
-----------------------------
32  James Wilder
38  Cason Beatty
39  Donovan Todd
55  Jacobbi McDaniel
81  Kenny Shaw
82  Willie Haulstead
96  Toshmon Stevens
97  Demonte McAllister