29 October 2011
The Florida State Seminoles (5-3, 3-2 ACC) moved one game closer to bowl eligibility with a dominating effort versus the NC State Wolfpack (4-4, 1-3 ACC) Saturday afternoon – winning 34-0.
Both sides of the ball played with a high level of intensity Saturday. Following a first possession punt by the Seminoles they would score on their next three drives – Touchdown, Field Goal and Touchdown.
FSU was lead offensively by E.J Manuel who was 25-34 passing for 321 yards – 2 touchdowns and one interception. Jimbo Fisher’s offense – much like the previous two weeks – came out in the first half throwing the ball. The Seminoles were not slowed down much at all in the first half by the NC State defense. Manuel was 17-22 for 212 yards and a touchdown in the first half.
FSU’s first scoring play was a beautifully ran option by E.J Manuel to Devonta Freeman. Following the touchdown run by Devonta Freeman we did not see much of him for the rest of the game. Freeman rushed the ball 7 times for 17 yards today.
Jermaine Thomas got the majority of the carries for FSU today (11 rushes 48 yards) but maybe the most impressive run came from fullback Lonnie Pryor who was met at the line of scrimmage and dragged the Wolfpack into the end zone to make it 17-0 Seminoles. Jermaine Thomas had an impressive run after the catch, though, as Rodney Smith laid a killer block.
Another great site in the first half was just before the first half was complete Kenny Shaw showed no fear going over the middle to catch E.J Manuel’s second touchdown pass of the half to make it 24-0.
Greg Dent had himself a nice game – leading all receivers with 3 receptions for 70 yards.
The Seminole offense slowed a bit in the second half but the defense never did. For the game NC State was held to 166 total yards – 36 rushing, 130 passing. The Seminoles also forced three turnovers – two interceptions, and one fumble recovery.
Not only did the FSU defense force three turnovers Saturday afternoon – but also forced six three-and-outs, seven punts, and the Wolfpack’s longest drive today was of 47 yards.
The Seminoles were lead in tackles by Christian Jones (9), Mike Harris (8), and Timmy Jernigan who had 5 tackles – two of which were tackles for loss.
With a healthy E.J Manuel and the running option Jimbo Fisher now has you cannot help but think what might have been. That is for naught now – but the Seminoles have been very impressive on there three-game winning streak. They are playing like they have something to win for – and that is to be commended. FSU has outscored their last three opponents 116-to-32.
The Seminoles will now travel to Chestnut Hill for a Thursday night showdown with the Boston College Eagles as Florida State hopes to ride their three-game winning streak to four.
Total yards: 444
Rushing yards: 123
Passing yards: 321
Possession Time: 32:21
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