Sept. 23, 2012
Florida State Captains vs. Clemson
Florida State’s captains against Clemson were Everett Dawkins, Lonnie Pryor and Dustin Hopkins. Honorary captains for today’s game were Myron Rolle (2006-08) and Samari Rolle (1994-97).
A Packed Press Box
A total of 603 media credentials were issued for Saturday’s game against Clemson. It marks the second straight year in which the Florida State Sports Information staff issued over 600 credentials (vs. Oklahoma, September 17, 2011).
Rodney Extends Streak
Senior wideout Rodney Smith made it 29 consecutive games with a catch as he opened the Seminoles’ first drive of the game with a 19-yard reception. Smith’s streak started back during his sophomore season against BYU (September 18, 2010). E.G. Green (1994-97) has the school record for most consecutive games with a reception at 38.
Pryor Finds the End Zone
Lonnie Pryor found the end zone for the first Florida State touchdown of the game when the senior fullback scored on a 13-yard run in the first quarter. It marked Pryor’s 14th career rushing touchdown and fourth of the season to tie a single-season career-high (2009 & 2010). Pryor pushed his career touchdown total to 19 – 14 rushing and five receiving – to lead all active `Noles.
First Half Reception
Four different Seminoles recorded multiple receptions in the first half including Chris Thompson, Nick O’Leary, Greg Dent and Rashad Greene. O’Leary tied a career-high with three receptions for 48 yards. Thompson set career-highs in receptions (6) and yards (66) as he registered a career-high 31-yard catch late in the second quarter. Dent, who made his first career start on Saturday night, tallied two catches for 25 yards, while Greene also had two catches for 16 yards.
Florida State erased a 14-point, second half deficit scoring 35 points including 28 straight points. The last time FSU won after trailing by 14 or more points was a Thursday night contest at North Carolina on October 22, 2009. The Seminoles trailed 24-6 only to post a 30-27 win by scoring 24 of the last 27 points. The game-winning touchdown came on an 18-yard pass from Christian Ponder to Beau Reliford with 6:20 remaining in the game.
600 Yards of Offense
For the third time this season, Florida State eclipsed 600 yards of total offense finishing Saturday night’s game against Clemson with a season-high 667 yards. It is the most total yards of offense since tallying 771 yards against Clemson in 2000. It marks the 28th time of 600 yards of total offense for Florida State.
Run Chris Run
Senior tailback Chris Thompson found the end zone twice in Saturday night’s win over Clemson with touchdown runs of 9 and 27 yards. Thompson finished the game with 15 carries for 103 yards. It marked his second straight game of rushing for over 100 yards and the fifth 100-yard rushing game of his career. The four previous 100-yard games for Thompson all came against Miami (158 yards), South Carolina (147 yards) and BYU (123 yards) all in 2010 and then 197 yards against Wake Forest on Sept. 15, 2012. His 27-yard TD run in the fourth quarter marked his 14th career run of 25 yards or more and second of the game. Thompson now has 14 career rushing touchdowns and five rushing touchdown this season.
Greg Dent set career-highs for receptions (5) and yards receiving (72) Saturday night. His previous highs were three catches for 70 yards both against NC State in 2011.
Manuel Completion Percentage
FSU quarterback EJ Manuel finished Saturday’s game 27-of-35 for a career-high 380 yards with 2 TDs passes and 0 INTs. Manuel finished the game completing 77.1 percent of his passes against the Tigers. For his career, Manuel has completed 409-of-604 attempts good for a completion percentage of 67.7% which moves him into first place all-time on the ACC career completion percentage list ahead of Virginia’s Matt Schaub (67.0).
Manuel Throws Over 300 Yards
EJ Manuel threw for over 300 yards for just the third time in his career Saturday night against Clemson. The senior quarterback finished the game with 380 yards through the air. It was his first 300-yard passing game since throwing for 321 yards vs. NC State on October 29, 2011 in a FSU 34-0 victory. Manuel’s first 300-yard passing game came against Charleston Southern on September 10, 2011 when he threw for a then career-high 329 yards in a 62-10 Florida State win.
300-100 a Rarity
EJ Manuel’s 380 yards passing and 102 yards rushing made him the first FSU quarterback to throw for 300 and rush for 100 since former Heisman winner Charlie Ward did it against Maryland in 1992, throwing for 395 yards and rushing for 111.
Joyner’s Kickoff Return
Lamarcus Joyner took a third quarter kickoff return 90 yards to the Clemson 10-yard line. It marked the first kick-off return of at least 90 yards since Michael Ray Garvin’s 94-yard return for a touchdown against Colorado on September 27, 2008. Joyner’s return ties for the 16th longest kickoff return in school history. It is only the third kickoff return of 90 yards or more since 2002 and just the second of 90 or more yards that did not result in a touchdown. The only other kickoff of 90 or more yards that did not go for a touchdown was by Larry Key against Texas Tech in the Tangerine Bowl, December 23rd, 1977 (93-yard kickoff return).
James Wilder, Jr., tallied his second touchdown of the evening when he scored on a 5-yard run in the fourth quarter to give FSU a 42-31 lead. In FSU’s first drive of the fourth quarter, Wilder rushed three times for 44 yards. He tallied just seven yards on two carries in the first half but one of his carries was a 5-yard first quarter TD run. The two touchdown night for Wilder, Jr., was his third multi-touchdown game of the season as his first two came against Murray State and Savannah State.
First Opponent TD in 13 Quarters
Clemson’s De’Andre Hopkins’ touchdown at the 13:34 mark in the first quarter was the first opponent touchdown in 13 quarters and the first this season. The last time an opponent scored a touchdown on the Seminoles prior to tonight came when Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd scored with 11:24 remaining in the third quarter of the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl.
Huge Pass Plays a Rarity Versus the Noles
Hopkins’ 60-yard first quarter touchdown reception on a pass from Tajh Boyd marked the longest reception the Seminoles had given up since Maryland’s Quintin McFree caught a 69-yard pass from Danny O’Brien on Oct. 22, 2011. It was also the longest touchdown reception against the Noles since Clemson’s Sammy Watkins caught a 62-yard TD from Boyd on Sept. 22, 2011.
Tank’s Back-To-Back Sack Attack
Senior defensive end Cornellius “Tank” Carradine had back-to-back sacks on Clemson’s third possession of the game with just over a minute remaining in the first quarter. His sacks turned a second-and-10 into a fourth-and-22 and forced the Tigers into their first punt of the game. Carradine finished the game with seven tackles.
It’s Been Awhile
Since Florida State allowed two touchdowns in a half – let alone the first quarter as Clemson put up 14 points on the Noles in the first 15 minutes on Saturday night. The last time FSU gave up two touchdowns in the first came at Wake Forest on Oct. 8, 2011. The last time the Seminoles allowed two scores in the first quarter came against the Tigers – in Clemons, S.C. on Sept. 22, 2011.
Clemson’s 21-point first half snapped the Seminoles’ 11-game streak holding an opponent to 19 points or fewer – ending the longest such streak in the ACC since Virginia Tech accomplished the feat over 12 straight games during the 2004-05 seasons.
Attendance 17th Largest in Doak Campbell History
Tonight’s games attendance of 83, 231 was the 17th largest in Florida State history.
Waisome’s First Career Interception
Nick Waisome recorded his first interception of his career, picking off Tajh Boyd at the 8:41 mark. It was just Boyd’s second interception thrown this season.
Florida State is now 11-14 all-time in ESPN College GameDay games and 4-4 at home. It’s FSU’s first win in a GameDay game since beating Miami, 13-10, on Sept. 4, 2006.
Brooks Tallies Career-High in Tackles
Junior safety Terrence Brooks led FSU with 12 tackles, besting his previous career high of four tackles set against Murray State in the season opener. The last time an FSU defensive back recorded 10 or more tackles in a game came when Mike Harris accomplished that feat against Clemson on Sept. 24, 2011. Harris recorded 11 against the Tigers last season.
Running Well on The Ground
The Seminoles have now opened the season with four consecutive 200-yard efforts in the rushing game. It is the first time Florida State has ran for 200 yards or better in four straight games since the 2010 season against BYU (278 on 9/18), Wake Forest (201 on 9/25), Virginia (256 on 10/2) and Miami (298 on 10/9).