Sept. 3, 2011
MANUEL SETS CAREER-BEST MARKS
Junior quarterback EJ Manuel’s final numbers – 22 of 34 for 252 yards and two touchdowns – eclipsed some career-bests
His 34 attempts set a new career high. His previous high was 31, set twice – the last time was against Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 4, 2010.
Was his fifth career 200-yard passing game.
Manuel’s two first-half touchdown passes eclipsed his career-best for a game. He threw one touchdown in a game six times, most recently against South Carolina in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31, 2010.
Manuel’s 50-yard touchdown pass to Greg Dent with 1:09 to go in the first half was the longest TD pass of his career and second longest throw of his career.
First shutout since Sept. 25, 2010 against Wake Forest (31-0).
First shutout in a season-opener since Sept. 6, 2008 versus Western Carolina (69-0).
It’s the second shutout of the Jimbo Fisher era.
Sixth shutout since 2000.
HOPKINS EXTENDS STREAKS
Junior kicker Dustin Hopkins made four extra points in the game, giving him 90 straight PATs made. The school record for consecutive PATs is 108 set by Derek Schmidt from 1984-86.
With 6:53 remaining in the first half, Hopkins drilled a 24-yard field goal to put Florida State up 10-0. He followed with a 23-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. He has made nine consecutive field goals, including six straight at home. He has made 10 consecutive field goals under 37 — he has never missed a field goal under 37 yards.
The extra points and field goals give him 99 straight total made kicks (PAT/FGs)
True freshman running back Devonta Freeman entered the game for the first time in the third quarter. He caught his first career pass at the 8:02 mark in the third quarter and had his first rushing attempt on the next play, an 11-yard rush at 7:49.
First rushing touchdown by a true freshman since Chris Thompson scored twice against North Carolina State on Oct. 31, 2009.
First rushing touchdown by a true freshman in a debut/season-opener since Jermaine Thomas scored twice against Western Carolina on Sept. 6, 2008.
SACK ATTACK PICKS UP WHERE IT LEFT OFF
In 2010, FSU led the nation with 48 total sacks and ranked third with 3.43 sacks per game.
Against ULM, FSU recorded four sacks, putting it ahead of last year’s pace.
Bert Reed INCHES CLOSER TO NO. 5 ALL-TIME IN RECEPTIONS
Senior wide receiver Bert Reed had four catches, giving him 145 receptions for his career. He is now three catches shy of tying former wideout Greg Carr for fifth all-time with 148.
HAGGINS NOTCHES CAREER-BEST GAME
Sophomore wide receiver Jarred Haggins had four receptions in the second quarter, setting a new career high for a game in season. He caught one pass in 2010. He finished with five total receptions versus the Warhawks.
UNDER 100 AGAIN
Florida State held Louisiana-Monroe to under 100 yards, as the Warhawks piled just 99 yards on the ground.
10 RECEIVERS CATCH PASSES
Ten Seminole receivers caught at least one pass in today’s game versus ULM. That is the most since 10 FSU receivers hauled in a pass against Wake Forest on Sept. 25, 2010
O’LEARY’S FIRST CAREER GRAB
True freshman tight end E.J. Manuel with 11:20 left in the fourth quarter. It was the first of his career
SMITH TIES CAREER-BEST
Junior Rodney Smith tied a career-high for catches with six, tying his previous best set on Oct. 16 2010 versus Boston College.
His 78 yards receiving led the Seminoles but is well short of his career-high 121 yards receiving against Clemson in 2010.
FRESHMEN CAPTURE PLAYING TIME
Karlos Williams became the first true freshman to log game action this season for the Noles when he appeared on the punt return team at the 13:53 mark in the first quarter. Defensive tackles Timmy Jernigan, a true freshman, and Cameron Erving, a redshirt freshman, also saw their first collegiate action in the first quarter. True freshman tight end Nick O’Leary appeared in the second quarter, and Devonta Freeman appeared in the second half.
DENT’S FIRST CAREER TOUCHDOWN
Sophomore wide receiver Greg Dent caught his first career touchdown pass on a 50-yard bomb from EJ Manuel at the 1:09 mark in the second quarter. Dent only caught one pass last year.
The pass was the longest touchdown throw of Manuel’s career and the second-longest toss of his career.
TODAY’S GAME CAPTAINS
The captains for today’s game against ULM were senior linebacker Nigel Bradam, senior tackle Andrew Datko and senior punter Shawn Powell.
FIRST STARTS OF THEIR CAREERS
Making the first starts of their careers in the 2011 season-opener were senior cornerback Mike Harris, junior center Jacob Fahrenkrug, junior linebacker Vince Williams, sophomore linebacker Christian Jones and sophomore safety Lamarcus Joyner. D
FIRST HALFTIME SHUTOUT SINCE 2008
Florida State’s first half shutout marks the first time since Oct. 2, 2010 against Virginia the Seminoles blanked an opponent in the first half (27-0). It’s also the third time in the last two years – vs. Wake Forest on Sept. 25, 2010 (10-0).
The last time FSU shut out Sept. 6, 2008 vs. Western Carolina in a 69-0 win. The Seminoles led 28-0 at halftime.
Redshirt junior cornerback Avis Commack appeared in a game for the first time since the 2009 season. He missed the 2010 season after suffering an injury during the previous 2010 indoor track season.
SMITH HAULS IN FIRST FIRST DOWN
Junior wide receiver Rodney Smith made the first first down of the game at the 6:31 mark in the first quarter when he hauled in a 16-yard pass from EJ Manuel at the ULM 23-yard line.
REED SCORES FIRST POINTS OF SEASON
Senior wide receiver Bert Reed caught a nine-yard pass from Manuel for the first Nole score of the season at 4:16 mark in the first quarter. The touchdown capped a five-play, 39-yard drive that last 2:21. It’s his sixth career touchdown and first score off a pass from Manuel.
NOLE DEFENSE STARTS OUT STOUT
Florida State forced ULM into three consecutive three-and-outs to start the game. The Warhawks first first down came at the 3:55 mark in the first quarter on a 12-yard catch by Tavarese Maye from ULM tallied just two yards on its first three possessions.
HAGGINS CAREER-BEST RECEIVING DAY IN ONE QUARTER
Sophomore Jarred Haggins caught three passes (for 11 yards) in the second quarter, tying the total number of receptions he had in 11 games in 2010. His six-yard catch with 2:35 to go in the first half gave him four receptions, a new season-best.
JOYNER NABS SECOND CAREER INTERCEPTION
Sophomore safety Lamarcus Joyner picked off Kolton Browning His first career Miami Oct. 9, 2010 in a 45-17 win in Miami Gardens.