Sept. 1, 2012
Seminoles Making First Appearance
Fifteen Florida State players made their Seminole debut Saturday night against Murray State. Those players included Kelvin Benjamin (R-FR, WR), Daniel Glauser (SR, OL), Menelik Watson (JR, OL), Reggie Northrup (FR, LB), Ronald Darby (FR, DB), Keelin Smith (R-FR, DB), Cason Beatty (FR, P), Giorgio Newberry (R-FR, DE), Christo Kourtzidis (FR, TE), Nile Lawrence-Stample (R-FR, DT), PJ Williams (FR, DB), Jordan Benton (R-SO, K), Eddie Goldman (FR, DT), Cory Cox (SR, LB) and Jacob Coker (R-FR, QB).
The Florida State offense finished Saturday’s game against Murray State with 606 yards of total offense marking the first time the Seminoles tallied over 600 yards of total offense since putting up 647 yards against Charleston Southern in 2011. FSU finished with 321 passing yards and 285 rushing yards. The last time FSU scored 60 or more points in a game was against Charleston Southern in 2011 (62 points). Tonight’s scoring output marked the most points since scoring 69 against Western Carolina in the season opener in 2008. FSU finished a perfect 10-for-10 in the red zone Saturday night with eight TDs and two FGs.
Seven Rushing TDs
Florida State tallied seven rushing touchdowns against Murray State. Earlier, FSU ran in for six touchdowns which was its first six-TD performance on the ground since equaling the same number against Maryland in 1992. The Seminoles got a career-high three rushing TDs from Lonnie Pryor, a career-high two from James Wilder, Jr. and another career high of two from Debrale Smiley Saturday night against Murray State.
Out in the Wild
On the second play of the third quarter, James Wilder, Jr. rushed for a career-high 42 yards, eclipsing his previous high of 41 yards against Charleston Southern on September 10, 2011. He finished the drive with a nine-yard TD run to give FSU a 35-3 lead. It marked his second career TD and first since a 3-yard TD run at Wake Forest on Oct. 8, 2011. Wilder Jr., finished with a career-high 106 yards on 12 attempts.
Pryor Adds to Career Totals
Senior fullback Lonnie Pryor scored his third touchdown of the evening with a one-yard run up the middle in the third quarter to give FSU a 45-3 lead. The three touchdowns for Pryor marked a career-high for the senior tailback. The last time a Seminole rushed for three touchdowns in a game was Ty Jones against Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game on December 4, 2010. Pryor has 18 career touchdowns including 13 rushing to lead all active `Noles in both categories. He has at least one rushing touchdown in each of his four years in Tallahassee.
Shaw Records Career-High Receiving Yards
With a 40-yard reception in the third quarter, junior wide receiver Kenny Shaw recorded a career-high in receiving yards Saturday night with 82 yards on four catches. Shaw’s previous high was 67 yards against Charleston Southern.
Manuel Maintains Completion Percentage
EJ Manuel finished Saturday night’s game against Murray State 16-of-22 for 188 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The redshirt senior quarterback maintained his spot atop FSU’s all-time career list for completion percentage improving his mark to 66.4 (353-for-532). He entered Saturday’s game with a completion percentage of 66.1.
Career Night for Werner
Bjoern Werner had a strong season-opening performance for the Seminoles. The defensive end from Germany recorded a career high five tackles-for-loss for 30 yards. Werner also produced a career-best four sacks which totaled -28 yards.
Carradine Has Good Showing
Defensive end Cornellius Carradine had a career-best nine tackles, which led the Seminoles in their win over Murray State. His previous best was five tackles at Clemson in 2011.
Stellar in Season Openers
For the third consecutive season, Florida State’s defense has not allowed a touchdown in a season opener. In 2010, FSU allowed just two field goals by Samford in a 59-6 victory, and last year the Seminoles shut out Louisiana Monroe 34-0.
Place kicker Dustin Hopkins’ nine successful point-after-attempts increases his lead as the nation’s active leader with 139 consecutive attempts made. Hopkins now owns the second longest streak in ACC history. He moved into sole possession of third place in FSU scoring history and sole possession of third place in ACC history with 341 points.
Florida State’s 62-3 win over Murray State solidifies its current streak of holding nine consecutive opponents to 19 points or fewer. The streak ties the longest for an ACC team since Miami’s nine-game run in 2005.
Racking Up TFL’s Again
The Seminole defense earned plenty of respect last season for its ability to make tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Last year, FSU averaged 7.6 tackles-for-loss per game, which ranked eighth in the nation, and picked up 11 TFL’s tonight against Murray State, including nine in the first half.