Nov. 3, 2011
Florida State vs. Boston College — Seminole Notes
Inside the 10
Shawn Powell isn’t ranking nationally because he doesn’t punt enough but there is little doubt he is one of the best in the nation. The senior’s first punt of the night was a 50-yarder that went out of bounds at the BC five yard line. It marked the seventh time in 27 punts that he has had a punt downed inside the 10.
I Feel The Need, The Need For Reed
Burt Reed has been making his impact felt since returning from injury and in the process continuing his ascent up the career charts at FSU. With his first catch tonight, he moved past Andre Cooper and into 14th place for all-time receiving yards. He is now setting his sights on Chris Davis (1842) for 13th place.
Ground To A Halt
While it wasn’t as impressive as the -1 yard the Seminole defense limited Wake to in the first half five weeks ago, this was still an impressive opening 30 minutes for the Noles defense. This was the sixth time the FSU defense has limited an opponent to 50 yards or less rushing in the first half. Twice they have held a team to single digits (WFU -1 and CSU 8) and three other times under 40 yards (BC 27, NCST 35 and Duke 36). BC is averaging 1.5 ypc this evening so far.
Freshman Devonta Freeman rushed for a second quarter touchdown to put FSU in front of BC 14-0. It was the fourth straight game in which Freeman has rushed for a score. He added another to extend the Seminole lead to 27-0 giving him six TD’s on the season. Of the team’s 17 rushing touchdowns, more than a third have been scored by the Miami native.
Rush To Judgment
There was reason for concern early this season when it came to the Seminoles’ ground game but those concerns seem to be lessening each week. With Devonta Freeman’s second quarter rushing TD, FSU has now scored 13 rushing touchdowns in the last six games. Quite a turnaround when you consider Florida State had just three in the first three games of the season.
A Manuel To Scoring TDs
FSU QB EJ Manuel put FSU in front 20-0 on a one-yard rushing TD in the second quarter. It was the fourth rushing TD for the junior and he now has more rushing TDs this season then he had in his FSU career (3) coming into 2011. All four of his rushing touchdowns this year have come in the last four games.
The Seminole offense has shown the ability to score quickly this season and that has been the case once again tonight versus Boston College. Two of Florida State’s three scoring drives have taken less than 2:00 tonight. This season 22 of FSU’s 52 in scores have come in under 2:00.
D-Hop Does It Again
Seminole kicker Dustin Hopkins continues to climb the FSU and ACC charts when it comes to his incredible extra point streak. The junior has now made 123 straight point after attempts. His third one tonight moved him into second place all-time in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Hopkins moved past Wake Forest’s Sam Swank and is now setting his sights on Luke Manget of Georgia Tech who holds the record with 160 straight. It will take a lot of late season TDs to pass that mark in 2011.
Set A High And Then Break It In A Half
Nigel Bradham needed 45 games to set a personal best for tackles for loss with two versus Wake Forest in the 45th game of his career. He needed just 30 minutes tonight to shatter that mark. The senior linebacker has three TFLs in the first half alone tonight.
Shutout Streak Continues
Boston College had a chance to stop the Seminoles’ shutout streak before it reached six quarters but thanks to Bjoern Werner’s fumble recovery at the goal line, the FSU defense is still alive to post its first consecutive shutouts since 1980 when they opened the season with a 16-0 win over LSU and a 52-0 win over Louisville.
Turning Around The Turnovers
The Seminoles defense has been improving every week. FSU has been missing just one aspect on defense and that has been turning opponents over but that is changing as of late. The Seminole defense forced six turnovers in the first seven games (28 quarters) but with tonight’s two fumble recoveries they have now forced five in the last six quarters.
After putting the same offensive line on the field to start a game for three straight weeks, and having the team’s three best rushing games, FSU had to once again shuffle the line tonight. Bryan Stork suffered mild concussion-like symptoms and is being held out tonight as a precaution. That opens the door for freshman Austin Barron to make his first start. The Ft. Lauderdale native has appeared in six games this season.
Today’s FSU Captains
Shawn Powell, Shawn Powell served as FSU captains tonight and won the toss.