Nov. 3, 2011
Florida State vs. Boston College — Seminole Notes
With Florida State’s win tonight the Seminoles move to 6-3 on the season with their fourth consecutive victory. The win gets Florida State to the magic number need to become bowl eligible and extend the nation’s longest active bowl streak. FSU is now in line to be invited to a bowl game for the 30th consecutive season. The all-time record is held by Nebraska at 35.
Hit 30 Again
Dustin Hopkin’s third quarter field goal extended the FSU lead to 31-7 marking the sixth consecutive game FSU has scored 30 or more points. FSU has hit this mark in eight of nine games this year and 11 of the last 13. The only game FSU failed to score 30 came against then-No. 1 Oklahoma (13). The last time FSU scored 30 points or more in six straight games was in 2000. That streak ended against…Oklahoma in the 2000 National Championship game.
Sophomore Telvin Smith has a fumble recovery and an INT tonight. Since making his first start versus Wake Forest, Smith has five tackles for loss, three sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an INT.
Officially His First
Defensive end Bjoern Werner thought he had his first career interception, which he returned for a TD versus Clemson, only to find the ruling had been changed to a fumble recovery. There was no doubt the German import recorded his first interception tonight as he picked off sophomore Chase Rettig in the fourth quarter.
O’Leary Sets Another Mark
Every week true freshman tight end Nick O’Leary sets a new mark in his young career. Tonight versus Boston College he has set two. His 58 yard first half catch was a new career high and his 87 yards receiving tonight more than doubled his career total as he entered the game with 77 on the year. O’Leary also tied his career best for receptions with three.
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 29 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.
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 28-0 giving him six TD’s on the season. Of the team’s 18 rushing touchdowns, 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 Lonnie Pryor’s fourth quarter rushing TD, FSU has now scored 15 rushing touchdowns in the last five games. Quite a turnaround when you consider Florida State had just three in the first four 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 124 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.
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 and two interceptions they have now forced seven in the last eight 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.