Nov. 3, 2013
It’s a First For Brooks
On Miami’s first drive of the second half, Terrence Brooks picked up his first career sack when he tackled Miami’s Stephen Morris for a 13-yard loss on 3rd-and-8.
Away We Go for Aguayo
Place Kicker Roberto Aguayo has made a school-record 65 consecutive kicks, including 53 PAT’s and 12 field goals. He has already broken the previous school record of 54 straight kicks made Dustin Hopkins during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
All-Time Attendance Record Set at Doak
Tonight’s FSU-Miami matchup set an all-time attendance record at Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium, with 84,409 tickets distributed. Three of the top four attendance marks have come against the `Canes, including the third-highest of 84,347 in 2005 and 84,336 in 2003. The second-highest attendance mark was against Oklahoma at 84,392 in 2011.
Turnover Streak Continues for the D
Sophomore cornerback P.J. Williams’ interception on Miami’s second drive of the second half extended Florida State’s turnovers forced streak to 13 consecutive games. The last time FSU did not force a turnover was in a 48-7 win over Duke on Oct. 27, 2012. The pick was Williams’ second of the year.
`Noles Get Seventh and Eighth Fourth-Down Stops
A pivotal play in the game came on a big fourth-down stop by the `Noles, as Miami tailback Duke Johnson was stuffed on a 4th-and-2 at the FSU 26. The big play was Florida State’s seventh fourth-down stop of the season, and it later added another one. FSU has now stuffed opponents eight times on 15 fourth-down attempts.
Beatty Gets to Play
Florida State punter Cason Beatty’s first punt of the game occurred at the 14:56 mark of the fourth quarter.
Multiples Picks Starting to Click
Nate Andrews’ interception in the fourth quarter was Florida State’s second of the game and its fifth multiple-interception game of the season. The `Noles now have 12 interceptions this season through eight games after recording 11 all of last season.
Coming Up Big on Third Down
A telling stat for tonight was FSU’s ability to convert on third down. The `Noles had a season-high 11 third-down conversions on 15 attempts, good for a .733 third-down conversion rate. The season high for conversion percentage is .750 against Clemson (8-for-12).
ACC Win Streak Continues
Tonight’s victory over Miami gives the `Noles 12 consecutive wins over ACC opponents – the longest streak since FSU won 24 straight from Sept. 19, 1998 to Sept. 1, 2001.
Twice as Wild(er)
For the first time since the 2012 ACC Championship game – and the fifth time in his career – junior tailback James Wilder recorded a two-touchdown game. Wilder’s 5-yard touchdown run with 8:33 remaining in the third quarter helped push FSU’s lead to 28-14. Wilder had a 1-yard touchdown run in the first half. He now has 16 career rushing touchdowns, which is tied for 15th on FSU’s career rushing touchdown list with a pair of fullbacks – William Floyd and William McCray. Wilder scored two touchdowns in a game four times in 2012 – the last coming in his offensive MVP performance against Georgia Tech for the ACC title.
Freeman Feasting on `Canes
Florida State junior tailback and Miami native Devonta Freeman has tormented his hometown school in three career meetings. Freeman was at his best against the Hurricanes in FSU’s 41-14 victory, establishing new career highs for touchdowns (3) and all-purpose yards (176). His 48-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter marked the first of his career through the air. Freeman’s 12-yard touchdown run in the third quarter pushed the Seminoles’ lead to 35-14. He also opened the scoring with a 5-yard run in the first quarter. Freeman is the first Seminole to score three touchdowns in a game since Lonnie Pryor rushed for three against Murray State in the 2012 season-opener.