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FSU vs. NC State: First-half ‘Noles game notes – Florida State University

FSU vs. NC State: First-half ‘Noles game notes – Florida State University


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FSU vs. NC State: First-half 'Noles game notes

Florida State vs. NC State

Saturday, October 6, 2012

First Half Game Notes

Smith At 31

It didn't take long for senior wideout Rodney Smith
to extend his consecutive games with a catch streak. On the second offensive
play of the game for FSU, Smith raised his streak to 31 straight games with a
reception when he hauled in a 16-yard pass from senior QB EJ Manuel.

Tough At First

There has been talk of the nation's third-ranked
defense getting off to slow starts but in six games the Seminoles have allowed
just 17 first quarter points and 14 of those points came in the opening quarter
of the Clemson game. Tonight marks the fourth time this year an FSU opponent
has failed to score in the first quarter.

Converting Into

Florida State's offense put itself in a hole on
more than one occasion in the first quarter but on the Seminole offense's third
possession of the game they didn't let being behind the down-and-distance
marker stop them. FSU converted a 2nd-and-12 and a 3rd-and-17
on that drive. Considering FSU was 4-of-14 on 3rd-and-10 or longer
coming into the game, those were big plays by the Noles offense in a drive that
led to the Seminoles taking a 10-0 lead.

TE Into The EZ

Florida State took a 10-0 lead on sophomore Nick
O'Leary's four-yard catch from EJ Manuel to open the second quarter. It was the
second TD of O'Leary's career and his first of the season. This is the second
week an FSU TE got into the end zone after Kevin Haplea scored versus USF on
the road last week.

The Long Of It

Senior running back Chris Thompson helped FSU get
on the board first with a 21-yard run in the first quarter that set up a field
goal. The rush was the sixth of over 20 yards this season for Thompson. Later
in the second he added a 36-yard run to set up more FSU points. Thompson has
also caught three passes for 20 yards or more (including one tonight) as well.
That totals 10 plays of 20 yards or more in just six games.

Half, Another Hundred

For the second time in three ACC contests this
year, senior running back Chris Thompson has had a huge half on the ground.
Thompson rushed for 197 yards in the first half versus Wake Forest and never
saw the field again in the second half. Once again tonight he has broken the
century mark in the first half versus an ACC opponent. Thompson has 115 yards
and an average of 8.2 yards per rush tonight. There is a good chance Thompson
won't be taking the second half off tonight after posting the sixth 100-yard
rushing game of his career.

Pick By The

With the Seminoles up 10-0 and the Wolfpack driving
to get on the board, junior DB Terrence Brooks picked off a Mike Glennon pass
killing the NC State scoring threat. It was the second pick of his career and
his first of the season. Brooks' last interception came versus Notre Dame in
the Champs Sports Bowl gives him two in the last seven games. Overall, it was
the fourth pick of the year for the FSU defense, which now has 11 interceptions
in the last eight games. That is above the total from the previous 11 games
where the defense had nine picks.


The Seminole defense came into tonight's game among
the top schools in the nation in tackles for loss and they showed why in the
first half versus the Wolfpack. Florida State recorded four tackles behind the
line for a total of 20 yards lost. NC State gained a total of 25 yards rushing
in the first half.

D-Hop Back On

After going through a tough stretch (by his
standards) where he missed three straight field goals, senior Dustin Hopkins
seems to have relocated his groove. The Lou Groza candidate has accounted for 10
points tonight on an extra point and three field goals, including a season-long
49-yarder.He has now connected on six consecutive FG attempts and he is back on
his climb to the top of the FSU and ACC career kicking charts. He is now just seven
points away from breaking the all-time career scoring record for FSU and the

Glauser Called
In To Duty

Senior Daniel Glauser earned his second start of
the season filling in for junior Menelik Watson at right tackle. Watson is
available to play but listed as under the weather at the start of tonight's
game. Glauser filled in at RT for Watson in the Wake Forest game as well.

FSU Captains

The captains for the Seminoles tonight are senior
WR Rodney Smith, senior DT Anthony "Amp" McCloud and senior LB Nick Moody.

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