Wake Forest recorded a safety in the third quarter of today’s game. The last time an FSU opponent recorded a safety was in 2008 when Miami did it.
Longest Allowed In 2011
The 42-yard run by Josh Harris was the longest run allowed by the FSU defense in 2011. The previous longest rush was by Andre Ellington at Clemson and was for 19 yards. Harris then went for another 41 yards late in the third quarter.
When Wake Forest scored to make it a 25-14 game, it was the second-largest deficit for FSU at any point of a game this year. The only time Florida State had a bigger deficit was when the team fell behind Clemson 35-23 in the fourth quarter of that game.
D Hop Good As Usual
Dustin Hopkinsextended his career high field goal streak to 15 with a 40-yard field goal in the third quarter. Hopkins is 8-for-8 in 2011 and he is 49-63 in his career for a .778 percentage.
Today marks the fifth straight game this season in which FSU’s defense has registered at least six tackles for loss. The Seminoles reached double digits in tackles for loss today (10) for the first time since the season opener when the team registered 10.5.
He’s Not Greene
If it weren’t for the unbelievable year Clemson’s Sammy Watkins is having, Rashad Greenewould be THE freshman wideout in the conference. The first year receiver has six TD catches and has caught a TD pass in every game this year. Today versus Wake Forest he has set a new career high for receiving yards breaking 100 for the first time in his career catching 12 balls for 163 yards. You have to go back to 2009 to find the last time a Seminole wide receiver had more yards in a game. Greene nearly doubled his career catches in this game. He came in with 14 and hauled in 12 today.
Climbing Another Freshman Chart
Rashad Greenenow has 457 yards receiving on the season on 26 career catches. That moves him past Warrick Dunn and into fifth-place among all freshmen in receiving yards. He passed Warrick Dunn earlier in the game in receiving TDs by a freshman.
EJ Manuelbrought FSU within eight points at 32-24 by engineering a seven play, 71 yard TD drive in just 2:07. Of the 25 touchdowns the offense has scored in 2011, 13 have come in less than 2:30.
Hopkins Continues Streak
Dustin Hopkinsbooted through the 105th consecutive PAT of his career in today’s game. Hopkins remains a perfect 33-for-33 in PAT conversions in October games during his career. He is now just three away from tying Derek Schmidt’s all-time record streak at Florida State.
For the third time this season the Seminole offense has passed for more than 300 yards. The Noles passed for 477 versus Charleston Southern and then 336 versus Clemson. With the 300-yard effort today, it marks the first back-to-back 300 yard games of the 2011 season.
North Carolina Nole
Former Seminole and second round NFL Draft pick Everette Brown was on the sidelines today.
After suffering a separated shoulder in a loss to No. 1 Oklahoma, EJ Manuel has been a spectator for the Seminoles. That all changed with 1:48 remaining in the first half and FSU trailing Wake Forest 16-7. Manuel returned to action by leading FSU on a perfect 2:00 drill which ended with a 46-yard TD to Rashad Greene.
First TD Drive
James Wilder, Jr.scored the first TD of his career to put the Seminoles up 7-3. The true freshman from Tampa didn’t do it alone though. Florida State ran 10 plays and went 80 yards for the TD. Of those 80 yards, 54 came on the ground with four different running backs carrying the ball.
What A Difference A Few Weeks Make
When FSU took on Clemson two weeks ago, for the first time in recorded school history (at least dating back to 1956) only one player, not counting the quarterback, took every hand off for the entire game. Chris Thompsonhad every carry in that game. In the first quarter of the Wake Forest game, six different players rushed the ball.
Powell Is The Defense’s Pal
Shawn Powellunleashed another 60 yard punt with no return in the second quarter of today’s game. It was the sixth punt of 60 yards or more in his career and his second of the year. His longest career punt came versus Oklahoma earlier this year when he booted a 69-yarder.
Wake Forest finished the first half of today’s game with 1- yards rushing. The last time an FSU defense held an opponent to negative rushing yards in a half was in 2008. That year the Seminoles limited Tennessee-Chattanooga to -4 yards on the ground.
Due to Andrew Datko’s shoulder injury, 17-year-old freshman Bobby Hart made the first start of his Seminole career at left tackle. Joining Hart in the first career start category is sophomore linebacker Telvin Smith who got the nod over Nigel Bradham.