Sept. 21, 2013
Florida State vs. Bethune-Cookman
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Second Half – Game Notes
Freeman Hits the Century Mark Again
Devonta Freeman’s 33-yard rush on his first carry of the second half put him over 100 yards rushing for the sixth time in his career. Freeman finished the game with 112 yards on 10 carries. It marked the first time in his career that Freeman has registered back-to-back 100 yard rushing games (109 yards on nine carries vs. Nevada). The last time a Seminole put together consecutive 100-yard rushing games was Chris Thompson in 2012 (197 yards vs. Wake Forest, 9/15; 103 yards vs. Clemson, 9/22). Freeman also moved up the career rushing touchdown list following his 1-yard TD run in the second quarter moving into a tie for 10th place all-time with Lonnie Pryor (09-12) at 18 rushing TDs.
Greene on the Touchdown
Rashad Greene hauled in a 19-yard touchdown pass on FSU’s first offensive possession of the second half to give the Seminoles a 40-0 advantage. Greene has caught a touchdown pass in all three games in 2013 and has a touchdown pass in his last four games dating back to FSU’s Orange Bowl victory over Northern Illinois. The junior wide out has 16 career touchdown receptions moving him into a tie for 15th place all-time with Kez McCorvey (91-94), Mike Shumann (73-75, 77) and Fred Biletnikoff (62-64).
Distributing the Pigskin
With touchdowns by Kelvin Benjamin and Telvin Smith on Saturday against Bethune-Cookman, Florida State has registered touchdowns by 11 different players through the first three games in 2013 (Nick O’Leary – 3; Rashad Greene – 3; Karlos Williams – 3; Devonta Freeman – 2; James Wilder, Jr. – 2; Jameis Winston – 2; Kelvin Benjamin – 1; Ryan Green – 1; Kenny Shaw – 1; Telvin Smith – 1; Freddie Stevenson – 1). The Seminoles finished 2012 with 15 different players scoring at least one touchdown.
Scoreless Streak Snapped
Bethune-Cookman’s 7-yard touchdown run by Jackie Wilson at the 8:21 mark in the third quarter snapped Florida State’s defensive scoreless streak at 78 minutes and 10 seconds – a span covering four completed quarters (Nevada and Bethune-Cookman games).
Terrance Smith’s Career Night
Making his first career start Saturday night, redshirt sophomore Terrance Smith had a career night finishing with career-highs in tackles (12 – five solo and seven assisted), sacks (1.0), TFL (1 – 8 yards) and quarterback hurry (one). Smith became the first Seminole this year to reach double figures in tackles, while it is the most tackles in a game by a Seminole since Christian Jones tallied 14 (6 solo, 8 unassisted) against NC State on October 6, 2012.
Cashing In on a Big Night
Chris Casher had yet to register his first career tackle until Saturday night against Bethune-Cookman when the redshirt freshman finished with a career-high 10 tackles (six solo, four unassisted) including two TFLs (3 yards). Terrance Smith and Casher became the first Seminole defensive tandem to finish a game with double digit tackles this year. The last time FSU had two defensive players finish with double-digit tackles was in the 2013 Orange Bowl against Northern Illinois when Vince Williams and Christian Jones each finished with 10 tackles.
First Career Sack
Three Seminoles picked up their first career sack following Saturday’s victory over Bethune-Cookman including Terrance Smith (first quarter), Jalen Ramsey (first quarter) and Matthew Thomas (third quarter).
With only one touchdown allowed following Saturday’s victory over Bethune-Cookman, the Florida State defense has not allowed more than one touchdown in its last five games – a streak dating back to last year (Georgia Tech – ACC Championship, 12/1/12; Northern Illinois – Orange Bowl, 1/1/13; Pitt, 9/2/13; Nevada, 9/14/13, Bethune-Cookman, 9/21).
SECOND HALF UPDATE – Aguayo Streaking
Roberto Aguayo’s 45-yard field goal in the first quarter marked the longest attempt of his career surpassing the previous record of 33-yards against Nevada. Aguayo is a perfect 25-for-25 (20 PATs and five FGs) for his career in converting kicking opportunities in 2013.
50 Point Plateau
Florida State hit the 50-point plateau for the second straight game following its 54-6 victory over Bethune-Cookman on Saturday. The Seminoles defeated Nevada back on September 14, 62-7. The last time FSU scored 50 or more points in back-to-back games was in 2012 when the Seminoles scored 55 and 52 points against Savannah State (9/8) and Wake Forest (9/15), respectively.
First Half – Game Notes
First Career Start
On the defensive side, redshirt senior Demonte McAllister and redshirt sophomore Terrance Smith made their first career start on Saturday against Bethune-Cookman. Smith made an immediate impact on FSU’s first defensive series recording a career-high five tackles (2 solo, 3 unassisted) and a career-high one TFL for 8 yards, while recording his first career sack. Smith finished the first half with a team-high eight tackles. McAllister tallied one tackle in the first half.
Most First Half Points
Florida State went into the locker room with 33 points in the first half against Bethune-Cookman. It marked the most first half points this year and the most since tallying 34 first half points against Wake Forest on September 15, 2012 in Tallahassee. FSU scored 30 or more points in a half four times last year.
First Half Shutout
Florida State held Bethune-Cookman scoreless in the first half marking the first time the Seminole defense pitched a shutout in the first half this year. The last time FSU blanked an opponent in the first half was at Maryland on November 7, 2012 when the Seminoles went into the locker room with a 27-0 lead.
Telvin Smith was responsible for the game’s first points on Saturday returning an interception 68 yards for his second career INT and first career touchdown. The defensive touchdown was the first for the Seminoles this year and the first since Christian Jones’ 12-yard fumble return in the third quarter against USF back on September 29, 2012 giving FSU a 30-10 lead. Smith’s first career INT came at Boston College back on November 3, 2011.
Winston’s Completion Streak
QB Jameis Winston’s incompletion on his third pass attempt of the game ended his consecutive completions streak at a season-high 15 straight – completed his last 13 passes against Nevada and first two passes against Bethune Cookman. Already in his young career, Winston has two streaks of completing 11 or more consecutive passes (Started career completing first 11 passes vs. Pitt; finished Nevada game with 13 straight completions and two against BCU).
Roberto Aguayo’s 45-yard field goal in the first quarter marked the longest attempt of his career surpassing the previous record of 33-yards against Nevada. Aguayo is a perfect 22-for-22 (17 PATs and five FGs) for his career in converting kicking opportunities in 2013.
Florida State was credited with a safety in the second quarter to make the score 12-0 when Bethune-Cookman was called for offensive holding in the end zone. It was the Seminoles’ first safety since 2008 – a span of 65 games – when Dekoda Watson was credited with blocked punt in the end zone against Colorado in a game played in Jacksonville. Florida State defeated Colorado 39-21.
Greene Extends Streak
Junior wideout Rashad Greene made it 18 consecutive games with a catch as he was on the receiving end of a 16-yard catch with 23 seconds left in the first quarter. Greene’s streak began with his MVP performance in FSU’s Champs Sports Bowl win over Notre Dame to close the 2011 season. Rodney Smith (2009-12) has the school record for most consecutive games with a reception at 39.