Oct. 6, 2012
Florida State vs. NC State
Saturday, October 6, 2012
FINAL GAME NOTES
Wolfies Strike Again
Florida State has never found the sledding easy in Raleigh and tonight was no different. For the fifth time since 1998, the Seminoles were upended by the Wolfpack in North Carolina. Of FSU’s eight losses in N.C. since 1998, five have now come at the hands of NC State.
That’s Eight Six Times
With Kelvin Benjamin’s first down catch towards in the fourth quarter tonight, EJ Manuel completed a pass to his eighth different receiver. That marks the sixth straight game this season that Manuel and his fellow QBs has found eight or more receivers in a game.
It Has Been A Long Time
Those who have been watching FSU football all season probably were a little stunned to see EJ Manuel picked off in the third quarter. It was just the second interception of the season for Manuel and his first since the season opener against Murray State on a pass that was dropped by one of his teammates and picked off as a result. Tonight’s pick ended a run of over 100 pass attempts without an interception, which was preceded by a streak of 128 dating back to the 2011 season.
Thompson Running With The Pack
Chris Thompson already had the fourth-highest rushing total in FSU history in the 33-game series with NC State after the first half. He’ll exit the game tonight with the second-most rushing yards by a Seminole ever in this series (141 yards). The all-time record is owned by Jermaine Thomas who racked up 186 yards on the ground in 2009.
Mr. Jones And The Pack
There must be something about those red uniforms that gets to linebacker Christian Jones. The Seminole linebacker had a career high nine tackles versus NC State in last season and this year he topped that. Jones put together a monster game with 14 tackles and two passes broken up. He wasn’t the only defender to have a career night. Telvin Smith bested his career-best for tackles in a game with 10 almost doubling his previous best (6).
German star defensive end Bjoern Werner did not record a sack or TFL last week but tonight he added to his total in the TFL column (27 in his career) but he also upped another impressive number. Werner batted down a Mike Glennon pass late in the fourth quarter giving him four on the year and 13 in his career.
One of the most underrated losses in 2012 was current Buffalo Bills punter Shawn Powell but Charlotte, N.C. native and freshman Cason Beatty is doing his best to negate that loss. In tonight’s game the first-year punter put every one of his first five punts inside the NC State 20. The problem the Seminoles had in the kicking game was for the second straight week the team had a punt blocked and tonight’s came at the most dangerous time of the game.
TE Into The EZ Again
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). That totals 10 plays of 20 yards or more in just six games.
D-Hop Back On Track
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.
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.
CT…Another 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 had 115 yards tonight in the first 30 minutes. Thompson didn’t take the second half off tonight after posting the sixth 100-yard rushing game of his career.
Pick By The Brooks
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.
First Half Game Notes
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 Points
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.
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.
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 Tonight