Nov. 10, 2008
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Three Florida State Seminoles were honored by the conference office Monday when the ACC released its players of the week for November 8. For the third time this season both placekicker Graham Gano and offensive guard Rodney Hudson picked up honors. Defensive tackle Neefy Moffett was named an ACC Player of the Week for the first time in his career.
Gano, a Lou Groza semifinalist, kicked 18 times in the Seminoles win over Clemson including his 16th and 17th consecutive field goals and his fifth straight field goal from 50 yards. He kicked off eight times and limited the ACC’s third-leading kick returned C.J. Spiller to just two returns for a total of 25 yards, more than half of his season average of over 28 yards per return. He also handled all of FSU’s punting. Only one of his three punts was returned and that went for just 10 yards. Of Gano’s eight kick-offs and three punts, Clemson managed just 87 return yards in the game. Gano’s fifth 50-yard field goal of the season cut the Clemson lead to one score at 10-3 and his second gave the Seminoles a 13-10 lead.
Hudson once again recorded the best grade on the line as he helped FSU rush for 266 yards and three TDs. Hudson led the team for the fifth time in nine games with an 89% grade overall and an unprecedented 98% grade versus the run. He had two knockdowns and in 40 run plays he received a passing grade 39 times. The 266 yards rushing by the FSU offense marked the third-highest rushing total of the season for the Seminoles and the fourth time overall FSU has eclipsed 200 yards on the ground.
Moffett may have only recorded two tackles in the game but it is hard to argue any defensive player had a bigger impact. After Clemson stormed out to a 10-0 lead, the Seminoles cut it to 10-3. Three plays later Moffett picked off Cullen Harper at the Clemson 18 yard line and returned it for a game-tying touchdown. It was the first interception by an interior lineman returned for a TD in almost two decades at FSU. Moffett also recorded his third sack of the season when he dropped Harper for a 13-yard loss. The sack came on a 3rd-and-7 play from the Tigers’ 27 and forced a punt. Overall, Moffett and the Seminole defensive line limited the Tigers’ “Thunder & Lightning” tandem to a total of 114 yards combined.