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    FSU-BYU Game Notes: First Half

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    FIRST HALF GAME NOTES

    GAME CAPTAINS
    Florida State's game captains for today's contest against BYU are center Ryan, McMahon, punter Shawn Powell and safety Ochuko Jenije. 

    FIRST-TIME STARTERS ON OFFENSE
    Redshirt freshman Henry Orelus made his first career start at left tackle in place of the injured Andrew Datko.  For Datko, it broke a string of 27 consecutive starts dating back to Sept. 13, 2008 against UT-Chattanooga.  The Seminoles opened in a three wide out set giving sophomore Willie Haulstead his first career start. 

    HOPKINS WITH A CONSECUTIVE KICKS MADE STREAK
    Sophomore kicker Dustin Hopkins was successful on two field goals and one PAT in the first half -- a 26 yard field goal to put Florida State up 3-0 in the first quarter, a 47 yard field goal to put Florida State up 6-0 in the second quarter and a PAT to make the score 13-0.  The kicks marked the 13th, 14th and 15th consecutive kicks (11 PAT's and four field goals) he has made this season (in 15 kicks) and the 21st consecutive kick he has made.  Hopkins made his final six kicks (three PAT's and three field goals) of the 2009 season against West Virginia in the Seminoles' 33-21 win over the Mountaineers in the Gator Bowl. 

    RHODES EARNS HIS FIRST CAREER PICK
    Redshirt freshman cornerback Xavier Rhodes earned the first interception of his career in the second quarter of Saturday's game against BYU.  It allowed Rhodes to continue a very hot start after he earned his first career sack in the first quarter.  On the play, junior cornerback Mike Harris was responsible for the tipped ball that Rhodes intercepted.

    WHITE WITH ANOTHER FUMBLE RECOVERY
    Senior defensive tackle Markus White recovered his second fumble in as many games in the second quarter.  His fumble led to a 47-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins.  The fumble was forced by sophomore defensive end Brandon Jenkins - the first forced fumble of his career. 

    THOMPSPON SCORES ON CAREER LONG 83-YARD RUN
    Sophomore running back Chris Thompson scored on a career long 83 yard touchdown run to put Florida State up 13-0 in the second quarter of Saturday's game against BYU.  His run tied the sixth longest touchdown run in school history which matches Sammie Smith's 83-yard run against East Carolina in 1987.  It is the longest touchdown run by a Seminole since Antone Smith's 80 yard scoring run against Duke in 2006.

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