Oct. 21, 2012
Florida State vs. Miami
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Final Game Notes
The FSU Win Over Miami…
Marked just the second-ever five game combined win streak versus UM and UF in school history equaling a feat only ever accomplished once before by the 1977-79 squads…is Florida State’s fourth straight road victory in the series…gives FSU its longest winning streak versus the Canes in Miami since 1963-74…makes EJ Manuel just the third FSU QB to beat UM in back-to-back seasons…makes it 19 times in 26 games the team with the most rushing yards won the game (233-26)…extended FSU’s win streak versus teams from Florida (UM, UF, USF) to 1,057 days and the streak will move to 1,091 days leading up to the game versus Florida…makes Jimbo Fisher undefeated (5-0) versus FSU’s biggest rivals (Miami and Florida) since becoming the head coach.
The Seminole defensive mastermind has done it once again. Coming into tonight’s game no defense had held the high-powered Miami offense under 275 yards in a game this year, in fact only two teams held the Canes below 400 yards of total offense. Stoops and the nation’s third-ranked defense held Miami to its lowest offensive output of the season when it comes to total yards (253). The Hurricanes passed for just 219 yards and 73 of those yards came on Miami’s final drive of the game after FSU took a 20 point lead.
Nowhere To Run
There was some talk that the Hurricanes experienced offensive line and explosive backs would be able to find some running room against the nation’s fifth-ranked rush defense, that did not seem to be the case. Miami rushed for its fewest yards this season as a team and Mike James was held to a season low in rushing yards as well. In the last 28 games, FSU has held the opposing team’s leading rusher below 50 yards 12 times now with Duke Johnson gaining just 26 yards on the night. This is also the fourth time an FSU opponent has been held under 50 yards rushing in eight games this year as UM carried the ball 21 times for 26 yards compared to 41 rushes for 230 yards for FSU.
Tank Back In The Backfield
Tank Carradine has been a force rushing the passer since taking over for Brandon Jenkins and tonight he increased his team-leading sack total. The defensive end flushed Stephen Morris out of the pocket and then tripped him up for his eighth sack of the season. Carradine came into the game leading the ACC in sacks and he now has 13.5 in his two-year career. Later in the third Mario Edwards, Jr. and Bjoern Werner combined to take Morris down in the backfield again. It was the first career sack for Edwards and the 15th sack of his career. Werner added number 16 and his eighth of the season later in the game. The sacks were the first multiple sacks allowed by the UM offensive line in the last six Hurricane games. Coming into tonight, Miami allowed two total sacks in the last five games.
Welcome Back Devonta
With the success of Chris Thompson this year, last year’s freshman sensation Devonta Freeman hasn’t seen as much action but that is changing. Freeman had his best game of the season last week leading FSU with 70 yards rushing versus BC. Tonight, with Thompson out of the game, Freeman broke off a 33 yard run that led to FSU taking a 16-10 lead. Freeman later staked FSU to a 22-13 lead before the extra point as he scored his second TD of the year. He then put the nail in the coffin pushing the FSU lead to 32-13 pending the PAT on his second TD run of the night as he finished with 69 yards on 10 totes.
Moving On Up
Senior Dustin Hopkins advanced another three spots on the career NCAA scoring list for kickers with 15 points tonight’s game and is now fifth all-time. Hopkins now has 417 career points. In this game alone he has passed TCU’s Ross Evans, Georgia’s Billy Bennett and Georgia’s Blair Walsh. Hopkins will need seven more points before he can take over fourth all alone. Hopkins is now also tied for a spot among the top 10 for all-time field goals made in the NCAA with 79 in his career, moving into eighth place with Jason Elam and John Lee.
First One A Big One
Redshirt freshman Kelvin Benjamin was definitely “involved” in tonight’s game despite being held without a reception for three quarters. His first catch of the game was a big one. Benjamin hauled in a 39 yard pass from Manuel that helped the Seminoles build their first two score lead of the game going up 23-13 on a Devonta Freeman TD with 11:53 left in the game.
Florida State took a 13-10 lead into the locker room at the half after falling behind 10-0 early in the game. This is the second-largest deficit FSU has overcome this season. Earlier this year the Seminoles fell behind Clemson 28-14 in the third quarter but eventually won that contest 49-37.
Odds And Ends
Tyler Hunter’s second quarter interception was the first of his career…James Wilder, Jr. scored his seventh rushing TD of the season and the eighth rushing TD of his career…Wilder now leads the team with nine total TDs on the season…Bjoern Werner was credited with his first sack (half) since September 15 versus Wake Forest…with tonight’s win FSU has become bowl eligible and will extend its consecutive bowl streak to 31 games, the nation’s longest run.
First Half Game Notes
Rare In The First
Miami cashed in on an early turnover deep in FSU territory to become just the third team to score on the Seminoles in the first quarter and just the second to get a TD. Clemson scored 14 points in the first quarter in a Seminole victory and USF scored three points in another FSU win. Miami’s 10 first quarter points were only behind the 14 scored by Clemson as the most allowed this season by the FSU defense.
The FSU offense and special teams put its defense in two deep holes to start the game tonight. Following a fumble, UM needed to move the ball just 22 yards to take a 7-0 lead. On the next series following a 17 yard punt, Miami began its series at the FSU 34. The Seminoles held their ground and limited the Canes to a field goal. Of the 11 TDs the Seminole defense has allowed this season - following UMs first score, four have now started in FSU territory and none were longer than 43 yards. Three of those four were 31 yards or less.
When senior running back Chris Thompson left the game with a left knee injury he was in the midst of having a huge impact for the Seminoles. At the time of his injury, Thompson had accounted for 94 of FSU’s 140 yards. The do-everything back had 47 receiving yards and 47 rushing yards on the night. That accounted for 67% of FSU’s total offense up to that point.
Rodney Smith looked to have a catch in his 33rd consecutive game late in the second quarter only to have it wiped out by an offensive pass interference call, the second of the game on the Seminoles. The senior found a way to extend his streak five plays later hauling in a 10-yard pass for a first down.
Close To A Season Low
After breaking 300 yards of total offense in the first half of five of the first seven games of the season, the Seminole offense has been slowing down as of late when it comes to those gaudy first half yardage totals. With 223 yards in the first half, this is the second-fewest yards the Seminoles have amassed in a first half this season. After breaking 300 in the first half in each of the first four games, FSU has now been held below that mark in three of its last four outings with the only exception being the BC game. The Seminoles 13 points in the first half tied with the USF game for the fewest scored in the opening half this season.
On The Sideline
There are plenty of FSU alumni from the Seminoles/Canes series here tonight. Current NFL player Tony Carter is joined by Bryant McFadden, Peter Warrick, Jerry Johnson, Tony Bryant, Alex Barron, Toddrick Verdell, Ray Willis, Travis Johnson, Eric Moore, Brett Williams and Clay Shiver. Also on the sideline is FSU fan and former world heavy weight champion Roy Jones, Jr.
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