The Seminoles of Florida State are continuing their winning streak and proving to fans that they have not given up. Since their start to the season was not all that “hot”, FSU had a lot of work to do to ensure a decent record. Saturday, the Noles were able to not only succeed in a win against North Carolina State, but shut them out, 34-0.
Over 80,000 fans crowded into Doak Campbell Stadium to watch as the Seminoles dominated defensively and showcased their ability to play as a whole unit. Quarterback EJ Manuel threw for a total of 321 yards and two touchdowns. FSU only allowed 166 yards from NC State.
The NC State Wolfpack entered the game with the nation’s top defensive back, David Amerson. FSU’s Manuel made sure this top rated player would not get in the way of his efforts. Manuel managed to celebrate a career-high of 25 completions. But, that’s not all — Manuel’s focus and accuracy was on point throughout the game and he was able to perfectly time his passes to Seminole running backs, while keeping them out of reach of the Wolfpack defenders.
On the offense, FSU’s Kenny Shaw caught seven of Manuel’s passes and scored a touchdown. SophomoreGreg Dent celebrated a career high of three catches for 70 yards and a touchdown. Scores were also made byLonnie Pryor and Devonta Freeman.
Wolfpack’s quarterback Mike Glennon was easily taunted Saturday. Glennon threw two interceptions, one to FSU’s Xavier Rhodes, and the other to Vince Williams.
Noles’ Christian Jones forced a fumble on NC State and it was recovered by Timmy Jernigan.
The Seminoles played to impress. They executed their plan well and seemed to know what to do next. Unlike the beginning of the season when they sometimes seemed lost and unorganized, against the Wolfpack, FSU was put together and strong.
Head Coach Jimbo Fisher told Seminoles.com, “Thirty-four-point game; we won the football game. We are getting better. We still have a lot of room for improvement but we are making some strides. We’ve got to get ready quick. We have to put this one behind us quick because we’ve got a five-day turnaround.”
Click here to see an interview with quarterback EJ Manuel.
Next week the Seminoles travel to Boston College for a mid-week game on Thursday. The game will air live onESPN.
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