(Saturday, October 22nd)
Final Score: Florida State 41, Maryland 16
Tallahassee, FL (Sports Network) - E.J. Manuel threw for 264 yards and a touchdown as he helped lead the Florida State Seminoles to a 41-16 rout of the Maryland Terrapins in ACC play at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Manuel, who converted 18-of-26 passes on the day for the Seminoles (4-3, 2-2 ACC), was intercepted once and suffered four sacks. Devonta Freeman recorded a game-high 100 yards and a score on 11 rushing attempts as FSU won for the second time in as many games.
The Terps (2-5, 1-3), losers of three in a row and five of the last six outings, were led by Danny O'Brien who converted 9-of-18 passes for 180 yards and a score. Sophomore quarterback C.J. Brown accounted for 92 yards through the air on 11-of-19 passes, but was sacked four times.
The Seminoles took the first possession of the day 62 yards in seven plays as Manuel hit the end zone on a seven-yard run to give the hosts an early lead. Later in the frame Manuel hit wideout Kenny Shaw with a 26-yard TD strike to make the score 14-0 heading into the second frame.
FSU kicker Dustin Hopkins knocked through a 23-yard field goal at the 2:35 mark to add to the lead, but before the half could end Maryland finally hit the scoreboard thanks to a 23-yard field goal by Nick Ferrara.
Up by two touchdowns, Florida State added to its lead when Jermaine Thomas raced 35 yards to the end zone midway through the third quarter.
On the next Maryland possession O'Brien, who himself was sacked two times, capped a six-play, 80-yard drive with a five-yard TD run to make the score 24-10 in favor of the 'Noles.
FSU opened the fourth quarter with three scoring drives, the first being a 24- yard field goal by Hopkins, the second coming on a 41-yard touchdown run by Freeman, followed by a one-yard TD run by Debrale Smiley to give the Seminoles a huge 41-10 advantage with under a minute to play.
The final gasp from the Terps resulted in a 15-yard TD pass from O'Brien to Marcus Leak, but with a failed PAT the visitors were still saddled with an awkward 25-point loss.
Florida State, which entered the week ranked 10th in the ACC and 100th in the nation with 111.7 ypg rushing, responded with 218 yards and four TDs on the ground. The FSU run defense, permitting just 86.8 ypg (ninth nationally) heading in, surrendered just 59 yards on 37 attempts by the Terrapins.
10/22 21:05:55 ET