Press Credential: Nuggets & Tidbits

Here are some of the odds and ends that came out of Florida State's 41-16 win over Maryland at Doak Campbell Stadium, which moved the Seminoles to 4-3 on the season and 2-2 in the ACC.

FREEMAN FIRST FROSH WITH BACK-TO-BACK 100-YARD GAMES SINCE 1986
Freshman tailback Devonta Freeman rushed for 100 yards on 11 carries against the Terps a week after thrashing the Blue Devils for 109. The last time a freshman ball carrier rushed for 100 yards in back-to-back games was Sammie Smith in 1986. He rushed for 116 yards on 24 carries against Florida on Nov. 29, 1986, and then 205 yards on 25 carries against Indiana in the All-American Bowl on Dec. 31, 1986.

HOPKINS' PAT STREAK THIRD LONGEST IN ACC HISTORY
Junior kicker Dustin Hopkins has converted 115 consecutive PATs, the third-longest streak in ACC history.

WILLIAMS TIES CAREER BEST
Linebacker Vince Williams tied his career best with seven tackles. He also had seven stops versus ULM.

4 FOR 25 X 2
Saturday's game marked the second time this season Florida State had four receivers catch a pass for at least 25 yards. The 'Noles also accomplished the feat versus ULM.

MOODY'S SEASON-BEST
Junior Nick Moody had a season-best four tackles.

SMILEY SCORES FIRST CAREER TOUCHDOWN
Junior fullback Debrale Smiley scored his first career touchdown in the fourth quarter.

30-POINT PLATEAU
The Seminoles have hit the 30-point mark in six of seven games in 2011 and nine of their last 11 overall.

FREEMAN'S BURST
Freeman's 41-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter matched James Wilder Jr. for the longest run of the season. Wilder had a 41-yard rush against Charleston Southern.

GROUND GAME
With 220 yards on the ground, it marks the third straight game FSU has rushed over 100 yards. The last time the Seminoles completed that feat was when they had 10 straight 100-yard games beginning in the 2010 Gator Bowl through Game 9 of the 2010 season -- Nov. 6, against North Carolina.

THE RETURN OF REED
Although senior receiver Bert Reed played in three of the last four games, his 9-yard catch from E.J. Manuel at the 14:22 mark in the first quarter was his first reception since the Charleston Southern game on Sept. 10. Reed caught a season-high five passes for a season-high 76 yards.

SACK PARTY
FSU recorded a season-high six sacks. Sophomore linebacker Telvin Smith had two sacks, equaling his career total coming into today's game. Sophomore Bjoern Werner has a sack in four of the last five games. He leads the Seminoles with 6.0 sacks.

JENKINS RISES UP FSU'S TFL CHART
Brandon Jenkins had a sack and a half in the first quarter, which vaulted him to 13th all time in FSU history with 31 tackles for loss. Jenkins has 3.5 sacks this season. He has 17 sacks for his career.

SHAW HAS CAREER DAY
Shaw caught a career-best six catches for 65 yards, two yards off of his career best. Shaw's 26-yard touchdown catch at the 4:45 mark in the first quarter was the 11th touchdown pass of 25 yards of more by the Seminoles this season.

THOMAS TEARS IT UP
At the 7:40 mark in the first quarter, Jermaine Thomas scored on a 35-yard run, his 19th career touchdown. The 86 rushing yards by Thomas surpassed his season total heading into the game.

HOPKINS' FIRST MISS
Hopkins had made 17 consecutive field goals until he missed his 33-yard attempt in the second quarter. The school record for consecutive field goals made is 18. It's his first miss since his 51-yard field goal attempt was no good on Nov. 20, 2010, at Maryland with 9:40 left in the fourth quarter. It's his first career miss under 37 yards.

QUICK STRIKE
Manuel's score on the first drive marked the fifth time FSU has scored on an opening possession in 2011 and the second touchdown. Florida State also scored a TD on the opening drive against Charleston Southern. It's the first time FSU has scored TDs on back-to-back drives to open a game since the CSU contest.

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MANUEL IS CLUTCH ON THE RUN
Manuel's 7-yard touchdown run at the 12:12 mark in the first quarter was his third this season, a new career high. Manuel has been a clutch rusher. His first touchdown rush gave him either a first down or a TD on 13 of his first 25 rushing attempts in 2011.

FIRST-QUARTER AERIAL SHOW
FSU compiled 120 yards passing in the first quarter, marking the fourth time this season the Seminoles have eclipsed 100 yards through the air in the opening frame. Other 100-yards-passing first quarters: CSU (134 yards), Clemson (116) and Duke (160).

THIRD FIRST-QUARTER SHUTOUT OF 2011
The Seminoles led the Terrapins 14-0 at the end of the first quarter, marking the third time this season that FSU has had a first-quarter shutout. FSU led ULM 7-0 on Sept. 3 and CSU 17-0 on Sept. 10.


John Crist is the editor-in-chief of NoleDigest.com, a Heisman Trophy voter and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.


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