Press Credential: Nuggets & Tidbits

Here are some of the odds and ends that came out of Florida State's 14-13 maddening loss to Virginia at Doak Campbell Stadium, dropping the 'Noles to 7-4 on the season and 5-3 in the ACC.

NO RUNNING ZONE
FSU held Virginia to a season-low 78 yards rushing. ... Virginia came into the contest averaging 187.6 yards rushing per game, and its previous low rushing total of the season was 124 yards against NC State on Oct. 22. ... FSU held the Cavaliers to just 7 yards rushing in the first half, the second-lowest opponent output in the first half this season. The Seminoles' best first-half effort came against Wake Forest, which had minus-1 yard rushing in the first half on Oct. 8.

LAST HOME ACC LOSS
The last time Florida State lost an ACC game at Doak Campbell Stadium was on Nov. 6, 2010, when North Carolina defeated the Seminoles 37-35.

JENKINS JUSTICE
Junior defensive end Brandon Jenkins made a career-best 2.5 sacks, all during the first half. ... He has 34.5 career tackles for loss, ranking him eighth all time in FSU history. He passed Dakota Watson (32.5) and Alonzo Jackson (32.5) on Saturday. ... Brodrick Bunkley ranks seventh in the FSU record book with 37.0 career TFLs.

CARDIAC CAVS
Virginia's 14-13 win marked the Cavaliers' fourth victory by a touchdown or less this season. ... Virginia beat Idaho 21-20 on Oct. 1, Georgia Tech 24-21 on Oct. 15 and Miami 28-21 on Oct. 27.

REED'S BEST
Senior wide receiver Bert Reed's 68-yard reception in the third quarter was the longest catch of his career. ... Reed finished with four catches for a season-best 104 yards. ... Reed eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the third time of his career. His other two 100-yard games came back to back in 2009. He had 114 yards versus USF and 106 yards the following week against Boston College. ... Reed has 168 career receptions, making him for fourth all time in FSU history in receptions and passing E.G. Green (166). Kez McCorvey ranks third with 189 career receptions. ... Reed has 1,992 career receiving yards, putting him in 12th place all time in FSU history, passing Rhett Dawson (1,915).

THE POWER OF POWELL
Senior punter Shawn Powell averaged 50.3 yards on six punts, the seventh time he has averaged over 50 yards per punt in a game in his career. ... Powell punted the ball 50 or more yards four times for the second straight week, matching his career-best output.

BRADHAM BEASTIN'
Senior linebacker Nigel Bradham recorded a career-best 13 tackles, the second straight game he totaled double-figure stops.

GREENE'S 53-YARD RUSH SEASON'S LONGEST
Freshman wide receiver Rashad Greene's 53-yard run in the first quarter was FSU's longest run this season and just Greene's second carry of his career. ... Florida State's previous long run was 41 yards, done twice, by James Wilder Jr. against Charleston Southern and Devonta Freeman versus Maryland. ... FSU's three longest runs this season are from three true freshmen.

FIRST TIME FOR SCORELESS FIRST
Florida State did not score in the first quarter for the first time all season. ... The last time prior to Saturday that FSU went scoreless in the first quarter was Oct. 28, 2010, versus NC State.

OPPONENT BEATS US TO THE BOARD
Virginia running back Perry Jones' touchdown at the 14:56 mark in the second quarter put the Cavaliers up 7-0, marking the first time FSU trailed in a game since losing at Wake Forest on Oct. 8. ... Virginia is the first opponent to score first against the Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium since Oklahoma's Landry Jones put the Sooners ahead 7-0 on a 1-yard run at the 8:35 mark in the first quarter on Sept. 17.

GET YOUR HANDS UP
Sophomore defensive end Bjoern Werner recorded his eighth pass defended in the second quarter, ranking him second in the country in passes defensed among defensive linemen. Southern Mississippi's Jamie Collins leads all defensive linemen with nine.

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SENIOR DAY SCORE
Senior tight end Ja'Baris Little caught his first pass of the season for his first career touchdown at the 4:49 mark in the second quarter. It was the third catch of his career.

IT TOOK A WHILE
Little's touchdown with 4:49 left in the second quarter marked the longest it has taken FSU to get on the scoreboard this season. The previous longest time it took to score was against Miami last week, when Florida State got on the board with a Dustin Hopkins' field goal with 45 seconds left in the first quarter.

WHO RUN IT? WE RUN IT
Florida State rushed for 155 yards in the first half, the first time the 'Noles have eclipsed the century mark on the ground in the first half this season. ... It's the most rushing yards in the first half for a Seminole squad since FSU hung 191 yards on the Cavaliers on Oct. 2, 2010.


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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