FSU Running Game Top Notch

Florida State has long awaited an explosive rushing attack to really flourish under head coach Jimbo Fisher's offensive system.

Although the sample size is small, by the looks of things through four games, Fisher seems to have found just that.

Through Florida State's first four games, the deadly one-two-punch coming from senior RB Chris Thompson and sophomore RB James Wilder Jr. is just 334 yards shy of eclipsing last years season total in rushing yards.

Since beginning conference play against Wake Forest in week three, FSU has rushed for 688 yards and outscored the two opponents by a combined margin of 101-37.

When asked about such drastic improvements in the running game following Saturday night's victory over Clemson, Thompson responded with class as he always does giving all the glory and credit to his offensive line.

"They do a great job up front week in and week out," Thompson said. "I really appreciate what those guys are doing because it's making our job as running backs a lot easier. When we know all we have to do is worry about the secondary, it helps."

The improvements in the offensive line are monumental in making this offense the well-oiled machine that it has become as FSU is putting together what looks to be a historic season offensively.

Here's a closer look at some numbers that jump out at you.

With a 49-37 win on Saturday, FSU became just the third school since 1920 to score 49+ points in its first four games, and the first school to do so in the ACC since it was founded in 1953. Although coach Fisher has always liked to rely on the run-game to set up the pass, he is running the ball more than he ever has in 2012, and it's pretty clear why.

FSU has put together some impressive numbers on offense, but none more eye opening than its production per snap.

Through its first four games in 2011, FSU gained 318 yards on the ground averaging three yards per carry. The offensive line also allowed 12 sacks over that period.

In four games this season, FSU has rushed for 1,124 yards and is averaging 7½ yards per carry. The offensive line has also protected quarterback E.J. Manuel significantly better allowing him to be sacked just four times.

Additionally, FSU has run 269 offensive plays this season with 29 touchdowns to give the Seminoles an average of one touchdown every nine plays.

Thanks to a dynamic rushing attack and a completely revamped offensive line, it's hard to imagine Fisher's offense being any more efficient than they have been.


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