FSU News and Notes

After beating USF in Tampa on Saturday, Florida State moved to 5-0 on the season. Also, for the second straight week, FSU moved up another slot in the Associated Press to third.

After LSU, who was ranked third entering the weekend, had a very poor performance against FCS foe Towson, voter's decided to drop the Tigers' another spot in the rankings.

FSU earned 1,349 points in the AP poll while LSU fell to 1,310.

Other noteworthy moves in the polls:

After Stanford had a big letdown and lost to Washington Friday night, the Cardinal were dropped out of the top-10. The Cardinal were also the only top-25 team that was upset this weekend.

After a two-year absence, jumping in to the top-10 was the Florida Gators, who had a bye week before playing host to LSU this Saturday.

That means when the two teams meet in Gainesville this weekend, it will be the first time in six years that The Swamp has featured two top-10 teams. The last time was in 2006, when UF beat LSU 23-10.

Boston College Game time Announced

The ACC announced Monday that it will air the Florida State-Boston College game on ESPN2 at 5:30 next Saturday when the Seminoles' return to Doak Campbell Stadium.

This will be the third weekend in a row that the Seminoles' have had a night game.

Three Seminoles earn ACC player of the week honors

For the second consecutive week, three FSU players were honored as player of the week in the ACC. Center Bryan Stork, kicker Dustin Hopkins, and defensive-end Cornellius Carradine were the latest group to do so.

C Bryan Stork – Offensive Lineman of the week

As the most veteran offensive lineman on the team, Stork had another great showing against USF. After missing just one assignment in the game, according to the coaching staff, Stork graded out at 77%. Stork is the key piece of a vastly improved offensive line. The unit yielded one sack every 20 plays just a season ago. Through five games this year, the unit has allowed just six sacks in 336 offensive plays and 145 pass attempts.

K Dustin Hopkins – Specialist of the week

After missing an early field goal on Saturday, Hopkins rebounded well by sending his next three through the uprights. As noted earlier, Hopkins is now 2nd all-time in the ACC and FSU history for scoring. Entering Saturday, Hopkins needs just 17 points to become first in both of those categories. Going one step further, Hopkins is just 57 points from becoming the NCAA's all-time leading scorer, which is currently held by former Louisville kicker Art Carmody with 434 points.

DE Cornellius Carradine – Defensive Lineman of the week

In Saturday's win over USF, FSU DE Tank Carradine led the team with nine tackles, a forced fumble, and 1.5 sacks. Carradine was a vital part of a defensive effort that held the Bulls' to just 29 yards in the 2nd and 3rd quarters. Carradine's forced fumble late in the game, which was picked up and returned for a touchdown by Christian Jones, was instrumental in cementing the win for the Seminoles'. After replacing All-American Brandon Jenkins in the second game of the season, Carradine now leads the team in tackles as well as sacks.

Notes on NC State

Since 1996, FSU has alternated its win/loss result at NC State. The Seminoles' won there in '96, lost in '98, won in 2000, lost in '02, won in '04, lost in '06, won in '08, lost in 2010. In last weekend's loss to Miami, the Wolfpack set a school record with 674 yards of total offense. FSU kicker Dustin Hopkins now ranks second in ACC and FSU history in scoring with 377 points. Hopkins needs 17 points to move in to first place first on both lists.

Bjorn Werner and Tank Carradine are the only two teammates in the top-10 in sacks in the entire FBS. The duo is also first and second in the ACC. Through five games, FSU has held opponents to a 22 percent third-down conversion rate. This puts the Seminoles' at first in the ACC, and third nationally.

With the win over USF, FSU quarterback E.J. Manuel improved to 5-1 in road games as a starter, with the only loss coming his redshirt freshman season against the No. 1 Florida Gators.

Additionally, Manuel is now first in ACC history in completion percentage at 67%, after passing Matt Schaub.


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