FSU Bounces Back with 51-7 Win over BC

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher took a lot of heat this past week for the way his offense underperformed in last week's loss to NC State. Following FSU's 51-7 beat down over Boston College Saturday, Fisher opened up by saying that he understands that fans are passionate, but that it's his job to coach at the end of the day and not pay that criticism any attention.

"I'll coach every game however I think is best to win," Fisher said. "I understand fans are passionate and they care, that's what makes Florida State a great place. That's part of the game. Coaches coach and players play, and if you don't have skin thick enough to deal with that then you shouldn't be in the business, that's part of the game."

Another thing element that is part of the game is passing, which E.J. Manuel did early and often on his way to a career-high night going 27 for 34 with four touchdowns and 439 yards of offense. "That's a great job, he came out focused," Fisher said of his quarterback's play. "EJ's got some thick skin now, he's been around this business too. When you get to be a quarterback of a major program you go through your ups and downs, and he understands that."

Those numbers are sure to leave some people scratching their head as to where that air raid was last week, but the bottom line is Boston College has one of the worst secondary's in college football and haven't beaten a division one team this year.

Things were a little shaky to start, but after that FSU was in clear route to a much needed big win at home.

Boston College received The Opening kickoff and quarterback Chase Rettig got right to work as he led the Eagles' all the way down the field to the FSU one yard-line.

And just when fans began to think ‘here we go again,' the FSU defense came up with a huge goal-line stand to force a turnover on downs.

"Oh that was huge," linebacker Vince Williams said. "We had just let them drive down the field, and finally we said that's enough. We couldn't let them get in the end zone."

Following the goal line stand from the defense, EJ Manuel came out and connected with wide receiver Kenny Shaw for a 77-yard touchdown.

The long touchdown pass marked the longest play in both players career, and ended a scoring drought for Shaw who hadn't reached the end zone since the Wake Forest game.

FSU continued to pour it on the Eagles' as they went to the half with a 31-7 lead.

Just before the half, senior placekicker Dustin Hopkins drilled a 51-yard field goal that moved him into first place on the all-time scoring list for both the ACC and FSU.

"Tremendous accomplishment, and a tremendous guy," Fisher said if Hopkins accomplishment. " Fisher talked all week leading up to the game about getting a better rotation going with his running backs - and that's exactly what he did. Chris Thompson still remained the starter and got the bulk of the action early on, but both James Wilder Jr., and Devonta Freeman got back in the mix and did not disappoint.

Freeman ended up being the leading rusher for the Seminoles' with 71 yards on eight carries. Wilder Jr., only had six carries for 27 yards, but it's what he did coming out of the backfield that was most impressive.

Wilder showed his versatility and great hands on his way to catching three passes for 26 yards and two touchdowns. His freakish athletic ability and acrobatics after the catch were what got him in the end zone on Saturday.

All in all Florida State played close to a perfect game in all facets and at a time when they were faced with a lot of adversity and had many people outside the program really questioning them.

That's all something that standout safety Lamarcus Joyner said they really needed. "That's the best thing that could have happened to us. We were winning and having success and come guys started getting lackadaisical around here. And to be humbled like that, it brought the circle even tighter within this organization. Now, we're looking forward to having a tremendous season from here on out."

Now FSU must turn the page quickly and get ready for Miami week, something all the player's look for ward to.

"I can't wait. It's going be a lot of fun getting to play against childhood friends. But most of all is to smell that Miami air again."


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