FSU Dominates Duke 48-7

FSU controlled Duke from start to finish, and never let up on their way to a 48-7 victory.

Duke may have been in the driver's seat of the ACC Coastal division coming in to Tallahassee, but the moment they took the field against Florida State the Blue Devils had control of very little.

Florida State controlled the game from start to finish on their way to a 48-7 thumping.

Quarterback E.J. Manuel had an unusual night in the air only completing nine passes, but they were rather large gains as he wound up 282 yards and two touchdowns.

The Seminoles' came out of the gates firing on all cylinders, which really set the tone for the entire game.

"I was very proud of our guys," Fisher said. "I was proud of the way we came out of the gate. We played very well early in the game – offense, defense, and special teams. We established a great tempo."

That tempo continued for almost the entire first half – FSU punter Cason Beatty did not see his first action of the game until the three-minute mark in the second quarter and would not step foot on the field again for the rest of the game.

Due to some recent miscues on special teams, Fisher made a change this week at punt returner moving sophomore Tyler Hunter into the starting role - who wasted no time showing what he's capable of.

With FSU leading 14-0 midway through the first quarter, Hunter fielded his first punt, had room to work with, and made the most of it taking it 75-yards for a touchdown giving the Seminoles a nice cushion.

"Just knowing that I finally had a chance to return it, I was excited," Hunter said of getting his first crack at a punt return. "I felt like I had to make something happen, and when I did, it was a sigh of relief."

Another change in the lineup on Saturday was at the running back position where James Wilder Jr. got his first start as a Seminole due to the unfortunate loss of Chris Thompson in last week's win over Miami.

Wilder Jr. finished the night with 13 carries for 71-yards and a touchdown. Devonta Freeman also got his share of the action rushing for 105-yards and two touchdowns on just twelve carries.

Rodney Smith kept his streak alive and has now caught a pass in 34-straight games. Smith caught three passes for 112-yards and a touchdown as the leading receiver for the Seminoles.

The defense for the Seminoles was also lights out from start to finish with the exception of a lone Blue Devil-touchdown-drive that was kept alive by two fifteen-yard penalties.

Linebacker Christian Jones led the defense with 11 total tackles – eight solo, and three tackles for a loss.

Duke quarterback Sean Renfree left the game in the second quarter after taking a vicious hit from Karlos Williams that ended up keeping him out for the remainder of the game.

After the win Fisher was happy with what he saw from the team, but said there are plenty of things that need to be fixed before making a trip to Blacksburg in twelve days, a place Fisher knows will be a tough test.

"For the most part I felt very good with the way they played the game," Fisher said. "What we have to do now is beat Virginia Tech. I'm not worried about the end result in anything. We have to go on the road, and that's one of the toughest environments there is, and were going to have to have our ‘A' game going up there because they're going to be waiting on us. I'm excited to see how our team will grow and handle that situation."

After NC State lost to North Carolina, FSU now has control of their own destiny in the ACC.


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