FSU/Duke Game Notes

It had been while. When Kyler Hall recovered a fumble by Marcus Jones on Duke's second drive, it marked FSU's first takeaway in over eight quarters.

The Seminoles did not force any turnovers in their last two contests against Virginia and Wake Forest. FSU last forced a takeaway Oct. 1 against Syracuse when Lawrence Timmons forced and recovered a fumble on a kickoff.

"We were hungry," linebacker A.J. Nicholson said. "We did a good job of setting up the offense early in the season and we hadn't been doing that lately."

Pat Watkins intercepted a pass by Curt Dukes on the very next Blue Devils' drive. The pick was the first since Hall snared a first-half interception against the Orange.


Drew Weatherford entered the contest as the nation's leading freshman passer with 1,602 yards and 11 touchdown passes in six games this season. Weatherford (267 passing yards per contest) leads all ACC passers in conference contests and has completed 62 percent of his attempts.

"I feel like we are continuing to get better on offense each game," said Weatherford, who connected on 13 of his first 14 attempts Saturday.


Right guard John Frady fell to the turf with a shoulder ailment on FSU's fourth play from scrimmage. Tackle Ron Lunford was forced to fill in because Frady's backup, redshirt freshman Cornelius Lewis, was suspended one game and did not make the trip. Frady did not return and his status will be evaluated at the beginning of the week. The Jacksonville native was making his second consecutive start in place of Matt Meinrod, who was lost for the season with broken leg three weeks ago.


For the first time in history, four Atlantic Coast Conference teams were ranked in the top 13 of the Associated Press poll. That should be the case again Monday when the next poll comes out – No. 3 Virginia Tech (Thursday at Maryland) and No. 11 Florida State posted wins over the weekend while Miami (No. 6) and Boston College (No. 13) were idle. The Hokies and Eagles meet on Thursday.


The joint doesn't look like much, but Wallace Wade Stadium has hosted a few premier events in its time. Most recently, the Rolling Stones played a show in the ‘mini-horseshoe' on Oct. 8 while its regular tenants traveled south to take on Miami. In 1942, the venue hosted the Rose Bowl because the west coast was wary of another wartime attack just weeks after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.


Lorenzo Booker has scored in five of FSU's seven games…FSU wore garnet pants for the first time since the Gator Bowl. The Seminoles last wore all white at N.C. State.

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