Florida State's offensive game plan was simple -- attack West Virginia on the perimeter of its defense, but with the safest of passes and plays. Rarely going more than a few yards downfield, and often simply tossing short passes in the flat, FSU was nonetheless able to make back-up E.J. Manuel look like Joe Montana. The fourth-time starter piled up 17 completions for 189 yards while avoiding a single sack or interception.
West Virginia, which did not have to worry about downfield passing, was unable to execute a plan to stop the simplified attack. Afterward, Boogie Allen struggled to come up with reasons for WVU's defensive shortcomings.