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ACC Atlantic Division Title
With today's 41-14 win over Maryland, the Seminoles clinch the ACC Atlantic Division title for the Seminoles for the second time in the last three years under head coach Jimbo Fisher and the third time since the league went to divisional play in 2005.
Senior placekicker Dustin Hopkins' 26-yard field goal at the 14:51 mark of the second quarter gave Hopkins made him the NCAA FBS all-time scorer as a kicker. Hopkins surpassed Boise State's Kyle Brotzman (2007-10) who held the previous record with 439 points. With 11 points in the game, including nine points in the first half, Hopkins now stands at 448 career points, which is fourth all-time in the FBS among all players.
Since taking over for injured starter Chris Thompson, sophomore running back Devonta Freeman has kept FSU's running game going. Freeman carried a season-high 16 times for a career-high 148 yards. Freeman also had a career-long 47-yard run in the third quarter and scored twice in a game for the fifth time in his career. The 100 yard-game is the second by Freeman in the last five games and fourth of his career. In the first half against Maryland, Freeman carried 11 times for 77 yards. It's the fourth time in the last five games that Freeman has rushed for 70 or more yards in a game.
Continuing to win by the Manuel
After completing 17-of-23 passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns, redshirt senior quarterback EJ Manuel moved up to fifth all-time in career completions (540) passing Danny Kannell (529) and ties for seventh all-time in career touchdown passes (45) with Christian Ponder. His 2,785 passing yards and 21 touchdown passes in 2012 are career highs. The 2,785 passing yards are the 10th-most in a single season by a Seminole quarterback and the 21 touchdown passes are the 13th-most. He becomes just the fourth FSU quarterback to throw for more than 7,000 yards in a career (7,129).
Defense Getting Down and Dirty
The Florida State defense continued to show why they are the best defense in the nation by allowing only 170 offensive yards by Maryland. This is the second fewer yards allowed all season and marks the fourth time all season the Seminoles have not allowed 200 yards. Today's 9.0 TFL's are the third most of the season and the team's 5.0 sacks are the second most.
Bjoern Back At It
Bronko Nagurski Finalist Bjoern Werner continued wrecking havoc in the backfield when he picked up his ninth sack of the season to end Maryland's first drive of the game. After half a sack in the second half, Werner now has 33 tackles on the season, 14.5 coming for loss and 9.5 in sacks. After today's game Werner is now in sole possession of 15th in season quarterback sacks, 12th in season tackles for loss and 14th in career tackles for loss with 31.5.
Senior defensive end Cornellius Carradine plowed through the Maryland offensive line to pick up his 10th sack of the season in the second quarter to regain the team-lead from fellow defensive end Bjoern Werner and finished the game with 10.5. Carradine, who entered today's game tied for the team-lead in tackles, now has 11.5 tackles for loss. After today's game, Carradine is now in 11th for all-time season quarterback sack.
With Today's Win...
...Florida State is now 21-2-0 against Maryland, including an 9-2 mark against the Terrapins in College Park, Md. In the 21st consecutive game as members of the ACC, FSU has won six in a row...The team is 2-0 in the month of November...3-1 on the road against conference opponents...1-0 in games decided by 20-29 points...9-0 when scoring 30 or more points...3-0 in the day...5-1 with a 100-yard rusher...4-1 when wearing white jersey's and gold pants.
First Half Notes
Senior placekicker Dustin Hopkins' 26-yard field goal at the 14:51 mark of the second quarter gave Hopkins made him the NCAA FBS all-time scorer as a kicker. Hopkins surpassed Boise State's Kyle Brotzman (2007-10) who held the previous record with 439 points. With nine points in the first half, Hopkins now stands at 446 career points, which is fourth all-time in the FBS among all players.
First and Score on the Road
Florida State marched 61 yards in 11 plays on the first drive of the game which was capped by Devonta Freeman's 5-yard TD run. It was just the third time in five road games that the Seminoles scored on its first drive on the road and the second drive which resulted for a touchdown. Last week at Virginia Tech, FSU drove 48 yards in nine plays which resulted in a Dustin Hopkins 52 yard field goal. At USF, a five-play 37-yard drive was capped by a 10-yard Rashad Greene TD Run.
Picking up the Turnovers
After recording three turnovers in the win at Virginia Tech last week, FSU recovered two fumbles in the first quarter against Maryland - the first on a kickoff return forced by Chad Abram and recovered by Toshmon Stevens and the second on a bad handoff recovered by Cornellius Carradine. Five of the eight fumbles FSU have recovered this season have come on the road.
O'Leary on the Spot
Sophomore tight end Nick O'Leary jump-started FSU's offense in the first half. O'Leary hauled in a 15-yard catch on 3rd-and-9 to keep FSU's first scoring drive alive. On the first play after the `Noles recovered a fumble on the kickoff, EJ Manuel found O'Leary for a 10-yard TD catch - his second touchdown catch of the season. O'Leary finished with three catches for 46 yards in the first half.
Bronko Nagurski Finalist Bjoern Werner continued wrecking havoc in the backfield when he picked up his ninth sack of the season to end Maryland's first drive of the game. Werner now has 30 tackles on the season, 13.5 coming for loss.
Senior defensive end Cornellius Carradine plowed through the Maryland offensive line to pick up his 10th sack of the season in the second quarter to regain the team-lead from fellow defensive end Bjoern Werner. Carradine, who entered today's game tied for the team-lead in tackles, now has 11 tackles for loss.
Devonta in the First
Since taking over for injured starter Chris Thompson, sophomore running back Devonta Freeman has kept FSU's running game going. In the first half against Maryland, Freeman carried 11 times for 77 yards. It's the fourth time in the last five games that Freeman has rushed for 70 or more yards in a game.
Smith at It Again
senior wide receiver Rodney Smith hauled in a six-yard reception in the second quarter to extend his streak to 36 consecutive games with a catch putting him two away from matching E.G. Green's record of 38 straight games. The reception by Smith was also his 100th career reception.
"D" in the First Half
Florida State held Maryland to 27 yards (all through the air) in the first half, which was the fewest yards the defense has held an opposing offense to in the first half. Maryland did not gain a rushing yard on 12 carries, which was the second fewest in a half since FSU held Miami to negative 12 yards rushing in the second half earlier this season. The fewest yards allowed in the first half previous to today was 36 yards to Savannah State. Also the three sacks in the first half by Bjoern Werner, Tank Carradine and Demonte McAllister were the second-most by the defense in a game-one behind a four-sack performance against Murray State.
Vince Williams (Sr. LB), Dustin Hopkins (Sr. K) and Lonnie Pryor (Sr. FB).
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Kicking Off: Maryland fell to 4-7 and 2-5 in the ACC, while Florida State won its fifth straight to improve to 10-1 overall and 7-1 in the ACC ... the win books a trip to the ACC Title Game for the Seminoles ... Florida State leads the all-time series, 21-2, and has won six straight.
Dorsey Hits 1,000: Senior Kevin Dorsey caught his second and third touchdown passes of the season on a 33-yard pass on the first drive of the second half, and a 42-yarder with 0:25 remaining in the game. It marks the first multiple-TD receiving game for Dorsey and also brought him to over 1,000 career receiving yards. Dorsey now has 1,060 receiving yards in his career.
Tate Joins Select Company: In his final home game, Kenneth Tate recorded three sacks and seven total tackles. That's the first time a Terrapin has recorded three sacks in a game since Shawne Merriman against North Carolina on Nov. 2, 2002.
Diggs Moves into Top 10 on Receiving Yards List: With 45 receiving yards on three catches, Stefon Diggs brought his season receiving total to 766 yards. That moved him from 11th to 10th on Maryland's single-season receiving yards list. He's just 20 yards behind Darrius Heyward-Bey for ninth place. Marcus Badgett owns the all-time record with 1,240 yards in 1992.
Diggs Adds to All-Purpose Tally: Stefon Diggs added 74 yards to his all-purpose total this season. Diggs, who already owns the Maryland freshman record, ranks fifth all-time on the Maryland single-season chart with 1,648. His total trails just Torrey Smith (2,192; 2009), LaMont Jordan (1,840; 1999), Bruce Perry (1,718; 2001) and Steve Suter (1,702; 2002).
Goree Hits Career High: Linebacker L.A Goree set a career-high with 13 tackles, seven of which were unassisted. Goree's previous career high was 12 against on Oct. 15, 2011.
Merriman Holds Coat Drive: Shawne Merriman held his annual coat drive prior to Saturday's game. Merriman partnered with the Maryland athletics department, University Relations and DOTS and was joined by Maryland student-athletes to collect gently-used coats, hats, scarves and other cold weather clothing to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy in the New York and New Jersey area.
Tidbits: Matt Robinson recorded his first career interception ... Eric Franklin had eight tackles and a pass breakup ... Shawn Petty's 136 passing yards were a season-best, as was his 42-yard completion to Kevin Dorsey ... Nathan Renfro averaged 43.3 yards on seven punts.
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