NCAA Game Summary - Duke at Florida State|
(Saturday, October 27th)
Final Score: (11) Florida State 48, Duke 7
Tallahassee, FL (Sports Network) - Devonta Freeman rushed for 104 yards and
two touchdowns on 12 carries, as the 11th-ranked Florida State Seminoles
rolled over the Duke Blue Devils, 48-7, at Doak Campbell Stadium.
EJ Manuel completed just 8-of-16 passes, but racked up 282 yards and two
scores through the air for the Seminoles (8-1, 5-1 ACC), who have won three in
a row and will rest until a Nov. 8 game at Virginia Tech.
"We definitely took advantage of the plays we saw down field," Manuel said.
"The receivers did a great job, the o-line gave us some time to get down there
and make some plays down field."
Rodney Smith posted 112 yards on three receptions, Rashad Greene registered a
71-yard TD catch, and James Wilder, Jr. finished with 70 yards and a score on
Sean Renfree left with a concussion after one half of play, but not before
completing 13-of-21 passes for 92 yards for the Blue Devils (6-3, 3-2), who
have dropped three of four. Anthony Boone went the rest of the way by totaling
37 yards on just 3-of-15 efficiency.
Jela Duncan contributed 46 yards and Duke's lone touchdown on 13 carries.
Florida State jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead thanks to a 71-yard hookup from
Manuel to Greene and a 75-yard punt return by Tyler Hunter.
"I just trusted my blockers. I knew if a guy got close my guy would take him
out, so I trusted him and caught it and followed my blocks until the end
zone," Hunter said about his return.
Dustin Hopkins added a 27-yard field goal to cap the opening 15 minutes, then
Wilder and Freeman both crossed the goal line on rushes in the second quarter.
Duke's first score came just before the end of the half on Duncan's three-yard
Freeman capped FSU's opening possession of the third quarter on a 14-yard
touchdown gallop, and Manuel's loft for Kelvin Benjamin from 35 yards away
made it 45-7.
Hopkins set a personal record when he split the uprights from 56 yards away
with 9:40 left in regulation to cap the rout.
Florida State has won all 18 meetings with Duke since the schools' first
matchup in 1992 ... The Seminoles outgained the Blue Devils by a 560-232
margin ... Benjamin finished with 77 yards on three receptions ... Isaac
Blakeney paced the Duke receivers with 38 yards on four catches ... FSU
fumbled the ball four times in victory ... With his late conversion, Hopkins
set a new ACC record for field-goal makes with 81, breaking the mark
previously held by Nick Novak from Maryland.
10/28 01:18:26 ET