Football Bowl Subdivision

     === Florida State trounces Boston College behind Manuel's big day ===
 Tallahassee,  FL  (Sports Network) -  E.J. Manuel  threw for a career-high 439
 yards  and four touchdowns as No. 12 Florida State dominated Boston College in
 a  51-7 trouncing  in  Atlantic  Coast Conference  action  from Doak  Campbell
 Manuel  completed 27-of-34  passes and was intercepted twice in turning in the
 first  400-yard  passing effort by  a Seminoles quarterback since Chris Weinke
 had 521 against Clemson on Nov. 4, 2000.
 Florida  State  (6-1, 3-1 ACC)  racked up 649 total  yards in avenging a 17-16
 loss  at  North Carolina State last  week, in which the Seminoles squandered a
 16-0 halftime lead. Kenny Shaw amassed 125 receiving yards with a touchdown on
 just two catches, while Rodney Smith came up with a personal-best nine catches
 totaling 108 yards and Lonnie Pryor and James Wilder each finished with a pair
 of touchdowns.
 "I  thought our kids did a great job all week of putting that last game behind
 them  and not  letting it drag on  - moving on," said Florida State head coach
 Jimbo  Fisher. "It  shows  a lot  about  our maturity  and  leadership of  our
 football team. I thought they prepared and played very well from the get-go."
 Andre  Williams  had 104 rushing yards  on 20 carries for Boston College (1-5,
 0-3),  now  mired in a  four-game losing  streak, with Bobby Swigert recording
 five catches for 61 yards and accounting for the Eagles' lone touchdown.
 Quarterback  Chase Rettig  struggled all  game  long against  a Florida  State
 defense  ranked  fourth nationally in  yards allowed,  making good on just 15-
 of-31 throws for 122 yards with one touchdown and an interception.
 "They've  got a very nice, championship caliber football team," Boston College
 head  coach Frank Spaziani said of Florida State. "They certainly showed it in
 a lot of ways. I thought our guys competed the whole game. They strained, they
 worked hard. We just were up against it a little bit."
 After  sputtering  down the  stretch  of  last  week's startling  defeat,  the
 Seminoles  were clicking offensively right from the start of this one. Florida
 State  scored touchdowns  on four  of its  first five  possessions to  build a
 commanding 28-0 lead, and the rout was on from there.
 Manuel  began  the barrage by  hitting Shaw in  stride for a 77-yard touchdown
 less  than six minutes  in, then connected with Jarred Haggins for 42 yards to
 the  Boston College 16 after the Seminoles got the ball back following a quick
 three-and-out.  That  led to Pryor's  2-yard burst across  the goal line for a
 14-0 advantage with 4:53 remaining in the opening period.
 "I  think (the Seminoles') psyche was, they got annoyed that they got a little
 conservative  last  week and  they weren't  about to  do that," said Spaziani.
 "They  were  going to attack  and they  were in an  attack mode right from the
 The  big passing plays kept coming in the second quarter, with Manuel firing a
 deep  strike to Kelvin  Benjamin for a 46-yard gain to highlight a 7-play, 84-
 yard  sequence capped by the standout quarterback's 7-yard scoring delivery to
 Wilder.  Less than  three minutes  later, a  48-yard hookup  with Shaw  led to
 Manuel's 6-yard pass to Benjamin that increased the margin to 28 points.
 Boston  College answered with its only sustained drive of the game, save for a
 10-play  series  to open the contest  that concluded with a fourth-down Rettig
 incompletion  at the  FSU 1-yard line. The  Eagles moved 87 yards in 12 plays,
 highlighted  by Rettig's  22-yard completion to Alex Amidon on 3rd-and-16, and
 got  on  the board when the  BC triggerman hit  Swigert from 18 yards out with
 2:04 left in the first half.
 That  was still enough time for the Seminoles to strike again, however, as two
 Manuel-to-Smith  passes  set the stage  for Dustin Hopkins' 51-yard field goal
 that sent FSU into the break with a 31-7 lead.
 The  kick  made Hopkins  the all-time  leading scorer in  both ACC and Florida
 State history.
 Boston  College continued to  be shut down in the second half as the Seminoles
 further pulled away.
 Manuel  went 4-for-4  for 51 yards on an 8-play, 75-yard possession that ended
 when  Pryor  broke the plane  from three yards away,  and Hopkins made good on
 field  goals  from 26 and  38 yards out around  a 10-play drive that contained
 Manuel's  fourth touchdown pass of the game -- a 12-yarder to Wilder less than
 two minutes into the fourth quarter.
                                   Game Notes
 Hopkins  now  has 402 career  points to  surpass the ACC  record of 393 set by
 Maryland's  Nick  Novak from  2001-04, and  also eclipsed the  FSU mark of 393
 previously held by Derrick Schmidt (1984-87) ... Manuel tied a career high for
 touchdown  passes  set twice  previously  ...  Florida State  assistant  Clint
 Swearingen  was carried  off  the field  after being  involved  in a  sideline
 collision  with players  in the third quarter ... The Seminoles rushed for 201
 yards  and  improved to 20-1 in  Fisher's six-year tenure as either head coach
 or   offensive  coordinator   when  reaching   the  200-yard   mark  in   that
 10/14 00:39:15 ET

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