CHESTNUT HILL, MA - NOVEMBER 03: Devonta Freeman #8 of the Florida State Seminoles carries the ball in for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Boston College Eagles on November 3, 2011 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Playing a road game on just four days rest, missing six offensive starters, breaking in a true freshman center, and with Miami looming, Florida State came out and whipped the Boston College Eagles from the opening gun, winning 38-7. FSU will now go to its 30th-consecutive bowl game -- the longest streak in the country.
|FSU outgained BC by 54% per play|
|Field Position||Own 45||Own 26|
|Stats are pre-garbage time|
Florida State held Boston College to just 80 yards on 26 first half plays (3.1 per play), and turning the Eagles over twice. It was complete domination by the 'Noles defense, as BC's seven drives consisted of five 3-&-outs and two turnovers. FSU capitalized on that field position, with 28 first-half points and 205 first-half yards on 31 plays. E.J. Manuel threw for a touchdown and rushed for another. Freshman runner Devota Freeman added two touchdowns of his own. FSU's offense wasn't great, but it was easily good enough early to put the game away.
The sloppiness expected with a road game played on short rest showed up in the second half, as EJ Manuel fumbled a snap from true freshman replacement center Austin Barron. The entire offense seemed to lack focus coming out after half, and it appeared that they believed their job was done with a 28-0 lead. It was, in truth, but the Florida State coaches certainly weren't happy with the lack of focus in the second half. Credit Boston College for making a few defensive adjustments in the second half.
FSU's special teams were excellent all night, helping FSU to win the field position battle.
Crazy things happen on Thursday-night road games. By coming out and taking care of business early, FSU never let BC believe it could win the game. It wasn't perfect, but on short rest and on the road, it was a very solid business trip.
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