Instant analysis: Florida St. 49, Clemson 37
September, 22, 2012
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Here's a quick look back at Florida State's 49-37 win over Clemson in Doak Campbell Stadium:
It was over when: Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd threw an interception to cornerback Nick Waisome with 8:41 left to play. Waisome, who entered the game with three tackles and a pass breakup this season, returned the interception 19 yards to the Clemson 27-yard line. Chris Thompson ran it in for a touchdown and a 49-31 lead on the next play.
Game ball goes to: Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel. He had a statement game that should put him in the Heisman conversation, completing 27 of 35 passes for a career-high 380 yards and two touchdowns, and he also ran for 102 yards on 12 carries. It was a breakout game for him.
Stat of the game: Both teams combined for 1,093 yards of total offense. Clemson gained 168 yards of total offense in the first quarter. FSU had allowed an average of 103 yards per game before tonight.
What it means: The Seminoles are in the drivers' seat in the Atlantic Division race, and they're the team to beat in the ACC. FSU improved to 2-0 in the ACC for the just the third time in the past nine seasons, and the second time under coach Jimbo Fisher. Florida State should maintain its position as a top-10 team, if not improve upon it if some voters decide to drop LSU for its unconvincing performance against Auburn.
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