Instant analysis: FSU 51, BC 7
October, 13, 2012
By David M. Hale | ESPN.com
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- For a week, Jimbo Fisher listened as fans criticized his conservative play calling following a devastating loss to NC State. On Saturday, Fisher made sure there wouldn't be a repeat performance.
The Seminoles demolished an overmatched Boston College defense, as EJ Manuel threw for a career-high 439 yards and four touchdowns in a 51-7 win.
Fisher set the tone early, calling for passes on the first nine plays of the game, and Florida State's passing game never slowed.
It was over when: Lamarcus Joyner picked off a Chase Rettig pass at the Florida State 11-yard line, returning it 33 yards and setting up a field goal. Rather than going into the half with momentum, Boston College ended the quarter down 31-7 and mustered little the rest of the way.
Turning point: Florida State dominated from the outset, but the turning point for the Seminoles probably came last Sunday, when players gathered at linebacker Nick Moody's house for a cookout where they cleared the air about last week's loss and vowed to turn the page with an impressive performance against Boston College.
Game ball goes to: Manuel. The FSU quarterback had a rough week after struggling to move his offense in the second half against NC State, but he had no problems finding big plays Saturday. Manuel completed 27-of-34 passes for 439 yards and four touchdowns, connecting with nine different receivers in the game.
Stat of the game: 104. That's the rushing total for BC tailback Andre Williams. It's tough to find too much for Boston College to be pleased with after this one, but Williams became the first running back to top 100 yards against the FSU defense in more than a year. Of course, even that stat isn't particularly significant for the Eagles, as 89 of Williams' 104 yards came in the first half. Florida State, meanwhile, added 153 of its 201 rushing yards in the second half.
Unsung hero: Dustin Hopkins. The Florida State kicker connected on three field goals -- including a 51-yarder to close out the first half -- and was perfect on six PATs in Florida State's win. The 15 points gives Hopkins 402 points for his career, which sets a new Florida State and ACC record. Hopkins is now 31 points shy of Art Carmody's NCAA scoring record.