Scores

Final

Florida State 34

(4-1, 2-0 ACC)

Virginia 14

(2-2, 0-1 ACC)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:00 PM ET, October 2, 2010

Scott Stadium, CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

1 2 3 4 T
FSU 10 17 7 034
UVA 0 0 7 714

Top Performers

Passing: C. Ponder (FSU) - 172 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: J. Thomas (FSU) - 16 CAR, 122 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: K. Burd (UVA) - 4 REC, 118 YDS, 1 TD

Jermaine Thomas has two TDs, Florida State has six sacks in convincing win

Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Jermaine Thomas ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns in the first half and Florida State pounded Virginia 34-14 on Saturday.

The Seminoles (4-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 27-0 at halftime after outgaining Virginia 294-42. Thomas, who finished with 122 yards on 16 carries, scored on runs of 70 and 10 yards, and Christian Ponder hit Willie Haulstead with a 15-yard touchdown pass.

The Seminoles also sacked Marc Verica three times before halftime, and he missed several open receivers. He was 4 for 15 in the first half, and all four completions were to running backs.

Virginia (2-2, 0-1), which had beaten FCS schools Richmond and VMI and played well in a 17-14 loss at Southern Cal, viewed the game as a chance to see where it stands four games into the Mike London era, and many of the Cavaliers fans left after seeing the answer.

Meanwhile, the Seminoles were out to show that their 47-17 thrashing at the hands of No. 8 Oklahoma three weeks ago was an aberration, and they may have made some believers.

Virginia gave its fans some hope in the third quarter when the defense forced Florida State to punt and Verica hit Kris Burd for a 76-yard touchdown. The defense again held and Virginia drove to the Seminoles' 30, but Greg Reid intercepted Verica in the end zone.

Verica threw another interception deep in Seminoles territory and finished 14 for 30 for 211 yards. He was sacked four times and replaced by Ross Metheny in the final quarter.

The Seminoles came in leading the nation with 19 sacks and got six more.

Florida State, unranked for just the second time in 16 meetings with Virginia, looked every bit like one of those top teams of years past in the first half.

After Ponder was hit and fumbled on the opening play, with Thomas recovering, Ponder drove his team to the Virginia 19, where Dustin Hopkins' 37-yard field goal made it 3-0.

The Seminoles' next three possessions ended in touchdowns, often because Ponder made plays to keep the drives going. He hit Beau Reliford for 16 yards on a third-and-4, and Haulstead for the TD on a third-and-8. He also ran 12 yards on third-and-11 in a later drive.

Ponder finished 17 for 29 for 172 yards, and ran 10 times for 17 yards.

Metheny hit Colter Phillips with an 11-yard TD with 1:39 left for the final points.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
FSU
UVA
1st Downs2617
Total Yards428304
Passing172279
Rushing25625
Penalties4-429-86
3rd Down Conversions10-163-13
4th Down Conversions0-02-3
Turnovers12
Possession31:4928:11

Passing Leaders

Florida StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Ponder17/291725.910
VirginiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Verica14/302117.012

Rushing Leaders

Florida StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas161227.6270
Thompson10767.6125
VirginiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones11282.5010
Payne6223.708

Receiving Leaders

Florida StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Haulstead57915.8138
Reed5428.4019
VirginiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Burd411829.5176
Inman34013.3024

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERFSUUVA
FG08:40Dustin Hopkins 37 Yd 30
TD07:24Jermaine Thomas 70 Yd Run (Dustin Hopkins Kick) 100
SECOND QUARTERFSUUVA
TD14:56Willie Haulstead 15 Yd Pass From Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins Kick) 170
TD10:18Jermaine Thomas 10 Yd Run (Dustin Hopkins Kick) 240
FG00:08Dustin Hopkins 21 Yd 270
THIRD QUARTERFSUUVA
TD11:13Kris Burd 76 Yd Pass From Marc Verica (Robert Randolph Kick) 277
TD00:40Chris Thompson 14 Yd Run (Dustin Hopkins Kick) 347
FOURTH QUARTERFSUUVA
TD01:39Colter Phillips 11 Yd Pass From Ross Metheny (Robert Randolph Kick) 3414

Research Notes

Florida State has played 6 quarters of ACC football this season. Combined score of 58-0

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