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Halftime: FSU 31 BC 7


Florida State is up on top big right now at the half, and so far they've looked solid, but there's another half of football left and there have also been a few mistakes here and there early on.

After letting the Eagles march it down to their one yard-line on the opening drive, Florida State made a goalline stand and then drove the ball 99 yards on its opening possession.

That was huge, instead of starting down 7-0, FSU instead took the lead from the outset and made a defensive statement on the opening drive. It took three minutes, but the defense showed up right on time.

It was 14-0 by the end of the first quarter, now it's 31-7 after Florida State tacked on 17 more in the second quarter. So far the offense has thrown the ball well, racking up 295 yards in the air to just 48 on the ground. That's surprising considering BC is notoriously weak against the run. But EJ Manuel has looked solid, and aside from a tipped interception, the Noles have had very little problem moving the ball in the first half.

Defensively, FSU has kept BC in check but the Eagles have shown the ability to move the ball a little too. BC has to outscheme FSU, they won't win with athletes, but on the touchdown pass Florida State gave up they did just that. FSU was too aggressive and Chase Rettig had no problem finding a wide open Swigert and punching it in.

Other than that though the FSU D is flying around and making plays. Lamarcus Joyner narrowly missed a touchdown return on an interception in the second quarter and the defensive line has gotten penetration all evening.

Florida State still needs to finish, they can't let BC come and make it a game late and they can't put up a goose egg on offense in the second half. But if they can handle their business they're already well on their way to 6-1.

Statistical Leaders:

Passing: EJ Manuel (15-20, 295, 3 TD, INT)

Rushing: Chris Thompson (5-32)

Receiving: Kenny Shaw (2-125, TD)




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