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Halftime: FSU 27 Maryland 0

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So far this is the road game Florida State has yet to turn in this season. As usual the defense is swarming and not allowing Maryland anything offensively and the Seminole offense actually showed up for this one (at least in the first half).

After a good opening return from Karlos Williams the Seminoles drove 62 yards– mostly on the legs of Devonta Freeman– and scored an opening touchdown to set the early tempo. On the ensuing kickoff Chad Abrams knocked the ball out on a big hit and Toshmon Stevens hopped on it. EJ Manuel connected with Nick O'Leary for a touchdown on the very next play.

It was 14-0 before Maryland even touched the ball.

The defense has been dominant ever since, sacking Sean Petty three times, forcing a fumble and limiting the Terps to 36 total yards and no points. Both ends have a sack and Carradine hopped on the fumble too.

The Seminoles stalled out on a couple of drives in the middle of the first half down in Terrapin territory, but a couple of field goals (and a few extra points) have given Dustin Hopkins enough to become the NCAA all-time points leader for kickers. He now has 446. 

The Seminoles capped the first half with another touchdown drive, draining clock and culminating in a 30-yard touchdown pass from Manuel to Rashad Greene. Anyone who questions Manuel's toughness, he got drilled on the TD pass but still delivered it. 

Something to watch in the second half, Manuel got up a bit gimpy on that last drive. Personally, I'd pull him given the lead and the tempo of the game.

All in all, very strong first half for Florida State. EJ Manuel looks efficient, Devonta Freeman has been solid and as usual the defense is swarming. Things have just looked crisp today for the Seminoles. 

Statistical Leaders

Passing: EJ Manuel (14/18, 130, 2TD)

Rushing: Devonta Freeman (11-77, TD)

Receiving: Rashad Greene (4-50, TD)

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