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Rapid Reaction: FSU 41 Maryland 14


Florida State has officially clinched the Atlantic Division of the ACC and now await their opponent to be decided for the championship game in Charlotte the first week of December.

This was the kind of road game Seminoles fans have waited for all season. The offense looked potent, controlled the line of scrimmage and aside from a couple small miscues, rolled over Maryland all afternoon.

Headed into next week's game against UF, this was exactly the kind of game Florida State needed to churn out.

EJ Manuel finished his day on the sideline after going 17-23 for 144 yards and a couple touchdowns. His lone error on the day came on an overthrown interception that didn't end up costing Florida State anything.

Manuel lead the Seminole offense up and down the field all afternoon though and helped the offense to its best road performance of the season.

The other offensive standout was Devonta Freeman. This is the Freeman I expected to see this season before Chris Thompson emerged. He was physical, showed great balance and wore down a very good Maryland defense to the tune of 148 yards and two scores on 16 carries.

Florida State finished the game with well over 200 yards on the ground, good news just one week removed from the team's worst rushing performance of the season at Virginia Tech. James Wilder took the workload down the stretch and hammered away at the Terps defense through the fourth quarter. He added a very impressive touchdown of his own on a second-effort play in the 4th.

Defensively, the Seminoles gave up just one score on the Terps opening drive of the second half and then a dumb touchdown in the waning seconds once the reserves were in. It was a solid drive by Maryland, but was also all that the Terrapins could muster against the Seminole starters on the day.

Overall, FSU was the better team on Saturday and it showed in all phases of the game. Tank Carradine recorded a couple more sacks and recovered a fumble, Bjoern Werner was his normal disruptive self and the secondary had little trouble shutting down the Maryland passing attack.

Dustin Hopkins also broke the NCAA all-time scoring record for kickers. He finished the day with 447 points. Travis Prentice, the former Miami-Ohio running back holds the all-time record for any position with 468 points. Hopkins has three games to break that mark.

Now Florida State turns its attention to UF, who visits next weekend in the regular season finale. A win over a one-loss UF team could give the 'Noles a late BCS boost, but don't count on too much...

I'll be back with more coverage later today...




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