TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State was represented at midfield by three seniors — running back Chris Thompson, kicker Dustin Hopkins and linebacker Vince Williams. The Seminoles won the coin toss for the fifth time this season and deferred to the second half.
After an opening possession by Boston College that featured a couple of penalties, the Seminoles defense dug in and held the Eagles without points at their goal line. After getting the ball to the 1, BC was stymied on four consecutive downs and turned the ball over to Florida State at the 1.
The Seminoles wasted little time responding on offense. On the ensuing possession, Florida State drove 99 yards in just more than a minute to go up 7-0. The key play came on a 77-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Shaw.
Shaw only caught two passes in the first half, but both came with considerable yardage after the catch. After his 77-yard touchdown catch on the opening drive, Shaw added a 42-yard reception in the second quarter. For the first half Shaw finished with 125 yards and a score.
EJ Manuel had a career day throwing the ball against Boston College. Manuel finished with 439 yards, good for the 10th-best performance in Seminoles history.
FSU senior receiver Rodney Smith has caught a pass in 32 consecutive games. E.G. Green holds the school record with 38 straight games with a reception.
Senior fullback Lonnie Pryor scored the 20th touchdown of his career in the first half. He added his 21st at the start of the third quarter. Pryor — who carries the ball more than a traditional fullback — has 16 career rushing touchdowns and five receiving.
Former Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas standout Lamarcus Joyner recorded his first interception of the season at the end of the second quarter. With BC driving after intercepting Manuel, Joyner picked off a Chase Rettig pass and raced 87 yards into the end zone. Joyner stepped out of bounds around midfield, but the interception set Dustin Hopkins up for a field goal. It was Joyner’s sixth interception of his career.
Hopkins atop ACC
FSU senior Dustin Hopkins is now the all-time ACC points leader after connecting on a 52-yard field goal at the end of the first half. Hopkins kicked four extra points before adding the field goal to reach the seven points he needed to pass former Maryland kicker Nick Novak for the record.
Hopkins has 402 career points, which is also FSU’s all-time record.
A cart had to be called to the Florida State sideline midway through the third quarter to help Clint Swearingen, a FSU facilities specialist, from the field. A player accidentally ran into him. The game was stopped for about 10 minutes while paramedics tended to Swearingen. He was taken to a Tallahassee hospital.
Before the game, Doak Campbell Stadium was treated to a freefall parachute demonstration by U.S. Special Operations Command troops stationed at Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base.