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Floridat State Seminoles continue Duke dominance

 

Miami Herald Writer

Florida State’s dominance over Duke continued in Saturday’s win.

Florida State is now 18-0 all-time against the Blue Devils. The Noles’ 18-game win streak is good for the second longest in ACC history, since Clemson beat Virginia 29 times in a row.

The matchups between the two schools haven’t been close, either. In 16 of the past 18 meetings, the Seminoles have scored at least 41 points.

The last time the two schools were ranked when they played was also the last time the Blue Devils were bowl-eligible. In 1994, ninth-ranked Florida State beat 16th-ranked Duke 59-20.

Homecoming kings

Saturday afternoon was homecoming for the Seminoles. It was the fourth time FSU has hosted Duke in a homecoming game; the Noles are 4-0 all-time in those games. Florida State has faced 37 different opponents with a record of 51-12-1 in homecoming games.

The win was the first homecoming victory for Florida State in the Jimbo Fisher era. Previously, the Seminoles were 0-2 after suffering losses to UNC and Virginia in the past two seasons.

This and that

• Former Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas standout Rashad Greene caught the longest pass of his career Saturday afternoon: a 71-yard touchdown from EJ Manuel on the team’s opening drive. The score put Florida State up 7-0 and gave the Seminoles the early momentum.

• After concerns over fielding punts caused Fisher to replace Greene with Tyler Hunter, the sophomore quickly made the job his own. Following a three-and-out, Hunter fielded a Duke punt on the FSU 25, broke through the coverage and raced 75 yards for a touchdown.

• When Hunter scored, it marked the first time in FSU history that two different returners scored touchdowns on punt returns in the same season. Greene has scored twice on punt returns.

• At the end of the first half, Duke drove 90 yards on 14 plays to score a touchdown. The score cut Florida State’s lead to 31-7 and marked the longest drive that the Seminole defense has given up all year. Duke had help on the drive, though: a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty that extended the drive on third down and a roughing the passer flag that set the Blue Devils up inside the FSU 10.

• With his 25-yard catch in the first half, senior receiver Rodney Smith extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 34. Smith trails all-time FSU record holder E.G. Green by four games.

• Saturday’s first half against Duke marked the fourth time in nine games this season that FSU has gone over 31 points in the first half. FSU also achieved the feat against Savannah State, Wake Forest and Boston College.

•  Dustin Hopkins connected on his 81st career field goal in the fourth quarter Saturday, good for an ACC record. The 56-yard kick was the longest of Hopkins’ career and the second longest in school history.

Hopkins now has 430 points all-time, the third most in NCAA history. He is 10 points behind the NCAA all-time record.

• Seminole Tribe of Florida chairman James E. Billie and president Tony Sanchez were on hand to help FSU pay tribute to the Seminole tribe. FSU president Eric Barron was joined on the field by Billie and Sanchez for the planting of Chief Osceola’s spear — one of college football’s most enduring traditions — before the game.

• Florida State was represented by captains Dustin Hopkins, Vince Williams Lonnie Pryor

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