TALLAHASSEE -- Redshirt sophomore linebacker Terrance Smith made his first career start in place of senior Christian Jones (who was suspended for breaking team rules) on Saturday night, and he wasted little time making an impact. Smith totaled five tackles, including one for a loss, on the first drive of the game.
Smith finished the game with a team-leading 12 tackles and one sack.
Smith Pick Six
When Telvin Smith intercepted a pass on third-and-long to end Bethune-Cookman’s first drive, he returned the ball 68 yards for the Seminoles’ first touchdown of the night. It was the first interception returned for a touchdown by a Florida State player since Terrance Parks did it at Florida in 2011.
It was also the first defensive touchdown for Florida State in nearly a year, since Jones returned a fumble at South Florida on Sept. 29, 2012.
Freeman on fire
No Florida State running back has eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark since Warrick Dunn graduated in 1996. That could change this year, as junior running back Devonta Freeman (Miami Central High) has gone over 100 yards in each of the past two games and is currently on pace to finish the season with 1,183 yards.
On Saturday, Freeman finished with 10 carries for 112 yards and a touchdown. He has 273 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries this season and is averaging 9.8 yards per attempt. He has not lost yardage on a carry all season.
Much was made about Matthew Thomas’ attempt to get released from his letter of intent this past summer. After signing with Florida State, the former Booker T. Washington standout allegedly asked coach Jimbo Fisher for a release from his scholarship before ultimately being persuaded to enroll at FSU after all.
That all seemed like the distant past Saturday night as Thomas saw extended playing time and recorded his first career sack in the third quarter. Thomas finished the game with three tackles and the 9-yard sack.
When Bethune-Cookman was called for holding in its own end zone in the second quarter, it marked the first safety for FSU since Dekoda Watson blocked a punt against Colorado in 2008.
Redshirt senior Demonte McAllister made his first career start Saturday in place of Eddie Goldman, who was suspended for a violation of team rules. McAllister finished the game with one tackle.
Junior safety Tyler Hunter left the game in the first half and did not return. According to FSU, he sustained a neck contusion and is day to day.
• Florida State celebrated the military before Saturday’s game. Sophomore linebacker Reggie Northrup II carried the flag onto the field for the second year in a row in honor of his father, Lt. Reggie Northrup, a retired Naval officer. The flag belonged to the 160th Military Police Battalion HHC of the U.S. Army Reserve from Tallahassee.
The flag was flown in Parawn Province, Afghanistan, upon the unit’s arrival in August of 2012.
• FSU was represented at midfield by seniors McAllister, Gerald Demps (defensive back) and Chad Abram (fullback).
• The school distributed 74,841 tickets for Saturday night’s victory over Bethune-Cookman.