Scores

Final

Florida State 41

(3-3, 1-2 ACC)

Duke 16

(3-3, 1-1 ACC)

Coverage: GamePlan

3:00 PM ET, October 15, 2011

Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NC

1 2 3 4 T
FSU 17 10 7 741
DUKE 3 0 0 1316

Top Performers

Passing: E. Manuel (SOU) - 239 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: D. Freeman (FSU) - 19 CAR, 109 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Vernon (DUKE) - 6 REC, 88 YDS

EJ Manuel, Florida State roll past Duke

Associated Press

DURHAM, N.C. -- EJ Manuel threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns to help Florida State beat Duke 41-16 on Saturday, giving the Seminoles their first win in a month.

Manuel had three completions of at least 50 yards in the first quarter, including a perfectly thrown 50-yard scoring toss deep over the middle to Rodney Smith. Manuel followed with a 51-yard throw out of his own end zone to Kenny Shaw on the next drive, which ended with Devonta Freeman's 10-yard touchdown run that helped the Seminoles (3-3, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) jump ahead 24-3, barely a minute into the second quarter.

Florida State had no trouble holding that lead, snapping a three-game losing streak with its first victory since a 62-10 romp over Charleston Southern on Sept. 10. The Seminoles also improved to 17-0 all-time against the Blue Devils (3-3, 1-1).

Duke had won three straight games to build some optimism in David Cutcliffe's fourth season. But this game ended up looking a lot like every other trip the Seminoles have made to Wallace Wade Stadium since joining the ACC two decades ago -- with the Blue Devils failing to make it to the end zone until the fourth quarter when the outcome was all but decided.

Manuel also ran for 62 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His 3-yard scoring pass to Nick O'Leary midway through the third quarter gave Florida State its largest lead at 34-3, then he answered a pair of touchdowns from the Blue Devils by scoring on a 6-yard keeper with 9:49 left. That made it 41-16, giving the Seminoles at least 40 points in all seven trips to Durham.

Strange as it sounds, FSU desperately needed to beat Duke to regroup. The Seminoles entered the year with hopes of contending for a national championship only to see them dashed by the end of September.

They beat overmatched opponents in their first two games and stood at No. 5 nationally heading into a home game with then-No. 1 Oklahoma. But Manuel sprained his left shoulder in the third quarter of that 23-13 loss, then missed the loss at Clemson before returning after the off week as a reserve at Wake Forest.

Manuel completed 19 of 35 throws for 286 yards and two scores, but he threw two interceptions as part of the Seminoles' five turnovers in last week's 35-30 loss that dropped them out of the rankings.

At least now Florida State has a conference win to build on.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
FSU
DUKE
1st Downs1915
Total Yards481289
Passing239226
Rushing24263
Penalties5-593-24
3rd Down Conversions5-95-17
4th Down Conversions0-03-5
Turnovers22
Possession28:4131:19

Passing Leaders

Florida StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Manuel9/1423917.120
DukeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Renfree26/432265.311

Rushing Leaders

Florida StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Freeman191095.7118
Manuel11625.6228
DukeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Scott10666.6034
Hollingsworth4215.3017

Receiving Leaders

Florida StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith26130.5150
Green15959.0059
DukeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Vernon68814.7019
Helfet6508.3126

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERFSUDUKE
FG11:00Dustin Hopkins 27 Yd 30
FG08:24Will Snyderwine 38 Yd 33
TD07:50EJ Manuel 1 Yd Run (Dustin Hopkins Kick) 103
TD03:01Rodney Smith 50 Yd Pass From EJ Manuel (Dustin Hopkins Kick) 173
SECOND QUARTERFSUDUKE
TD13:48Devonta Freeman 10 Yd Run (Dustin Hopkins Kick) 243
FG00:00Dustin Hopkins 48 Yd 273
THIRD QUARTERFSUDUKE
TD08:26Nick O'Leary 3 Yd Pass From EJ Manuel (Dustin Hopkins Kick) 343
FOURTH QUARTERFSUDUKE
TD14:23Juwan Thompson 1 Yd Run (Will Snyderwine Kick) 3410
TD12:38Cooper Helfet 5 Yd Pass From Sean Renfree (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 3416
TD09:49EJ Manuel 6 Yd Run (Dustin Hopkins Kick) 4116