Scores

Final

Maryland 16

(2-5, 0-2 away)

Florida State 41

(4-3, 3-1 home)

Coverage: ABC/ESPN2

3:30 PM ET, October 22, 2011

Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL

1 2 3 4 T
MD 0 3 7 616
FSU 14 3 7 1741

Top Performers

Passing: E. Manuel (SOU) - 264 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Freeman (FSU) - 11 CAR, 100 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: Q. McCree (MD) - 9 REC, 177 YDS

EJ Manuel leads FSU to battering of Maryland

Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- EJ Manuel passed for 264 yards and a touchdown, and freshman Devonta Freeman ran for 100 yards a second straight week as Florida State routed Maryland 41-16 on Saturday.

Jermaine Thomas chipped in with 86 yards and a 35-yard rushing score for the Seminoles (4-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference.)

Dustin Hopkins added a pair of field goals for the winners, but had his consecutive streak stopped at 17 when his first attempt narrowly missed.

Maryland (2-5, 1-3) got its first touchdown on Danny O'Brien's 5-yard run in the third quarter. O'Brien replaced starting quarterback C.J. Brown, who left the game four minutes into the second half after a vicious helmet-to-helmet collision with Florida State's Nigel Bradham, who was penalized for the hit.

Florida State had 482 yards to Maryland's 331.

Florida State built its largest lead at 41-10 on Debrale Smiley `s 1-yard TD run with 47 seconds left in the game. Freeman's 41-yard TD with 5:57 left had put the Seminoles into a 34-10 lead.

The Seminoles, who have had a tough time getting a ground game untracked all season, finished with 218 rushing yards Saturday. Freeman had 100 yards on the nose on 11 carries while Thomas, who has been working his way into a more prominent role the last couple of weeks, added 86 more yards on 9 carries and caught a pass for 25 yards.

Manuel started red-hot for the second straight week. He hit 8 of his first 9 passes for 120 yards, including a 26-yard TD throw to Kenny Shaw to climax a 90-yard drive and give Florida State a 14-0 lead 10 minutes into the game. Manuel earlier scored the game's first touchdown on a 7-yard run.

Hopkins 38-yard field goal boosted Florida State's lead to 17-0 with 2:35 left in the half and Maryland answered on Nick Ferrara's 23-yardfield goal on the final play of the half.

O'Brien's 69-yard pass to Quintin McCree gave Maryland a first down at Florida State's 6 to set up his own scoring run in the third quarter. O'Brien, last year's ACC Rookie of the Year, completed 9 of 18 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown -- a 15-yard throw to Marcus Leak with 5 seconds left in the game.

Brown, however, had a rough afternoon before leaving the game. He passed for 92 yards, but did not gain any yards on 10 rushing attempts after gaining 286 yards in Maryland's two previous games.

McCree had a big game with 9 catches for 177 yards.

Maryland running back Davin Meggett led the Terps with 44 yards and moved past 2,000 career rushing yards on his first carry of the game.

Florida State climbed over the .500 with its second straight win following three straight losses that endangered its ACC title hopes.

Coincidentally, it was Florida State's second consecutive win by a 41-16 score following consecutive losses by the identical 35-30 margins.

Florida State's four victories this season have all come against teams with losing records.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MD
FSU
1st Downs1825
Total Yards331482
Passing272264
Rushing59218
Penalties7-598-54
3rd Down Conversions8-187-13
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers01
Possession27:4132:19

Passing Leaders

MarylandC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
O'Brien9/1818010.010
Florida StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Manuel18/2626410.211

Rushing Leaders

MarylandCARYDSAVGTDLG
Meggett11444.0010
Pickett8283.507
Florida StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Freeman111009.1141
Thomas9869.6135

Receiving Leaders

MarylandRECYDSAVGTDLG
McCree917719.7069
Leak8617.6115
Florida StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Reed57615.2031
Shaw66510.8126

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMDFSU
TD12:12EJ Manuel 7 Yd Run (Dustin Hopkins Kick) 07
TD04:45Kenny Shaw 26 Yd Pass From EJ Manuel (Dustin Hopkins Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERMDFSU
FG02:35Dustin Hopkins 38 Yd 017
FG00:00Nick Ferrara 23 Yd 317
THIRD QUARTERMDFSU
TD07:40Jermaine Thomas 35 Yd Run (Dustin Hopkins Kick) 324
TD03:31Danny O'Brien 5 Yd Run (Nick Ferrara Kick) 1024
FOURTH QUARTERMDFSU
FG10:16Dustin Hopkins 24 Yd 1027
TD05:57Devonta Freeman 41 Yd Run (Dustin Hopkins Kick) 1034
TD00:47Debrale Smiley 1 Yd Run (Dustin Hopkins Kick) 1041
TD00:05Marcus Leak 15 Yd Pass From Danny O'Brien (Pat Failed) 1641