Savannah State (0-1) at (7) Florida State (1-0)|
Saturday, September 8, 6:00 p.m. (et)
The Sports Network
By Nicholas DeLorenzo, Associate College Football Editor
GAME NOTES: For the second straight week, the sixth-ranked Florida State
Seminoles will face an FCS program in Tallahassee when they entertain the
Savannah State Tigers on Saturday evening.
To say that Savannah State was outmatched by Oklahoma State in its season
opener wouldn't even begin to describe what transpired on the field. The
Tigers were blown out by the nationally-ranked Cowboys, 84-0. It was the
school's first-ever game against an FBS opponent, and if nothing else, you
have to admire the program's fearless scheduling early in the season.
"Our number one goal was not to win either of these (first two) games,"
Savannah State coach Steve Davenport said. "Our goal is to win our conference
championship. We have got another preseason game in Tallahassee...then our
season gets underway. That is where we are."
Florida State opened its season against FCS opponent Murray State, and the
outcome was as expected for a team hopeful of a national championship run. The
Seminoles were sharp in all facets of the game and cruised to an easy 69-3 win
in front of their home fans.
These two programs have never played one another before, as this marks just
second game Savannah State has ever played against an FBS school.
Even as Oklahoma State started to play its backups late in the game, Savannah
State could get nothing going offensively, netting a lowly 139 total yards on
Antonio Bostick stood tall in the pocket most of the game against a much
bigger and faster defensive front than he is used to. The results were not
pretty (12-of-25, 81 yards, two INTs), but it could have been much worse. He
escaped a lot of pressure, rushing for 11 yards on 15 carries, although he was
only sacked once.
Alex Simmons led the team in rushing with 40 yards on nine carries,
highlighted by a 19-yard run, while Edward Lackey, Jr. caught five balls to
lead the team, but for only 29 yards.
Obviously, it was a very long day for the Tigers' defense. The unit allowed
the Cowboys to gain 682 yards and to score 12 touchdowns (nine rushing).
The high volume of rushes for Oklahoma State (42) allowed for plenty of tackle
opportunities. Edward Baety led the way with nine stops and a forced fumble,
while Jovante Miller recorded eight tackles, one for a loss. John Wilson was
active in the secondary with seven tackles and an interception.
Florida State moved the ball up and down the field with ease against Murray
State last week, racking up 606 yards, but it was the effectiveness of the
running game that was the real story.
The Seminoles ran the ball 42 times for 285 yards, paced by James Wilder, Jr.
with 106 yards and two touchdowns. Debrale Smiley also had two rushing scores,
and Lonnie Pryor had three touchdowns on just five carries. The seven rushing
touchdowns are the most they've had in a single game since 1992.
"We're much further a long and I think we have more diversity with our running
game," Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. "We've got different kinds of
backs that all bring something different to the table. I thought the offensive
line did a really nice job - great pass protection and we kept pounding the
ball. That's what we've got to do. Long way to go, but much improved."
The FSU quarterbacks performed well too. E.J. Manuel completed 16-of-22 pases
for 188 yards, including the game's only passing touchdown to Kenny Shaw late
in the second quarter. He was then spelled for Clint Trickett (8-of-11, 117
yards), and Jacob Coker also saw snaps (1-of-2, 16 yards).
Eleven different receivers caught passes for the Seminoles, led by Shaw with
four for 82 yards.
As expected, the defense played very well, holding Murray State to just 156
yards, but that didn't come without a price.
Brandon Jenkins will miss the rest of the season after suffering a foot injury
in the first half. The two time All-ACC selection has piled up 21.5 sacks in
the past two seasons, and he had recorded a sack before exiting the game.
Even in Jenkins' absence, the defensive line still figures to be great. The
group made six sacks in the game, including four from Bjoern Werner.
Cornellius Carradine tallied nine tackles and a sack, while Xavier Rhodes
notched an interception.
Savannah State had no hope of stopping the Oklahoma State rushing attack last
week, and facing off against a Florida State team that arguably has more
talent in the backfield, not much should change on Saturday. If the Tigers can
keep the Seminoles under the 84 points they surrendered last week, it will be
considered a success. FSU will have no problem moving to 19-0 all-time against
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Florida State 72, Savannah State 3
09/07 09:41:52 ET