Saturday, December 16, 2017
Colleges

Dustin Hopkins sets Florida State Seminoles scoring record

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State's 31-point first-half explosion helped senior K Dustin Hopkins become the leading scorer in team and conference history.

Hopkins booted four extra points in the first half and drilled a 51-yard field goal on the final play of the second quarter.

Those seven points moved him into first place in Seminole history with 394 points — one ahead of Derek Schmidt, who kicked from 1984-87.

Hopkins also passed former Maryland K Nick Novak for first in ACC history. Novak scored 393 points for the Terrapins from 2001-04.

"Tremendous job," coach Jimbo Fisher said.

With 15 points (six PATs and three field goals) on the night, Hopkins' new total is 402. That's the fifth-highest mark in NCAA history.

GAINING GROUND: FSU saw another sign of its improved rushing offense Saturday.

Senior RB Chris Thompson needed only 61/2 games to pass Devonta Freeman's team-high from last season. Thompson's 32 first-half yards pushed his season total to 604 — 11 more yards than Freeman's mark last fall.

Thompson finished with 68 yards on 10 carries.

DYNAMIC DUO: FSU had two receivers total at least 100 receiving yards for the first time since last year's 35-30 loss to Wake Forest.

Junior Kenny Shaw led the Seminoles with a career-high 125 yards on two catches — both in the first half. Senior Rodney Smith set new career highs with nine catches and 108 yards.

The 'Noles didn't have any 100-yard receivers through the first six games.

RARE INTERCEPTIONS: Two interceptions marred Manuel's record-setting game.

His first pickoff hit Rashad Greene's body before bouncing to Eagles DB Jim Noel in the first half. Boston College DB Manuel Asprilla picked Manuel off again in the third quarter.

Manuel — who entered Saturday as the most accurate passer in conference history — hadn't thrown two interceptions in a game since the Seminoles' 23-13 loss to No. 1 Oklahoma last September.

INJURY UPDATE: The game was delayed in the third quarter when an FSU staff member was hit on the sideline. Medical officials strapped him onto a gurney and carted him off the field. He gave a thumbs up to the crowd, but his status was not immediately known after the game.

HONORARY CAPTAIN: Former FSU QB Drew Weatherford was an honorary captain for the game. The Land O'Lakes High alumnus threw two touchdown passes in 2007 to help the Seminoles upset No. 2 Boston College on the road.

THIS AND THAT: FSU finished with 649 total yards. The Seminoles have racked up at least 600 yards in four games this season. … FB Lonnie Pryor added touchdown rushes of 2 and 3 yards. He has 21 career touchdowns — the most among active Seminoles. … S Lamarcus Joyner recorded his first interception of the season in the second quarter. He appeared to return it 89 yards for a touchdown but was called out of bounds at the 44. … Wilder scored multiple touchdowns in a game for the fourth time this season.

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