Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Florida State Seminoles' James Wilder runs for 106 yards, two scores

One hiccup: Quarterback EJ Manuel is intercepted for the first time in 129 throws but gets 188 yards before leaving early.

Associated Press

One hiccup: Quarterback EJ Manuel is intercepted for the first time in 129 throws but gets 188 yards before leaving early.

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State RB James Wilder Jr. raised his arms to high-five fans as he walked out of Doak Campbell Stadium on the best night of his career.

Moments later, the former Plant High star walked out of the locker room with a game ball, a souvenir from the first 100-yard, multitouchdown game of his college career.

"I haven't let it go yet," Wilder said after his 106-yard, two-score performance in a 69-3 rout of Murray State on Saturday.

His breakout game capped a turbulent offseason. The former five-star recruit was charged with obstructing a law enforcement officer in February and spent 10 days in jail this summer for alcohol consumption, a violation of his probation.

"I went through a lot this summer," Wilder said. "I just wanted to make sure I came out and started off the season with a bang."

The Seminoles' backfield also got a boost with the return of senior Chris Thompson, who played in five games last year before breaking his back against Wake Forest. He finished with 32 yards on six carries, all in the first half.

MANUEL Finally falters: QB EJ Manuel's interception-free streak ended late in the first quarter when WR Kenny Shaw bobbled a catchable pass into the arms of Murray State's Josh Manning.

Manuel had completed 128 consecutive passes without an interception, dating to the third quarter of the October matchup with North Carolina State last season. Manuel completed 11 of his 14 passes after the turnover and finished with 188 passing yards.

REID'S REPLACEMENTS: The secondary didn't seem to miss CB Greg Reid, a projected starter who was dismissed four weeks ago for violating team rules.

Sophomore Nick Waisome took Reid's starting job and was part of a defense that allowed only 117 passing yards all night.

Freshman Ronald Darby also played defensive back and nearly intercepted a deep pass.

INJURY UPDATES: Starting RT Menelik Watson left the game in the first half with a left ankle injury. Senior Daniel Glauser, a junior college transfer, took over for Watson, who returned to start the third quarter. … Senior DE Brandon Jenkins was taken into the locker room during the first half with a bruised left foot and did not return. FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said Jenkins' X-rays were negative and that he will be re-evaluated today. Jenkins led the team with eight sacks last season and ranks eighth in school history (22 1/2).

HALL OF FAME: FSU recognized its seven newest members to the school's athletics hall of fame before the game. The inductees included legendary coach Bobby Bowden and QB Danny Kanell, who was a backup on FSU's 1993 national title team before earning the starting job the next fall.

UNIQUE UNIS: FSU wore new Nike uniforms. The most visible changes were the gloves, and garnet and gold shoes.

LOCAL RACERS: Murray State's roster included two Tampa Bay products: starting WR Ja-Vonta Trotter (Boca Ciega High) and WR Josh Brown (Dixie Hollins). Neither had a catch.

Florida State Seminoles' James Wilder runs for 106 yards, two scores 09/01/12 [Last modified: Sunday, September 2, 2012 12:18am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Pitching on no rest backfires for Erasmo Ramirez, Rays

    The Heater

    ARLINGTON, Texas — After battling through a 61/2-hour affair Sunday in Minnesota that was the second-longest game in franchise history, Rays officials were quick to decide that even though Erasmo Ramirez had just worked the 15th and final inning, they would stick with him to start Monday's game in Texas.

    Erasmo Ramirez, starting a day after closing a 15-inning marathon, struggles against the Rangers, comes out after throwing 43 pitches in 21/3 innings.
  2. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Monday's Rays-Rangers game

    The Heater

    The Rays had good reason to have faith in RHP Erasmo Ramirez starting Monday after closing Sunday based on his resiliency, versatility and efficiency. But it still turned out to be a bad idea as he allowed four runs without getting through three innings.

  3. Rays journal: Dugout bench becomes bed for Logan Morrison at end of long night

    The Heater

    ARLINGTON, Texas — The Rays found creative ways to get through the physical and mental fatigue of the 6½ hours they spent playing — and ultimately winning — Sunday's game in Minnesota.

    Corey Dickerson drapes towels over an exhausted Logan Morrison in the dugout during the 15th inning of Sunday’s marathon victory.
  4. Rays at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. Tuesday, Arlington, Texas

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Rangers

    8:05, Globe Life Park, Arlington, Texas

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun, 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 2: Nick Martinez #22 of the Texas Rangers poses for a portrait during photo day at Surprise Stadium on March 2, 2015 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)
  5. What major sporting event could Tampa Bay land next?

    Lightning Strikes

    We are on quite a roll as a community. First, we had a Super Bowl drop from the storm clouds into our lap. It just reaffirms the fact that Tampa Bay is great at lap. And Monday it became official: Next year's NHL All-Star Game will be held at Amalie Arena. The best in the world will be here to shoot and score. And …

    MVP Wayne Gretzky is congratulated at the 1999 NHL All-Star game, the last time the event was in Tampa Bay. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times file]