TALLAHASSEE — Florida State defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews sidled up to redshirt junior DE Everette Brown shortly after the win at North Carolina State on Oct. 16 to ask a question.
Brown didn't have a sack in that game. Nor did he have one the game before at Miami.
"What are you waiting on?" Andrews asked.
Apparently, the Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday.
Brown had three sacks in the 30-20 win, surpassing a previous single-game high of two (against Alabama last year and Chattanooga this season). Alonzo Jackson was the most recent Seminole with three sacks in a game, and that came in an overtime loss at Louisville in 2002. And Brown had four tackles for a loss to give him 36.5 in his career, moving him past Corey Simon (33) into sixth place all time. He trails former Chamberlain High star Brodrick Bunkley (37) for fifth.
"I had a good week of practice," Brown said. "I felt like today the D line, we played together as a unit, we played better as a unit, that created a pocket where the quarterback couldn't escape, which gave me an opportunity, and I just took advantage of the opportunity. Once you get one as a defensive end, you're licking your chops for the next one. (Saturday) I had a good night rushing the quarterback; give credit to the whole D line."
Bad things happen in twos: On successive plays early in the third quarter, FSU had its top two tailbacks go out with injuries. First, Antone Smith (right elbow) left after a 12-yard reception, then freshman Jermaine Thomas (concussion) took a helmet hit to the back of his helmet.
Smith did come back and ran the ball three more times. He finished with 57 yards on nine carries and one touchdown, a 39-yarder in the second quarter that gave him 11 rushing scores this season. He had 11 rushing touchdowns in his previous three seasons combined.
Leg up: FSU's Graham Gano hit a 50-yard field goal in the second quarter to give him four straight games with at least one kick of 50 yards. With his other two kicks Saturday (29 and 46 yards), he has made 13 straight field goals to break the school record set by Bill Capece in 1980.
Big catch: Redshirt freshman receiver Taiwan Easterling's 4-yard touchdown catch should make a few highlight shows, but it was especially memorable for him. His younger brother Jovonie, who was involved in a car accident in May that left him in a coma for a while, was in the stands cheering. "It meant a lot," Easterling said. "It was a good moment for me to have my whole family up there watch that. It was real big for me."
Hokies pains: When Virginia Tech fifth-year senior QB Sean Glennon was sacked for the fourth time and had his left fibula rolled up on, he was writhing on the grass in obvious pain.
"We suspected a fracture, but the initial X-rays were negative," Hokies head trainer Mike Goforth said. "We will probably re-X-ray him back home, but he was able to put weight on it near the end of the game. I expect he will be back."
Meanwhile, starting QB Tyrod Taylor's sprained left ankle has been a lightning rod, of sorts. He has hurt it twice, most recently against Nebraska on Sept. 27, and the Hokies don't expect to know how severe the injury is until today.