Halftime instant analysis: FSU 28, MSU 3

September, 1, 2012
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Stat of the half: 16. That's the number of rushing yards for Murray State in the first half, as last year's No. 2-ranked run defense for Florida State has had its way with the Racers. The Seminoles have held Murray State to 92 yards of offense in the first half, with just one run going for more than 5 yards.

Player of the half: Rashad Greene gets the narrow edge here over EJ Manuel. Greene replaced Greg Reid as FSU's primary punt returner and wasted no time showing he was up for the job, starting the scoring for Florida State by returning his first punt of the season for a 47-yard touchdown. For good measure, Greene added four receptions for 42 yards in the first half as well, including a 20-yard reception that set up FSU's third touchdown.

What's working for FSU: Virtually everything. Manuel's passing attack has been effective, racking up 149 first-half yards. The running game has moved at better than 6 yards a clip. The defense has shut down Murray State's ground game and made QB Casey Brockman work for every yard, racking up four sacks in the half.

What's not working for FSU: Jimbo Fisher lauded a healthy fall camp, but the injury bug has bitten a few times already against Murray State. Defensive end Brandon Jenkins left the game with a left leg injury midway through the second quarter, and right tackle Menelik Watson and safety Terrence Brooks also departed for the locker room. Watson returned to the sideline in full uniform but has not re-entered the game.

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