By the Numbers: FSU 33, Miami 20


Like Florida State's first two road trips, Saturday's game was hardly the prettiest performance. The 33-20 win over Miami was hard-fought, physical and filled with mistakes -- including five fumbles and 12 penalties.

In the end, the ugly plays only helped to provide Miami with a glimmer of hope, but by the time Devonta Freeman fought his way across the goal line for a 3-yard score early in the fourth quarter, the game was all but over.

While the penalties and fumbles will likely remain the talk as FSU looks for ways to improve on the performance this week, here are five other key stats that told the story of Saturday's win over Miami.

7.45. That's what Florida State's running backs -- Freeman, James Wilder Jr. and Lonnie Pryor -- averaged per carry after Chris Thompson left Saturday's game with a knee injury. Freeman and Wilder, who accounted for just one carry in a loss to NC State two weeks ago, totaled 119 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's win. The passing game really never materialized, but the reserve running backs made the most of their opportunity, and FSU remains optimistic Thompson's knee injury won't be season-ending.

4. That's the number of sacks of Miami QB Stephen Morris by Florida State's defense. The four sacks represent twice FSU's total from the previous two weeks combined, and one-third of the total Miami's offensive line has allowed all season. Bjoern Werner was in on two sacks, his first since Week 3 against Wake Forest, while Telvin Smith had perhaps the best game of his career, stripping Morris for a momentum-changing fumble in the first quarter after FSU had fallen behind 10-0. Morris, who was doubtful to start the game as late as Thursday evening, was 25 of 43 passing for 223 yards.

35. That's the percentage of Florida State's offensive drives during the past four games that crossed midfield and ended with a touchdown. In Florida State's first four games of the season, the Seminoles scored touchdowns on 67 percent of their drives that crossed midfield. Against Miami, five of FSU's drives into Hurricanes territory ended with field goal tries, and kicker Dustin Hopkins has attempted 15 field goals in the past four games. Entering play Saturday, only 11 other kickers in the country had attempted 15 field goals all season. In the last four games, 11 of Florida State's drives past midfield ended without any points (30 percent).

8.01. That's EJ Manuel's yards per attempt in three road games this season -- nearly 3 yards per attempt lower than his three home starts against FBS opponents. Overall, Manuel is completing 74.2 percent of his passes at home for 332 yards per game with eight TDs and two interceptions. On the road, those numbers plummet to 66 percent, 230 yards per game with just two touchdowns and one pick. Manuel averaged just 7.4 yards per attempt Saturday, completing just two passes for more than 17 yards. The biggest difference might be protection. He's been sacked five times in five home games, but eight times in three games on the road.

29. That's the net yards rushing mustered by Miami's offense Saturday. The Hurricanes entered the game averaging 141 yards per game on the ground, but Florida State's defense allowed virtually nothing to Miami's runners Saturday. Even setting aside yardage lost to sacks, Miami still averaged just 3.6 yards per carry and didn't have a run longer than 9 yards in the game. One week after coughing up 100 yards to an opposing tailback for the first time in more than a year, FSU held Duke Johnson to just 27 yards Saturday.