- David M. Hale, ESPN Staff Writer
It's hard to call anyone a hero in a 55-0 win, and there's certainly not much to criticize, but Florida State still managed to have a handful of players make strong impressions in limited time and a couple more than muffed a chance to pad their stats.
1. Manuel’s play: The Florida State quarterback connected on 11 of 13 passes for 161 yards and three touchdowns and looked incredibly sharp in thumping Savannah State for just one quarter of action before taking a seat.
2. Glimpse at Benjamin: For a player with enormous expectations, WR Kelvin Benjamin was still waiting for his breakthrough performance. Saturday might not have been it, but he was a featured part of the offense -- running a reverse, catching a quick shuffle pass, hauling in a fade for a TD and picking up another touchdown, the lone score of the second half.
3. Thompson scores: The senior tailback didn't get a ton of work -- getting just four touches -- but he ran hard, picked up 44 yards and added his first touchdown in a year after missing the bulk of 2011 with a broken back.
1. Hopkins misses: FSU kicker Dustin Hopkins banked his seventh extra-point try of the game off the left upright, his first miss on a PAT in 146 tries. "I just missed it," Hopkins said, noting that he didn't slip on the wet field, but did have a slight stutter step as he approached the ball.
2. A lone penalty: It's splitting hairs to find fault in a 55-0 win when the offense looked so good, but center Austin Barron, making his first start of the season in place of injured Bryan Stork, was flagged for holding in the first quarter. It was the first offensive penalty of the year for FSU, and the lone flag on the line so far this season after the unit was among the most penalized in the nation last year.
3. Mother Nature: What's worse than watching a 55-0 blowout in which the starters see little more than a quarter of action? Try a 55-0 blowout that includes two long delays and no conclusion. Lightning created even more havoc than FSU's defensive line Saturday, and the end result was that Jimbo Fisher didn't get a chance to see much of his young guns, particularly defensive ends Chris Casher and Mario Edwards Jr.
5dDavid M. Hale
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