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Sunday, October 27, 2013
Helmet stickers: Week 9

By David M. Hale

The starters weren’t in the game for more than a few snaps after halftime, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t some impressive performances in Florida State’s 49-17 win.

WR Rashad Greene: The junior from Albany, Ga., continues to slide under the radar, but Jimbo Fisher said Greene is playing as well as anyone on Florida State’s roster. On Saturday, Greene caught eight passes for 132 yards, including a 42-yard TD. It was Greene’s fourth 100-yard game of the season and his eighth touchdown. Seven of his eight catches Saturday went for first downs.

S Terrence Brooks: For the second straight game, Florida State’s defense set the tone early by forcing a turnover on the opposition’s first drive. This time it was Brooks, who picked off Brandon Mitchell’s first throw, setting up an FSU touchdown. On NC State’s fourth drive, Brooks was back at it, forcing a fumble -- the second of Florida State’s three takeaways. He added two tackles -- one for a loss -- for good measure.

RB Devonta Freeman: Like Greene, Freeman hasn’t basked in the spotlight much this season, but he’s delivering significant results. He carried 12 times Saturday for 92 yards and two touchdowns, pacing an FSU ground game that averaged nearly 8 yards per carry (not counting sacks) and scored four times. Freeman is on pace to become Florida State’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 1996.

Hat tips to: Ronald Darby appears fully healthy and picked off a pass for the second straight game; Jameis Winston wasn’t at his best, but he threw for 292 yards and three TDs, Levonte Whitfield racked up 99 all-purpose yards in the second half, including a nifty 31-yard touchdown run on a reverse in the fourth quarter.