Sunday, November 18, 2012
By The Numbers: FSU 41, Maryland 14
By David M. Hale
Florida State cruised past another ACC foe, closing out the division title and picking up its 10th win of the season -- the second time in three years that Jimbo Fisher's squad has won 10 games and made an ACC championship appearance.
While the game wasn't particularly close, there were some numbers that stood out. Here are five that told the story of FSU's 41-14 win over the Terrapins.
237. That's the rushing total for Florida State's ground game on Saturday, a vast improvement from the struggles against Virginia Tech a week earlier. Devonta Freeman led the way, averaging 9.3 yards per carry en route to a career-high 148 yards and two scores. The 237 yards represents a season high for FSU on the road -- its four previous road games had been its four worst rushing performances -- and no designed runs were stuffed in the backfield.
16. That's the number of sacks Florida State has allowed on the road this season, after EJ Manuel was dumped in the backfield three times by Maryland. That represents 76 percent of the Seminoles' season total. Fisher chalked up the struggles on the road to playing better defenses away from home, but FSU will get its chance to test that theory against Florida's stellar defense at Doak Campbell Stadium this week.
7. That's the number of passing plays of 25 yards or longer Florida State has allowed in the past two weeks. In the first nine games of the season, the Seminoles allowed just eight plays of 25 yards. While the big plays have been more common the past two weeks, opponents haven't found much overall success in the passing game. Virginia Tech and Maryland completed just 53 percent of their passes against FSU.
3. That’s the number of receptions for tight end Nick O'Leary on Saturday, including 10-yard touchdown grab in the first quarter. The three catches matches O'Leary's total from the past five games combined. After starting the season with 10 catches in his first four games, O'Leary had largely disappeared from the offense, but Saturday he was a focal point early. For the season, O'Leary has 13 catches for 206 yards -- topping his season total of 164 yards from 2011.
26. That’s the number of tackles for loss this year by Bjoern Werner and Cornellius Carradine, who were both dominant against the Terrapins. Werner and Carradine combined for nine tackles, three sacks, 3.5 TFLs, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup. The 20 combined sacks Carradine and Werner share this season is the most by any pair of teammates in the country.