Posted by Chip Patterson
FLORIDA STATE WON. The Seminoles did not get caught looking ahead to their Sept. 17 date with Oklahoma, and took care of business in a 62-10 route of Charleston Southern. EJ Manuel led the way for the Florida State offensively, completing 24 of 35 passes for 329 yards, four touchdowns, with an interception.
WHY FLORIDA STATE WON: The Seminoles defense smothered Charleston Southern, holding the Buccaneers to only 84 yards of total offense. Florida State had a mismatch at basically every position and did not allow anything for the whole first half. With Charleston Southern's defense getting no rest, it was just a matter of letting Manuel pick apart the coverage with FSU's stable of talented receivers.
WHEN FLORIDA STATE WON: When they showed up to the stadium. Florida State's third play from scrimmage was a 45 yard touchdown pass from Manuel to junior wide receiver Rodney Smith. The following possessions for the rest of the quarter went Charleston Southern 3 and out, Florida State touchdown, Charleston Southern 3 and out, Florida State field goal, Charleston 3 and out. At the end of the first quarter it was 17-0 Florida State, and there was no doubt the game was done.
WHAT FLORIDA STATE WON: As opposed to a week off (like Oklahoma has), the Seminoles got a competitive scrimmage against an unfamiliar opponent. The Seminoles' coaching staff has an even better idea of what to focus on heading into the primetime showdown with the top-ranked Sooners.
WHAT CHARLESTON SOUTHERN LOST: Not a ton, really. I don't think the Buccaneers expected much out of this trip other than a great challenge and the possibility of scoring an upset. Outside of the embarrassment and frustration, it'll be back to the regular schedule for Charleston Southern on Monday.
THAT WAS CRAZY. Charleston Southern didn't get a first down until the third quarter. The Buccaneers were even spotted five yards on one of Florida State's 13 penalties to achieve that monumental task on the opening drive of the second half. Florida State still has a lot of things to work out this week before the Sooners get into town, but the defense has been taking care of business.