Weather can’t stop the Noles from doing what they do best, winning. The Seminoles beat the Savannah State Tigers 55-0 after the game was called midway through the third quarter because of severe weather. It was predicted that No. 6 Florida State would blow out the visiting Tigers by potentially epic proportions.
“It’s easy for me to say that I want to keep playing, but I understand the situation — we have bad weather coming and they have a bus ride and doing the things that they’ve got to do,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. “As a competitor you want to keep playing — I wanted to see some of our young guys, but I totally understand. That’s the nature of the situation that we were in.
The Seminoles bolted to a 35-0 lead in the first quarter as Manuel completed 11 of 13 passes for 161 yards and five Seminoles scored touchdowns. Manuel didn’t play after the opening quarter.
Florida State (2-0) led 48-0 at halftime and finished with 413 yards. Former Plant High star James Wilder Jr. and Kelvin Benjamin each scored two touchdowns before the game was called with 8:59 left in the third period..
“I was very excited to score my first two touchdowns by the starting quarterback and the quarterback that came in with my class,” Benjamin said. “So I was very emotional and I did a lot of good things in this game. I touched the ball a lot and I definitely want to be a playmaker for the team.”
“We try to pride ourselves on focusing on ourselves,” Manuel said. “When I say that, I mean going out there and doing what we’ve been coached and the things we’ve been doing all week. We had a good week of preparation. We wanted to go out there and present that to our fans. And that’s what we did tonight.”
Florida State won’t have it quite so easy next weekend. The ‘Noles kick off the Atlantic Coast Conference at noon by hosting a Wake Forest team that has started its season 2-0, including a come-from-behind 28-27 win over North Carolina Saturday.
“It was good as can be with what we are doing and the schedule we have,” Fisher said. “Under the circumstances, we had Murray State and West Virginia. That was out of our control – had nothing to do with us. I think we’ll prepare well and play well next week.”
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