Mark Dolejs-US PRESSWIRE
The Seminoles cruised to victory over the Blue Devils in Doak Campbell Stadium.
The No. 12 Florida State Seminoles made it look easy against the Duke Blue Devils today, cruising to a 48-7 victory in Doak Campbell Stadium on a balanced offensive attack and a stout defensive performance.
Florida State's EJ Manuel completed just half of his 16 pass attempts, but was able to earn 282 passing yards and a pair of scores doing so. His top targets were Rodney Smith and Kelvin Benjamin, who combined for 189 yards and a score on six catches.
Duke struggled against the Florida State defense, amassing just 232 total yards of offense on the day. Their lone touchdown came on a Jela Duncan three yard rush in the second quarter. Duke had many opportunities to score, opportunistically recovering four Florida State fumbles, but had a tough go capitalizing off of Seminole mistakes.
With the win, Florida State improves to 8-1 (5-1, ACC) on the season.
Box Score Hero: Florida State halfback Devonta Freeman was intstrumental in the Seminoles' success today, rushing for 104 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.
Rankings Ramifications: Florida State is could get a bit of a bump in the polls with this win over a bowl-eligible Duke Blue Devils team.
But Did They Cover? Duke did not cover the 27 point spread.
Next Week's Schedule: On November 3, Duke will host Clemson. Florida State will have a bye in prepration for their November 9 game against Virginia Tech.