TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 12: EJ Manuel #3 of the Florida State Seminoles scrambles during a game against against the Miami Hurricanes at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Lightning Ends Laugher As FSU Grants Savannah State Mercy

Bad weather and a blowout combined to give Florida State some sort of mercy rule victory.

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Savannah State Vs. Florida State Final Score: Lightning Ends 55-0 Laugher Early

It took a pair of lightning delays for officials to finally call off the slaughter underway Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium, where No. 6 Florida State needed less than three full quarters to defeat the Savannah State Tigers, 55-0, the second-straight humiliating loss the Tigers have suffered to a highly-ranked Football Bowl Subdivision team.

Seminoles quarterback E.J. Manuel had his way with the Tigers' defense, completing 11-of-13 passes for 161 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, good for a 264.8 passer rating. Meanwhile, Florida State ballcarriers combined for 167 yards rushing on 23 carries, a 7.3 yard average.

Savannah State was completely outclassed by the Seminoles, mustering only 28 yards of total offense on 33 plays. Last week, the Tigers were annihilated by No. 18 Oklahoma State, 84-0. Savannah State will receive a reported $860,000 for enduring the two beatdowns, which will go a long way towards meeting its athletic department's $5.1 million budget.

Box Score Hero: In keeping with this game's theme, the easy winner is Tigers quarterback Antonio Bostick, who finished 2-for-15 with nine yards passing. For those who don't like arithmetic, that's good for 0.6 yards-per-attempt, a 13.3 percent completion percentage and a 18.4 passer rating. And that's without throwing an interception. So he's sort of a Miltonian antihero.

Rankings Ramifications: Ha! Seriously, Florida State should stay in the top ten in next week's polls.

But Did They Cover? Amazingly, Savannah State did cover the 68-point spread.

For More On This Game: Check out Tomahawk Nation.

Next Week's Schedule: Florida State will play its conference opener at home against Wake Forest on Sept. 15 at noon. Savannah State gets a week off before hosting North Carolina Central on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.

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Florida State Weather Means Mercy For Savannah State

Savannah State was pelted, 84-0, by Oklahoma State last week, then entered Tallahassee facing the largest point spread in college football history. Florida State breezed ahead so quickly that it started pulling its starters in the first quarter.

Then weather happened. Facing a postponement with the Noles up 48-0 in the second quarter, the powers that be determined halftime will be shortened and the remaining 33 minutes will be played with a running clock.

As in, a high school-esque mercy rule that will dramatically shorten the game and prevent FSU from embarrassing the Tigers beyond decorum. It's happened before in college football, such as it did in the 1988 Kansas-Auburn game and Texas A&M-Oklahoma in 2003.

It also means everyone in the press box doesn't have to endure much more of this savagery:

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Florida State Vs. Savannah State Game Time, TV Schedule, Spread And More

The No. 6 Florida State Seminoles take on FCS school Savannah State Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, FL.

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