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Florida State vs. Maryland 2012 results: Seminoles cruise to 41-14 victory

The Florida St. Seminoles dominated the first half and cruised to a 41-14 win over Maryland on the road Saturday afternoon.

Rob Carr

The Florida St. Seminoles had little trouble capturing their fifth-straight win, topping Maryland 41-14 on the road Saturday afternoon.

With three touchdowns and two field goals in the first half, the 10th-ranked Seminoles put the game out of reach by the intermission. After scoring on Devonta Freeman's 5-yard rushing touchdown on its first possession, Florida State extended the lead to 14-0 with E.J. Manuel's 10-yard pass to Nick O'Leary following a Terrapins fumble.

Manuel closed out the half with his second passing touchdown, a 30-yard strike to Rashad Greene, to give the Seminoles the 27-0 lead at halftime.

Maryland responded on their opening drive of the second half with its first score on quarterback Shawn Petty's dump-off to Kevin Dorsey for 33 yards. Dorsey added another highlight play in the final minute of the game, catching a 42-yard touchdown to make the score a little more respectable for the Terrapins.

However, that was the extent of the Maryland's success on offense as it managed only 170 total yards for the contest.

Box Score Hero: Devonta Freeman led the Seminoles' rushing attack with 148 yards, including a long of 47, and two touchdowns.

Rankings Ramifications: Florida State continues to make its case for a higher ranking as one of seven teams in the BCS top 10 with one loss of fewer.

But Did They Cover? By allowing a late score, Florida State came up short of covering as 31-point favorites.

For More On This Game: For more on FSU football, visit Florida State blog Tomahawk Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay. For more on Terps football, visit Maryland blog Testudo Times, plus SB Nation DC.

Next Week's Schedule: The Seminoles carry their five-game win streak into an instate contest against No. 6 Florida to wrap up the regular season. Meanwhile, Maryland will attempt to break its five-game losing streak and end the season on a high note against North Carolina on the road.

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