FORT LAUDERDALE -- A high-five to my buddy Brendan Bures on the assist with this post. As Florida State begins to turn the page to a new week and a newly-energized, hot Duke team, we still have to look back at the week now past.
Continuing our post-game coverage, check out this numbers blog crafted by Bures, our associate reporter (fancy title for my sidekick) in Tallahassee. Some really interesting figures here.
57: Rivals Florida State and Miami have now faced each other 57 times. With Saturday night’s win, FSU also cut into the UM series lead. The Hurricanes now hold a 31-26 advantage.
6: FSU quarterback EJ Manuel has now won football games in six different Florida cities to complete the Sunshine State circuit (Tallahassee, Gainesville, Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa Bay and Orlando).
5.03: Rushing yards averaged per play by FSU running backs after running back Chris Thompson went down with an injury in the second quarter of the game.
447: Total yards gained by FSU; comparatively, UM gained 258 yards Saturday.
6.2: Average yards per play for the Seminoles. The Hurricanes averaged 4.0 yards per play.
417: Total points scored by Dustin Hopkins over his entire career. He sits at 5th on the NCAA scoring record. Former Boise State kicker Kyle Brotzman holds the record with 439 points.
79: Hopkins has now made 79 field goals his entire career. With four against Miami, he moved into eighth on the all-time NCAA list, tied with Jason Elam (Hawaii) and John Lee (UCLA). Billy Bennett holds the record with 87 FGs made.
5: FSU had to overcome fumbling the football five times against Miami. They only lost two of those fumbles. FSU had only fumbled six times previously before this game.
121: Amount of yards lost on penalties by FSU. The Seminoles were penalized 12 times. Miami had four penalties for 25 yards lost.
121: Yards gained by FSU backup running backs James Wilder Jr. and Devonta Freeman in relief of Chris Thompson. The duo scored all of FSU’s touchdowns last night (3).
34:34: Florida State’s time of possession for the game.
7.0: The FSU defense had 7.0 tackles-for-loss against UM for a combined loss of 42 yards.
4.0: The defensive line group also had four sacks on the night including highly touted freshman DE Mario Edwards Jr. who shared a sack with Bjoern Werner.
73,328: Total number in attendance at Sun Life Stadium.
5: FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher is now 5-0 in his career against FSU's in-state rivals.
---by Brendan Bures