Florida State Seminoles
Saturday, September 29 • 6 p.m. • ESPN
Raymond James Stadium (65,857/Natural Grass)
Television - WATCH LIVE
ESPN — Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman and Quint Kessenich
WFLA-AM 970 (flagship)
Sirius 136; XM 191
Saturday’s game will be the just the second meeting between USF and Florida State … The only previous meeting was in 2009, when USF was a 17-7 winner against the Seminoles in Tallahassee, Fla. … QB B.J. Daniels threw two touchdown passes and rushed for a game-high 126 yards for USF, while the Bulls held Florida State to 19 rushing yards and 288 total yards … USF registered five sacks of Seminoles QB Christian Ponder in the win.
USF (2-2, 0-1 BIG EAST)
Skip Holtz (Notre Dame ’86)
15-13, third season at USF
87-63, 13th season as collegiate head coach
USF looks to snap a two-game slide after a 31-27 loss at Ball State last Saturday … It was a rare nonconference loss for the Bulls, who have gone 32-6 in nonconference games since 2006 … USF has lost nine turnovers through four games … The Bulls have seen two of their first four games decided with late touchdowns — USF scored the winning points with 38 seconds left against Nevada and saw Ball State score with 1:02 left to win last Saturday … QB B.J. Daniels has thrown for 1,142 yards and nine touchdowns with six interceptions … Daniels also is the Bulls’ second-leading rusher at 49.8 yards per game … He is second in the BIG EAST in total offense at 335.2 yards per game … WR Andre Davis is second in the BIG EAST in receptions (5.8 per game) and is third in receiving yards (77.2 ypg) … Davis has three touchdown catches … RB Demetris Murray is the leading rusher at 51.8 yards per game … USF’s offensive line has allowed just three sacks this season … LB DeDe Lattimore leads the team with 36 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks …The Bulls do not have a defensive interception yet this season … USF is averaging 3.0 sacks per game, good for 15th nationally … K Maikon Bonani is the BIG EAST’s active career scoring leader (257 points).
4/4 FLORIDA STATE (4-0; 2-0 ACC)
Jimbo Fisher (Salem ’89)
23-8, third season
Florida State has been one of the most impressive teams in the nation thus far … The Seminoles have outscored their first four opponents by a 225-40 margin and won their first three games by an average of 57.7 points … The Seminoles defeated Clemson 49-37 last Saturday to improve to 2-0 in ACC play … Florida State ranks in the top 10 nationally in 10 of the NCAA’s 17 statistical categories … Saturday’s game against USF will be the first road game for Florida State … Florida State has dropped its last two road openers … QB EJ Manuel has completed 73.4 percent of his passes (69 of 94) for 905 yards and eight touchdowns with one interception … Manuel also averages 47.0 rushing yards per game … RB Chris Thompson (89.2 ypg) leads a ground game that averages 281.0 yards per game … DE Bjoern Werner has registered a team-high 6.5 sacks, while DE Cornellius Carradine has 5.5 sacks and a team-high 19 tackles.