TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 15: Chief Osceola, mascot of the Florida State Seminoles plants a spear at midfield prior to a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

College Football Saturday Week 4: FSU Rallies To Top Clemson 49-37

The Florida State Seminoles went down early to Clemson, but rallied back to win 49-37 thanks in part to nearly 500 yards of offense from E.J. Manuel. Meanwhile, Miami rallied back to beat Georgia Tech and Florida dominated Kentucky.

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Clemson Vs. Florida State Final Score: Seminoles Explode For 49-37 Win

Down by two touchdowns more than four minutes into the third quarter, the No. 4 Florida State Seminoles rode a dominant rushing attack and golden performance from senior quarterback E.J. Manuel to 35 second-half points and a 49-37 home victory over conference foe No. 10 Clemson.

Manuel threw for 380 yards on 27-of-35 passing and tossed two third-quarter touchdowns, the second a 29-yard strike to Rodney Smith which put the Seminoles up 35-31, a lead they would not relinquish.

As a team, Florida State ran for 287 yards, averaging 7.2 yards per carry. Chris Thompson and James Wilder Jr. ran for two scores apiece, and Manuel rushed for 102 yards on 11 carries. Seminoles senior back Lonnie Pryor also ran for a touchdown.

Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd threw for 232 yards and three touchdowns on 19-of-35 passing. Both DeAndre Hopkins and Andre Ellington caught a touchdown and finished with more than 85 yards receiving, but sophomore speedster Sammy Watkins was held in check, finishing with just 61 total yards from scrimmage on five receptions and six rushes.

Watkins did throw a touchdown on a fake screen, a 52-yard score to Ellington which gave Clemson a 28-14 lead with 11:48 to go in the third quarter. But Florida State came storming back, scoring five touchdowns over the next 16 minutes.

Box Score Hero: Manuel, who accounted for 482 yards of total offense in leading the Seminoles to a huge conference win at home over a top-10 opponent. Manuel passed for 380 yards on 27-of-35 passing with two touchdowns and, most importantly, no interceptions. He also ran for 102 yards and a touchdown on 11 rushing attempts.

Rankings Ramifications: This was certainly an impressive win for Florida State, and after No. 2 LSU barely squeaked out a 12-10 win over Auburn, things could interesting in the top 5. Depending on how No. 3 Oregon fares against No. 22 Arizona, the Seminoles could move up a spot if LSU drops. As for Clemson, they're due for a fall but likely not too far after playing an exciting game against a top 5 team on the road.

But Did They Cover? Florida State was favored by a couple touchdowns, so they did not cover. The over/under ranged from 54.5 to 56, so obviously this game blew that out of the water.

For More On This Game: Check out Florida State blog Tomahawk Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay. For more on Tigers football, visit Clemson blog Shakin' The Southland.

Next Week's Schedule: Florida State travels to South Florida next week, while Clemson will head to Boston College.

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JU Vs. Dayton 2012 Results: Jacksonville Steals 21-17 Victory Over Flyers With Late Return TD

An 85-yard kick return touchdown from Colby Walden with a little over a minute to play was the difference maker in the Jacksonville Dolphins' 21-17 road victory over the Dayton Flyers.

It looked like the Flyers (1-3) were going to hang on to win this one when QB Will Bardo found freshman WR Ross Smith for the 5-yard touchdown pass with a 1:39 left to play. Those dreams were dashed just 16 seconds later with one clutch kick return.

The Dolphins (3-1) cut into an early 10-0 deficit in the second quarter when Andre Addison brought an interception back 43 yards for a touchdown. QB Kade Bell helped Jacksonville take their first lead of the game after he hit tight end Andrew Robustelli for a 22-yard score on his only catch of the day.

That 4-point advantage would hold until late in the fourth when the aforementioned fireworks happened. The kick return allowed Jacksonville to be victorious despite being out-gained in the total yardage department 388 to 252.

Box Score Hero: No one had any particularly flashy stats but Flyers senior RB Robert Washington did average 15 yards per carry on just five totes.

Rankings Ramifications: These teams aren't anywhere close to being on the national radar but Jacksonville is officially 1-0 in Pioneer league play with the win.

For More On This Game: For more Jacksonville coverage, stay plugged into SB Nation Tampa Bay.

Next Week's Schedule: The Dolphins will take on Marist at home next Saturday as they try to continue their undefeated streak in Pioneer play while Dayton heads to Butler.

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