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College Football Saturday Week 5: FSU Wins, UCF loses a close one

Florida State remained undefeated and avenged their 2009 loss to South Florida while UCF just couldn't hold on in their loss to Mizzou.

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FSU takes home 30-17 win over USF

The Florida State Seminoles didn't look great at times, but a hot run in the third quarter put the game away, as they beat the South Florida Bulls, 30-17.

Florida State keeps their undefeated record intact, though it probably didn't come in a manner that most Seminole fans would find very appealing. Quarterback E.J. Manuel was an efficient 19-of-26 for 241 yards and a touchdown, but failed to match his performance last week against Clemson. South Florida was able to keep the Florida State running game in check for most of the night. Chris Thompson led the 'Noles in rushing with 74 yards.

For South Florida, it was more of the same from quarterback B.J. Daniels. Daniels went 17-of-33 for 143 yards and an interception, but rushed for 72 yards and two touchdowns. It was Daniels' backup however, that was responsible for the biggest mistake of the game. Matt Floyd came in for Daniels right before the end of the third quarter, and on his only play was sacked and fumbled. Christian Jones returned the fumble for a touchdown to make it 30-10 and put a stake in the heart of USF's upset bid.

Box Score Hero: FSU wide receiverRashad Greene had two receptions for 71 yards, and also rushed for the Seminoles' only rushing touchdown of the day.

Rankings Ramifications: Barring a loss by a team ahead of them, Florida State should remain at No. 4 in the polls.

But Did They Cover? The Seminoles were 15.5 point favorites, so they did not cover the spread.

Next Week's Schedule:

Florida State: 10/6 at NC State

South Florida: 10/6 at Temple

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After 3 quarters, FSU leads USF 23-10

The Florida State Seminoles are in control against the South Florida Bulls, and have finally taken control of the game after three quarters, leading 30-10.

Florida State took the ball after halftime, but failed to produce anything but a quick three-and-out. However, instead of flipping field position, the Bulls blocked the punt and took over possession at the Seminoles 8-yard line. Three runs by B.J. Daniels later, South Florida got into the end zone and cut the lead to 13-10.

The Noles had an answer on the next drive, though. A big 32 yard completion from E.J. Manuel to Rashad Greene set the tempo to start the drive, and six plays later Manuel found Penn State transfer Kevin Haplea all alone in the end zone to push the lead back to 20-10.

After forcing a quick three and out from USF, Florida State started to assert themselves, but not without some assistance from the officials. Manuel found Kenny Shaw down the left for a 47-yard gain that was ruled complete, but it looked as if Shaw did not fully control the ball before he stepped out. The Noles ended the drive with a field goal to go up 23-10.

South Florida had the ball at the end of the quarter, but Cornellius Carradine stripped backup quarterback Matt Floyd, who came in for an injured Daniels, on the last play of the quarter, and the fumble was returned for a touchdown by Christian Jones to stretch the lead to 30-10.

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