April 14, 2012; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles running back Mario Pender (7) runs the ball past defensive end Brandon Jenkins (4) during the second half of the Florida State spring game at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE

Florida State Opens The Season With Murray State

Florida State opens its 2012 season against Murray State and expect big things this season.

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Murray State Vs. Florida State Final Score: Seminoles Pound The Racers, 69-3

The Florida State Seminoles didn't mess around with a team of perceived lesser ability, hammering the Murray State Racers 69-3 at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday night.

Jimbo Fisher's team was in control from the National Anthem on, amassing an inconceivable 606 total yards while allowing just 154 by the Racers.

James Wilder Jr. had a nice 2012 debut, gaining 106 yards on 12 carries and scoring a pair of touchdowns. E.J. Manuel had an equally impressive day throwing the ball. The senior from Virginia Beach, Va. completed 16-of-22 for 188 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Fisher's squad was clicking on all cylinders, picking up 28 first downs compared to Murray State's nine.

Maybe most impressively, the Seminoles defense was brilliant against the run. The Racers attempted to run the ball 32 times and gained just 37 yards.

Casey Brockman was also throttled by the Florida State defenders, throwing for a mere 117 yards on 36 passes and being picked off once as well.

For more on the Seminoles, please be sure to check out our blog Tomahawk Nation and our College Football Hub for all the latest news and updates.


FSU's Jimbo Fisher: 'This Is Our Time'

It's no secret that Florida State football's return to national prominence has been falsely predicted for several seasons now, but that's not stopping coach Jimbo Fisher from re-announcing the Seminoles' intentions during an ESPN TV interview Monday (quote pull courtesy of SB Nation Florida State blog Tomahawk Nation):

"The opportunities you have in life... don't let 'em slide through your fingers. The people who don't let it slide through their fingers are the people who truly believe that it's their time. I want you to understand something: this is our time. This is our time, right now. ... This train's rollin', boys, and ain't nothin' getting in its way."

Tomahawk Nation frames the recent struggles for FSU to make the jump back from the Bobby Bowden era of Top-5 finishes around key injuries in recent seasons under Fisher, especially at the offensive line. However, to curtail some of the more impatient members of the 'Nole fan base, Bud Elliot also admonishes those who are demanding all-or-nothing after the relative failure of recent seasons. (Read his entire his entire thoughts on the matter here)

The term "no excuses" gets thrown around a lot, often lazily. I'm hearing it a lot from the FSU fanbase, however, about this year. Fans do not want to hear excuses. There aren't enough fans who understand that 43 missed starts on offense due to injury, the most in the entire country, is crippling. They don't realize that winning nine games with that limitation is not an underachievement of two or three games, but of zero or one.

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