CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 24: Rashad Greene #80 of the Florida State Seminoles is tackled by Bashaud Breeland #17 of the Clemson Tigers during their game at Memorial Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Clemson Vs. Florida State: Seminoles Close Strong In 49-37 Win

Senior quarterback EJ Manuel racked up 482 yards of total offense and scored three touchdowns in leading No. 4 Florida State to 49-37 home victory over conference rival No. 10 Clemson.

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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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Seminoles Should Be Familiar With Clemson Defensive Coordinator

The Florida State Seminoles will be facing a familiar opponent on Saturday -- aside from the Clemson Tigers in general. Florida State's offense will face off against Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables for a third consecutive year -- but first as defensive coordinator of Clemson.

So far, it hasn't gone so well for Jimbo Fisher's offenses against Venables' defenses. Per Tomahawk Nation, SB Nation's Seminoles blog:

Jimbo Fisher matches gridiron wits with Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables for the third straight year after seeing his defenses in 2010 and 2011 when he held the same position at Oklahoma.

While Venables arguably had an upper hand in terms of personnel in both of those games, there's little denying that he has gotten the best of Fisher each time. Florida State's offense struggled to move the ball consistently and avoid mistakes against the Sooners in both 2010 and 2011.

There are more salient points over at Tomahawk Nation on why Fisher's offense may just have the upper hand in this matchup, as the Seminoles get ready to take on the Tigers.

Be sure to check out Tomahawk Nation for all things Seminoles.

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Montravius Adams To Visit Florida State For Clemson Game

Out of Vienna (Ga.) Dooly County High, Montravius Adams is widely considered the best defensive tackle recruits in the country. He shared his thoughts in this recent video interview (summary follows for those unable to view).

Adams spoke about his disappointment in recently having to cancel his visit to Michigan State due to his mother being unable to attend. He thinks he will reschedule the visit to East Lansing.

Adams indicated that he is being recruited hard by Auburn commitments Reuben Foster, Dee Liner and Carl Lawson. He expects to visit Auburn when the Tigers host Alabama later in the season. Auburn is seen as a strong contender for Adams.

Speaking of Tigers, Adams recently missed a trip to Clemson to take in the Ball State game, but says that he does plan to trip to South Carolina to see Clemson host Maryland. Clemson is considered one of Adams' top schools.

This weekend, however, Adams will take in Clemson in a different setting: Tallahassee, as the Tigers take on Florida State. FSU is also recruiting Adams, and Adams has some level of interest in the school. The visit will be an unofficial.

As far as official visits, Adams knows that LSU, Oregon and USC will be three of his five, because they're further away from his Georgia home than schools such as Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Alabama and Florida State.

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