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Florida State vs. Miami 2012: Chris Thompson injures knee

Florida State fell behind early against Miami on Saturday, but the Seminoles overcame a lot to pull away with the 33-20 win. Miami jumped out to an early 10-0 lead against FSU, before the 'noles took control of the game. FSU fumbled the ball on the next drive, but forced a fumble on the other end to regain possession.

There was an FSU field goal, and later a 10-play, 90-yard touchdown drive that saw FSU lose senior running back Chris Thompson to a knee injury. The 5'8'', 187-pound back has 91 carries for 687 yards this season. But Thompson is more than a leader on the field for FSU. Losing him in the first half could have had a negative effect on the team, but the Seminoles did not appear to be phased.

SB Nation's Bud Elliot had this to say about Thompson's injury on the network's Florida State blog, Tomahawk Nation:

Not only was Thompson Florida State's best offensive player, he was their emotional leader. X-rays were rumored to be negative on Thompson's knee, but it would be surprising to see Thompson back any time soon.

Florida State was also heavily penalized in this one, as it has been in other games recently. Elliot noted that FSU was called for nine penalties in the first half alone, compared to just one for Miami.

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