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Sept. 10, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - EJ Manuel threw for a career-best 329 yards and four touchdowns Saturday as No. 5 Florida State defeated Charleston Southern 62-10 in a tune-up for next week's showdown against top-ranked Oklahoma.
The Buccaneers, who lost 62-0 last week at Central Florida, didn't complete a pass or have a first down in the first half, and trailed 34-0.
Manuel hit Bert Reed on two short TD passes while the Seminoles' defense limited Charleston Southern to 84 total yards.
Charleston Southern (0-2) snapped a drought of 11 quarters without a touchdown when Teddy Allen flipped a 3-yard touchdown pass to Carson Leshin early in the third quarter.
Florida State (2-0) hosts the Sooners next Saturday in one of the most highly anticipated games of the young season.
Saturday's game, however, was over almost immediately as the highly favored Seminoles took a 24-0 lead less than 5 minutes into the second quarter and dominated throughout.
Florida State amassed 29 first downs and 647 yards offense while holding Charleston Southern to three first downs. The Seminoles had a 371-8 yardage advantage in the first half.
Fullback Lonnie Pryor scored on a 14-yard pass from Manuel and Chris Thompson added a 2-yard touchdown run.
The lopsided contest gave several Florida State freshmen a chance to shine.
Backup quarterback Rick Trickett tacked on an impressive relief appearance after taking over for Manuel midway through the third quarter.
Trickett completed 6 of 7 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns and ran 4 yards for a third. Both TD throws were to freshman Rashad Greene on plays covering 29 and 69 yards. The two teamed up last week on their first collegiate play for a 28-yard touchdown.
James Wilder Jr. led the Seminoles in rushing with 76 yards on 10 carries, four more than Florida State's other four tailbacks combined.
Manuel already had a career highs in passing at halftime with 299 yards and three touchdowns, but his interception early in the third quarter set up Charleston Southern's touchdown.
Cornerback Charles James stepped in front of Florida State's Rodney Smith at the 42 for the interception and sped 39 yards to the Seminole 3 before being knocked out of bounds.
Andy Brown added a 22-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter for Charleston Southern's final points.
The outmanned visitors were simply unable to get much of anything else going.
After being shut out in the first half, quarterback Malcolm Dixon threw for 50 yards in the second half. The Buccaneers managed only 21 yards rushing.
It took the Seminoles just three plays to score on Manuel's 45-yard touchdown throw to 6-6 Rodney Smith.
On Florida State's next drive, Manuel hit Reed on an 8-yard TD throw to put the Seminoles up 14-0 less than seven minutes into the game. Reed's second scoring pass came on a 6-yard play that gave the Seminoles a 24-0 lead after Dustin first of two field goals.
Hopkins also kicked eight extra points to extend his streak to 98 straight without a miss. He now has four field goals and 24 points in the first two games of he season.