Up by 10 points, against a heavily favored rival, the biggest home crowd of the season squealing with delight.
EJ Manuel threw for one touchdown and ran for another as Florida State opened a 28-point halftime lead and coasted to a 38-7 victory over Boston College on Thursday night.
Jimbo Fisher liked how his Florida State players worked through a week of practice following a third straight loss. Then his Seminoles stopped their skid with a performance they hope will be the first step in taking back control of their season.
E.J. Manuel came back for No. 23 Florida State. So did a bunch of familiar, unwelcome problems.
The sixth-ranked Florida State Seminoles are set to open the season next weekend against Louisiana-Monroe, and it appears the team will be at or near full-strength when they hit the field.