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TALLAHASSEE, FL (WALB) -

(AP) - EJ Manuel threw for a career-high 439 yards and four touchdowns and kicker Dustin Hopkins became the Atlantic Coast Conference's career scoring leader Saturday as 12th-ranked Florida State rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 51-7 victory over Boston College.

Manuel completed 27 of 34 passes before leaving early in the fourth quarter with a 48-7 lead.

Florida State (6-1, 3-1 ACC) didn't waste any time shaking off over last week's 17-16 loss at North Carolina State, rolling to a 28-0 lead midway through the second quarter before Boston College (1-5, 0-3) scored its touchdown on Chase Rettig's 18-yard pass to Bobby Swigert.

Hopkins passed the previous league scoring record of 393 points with a 51-yard field goal that gave the Seminoles a 31-7 halftime lead.

Hopkins boosted his career total to 402 points and now stands fifth all-time on the NCAA scoring charts.

He also erased a pair of Florida State career marks that stood for 25 years, both previously held by Derrick Schmidt.

Hopkins' 75 field goals are five shy of the ACC mark held by former Maryland kicker Nick Novak, who was the league's previous scoring leader.

Criticized for their conservative play calling after blowing a 16-point lead last week at North Carolina State, the Seminoles came out throwing against BC. Manuel threw six straight passes on the opening 99-yard drive without once going to the run.

And he didn't let up, passing for 295 yards and three touchdowns in the first half alone.

Boston College drove to the Florida State 1-yard line one on the opening drive of the game, but couldn't score, stopped twice only inches from the goal line.

It didn't take the Seminoles long to get to the other end. Kenny Shaw raced 77 yards with a Manuel pass to cap Florida State's drive.

Shaw caught the pass near midfield and outran two BC defenders down the left sideline for the touchdown.

He had two catches for 125 yards and teammate Rodney Smith had nine receptions for 108 yards and has now caught at least one pass in 32 straight games.

Manuel connected twice with James Wilder Jr. on scoring touchdowns on scoring plays of 7 and 12 yards and also with Kelvin Benjamin on a 6-yard TD.

Lonnie Pryor added a pair of short touchdown runs for the Seminoles, who rolled up 649 yards to BC's 225.

Rettig, who came into the game averaging 306.2 yards passing, managed 122 against the ACC's top defense.

Andre Williams ran for 104 yards on 20 carries for the Eagles.

 

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