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Florida A&M: DE Ellie Hyppolite. The 6-foot-4, 275-pound senior had two of the Rattlers’ four sacks last week against Tennessee State and will line up against a shuffled offensive line that allowed three sacks a week ago _ as many as the Sooners allowed through eight games last season.
Oklahoma: RB Damien Williams. The junior college transfer ran for a team-best 103 yards, including a 65-yard TD run, in his debut.
FACTS & FIGURES
Stoops and Florida A&M’s Joe Carter worked together on the coaching staff for the 2001 Hula Bowl college All-Star game. Stoops says he has a picture of the two of them, and others including Steve Spurrier and Dick Tomey, wearing sandals while coaching the game. … The game contract called for Florida A&M to get $700,000 if its marching band traveled with the team, but the Marching 100 is suspended from games after the death of a drum major that has other band members facing hazing charges. … FAMU is 0-13 against FBS teams since 1996, losing by an average score of 50-9.
Savannah State (0-1) at No. 6 Florida State (1-0), 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
Line: No line.
Series Record: First meeting.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Sixth-ranked Florida State appears loaded with talent across the board and a huge offensive line is gaining much-needed experience with each game. The Seminoles rushed for 285 yards in the opener, an encouraging development considering their troubles on the ground last year. They also want to avoid key injuries after losing star defensive end Brandon Jenkins in the opener with a season-ending broken foot. Another payday for Savannah State. The Tigers get $475,000 this week after picking up $385,000 at Oklahoma State for an 84-0 shellacking last Saturday. However, Tigers coach Steve Davenport said afterward that he wasn’t sure the money was worth the school’s worst loss since 1953.
Florida State’s heralded pass rush vs. any of Savannah State’s quarterbacks. The Seminoles sacked Murray State’s Casey Brockman six times in a 69-3 win last Saturday despite losing Brandon Jenkins early in the game. Fortunately for the Seminoles, defensive end is a position with depth. Bjoern Werner recorded four sacks and another tackle for loss and was the Atlantic Coast Conference’s defensive player of the week. Cornelius “Tank” Carradine picked up more playing time in Jenkins‘ absence and led the team with nine tackles, including a sack.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Florida State: RB James Wilder Jr. stood out in the opener with 106 yards on a dozen carries in the second half of the Seminoles’ 69-3 win over Murray State.
Savannah State: RB Alex Simmons gained 40 yards on nine carries, including a 19-yard run for the Tigers longest gain in an 84-0 loss at Oklahoma State.
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