Tigers blow lead, opportunity as Seminoles rally for victory

Just as Clemson appeared to be on the verge of an upset victory over Florida State, the Tigers ran into a Seminole uprising.

FSU quarterback EJ Manuel completed 27 of 35 passes for 380 yards and two touchdowns and added 102 yards on the ground as Florida State rallied in the second half for a key Atlantic Coast Conference win over Clemson, 49-37.

Chris Thompson ran for 103 and a pair of scores and James Wilder Jr. added 65 yards and two touchdowns for the Seminoles (4-0, 2-0 ACC), who piled up 667 yards of total offense.

The Tigers (3-1, 0-1) appeared to be in control with a two-score lead in the third quarter before Florida State woke up. Manuel hit Rashad Greene for a 9-yard score and found Rodney Smith with a 29-yard touchdown strike to give the Seminoles their first lead, 35-31, late in the third.

Wilder provided the back-breaking run in the fourth quarter, absorbing contact and spinning his way to a 35-yard gain. Florida State stuck with Wilder for a 5-yard touchdown run two plays later, and Thompson made Clemson pay for an interception with a 27-yard scoring burst five minutes later to put the game away.

Tajh Boyd completed 19 of 35 passes for 232 yards, three touchdowns and one interception for the Tigers.

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