With starting quarterback Christian Ponder sidelined with an elbow injury, Florida State has gone nowhere. The Seminoles went three-and-out on their final three possessions of the half, and have been hurt by a lack of execution, a lost fumble, and not making the most out of E.J. Manuel's ability to run. The Noles had just three first downs in the first half and were successful on just 1-of-5 third-down conversions.
Clemson's defense is very good -- it might be the best in the ACC -- but the Seminoles aren't helping themselves any. Florida State's defense, which had been on the field for most of the half, intercepted Kyle Parker with about 20 seconds remaining, but ran out the clock.
Jimbo Fisher told ESPN that Ponder will not play in the second half, that Manuel is doing fine. The backup quarterback is always the most popular guy on the team -- even when he's the starter. But with only 8 rushing yards on 11 carries, it doesn't matter much who's under center.