Florida State scored on its first touch of the season, and the seventh-ranked Seminoles hardly let up on their way to an easy win in the opener.
Lonnie Pryor, James Wilder Jr., and Debrale Smiley combined for seven rushing touchdowns during a 69-3 win over Murray State on Saturday night.
The Seminoles seemed to get better as the game moved along and that was after they had scored a touchdown the first time they touched the ball on Rashad Greene's 47-yard punt return less than two minutes into the game. And things went downhill from there for the visitors, a Football Championship Subdivision team.
"We played better as the game went on," Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. "A solid first game."
Pryor ran for three TDs, and Smiley and Wilder added two apiece. The 225-pound Wilder finished with 106 of Florida State's 285 rushing yards. It was Florida State's most rushing touchdowns since they had six in a win over Maryland 20 years ago.
"They've got a lot of firepower," Murray State coach Chris Hatcher said. "There isn't much else to say, 69-3."
Rashad Greene took a punt 47 yards for a touchdown just 89 seconds into the game. The Seminoles also started fast in the second half as well, needing only five plays to go 72 yards on a scoring drive capped by a 9-yard touchdown run by Wilder that made the score 35-3.
"Just waiting for my first 100-yard game," said Wilder, clutching a game ball. "It finally came."
EJ Manuel passed for 188 yards and a touchdown before retiring midway in the third quarter. Backup Clint Trickett completed 8 of 11 for 117 yards.
Murray State's Casey Brockman also passed for 117 yards, but was intercepted once and sacked six times, including four by Bjoern Werner.
"We played this game like it was our last game," Werner said. "This is what we have to continue doing."
Brockman was just happy that he won't be lining up against Werner and the Seminoles again.
"I've seen enough of those guys forever," Brockman said. "That is by far the fastest football team and the biggest defensive line I've ever seen in college football."
The Seminoles totaled 606 yards while holding Murray State, a Football Championship Subdivision school, to 156 yards.
Murray State (0-1) managed just 39 yards rushing against the Seminoles, who return most of the defensive unit that finished last season ranked fourth nationally in total defense.
"They're as good as advertised," Murray State coach Chris Hatcher said. "One of the best defenses I've ever seen."
Pryor sandwiched a pair of 1-yard scoring runs around an 18-yard TD and Wilder scored on runs of 1 and 9 yards. Smiley scored twice on 1-yard runs.
Murray State failed to capitalize on its first scoring threat when Jordan Benton's 35-yard field goal try sailed wide left. Benton did connect later in the second quarter on a 28 yard kick to pull the Racers to within 21-3. And that was it.
It was Florida State's third win over a FCS school in three seasons under Fisher. They've outscored those schools 190-19. The Seminoles play another FCS team next Saturday when Savannah State visits.
Manuel had a streak of 128 consecutive passes without an interception snapped when Murray State's Josh Manning snatched a ball bobbled by Florida State receiver Kenny Shaw.
"We did our mission, we did our job," Manuel said. "So, we flush this one away and move on to next week."
Dustin Hopkins, who is on pace to shatter both the school and Atlantic Coast Conference scoring records, added field goals of 28 and 30 yards and extended his string of successful consecutive point after kicks to 139. Hopkins now has 341 career points, 53 shy of the league and school records.
Senior defensive end Brandon Jenkins, who also had a first quarter sack, suffered a bruised left foot in the opening half and did not return as a precaution.