Dustin Hopkins has kicked more important field goals, and even longer field goals, than his 51-yarder just before halftime Saturday night.
But this kick certainly will be among his most memorable.
After connecting on four extra points earlier in the half, Hopkins' 51-yard field goal gave him seven points for the game and pushed him into first place in Florida State and ACC history for career scoring.
"I knew that I was close, but I had no idea numbers-wise where I was," Hopkins said. "A good friend of mine, (walk-on deep snapper) Frank Nicholas, told me right after the kick. So I didn't know until right after it happened."
After returning to the sideline, Hopkins reached over the stadium railing to give his father, Jim, a hug. The Texas native said he had a large group of family members in town for the game.
In grabbing the records, Hopkins soared past former Seminole Derek Schmidt for the FSU mark and former Maryland standout Nick Novak for the ACC record.
Hopkins added eight more points in the second half — on two field goals and two extra points — to push his career total to 402.
Schmidt and Novack ended their careers with 393.
"Just a career goal that's been marked off," Hopkins said. "And being mentioned with guys' names that have done so much for the university and for the ACC … I'm just humbled by the whole thing."
Another highlight for Joyner
One of these days, Lamarcus Joyner is going to actually find his way into the end zone. And the junior strong safety is going to enjoy one heck of a celebration.
For the second time this season, Joyner came oh-so-close to scoring a touchdown on an electrifying return, but officials ruled that he stepped out of bounds during what originally looked like an 89-yard interception and score.
"I think I had it," Joyner said. "But (it was a) big turnover. Those guys were getting the momentum swing, and that was a way to kill it. You always want to be a clutch player, and I made a big-time play, and I'm proud for it."
The play started with Boston College QB Chase Rettig dropping back to pass at Florida State's 21-yard line, and Joyner quickly broke on a pass across the middle of the Seminoles' defense near the FSU 10.
After CB Nick Waisome tipped the ball, Joyner grabbed it and eluded several Boston College players before hitting the sideline and outrunning the rest of the Eagles' offense. Replays showed, however, that Joyner barely stepped on the sideline at the FSU 44-yard line.
Earlier this season, Joyner returned a kickoff 90 yards to the Clemson 10-yard line before the Tigers stopped him short of the end zone.
"I don't think it's frustrating as long as it's on the highlight tape," Joyner said. "You get that on the highlight tape, and it looks good."
Senior WR Rodney Smith caught nine passes for 108 yards, extending his streak to 32 consecutive games with a catch. … Junior WR Kenny Shaw caught two passes for 125 yards in the first half, becoming the first Seminole to pass 100 yards receiving in a game this season. … Sophomore TB Devonta Freeman came off the bench to lead the Seminoles with 70 yards on eight carries. Senior starter Chris Thompson rushed 10 times for 68. … A Florida State staff member was hit on the sideline during Saturday's game and had to be taken off the field by medical personnel for precautionary measures. An FSU spokesman said the man did not appear to be injured seriously.
Ira Schoffel, Tallahassee Democrat