TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — This one was over in a hurry, and Duke coach David Cutcliffe was disappointed with the Blue Devils' performance.
Quarterback Sean Renfree was knocked out of the game in the second quarter with an unspecified head injury, and the Blue Devils went on to a 48-7 loss at No. 11 Florida State on Saturday.
"We didn't respond to that very good team," Cutcliffe said. "We didn't play well on first down, we didn't play well on second down, we didn't play well on third down. That makes it really hard."
The Seminoles (8-1, 5-1 ACC) scored on their third play of the game when EJ Manuel hit Rashad Greene in stride for a 71-yard touchdown. They led 31-0 early in the second quarter.
Manuel tossed two touchdown passes and Devonta Freeman ran for two more scores, while kicker Dustin Hopkins became the ACC's career leader when he drilled his 81st field goal to eclipse former Maryland kicker Nick Novak's mark. Hopkins did it in style as well with a career-best 56-yarder, seconds after he had made a 51-yard try that was nullified by a delay of game penalty.
"There was no doubt about 5 yards or anything," said Hopkins, who kicked a 55-yarder as the game ended to beat Clemson two years ago. "I just knew I had to kick a good clean ball."
Renfree completed 13 of 21 passes for 92 yards before he left with the head injury. Anthony Boone was 3 of 15 for 37 yards against a Florida State defense that leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in virtually all categories.
Cutcliffe said Renfree would be further evaluated by medical personnel, but still wasn't feeling very good after the game.
"It's a circumstance for the doctors to handle," he said.