entered Saturday's game with some big shoes to fill. His first career start came in place of suspended linebacker [db]Christian Jones.
Smith showed up in a big way. On Bethune-Cookman's first possession, he had five tackles. He finished with a game-high 12 tackles and added a sack as well.
"I didn't envision coming out that hot," Smith said. "But I went with the flow of the game and just kept going. They were running a lot of zone plays and I just read it right."
Smith's play helped spark FSU's run defense, which gave up just 3.2 yards per carry against Bethune-Cookman. His fellow linebackers said they noticed him rising to the occasion.
"Terrance, he definitely stepped up," Telvin Smith said. "For a young guy with Christian out, he definitely did his job. That just let you know anytime his number is called he can produce."
Smith said that he's spent his entire career at FSU studying under Jones and that study time helped prepare him to get the start Saturday.
"I've been learning from Christian the whole year, just trying to make myself the best linebacker possible," Smith said.
Williams shows more at RB
Karlos Williams continued to show why Jimbo Fisher was so excited to see him at running back on Saturday. The junior was FSU's second-leading rusher with 83 yards on nine carries, a 9.2 yards per carry average. He also scored two short-yardage touchdowns in the second half as FSU piled points on the scoreboard.
His progression was enough to merit special praise from Fisher after the game, who said Williams role would expand.
"He'll start getting some playing time early now," Fisher said. "His maturity and knowledge of things and what to do, and I thought he had a really nice ballgame today."
Williams didn't break free with a 60-yard touchdown run like he did in his debut against Nevada, but he did have one 35-yard sprint late in the game. He said he didn't mind doing a little more pounding Saturday.
"We try to take those two to three yard gains and if you keep getting those eventually you are going to bust open and get a big gain," Williams said.
He added that he feels more comfortable in pass protection from last week to now. But he hasn't totally left his defensive roots - he still plays on special teams and tattooed a Bethune-Cookman player on a kickoff in the second quarter.
"It felt really good being with those defensive guys and just talking with Telvin, (Reggie Northrup ) and (Ukeme Eligwe )," Williams said. "Going to hit somebody and I finally got to go do it and it felt real good."
Spreading the wealth
For the second straight game, Florida State spread its scoring touches around. Seven different players scored a touchdown on Saturday including one defensive score.
That follows a game against Nevada when nine different players scored. Jameis Winston threw to four different wideouts in the red zone and connected with both Kelvin Benjamin and Rashad Greene.
The diverse scoring a product of Florida State's numerous offensive weapons, Fisher said. He said the Seminoles make a point to diversify the red zone targets to keep defenses from zeroing in on a particular player in scoring situations.
"I do it because it makes people in the red zone have to cover everybody," Fisher said. "They can't double people.
You try to force balls to people, but you let the game get to you. We've got enough good players in different places and whatever they play we'll take."
Fisher added that Florida State wanted to get even more players into the end zone, but drops took away one score and a few attempts to find Nick O'Leary in the end zone didn't materialize. For his part, Benjamin said he doesn't mind the spread-out targets.
"Fisher always says, 'Try to get a crumb, take what they give you,'" Benjamin said. "That's just how it works out."
Tyler Hunter and Ukeme Eligwe both left the game at times with minor injures. Fisher said neither of them seemed to be serious.
Matthew Thomas recorded the first sack of his career in the game. Fisher said Thomas looked good coming off the edge, as did Eligwe.
Devonta Freeman's 100-yard game was his second straight of the season.
Marquez White took a few late-game snaps as a wide receiver, a position he's been working out at for much of the season. He was targeted twice but didn't have a catch.
Chris Cahser recorded his first career tackle on Saturday - and then some. Casher finished with 10 tackles, six unassisted, and two tackles for loss.
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