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EJ Manuel's highly anticipated starting debut came with a better than average stat line. Manuel finished the game 22 of 34 for 252 yards and two touchdowns. He did, however, throw an interception, but he still finished the game with a QB rating of 140.5.
Even though this was a good performance, it has to be taken with a grain of salt, as Louisiana-Monroe had the No. 97 ranked defense out of 120 FBS schools last season. This week, Manuel is likely to have a good stat line again, as Florida State will take on their FCS opponent Charleston Southern. Last week, Charleston Southern was shut out, 62-0, against the University of Central Florida.
Manuel won't have his first real test until Week 3 against top-ranked Oklahoma. Granted, Oklahoma's secondary, who have dubbed themselves the "Sharks," didn't look fantastic against Tulsa in their Week 1 victory.
Tulsa QB G.J. Kinne threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns against the Sooners. But to be fair, the second touchdown came in the fourth quarter when the game was all but over.
Kinne and the Tulsa offense aren't slouches, though. Even though Tulsa was without their best wide receiver in the game, that doesn't take away from the fact that they finished with the tenth highest scoring offense and the fifth highest yards per game offense in the country last season.
A chunk of Kinne's yards came on two blown coverage plays by the Sooners. One resulted in a 69-yard gain and the other was a 56-yard touchdown pass from Kinne to WR Bryan Burnham.
The "Sharks" will have to improve to stop Manuel and the Florida State offense in Week 3. This should be one of the most interesting matchups in the game.