BOSTON — EJ Manuel threw for one touchdown and ran for another as Florida State opened a 28-point halftime lead and coasted to a 38-7 victory over Boston College on Thursday night.
With their fourth consecutive win, the Seminoles (6-3, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) qualified for a bowl game for an NCAA-best 30th consecutive year.
Boston College (2-7, 1-5), which had gone to a bowl game for 12 consecutive years, was guaranteed its first losing season since 1998 and was eliminated from bowl contention.
Manuel completed 12 of 16 passes for 180 yards and ran 16 times for 37 yards. Devonta Freeman ran for 62 yards and two touchdowns.
GEORGIA: Chris Conley says the Bulldogs no longer have to depend on any one receiver.
Not A.J. Green.
Not Malcolm Mitchell.
Conley proved the point last week when he took advantage of his 6-foot-3 frame and 40-inch vertical leap to make a key 18-yard sideline catch that enabled Georgia to run out the clock in its 24-20 win over Florida.
With the big grab, Conley proved there’s new depth at receiver for No. 18 Georgia, which plays New Mexico State on Saturday.
Four receivers have at least 20 catches.
Tight end Orson Charles has passed Mitchell for the team lead with 26 catches.
BOISE STATE: The Idaho State Board of Education has given Boise State permission to pursue membership with the Big East Conference, a move that would mean more revenue and give the Broncos a clear path to the Bowl Championship Series.
The board voted 7-1 on Thursday to give university President Bob Kustra the authority to move Boise State’s football program out of the Mountain West Conference and into the Big East for the 2013 season.
COURTS: The State Attorney’s Office in Florida has decided not to charge Florida Gators defensive tackle Dominique Easley and former Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Reggie Myles for their roles in an altercation in October.