Maryland at Florida State

Winston carves up Terps; No. 8 Florida State rolls 63-0

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Jameis Winston reaffirmed his Heisman Trophy candidacy with the best performance of his short career Saturday. The Florida State redshirt freshman put up career-highs with 393 yards passing and five touchdowns during a 63-0 victory over No. 25 Maryland.

The 63 points were the second-most scored by No. 8 Florida State during coach Jimbo Fisher's tenure. Saturday was the most lopsided win against a Top 25 program in school history. The Seminoles beat No. 15 South Carolina 59-0 in 1988.

The lopsided score also tied the point-differential for the worst loss by a Top 25 team all-time. No. 11 Texas lost 66-3 to UCLA in 1997.

Top 25 wipeouts
Worst losses by ranked teams
Score Loser Winner Date
66-3 No. 11 Texas UCLA 9/13/1997
63-0 No. 25 Maryland No. 8 Florida St. 10/5/2013
62-0 No. 16 Syracuse No. 4 Va. Tech 10/16/99
61-0 No. 6 Penn State No. 1 Army 11/17/45
59-0 No. 2 Notre Dame No. 1 Army 11/11/44
59-0 No. 14 Syracuse No. 1 Miami 11/17/01
59-0 No. 15 S. Carolina No. 5 Florida St. 11/5/88

Winston's weekly highlight came late in the third quarter when the pocket collapsed and Maryland linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil jumped on his back. The quarterback ducked and slid out of the sack, rolled right and threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Nick O'Leary.

Winston became the first FSU quarterback to throw five touchdowns since Christian Ponder in 2009. He has now thrown for 1,441 yards, 17 touchdowns with two interceptions and a 73.3 completion percentage this season.

"It felt like a little league football game out there," Winston said. "It was 12 o'clock, the sun was out. I don't think I saw a cloud in the sky. It was a beautiful day."

The Florida State defense was the concern throughout the week after giving up 34 points to Boston College seven days ago. Defenders got out of their lanes and missed tackles -- something the Seminoles couldn't afford against a Maryland offense that averaged 498.5 yards per game.

That was not a problem.

The Terrapins were held to 121 first-half yards and Florida State gave up a season-low 11 yards rushing on 10 attempts in the first half. Maryland punted on its first three possessions of the game, a Florida State first this season. The Terps converted just 1 of 7 third downs in the first 30 minutes and 2 of 15 all game.

"As good as the offense played today, I thought the defense played better," Fisher said. "The defense, I thought, was the story of the day. They really took the show."

Things became even worse for Maryland when starting quarterback C.J. Brown went down late in the second quarter with the Terrapins trailing 14-0. Brown released a pass downfield just before Dan Hicks hit him around the waist and Jaccobi McDaniel followed with a blow to the chest. Brown lay on the turf for several minutes before he immediately headed to the locker room with a member of the medical staff.

Maryland coach Randy Edsall said Brown suffered a concussion and will be evaluated Sunday.

The Maryland offense was held to 234 yards and 33 yards rushing on 25 attempts.

"They have great athletes. They always do," Maryland backup quarterback Caleb Rowe said. "They were good, but we also could have taken advantage of a few things and we didn't do that."

It was the Florida State offense that started slow this week, but that didn't last long. The Seminoles scored on their first drive, a Karlos Williams 1-yard touchdown run, and then punted on the next three consecutive drives. That's when the Winston show began.

The Seminoles scored touchdowns on their next eight consecutive possessions.

O'Leary had four receptions for 55 yards and two touchdowns. Receiver Kelvin Benjamin had five receptions for 60 yards and two touchdowns. Receiver Rashad Greene had 108 yards receiving, but saw his streak of five games with a touchdown come to an end.

Williams added another touchdown from 17 yards out in the fourth quarter and backup quarterback Jacob Coker ran for a 24-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

"Not really much to say today," Edsall said. "We weren't very good. ... I take full responsibility for this. We didn't play well offensively, defensively, special teams.

"I know the guys in the locker room. I know who they are and I know the resolve that we have and we will go back and we will look at this and get better."

Florida State has a bye week before it travels to No. 3 Clemson on Oct. 19.

Maryland hosts Virginia next week.

Notes

  • Florida State starting center Bryan Stork suffered a concussion in the second quarter and did not return.
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Jameis Winston riddles Maryland with five touchdown passes in Florida State's biggest rout of a ranked opponent.  (USATSI)
Jameis Winston riddles Maryland with five touchdown passes in Florida State's biggest rout of a ranked opponent. (USATSI)

 

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Scoring Summary
FSUKarlos Williams 1 yd run (Roberto Aguayo kick)
FSUDevonta Freeman 5 yd run (Roberto Aguayo kick)
FSUKelvin Benjamin 5 yd pass from Jameis Winston (Roberto Aguayo kick)
FSUNick O'Leary 8 yd pass from Jameis Winston (Roberto Aguayo kick)
FSUKenny Shaw 21 yd pass from Jameis Winston (Roberto Aguayo kick)
FSUNick O'Leary 12 yd pass from Jameis Winston (Roberto Aguayo kick)
FSUKelvin Benjamin 21 yd pass from Jameis Winston (Roberto Aguayo kick)
FSUKarlos Williams 17 yd run (Roberto Aguayo kick)
FSUJacob Coker 24 yd run (Roberto Aguayo kick)
 
Team Stats
 MDFSU
First Downs933
Third Down Efficiency2-156-11
Fourth Down Efficiency0-00-0
Plays-Net Yards57-23482-614
Rushes-Yds25-3343-183
Passing Yds201431
Kick Return Yds7312
Punt Return Yds050
Passes15-32-026-39-0
Punts11-4204-168
Fumbles-Lost3-11-0
Penalties-Yds4-404-26
Time of Poss.25:4534:15
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
MD: Jacquille Veii 8-15, Caleb Rowe 5-9, Stefon Diggs 1-5, Albert Reid 4-4, C.J. Brown 3-3, Brandon Ross 3--1, Team 1--2
FSU: Devonta Freeman 17-63, James Wilder 6-40, Karlos Williams 5-29, Jameis Winston 7-24, Jacob Coker 1-24, Ryan Green 4-16, Freddie Stevenson 2-10, Team 1--23
PASSING
MD: Caleb Rowe 9-17-119-0, C.J. Brown 6-14-82-0, Stefon Diggs 0-1-0-0
FSU: Jameis Winston 23-32-393-0, Jacob Coker 3-7-38-0
RECEIVING
MD: Deon Long 3-77, Nigel King 3-46, Brandon Ross 3-17, Stefon Diggs 2-24, Dave Stinebaugh 1-13, Levern Jacobs 1-10, Kenneth Goins 1-9, Jacquille Veii 1-5
FSU: Kenny Shaw 5-96, Kelvin Benjamin 5-60, Rashad Greene 4-108, Nick O'Leary 4-55, Devonta Freeman 3-35, Christian Green 2-39, Isaiah Jones 1-16, Karlos Williams 1-15, Shayne Broxsie 1-7
 
Standings
TeamStandingsConferenceOverall
Maryland1st Big Ten East0-00-0
Florida State1st Atlantic Coast Atlantic0-00-0