- David M. Hale, College football
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For the second straight week, Florida State thumped a conference foe by 56 points. The 59-3 win over Syracuse wrapped up ACC play for the year — at least until the conference championship game. It was also another dynamic display of just how well-rounded and explosive this team is. But in a game of big plays, these three Seminoles stood out.
QB Jameis Winston: Every move Winston made Saturday was scrutinized in light of the reports that he has been tied to a criminal investigation of an alleged sexual assault, but on the field, he looked utterly unfazed. Winston completed his first 11 throws and finished 19-of-21 for 277 yards and two touchdowns. Winston became the first quarterback since at least 2000 to have two games completing 90 percent of his pass attempts (with a minimum of 15 attempts) after also topping that mark in the ACC opener against Pitt.
CB Lamarcus Joyner: The move to corner continues to pay dividends, and Joyner continues to punish opposing quarterbacks on the blitz. The senior finished with four tackles, including 1.5 sacks Saturday, leading the charge for a Florida State defense that has been absolutely dominant in the past six games. Joyner had just one sack in his career entering 2013. He has five so far this season.
WR Levonte "Kermit" Whitfield: He touched the ball just twice, but the first one was electric. Whitfield took a pitch and ran 74 yards for a touchdown. For the season, he has racked up 493 yards on just 15 carries (an average of 33 yards per touch) to go with three touchdowns. Whitfield’s 74-yard touchdown on Saturday marked the seventh by a true freshman this season for FSU. The Seminoles didn’t have a single TD by a true freshman last year.
Hat tips to: Kenny Shaw finished with 99 yards, his sixth game with 89 or more, though he’s yet to hit 100; James Wilder Jr. has 18 carries for 143 yards and five TDs since returning from a concussion against Miami; Reggie Northrup had a team-high 11 tackles, including three on special teams.
For the second straight week, Florida State thumped a conference foe by 56 points. The 59-3 win over Syracuse wrapped up ACC play for the year — at least until the conference championship game.