- David M. Hale, ESPN Staff Writer
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Florida State wrapped up a perfect regular season with yet another blowout win. For the first time in a month, however, Jameis Winston and the starters got to stick around for the second half, making it a bit easier to hand out helmet stickers.
Winston: He hasn’t had to play often in the fourth quarter this season, but he got nearly a full game’s worth of work Saturday. He used the extra playing time to add to his Heisman campaign, completing 19 of 31 passes for 327 yards and three touchdowns. The competitive first half only underscored the fact that Winston hasn’t simply beaten up on overmatched foes this year. When Florida State is leading by 14 or fewer points or trailing, Winston is completing 73 percent of his passes, averaging 12 yards per attempt with 19 touchdowns and six INTs.
WR Kelvin Benjamin: Nine catches, 212 yards, three touchdowns… and yet, it could’ve been so much more for the sophomore receiver. Benjamin had two big drops and Winston narrowly overthrew him on another wide-open play, turning what might’ve been a historic day into simply the eighth-best receiving yardage total in school history. Benjamin became the first FSU receiver to top 200 yards since Craphonso Thorpe had 217 against Notre Dame in 2003.
DE Christian Jones: He had just five tackles, but two went for a loss and Jones was a beast coming off the edge, tormenting Florida QB Skyler Mornhinweg and keeping the ground game from getting to the outside. Mornhinweg continuously looked to his check-down targets under pressure -- often from Jones -- and the Gators’ ground game had just 28 yards on 23 carries, aside from one 50-yard run by Trey Burton.
Hat tips to: James Wilder Jr. continues to look sharp since returning from a concussion on Nov. 2. He had 63 yards on 10 carries. Terrence Brooks and Mario Edwards Jr. each had two TFLs. Edwards also forced a fumble and had a sack. Nate Andrews forced his sixth turnover of the season.