Sunday, October 20, 2013
Week 8 helmet stickers
By David M. Hale
Florida State didn't simply win its biggest game of the year Saturday. It dominated. From the opening snap -- a forced fumble that set up a TD -- to the final drive, the Seminoles showed they belong in the discussion as the best team in the country. These three players had the biggest hand in making it happen.
QB Jameis Winston: It almost seems foolish to be surprised by anything Winston does anymore because he's clearly shown there's no limit to what's he's capable of accomplishing. His latest showcase included 22-of-34 passing, 444 yards, three touchdowns through the air and one more on the ground. In each of Winston's four ACC games this season, he's managed at least 300 yards and three scores.
WR Rashad Greene: In truth, the whole receiving corps deserves kudos for its performance Saturday. Nick O'Leary racked up 161 yards on five catches. Kelvin Benjamin made a trio of acrobatic grabs -- though one was called back by penalty. Kenny Shaw caught five passes, too. But it was Greene who once again dominated the Clemson defense, catching eight passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns. In three career games against the Tigers, Greene has 20 receptions for 280 yards and four scores.
CB Lamarcus Joyner: It was a stellar performance by the defense, which was prepared for everything Clemson tried, and a handful of players stood out. Telvin Smith had 11 tackles, Ronald Darby had an interception, Mario Edwards Jr. returned a fumble for a score. But it was Joyner who was the real star. He set the tempo for the game, forcing a fumble on Clemson's first play from scrimmage, and he added two more takeaways in the first half (one fumble, one INT). For the game, he finished with eight tackles and a sack, and he was crucial in holding Tajh Boyd to perhaps the worst game of his career.